1Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
King James Version
Hello everyone and happy “Purple Up!” Day! That’s right, its that time of year again, the Month of the Military Child! And here with us today to celebrate is a friend of mine, Kassie Angle! I hope you enjoy our interview!
1. What is your favorite thing about being a Military Kid?
Everything...?? Yep, everything. 😉 I’ve known nothing different. Getting to move so often and see so many places is really amazing. I can’t imagine staying in one place my whole life. All the opportunities we’d never have had otherwise. The Army is a really strong community and knowing that our Army family will always be there for us is something I wouldn’t change for the world.
2. What is your least favorite thing about being a Military Kid?
Changes. Goodbyes. DEPLOYMENTS. Worrying about my dad getting killed. Ya know, those things that come with the territory but never get easier.
3. Name a few things you think people often forget about Military Kids?
We love it. We really do. When I was younger I never liked people thanking me for my service or sacrifice because...well, that’s just not how I felt. For one, I didn’t have a say in it (our family’s favorite analogy for Army kids is getting drafted), and for two, I loved this crazy life too much to think of it that way. Nowadays I can appreciate that more, but the truth is, no matter how hard it gets, we still love it.
And we don’t fit in anywhere else. Sometimes folks presume we’d be glad to be out of the Army now...but the Army is home. Anywhere else is way out of our comfort zone!
4. Where was your favorite base to live at? Why?
Ft. Hood. All the way. People deploy constantly from Ft. Hood, and there are thousands of people living there...so it kinda gets a bad rap. But it is an amazing place to live. Everybody’s in the same boat, and everybody knows it. If your dad’s deployed, so is everyone else’s. The community that builds is beautiful! (And Central Texas is physically beautiful, too... 😉) Knowing anyone will watch your back, just because we’re all Army—that everyone “gets it.” And with BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area), the cavalry shows, the greatest FRGs (Family Readiness Group) in the world...the Army takes good care of its people. And the PX (Post Exchange; it’s like a store on base) there is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Sometimes we want to go to Ft. Hood just to go to the PX!
5. Name a Base you would have liked to visit.
Somewhere I still have my list of posts in Virginia along with the Civil War battlefields nearest to each one...! 😉 I would’ve given just about anything to get stationed in VA. But my number one would definitely be Landstuhl. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is the first stop for soldiers MEDEVACed (Medical evacuation) out of war zones, and there is an organization there called Soldiers’ Angels that I would love to volunteer with.
6. Anything else you think we should know about Military Kids?
Even the little kids understand more about Army life than you’d guess. Trust me on that. Looking back, it surprises me a little just how much I did understand at four and five. I don’t ever remember being taught that soldiers were killed in war, or that you salute the flag going down. And as I got older, seeing little friends with that same understanding that’s almost instinctual...I don’t know. That probably didn’t make any sense. 😉
And contrary to my younger self, if you know military kids, please tell them thank you. Honestly, no, we don’t want to be thanked for any sacrifice...chances are, we don’t feel like we’re the ones who’ve sacrificed. But sometimes it’s nice if someone notices that we do serve too. We might not take it in stride just then, but we’ll look back and feel honored. 💜
7. What is your favorite memory about being a Military Kid?
We’re gonna be here a while... Well, welcome home ceremonies are a natural choice—absolute chaos at an unreal hour, and it is the happiest, most exciting thing in the world. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to really convey the emotion of a welcome home ceremony. We’ve literally wished we could have welcome home ceremonies without deployments—they’re that thrilling. Of course, they probably wouldn’t be without waiting through a deployment for them. 😉 The time our brigade had a welcome-home-sign-painting party and twelve-year-old me had the brilliant idea to paint a giant flag out of handprints with only four or five kids around...a soldier who had pretty small hands ended up filling in most of the flag. Independence Day when we had half-a-dozen of Daddy’s single and unaccompanied soldiers over and sang around the piano, discovering all the soldiers’ hidden musical talents, and then ending with a wild punch-balloon fight with a soldier who was kind of our adopted brother. Having pizza with friends every single week one deployment. One of Daddy’s soldiers taking my brother and I to the range while Daddy was deployed. Sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet. How do you pick...
