When Looking at the Calendar . . .

I pulled down my 2010 calendar today. I know it’s pathetic–I’m always behind on hanging my new year’s calendar. For unknown reasons (I guess I really wanted to torture myself), I flipped through last year’s months and stopped to focus on February and March. I had filled in so many squares. Aside from chiropractor and hair appointments, I had penciled in birthday parties and dinner parties and “lunch with friends at the Albuquerque hotel” and the date my dear friend would travel by train into the Abq train station–all the way from San Francisco! And when he arrived he had a beard (from being on the train so long)! I had marked dates when I sent off queries, penciled in when and to whom I had sent my manuscript. One particular square haunts me a little because I remember the day so well. It was Valentine’s Day last year when my husband and I hid from the children in our bedroom, and he prayed over and blessed one particular query before I hit send. I had such high hopes for this one, such high hopes . . .

This year’s calendar is blank. It’s covered in blank squares with meaningless numbers. But they aren’t meaningless–not really. I have plans, even if they aren’t as exciting as lunch at hotels and picking up friends from the train station. And I might get around to sending off a few more queries and, thus, fill my life with a little more hope. Until then, I have another Valentine’s Day to spend with the people I love–my husband, my children, my parents–all right, even my cat.

Blessings to all of you out there who read my blog. Love to you and yours. Have a great weekend.

p.s. Yes, the picture is of my husband and me, not my grandparents. We’d dressed up in 1940s clothing we bought or borrowed from a vintage clothing shop. My friend Sallie McAnn Vandagrift took the photos in Ashland’s Lithia Park. My husband superimposed this one on a yellow rose because I like yellow roses. And I guess that’s all there is to say!



  1. How totally SWEET that you husband prayed over your query before you hit Send; that is so great. And thanks so much for visiting my blog and following; nice to meet you!

    I love your photo, too–very cool. Romantic, and a totally neat idea. 🙂

  2. I love the picture! My husband and I have plenty of pics in period clothes from various events, but we've never done a photo shoot to get some authentic-feeling pictures…I think you just gave me an anniversary idea 🙂

    I love browsing through last year's calendar and datebook and remembering all the texture of the year I'd forgotten about.

  3. Oh my word is that picture awesome!!! Wow! I think it is so neat you did this!
    Your husband sounds like an amazing guy to pray for your query and to be such a great support. Maybe this will be the year:)) (for both of us!!)

  4. Carol, thanks for coming by and for following me. You have such a familiar face. I wonder if it's possible that I know you from somewhere? Maybe just from blogging.

  5. Rowenna, we had such fun doing this photo shoot. The town where we did it, Ashland, OR, has all kinds of cool 1920s buildings, so we fit right in!

  6. Terri, you are very kind. God bless you and keep you throughout this year, regardless. And if he gives you success with one of your books, I'll celebrate with you!

  7. I keep all my old calendars too. 2009 was my year like your 2010–full of all these hopes and dreams! I'm hoping 2011 sees many of those same hopes and dreams come true–for me and for you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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