When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. When no one was around, I’d scribble my stories on loose sheets of paper which I kept in a cardboard grocery box at the bottom of my wardrobe, half-hidden by my hanging clothes. Every night after I'd snuggled down in my bed, I’d compose more stories in my head. My tales were often about big families, remarkably like The Brady Bunch. Of course, my stories were fantastic. I knew one day they’d be published. Readers would beg me to write more. A TV station was going to turn them into a series, just like The Brady Bunch.

I grew up and became a scientist. I don’t really know why. I don’t like science. Then I became a mother which I do like. Actually I love it. 

One day we found out our 6th child wasn’t going to live after birth. I can't tell that story in a few words so I'll just say... Thomas was born and for a whole day I had my own Brady Bunch family: 3 girls and 3 boys. Then our baby died, and about a week later, I started writing. Some time later, I had a book. I called it Grief, Love and Hope. It is Thomas' book. It tells his story. And so I became an author. A Catholic one, for how can you write about such things as death and make sense of the whole experience without mentioning God?

A Catholic writer? As a child I wanted to be a writer but I never imagined being a Catholic one. (I didn't even know what a Catholic was in those days.) I wanted to write big family stories. I'm doing that and I like it. Do you know what else I like? I like how I’ve met so many beautiful people through my writing. At the top of the line is Nancy. Nancy is forever encouraging me, both as a friend and as a writer. And now she has given me a Catholic Writer’s Award.

Melanie Jean Juneau created the award. This is what she says about it:

THIS AWARD HAS NO STRINGS ATTACHED
NO RULES,
NO OBLIGATIONS
A SIMPLE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GREAT CATHOLIC WRITING WHICH BRINGS JOY, TRUTH, FREEDOM OR  ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS
IT CAN BE SOMEONE WHO WRITES ABOUT
PRAYER
THEIR STRUGGLES AND PAIN. BRINGING HOPE TO OTHERS
LIFE IN GOD
FAITH STORIES THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH
PASS THIS AWARD ON TO A FELLOW CATHOLIC WRITER OR TWO
POST THE RECIPIENT’S NAME AND BLOG IF APPLICABLE, AWARD TITLE, LOGO WITH A SIMPLE LINK BACK TO 

You know what? I think I can do that! Usually I am hopeless with awards and rules. But not today.

I’d like to pass this award onto Anabelle (if she doesn't already have one.) 

Anabelle’s sense of humour shines through her writing. So does her Catholic faith. I enjoy all her posts though I should avoid her book reviews like the plague. You see, Anabelle is the cause of me buying far too many books ‘I have to read’. It was just as well, I’d already bought a copy of Jennifer Fulwiler’s book Something Other Than God before I read Anabelle's review of that book. You haven’t read that post? Oh do go and enjoy it! I haven't told you about Anabelle's shoes. She is a queen of shoes. I always think of her when I'm shoe shopping. And we share a love of Mary. Our blogs are hers.

Anabelle blogs at Written by the Finger of God. If you love good Catholic writing, books, smiling and shoes hop over right away and enjoy!

Thank you Nancy for nominating me, and thank you Melanie for creating such an encouraging award for Catholic writers.


Melanie blogs at Joy of Nine



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  1. Oh Sue, thank you! What an honor. It amazes me how parallel our lives are --grief, writing, Mary and shoes! But you have better hair and can actually sew and have boys. Someday, I'll get to where you are my friend. That's the dream.

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    1. Anabelle,

      Oh yes, we have lots in common! One possible error... I seem to remember you sew rather well. I've seen photos of your creations. And boys? One day you could have lots of sons-in-law. That might be wonderful. When I was younger, I never thought much about sons and daughters in law, but I have discovered they are a whole new opportunity for love and friendship. My mother-in-law never had daughters and she once told me I was the daughter she never had. Isn't that beautiful? Enjoy the award. I look forward to your acceptance speech!

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    2. Sue, I am writing my speech. Can I borrow Bob Blog? By the way, I've been meaning to email you. Are you interested in joining a new Catholic Homeschooling e-zine? You'd be the resident un-schooling expert and I would love to write alongside you. Email me if you are at bythefinger@yahoo.com and I'll forward the founder's email.

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    3. Anabelle,

      After reading your Bob post, I wrote another Bob Blogosphere story. This one's for you!

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  2. Congrats, Sue.....I will head over to Annabelle and visit her. Love finding new bloggers and she seems pretty amazing!

    Great post, friend!

    xoxoox

    "See" you soon.

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    1. Chris,

      Thanks! You will love Anabelle. She is amazing. Lovely to see you on my blog!

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  3. And now, you compose stories. About a wonderful big family, and your stories are fantastic. Now they are being published online. Like your other readers, I beg you to write more. They're an online series, just like The Brady Bunch. Only lots, lots, lots better.

    Thank you for not just keeping your stories in your head. :)

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    1. Nancy,

      When I wrote this post yesterday, I was thinking about my real life big family stories, but you are right: There's all the fictional ones too. I don't know if anyone will beg me to write any more of them, and certainly there will be no TV series, but I guess my childhood dream was fulfilled!

      When Imogen returns from her singing lesson later this morning, she is going to help me with the formatting of my first Angels book. Who knows? It may yet get published! Thank you for your encouraging words.

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  4. Congratulation on the award. I too like your storie, they're truly catholic, enjoyable and fun. I would like to read more of them. But also the stories of you and your family are a good read, keep the stories coming.

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    1. Uglemor,

      I said I had great friends who encourage me along. Thank you so much!

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  5. Congrats on the award; I'll have to check out the blogs you mentioned here sometime when I have time. I started out Catholic, long story, but moved away from the religion, still believe, go to a Christian church, but do like to read writings of others that are faith based.

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      Stories involving religion usually are long and complicated. Mine is! I did something I said I'd never do and became Catholic. Life is full of surprises. I think we can all share regardless of our religion. Thank you so much for reading my stories and for your kind words!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie, both for your comment and for creating the award. I love the design of the button and I think the award will encourage many Catholic writers!

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  7. Congratulations, Sue. You definitely match the award. :-)

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    1. Thank you Susie! It was good to see your comment. Thank you so much for stopping to say hello!

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