In my last post I wrote about the book related opportunities I was going to have during my visit to South Dakota.  There was also the birthday party for my Grandma.  Grandma Jones, THE Grandma in my book, turned 97 last week and those family members who were able to gathered in Broken Bow to help her celebrate.  She was happy to see us, but as expected at 97 she tired too easily and was frustrated by her inability to really spend time with all of us.  We were just glad for the opportunity to remind her how much we love her and how thankful we are for her.  I like reminding her that she started all of this.  “Who’d have thunk 79 years ago when you married Grandpa that there would be over 100 direct descendents!”  She shakes her head and agrees.  She can hardly believe it’s been that long…

The other two opportunities were a book signing and a visit to my nephews’ school.  The visit to the school prompted a quick finish to the power point presentation my husband created for me.  While I was visiting with my family, signing books at Walden Books in the mall, and driving to Nebraska for the birthday, he was busily creating an awesome power point.  After some angst on my part over how to get it to load on my computer etc… (I’m NOT a computer person) I had it in hand.  I was even able to show it to my Aunt Twyla and Uncle Tom as well as my sister,  her children, and my parents.  What a gift I have in this husband of mine!!!  Anyway, I digress…

The book signing was fun.  I really don’t mind sitting in front of a book store watching people go by.  It’s fun to talk to the people who stop and thrilling to sell a few books.  I was absolutely delighted to get to see my friend Barb from the Writers Group in Rapid City.  She is what I aspire to be as a writer.  The other friends who stopped by were a delight too. 

As much fun as that was I have to admit… the school visit was MY FAVORITE!  I love being in front of the children, talking to them about anything is so fun, but when it can be about my book – priceless!  My nephews were as proud as they could be and I found my new friend – the smart board and flash drive.  Wow!  They are awesome. 

So, here I am with a published book AND an opportunity to share in the lives of children.  God has blessed me beyond measure in this endeavor and I’m sure whatever comes next will be good too!

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