For my family, Ecclesiastes 3:1 has never felt so profound as in April/May of 2021. Our daughter was happily married on April 24th, and it was a time of extreme joy.
A month later, on May 28th, our Lucy Belle made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. A time of deep sadness, our little Monkey Doodle is everywhere we look. In EVERYTHING we do.
But first, there was The Season of Joy...
Spring, specifically April 24th, was a very HAPPY time for my family. Our only child, our little Bug in a Rug, married the love her life, Phil West. The pictures have been slow to come in, but I managed to secretly swipe a few. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone.
And then came, The Season of Sorrow...
If you've been a member of my FRIENDS OF HALLIE newsletter for long, you've probably already met my CEO—Chief Encouragement Officer—Lucy Belle. And you probably learned about her heart and lung tumors soon after we did.
We had almost six months with her after the diagnosis, but we would have liked longer. As I said, Ecclesiastes 1:3...
I wrote a little story about Lucy's arrival at the Rainbow Bridge. It's the way I hope it was for her....
RIP my Monkey Doodle. lucy_belle_arrives_at_the_rainbow_bridge.docx
Click "LUCY BELLE ARRIVES AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE" below to read the short story.
In other news, SHADY GULLY'S COZY CORNER CHAT (Hallie Lee's Facebook Chat Group) has been a blast! We've spent the last few months reviewing the first half of PAINT ME FEARLESS.
A special shout out of appreciation to my friend, Mark Cermak, who authored some very provocative discussion questions. Y'all should check him out in action as I'm pretty sure he'll be a best selling author one day.
For me personally, hearing your reactions and impressions of the pivotal points in Desi and Robin's journey has been a writer's dream come true.
Shady Gully's Cozy Corner Chat will be going FREESTYLE for a few months as we take a little break. I'd like to encourage you to invite your friends to join, where we'll pick up with the second half of Paint Me Fearless this fall.
Not only will there be Giveaways and Contests all summer, but FREESTYLE Summer Chat means everything from Summer reads to Summer Vacations! Plus Tv shows! And Movies! And more!
And of course, summer cookin' :) So loan your copy of Paint me Fearless to a friend, and invite them to the COZY CORNER this summer!
CLICK HERE to Hang Out at The Cozy Corner!
And finally, while Book Two is with my publisher, who is no doubt doing magical-publisher things like working with an artist to create a cover, I am officially beginning Book 3!!
I can barely contain my joy!
I just wrote the prologue!
To celebrate, let's have some fun!
How about helping me NAME A DOG (a very special dog) who will make his or her first appearance in Book 3?
The winner will get bragging rights, a shout out in the Acknowledgements Section of Book 3, AND a FREE Audio Book of PAINT ME FEARLESS!
I'll be accepting entries from all over Social Media, but like the early sneak peek of the wedding photos, I wanted to give my FRIENDS OF HALLIE Newsletter subscribers a head start!
Send Pics if you if you want to give me a visual! I look forward to your suggestions in the comments section below!
Stay Fearless, and enjoy Your Summer Season!
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