Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just in Time for Summer . . .

Just in time for summer, I finished a crochet blanket for my king size bed that I’ve worked on for a good part of a year.  It matches my comforter set. To be honest I thought I wouldn’t see it completed. I started to wonder if one day my great, great, granddaughter would feel sorry for her ancestor who couldn’t finish a crochet blanket and it was up to her to bring back honor to the family name by finally completing what great, great grandma couldn’t. Here's a close up look at it.

As I worked on the blanket, it taught me a few things. Sometimes I needed to take a break from it. My hand would hurt or my old eyes got weary. If I took too long of a break, then it was hard to get back in the grove of things, but just enough of a break rejuvenated me. If I just gave up, it would still be there to mock me. I’m glad I never gave up.

I found that I sometimes need to take a break in life also. There had been time, it got too crazy and my mind started to hurt. I felt guilty if I took the day off and “goofed off.” Mental health days are important for my well being. Just like the blanket it helped to stop when I needed a break to rejuvenate.

Thank you Lord for teaching me to stop, relax and recharge. Thank you for making it better and helping me to see clearer.

© Nadine Zawacki 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Brother

On our visit to New York, we stopped by to see my brother, Frantz and his wife Nancy. I love my brother who is ten years older than me. Growing up, he would try to scare me all the time on one hand and on the other he would also protect me. Another memory I have was how he would charge me for everything. For example, if I got a message he would say, "Give me a dollar." I never paid him, but I have a whopper of a tab going. Even at our age as I was putting on my make-up, he snuck up behind me and made a barking sound. At my age that could be dangerous.

We always have a good time when we are together.

When we left Haiti, I was only two years old so I don't remember life there, but my brother does. We were about to have dinner when he mentioned my mother sewing wedding dress business in the home. I said, "Mom never had a business in the house." I then came to realized that happened before I was born. From that point on I made him spill information about growing up in Haiti. I couldn't get enough. We had such a wonderful time listening to stories I've never heard of before.

Frantz remembered that he had my dad's sketch book. Our father died twenty six years ago. My dad  was an architect among the many other things he did for a living. The sketch book was from the time he was in school. (Sketch pictured below).

The details were hard to capture in a photo. My brother and his lovely wife could see how much I enjoyed the sketch book. He gifted me the sketch book. It was priceless. I cried and I don't usually do that often. My heart was so full after this visit. I love you brother. Thank you.

© Nadine Zawacki 2015

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Contest Winners Announced

I want to thank everyone who entered to win one of two copies of my new book. I gathered all the names (some of you took advantage of multiple chances to win) and placed them in a hat. Thank you everyone who participated.

The winners are Jill B. and Priscilla T.  I will contact you both on Facebook message to get your mailing addresses.


© Nadine Zawacki 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

'Til Death Book Giveaway

I'm happy to announce the release of my latest book available now on Amazon. When you write a book, the thing that crosses your mind is whether you can write another. Are there any ideas left in my head. Will people like it as much as the first one?

I'm excited about 'Til Death. I was inspired by the book of Hosea, but wanted to modernize the story with my own twists. That's why it's inspired by Hosea but not based on it.

The story centers around Sal Martinelli who grew up without his mom and the last thing he wanted for his son was to grow up without his. He loves Vicki but her addictions make it difficult to repeat the vicious cycle of love and disappointment. You can read the beginnings here.

So what better to celebrate than to have a book giveaway. I'm giving away two books, one to the US and one to Canada. The winners will be announce next Wednesday. You have many ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Leave a comment on the Facebook link.
3. Join my Facebook Author Page here.

© Nadine Zawacki 2015

Cover photo of the book is a picture of our wedding rings and my wedding dress.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Why Be a Critic When You Can Be An Intercessor

Tuesday mornings my husband meets with a group of pastors from all over Prince Edward Island. They gather to pray and support one another. The different churches gather once a month to pray for the island. This month the pastors thought they would gather for an entire day of prayer. They wanted to honor all those who intercede for them and the island. It was a great day.

All the pastors spoke and had encouraging words to share. My husband spoke about honoring the intercessor and the difference between an intercessor and a critic. They are different sides of the same coin. I was moved by it. It started me thinking and looking into myself to see which side the coin was facing up for me.

When you Google the word intercessor the definition is simple: a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer.

When you Google the word critic the first definition that comes up: a person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something. Synonyms: detractor, attacker, fault-finder.

A critic talks to others; while an intercessor talks to God about a person. A critic builds walls between people; while an intercessor builds bridges between people to God. A critic gets his reward from others; while an intercessor gets his reward from God. A critic lacks faith and trusts only in himself and his knowledge; while an intercessor has faith and trusts in God. A critic trusts in what he thinks he sees; while an intercessor trusts in what he can’t see. A critic gets power from others of like-mindedness and builds his case against another person; while an intercessor gets power from his relationship with God trusting that God is bigger and in control.

So my prayer for myself is this:
Lord help me to criticize less and pray more. Help me to build bridges and not walls, especially around myself. May I be someone who trusts in You more than I trust in myself. I pray that I love the people you place in my life and trust You for the rest.

© Nadine Zawacki 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Gotta Love YouTube

I’ve crocheted in the past but it was so long ago I forgot how. Back then I winged it as I went along with some basic stitches I learned from someone or someplace. I made some blankets for the kids and my hubby.

Fast forward to the present. A friend at church was making baby blankets for needy families and I thought that was an awesome idea. So she helped me get started on a blanket. We laughed more than I paid attention to anything. My blanket sides started to be wobbly. I should have paid closer attention. In need of help, I turned to YouTube. 

I love YouTube. Not only did I learn how to crochet a baby blanket but I’ve also made some booties. The blanket (pictured above) and booties (pictured below) are for one of my daughter’s friends who's expecting a baby. 
So if you need to learn how to do anything – hop over to YouTube and type in your “how to” question.

Nadine Zawacki © 2103 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Congratulations to . . .

I want to thank all of you who participated in the book giveaway. Congratulations Jill B. for winner Lauren's two books. I know you will enjoy reading them. Thank you Lauren for giving away not one but two books.