Goals for Summer 2018~

1 June 2018

Hello everyone,

 

Below are my goals for this summer of 2018 that I plan to get accomplished. All of it is in accordance with if God wills, of course.

 

In the mean time, what are your summer plans? How do you plan to make this the best summer yet? Feel free to share your comments below!

 

  • If it’s God’s will, accomplish my utmost heart desire, aside from serving God.

 

  • Be as active as possible with my church.

 

  • Develop a more consistent prayer and Bible study life where daily I am studying God’s Word longer, as well as pray to God longer. Also, this includes drawing strength from Him and learning to trust in Him completely to carry out His plans for my life.

 

  • Grow stronger friendships with the church brethren, as well as my close true friends.

 

  • Spend more time with my husband, Ryan, and do more fun hobbies together.

 

  • Find a literary agent and hopefully this summer, if God wills, get a publishing contract. If not, continue to search for agents and get my query letter finalized where I won’t need to constantly revise it anymore.

 

  • Make my 30th birthday on June 29th the best one yet.

 

  • Finish revising my book, “Crimson” and finish writing my book, “The Last Soldier”.

 

What about you guys?? Also, what do my followers wish that they could see more of from my blog posts? How can I make my blog posts more interesting?

 

I’ll check back in within another couple weeks or so. Take care and God bless~

 

JMK~

 

 

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4-H – An Experience to Cherish Forever

4-H – An Experience to Cherish Forever

3 November  2017

 

Hello everyone,

 

I was eleven years old when my mom thought it would be a neat idea if my younger sisters and I joined 4-H. So we joined the Silver Lake 4-H Club in our hometown, named after a lake in the area. I wasn’t too crazy about it at first, being shy and all, and I wasn’t up for joining “clubs.” But once we started, I learned to like it, love it, and then, years after graduating from high school, missing it.

 

When I was fourteen, my family and I attended an event that gave honors and awards to those at the Fargo, ND college, NDSU, for those who had made lives and careers that all began with 4-H, and who also had been greatly involved at NDSU. My late uncle, Jerome (remember him? Click here if you don’t), had been greatly involved in NDSU, which began from his deep love of 4-H. He’d loved it so much he’d made a career out of it, and that night, Jerome had received an award of his dedication. We all looked on, proud smiles and matching pink flowers pinned to our chests. My family and I took the award in his place and in his honor. The gentleman presenting the award had many great things to say about Jerome. I had proud tears in my eyes when the man mentioned that Jerome’s family was there, and everybody looked over at our table where we sat, applauded, and even gave us a standing ovation. Because Jerome had been that brilliant of a person.

 

Ever since that day, I worked even harder to present myself as a worthy participant in the nearby 4-H county fair. My sisters and I presented sheep, chickens, and rabbits as animals nearly all the years that we performed. It was a TON of work every year from 2001-2008. I cannot even fully express in depth how much work it truly was, particularly with the sheep. It was even extra work when you chose to take non-livestock items to the fair, which included food, sewing and construction projects, painting projects, and the like. In the  year 2003, I got a Reserve Champion award for my writing project novel that I put into the fair, which brought me to the state fair in the Twin Cities, MN. It was very much an exciting experience, although unfortunately, I received a red ribbon (compared to the best blue ribbon award) for my participation. My book deserved FAR better. But in 2004, I received a Grand Champion ribbon for the best wether lamb (which is a young ram) in the open class showing. Along the way, I became disappointed, unhappy to happy, excited, and proud. Along the way, I had a deep adoration for the animals I presented every year. It was especially the hardest and saddest when we had to sell our young rams every year. Working our hardest from when they were newborns to after the fair; it was a yearly struggle that was difficult for all of us.

 

The following are ten things that I learned about 4-H throughout the years:

  1. Remember that it’s not the awards that you receive, but what you learned from the experience and how it has affected you as a person.
  2. Animals are God’s creatures, and they have individual,  unique personalities all their own.
  3. Don’t let anybody just go around and tell you that your animal or your work of art that you placed into the fair is meaningless compared to theirs. Make sure to defend yourself, but do it in a way God will be proud of.
  4. Trust that God has a beautiful plan for your life, which far exceeds any awards you might receive.
  5. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, for everyone’s story is different and everyone’s way of learning is different.
  6. The amount of money the state takes away from 4-H’s funds that they receive in 4-H animal auctions is highly unfair. The 4-Her worked HARD for that animal. They deserve every penny of it.
  7. As my mom used to say, “there’s always next year.” Don’t give up. Keep trying to work hard and keep learning everything you can about 4-H and the 4-H projects you work on. You never know, it might turn into a career one day.
  8. Don’t get mad if someone got a higher award than you, for it will not get you anywhere in life, and such attitudes are filled with nothing but selfish desires.
  9. Don’t forget to smile as much as possible. If you’re all hot and sweaty from bathing that sheep lamb and you don’t want the judge to think that you hate 4-H, because you don’t, it’s really just the hot weather – just keep smiling!
  10. Keep going back to county fairs every year, no matter how old you are, and keep telling stories about the 4-Her you truly were.

