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Sunday, July 18, 2010

I like to color. There. I said it.

When I was a teen, on Saturdays my brother would hijack the TV for "Planet of the Apes", so my sister and I colored at the kitchen table. Colored pencils, crayons, markers . . . didn't matter the medium. All we needed was time and paper and we were happy.

When my boys were little, I colored with them, but now they're older--and don't like to color! Notice I didn't say too old to color. Because, ahem, one is never too old to color.

I'd forgotten how relaxing it can be until today when I colored a picture for my sick nephew (more on that it a minute). There's something about the act of creating, of putting color on to paper that frees the mind and eases the spirit.

How had I forgotten? I may just go buy myself some coloring books. Is there an activity that relaxes you, and do you make time for it in your schedule?

About my nephew: Tyler (19) was diagnosed with acute leukemia a week ago. Please pray for him and his family as he undergoes chemo and faces a bone marrow transplant this winter!
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:20 PM  
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At 9:45 PM, Blogger jel said...

your nephew,and his family, will be in my thoughts and prayers!

and you are so right about crayons, and coloring books :)

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Tyler is in my family's prayers. We are praying for him to get the best care possible and come out this soon completely healthy!

I still steal my daughter's kid's menu and color. LOL

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Praying for Tyler, Denise.

Besides blowing bubbles, reading, hiking and mowing lawns, I love to edit. A friend recently sent me a full manuscript to edit for her, and I have my red pen out and am going to town. Very relaxing, since it isn't my manuscript I'm editing, and she doesn't have to do anything I suggest. If it were my own, that would be a little more stressful.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Denise, prayers are going up for Tyler and his family...and you!

I used to work in the phone pool for a long distance phone company. EVERYONE had coloring books and crayons/colored pencils/markers. The supervisors would find pictures suitable for coloring on the internet and would reproduce them for us to color while on our shift. It was the only way to deal with the stress of the job.

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

My boys are now professional artists--2 in graphic arts, 1 in film arts and 1 in painting. It all started with coloring at the table. They still will sit with kids at family gatherings to color and draw pictures to entertain.

I always liked it, too. Nothing was better than a brand new box of crayons. I bought some a while back and they disappeared almost as quick...

I'm praying for Tyler and his family. I worked/edited all last summer on a book about a girl with leukemia (for her mother) and learned so much about this heinous disease. They can do so much now.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Praying, D!!!

I can't draw stick figures so I'm not big on anything to do with art. But I make myself color with Punky. LOL

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

Praying for your nephew!

Reading is what relaxes me and I'm probably guilty of taking too much time for it! LOL

I love the new look of the blog!

Michelle V

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Praying for your nephew, Denise, and I'll bet he'll love the sign/card you made him!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, everyone, for your continued prayers! We appreciate them so much!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I love coloring. :)

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm praying for Tyler and the family, Denise!! I'm so sorry he's going through this!

To relax, I've started knitting and crocheting. I absolutely LOVE it! Not that I'm all that good at it, but it totally relaxes me. I do it when I'm in the doctor's office and they tell me it works wonders with my blood pressure. :-)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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