Thursday, January 30, 2014

PENS OF PRAISE February Meeting

Pens of Praise
Christian Writers Group

Next meeting…
Saturday, February 8th  at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Faith Church

2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
§   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
§   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43
Our prompt for February is:
Dreams of great deeds are only dreams unless you…

We invite you to share a five minute sample of your work in progress. Pens is a safe, friendly environment. You are not required to bring writings to attend the meeting.

We may share a book report on a novel or a “how to” for writing!

Warning you may end up loving to write!

Pens is sponsoring the Bulamu Mama Essay Contest for the youth who live in Bulamu Mama Children’s orphanage in Uganda. All who wish to participate with judging the twenty essays for the FEBRUARY MEETING will pre-read them and then pick out their top three favorites. At the meeting we will read the favored essays and then vote for first, second, and third prize winners.

For whatever time is left over we will allow those who want to share their work in progress with our group. This is a safe place to share and grow!

ATTENTION: Let Debby Erdmann know if you are interested in judging these essays at .

Visit a local shop or bring your coffee or cappuccino with you.

Let us know if you’re attending so we can save a seat just for you.If you have questions or concerns call Becky McLafferty at (920)758-9196 or e-mail her at or call Susan Kinney at (920)242-3631 or e-mail her at

We look forward to seeing you there! May God bless you richly and always as you write for His glory!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


What a blessed and busy year has passed. One of our most precious highlights from 2013 was learning that our granddaughter would be born in February of 2014! The clock is ticking and we will meet her soon!

This is our daughter, Vanessa, with a baby on the way. These are some of the photos of us setting up for the baby shower. Vanessa had found the idea for the 'Mother to Bee 'shower on Pintrest. She and I did the shopping for black tablecloths and coloful yellow napkins etc. and thankfully she is a wonderful bargain hunter and planner. We had our doubts as to how this would all look, but she has the vision to see how an event will turn out. As we were setting up we all teased her about the black tablecloths of course!
I’m not just saying this because she is my daughter, but this was the most beautiful shower I’ve ever attended!

 It was mid November when we held a shower at Country Memories Farm. My friend, Becky McLafferty, was very accommodating concerning every detail! A huge blessing and surprise was when our oldest daughter, Jackie and her friend Heather and my youngest grandson Donavin arrived in time to help set up and celebrate with us!

I did tell Jackie that these photos were going on line! I just couldn’t resist! sticking these in!  


 Here are my two beautiful daughters and me sharing a laugh!

Everyone was such a blessing! Generous hearts and fun communications mingled during the entire event! A lot of laughter and chit chat!


The games were fun, everything from the candybars in the diapers to pennys at each plate. We drew a prize for the year on the winning penny. We had wooden blocks at the tables for names ideas for the baby. Table groups had only the blocks from their table to work with to make a list of baby girl names. People actually did pretty well!

All in all it was a splended time with splended people for a splended purpose!