 

Recently, I attended a county fair, and as I walked through the corridors of the non-livestock 4-H projects such as gardening, sewing, and painting, I kept smiling to myself. That had been me at one point in my life. A person who may have never been involved with 4-H can walk through such projects in the fair and think, “oh, that’s nice. That must have been a lot of hard work,” and will never TRULY realize the depth of that hard work like us 4-H admin do. I saw every stroke of the paintbrush, every piece of tightening thread, and watering of the flowers that day. I KNEW what it was like to work hard like that, because I lived it. And you know what? I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about putting their kid through a club or special activity. It’s free, and the amount of work that it amounts to will be SO worth it in the end. Trust me, it WILL be worth it.

 

 

Have a great week! 🙂

 

 

JMK~

Tell Me About You!

17 October 2017

 

Hello everyone,

 

Currently I have writer’s block, so as I struggle to make my brain work, I’ve decided to try to make my blog as “trending” as possible. Today has marked three years that I have been with WordPress, and it has become a journey that I have found enlightening and fun. I wouldn’t ever go back to other blogs I’ve tried in the post, or even a free website, because WordPress has become so worth it. But on my 3rd anniversary here, I realize that all of my blog’s followers may not know me as well as I would have hoped, even after reading my About Me page.

 

So now is the chance, everyone, to tell you 15 top things about me, because 15 is quite a lot. But in return, I would LOVE to hear from all of you – what do you like to read about on WordPress or on any blog in general? What are your favorite topics to read about? What interests you the most? What are your favorite hobbies? I would love to hear about you, in order to make my own blog more interesting and fun! Also, for all of you writers/book nerds out there: what books/genres do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Are you more apt to buy books online or buy them in store yourselves? Do you prefer hardback or paperback books?

 

In general, I would just love to hear from all of my followers! What caused you to want to follow me? What intrigued me to you?

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you – my dear, wonderful followers – for deciding to follow little ol’ me. I hope that in the future, I create blog stories that make you think and filled with a never-ending intrigue to learn more! 🙂 And now, to mark off the three years of being on this fun blog website, below are 15 things about me that you would not have guessed otherwise. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own thoughts in comments! 🙂

 

  1. I am a Christian. (Click the link for more details on this.)
  2. I have been happily married to my wonderful husband, Ryan, for four amazing years.
  3. I love all animals, and it breaks my heart to see people treat them cruelly. If I was financially able to, I’d adopt dozens more pets just to give them a happy, healthy home. We have two cats of our own, Lefty and Felix, who were adopted from an animal shelter. If you have never even thought about the idea of adopting a pet, please do so today.
  4. I do writing-related stuff mainly only on Tuesdays, and devote the rest of the week to spending time with my husband, family, and friends.
  5. I grew up in a small town, in the countryside of Minnesota land, the eldest of five daughters. There, my sisters and I were raised with raising sheep, chickens, and rabbits, while maintaining the balance in our 4-H club.
  6. I love alternative music, which is also my fave. My top three bands include: Mumford & Sons (#1), Of Monsters and Men, and Gregory Alan Isakov. I enjoy listening to these during my writing time.
  7. I am an avid reader. I’m currently reading Emily Bronte’s novel, “Wuthering Heights,” and am enjoying it so far. I love reading on a daily basis.
  8. I enjoy the hobbies of knitting and painting, and am looking forward to taking up sewing projects sometime in the near future. I love finding fun hobbies to do such as these, which also preoccupies your mind from the negative effects of social media and news broadcasts.
  9. The only genre I write is romantic-suspense, which also has to have a life lesson about God incorporated within the story. I plan to do exactly what my website’s slogan proclaims: write to change lives; lives, that is, that teach about God, for He is my #1 reason for doing and having everything in my life.
  10. I try to visit my parents’ home, my first home, as often as I can, and try to do so at least once a month. During this time, I spend Friday night with them, cooking and baking with my parents, laughing with my sisters, playing with their dog, and bonding with my grandmother.
  11. My favorite food is homemade mac and cheese – yum!
  12. I am a coffee & tea addict! I also really love chai tea latte. My favorite teas range from the gas station Arizona teas to chai tea & green teas. Oh, and I always take my coffee stark black, no matter what brand it comes from, and have been drinking coffee since I was twelve.
  13. God willing, I plan to one day visit all 50 states. Our most recent road trip took us through Wyoming, which was the most beautiful state I’ve seen yet.
  14. My husband I have been to Spain.
  15. I strive to read the Bible daily. I try to read at least 2 chapters every morning before work and 1 devotional. After my Bible study, I do a lot of praying. I find immense comfort and peace in doing both.

