Child, remember God has a plan for you….Never forget that!’
Set in the 1930’s the true story of this family is one of survival for some and not for others. The Great Depression has affected everyone, even those who live in town. Sybil wants nothing more than to make her Papa proud of her. This desire permeates almost everything she does. Deeply involved in socialism, Papa is a lot of talk and very little action. Realizing that she needs a purpose that is her own, spurs Sybil on to make very different choices than those that would be made for her.
The author has put a great deal of research into this book, which is evident as you read the detail of the town, the people and even the politics. I could almost feel the grit in my teeth as I read about the dust bowl and the incredible drought. It must have been very difficult to believe that God had everything in control and had not abandoned them.
get-togethers began in our family ions ago. That’s what families do—get
together—if they like each other. Or not.
have a picture of an Akin family reunion dated in the early 1900s. My Grandpa
Thomas Elisha Akin stands in the middle of the back row, as good looking as
Clark Gable. He’s surrounded by his wife, my great aunts and uncles, and a row
of corralled youngsters sitting in front. His parents, Elisha Levi and Dora
Alice Valentine Akin, born in 1851 and 1856 respectively, perch on chairs. There
are so many relatives I’ve never seen nor heard about except tidbits here and
there. Their lives are a mystery.
makes me wonder about them. What did they talk about? What was Great-grandma’s
favorite pastime? Did she make homemade biscuits as delicious at my
grandmother’s? Did she hate the drudgery of doing laundry by hand? Did she
discuss deep life questions with her children? Was my great-grandpa Akin one of
those staunch, tough-as-nails men who didn’t know how to communicate? Like my
grandpa and my father? What genes and traits were passed down to me and my
family? Stubbornness? An inquisitive mind?
was born an Akin and proud of it. With research, I traced our family history back
across the United States to Arkansas, Georgia, New York, Rhode Island, and then
to Dartmouth, Massachusetts and a Quaker community. Tracing farther back, our Oklahoma
Akin family originally came from Aberdeen, Scotland, traveling to the U.S. in the
of all, I speculate about their beliefs. Living in Scotland, did some of the
Akins leave their homes during the Bishop’s Wars or because of religious or
political persecution? Just why did they travel by boat to the U.S.? Perhaps
someone has researched this and has more knowledge.
That would be an awesome trip—to travel to Scotland to see where the Akin/Aikine’s lived!
Did the Akins have faith in God to help them through the hard times? Perhaps their faith still lives on. My family trusts in God and still tries to follow His ways.
therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful
God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of
those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
A thousand generations to those who love him. And keep his commandments. And it’s been less than ten generations back from me when my ancestors lived in a Quaker community. Maybe some of them were praying hard. Perhaps faith continues on just like our family reunions continue on, and that means I need to be praying for the next ten generations!
The grandchildren came to our house for our ninth cousins camp.
Success meant everyone got fed something, no one got hurt too bad, and parents weren’t called in a panic. Also, it means that Grandma survived the three days. This cousins’ camp surpassed my expectations. Thanks for praying for my sanity and the children’s responses. Seven of our twelve grandchildren came, the others off to college or jobs or couldn’t attend.
With more activities planned than we could possibly do, I was prepared. I printed out a flexible schedule and posted it on the fridge. Treas came by and helped me decorate. Sixteen dozen cookies were baked. The snack box filled. Beds made for each child, including blow up beds, and a book on each pillow.
I tried to keep the kids busy while also allowing free time. They decorated capes and masks, went swimming, watched Charlie Brown and Bibleman films, and had an awesome Tae Kwan Do lesson from their black belt cousin – one of the Super Cousins we have around here. There were a lot of bumps and bruises, cries and questions, along with laughter and giggles.
My goals were 1) to let the children spend time together 2) make memories with their grandparents and 3) teach them something about our values.
This cousins camp theme stressed me out. We’ve had some great cousins camps in the past, like a 50s theme, an art theme, a circus theme, cowboy theme, mystery, and we even made a short movie one year. This year, I had to come up with something fun, and the Superhero theme worked great. You can find more information about activities on my pinterest page.
I guess the sub-theme would be God’s Super Kids. We studied super kids in the Bible. The grand-kids loved acting out the skits I wrote and making puppet shows, and Bill preached a great, short Sunday morning sermon.
My favorite moment was when I told my nine-year old grandson goodnight. He asked me, “Do you really think I can grow up to be a great warrior of God?” My heart filled with warmth. “Absolutely,” I told him. “I am positive you can.”
Of course, one of our main Bible verses was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. But we also read, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened. Do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you.” Joshua 1:9
I love my grand kids. They are Grandma’s superheros. And hopefully, they’ll store up some of these treasures in their hearts. Thank you for praying. Your prayers were answered.
I can’t say how superhero Captain America found out about our super kid cousins camp, but amazingly, he showed up too.
The Wounded One, Confessions of an Angry Girl, was recently published. This small Christian book has been entered into the 2019 OWFI Writing Contest. usually write Christian historical fiction, but I’ve also written poetry for years and years.
This selection is taken from my poems and put into a story. As a counselor to incarcerated women for many years, my heart goes out to those in distressing circumstances. Beta readers have loved this book.
An abused woman ends up in prison. A “Sister” and a discarded Bible lead her to experience God’s love for the first time.
Looking at the cover and title, my husband said, “I didn’t know you wrote books so dark.” But this book has a message for anyone who has gone through difficult days because we have all been wounded at some time in our lives. God’s amazing grace can shine through.
If you are interested in an eBook, please let me know.
Reviews would be very helpful. Please contact me. I’d love to hear what you have to say about this short inspirational book.
Five sisters faced difficulties in life. Each unique. Each stressful. And each life choice seriously tested their faith. These sisters had the same background with similar genes but were confronted with different issues in life.
They lived in Oklahoma during the 1930s Dust Bowl, and I’m really excited to share their stories with you. Read a short story about each one.
Mary Bobbie, the oldest and most jovial of the sisters, keeps a terrible secret for eight years. Will her husband be devastated if he finds out she had a part in their child’s death? Will he still respect her?
Sally Matilda, once a high school football queen, marries the school’s handsome running back. Her perfect life shatters when he falls into abusiveness and addictions. How will she respond when a life-changing crisis arises?
Susie May, the petite, shy middle sister, marries the most attractive band director in the country. After many moves and disappointments, what will she do when his tragic, double life becomes known in her hometown?
Annie Crump still grieves the loss of her fiancé, but a tall, good-looking barber melts her heart. For some reason, he never tells her about his former life. How will she respond when an ex-wife appears and files a lawsuit to take everything they own/