Becoming a Writer After All

My life has been a complete surprise yet somehow it has led me back to my first passion- writing.

It just took 40 years of living a strange life before this avid reader and crazy oral story-teller started writing again; this time though, it is in humility. After rinsing out diapers for 19 years in the toilet, it is impossible to stay egotistical. Outwardly, my life is diametrically opposed to anything I could have imagined as a teenager.Yet this strange life I find myself living has brought me more fulfilment and joy than I ever could have imagined as well as a wealth of writing material.

I was an avid reader who loved school. As expected, I completed an Honours Degree in English Literature. By 23, my life was still on track. I considered continuing my studies as a graduate student because I still delighted in an academia and wanted to become a writer.

I loved my life and didn’t for see any changes. I had grown up with one sister, ballet lessons and a library filled with great fiction. I enjoyed gardening, painting and drawing, eating a vegetarian diet, reading spiritual literature and growing in my faith ; I was content.

Suddenly, my life as I knew it, changed dramatically.

I met Michael, who was just passing through Regina, Saskatchewan from Ottawa, Ontario to Prince George, British Columbia and from that very first moment, it felt like the prairie wind had swooped down and scattered all my work and plans. Michael described our first meeting in much kinder terms; he saw fireworks when he first laid eyes on me.

I was not ready for this dramatic change in my life but it was clear to me that this was a call from God. So I baffled my fellow students, profs, advisers, friends and family by saying yes to the unexpected. I did not know anything about my newly chosen lifestyle or even where we would live. I did realize that I was completely ignorant and lacked even the most basic skills required to survive.

I became pregnant before our first wedding anniversary. Instantly, I began to panic because I knew, that once again, I was utterly unprepared. I had never even held a newborn! So I prepared in the only way I knew how and I read every book I could find on pregnancy, birth and baby care.

However all this studying did little to equip me to mother a fragile, completely dependent newborn. For example, as I held my baby in a small bathtub for his first bath, I was very nervous. Guess what? I had a book propped open with one elbow awkwardly holding it open to the right page, while my baby was in the baby bathtub on the table. The book was my security blanket. In fact reading at any odd moment I could grab a few seconds , strong cups of tea plus the mercy of God and a wicked sense of humour have been my strength. God also place His mother in my heart, giving me a mother’s ferocious love and patience.

In the ensuing years, 18 spent pregnant and/or nursing babies, I discovered fulfilment. My call, vocation and witness became the joy of mothering children. Perhaps I could have started writing seven years ago when everyone was in school full-time but realistically there was simply too much physical work involved in running a household for eleven people and helping with the farm animals and our large vegetable garden.

Now I have come around full circle because I have started writing again. Just as I imagined at 16. It just took 40 years of living a strange life before this avid reader and crazy oral story-teller was ready to start writing; this time though, it is in a lot more humility. After rinsing out diapers for 19 years in the toilet, it is impossible to stay egotistical

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I Think, I Feel, I Write

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 think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up

if only you try!
Dr. Seuss 

Secretary typingI have often needed  help during my first year on the internet.  I barely understand 21st century technology. Other writers always answer my how toquestions.  More importantly, fellow bloggers comment on articles, award them and promote my blog without expecting anything in return. What an unexpected example of Christian charity for a ‘stranger’ who is  a novice on the computer. For example,  seeker told me what a Daily Prompt was and how to link to another blog. I had struggled for an hour to get the link to work. Here I unwittingly inserted an extra http so nothing worked!

As well, people often send information on publishing, especially my dear friend Isabel Anders. She even wrote a glowing endorsement to send with my proposals to editors and publishers. I am not sure I live up to her description but it sure sounds impressive.

 Qualifications

“Melanie Juneau—motherofnine9—knows that a woman’s ground of creativity lies as close as her child’s heart. In her delightful stories and memories of mothering nine children, she shows how a Christian mother bathed in love brings all the power and light embodied in her faith to that most important sphere of hope, the family.”

—Isabel Anders, author of Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples and Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth.

 

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 Thank-you everyone. You can only guess how much I appreciate your constant help, advice and encouragement. I pray that I will pay it forward every day

 

Emerson Mertens: Expressing Joy and Inspiring Hope

Expressing Joy and Inspiring Hope ~ Through the Art of Dance
Emerson Mertens ~
Dancer, Choreographer,
Instructor, Company Director,
Actress, Photographer, Writer
In my mind, a dancer’s body creates art, like paint on the brush of an artist or words on through the finger tips of a writer. The movements of a dancer speak as loudly as words on paper. It’s like watching a pen or paintbrush in motion displaying the beauty of each delicate movement…a true form of communication.
Em is a ballet dancer with a mission. She explains on her blog,

“I desire to use my training in the arts to bring hope, joy, and inspiration to the students I teach, to those who work with me, and to those who may watch me perform. I want to show others who God has made me to be and touch their lives in some way through my expression of the arts.”

read more at…. http://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/emerson-merten-expressing-joy-and-inspiring-hope/

Melanie Jean Juneau is a petite wife, writer and mother of nine children. When the words “The Joy of Mothering on a Hobby Farm” popped into her head as a subtitle for her short stories it was like an epiphany for her because those few words verbalized her experience living with little people. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong currant of spirituality running through it. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong currant of spirituality running through it. Part of my call and my witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God