 

God bless,

 

JMK~

 

 

 

 

An Extra Piece of My Heart

1 September 2017

Hello everyone,

 

I pulled up into my parents’ countryside driveway. I parked on the grass next to my sister’s Jeep. My heart was in my throat. My stomach was weak. I gazed over, through the driver’s window, and gulped at the sight of the family dog standing by my car, panting, happily waiting for me. I smiled, and as I got out of my car, I tried to ignore the fact that Sailor was only walking on three legs. I forced the excitement into my voice as I pet him like crazy, buttering him up with sweet words of encouragement and love: “How’s my little Sailor boy? How are you doing? Are you happy to see me? Huh?” His long tail wagged, tongue lolling, chocolate brown eyes lit up with joy despite the pain he probably felt in his leg. That day would be his final day on this Earth, and he didn’t even know it…

 

Several days before, my mom had called my cell phone to give me unfortunate news. Sailor didn’t have a broken leg, but rather, he had bone cancer, and it had already spread throughout his body. There was nothing the vet could do. Two days before that, my mom had called me to tell me our family’s old Shih Tzu poodle dog, Holly, had died in her sleep. Two dogs in one week. I was crushed. Even more of a crush was wholeheartedly deciding that I was going to be there with Sailor, alongside my sister, as they put him down. It was THE hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Watching the light fade from his eyes gave me have an even more profound sense of devotion, love, and adoration to animals. The excitement and joy and love that he showed before that first shot made me feel guilty later for having to put him down. I do not regret being there, though, no matter how hard it was. He needed to see us and be comforted by our presence. He was only six years old.

 

Those deaths, ontop of other things, has made it an interesting summer. It has really made me appreciate God, though, and the time I got to share with my loved ones. Life is short, and we are never guaranteed tomorrow. Every moment is precious, and every person in your life is designed by God to be a special presence in your life. Be grateful for the small things, don’t get angry about things that won’t matter on your death bed, and always pray your very hardest. Live for God the way the Bible requires, not any way that people tell you to, and always work your hardest with those loved ones and those careers and hobbies that matter the most to you. Don’t take anything for granted, because tomorrow, it may not be there.

 

Tragedy can make the sanest person go mad, but only if we let it. If we have God on our side, draw comfort and strength from Him and never give up, only then will we succeed. Too often in this world we see suicide rates continuing to go up. Whenever I hear about that, I always think about how tragic that is, because life is precious, and nothing, no matter how bad it is, should ever lead you to that level. Those of you who are hurting today, rely on Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of our faith. He will lead you through, but only if you believe in him and trust Him. Have faith that He will pull you through and will lead you through better tomorrows. He has a unique and wonderful plan for each and every one of our lives, and if we daily read & study His Word and learn from it, we will be comforted, we will succeed in our endeavors, and we will receive God’s wisdom & guidance to do and say the right things at all times. This is my daily prayer. My dogs’ deaths will always stay with me, but I look forward to the future, of loving others, especially our cats and future dogs and cats just as much or even more so as Holly & Sailor. I still miss them terribly. But I will never forget the memories we have. Most of all, I will never forget the comfort God gave me when the going was tough, all because I relied on Him.

 

Holly & Sailor, you will always & forever hold a special place in my heart.

 

Have a great week!! 🙂

 

JMK~

Hush! These Guys Know a Secret…

Hush! These Guys Know a Secret…

3 February 2017

Hello, everyone,

 

I am nearly done editing my YA suspense novel, Hush, Don’t Tell. I am soooooo excited about telling this beautiful story! You can read more about my epic book idea HERE, but it’s basically about five teenagers who all, individually and in their own times, hold a particular secret that is the key to a stunning betrayal. Below, I am going to outline more of each character to get you all interested in the story. This story will pertain to young adults who understand the dark, humorous, exciting, and sometimes even boring high school drama. The setting of the book is in the small, fictional town of Burton, Wyoming, in their senior year. So much is going to happen within nine months of high school, dark elements that none of them will ever forget. Sit back and enjoy, and don’t forget to follow my page on Twitter HERE.

 

  • Mike Bain – 19; lanky and awkward guy with sandy brown hair and hazel eyes; best friend of fugitive Ben Martin; trusted ally; very funny, the life of the party, and excellent secret keeper; oldest in his family, but an only child after his younger sister, Allison, was hit by a car when she was three; as an adult, his career is a contractor.

