WHAT A DAY!

I just wanted to share some pictures and a few of the details that went into making my book launch for Salsa! The Taste of Life a hit! I met up with a couple of fellow writers, M Cid D’Angelo and Toni Pacini who really showed love and support. Receiving encouragement from your peers is great!

I had Vital Germaine, another fellow writer read for me in the early part of the day. He did an amazing job too!

Performers Jaelyn Denise and Darla Beaux brought joy to the whole day with their amazing talents.

My neighbor who lives in back of me, offered her artistic skills by doing great face painting, which many enjoyed.

At the end of the day I read 3 excerpts from my book to a full house. I shared the poem I dedicated to my family,MI FAMILIA, and  my own strong emotions caught me off guard , when I gave thanks to my long deceased parents.You never know how your own words will affect you as you share them with an audience.

After my readings several people came up and congratulated me saying that they felt what I wrote and could picture what I describe clear as day. Folks, THAT was the topping to end my wonderful day! That is why I write; so you my amazing readers can feel the music of my heart and picture what I see when I close my eyes. When you read me, I hope to take you places far away and touch your soul all at the same time. If I don’t ,I’m not doing my job as a writer 🙂

A warm thank you goes to ALL who helped me put my event together and to ALL who stopped in to celebrate my book! You all are the BEST and so are YOU my dear readers!!!

I am still on cloud 9 and not ready to land yet!! Happy Sunday!!!

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

Please refer back to my earlier posts and read what this challenge is about so that the later posts make sense. :)

Day 5 Question # 5: What are some of  the very first things you can remember teaching your children to do?

I smiled when I read this question because it brought back a lot of good memories. Being that I began reading to my kids even when I was pregnant with each one of them, reading was one of the very first things I taught them to do. When my 2nd daughter was 4 years old, she picked up an early reader dating from the 1940’s which I had been using to teach them from, and she just started reading it to me as if to say,

“See mama, I’ve been paying attention all along and now I can do it by myself.”

Not only that my first daughter who had been kind of lagging behind on her reading saw her younger sister advancing in her reading, so that was her incentive to apply herself a bit more. My other two kids picked up reading simply because they saw how much their older sisters enjoyed it so they were both eager to try it out for themselves.

I also taught them to cook; I don’t know why  parents shoo their young kids away from the kitchen.  Teach them how to work  with knives and kitchen utensils instead of  over protecting them. Cooking is a necessary life skill that they’ll need when they go out on their own. I am amazed at the number of kids who come to my home and they always tell us that they wish they were allowed to cook when they see my kids being in command of our kitchen.

My faith in Yeshua is of top priority in my life and I taught my kids about the importance of having a relationship with God’s Son, Yeshua  from very early on. I remember a time when I had 4 kids ages 6 and under and we would play Christian music and dance and sing in God‘s Presence. I also showed them how to pray and that praying is simply asking and talking to Him.  

 

He Who Reads Leads

Read, read, read. Read everything- the classics trash, good and bad and see how they do it.” – William Faulkner

 
I have been reading to my kids since they were in my belly. As they grew into toddlers and now older kids I still read to them. Reading is an important habit to instill and nurture in your kids because books can become life time companions for them. I have met numerous kids who attend public school and most of them tell me they hate reading. Do you ever wonder why?
 
When I was a student there was nothing I loathed more than getting a book from an English teacher that I had to read for a grade and by a specific time. I did it because I had to and there went the joy in that.
 
A great way to nurture this habit of reading is by making a weekly trip to your local library; loose your kids there and let them freely explore and find material THEY want to read. Let them also see you read and as you model reading to your kids it sends the message out loudly and clearly. Then watch out! Here come life long readers who will likely do the same for their kids later on.
 
One way  I keep the reading habit going is by including it as part of our family’s celebrations. Every time we have a birthday, at the end of the day, before the clock strikes midnight; we all take turns reading THE BIRTHDAY BOOK by Dr. Seuss to the birthday boy or girl. We all laugh at the ridiculously funny lines and we have a great time.
 
Next time you’re looking for a new way to celebrate, include reading together!