Day 28: Beautiful Bouquets of Words

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is BOUQUET. Go!

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//  The first time he said it, I thought he was crazy. There is NO way I’m going to do that. Tensions were high, and emotions were raw. The room was charged with unsaid irritation.

Have I mentioned that Erwin and I met in Bible College while we were studying music and theology? Part of our training was to travel every weekend for ministry with a group of 30+ other students.

You’ve probably heard the phrase that says, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Well, there’s a lesser known phrase that says, “The family that travels together fights like hell.” As with any other traveling family, this family had reached its limit.     Read more

Day 27: Don’t Let Niceness Bite You In The Butt

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is CONFRONT. Go!

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//  So… I’m a really nice person. I mean, I’m a reeeeeeally nice person. So much so that, over the years, my niceness has bitten me in the butt regularly.

Excuse me?

You see, I hate confrontation. I am the kind of person who would be nice to difficult people over and over and avoid confrontation AT ALL COSTS. Kinda like Switzerland. I were a Miss America contestant, I would have to say that my life mission was “World peace.”

I would avoid issues, I would avoid stressful situations, and I would avoid getting angry… that is until the situation got so bad that I would simply POP.

Have you been there?     Read more

Day 26: Everyone Needs A Party

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. I’m a couple of days behind but still going! // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is EAT. Go!

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//  The candles were lit. The table set. Little eyes were eagerly looking through the blinds for the first glimpses of headlights in the driveway.

“He’s here! He’s here! Shhhhhh. Hide!”

Every now and then, we’d play this game. On a day when he least expected it, we’d make a nice supper (which was actually a normal supper, but everything is nicer in candlelight) and surprise daddy with a “HAPPY DADDY PARTY!” Daddy would express his surprise and delight (which he truly was), and we would have an occasion to celebrate.   Read more