 

  • Cassie Dawson – 18; petite with pixie cut short auburn hair and green eyes; best friend of Jessica Olsen; trusted ally; overly emotional at times but very sweet and kind; excellent secret keeper; only child; her parents are divorced, but she lives with her mother even though she prefers her father; as an adult, her career is a dental hygienist.

 

  • Thomas Olsen – tall with graying dark brown hair and a bushy mustache with brown eyes; husband to Katherine Olsen; father to Noah, Jessica, and Elizabeth Olsen; medical doctor; quiet but stern; prefers to skip sleep to study medical information in his home office.

 

  • Katherine Olsen – tall with shoulder-length, strawberry red hair and blue eyes; wife to Thomas Olsen; mother to Noah, Jessica, and Elizabeth; medical nurse and partners with her husband at the Burton, Wyoming hospital; overprotective of her children; very nosy and a great secret-keeper; she’s also great at keeping secrets from those who deserve to know.

 

  • Noah Olsen – 22; tall with short and curly, dark brown hair and blue eyes; college sophomore at Wyoming University in Cheyenne with an undecided major; oldest child & son of Thomas and Katherine Olsen; brother to Jessica and Elizabeth Olsen; visits home once a month because he loves spending time with his family; great secret-keeper; goes from girlfriend to girlfriend a lot; very funny; very supportive.

 

  • Jessica “Jess” Olsen – 19; identical twin sister to Elizabeth Olsen, and sister to Noah Olsen; oldest daughter of Thomas and Katherine Olsen; has shoulder-length, honey blond hair and blue eyes; best friend to Cassie Dawson; tomboy and an average high school student with average grades; loves spending time with her boyfriend, Ben Martin, and telling him what to do all the time; she enjoys playing sports, especially basketball and volleyball; she can be very impatient at times and very jealous; she likes to make plans and be rebellious.

 

  • Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen – 19; identical twin sister to Jessica Olsen, and sister to Noah Olsen; oldest daughter of Thomas and Katherine Olsen; has long, honey blond locks and blue eyes; is very shy and quiet, but is a straight-A-student; has secret feelings for Ben Martin, even though he’s in a relationship with her sister and she tries her hardest not to have them; she prefers to read novels and study hard for her classes instead of gossiping about others during the school day like her friends do; she doesn’t believe she has any friends; she’s closer with her brother than Jess is; she’s very weak, but very strong; suffers from the beginnings of stomach cancer; God is the #1 priority in her life.

 

  • Benjamin “Ben” Martin – 19; main character; only child to traveling real estate agents Walter & Claire Martin; very popular in high school; boyfriend to Jessica Olsen; straight-A student; very kind, smart, and funny man; tall and slender with dark brown hair and brown eyes; best friend to Mike Bain; takes his faith in God seriously and as the #1 priority in his life; is having second thoughts about marrying Jess Olsen one day, even though he’s been thinking of proposing for months; will one day end up in prison for a terrible crime.

 

Have a good week! 🙂

 

JMK~ 🙂

 

 

 

 

2017 Goals

January 3, 2017

 

Hello everyone,

 

I deeply apologize for not being able to post fresh stuff in here lately. For one, I have been super busy. For two, I had no idea what to write!

 

But here are some goals I’m looking forward to for 2017 that I thought I’d share with all of you:

 

  • Buy a house

 

  • Finish the 2nd and 3rd edits of my book, “Hush, Don’t Tell”

 

  • Solidify my query letter for “Hush, Don’t Tell”

 

  • Send out 50 query letters (minimum) to literary agents to get published!

 

  • Complete all edits for my second and final novel of my debut series: “The Magic Suitcase: Marilyn”!

 

  • Publish “The Magic Suitcase: Marilyn”

 

  • Get settled in our new house and have a blast decorating it and making it homey

 

  • (Hopefully) Get started in painting again by buying a set of canvases, and a year’s supply of paint and paintbrushes

 

So yeah, lots to do! I’m so excited for what the good Lord has planned for our brand new year! 🙂

 

What are your long-term and short-term goals? How do they affect you as you go throughout life? How do you think they make you a happier and better and more organized person?

 

Enjoy your New Year, everyone 🙂

 

 

JMK~

 

 

 

Now On PAPERBACK!!!!!

Now On PAPERBACK!!!!!

Aug. 16, 2016

Hello everyone 🙂 🙂

THE MAGIC SUITCASE: MARTHA is OFFICIALLY on paperback!!!!!!!!!!!! You can order it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Suitcase-Martha

Happy Reading, everyone!! 🙂 🙂

JMK~