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Romance is vital in marriage. I married in 1962. I began to mentor Mothers of Preschoolers in 1994. Every year since, my team insists I do my "sex talk," but it’s so much more. Being in right relationship with God, attending a vibrant and growing community of believers, choosing to forgive, to respect, and understanding submission is not surrender of self--all goes into the package that makes up a healthy marriage. I want to share it with you.

I write Romance to promote the marital relationship. God wrote the Song of Solomon, and he tells us the marriage bed is undefiled. Together we celebrate his sacred gift! For a good read, check out my books, my short stories, my devotions and my blog posts. 

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Bleckly Bunch 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Charlotte Snead

This morning Facebook reminded me of an old post, about Joe’s high school reunion we attended three years ago. (You can reference the Bleckley Bunch on my old blog posts.) We pulled in last night around eight from that same gathering! One of Joe’s favorite expressions is: “Cream rises.” Maybe that is why he is the un-appointed organizer of the Bleckley Bunch. He arranges for dinner the first night, reserves the rooms, confirms it all, and sets up the following year.

As usual, we gathered in Anderson, S.C., at the beautiful Bleckley Hotel, a boutique hotel where they serve the most fabulous breakfasts you’ll ever eat. We rent the lobby and gather there for two days, visiting, catching up, and laughing at memories.  The first night we enjoy dinner across the street at Sullivan’s Restaurant, and the second night we bring in hamburgers. We catch up on who is there and why others are not.

I have been officially and graciously adopted into the Class of 1958. Despite the fact that it adds two years to my life, I am grateful that this rootless Army brat has found a place to belong. I embrace it warmly, and Joe is gratified that they warmly embrace me as a genuine participant. I can even join in to some of the familiar tall tales, and these good friends enjoyed and honored my new children’s book. We learned about their grandchildren, and they were astounded to hear about our a new grandson, born healthy to our son and 48 year-old daughter-in-law. 

Perspectives change in sixty years. No longer a rube, tongue-tied among girls and feeling inadequate, Joe is conversant with everyone, entertaining and witty. He has been a successful orthopedic surgeon for many years, and he has come to realize others didn’t agree with his self-image back then. Of course now, he is on the hospital board and is respected by his colleagues here. He has put countless people back to work, raised five successful children, and is still beloved by our foster daughter who calls us “Mama” and “Papa.” Life has been good to us.

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Good-bye
Monday, May 21, 2018
Charlotte

For Mothers of Preschoolers at our church, my last devotion was this: 

Other languages and cultures say good-bye:

In German they say Auf Wiedersehen, which means  see you again soon – “wieder” meaning again“and “sehen”meaning “to see.”

In French: Au revoir(Oh reh-vwah)  literally means “until we each see each other again.”

We’ve heard “fare-well” but have we thought about the meaning. It’s a kind of prayer that life will treat you well.

Perhaps my favorite is via con Dios, in Spanish: Go with God.

So I’ll not say good-bye, I’ll say: Auf wiedershen, Au revoir  or Via con Dios May you and yours fare well. May your marriages fare well, or your singleness, because God has a plan and a purpose for you. May your children fare well and your mothering. I leave you in God’s hands, go with Him, and I hope my leadership and teachings have benefited you in some small way.

Because we will see each other again. We’ll have play days. l’ll drop in at Horizons chapter, or you can crawl up with one of my books.

I have loved my 22 years in Mops, and I am doing considerable grieving, but the good news is my writing career is growing, and I have more books to write, including a memoir and a couple of novels already on my computer.I will post them on my blog.

When I sit at my computer to write, I breathe a prayer: “God, if You’re not here, I’m out of here.” When I am the midst of creating and come to a blank spot, I go to sleep asking God what’s next, and He unfailingly me tells me where to go or even gives me the next chapter.  We serve a cool God, Who always cares what we are doing and wants us to do it excellently. Thank You, Jesus.

