Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Encouragement of a Child

My Biggest Encourager

The other day I was driving with the children to my chiropractor appointment an hour and a half away.  Normally the kiddos sit in the back watching whatever movie they decided to watch, but this time Sadie picked Dora *gasp of shock* which Tucker isn’t too fond of.  He decided to sit up front with me and chat. (I’m planning on telling Sadie to pick Dora every time!)

We get to chatting, and I’m telling him about how we are going to go to the National Cattledog Trials in Meeker, Colorado this summer.  We talk about what they do during those trials, how we are probably going to be camping for hopefully three nights and how I’d like to use the trip to also do research for a series of novels I have rolling around in my brain. 

Tucker looks at me and asks, “Like in books?  You want to write books?”

I reply, “Yep!  I’d love to write books.”

Tucker then asks, “What’re your books about?”

I then spend the rest of Dora telling him all about the series of books I’ve been writing in my head for the last two years or so.  We talk about the history of the military in Meeker, what it would’ve been like to live in that area in the 1850s, what it’d be like to time travel…all very interesting and engaging. 

When Dora was done and I finished giving him a synopsis of the series, Tucker looks at me in all seriousness and says, “When you finish writing them, I want to read them.  It sounds really cool!”  Coming from my non-reader, that was the best encouragement I could’ve ever gotten! 
Following his dreams of entrepreneurship

It also got me thinking.  If I’m too afraid, unorganized, unmotivated, etc. to do the things that I have a passion for and dream of doing, how can I expect my children to embrace the things they are interested in with zeal?   If I'm not willing to go beyond myself and my discomforts, can I honestly expect my children to?  I’ll be honest, I’ve been hesitant to put my thoughts down because, as great as they are in my mind, do I have the ability to convey that in print?  Tucker reminded me in his nonchalant way, that if I never try, I’ll never know!  So, for my dreams’ sake and, more importantly, my children’s, I’m starting the process of becoming a novelist.  I’ll keep you posted when you’ll be able to read my first book along with Tucker.


  1. Sara,

    Your words echo my thoughts! Yes, I've been thinking about this topic too. I'm so excited you are going to start the process of becoming a novelist, for your sake, your children's and mine. I'm looking forward to reading your book!

  2. Thanks Sue! It might take awhile, but I figure "awhile" is a lot better than "never"! I'm stockpiling books to read aloud on our 2948 mile road trip coming up, and I can't wait to read The Angels of Abbey Creek with the family!!

  3. You do have the ability and you are a great writer! I have missed keeping up with you and eagerly look forward to reading your novels.

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