In response to Cee’s Photography Share Your World Challenge:
If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?DSC00979Actually, I do have a special shelf for one of my prized possessions. The shelf belonged to my mother-in-law, which makes it special to me. The little angel sitting on it is a Lladro figurine. I saw one just like this at a friend’s house in the mid-70s, and fell in love with it. I saved up to buy one, and it gives me joy whenever I see it.
Two other prized possessions are too big to fit on a shelf: my Baldwin studio grand piano,Mom's piano 




and my “mid-life crisis” car.MustangIf you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?

The years my children were small.

What do you want more of in your life?

I have everything that I want, except one–and it’s something I have no right to ask for. If you promise never to tell my kids, I’ll tell you in secret at the end of this post.*

Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

  1. The daily sudoku puzzle in the newspaper.
  2. Work out or do something active, like walk or dance.
  3. Read a chapter of Scripture.
  4. Write.
  5. Practice piano.

Most days that’s all I can do, plus the usual daily chores. If I can squeeze it in, I’ll do something artistic, like zentangle or drawing or calligraphy.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am really grateful that on Friday I had the opportunity to go to the Arizona Fine Arts Expo (more on that soon). I am looking forward to getting together with my writers’  critique group this Tuesday–circumstances forced us to cancel last week. They are my dearest friends.

*READ NO FURTHER unless you promise never to tell my kids. I would love a grandchild, but I’ve always told my children that parenthood is too big a responsibility to take on before you’re absolutely ready. I said the same thing about marriage, and only one of our five children is married yet. So I have no right to ask or even expect. (And if I never get to be a grandma, I’m okay with it. I have a wonderful life.)

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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