Monday, September 17, 2018

Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt: Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage

Hello friends!

I have a pretty big announcement today, and it involves bragging on my good friends, Morgan Huneke, and her sister, Rebekah Huneke, for a little bit!  I met Morgan and Rebekah when I was about six years old; after I had moved to Cartersville. Since then, our lives became pretty interwoven.  We were a part of the same homeschool group, volunteered on the same political campaigns with our families, we were in the same home church group, went to the same balls and social dances, members of the same bible study groups...then later, leaders in the same groups and so on......Through the entire time that I have known them though, I have noticed they are always in creativity mode.  Whether it be with yarn, a sewing machine, constructing words into stories, or a good memory, they keep their hands the very opposite of idle.  The talent that both of those young ladies have always been inspiring to me!  I can't even hem a skirt properly to save my life.

Morgan emailed me a while a back and informed she was releasing another book, but this time a picture book; a little different from the novels that she had published recently.  ...And with Rebekah as the illustrator!  I was beyond excited, but even more so when she asked me if I'd be a part of her cover reveal scavenger hunt.  So, friends, check it out!  I heard there is a prize/give away involved......see the details on Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage below and help share the love!




Here is a piece of the cover of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage ,you'll have to go to 9 other blogs to find all of the pieces to be entered to win the prize. Have fun searching!

About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!

Coming October 22!

Giveaway


It’s scavenger hunt time! The Carrie Mouse cover has been cut into nine pieces and scattered across nine different blogs. Visit this post to find links to all the cover pieces. Assemble them and email the completed cover to hunekeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com to be entered in an extra special giveaway: A book signed by both the author and the illustrator and a handmade Carrie Mouse doll to be shipped upon publication of the book. If you need a collage creation software, you can use PiZap.com, a free online photo editor. All entries must be submitted by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be announced Friday, September 21 at www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com. Happy hunting!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.





About the Author



Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.


To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:



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About the Illustrator




Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.


To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:



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May the odds be ever in your favor! I can not wait for this book to come out, and I am so privileged to be able to support such amazing young women!

Happy pilgrimming!

Destiny

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Story of My Engagement to My Now Husband

Dearest Friends,

I figured I could not get by with posting the last update I did and not post the story written as our engagement announcement early 2018.  It should fill you in on the gist of our romance.....

Our Story

From the Stage to Real Life


Once upon a time, far far away....well, not just any time or place, but a time a little over a year ago and, well, on the stage of a local theatre...a girl was introduced to a man affectionately called "Buddy the Elf". He was funny, vivacious, and so full of mystery. That moment a friendship was born....One that was filled with rehearsals, set strikes and even special called rehearsals because both of them were playing leads and this girl kept getting corrected because she had more chemistry with her character's husband's best friend then her character's husband. She tried to be a little bit sorry, but the actor was so charming, she just couldn't help it. You see...it was the story of Gomer and Hosea staged in the 1940's...carrying on.

Weeks went by, and time spent together conversing about anything and everything on the stairs backstage in between scenes became more and more frequent. The man that used to avoid "the pretty girl" was not ignoring near as much....

However, we were through with all final rehearsals and it was obvious that she had better move on because he clearly wasn't going to ask her out. So she accepted a blind date on Thursday for Sunday afternoon with someone else. She had no clue he actually had a plan up his sleeve. He had people lined up to deliver a ginormous bouquet of red roses, tulips, irises etc. after the end of Saturday night's show for her debut as leading lady. She was beyond surprised! So when that call came the next day even while on her blind date, she stepped away to answer and accepted an invite for a movie and ice cream on Tuesday.

And let me tell you....he made a point to meet her family the night before, picked her up at her house, opened all of the doors for her, offered her an arm and treated that girl like a queen. He was old fashioned, had that rare chivalrous quality, and she was greatly impressed. There weren't the typical awkward moments of a first date, he made her laugh, she made him laugh, he didn't put up any fronts, and he made her feel free to be herself. It was so special that she knew she knew wanted more...and he felt he better not screw it up either.

So a beautiful journey was embarked upon...a family death on his side...some health struggles of her own. Nothing seemed to chase the other off...in fact it grew them closer. That man even went on dietary restrictions with her to support her. If that isn't love...

