I thought I’d share with you something going on in my life right now kind of a behind-the-scenes look into my personal life.
My husband decided to do a walk called the Camino de Santiago which goes from France to the coast of Spain. It’s 500 miles total but he’s doing half of that (the first part and the last part).
He’s been training for well over a year because he had also thought about walking the Appalachian Trail. However, when he was at an REI Seminar, he heard about the Camino and it peaked his interest.
Then, he got sick, like really sick. In the hospital, heart attack, stint, sick. It took him about 3-4 months to get his medication regulated before he felt like walking again. That was last August.
He shared his goal of walking the Camino with his sister and brother-in-law. It just so happened that their church was hosting a talk given by a Priest who had walked the Camino. So, they invited us to listen.
He was hilarious! Something about it inspired his sister to want to do the walk too. That’s a very fortunate thing because I did not feel the call to do the walk but I didn’t like the idea of him doing the walk alone. She had lived in Spain back when her husband was stationed there in the Air Force and they have traveled back there to visit friends, so she has kept her Spanish up.
She’s also a detailed planner, as is he. Together, they poured over websites and books and videos to figure out exactly what they wanted to do. They booked their plane tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, and a hotel. The first few days were done. After that, they will officially start there walk and yes, those days are planned too but of course, they vowed not to push themselves and to just take it as it comes. As it should be.
Anyway, they left on Sunday, September 2nd.
Of course, being a writer, I had a few words for them. This is a blessing that I wrote to send them on their way. I read it to them before they left.
May your backpacks be light and your sticks be sure.
May your legs be strong and your feet endure.
May you, each moment embrace
And with each step find more of God’s grace.
May you make friends of everyone you meet
And wake refreshed each day as the sun you do greet.
May your minds be filled with peace from above
And your hearts overflow with God’s great love.
May you walk and talk and find silence too
Until your blessings abound and your burdens are few.
Today, I want to introduce you to a wonderfully creative and gifted children’s author that I had the privilege to meet at a book event recently, Sarah Ann Kinnear.
I talked to her about her inspiration and book concept and was blown away by her multi-faceted books from being beautifully illustrated by a woman who lives in Denmark (and Sarah flies to Denmark for vacation and has actually met her illustrator in person) to the fun adventure mystery stories told in a series of books to the puzzle piece that is included in each book that will ultimately be something a child can put together!!
More than your money’s worth is included in these wonderful books, plus the positive messages inside.
Now, let’s get started…
Little Pearl’s Reflection
Little Pearl’s Reflection is a children’s mystery adventure series of 7 books. At
the conclusion of each book there are 3 questions for children and adults to
discuss together, plus a surprise puzzle piece. Enter the contest to have YOUR
name as the character who helps Little Pearl find her lost mother! 70% of all
profit from sales is designated for helping children via children’s hospitals,
charities, schools, and Ronald McDonald Houses. Best of all – it’s fun and exciting
for all ages to read together!
On the eve of her 7th birthday, Little Pearl and her mother travel to a nearby
meadow and lie down side by side to watch the stars. Little Pearl falls asleep.
Suddenly she is awakened by a loud CRACK! When she opens her eyes, she sees
blue skies and no storm clouds – but she realizes that her mother is GONE! Little
Pearl decides to search for her lost mother by following the Old Winding River
around the Big Purple Mountain. Help Little Pearl search for her lost mother, Anna!
Volume 1: Little Pearl’s Reflection: The Light in the Window
Come along on her birthday adventure! In “The Light in the Window” you will meet five of Little Pearl’s new friends: Miss Sophie, a blind old woman who
gives Little Pearl a surprise birthday gift; Rusty, an inquisitive, talking red bird; InOut,
a disappearing blue bunny; the Ponte V, a wise and beautiful ivy bridge; and
Olivia, a shy, kind, and understanding gold fish.
Read or listen as Little Pearl, now a teenager, relates the tale of her search for her lost mother and her amazing birthday adventure. Follow the Old Winding River, and travel across the beautiful, small Pacific island toward the Big Purple Mountain.
Volume 2: Little Pearl’s Reflection: The Secret of the Smiling Rocks
Join Little Pearl as she continues her search for her lost mother, Anna!
Come along again on her birthday adventure in, “The Secret of the Smiling Rocks.”
You will meet three more of Little Pearl’s new friends: Henry, a small happy rock who explains part of ‘The Secret’ of the smiling rocks to Little Pearl; Rosie, a large pink elder crystal who tells the ancient tale of Little Pearl’s island home and the herd of Unicorns living in the caves of the Big Purple Mountain; and Syd, an adventurous turquoise snake who comes along to search with the friends by looking for Anna’s footprints. Little Pearl also learns about the majestic White Unicorn who flies and helps to heal all creatures on the island.
Volume 3: Little Pearl’s Reflection: When the Plants Throw a Party
Celebrate with Little Pearl and her friends on her next birthday
adventure, “When the Plants Throw a Party,” and travel into the deep, dark Evergreen Forest.
Meet Little Pearl’s new friends: Abraham, an old ironwood tree
who is celebrating his 100th birthday with his brother trees, Gulmohar and Baobab;
beautiful Gracie, an Egyptian cat dressed in gold jewelry who joins the search for Little Pearl’s mother; and Grinnd, a wise old owl who had made his home in Abe’s knothole. Join Little Pearl and her friends as they magically dance in the forest,
and Little Pearl receives a birthday gift of a mysterious old map.
Sarah Ann Kinnear, a teacher and principal for 35 years, has worked in the classroom and behind the scenes educating children and creating innovative curriculum that encourages independent thought and creative problem solving. She
has always appreciated imaginative stories and learning activities that inspire children and teenagers to ask questions, think for themselves and become life-long learners.
Inspired by her experiences as a mother and a teacher, Sarah wanted to write an interactive adventure series for young children who enjoy books, puzzles,
and mysteries. Little Pearl’s Reflection is filled with suspense and surprises,
including talking animals, plants – and even a talking river. Sarah lives with her
husband and dog Huey in Pensacola, Florida.
Bodil Sebrina Christensen is a self-taught designer, illustrator and artist. She is a trained teacher, and has worked with children and young people for 40 years. In her work she always implements art and creativity. For several years she worked on art projects for children and teachers in children’s homes and schools. For 35 years Bodil also held freelance jobs with Søbogaard, where she designed a myriad of labels for organic products, produced by organic fruit and berries.
In 2011 she worked with Søbogaard in Nepal drawing and designing for organic products for the International Development Assistance (Danida) project. Bodil lives in a
beautiful area north of Copenhagen, Denmark.