Author Visits are among my most very favorite things!! I am a teacher at heart, and having a classroom of students around me delights me to the depth of my being. A heartfelt thanks goes to all who welcomed me so warmly!! You made my Christmas brighter!
Yes! 'Tis the season for all things Christmas!! And that includes Christmas books! Around my house, it's a yearly tradition to pull out the basket of Christmas books gathered over the years, cuddle up near the tree, read, and reminisce of years gone by. Do you do that at your house??
What a blessing to have a book of my own to lie among the stacks of Christmas favorites!!
And now 'tis the season for author visits and sharing my Christmas story, Grover Groundhog is Not Hibernating This Christmas (which includes the real Christmas story) with lots of precious children! Here's where I'll be:
Tuesday, November 27~Children of Faith Preschool
Indian Trail, NC
Thursday, December 6~My First School
& Ms. DeeDee's Afterschool
Indian Trail, NC
Thursday, December 13~CraftyKidz
Hemby Bridge, NC
Friday, December 14~Childrens Lighthouse
Indian Trail, NC
I'm praying sweet blessings and lots of snuggly Christmas reading for you and yours!!
Are you goofy about groundhogs?? Check out this great info
and you’re sure to be! They are so cool!
·Groundhogs are marmots and are members of the
rodent family. People (like me!) who love groundhogs are called marmotophiles.
People who study about groundhogs are referred to as marmotologists or
·Groundhogs have other names…woodchuck and whistle
pig. They are called whistle pigs because of the shrill whistle they sound to
warn their friends of danger.
·That whistle is not the only way that God gave
groundhogs to protect themselves from predators. They have a strong sense of
smell. They can smell if any predators have been near their burrow.
·Groundhogs are very alert and can peek from
their burrows without being noticed. Their eyes, ears and nose are high on
their heads for great spying.
·Groundhogs can also make a loud chattering noise
with their teeth that scares enemies, which include wolves, foxes, coyotes, and
·And speaking of teeth, a groundhog’s teeth keep
growing and growing and growing. They use their teeth to help dig their burrow.
They can chew right through roots and even rocks! That gnawing keeps the teeth
at just the right length.
·Groundhogs are amazing diggers!!! The can move
about 700 pounds of rocks, roots, and dirt in one day!!
·Groundhogs dig with purpose. When making their
burrow, they go down a few feet and then back up a bit, making a flood bump
which protects the burrow during storms. God made groundhogs really smart!
·Their burrows have a main entrance and alternate
exits and spyholes. They have multiple “rooms” including a nest for snoozing
and hibernating and a potty room.
·Groundhogs eat like pigs all during the summer
to build up lots of fat for their hibernation. After the first frost, they head
into their burrow and sleep until spring.
·During hibernation, groundhogs barely breathe,
only about once every six minutes. Their hearts only beat once every four or
five minutes. That’s deep sleep!!
·They eat grasses, leaves, fruits, tree bark,
clover and crops…which keep them from friendship with farmers.
·Groundhogs live in places where trees are near
to open spaces, often close to roadways and streams. Groundhogs can climb trees
and can swim, but spend most of their time on the ground.
·On February 2, Groundhog Day is celebrated! On
this day, groundhogs from all over the country are pulled from their homes to
see if they see their shadow. According to tradition, if he sees his shadow
there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, then spring is on its
Thankful for God's unfailing love, tangible presence, and that He would see fit to will and work in me for His good pleasure...it is surely a matter of grace! It is my prayer that I honor Him in all I do. He has blessed me with a wonderful heritage through the example of my parents who love God, walk with Him, pray fervently, and love others unconditionally. He gave me an incredible, generous, gifted husband who works for the Lord with all of his heart. My "little girl dreams" of being a Mommy have been realized through our 4 wonderful daughters, who have proved that there is "no greater joy than to [know] that my children are walking in the Truth." I am honored that He would allow me the privilege of having taught His precious children in several wonderful Christian schools. I wait expectantly to see what The Dream Giver has in store as He leads in pursuit of service to Him through the written word.