Okay!! I’ve got it. The day after my 16th birthday, Rescue was doing sling-load training out over the ocean. One helicopter would pick up an old car, slung under the heli (helicopter), and carry it out to sea while another heli stayed along the shoreline, “covering fire.” Well, I ran up on our roof to watch them just as the “covering fire” heli went by a couple blocks down from our house. Just for fun, I saluted it, and all of a sudden it pivoted and came right towards the house. I just stood there frozen holding my salute and that big Seahawk buzzed right over my head and turned back out to sea. I went running downstairs and Josh said, “That helicopter went right over our house!” I said, “Oh, you have no idea,” and just started crying. Yeah...that one definitely takes the prize. Getting buzzed by a Rescue heli for my 16th birthday. 😭
8. How did being a Military Kid influence you as a writer?
Wow...this is a neat question. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is all the experiences I’ve had that end up in stories. There’s a lot more real life in my stories than I usually care to admit. 😆However, on a more serious note, when I was about 15 it began to dawn on me that not everyone understands the Army life and that there is a lack of good sweet war stories to help them understand. One of my favorite writing quotes is “Listen to what others aren’t saying and write about the silence.” I guess this Army lifestyle has really opened my eyes to one of the silences. I’ve always been writing, but it was at that age that the Lord really opened my eyes to how I could use that writing—which would probably never have happened if we weren’t Army.
9. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Writing the action scenes, haha! If I get in a rut writing a slow scene, I jump ahead and write something fast-paced. It’s absolutely contradictory, but I will tell you in the same breath that I don’t like torturing my characters and that I love writing action scenes. It’s just the easiest part for me, for whatever reason! As much as I love stories with “breather” scenes, I also love stories that just run from one intense scene to another—and sometimes that’s the best way for me to convey my story’s emotion.
10. Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?
No, I throw out spoilers way too easy! 😉 Well...Tattered Wings is about a small-town police officer, his daughter who is searching for answers about her past, a wounded Airborne Ranger, and the dog that brings them all together. I want to show a perspective of soldiers’ children I haven’t seen portrayed in fiction before while also writing about law enforcement and therapy dogs. The basic theme is very similar to O to be Like Thee— there is healing, and sometimes failure only means you didn’t fail—but the plot is completely different. My heart is still very much in O to be Like Thee, but I’m starting to fall in love with Tattered Wings, and I hope it can be comparable someday.
11. Do you think being a military kid affects your writing process in any way?
Hmm...well, I hope my stories read authentically military-wise, even with creative license...does that count? My stories are chock-full of Army terms and acronyms that I sometimes wonder if anyone will understand. Physically writing the story...probably, but I don’t know if I could tell you how.
12. Who do you hope to reach with your stories? Soldiers, civilians, both?
I’ve asked myself this sometimes... Both. Definitely both. I pray I write characters that soldiers can relate to and thus are willing to listen to. It’s hard, but there is hope. I pray that soldiers see that in my characters’ lives. Likewise, I also pray that I open the eyes of those who otherwise have no experience with the military—help them to understand what thousands of soldiers go through, give them a reason to remember and honor, show them why it’s worth respecting.
Thank you, so much, Kassie for doing this interview with me! And thank you to all the Military kids (Whether you’re still in or out, you are always a military kid!) for your sacrifice and service to our Great Nation, The United States of America! You are loved and appreciated!💜
Until Next Time,
Hello and welcome back to Life of Heritage Corner! Is it just me or did March fly by? Today, I’d like to share with you some of my March favorites. Let’s go!
My March Favorites…
Event: Capitol Connection! Once a year, me, my dad and my sister take part in Awake America’s Capitol Connection where preachers from around the country meet in Washington D.C. to pray with our Senators and Congressmen! We met with Rep. Ted Budd, our representative. He’s a blessing! Another great memory was having my picture made with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas)! He’s a former Navy SEAL and SOOOOOOO nice! We also visited Late Rep. Walter Jones’ office, taking a look at two posters he had hanging outside the office. They were servicemen from eastern North Carolina and those stationed in eastern North Carolina who have died in the service of our Country. Such a moving moment!
Song: Only One by Adam Morgan. Oh, this song was so powerful! We sang with the Capital Connection choir and this was one of the songs. Jonathan Hamilton (aka P.J. Pirate) sang the solo part and it sounded amazing. It can be found on The Incredible Race CD and the Hamilton Family CD, God of Wonders.
Verse: O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. (Psalm 139:1-6; King James Bible)
This whole chapter was such a blessing to me! I call it the Pro-Life Psalm 😉 Knowing that God knows me better than anyone else (including myself) is such a comfort to me, especially since I sometimes have trouble expressing myself to others. (I know, I’m a writer and I should be able to articulate the proper words in every situation, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen, lol!) And lets just take a moment and appreciate the lovely old English prose of these verses…I can’t get enough of it! The Bible is so poetic!
