About

Glad to have you drop by!

You’re welcome to grab a coffee or tea and join me as I relate some of my thoughts and opinions, insights and answers to prayer the Lord has blessed me with over the years.  As you read these I hope you’ll be inspired to seek answers from the One Who has the full understanding of all your needs.

I’ve read many interesting and humorous little stories over the years that I’d like to share.  I’m not the author of these, just retelling them in my own words; wherever possible I will state the origin but you can be sure that most of them come from copyright material.  So if you want to reblog one of them, you’ll need to locate the author & publisher; I’ll help you if I can.

I’ve always loved to read; my interest in writing goes back to high school days.  I can’t claim much credit for this ability, though; I come from a long line of storytellers.  My grand-parents & great-grandmother were noted for reciting long poems; my Dad’s brothers were avid storytellers, too.  Several of my siblings & cousins are also great storytellers and/or aspiring writers.  So it’s in the genes.

I was born, raised and married in Saskatchewan.  This is where I love to be, where I can see the open sky, the distant horizon, a zillion stars at night.  After years of roaming around, living in five provinces, we’ve settled on an acreage about an hour SW of Saskatoon, with nature all around to inspire and delight us.

Bob and I were married in Moose Jaw, SK, on August 1, 1970.  Our first home was in Manitoba where our daughter, Michelle, was born.  Later we came back to Moose Jaw, then spent a few months in Alberta.  We returned to Moose Jaw for several years, moved to southwestern Ontario in June of 1978 and lived there fifteen years before moving on to Quebec for five years.  In 1998 we moved back to Saskatchewan.  So our married life has been a “moving” experience; now we’re settled here with our children and grandchildren close by and we plan to stay put.

Although I had to do with churches sporadically and believed myself a Christian from my youth, I only met the Lord and became His child in November 1974, at the age of 21.  I’ll never forget the night God brought me from being a nominal Christian to making the complete surrender He requires.  Bob had a similar experience two months before we were married.

Not long after we were married we sought fellowship with other Christians and attended several different denominations in our early years.  In 1975 the Lord directed us to the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite; we became members in Feb 1979.  We appreciate the strength and vision of the Church more and more as time goes on.

In December of 2008 I joined the His Imprint Christian writers’ group in Saskatoon; we meet once a month to mutually share and critique.  This has been and continues to be a great stimulant for my creative muse.  And one of those ladies introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging in January of last year.  Now I have two blogs on the go: this one for my big thoughts and swallowinthewind.wordpress.com for small poems and anecdotes.

So I hope you’ll enjoy your visit here and feel free to leave comments.  I’m always interested in suggestions for improving my site.

38 Responses to About

  1. reneeboomer says:

    HI Christine. I found you!! I can’t believe how I feel I have a lot in common with you. MY Hubby and I were married August 22, 1970…. Very nice blog!! Pleased to have met you. :)

  2. reneeboomer says:

    HI Christine. I have nominated you for the “Lovely Blog Award” and the “Versatile Blog Award”. If you will accept please stop in at my blog http://www.positiveboomer.wordpress.com thanks. Renee :)

    • Hi Renee. Thanks so much for nominating me. I’m going to have to think about this, as some of my favorite blogs decline all rewards.

      I guess there’s no rush in accepting, but I do want to say I appreciate your thinking of my blog. Your encouraging posts well deserve those rewards!

      • reneeboomer says:

        Thank you Christine. Yes, do take your time. There is no rush or timeline to get your awards up as I well understand that life can get busy. Have a great day. Renee :)

  3. Scott Sholar says:

    Thank you for sharing, and God bless you.

  4. fivereflections says:

    hi christine: here is the though-provoking answer to writing Haiku…

    “…I’m from Saskatchewan–a prairie gal to the core. This is where I love to be, where I can see the open sky, the distant horizon, a zillion stars at night. After years of roaming around, living in five provinces, we’ve settled on an acreage about an hour SW of Saskatoon, with nature all around to inspire and delight us…”

    there is a reason you like living where you are, and it sounds like you enjoy being surrounded by nature – stirs your thoughts, then in the middle of your awareness, something pops into your head…

    i hope your own words inspire you and your eyes capture the beauty around you.

    under your beautiful night sky you made have felt alone looking up at a zillion stars.. we all do, then suddenly nature reminds you that you are not alone after all (for a second being awed by nature you forgot you were carrying your daughter Michelle…

    distant horizon
    zillion stars feeling alone
    unborn daughter kicks

    enjoy and try not to think about how to write Haiku, just let nature whisper it to you
    David in Maine USA

    • Thanks for your comment. You are right; as I look over my writings, I see that the poems I’m most happy with in the long run are those that came to me rather than those I searched for and put together because I wanted to “write something.”

      (Your example is a good one–inaccurate, however: we adopted our daughter when we were living in a small town in Manitoba. I should write about that sometime.)

