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Beings of Love

April 14 quote

You may have noticed that I have had two weeks in a row of quotes. I feel it’s important to maintain a presence here, but I am buried in the end of the semester. My final paper and research proposal will be about the place government programs have in a changing workforce. I think they will both be incredible and I’m excited to link to them on my LinkedIn page. But it is definitely a topic that is taking me deep down the rabbit hole!

I am also a syndicated columnist at The Relationship Blogger and I hope you’ll visit me over there! My first post, Keeping your Marriage Alive in Sickness and Health, is pretty stellar (even if I do say so myself).

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Mother’s Day Love

Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose

Will I ever see thee wed?

I will marry at thy will, sire

At thy will.

American, America

How can we show you how we feel?

You have given us your riches

We love you so.

Love, love, love, love

In the Gospel there is love

Love thy neighbor as thy brother

Love, love love.

 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, love is definitely on my mind. Some of it is forced, as I peruse through my Facebook news feed and see memes about how the love of a mother is the only true love.

But ultimately, I have been thinking about love a lot because I am a human being who loves other human beings (and my cat).

Merigold - preparing me to embarrass my children since day 1
Merigold – preparing me to embarrass my children since day 1

 

I’ve always thought the way we talk about love is pretty ridiculous. As a society, we hold up romantic love as the pinnacle of “love achievement.”

Valentine’s Day is a billion dollar industry and we invest a lot of our time in celebrating this epitome of romantic love.

 

But there is more to love than just romantic love! I have always said (and I realize the privilege of being able to say this) that I have been “in love” for my entire life.  I have always loved my parents – even when I didn’t show it. I have always loved my siblings – even when I would swing down from the top bunk and kick my sister in the face and then pretend to be asleep when my dad would come to discipline me. For as long as I can remember I have loved our planet and I have tried to take care of it as you might expect from a woman whose father wrote this book ?

With all of that, why do we not celebrate love every day!?

It is true, the love I have for my mother and the love I have as a mother are completely unique.

I truly think that my mother is a remarkable woman. Despite the challenges we had when I was growing up, I have never doubted that my mom would do anything for me.

Indeed, I feel that way about my own daughter. E may infuriate me, hit me in the face (if you have any advice on getting through this phase, please share in the comments!), and give me heart attacks daily because of her daring nature; but let me tell you, I would do anything for my little girl. The love I already feel for A is the same. Although I am sick and tired of being pregnant, I want what is best for her and would do anything to make sure she lives a fulfilled life.

 

What about you? What is your favorite kind of love?

Busy days to be had

In the last few weeks I haven’t been all that faithful in blogging. Part of the reason is that I’ve had so much to say that I’ve had almost nothing to say.

The other part is due to the fact that I’ve recently started a new job with a local school district and I’m trying to get into a schedule. Being with middle and high school students all day is exhausting!

I’ve also picked up some kind of virus from said students so I haven’t been doing much of anything, haha.

Finally, with the help if a new editor I am overhauling “The Life and Times of Rebecca Walker.” That means Six Sentence Sunday will be on hold for a while.

But finally something pulled my out of my slump. The virus is almost totally gone (just a little coughing at this point) and some circumstances with my family (on my sweet husbands’ side) gave me needing to write more.

Over the past few months my mother-in-law has had a lot of surgery on her back. It’s been tough for all of us, but especially for her. She kicked off this week with more surgery to remove some kidney stones. In Wednesday my 8-year-old brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital for an abscessed tooth. His surgery was scheduled for Thursday morning (he’s fine now). That night mom was admitted to the E.R. Lets just say that this week has been a busy one for the Hanson family.

Which finally brings me to my point. If you are able, let the people close to you know how much you love them. Not just in Valentines Day, but every day. There is to much love to isolate it to only one day every year.

The crack of Dawn

This post is going to wax slightly melodramatic. Just wanted to give you a heads up just in case you are not in the mood for melodrama :).

It is 7:00 am and my brain is simultaneously telling me to go back to sleep and worry about my job.

You see, on Friday I was informed that I am not going to be considered for the job I’ve had this past year. I do not blame anybody. When union members apply for positions they must be considered over non-union members. I get that and I’m totally fine with it.

That said, I am still worried. What if I can’t find anything in the next month? We can’t make it on one income. What if I have to work three jobs? How will this affect our lives?

In the cold light of dawn (it is still somewhat dark out) these thoughts are racing through my mind. I feel compelled to do what I have done in hard times past. Go to my computer and make spreadsheets of every possible scenario. If I make “x” what do we cut back on? Do we need to cut back on anything?

I am also comforted by the vows my sweet husband and I took just one short year ago. Wherewe promised to love and cherish one another “for richer or poorer.”  I know everything will be fine. I am more lucky than most. I have a roof over my head, clothes for my body, food for my belly, and people who love me. It will be okay, I just need to convince all parts of my mind that this is the case.

A day of celebration

Today is a quite important day for two reasons.

