Star Wars movie and VIP Writers’ Day

I hope you had a blessed Christmas with your family and friends. We had all our children and grandchildren over for Christmas Eve dinner here at our house; on Christmas Eve, Ray, Heather and Leah traveled to Texas to visit Ray’s mom Judy and stepdad Leonard.

I didn’t go this time, but stayed home and prayed, ate Mexican, read, and watched chic flics…don’t you feel sorry for me, lol? I’ll try to post pics this week of our family Christmas together. 

One of the gifts I bought Ray for Christmas was tickets to see the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. He’s been talking about seeing it for weeks.

I also bought him a Star Wars, “The Force Awakens,” t-shirt (he wore it to see the movie today, too!). 

Ray in his Star Wars t-shirt
Ray in his Star Wars t-shirt

This isn’t a spoiler alert, but I’ll just say I thought the original Star Wars movie was MUCH better (aren’t they all?). But we had fun going out.

Ray & me at new Star Wars movie
Ray & me at new Star Wars movie
The Force Awakens

 

Ray & Leah at Star Wars movie The Force Awakens
Ray & Leah at Star Wars movie
The Force Awakens

I loved the white lights on the trees there at the shopping center. 

white lights on trees in the snow
white lights on trees in the snow
white lights on trees
white lights on trees

By the theatre the sidewalk had these words engraved: “May the force be with you.” I snapped a pic of Ray standing by the words. My prayer is that in 2016, the force of God’s power, authority, and anointing will be with and upon Ray! Amen!

Ray--May God's force be with you and upon you in 2016!
Ray–May God’s force be with you and upon you in 2016!

Are you ready for 2016?

Meanwhile, tomorrow I’m planning to go through our house and my office office, organizing, sorting, throwing away, and filing things to prepare for 2016.

Image by surasakiStock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image by surasakiStock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m also gearing up with aspiring authors for my VIP Writers’ Day on January 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. Central Time. If you want 2016 to be your best, most productive writing year yet, join us!

If you can’t make the live virtual event, the call will be recorded and the replay emailed to you. I’m also offering a private Facebook group for writers for support and motivation, and a downloadable PDF with a list of the resources I’ve personally used to write my 10 books. To learn more, just click here.

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The #1 Key To God’s Blessings for Success call

“I will bless you…and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:12, NIV

Would you like God to bless you so much that you become a blessing to others?

Join me for my free call on Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time), The #1 Key to God’s Blessings for Success. 

Copyright 2015 Beth Jones
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones

 

This is also the re-launch of my eBook, Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entreprenuers, which I wrote several years ago, but it will now be available for sale in ePub format for your Kindle at Amazon. I’m so excited about this, woot!

How do you like the newly designed, professional cover above?

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reading app for your tablet, phone or computer (or laptop) here.

You can join me and other friends in the chat room here.

Here are the call-in details for the call, The #1 Key to God’s Blessings for Success:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 98698

I’ll be giving away some prizes on this call if you are there, attending the live call. Be sure to tell your family and friends about this call, which will encourage and inspire you. God wants to bless you and see you succeed.

What do you think is holding you back from success? Leave your comments below.

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Birthdays, babies, and books, oh my!

My husband Ray and me on his 50th birthday
My husband Ray and me on his 50th birthday

There’s a lot going on in our family right now. Birthdays, babies, and books, oh my!

My husband Ray had his milestone 50th birthday this week. In the picture above, you see him wearing the “Champ” t-shirt I bought him.

I also made him breakfast (yes, this is quite a feat for me as I hate to cook!), baked him a home-made lime pie (he loves limes), and bought him the t-shirt and work socks. I’m also hosting a birthday bbq for him in August with his friends.

Our daughter Heather bought Ray a new grill and a set of grill tools- an amazing gift! Of course we had to immediately try it out, so last night our kids and grandkids (except for our grandson Jacob, who was in AR) came over for his birthday bbq. Ray grilled his infamous Cajun chicken and corn on the cob.

Heather & Ray with his new grill for his birthday
Heather & Ray with his new grill and grill tools for his birthday

For the birthday bbq, Heather and Eden made home-made, orange-cranberry cupcakes with orange-cranberry frosting and I served Ray’s lime pie. Here’s Eden frosting the cupcakes with her cool baking frosting tool.

Eden looked so pretty in her purple sundress. She’s now about 34 weeks pregnant with her little girl, Piper. We’re all excited about meeting Piper soon!

Eden frosting Ray's cupcakes
Eden frosting Ray’s cupcakes

Aren’t the cupcakes beautiful? Leah said I need to invest in this tool, because mine do NOT turn out this pretty! Eden would like to have her own bakery business one day. Eden added an orange candy slice on top and a moustache as a joke, because I don’t like Ray with moustaches or beards. 

orange-cranberry cupcakes
orange-cranberry cupcakes

Here is Ray about to try one out. He gave his stamp of approval!

Ray and his cupcake with an orange slice and a moustache
Ray and his cupcake with an orange slice and a moustache

The grill works just great. The chicken and grilled corn on the cob turned out delicious! Everyone loved it and had fun.

Ray's Cajun grilled chicken
Ray’s Cajun grilled chicken
grilled corn on the cob
grilled corn on the cob
Everyone digging in! Left to right: Leah, Heather, Heather's boyfriend Matt, Ray, & part of Eden
Everyone digging in!
Left to right:
Leah, Heather, Heather’s boyfriend Matt, Ray, & part of Eden

Our granddaughters (Heather’s girls) Violet and Annabelle and I sat at the kitchen island to eat due to table space in the dining room (above). Annabelle (pictured on the right) is a picky eater, but she loves her papa’s grilled chicken!

Violet and Annabelle at Ray's birthday family bbq
Violet and Annabelle at Ray’s birthday family bbq

Here is a great family picture of us after we ate. I love it!

Our family, Ray's 50th bday Left to right: Heather, Eden, Ray, Leah & me
Our family, Ray’s 50th bday
Left to right:
Heather, Eden, Ray, Leah & me

Eden is eager to have Piper, but Piper doesn’t need to come yet! Eden is supposed to be 34 weeks pregnant, but she and I both think she is further along than that. Eden has already dropped and is dilated 1 cm. Of course, you can be at 1 cm for weeks!

I’m having a baby shower for Eden in late July, but Eden and I have both had dreams that she had Piper early and we don’t think she’s going to make it to her due date in August. Eden has an “owl” theme for Piper’s crib. 

owl theme for Piper's room
owl theme for Piper’s room
owl theme
owl theme

Finally, I’m about to “birth” my new, first ever fiction book, Storm Tossed. It is launching Monday, July 13, 2015, at Amazon.

Storm Tossed

I’m so excited about this. Ray and our youngest daughter Leah have been encouraging me for YEARS to write a fiction book! I had all kind of excuses WHY I couldn’t do this: I’d never written a fiction book before, I’d never taken fiction writing classes, what does plot mean, etc.

I had to tell myself what I’ve told my writer coaching students: “Just do it! No excuses! Write!”

To my surprise, my beta reader reviewers have liked (even LOVED) the eBook, and have given me very positive feedback!

I’m having a Facebook Virtual Book Launch Celebration on July 13, 2015. You can see my video about it by clicking here

Like I said, lots going on with our family right now. Very exciting! What is new with you? Leave your comments below. 

 

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