How can I leave you? How can I miss this group of precious women? It’s tough, and I’ve done a lot of grieving, but I feel a call of God to maximize the remainder of my time on this earth. Either I will leave or He will come. I want to make each moment count.

But no matter which, as my character in my upcoming book, “Winslow Farm,”due out in August, says: “I will love you forever.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it Rains
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Charlotte Snead

Monday it poured. Morton’s salt would have been amazed—do you remember that ad? When it rains, it pours? 

I received two edit revisions from two different publishers—the next Hope House book from Jan Carol, “Go for the Honey, Winning Cathy”—the story of a fifteen-year-old run-away who was lured into the sex trafficing trade. Kind of a contemporary theme these days with all the revelations of politicians and media people being exposed. Hopefully this redemptive story will bring many folks to healing and wholeness in Christ as Cathy struggles to claim her righteousness as a gift from God. It’s the only rightness we sinful mortals can claim,  but claim it we must to pray with faith. “Go for the Honey” is Davd’s father’s revelation of how to win Cathy, from the Song of Solomon.Yes, “Sacred Passion is God’s Idea.” David’s love and his mother’s testimony brings her to healing—at least her first step.

The same day, I recieved the final edits from V?an Rye,  for “Winslow Farm.” I got it back to him after catching a big goof—a daughter called her mother by her given name “Joy” instead of “Mama.” Haha, but we fixed it. I returned it to him the next day, and he said I read fast. I read two manuscripts and got them back in two days! God prospered the work of my hands—to Him be the glory. 

I will have a big change in my Christmas email (The Snead Saga) this year. After all these years—22 of them—I am giving up mentoring for Mothers of Preschoolers. The writing is claiming more time—it’s not just writing, its social media for marketing, and getting them sold! It has been a productive season for me—“Deano the Dino,” “Go for the Honey,”and “Winslow Farm.” I should have some covers to forward for you to see soon.

As always be blessed, be strong in the Lord and in the work He has given you.

Charlotte

Steve and Holt
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Charlotte Snead

I am sending a picture of our youngest son, Steve, reading my children’s book, “Deano the Dino Goes to the Doctor”

I sent a copy to all the kids in his small preschool class—shameless marketing. (One of my Mothers of Prescoolers texted me she can’t get her son down for a nap or bedtime until she reads it to him. I love it when my books score!)

The story is about Dave’s boy taking his toy dinosaur to Joe with a broken leg. Our staff made the visit as authentic as possible, and we had some incredible photos. But. our sons don’t like to have their kids plastered all over the internet, so we hired an illustrator. I honor our boys, who protect their kids—they don’t even have a TV. My next chilodren’s book will have to feature Steve’s three sons, and we’ll have the same problem. Good thing I found a super illustrator!

I have two adult books coming out this summer—a Hope House book, “Gracie, Gooodbye” by Jan Carol publishing,  and another, “Winslow Farm”  by a new publisher, Van Rye Publishing. VR has is keeping me super busy with edits—he is very attentive and responsive. I think it won’t have a single misprint! This is probably my favorite book of all time, and it takes place in Lost Creek, WV, so I can probably get it placed in Tamarack, where state crafters showcase. I’ve had a couple of books set in WV in their bookstore. 

I am praying about some changes in my life. I have more books on my computer, and I am beginning to see sales pick up, so I want to focus on marketing. I have to prioritize those changes—fortunately, my husband works outside a lot when he is home.

This is the dedication for “Winslow Farm”:  “To my Forever Love, Dr. Joseph A. Snead, We married when we were kids and have grown old together. 55 years later, I’d do it over again, but a lot better. Thanks for your constant love and never-ending support for all I have accomplished.”