Several months passed, and he never ceased to treat her like a princess through it all, and she grew to adore all of his quirky ways. His puns made her smile, his jokes were the best, his advice greatly valued, his shoulder rubs treasured, his leadership skills appreciated, but best of all, his generous spirit and wholehearted love for God was the most attractive thing. They began spending more and more time with each other, loving the stage more than before, having lots of adventures, splitting holidays with each one's family, having disagreements and resolving things together, talking about God for hours, and dancing whenever there was a chance. They'd grown more than just a friendship, for they had blossomed into the best friends the other could ever imagine.

That girl later became a staff member at the theatre where they met and performed together. She had taken over managing the gift shop, concessions, and some admin work. Of course, that meant he always knew where to find her. Then one Tuesday came and that man knew she got off at 5pm and had a birthday party they had to go to at 6pm sharp. He had the ring, the parents' blessing, and a clever little idea. He showed up at the theatre right as she was getting off. He said he needed to show her an item he had found for the gift shop..."it's gonna blow your mind," he said...it was in the theatre so she followed him. She warned him about the floors getting buffed and was rattling on with questions, when he stopped in the middle of the stage. Dancing...dancing with her was his default anytime, anywhere, so he started to dance with the girl.

"What are you doing?" She laughed, knowing full well the answer would be the typical.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Not the time to dance?" he coyishly replied.
"Why are you so weird?" she said as she was still laughing.
"Because I love you...," he replied in a low sweet tone.
Again, a typical response....She had never been left to wonder how that man felt about her.
"...And I want to spend the rest of my life with you, "he finished as he stopped dancing and lowered to one knee. "Will you marry me?"
And she replied, "All of the yes!", knowing she would never have to wonder if he cared, that she would always be taken care of...maybe not richly but always responsibly, that he would be a leader but not squelch her strong points, that she would laugh a lot, and that he loved her but loved God more. Best friends forever....and it all started by having an "affair" on stage. That beautiful stage where they met, fell in love, and now got engaged on....even on the same set of that first show together as it's running again through February.


They may not know when they're going to marry or if there's going to be a small little wedding or a family blessed elopement, but they are happy just knowing that "they lived happily ever after" isn't that far away.

  

Of course, that girl is me and that boy is Benjamin Kiser, and we are GETTING MARRIED! I hope you enjoyed the story, for it's my favorite.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

An Update in the Life of Destiny

Hi friends!

Remember me?  I know it's been a million years since I posted, but it is better late than never.  I've had a lot of posts in the works and I wanted to wait to post them after I had given a quick update into all of the beautiful amazing things that have been happening in my life.  I love bullet points, so I decided to go with that style for today and for efficiency purposes since it has been quite the year.....well, years technically....I think the last time that I posted was in 2016.......

If you've been reader of mine, you know the drill.....grab your cup of coffee if you don't have it already...make it iced if you want; because, even I wouldn't blame you.  It's August, and it's hot.....and GO!


  • In May of  2016, I moved to North Carolina from the beautiful state of Georgia, the one I was born and raised in, steeped and engraved by.  It's a long story on how I got here that I will dive into in a future post, but God's hand was in every bit of it.
  •  Kept on working in food service except as a human resources director this time.
  • Fill in the rest of the year with more working than ever before, the occasional escape to hike a mountain or kayak the waters.....and more working.  It was kind of a problem...that's why I realized I needed a life.
  • My mother had seen an auditions poster for a dinner theatre called Narroway Productions, and she decided it was time to intervene with my current work consumed lifestyle.  Therefore, to auditions I went.  She had no idea that I would meet my future husband there; as he was already a cast member.  I walked into a dance partnership to last my lifetime.

I'm going to pause for a moment and say this is when life really sped up.....okay, un-pause......
  • By mid November, I had eventually resigned from my current job in food service and before long was on staff with the Broadway of Christian Entertainment.
  • In January, Benjamin proposed and I accepted.  The speed of which that came shocked some, but surprised none.  We were made for each other, and if I'm being honest it took three months longer than I thought he would.  
  • By March/April, my fiance bought a house that needed some renovation, so we started on that together.  That was a great growing experience!  Of course, we could not have done it all without our dear friend, Tim.  He is one fantastic contractor and I would recommend him to anyone in the Carolinas.
  • June, my family moved from one Carolina to another, so of course we went ahead and moved all that I had had in my apartment into the in progress house of my fiance. Then, I just lived out of a suitcase for a while....all while planning my own wedding.  
  • Y'all, I GOT MARRIED on the seventh day, of the seventh month, in the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen!!!!!  We honeymooned in Alaska, I ended up in the hospital for over a week after getting back, plumbing problems at the house, and a ton of doctors appointments ensued.  July was most definitely a whirlwind of a month and one that should have shook the boots of both of us.  Let me tell you though, when God is the one behind the wheel, He can pull you through some tough stuff and all you can feel is blessed. 
  • Come August, we are finally able to start settling in for real into our new home together.  Nesting may be my new favorite hobby!  It has been so gratifying to set up life with my incredible husband...to cook for US....to do laundry for US...to clean for US...to find he secretly observed how you make coffee so that he can take over and get it made before you even wake up.  Marriage is an awesome invention...just saying! :)


