December 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.
Being 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 Beaty Miller Christian Faith Publishing
Beaty Miller, Author
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.