Since I’ve Been Gone…


Well, for starters, I’ve been dutifully sending off my little picture book manuscripts. I took the next step and began another blog called and joined a little social media outlet called twitter, you may have heard of it. (@blyonwrites) The twittering rules are rather vague and I don’t quite know how to do it yet. These will be more exclusively used for writing and for the purposes of building that elusive support known as “the platform”.

Don’t feel neglected, dear little solongsuburbia blog, I haven’t been writing much over there either.

The elementary school play finished. It was glorious. I was officially tapped to take over directing next year and the kids applauded me heartily which was very sweet. I miss them and when I drop off my son at school I always run into a few of the cast members who sidle up to me with large smiles on their faces. And the question on everyone’s lips is, “What play are we going to do next year?”

The week after that was Easter and I was in charge of telling the story to the kids. I tell the story and draw it with pictures. It’s something I love to do and I managed to mostly maintain their attention, a feat which is not unextraordinary considering it was about noon on Easter and all of them were hopped up on chocolate bunny ears.

And the week after that I was supposed to drive down to Clovis and visit a dear friend and enjoy her baby shower. But scary complications on Wednesday led to an emergency cesarean and a baby in the NICU. So, instead of a shower there was a rather shell-shocked Momma, a glowing Papa, and a real beautiful little three-pound baby who is doing quite well. I painted the nursery. It’s Dumbo themed.

And the next day after that was…

My first day of work!

So, you remember that dream job I didn’t get? Well, I kinda still got it. I don’t have the experience, but they needed someone, so they delegated some of the responsibility away and made me a position. And it’s perfect!

I’m a children’s ministry associate of sorts for our church! It has been a very exciting week. For one thing, there’s an office and I go in to it. Secondly, the desk is a larger space than any I have in my little apartment and it’s all mine! (Actually, I found out today that I stole it from someone else, but they all assured me it was totally ok. He’s just an intern.)

I was rather overwhelmed on Monday, but Thursday was awesome. I discovered a festival of sorts in support of families of kids with disabilities and I booked us a table! It felt so good to do something. It feels so good to do something!

And today I was pricing kids Bibles all day. And they’re not that expensive! Bibles for all the children! Talk about the perfect job for Barbara.

Also, this job has been the proverbial static comb to my stream of running creativity and given me a little slant. I’ve been writing kids’ prayers and lessons. I have this new burning desire to write a kids’ Bible … one with dark people … and Asians. I feel like a jerk after looking at Swedish Adams and Eves all week.

And I might start yet another blog with coloring pages, activities, and other parent resources. I’ll let you know. TOO MANY IDEAS!!!

10 responses »

  1. It’s soooo good to hear from you. I was missing you, and wondering what was going on in your life that kept you from this blog. So excited to hear all the wonderful happenings in your life. I suppose I’m going to have to get a twitter account now. I’m also excited to get our Children’s Ministry folks connected with you. love ya sister! and Congratulations!!!!!


  2. I’m sure the job is perfect for you…but I do think you are perfect for whatever you do!!! Truly!!! Always good to hear from you. And…glad for your new perfect Barbara job. ❤️

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  3. Yay Yay Yay!!! I am jumping up and down inside right now. I feel so “complete” when I see someone doing something that all their being is meant to wrap around and build up and infuse with wonderfulness.
    You are coming at this from a “what do I have to offer”, not a “how can I do what everyone else has done” perspective. And that’s what makes me most excited.
    They are the luckiest church ever. They don’t even know yet what they have done for their body by allowing you to have your influences there.
    Authentic, beautiful, thought-provoking… gentleness that penetrates like a scalpel… creative, pro-Christ-in-all-things… (somebody stop me! I could go on and on!)… kind, humble, supportive, seeing, empathetic… that is you and that is the kind of Christ-like ministry that will come out of you that will edify these very fortunate children and parents.


    • What a glorious and entirely undeserved compliment from my very biased friend! I am so excited (and slightly overwhelmed) to see what happens. Can’t wait to talk about it more in person!


  4. Wow, how exciting for you! Since I’ve been leading children’s ministry at our church for 11 years now, I’d love to hear more details about your new job. And let me know when you’ve got a blog for resources going – I’m always thrilled to discover good resources!

    OMG, I am so right there with you on the northern European depictions of Jesus and his pals in kids’ bibles. I’ve found a few resources that are much more realistic, but they’re kind of hard to find.


      • One we’ve really enjoyed in several venues is the series called the “Read and Share” early reader Bible Stories. There’s a 2-DVD set of tons of stories, each about 3 minutes long – perfect for reinforcing the story in preschool. Just recently I ran across a book to go with the videos, that contains 65 Bible stories. Published by Tommy Nelson.

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