Sunday, November 11, 2018

Making Heaven's Home

Sometimes people ask me
Why I do, just what I do
And it always takes me back to
When my family was new.

My wife and I made promises 
To God, and to each other
We would love and cherish
A family after his pattern.

So we started out with purpose
To build our heaven’s home
Following HIs footsteps
Whatever was to come.

And part of that promise
Was to love, and take care
Of some of heaven’s children
That came down to live here.

But what might not be clear
Or maybe, unexpected
But you can come to see
After you’ve reflected

That God send precious spirits
To homes, less than worthy
And when they have the chance
We should serve them as surely

God does not see them 
As another’s child
We do all belong to Him
All know his loving smile.

So listen to the wisdom
Don’t let the chance be hid
To serve our heavenly father
By loving a stranger’s kid.

-- Roy Hayward

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So I am posting another poem on the anniversary of the Birth of my son Frank Edward Hayward V. He was with us for only one day and affected all of us forever. He was born 11-11-2011. 

He would be 7 years old today. 

When my wife and I stopped being able to have more of our own children we started to fulfill a dream. Maybe not a lifelong dream, but a dream we had been planning on living for all of our married lives. That was the dream of doing foster care. 

Today, there are many children in our home that we encountered first through foster care. Three of them were born in 2011.  Doing Foster Care is not the easiest thing to do. But it is not the hardest either. 

My wife and I did the hardest thing 7 years ago tomorrow when we said goodbye to Freddie. Loving someone, even a child isn't always easy. But it always comes with its reward. 

The reward is making heaven's home.




Thursday, November 1, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018

I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again!

I'm working on the third in the series in my Legend of Trees series. As I am writing this, only the first book, Arbor Colony is out on Amazon and other online booksellers. The second book, "Seed or Stars" is in editing and will come out before Christmas 2018.

And that leads to why I am writing the third in a series. I hope that isn't too confusing.

I mean, ideally, I would finish and publish all the books in a series and have nothing still in the WIP phase so that I can start NaNoWriMo with a clean slate and nothing to distract me from it. But that is not going to happen without a lot more planning than I am able to do right now.

So the third book has the working title of "Space Forest." One of the members in my critique group says I should call it "Trees in Space" but I think that sounds a bit too zany. These are not YA, and that would be a better title for them if that was the genre. 

But it's not. So it isn't. And I won't.

Today is the first day. I have beaten my work target. And now I am celebrating a bit by writing this blog post.

I will probably be posting again in a week to brag some more. Unless I am falling behind. In which case I should spend my time working on the novel.