The first reason is, it’s my dad’s birthday today!  I’ve learned so much from him.  I attribute my interest in writing to him.  My dad is a professor at a local community college.  But he’s not just a teacher in his profession, it’s how he conducts his life.  My dad leads by example.  Through him I’ve learned compassion, curiosity, patience, perseverance, optimism, and so much more.  My dad is one of the most optimistic people that I know.   I would also like to take this opportunity to shamelessly promote my dad.  He is a devoted environmentalist that looks at the work though an interesting lens.  His book “Greater Light: The Creation and the Potential of Man” is available in hardcover and e-book formats.  It’s a great read if you’re interested in religion and environmentalism.

The other reason that day is important (even though my dad’s birthday is WAY more important) is that today marks the first day of my Goodreads book giveaway.  If you are a member of Goodreads and would like a free copy of “The Life and Times of Rebecca Walker”, this could be your chance.  The contest ends on Christmas and you will get your new book by New Years.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend, I hope you remember to take it easy.  And make sure to tell someone that you love them.

Elise Marion – Romance Writer

Elise Marion is an Indie author that writes character-driven romance stories filled with intrigue.  Her debut novel “The Third Son” combines elements of action, romance, and mystery. When Elise isn’t writing she enjoys cooking, singing, and spending time with her family.

1) Where are you from?
I was born in Florida but I was raised at Fort Hood, Texas. My father was a soldier and I married a soldier so I still live there.
2) When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first piece of fiction when I was only 12. I always loved to read, from the time I was 4. Since I had such an active imagination, writing just seemed to come naturally to me. I wrote my first novel, called Tiffany’s Dream, about a girl who wanted to be an Olympic ice skater. I loved to watch the Olympics and gymnastics and ice skating were my favorite sports to watch. I always wanted to take lessons, so I guess I was living vicariously through my characters. In high school I started writing poetry and and romance. Since romance was my favorite genre to read, it just made sense to continue to write in that genre as well.
3) Is there a message in your work that you want readers to grasp?
Since I write romance I think that biggest take-away from my work would be simply that love conquers all. I know it sounds cliche’ but I truly do believe it. The characters in my debut novel love each other but so much happens to keep them apart, but in the end, love prevails.
4) What books have influenced your life most?
As much as I love romance novels, I would have to go to a completely different genre to answer that question. Any books that touch on the African American culture have influenced me greatly. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, I find that these types of books remind me of my history, the history of my family. The Color Purple by Alice Walker is my all-time favorite book.
5) Are there any lfie experiences that influence your storytelling?
Unfortunately I’ve lived at Fort Hood for the last 23 years (since I was 2) and don’t have much experience outside of that. I have to really use my imagination when it comes to writing, which is fine because it is so active. I can hardly focus on one project at a time because the ideas are constantly flowing. I find myself wanting to write them all at once because I don’t want to forget the ideas!
6)What are your current projects?
Well, I am working on 2 projects at the moment. The first is the sequel to my first novel “The Third Son”, entitled “The Second Son”. I am really excited about it because I hadn’t intended to do a series when I started on “The Third Son”. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with one my secondary characters and decided to branch out. The second project is a short novella entitled “Fallen”, about an angel with healing powers who falls in love with the woman he is assigned to and has to make a choice between remaining an angel or giving it all up for her.
7)What was the hardest part of writing?
For me the hardest part is working around all of the everyday distractions in my life. As a stay at home mother of two I am constantly being interrupted by someone who wants something or needs something. It’s hard when I have ideas in my head i need to get down and I can’t stop right where I am and do it. But I do what I have to do; nap time and bed  time are my best bet for getting anything done.
8)What are some of the most interesting things you’ve learned while writing?
I think that I’ve learned more about myself than anything else as a writer. I’ve learned more about my own perserverence, determination and creativity.
9)What do you do in your spare time?
I love to cook, so I watch alot of cooking shows and experiment with new recipes. I also love to sing, and am in my church’s choir every sunday. When I’m not doing those things I’m spending time with my family.
10)How can your readers get in touch with you?
They can ‘like’ me at www.facebook.com/elisemarion86
You can watch the trailer for “The Third Son” here
And you can purchase Elise’s books at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and All Romance

How much do you love your body?

This is how much I love my body!
(Okay, it’s also showing how excited I was for the SoundSational Parade at Disneyland)
 
I was reminded by sherites that today is “Love Your Body Day”!  I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what I like about my body.  Because I work in an environment where there are a lot of women on diets I have to remind myself a lot.  It’s surprisingly easy to get sucked onto the diet bandwagon, even if you don’t want to be on a diet.
 
Here is my list of what I like about myself.
 
1) I am really smart.  I know that sounds fairly egotistic, but I don’t think that women focus on how smart they really are often enough.
2)  I really like my neck.  It’s the prefect length for turtlenecks (which keep me nice and warm in the cold Minnesota climate!)
3) I like my butt, like. . . a lot.
4) I like that I’m strong enough to do anything I want or need to.
5) I like how good I am at planning things.
 
What do you like about yourself?