That's the quick version of an update for you all!  Don't go too far!  My next post is coming up pretty quick.....and coming on September 17th, we have a cover reveal!!!!  Plus, new blog design is in the works. 
Pretty exciting stuff!

Happy Pilgrimming!

Des

Monday, December 5, 2016

Remember me? Happy December!

Hello my dear friends,

It's been a minute! 

I'm sitting down with a cup of tea...not coffee, and I know that shocks all of you.  You see...I've already had two cups today...Ok, I've had three.... Whether coffee or tea be your poison, I'd love for you to join me.  I'd make it for you myself if I could, but miles between us keeps me from being able to casually invite you in. Please feel my love none the less. I've even put on some smooth jazz...Christmas jazz but of course!  We have so much to catch up on, and I don't even know where to begin! 

How is your day going so far?  It just so happens to be my day off...

So far, I've taken my beloved brother to school in the beautiful sparkling rain....Yes, I am a total optimist that loves rain....

That rain inspired me! I went all "Martha Stewart" and made cinnamon swirl pancakes for breakfast.  They were as perfectly delicious as they sound...

Big time highlight...I spent some time just chilling with my best Friend!  He's pretty cool and had a whole lot to say...Do you ever feel so incredibly flawed, and He just goes, "Yeah, I can help you work on that IF you let me, but you're so beautiful and I LOVE you!"

I even read a book!  Hello!  I never have time to do that anymore....it was glorious.  And on a Monday of all days.  What a laughable situation.  I feel like the girl that just came back from vacation to another vacation...probably because I just did.  This weekend was glorious! 

Yoga....I did yoga!  I'm so not stretching the truth here... ;) It felt amazing, was just what I needed, and....if you keep reading past that pun and actually got it, you and I just reached a new level in our friendship.  I love you!

I have so much to tell you and I yearn to put a full update on where I am...what my life is like now...but it shall have to what until another day, my dear sweet friends.  I wish my brain was as innovative and creative in front of my computer whilst I'm writing as it is in mid yoga...or at the gym...or dancing...the struggle does exist and you can't pretend not to relate.  Blonde moments are just jokes people use to make themselves feel better...excuses even this blonde uses on the daily. 

Now, I'm off to real life to a mandatory director's meeting that just happens to be today.  I'm excited though!  There are so many opportunities to make a difference no matter where you go, and I want to make the effort to do just that....even just a little one...every single day.  I'm making it my challenge! 

Soon....I'll write again....but until then...

Happy pilgrimming!

Destiny

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Desperation: It's what I want most!

Dear friends, 

What do you think our lives would look like if we lived in complete and total desperation for the Lord? What if the biggest question we had was, "Jesus, how can I serve in every detail of my day today?"  Just imagine it for a moment for me...for living like this is one of the greatest desires of my heart! 


So what is desperation...


Desperation: Is when you can't seem to spend enough time recklessly pursuing a rise from despair.  It's being obsessed with doing anything to get what you want or need.  That's the dictionary definition...but practically it can be as simple as just not getting enough of reading the letter from the Love of your life!  I pray that God may fill me with this desire...that the more I learn about Him the more I hunger to know!...And that the more time I spend with Him, the more I yearn to never leave our time alone together. This is desperation...and that is what I want to have most!

What kind of behavior do I think this kind of desperation may inspire?  Here's what the desire of my heart would look like....When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to think about is Jesus!  And the last thing I want to think about before I fall asleep is Jesus! I want to constantly have Him on my mind as I go throughout my day, thinking my prayers to Him, and listening to His still, small voice. I want to serve Him in everything that I do from saying what He would have me say to the people I encounter, to keeping a clean and clutter free home to have guests feel welcomed into. 