Book of the Month: I didn’t read very much this month, we've been so busy and I've been working on book edits, so I don’t have a book to recommend here! Oh, unless my devotion book counts! Revival Today by John Goetsch and Nathan Birt is so good! Everyday, they take a preacher from history, well known or not, and tell something that happened in their lives on or near that day in history. God used each of these men in shaking a nation and bringing revival. It’s amazing to read testimonies of men like Gypsy Smith, Billy Sunday, Shubal Stearns and Charles Fuller. And you learn a lot of interesting facts about these men as well. For example, did you know that the main reason prohibition happened in the United States was because of Billy Sunday? Or that Preachers preached against using the radio to reach souls for Christ? Charles Fuller was the first to use radio to broadcast the Gospel! In fact, we play his program (Old-Fashioned Revival Hour) on FBN Radio at 2:05 p.m. on Sundays! Definitely check this program and book out!
Ministry: FBN Share-a-thon went wonderful! Thank you to everyone who tuned in, donated and prayed that God would bless! Over the course of the week, 588 people gave to the Share-a-thon, with 123 first-time givers! The LORD allowed the Share-a-thon to raise $229,648.00. The Share-a-thon ended while raising support for October 9. We'd like to thank each and every one of you who prayerfully and financially support FBN. This ministry is blessed with faithful listeners, and we are so grateful for you! God is so good!
Writing Update: I am almost done with my self-edits! Next week should wrap it up, Lord Willing! Ministry has kept us hopping, but I wouldn’t trade this past month’s experiences for anything! I am currently working on the Missouri Campaign and the Georgia Campaign. Pray for me, as both are difficult to write! I want them just right!
A Book I am Anticipating for April: It’s still The Hiding Place, as I only started the book this month. It’s a little slow for me, because the first two chapters don’t really make sense to me yet…I can’t see how they tie in with the story I’m familiar with. Hopefully that will change soon!
And Now for your Story Prompts!
That’s all for now! Lord Willing, I’ll be back next month!
Hey, everyone! I’m back with another writing post! Today, I want to share a little bit about naming characters. Personally, I think this is one of the hardest parts of writing! Some characters have names that just jump out at you; you can’t imagine them having any other name. Others cause you to go from name to name trying to find the one that fits them. Some just don’t come at all.
Let’s take a look at a few ways I’ve found names for my characters.
Something to Think About: Do you have a special way you find names for your projects? How did you do it? Did you use any of the above ideas? Which one are you most prone to try out? And what is the best name you’ve ever come up with, and how did you find it? Share your ideas with a struggling friend!
Until Next Time,
Hello everyone! Today is a very special day for our family! Many of you don't know this, but I have an Uncle who has Downs Syndrome. Today, I get to feature him on World Downs Syndrome Day!
Forty-Two Years ago, God blessed our family in a very special way when my Uncle Mark was born. He is my dad's younger brother. And I can't imagine life without him!
Downies are different, that's for sure, but anyone with one of these special people in their lives will tell you, they are irreplaceable!
Mark loves bouncy balls that light up when you throw them...he loves throwing them where you least expect him to so he can watch you chase it. His favorite ball though is a basket ball.
Puzzles are another favorite. He loves his animal peg puzzle and "tricking" us into thinking the parrot piece belong in the colt spot. And he'll smile so big when he get's the iguana and the turtle in the right place.
He loves apple sauce, "eggies" and ice cream. And chocolate milk is a must! He loves his fruit juice and pancakes are high on his list too!
Picture books with bright colors are another pastime he enjoys. Noah's ark, with all the animals, held his attention for a several moments as he looked from one animal to the next.
Another time, we were looking at a "First words" book and I pointed at the brown dog in the picture. "Laddie," he said, referencing a dog he'd had as a child. Who knew that he remembered Laddie? It was a special moment as he stared at the picture and grinned, saying "Laddie" over and over.
Oh, and did I mention he loves music? Twinkle Twinkles Little Star, Jesus Loves Me and the B-I-B-L-E are favorites. And he enjoys listening to FBN, especial The Bible in Living Sound!
While there are lots of challenges and not every day is a "good" day, we feel so privileged to have Uncle Mark in our family!
If you want to see something that will bless your heart, read this post and watch the video! It's so precious!
If you can, show your support for World Downs Syndrome Day by wearing mismatched socks! And if you meet a family with a precious Downie, stop and talk to them. It will make their day and you might just get a hug ;)
Have a blessed Day!
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