7 Wonderful Things about 2013


7 wonderful things about 2013, in no particular order:

1.  Our children got to enjoy some really neat things this year, for example:

  • the Pioneer Museum down in Hot Springs, SD
  • the always-fantastic (and free) Wind Cave science program for kids (Jan. through April)
  • the Custer Library Program, which was exceptional this summer
  • Cascade Springs south of Hot Springs
  • chess club at Hot Springs Library last winter & spring, which was extremely well-run
  • a live (and wonderful) Chautauqua presentation by fellow homeschoolers

May I add one thing:  the Pioneer Museum is the first public building in a LONG time that I was able to enjoy with almost no reactions and very little recovery time afterward!!!   It helped that they had many windows open for cooling and that it is very high on a hill in a town that’s already better than most regarding pollution.  Wow, it was like a dream to enjoy that with my family.

2.  I grew through a challenging writing job given to me.
3.  I learned how to better follow God’s agenda for me.
4.  In September, God provided this large, beautiful home for us to enjoy (through May).
5.  Out-of-state relatives were able to come visit us twice!   It was so good to spend time with them.
6.  A new friend of mine and I have become very close, able to chat like sisters.
7.  God never deserted us or left us to struggle on our own.  (This is true every year, and it’s always one of the best things ever.)

Would you like to share something wonderful about your year?

Christa Upton     Black Hills Picture Books     PO 293     Custer, SD   57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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6 Responses to 7 Wonderful Things about 2013

  1. Katie Updike says:

    Christa. Your attitude is amazing!

    • Christa Upton says:

      Thank you, Katie! Glory goes to God–it is truly by His grace and His helping me to see His gifts amidst the hardships. And through the encouragement of friends like you! 🙂

  2. Kayla says:

    What a beautiful picture! Ah! I love pine trees and sunrises/sunsets. Thanks for coming to watch our Chautauqua performers! I am so glad we met you and your family.

    Love, Kayla

    • Christa Upton says:

      Thank you! Amazingly, that is the view from our front door! 🙂 I love sunrises/sunsets, too. And pine trees. 🙂 Oh, the Chautauqua was such a blessing to me! We are SO glad we met you all, too!! A friendship founded by God. Love, Christa

  3. Cathy Miller says:

    Gorgeous picture!!! Is Pioneer Museum the one in Mom’s old school? Maybe I never knew the name of it.

    • Christa Upton says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Yes, Pioneer Museum is Mom’s old school! 🙂 It’s really neat. The kids especially enjoyed trying out the old typewriter; they were fascinated by it. 🙂

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