My friends, I want to challenge you to  make it goal this year of 2016 to ask this one simple question every morning: "Lord, what do you have for me to do today?"  Ask Him for a mission, ask Him to speak to you and lead you throughout your day.  Step outside of that comfort zone we've grown far too comfortable in and just do it! Even if it seems crazy!

My friends, I am beyond excited to see what God is going to do in my life!  May He move in incredible and miraculous ways in yours too!

Happy pilgrimming!

Destiny

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My word for 2016: TRUST

Dear friends,

Here are some reflections I've been having...

Lately, I've really been dwelling on Proverbs 3:5-6...ever since one of my superiors at work came and told me he was thinking of it for me.  He vaguely knew I was going through a struggle that I didn't really understand and he felt impressed to tell me he was praying.  You probably know which one it is, but it says, "Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  I don't know about you, but for me it was always one of those verses that you memorize at a very young age, you see written, posted, painted everywhere, and heard so often that you're starting to wonder if it's being overused, abused, and taken out of context.  Because of all of that, I don't think I've ever sat down and just thought about that verse, as powerful as it is, and what it could mean...especially what it would look like to apply to my life.  I tell you what!  It shook me and was exactly what I had needed to hear!  (Side note:  So thankful to have a boss that really tunes into the leading of the Holy Spirit)


So, ironically, one of the biggest words for me to grow in the year of 2016 is TRUST....Coincidence?  I should like to think that it's providence instead.  Considering this verse had so much to do with that one word, I really delved into it....Since I'd never truly reflected on it, I thought I'd jot down a few of my thoughts...and then I decided to share because I never know who might be going through a similar struggle and could stumble across my little blog and be blessed.... 

So...

Trusting when you don't fully understand can be so hard. Especially, if you're anything like me with a desire for an explanation in everything. I'm realizing, I can't understand all things...I'm not capable. That being said, it doesn't always have to make sense for it to be the right thing to do. I have to choose to TRUST that His way is so much better.  Often times, trust, (at least the kind that He desires for us to have) means giving up our own passions, our own purpose, and our own plan in order for us to experience His passions, His purpose, and His plan for us.  It hurts to kill those desires, but it is necessary to experience Him.  Sometimes, He ends up giving our own wants and agendas right back to us, because He placed them there to begin with.  But He gives them back blessed, for we chose to surrender to Him! 

God's ways can be so confusing to my little human brain, but if I know anything about God, He is good!  So incredibly good...and kind....and patient...and just...(and I could totally turn that into another blog post in the future) The more we trust that His way is better and submit to that, the more blessing there is in our life.  Trust is difficult because it requires us not to lean on our own understanding, to leave the familiar, to give up the comfortable, but it is blessed. 

Another thought I was thinking...what did I think my life would look like if I were to acknowledge him in the way I do every single thing? I know the way I've acted, things I've said, and what I've entertained myself with would all be a little different sometimes. Hard thought...If I couldn't acknowledge God in it, should I be doing it?  To be proactive in this, is constantly evaluating your thoughts, words, and actions...is it honest, trustworthy, noble... As difficult as that may be, I so desire the outcome of this verse. So much more than what my flesh wants.... I WANT Him to make my paths straight! So in 2016, I want to make a more active choice than ever to TRUST in Him with all of my heart and choose not to lean on what I understand. And I want to acknowledge Him in all of my ways, for I desire His straight path for my life.

Well, I'm off to learn how to trust....

Happy pilgrimming!

Destiny

Sunday, January 3, 2016

May 2016 be the year that Loss = Gain

Happy 2016, my dear friends! 



pray God does something new for you this year that completely blows your mind!  Just know that whatever you go through, He'll make a pathway through that wilderness and river through that wasteland.  I want to challenge all of you that already know Jesus (if you don't know him and would like to learn more about my best friend feel free to contact me) with this question...Are you willing to nail to the cross your hopes, dreams, and purposes for the future so that you can experience God's plans and purposes for your life? Are you willing to kill your own desires to experience Him?  Because, I promise you that His plan is way bigger and better than any human mind can comprehend. May 2016 be the year that I lose my life even more completely so that I can find it infinitely more in Him! (John 16:26)

Happy Pilgrimming! 

Destiny