I would like to welcome guest blogger, June Foster! An award-winning author, June is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next book. June is offering a free copy of one of her e-books: Hometown Fourth of July, a contemporary romance novel. Keep reading for details!
Spending Time with Family – Enjoy Every Day of Your Life—advice from a veteran life traveler
The older I get, the more I realize how important family is. When we’re teenagers, we think our parents don’t understand us. Then when we get married and have young children at home, we realize the amount of work involved with raising them.
When I was younger, I didn’t dwell on the fact that my parents, my children, or my siblings wouldn’t always be around. Kids grow up and leave home, our precious parents pass on, and our siblings seem to spread out to all parts of the US.
When we’re young, we somehow think we’re invincible. We’re not. I speak from the vantage point of the second half of my life. So, young people—listen up. You won’t be sorry. Spend more time with your parents, glean all the jewels of wisdom they have to offer. Maybe that doesn’t make sense right now, but it will—soon. My aunt passed several years ago, and I would love one more hour in her presence to ask her questions about our heritage.
Being a parent of young kids is tough. You probably believe you’ll never again have a moment to yourself or be able to sleep through the night. But the time will come—sooner than you think. Enjoy their babyhood while you still have them at home.
Be grateful for your spouse. He/she will not be by your side forever. Siblings? You might not have the best of relationships, but in the end, they are family.
“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” Barbara Bush
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5: 21
Hometown Fourth of July (This book is about the importance of an adopted child to a family.) After Max Tate’s dream of finding his birthmother is shattered, he walks away from the woman he loves and his God.
When Max Tate meets Lynn Marshall at the annual Fourth of July celebration in his hometown of Ft. Freedom, Washington, he believes she holds the key to discovering his birthmother and his roots. When his dreams are shattered, he walks away from his faith and the woman he loves. Only God can reveal Max’s true identity so he is free to love her and celebrate another Fourth.
To be entered into the drawing for the free e-book, just make a comment about June’s blog. How do you like to spend time with family? Deadline: July 11, 2020, midnight MST. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this post to make a comment or go to my FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorbeckyvanvleet
Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2Xv4bYb
Becky, thank you for featuring me on your beautiful blog. Blessings, June
June, I understand just what you mean! With my one and only grandchild (granddaughter) leaving for college next month, every single moment I get to spend with her is precious.
A cousin I grew up with back east passed this week, and I have regrets that I have not stayed in touch with those childhood cousins near as well as I could have over the years.
Becky, thank you for hosting June today!
Becky Van Vleet
Thank you, Patti, for stopping by to chat. It’s always good to hear from you. I do hope you enjoy the rest of the summer with your granddaughter before she leaves for college.
a great reminder to us all to cherish family members while we can. I, too, have regrets that I no longer have the opportunity to talk about my heritage with some of my older relatives who have passed away.
When my family gets together , we often cook out. And if relatives visit from out of town, we like to take them to local sights. Since we’ve moved alot, that’s ranged from the Arch in St. Louis to Saratoga Springs in upstate NY!
Becky Van Vleet
Kathy, thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. I’m like you–I’ve lost time with family members who have passed away and I can no longer ask questions about their lives and family history. But I am trying to do better with that today.
Patti, I know you treasure every moment you get with your grand daughter. How fast they grow up! Yikes, I don’t want to admit mine are almost grown. Thanks for your comment.
Kathy, my husband and I have moved a lot as well. Sometimes I envy those who’ve lived in the same house for years and have their family close by. Thank you for stopping by.