  5. Hello Christine, i just wanted to thank-you for being an inspiration to me. With that said, I want you to know that I have nominated you for the Ten Commandment Award! You can chech out the details on Men of One Accord. CONGRATULATIONS! james

    • Christine says:

      I’m glad you’ve been inspired by what you’ve read here and I thank you so much for nominating me for an award. I count it as an honour!
      Somewhere in a back corner of my gray matter a jury is still debating whether I should accept & pass on awards or not, but I need to insist on their verdict shortly. :)

  6. reneeboomer says:

    HI Christine, I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. Please visit my blog for more information. Thank you. Renee :) http://www.positiveboomer.net

  7. wendymc12 says:

    Christine, I really like what you are doing with your blog. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts now that I am following you. :)

    • Thanks very much! I was feeling rather discouraged about my blog this morning, since my posts go off in every direction and “people who know” say a writer needs to should find her niche and post on that to build a platform.

      • wendymc12 says:

        I have found that if you just write what feels true to you, the blog will form on its own. Sometimes when you over think the process, you become more blocked. Also, I used to buy into all of the “advice” on how to put my blog together. I have had better luck doing what feels right to me. :)

      • Well, that’s what I have been doing — going along merrily posting this, that and the other thing. I did divide my short poetry & anecdotes onto Swallow in the Wind, but only now have I picked up and started reading the platform-building advice book. :)

      • wendymc12 says:

        As you get further into blogging, you will learn what works and what you might want to tweak. It really is a natural progression. I am all for reading all that you can. Take the advice that seems to feel right and don’t worry about the rest and you will do great. :)

  8. Christine, I am one of your biggest FANS!! Books are nice advice is good, But What is our Lord speaking to you to write? Abba, give to my dear sister a clear path in which her writings shall go. In her heart she is only writing for You and to bring glory to Your Son the Christ, the Messiah, Jesus. Amen.

  9. Thank you, James, dear fellow heir of His grace (Titus 3:17); I need this reminder when “the “wisdom of this world” wants to move me in the wrong direction. I should care more about others and demonstrate that care, but not so they’ll FOLLOW me and/or boost my book sales.
    But I am wavering a bit right now, I will confess, because this dream book of mine has so many facets, much like my blog. Should it rather be ALL poetry (which doesn’t sell well at all) or mostly stories? And my stories are half fable-type and half contemporary fiction. I’m going to post several excerpts shortly and get my readers’ opinions.

  10. melodylowes says:

    How great to meet a fellow prairie poet – I haven’t met any others yet in my year in cyberspace! I would love to know more about this His Imprint writer’s group! :)

  11. Thanks for taking the time to read and appreciate “We Thought We’d Live Forever”. I look forward to reading of your experiences and relationships. What I learned from my relationship with Rusty, when I so young, is that God does not make mistakes. I can’t always understand the why of something, but with God guiding it, you know what happened was righteous and good. Thanks!

  12. Anna Mark says:

    Hello Christine. Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoying the poetry. I read your poem about what makes a man and it made me smile. Cheers to blogging.

  13. Joel says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I value the time you’re taken to read my posts.

  14. Fawn Stephens says:

    This message is for Christine Goodnough! My Mom, Dawn Stephens, used to be own pals with you for many, many years. I am on the phone with her right now, and I told her I would help search for you and it was easy to find you since you have this blog! She has been looking for you and would love to hear from you.

    Best Regards,
    Fawn Stephens

  15. Bryan says:

    Hi Christine. I have some Vance information for you from Spy Hill, Saskatchewan, as I was photographing the cemetery for findagrave.com. Emily Turner Vance (Jackman) is buried here with her husband Allen Vance, and his mother, Mary Vance. I have placed a link to her memorial here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=118773701.

    Furthermore, you should check out the online copy of the Spy Hill Story. Here is a link to the main Vance family information from Spy Hill:

    http://www.ourroots.ca/page.aspx?id=2872093&qryID=66663d19-06af-4638-9dcc-8657100f4610

    When you get to that page, you should search the entire book for “Vance”. There are several interesting stories about your grandparents.

    Regards, Bryan

    • Thanks for the info and links. I’ve actually been to Spy hill once and saw the graves –we can use this on our Vance-Turner Connect blog, but I didn’t have a copy of the Spy Hill Book. Glad to know it’s online.
      We were also near Russell, MB and saw the hill where Grandpa was killed when his threshing machine tipped and crushed him.

    • Thanks Bryan for the info. I am also a granddaughter of Emily and Allen Vance and I’ve never seen the graves or the Spy Hill book so this is very interesting for me. I appreciate the links you’ve given us. linda butler

  16. Hi Christine! I have nominated your for the Sunshine Award. You can find out more about it by following this link:http://devotedteachersheart@wordpress.com/awards/ Congratulations. I look forward to more of your excellent work.

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