In January 2015 my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. It started a lifestyle change that I wasn’t prepared for. We’d been peanut free for about six years, but this was a whole different ballgame. Fortunately, God had put people in our path with these same issues so we already had a support system for finding gluten free foods. What I wasn’t prepared for was the extra meal planning, the extra money required to buy the gluten free food, or the continued pain that my daughter suffers. The entire year was filled with doctors’ appointments and tests, yet still we don’t have a definitive answer to the pain. We know she has Celiac Disease. We know she doesn’t have Crohn’s Disease. She has been diagnosed with mild gastritis and lactose intolerance. We’re hoping the lactose intolerance is temporary. Testing for that will come later next week…we hope. Currently we have about six inches of snow with eight more planning to fall. I may not get out of my house until spring! But I digress…
During 2015 my middle daughter also had some swallowing issues. She was diagnosed with lactose and sucrose intolerance. Could it be our gluten free lifestyle that caused this? Who knows? Anyway, she has been so good about removing sugar and milk from her diet that she lost 30 pounds! Now of course the doctors are concerned about that. Can we win? I’m beginning to wonder.
While the issues with my daughters have driven most of our year, we’ve also had some other things happen. My son received his Freedom Award, which is the highest honor in Trail Life. He was honored in Washington D.C. at the Freedom First Convention. I rode the subway for the first time! We also visited the Capitol and the Washington Monument or as my daughters call it—The Big Stick. I don’t think our guide for the weekend will ever forget that one.
You can see a video of the award ceremony here: https://vimeo.com/140514721
We also had the pleasure of attending the Glory to the Holy One concert in Nashville, TN. And we visited the Nashville Zoo, Washington D.C. Zoo, and the Knoxville Zoo—twice! My youngest LOVES animals.
Even while all this and more was happening, I managed to publish six novellas and one novel with Dingbat Publishing.
(click the covers if you're interested in reading more...you know Amazon samples and all. :) )
I’ve also continued to be a part of The Inspired Inkpot. If you’re interested in joining my shared street team on Facebook just click the picture home screen. Should be on the right hand side. I’m pretty sure I embedded a link there. I have slept since then so don’t hold me to that!
As for 2016, I look forward to yet another year of writing. In fact the last book in The Board Series, The Return to Eden’s Hollow, is now available for purchase. I’m excited to be done with the series and to hear what my readers think. That part is always nerve wracking yet exciting. The good reviews give me the fuel I need to continue and the bad reviews—that are helpful and not just hurtful—help me to grow and become a better writer.
My goals for 2016—which will largely depend on my family’s needs—are to finish the Secret Defenders Series, to continue the Justice and Miss Quinn Mysteries, and to start a new series. I may be stretching myself a bit. Some of these things had been planned for 2015 but I’m slowing down. Life--it happens.
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Feel free to leave a comment about your own year and your plans for 2016! i can't wait to read it.
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