 

 

No More Tomorrows
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Charlotte Snead

Yesterday, Joe and I were planning our summer. We have so much to cover: visiting my two sisters in assisted living, one in Charlottesville and one in Houston; vising our sons and their families in Washington State and Nashville; attending his high school reunion in Anderson S. C. in May; and joining my publisher in Johnson City to appear on a local TV station and talk about my newest books, “Deano the Dino Goes to the Doctor” (my first children’s book) and hopefully a third Hope House book.

We want to go on the Rocky Mountaineer again when we are on the west coast, and Joe would love to go to the Grand Canyon again. Meantime, we are facing some crises in our hospital.

In January, we want to go on a Phil Coulter cruise, but our friends with whom we traveled this past January want us to rejoin them on another cruise, so we are thinking of going on two cruises.

Somewhat breathless with all we need to do, Joe commented that in eternity, tomorrow never ends. What a glorious thought. No more good-byes, only glad reunions. I loved the memories shared in Barbara Bush’s funerals. Didn’t you? I’m excited to meet my grandmother, who died when my father was nine, but profoundly impacted his life, and therefore mine. I want to see my first grandson, hug my dad, and the wonderful black lady who prayed for me during some difficult times in my teens, and our black grandmother, who held our children in her lap in church.

Good News
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Charlotte Snead

  My first children’s book: Deano the Dino Goes to the Doctor is now out! I have received my copies, and already I’ve been distributing them.

Unfortunately, that delayed the publication of my third Hope House book, Go for the Honey, the story of Cathy, who ran away from home at 15 and got caught up in the sex trade.  This book is especially timely because Attorney General Sessions has been rounding up this industry massively, and it is a hot topic. Cathy’s graduate student honors class professor teaches on righteousness as a grace gift, an exchange made at the Cross. She flees from the class, overcome with emotion. Because he is attracted to her, David follows her, and she confesses she was a prostitute.  Reminding her of the day’s lesson, he assures her that sin is buried in the sea of God’s forgiveness, and takes her to his own mother. Having been raped, David’s mother gave birth to a biracial child, whom she and her husband raised. David’s father relates his struggle to reclaim their marriage, encouraging David to “go for the honey,” in his courtship of Cathy.

As in all my stories, God gives Cathy people in her life who bring about her healing. I have sent my remaining two books, Gracie Goodbye and Michelle Meets her Match, and. Jan Carol Publishing assures me they will be published in the coming year.

Because of this backlog, I turned to a new publisher, Van Rye Publishing, and I am gratified they have offered me a contract for Winslow Farm! The ETA for this book is August.

I am a blessed and delighted author, happy to submit these redemptive books to my readers.

He Is Risen Indeed, Hallelujah!
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Charlotte Snead

We attended attended early, early service to make room for visitors.  Our pastor had preached a series on Being Salty to encourage us to invite folks to Easter services. I am eager to hear how many responded to all the altar calls.  He preached on “Easter is for Everyone” Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief--aren’t you glad it was for you and me?

We spent Saturday helping our son with the home he is remodeling—we want to see him in it! Pop and Alan stood in the yard watching the geese. We’ll have fun seeing the goslings floating on the pond out front. I spent the weekend going over edits on the last two contracted books for Jan Carol so I can get them sent.

I ordered some new books for my Mothers of Preschoolers (Every time I give my sex talk some of the books disappear, especially Sheet Music, by Kevin Lehman. (Awesome book.) When I went on his site, I saw a new book (How to Have a New Sex Life by Friday Because your Marriage Can’t Wait until Monday) As always, it was delightful, funny, and full of truth.

More importantly, Dr.Lehman acknowledged his editor--and she is my dear friend, the editor at Oak Tara (which now out of business). I was thrilled to find her working at Revel.  I had lost contact with her and feared the worst. God bless her—she broke me into print. I was ready to give up because I had published my first book at 69; fortunately Joe wouldn’t let me. I won Jan Carol’s Believe and Achieve award, and they published the book, A Place to Live. Learning it was one of a series of five, “The Hope House Girls,” they picked up all of them.

God is in control, and He is cool.