My life

Posts about my life in general.

My Cookout Lesson

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 It happened. The party was Wednesday. Our biggest party of the year. And it was hot, like firecracker hot. Time was running out, and I wanted to finish getting ready because I was hot, sweaty, and plain frustrated at some miscommunication between my husband and me. I asked him to help ...continue reading

Embracing Imperfection

by Jennfer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 “You got the year wrong,” Steve, my husband, informed me when he looked at the invitation we’d printed for a party we’re having soon. Oh, no. It’d happened. In my weariness from a long day and in my rush to get something out the door, I’d failed to produce what in ...continue reading

The Best Rejection I Ever Got

I sat at the table in the appointment room at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. Sweat built on my brow and on my hands. I gazed at the agent as he scrutinized my submission to him. Then he turned his kind gaze to me. We talked. He rejected my submission. What was my reaction? ...continue reading

To Those Who Loved with an Open Hand

In the United States, when someone serves in our Armed Forces, be it in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, they do so voluntarily. People serve for different reasons. Funding for college, escaping a dead-end life, following in the footsteps of parents, and above all, patriotism. When someone enlists or becomes ...continue reading