Laresa Watkins

Write 31 Days!

Oct 31, 2015

I began the month with doubts.  Not knowing whether I should attempt #Write31Days or not.  I wasn’t sure if I would have the time or enough ideas, and I didn’t want to start the month and not complete it like I have the past couple of years.

And here we are on October 31st and I did it.  

I am not saying it was easy or that I always had something awe-inspiring to write about, but I did write something every day. And I didn’t have to resort to giving you a weather report every day!

Here’s what I learned this month:

1-In order to write, I have to actually write.  I can’t keep wishing and hoping that I will be a writer without actually doing the hard work. The more I write, the more my creative juices flow.

2-I have time to write.  I don’t have a lot of time, and sometimes I am tired and don’t feel like writing, but I do have a little time in my schedule (mostly at night after the kids go to bed) to write.  I have to make an effort to spend that time writing instead of zoning out on Facebook or Pinterest.

3-There are plenty of things for me to write about.  This month, since I was really searching for things to write about, I constantly thought throughout the day, “I should write about that.”  “I hope I remember to write about this.” God is always at work around me, and that’s what I want people to know and understand about their own lives.  I am confident that if I ever have nothing to write about, He will give me something!

So I am going to continue to write every day.  I’m not going to post everything on the blog, but I am going to finish up my New Year’s goal of submitting 6 articles for publication (I have only submitted one).  I think that’s realistic and will keep me focused and working.

I hope you enjoyed reading along this month.  I so appreciate those of you who faithfully read and give me encouragement!

Click below to read all of my posts for the month!

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Oct 30, 2015

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post is “Treat.” Perfect since tomorrow is Halloween, don’t you think?

I have been thinking of all of the treats in my life, and I have to say that there are many: good dinners with my family, looking out my kitchen window and seeing one of our chickens running across the yard, singing in the car with the kids.  And there are more: Saturdays with nothing planned, fresh sheets, a new T-shirt, and DVR’d episodes of The Big Bang Theory.

You get my point.  I believe in being happy and satisfied right where I am, and enjoying God’s little blessings.

One thing that is a real treat for me? Early morning coffee dates with Jesus.  🙂

I love, love, love getting up early (especially during the winter when it is cold and dark and I can wrap up in a blanket on the couch) and having a hot cup of coffee while I read my devotion and pray.  It is a time I cherish and look forward to.  Sometimes Maddie wakes up early and snuggles up with me on the couch to drink her juice and watch her cartoons.

This is from my Instagram account and was taken almost a year ago.  I love Instagram, and just found out how to post pics from my Instagram onto my blog, so plan on seeing more of them!

This post is part of my series for #Write31Days.  If you would like to see my other posts for the series, just click the image below.  

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Halloween Traditions

Oct 29, 2015

Jason and I have many Halloweens behind us.  In college, we spent our Halloween nights with thousands of other college-students at huge street parties.  As we outgrew that, we loved handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Now that we have kids, Halloween is more involved, with lots of decorations, trunk-or-treats, festivals, costume parties and trick-or-treating.

Our Halloweens have evolved, along with us.  🙂

There is one tradition that we have kept alive: during the week leading up to Halloween, we watch all of the Halloween movies.

They come on AMC (and I do have issue with movies that were made after I was born being referred to as a “classic”) all week, and Jason slowly tortures me by making me watch all of them.  When I try to cover my eyes, he pulls my hands down.  If I pull the covers over my head, he pulls them off.  Every year we go through this, and it’s always the same.

Why are these movies so darn scary????  Right now, we’re almost through Halloween 4, and I swear I am about to have a heart attack.  I mean, why would she crawl onto the roof with that girl on her back? WHY? And why can Michael Myers walk so well on the roof when they can’t? And why won’t he just die???!!!

And why does my husband keep rewinding it if he thinks I missed an important part while I am typing this?


This post is part of my series for #Write31Days.  Almost there!  If you’re interested in seeing my other posts for the month, click the image below.  

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Picture #14

Oct 28, 2015

I am resorting to another writing prompt tonight. It is a really good one, though.  The prompt said to go through a photo album until you get to picture #14, then write about that picture.

This was picture #14 on my computer:

This was Charlie at the beach a couple of summers ago.  This is the beach trip when he tripped at a restaurant and cut his eye open.  It looked like he might need stitches (and he may have) but we decided to just use a steri-strip and save ourselves a trip to the emergency room.

He’s holding his blankie.  We had to buy several of the exact same blanket, because he used to suck on them until they were just soaking wet.  They would get really stinky, so I had to rotate them out every day or two so I could wash them.  He still sleeps with one, but doesn’t suck on them anymore since Dr. Williams told him not to because it was making him burp all of the time.

It is just a pleasure to see Charlie growing up.  He is such a neat kid.  He takes care of kids who are littler than him and has tons of compassion.  And he is absolutely the best big brother.

He is determined to be a black belt ninja when he grows up.  We discussed today what a paycheck is, and he told me he wouldn’t get one because black belt ninjas don’t make money for saving people.  He thinks his karate classes are truly preparation for his future career.

Who knows? Maybe it is!

This post is part of my series for #Write31Days.  To read the rest of my posts, click the image below. 🙂

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Some Good Things From Today…

Oct 27, 2015

I thought I would share some good things that happened today…

1-I actually got out of bed when my alarm went off. I had time to drink a little coffee and read my devotion, and it was quiet and dark and I had to wrap up in a blanket because it was cold this morning.  Early morning is my favorite time of day, and I hate when I am lazy and hit snooze too many times and miss it.

2-I got a great haircut today.  For a couple of years now I have just gotten a quick trim since the kids are usually running around and I don’t want to take too long, plus I have enjoyed my hair being longer for a little while.  But today, I got several inches cut off and a completely new style that I love.  It took time, but Aunt Betty kept the kids occupied.  And sometimes we have to let them run wild while we do something for ourselves, right, mama’s?

3-Speaking of Aunt Betty, she took us out to lunch after our haircuts.  It was a great lunch and I always love spending time with her because she thinks I am so great, even when I’m not. 🙂

4-Bethony took Charlie to karate tonight.  Since karate is two nights a week and keeps us out later than I like, that is such a blessing.  Plus, when you have 2 children and you suddenly only have one of them in your care, that is a huge load off.

5-Mama had us over for dinner tonight.  No cooking or cleaning for me!


So to sum up my day, I was totally and completely pampered.  And it was awesome.  I hope I can pay it back tomorrow.

This is part of my series for #Write31Days.  To read more of my posts for this series, click the image below.

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