A New Year…..will 2019 be THE Year?!

These are a couple of pictures that I took from here in St Augustine! Yes, I am still here and loving every bit of my life! I know I have not been blogging much…at all….but so much has happened in my life over the last two years. I would like to share it all with you, and in time maybe I will, it is not some big secret but I have so much I want to share, who knows what we will talk about!

First things first!! How are YOU?! I hope this year is finding you well. I am doing very well, I am staying busy with my jobs and school and of course….Doug!  Doug keeps me busy….. Speaking of Doug, he is now 62 and still plugging away at Goodyear.  I don’t think he will ever retire.

Okay so I am feeling this is coming off as a yearly Christmas update letter!  Maybe it is, I mean it has been so long since I have been here- I may need to start with an update letter.

Alright so let me finish- mom and dad are doing good! As you know we all bought a house here in St Augustine and moms health has seemed to level out a bit since being here. She seems to be doing much better. Now if I can just convince them of that so they can start doing some traveling. Ya know that was the plan- we buy a place together and they go off traveling and exploring and we hold down the homestead! Good plan! I hope someone offers Doug and I that plan when we are retired! Oh that is IF Doug retires…haha    Anyway, so far they have not gone traveling or exploring our great state in any way!! Join me in prayer, won’t you, that my parents will start enjoying their life! Oh and Dad turns 80 on the 29TH! Wow…….

We have had two additions to the family- Finley (13 months) and Remi (3 months)  As a matter of fact Remi and mommy are here visiting right now! I am blessed.  All the grand kids and kids are doing well.  Oh and the oldest grand baby…Christa…she graduates high school in May!!  Wow…..I’m old. lol

We have been blessed to have my brother and sister (in love) visit twice since we moved here! That has been great! They are in Texas…I know we owe them a visit; but I love it so much here! I don’t wanna leave!  Okay…except for a cruise- I will leave for a cruise!

Speaking of…….. YES, we have a Disney cruise coming up  in 44 days! It has been 6 years since we cruised Disney and we are super excited to be back!  I have been vlogging my trips on my Youtube channel. You can take a peek....here.

I have not begun writing a second book yet; although I have ideas! But before I start my writing I have been led to start another adventure! I think it will help me to continue my walk on this path I have chosen or has been chosen for me…   I have enrolled in the Christian Leaders Institute. I want to pursue a bachelor of divinity and maybe even go further to a master. Ultimately I would love a Master of Theology/Philosophy. That would be a dream come true. I would like to spend the rest of my life researching the word/religion.  If you know me ( and some of you do) you are aware that I have been “searching” for many years….. I seek knowledge, spiritual knowledge, Godly knowledge. This should not be a surprise to anyone who knows me.  I have sought to find an institute of higher education for a long time now, one that is accredited and Christ based. The type of school I was looking for was out there but also very expensive and not all are online. I wanted both of those elements in my education.  In CLI I have found that.

Little side note…… if you follow along you also know I have enrolled in two other programs…these were not Christ based, and as a matter of fact they were very un-Christ…. as a result I was led away from God even though my goal was to be closer connected! This is a whole other issue, which I will be talking about over time, I want to share with everyone the “detour” if you will, that I took in my search! I thank God every day that I found my way through the darkness.

Being a formal/official minister is not something I have ever wanted, and I still am not sure (mostly because I am an introvert by nature) but what I am sure about is that I want to reach others and I want to encourage others to know they are loved, they are worthy and to live their best life! That is all I have ever wanted to do…..heck it is my life purpose!  So I think these studies, leading to a degree in Divinity, will do me well to  reach my life goals!  Whatever they may look like!  We will see where this path leads me.

So there is my update! I hope to be here weekly, especially as my studies progress I hope to have much to talk about!

One thing has not changed….. I remain forever grateful! My days and nights are filled with gratitude- I hope yours are too!

Peace!

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Dreams Do Come True!

Hello!

It has been way too long! How are you? I hope you have been good, better than good, great! And of course grateful!

Doug and I have much to be grateful for this year. We have reached our goal (dream) of a successful relocation from Indiana to North Eastern Florida; St Augustine to be precise!  The move happened last Oct and we are just about getting settled! Moving at anytime in your life is a big venture, but let me tell you doing it over  50 is something else! lol

Now I just wait for Doug to retire! That should happen in the next 3 years. In the meantime I keep busy with my travel business and of course, writing.  On that front though……I have slacked.  I want to change that. One reason I desperately wanted to move here was to be inspired to connect more to earth and God. Something within said I needed to do this, so we made it happen. Now I need to get to the writing aspect of it. I have definitely fully embraced the relaxation of my new community! I love it. I have continued to develop a love for photography, I have included some of my recent photos.  In case you are at all curious to see more, you can view them on my Instagram account found at @Desperatelyseekingchristine  there is a link here on this page also.  I would love to follow you back!

So while we are busy living our lives, of course, life continues.  We are blessed to have welcomed a new granddaughter last Dec and are doubly blessed by welcoming another new granddaughter this coming Oct!  If you are keeping score the grandkid count now sits at – 4 boys and 7 girls!  huh, imagine that…girls are winning! Ha!

The book! As you know The Gratitude Project was released last May. It went to Best Seller several times….. I am very grateful for the experience of writing and releasing my book. I will give this as an example of how I feel about it- I received a review from someone on Goodreads, in her review she said the book just wasn’t for her. She said she felt it had too much God in it and that I drew too much from personal experience when writing my book….so too anecdotal.  That may be a negative review to some; but to me….she made my day! That was an excellent review!! Her review says to me that I did a good job and met my goal! No such thing as too much God…. I was actually worried I didn’t give Him enough space! And the book was about my personal experiences, how else am I to have an informed opinion? Too many people think you should  study,study,study and then, and only then, offer opinion! I think you need to live life and share experiences! That is real. I like real!

I will end this now, but I want to say I hope 2018 is finding you and your loved ones in good health and good will! If you are in need of healing and peaceful thoughts please take a moment now to connect to my energy….. I give it freely with love. Sending healing, peaceful, relaxing, thoughts and prayers to you and yours!!