A Meeting at My Mailbox Changed My Life

My Last Last Name is GraceDecember 2014, my hubby and I had just moved into our 55+ new home in Rock Hill. Because my hubby accepted a job with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we moved from Pennsylvania.

One day, as typical of Southern ladies, someone stopped me to simply chitchat, as I was meandering toward my mailbox. By the time we had introduced ourselves to each other, Lynn invited me to attend the “Adventures in Learning” classes of the Shepherd’s Center, held at one of the local Baptist churches.

We have Creative Writing classes, arts and crafts, world religions and other topics of interest. Check out our website,” Lynn explained.

writing classBeing an RN, I decided to hold down a part-time job and ease into retirement. I would devote hours to start writing down stories worthy to be passed onto my family. However, when South Carolina’s Board of Nursing would not accept my Pennsylvania CEUs, I felt God was closing the door to work as an RN. Thus, more hours became available to attend a Creative Writing class, which sparked some interest.

Fast forward four years, Joan Adams and Lee Miller were the key players in my writing my memoir titled, “My Last Last Name is Grace.” Available on Amazon, my novel about my Mennonite upbringing would not be possible without the non-threatening Creative Writing class and the support of my instructors and peers.  Writing your personal history opens doors you cannot imagine.

Never underestimate how God works behind the scenes, opening and closing “stage curtains” of our lives. Stay tuned for little forks in the road as simple as a designed meeting at a mailbox!

My Last Last Name Is Grace by Beaty Miller

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PS – from Joan –  Writing your personal history is a challenge, but it can certainly be fun.   Your personal history story is a gift to the next generation.   Imagine future generations reading your book – learning about how you lived in the 1950s or the 1960s.

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House Cleaning Tips for Seniors – Part I

Those of us in our senior years need all the house cleaning tips we can get.  Whether you live in 1 room or 10, alone or with others, house cleaning is part of our lives! The dust collects, the dirt grabs hold, fingerprints and smudges and soil appear here and there. And that doesn’t count the clutter, dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, trash in the trash cans, mail to be sorted, recycling to be handled, and light bulbs to be changed!

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Hobbies Senior Citizens Enjoy – Birdwatching

One of the most popular hobbies senior citizens enjoy is birdwatching.  Nothing has brought me more pleasure since I retired than the opportunity to enjoy nature around my home. If you live in an apartment complex or other housing, you still can learn and enjoy the birds and the beauty of nature. Do not wait another minute!

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How to Do Family Tree Research

Learn how to do family tree research right here.  We can get you on the right track today.  Researching family history is such an adventure! Over the years, my time, study, research, and recording have varied – from day-after-day to nothing for months. I was fortunate, too, that in some branches, much of the basic work has been done and how to do family resarch books were and/or are available with the information needed to complete charts.

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For me, however, family history is more than charts! Gathering and identifying old photographs, learning about professions, religions, education, lifestyles, health, habits, and so on from letters and personal interviews (via telephone, emails, or visits), are the things that bring our ancestors closer to our hearts. Continue reading

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Death, Dying and Mary Jim

She spoke with the sad voice of experience. “Joanie, sometimes death is sweet and sometimes death is hard. Your daddy’s death was sweet.”

She was right. Mary Jim was my stepmother and when she spoke those words, it was April 1989. Funeral home personnel were wheeling Dad’s body out the front door. Dad’s death was sweet. We were all there with him. It was the way he would have wanted it. Over and over he had said, “Death is a part of life. When my time comes, I want you to let me go.” He was right. Continue reading

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Grandma Journal – Kids Say the Cutest Things!

A grandma journal is fun to do and journaling for the grandchildren is one of the most important tasks of a grandparent. Making a journal of the grandchildren’s cute sayings is a fun project. Of course, since my husband is legally blind, we do this a little differently. Continue reading

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Best Fourth of July Dog Outfits for Patriotic Dogs

fourth of july outfits for dogsFourth of July dog outfits are high on our priority list this year – My husband and his new guide dog graduated from Southeastern Guide Dogs in January.  Every new holiday is a little extra fun with our new family member. Continue reading

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