The Difference We Make

I love children’s books.  And The Farmer by Mark Ludy is one of my favorites. I bought it when my oldest was three, and every time I read it I cry. But you have to consider that I’m a crier. At least according to my husband and my boys, I am.IMG_6469

The Farmer is about a farmer who trust in the Lord to provide. And he thanks him when good things happen to him, and when destruction comes his way. And he loves his neighbors, The Frumps, even when they are not so loveable.

I catch myself picking up this book to read it when those times of discouragement come in my life to remind me of how I should handle those times. I admit I don’t always want to be thankful or forgiving, but I find when I am, circumstances turn around much sooner. And I don’t find myself in the middle of a pity party.

I want to be grateful in all circumstances.  I love having the good times, but I always grow more in the difficult times.

I am thankful for Mark Ludy for writing such a beautiful book of how we should handle all the different situations in our lives. IMG_6471

The way he loved and cared  for his animals is what captivated me from the start. Mr. Ludy definitely pulled at my heart strings from the beginning with the  farmer’s love for his animals, the impossible circumstances that the farmer finds himself in, and then the way that he overcomes each circumstance.

I got it out last night because I needed a reminder to be thankful in all circumstances. Maybe somebody out there needs to hear that today. Our circumstances are temporary. I want to be thankful in all circumstances.

I didn’t know twelve years ago when I bought The Farmer that it would be such a comfort to me. I bought it as just a book for my little boy. We never know how our life might impact someone else. Just like this little book has impacted mine.

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Cats, Hunting Dogs, and Chasing Flies

This is Duke. AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-29-57-0500

We rescued him from a hunting dog named Red ( I couldn’t make that up if I tried). And yes, I am from the southern United States.

Red thought he was a toy or maybe a squirrel to be played with, and the boys and I just happened to come across the two of them while it was all going down.  I didn’t intend on being a cat owner, but here I am eight months later, and Duke has a pretty cushy life in our home.

He likes to sleep as you can see from the picture below. AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-31-14-0500

He likes to chase flies hence the intense stare toward the ceiling in this picture.AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-31-46-0500

And he loves to aggravate our little Morkie, Zack. And sometimes he just crawls in Zack’s kennel (which Zack never sleeps in), while Zack sleeps on the floor beside him.AdobePhotoshopExpress_2017-03-27_21-33-14-0500

I just want to go on record saying that  life hasn’t been the same since Duke entered our lives, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Well, Zack might if he was given the choice.

Until Next Time,

Judith W. Nicholson

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This sweet little bird, and his hungry preschool self is now an Amazon ebook in the Amazon bookstore. Hopefully the hard copy will be on sale in a week or so.Artboard 1-100

I wrote about my hate relationship with marketing on my other blog The Windy Writer, so I won’t bore you with the details, but needless to say I don’t like the marketing that comes with self-publishing.

I like illustrating and writing books. I’m not crazy about the technical stuff either, but I like it better than the marketing.


In other news, we had Easter festivities, and said goodbye to my Mamaw and Papaw’s place. It was very sad.

I lived here for a good portion of my life (a story for another time). IMG_4539

On Sunday my youngest hunted Easter eggs, and we went fishing. And now it’s back to working on books and blogs and marketing(yuck).

Until Next Time,

J. W. Nicholson

Below are the links to my books on Amazon. Let me know what you think.

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Who are your biggest encouragers?

Who do you have in your life that tells you how great your writing is? Who tells you how beautiful you look or handsome (I’m not trying to leave anyone out)?

For me it’s these guys!


And this guy ( I will hear about it if I don’t put him ) Doesn’t he look so sweet.IMG_5035

These men have encouraged me to write my books. They have encouraged me to start back blogging. They have encouraged me to keep moving.  When I can be my own worst enemy, these guys continually cheer me on.

I am GRATEFUL for them.

I don’t know if I would have believed in myself enough to venture into writing all of these different variety of books. Or, if I would have written any books at all.  I have had a lifetime of insecurities to overcome.

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Yet, here I am. If I can do it, Anyone can. And at this moment, on this night I am very grateful for how blessed I am. Amen!

Until Next Time,

Judith W Nicholson

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Three Things On My Mind

I have more than three things, but I’ll just go with three for the sake of keeping it short.

Our rescue cat is the first thing on my mind. When I wake up in the morning( as I get older that wake up time gets earlier and earlier), I let him out of his kennel. He then proceeds to love on me, eat, and take care of business. I didn’t plan on being a cat owner. But in August we rescued this cutie, who goes by the name Duke, from a hunting dog that thought he needed to toss two week kittens around in the air. I didn’t plan on keeping him, but eight months later he’s still here and an integrated part of our family.


The second thing on my mind is writing more on my blogs. I really had no idea when I began what I wanted to do with them, and I’m still unsure. I know I want to share about my writing and my life, but that’s about as much as I’ve got.

And then the third thing is my writing, which I am all over the place with. My interest ranges from novels and writing prompts to children’s books and coloring books. And for now, I’m just going to share it all.

I just published this little writing prompt book.  It’s the first book I’ve ever published. I decided I had to start somewhere. And so, this was my starting point. Yay! And now I’m working on a children’s book and a coloring book. I’m learning to accept that my interest vary and that’s okay.


Did I mention that I draw too. Below is a drawing of my grandparent’s place which has just sold (I may have shed a few tears over that one).


And below is the picture I drew it from.IMG_4539

And now you see what I mean about my interests varying.  But I’m glad you got to see a picture of my cute cat.

Until next time.

J. W. Nicholson

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Jumping All In

The last month has been crazy. When I’m not teaching and answering questions, I am on my computer. In the last month, I have watched videos on how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign. I decided I was going to quit putting off my desire to create and publish books. And so I have jumped into the deep water.  I needed something to be my own. My boys are getting older. They don’t need me as much for the little things (I may need to go cry now).  And since they are more independent, I’ve decided that there is no time like the present to get started with some of my dreams.  So, I’ve been working on a book. A children’s book to be more specific (I’ve been working on a novel for at least five years)  and a journal and a writing prompt book and a coloring book. The ideas keep coming. But I thought I might share some snippets of my children’s bookMarvin2

Meet Marvin. He is a hungry little bird. My inspiration was a bearded reedling. I’ve never seen one in person, but they are beautiful in the pictures.Marvin8

And all he can think about is food.Marvin 16

My inspiration was my boys.IMG_3539

They are hungry alot. So is the dog, Zack. He likes treats and human food (He also knows how to pose for a picture).Marvin20

This was my middle child’s idea. I think it turned out cute. I see a few places I need to go in and fix, but I think it’s a super cute idea.

This has definitely been a learning curve, but a fun one. There’s a lot to creating your own books.  I’m going to try to share my experiences on here. I’ve always done the blog in spurts. I guess we will see how it goes. But for now, I’ve got to get back to helping the boys with their work and working on the books.