A New Beginning
What an amazing journey this life of mine. I am always searching and learning.
Most of you know I moved to California last September and returned to Alpharetta, GA the end of January. I don’t know why I am back here, but I believe there is a reason.
I am taking one day at a time, trying to be more aware of other’s needs and helping where I can.
My dream is to be able to work and live my creative life…full time. I ask God to show me if that is the path He wants for the rest of my life. In the meantime, I am looking for a source of financial income…a job J
Even though living back in Georgia is not where I really want to be J, and working in the typical work world is not my preference…I am very excited about the journey and all the blessings God has in store for me.
Where I Have Been
Last spring after much research and thought, in a space of total peace, I made the decision to take early retirement, put my house up for sale, and move to Napa, CA.
I had made three other major relocations in my life…Michigan to Miami, Fl.; Florida to Dublin, Ireland; Ireland to Atlanta, GA. I wanted a small town, laid back atmosphere, less traffic, and beautiful scenery. That is Napa.
About three weeks after I got there, settled in and began the process to look for a job, something happened and I got ill. I was not well for almost 3 months. During the month of November, I would wake up and immediately think “I need to move back to Alpharetta.” My house still had not sold. By the beginning of December I decided that is what I needed to do. Something in my gut just did not feel right where I was. I really liked the area and the people, and I could not understand why this was all happening. I still don’t know why.
I took my house in Alpharetta off the market, called my brother and told him of my decision and he said he would fly out and help me drive across country…again. I made the rest of the arrangements. We left Napa the last week of January arriving back in Alpharetta on the 27th. Bear and I were able to move back into our house.
I truly believe I have done what was right for me, and although I don’t know why I had to come back to Georgia, I trust God has a reason.
Special gratitude for those whose friendship and extra special help/support got me through a difficult time: my brother John “Michael”, and in Napa – Michael, Beverly, Melissa, Tom, and Debbie.
My Life Dreams
And Current Projects
I can do all things through Christ Jesus…
Dreams: To have the perfect literary agent, who finds the perfect publisher, gets the best contracts for my books, and a movie deal for the story of Little One.
I am working, living my creative life, and sharing my life with a very special man, in our beautiful home overlooking the ocean.
Current projects: finishing book two in the Little One series, started a book of my memoirs with the theme of searching for my paradise.
I also continue to write an occasional poem.
I have canceled contract with publisher, so no longer in print. I have a supply of first book… if anyone is looking for it please contact me by email or phone.
(Good news and answered prayers)
Under this topic when I share gratefulness for good news about others, I usually won’t specify any names or specifics unless I have gotten the other person’s permission to do so.
I am grateful for the blessings I have received, even the time I was ill in California as I learned more about myself and my family and friends.
I am grateful for the recent answered prayers for my brother and some friends. What joy at hearing all the good news and I thank God for his goodness.
My Observations &
It is interesting what we observe and the thoughts that come to us from what we see.
I have been trying to do a 30 minute walk everyday for the last couple months…not just for myself, but for my brother. I suggested to him that we both do this…he in Michigan and me here in Georgia. The reason is for our health and because we don’t want to lose each other too early in this life.
Most of the time I walk in the mall because it is too hot outside J
Two recurring observations are:
How many adults with wee little children walk on ahead and leave the children walking some distance behind them, rarely looking to see if they are still there. And I witnessed one mother telling her young son to go into the Disney store while she took the baby into the bathroom a couple doors down. This type of behavior makes me wonder, have these parents never seen the news about children who have been abducted, do they think it can’t happen to them. How many times have the parents, whose child was abducted, said “I only turned for a second!”
Another observation is the number of women…younger and older…who are supposedly dressed for work, but have so much cleavage showing they look like they are going to a party, or dressed for something else – not for a professional job. I wonder “what ARE they thinking when they get dressed for work?”
My Latest Poetry
The Garden Weeds and Me
By Ann Marquette
Pulling the weeds
From my little garden
It is time
To pull the weeds
From my soul
From my life…
And maybe it is time
To plow my little garden
And start anew
Fresh and glorious…
It is time in my life
To free my mind
The thoughts of old…
Time to begin
A new path
To allow God
To show me the way
His way for me…
Oh the joy
Of a beautiful new garden
A clean heart
The soul a ready vase
For God to fill
With His gifts, His blossoms.
Copyright August 6, 2006