My Busy Summer and Blogging News

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This was our ship.

This post is to let those who regularly follow my blog some things that have happened over the summer and some great things to come.

When I was a kid (ages ago), my first assignment given by the teacher after I returned to school was to write a paper about what I did this summer. I don’t know if teachers still do that, but I thought I’d let you know about my incredibly busy summer.

Eagles on lighthouse

Eagles on the Lighthouse

My husband and I have always wanted to go to Alaska. We finally were able to manage it this May. We booked the tickets on an Alaskan Cruise and made all our plans to go. We thought things were all set. Then disaster struck.

I tore my rotator cuff about a year ago. Since then, I had been taking anti-inflammatory medication to help it heal so I could try to avoid surgery. Well, three weeks before the trip, I didn’t feel well. By afternoon, I felt better, so I attended Wednesday night church. During church, I started feeling worse, so I left the service and went to the Ladies Room. I was in a lot of pain, and by the time I realized I was in trouble, I couldn’t get up to go back into the service to get my husband. So I sprawled on the bathroom floor until church ended and he found me. To make a long story short, the paramedics came and transported me to the hospital. I was in there for five days with a serious case of pancreatitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s very painful and can cause death if not treated. The doctors were wonderful and said I should be good to go on my trip. They decided the cause was all the anti-inflammatories and said my doctor should fix my shoulder. So surgery was set the Wednesday after I got back from Alaska.

Killer Whale Pod

Killer Whale Pod

The Alaskan Cruise was wonderful. My husband and I got to see eagles, whales, sea lions, and porcupines in the wild. No, we didn’t see a bear. The glaciers were breathtaking in the same way Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are breathtaking. They were beyond description. I’ve posted a few of the pictures.

After getting back, I had my shoulder surgery. Shoulder surgery doesn’t hurt as much as pancreatitis, but it does hurt. And it takes months to heal. The first month, I was in a sling. Then came the physical therapy which I’ve just finished. I’m doing better, but the doctor says it could take up to a year before I feel completely normal, whatever that is.

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Sawyer Glacier

Now’s when it gets fun. I am a children’s evangelist with Revival Fire for Kids, and I booked some kid’s crusades this summer. So, one week after I got out of that horrible sling, I was in Tennessee doing a kid’s crusade and singing Put Your Hands Up. I know. I’m crazy. After that, I did church camp in Zanesville, and another kid’s crusade in London, Ohio. Then I helped my daughter, a children’s pastor in Massillon, Ohio, with her VBS. It was worth it though. Not only did it speed up the healing of my shoulder because I had to use it, 13 children were saved and 13 were baptized in the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t even include my daughter’s church.

Summer is over now, and I can’t say I’m sorry. Even with all the chaos, I did enjoy some of it, and I learned a lot about trusting God. For obvious reasons, I didn’t do much writing, and I didn’t keep up with my blogs. But I’m ready for a new season, Fall, and a new beginning.

I’m getting back into writing. I need to finish editing an Easter themed novella, and a Civil War novel that was a finalist in the TARA Writing Contest. I’ll hear the results in November. I also am researching another novel and writing some children’s church curriculum. I’m not going to any large writing or children’s ministry conferences for a year. I need to get my bearings and get some work done this year.

Changes in my blog: There won’t be many, but I am going to try to faithfully write at least 2-3 times a week. Thank you to those who have faithfully followed me while I let the ball drop this summer. I am going to have a Monday feature called Weekly Word Sharpener starting next week. It’s going to be a hodgepodge of tidbits including This Week In History, Quote of the Week, Verse of the Week, Song of the Week, and Life Sharpening Tip. I also added a few features to my Facebook Author Page.

If you have any ideas of what you would like to see in this weekly post or on my blog, just leave a comment. On second thought, leave a comment anyway, and tell me about your summer.

OAChristmasPromise_medne more thing, I’ll start promoting my Christmas novella, A Christmas Promise, soon. Click on the picture to by it from my publisher. Or type in my name at Amazon or Barnes and Noble to find out how to purchase it.

Thanks for letting me tell you about my summer.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

9 thoughts on “My Busy Summer and Blogging News

  1. I’ve always heard, if you want something done, ask the ones who are the businest. So . . . I’m asking. NO, just kidding. Love reading your posts. And tho we haven’t gone on that Alaskan trip yet, hope to someday! 🙂

    • Dear Tamera: My breaks for you for all the pain you have been in. I am so glad you got your shoulder fixed properly and slugged through all your therapy. And I believe your children’s camps were even more therapy. Pain can take over our lives like a cloud passing over head. But I believe in my heart we are all only given so much pain and hopefully you have had your share of health pain. It is an inspiration to get fit and healthy whether we want to or not. God bless. Jacqueline

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