Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Taking something for granted?

Taken for granted: to expect someone or something to be always available to serve in some way without thanks or recognition; to value someone or something too lightly.

In the past week, I've had the pleasure of meeting two separate groups of readers at both the Belmont Mansion, the setting of A Lasting Impression

And the Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of To Whisper Her Name

Both gatherings were such fun. We had a great time together walking through history and seeing where both Adelicia Acklen, and the Harding and Jackson families lived. 

Last Thursday, I met with the men and women of the Belmont Tower Society in the grand salon at Belmont and shared about the home and the woman, Adelicia Acklen, who truly made a lasting impression on me as I wrote (and continue to write) about Belmont's history.

Meeting with the Belmont Tower Society
in Adelicia's grand salon
Reading from Adelicia's personal letters in her home was a special treat for me

Then yesterday at Belle Meade, I had the pleasure of joining nineteen lovely ladies from Hendersonville, TN who had read To Whisper Her Name and who took the To Whisper Her Name tour at Belle Meade. Which begins at the Old Harding Cabin and concludes with the mansion. 

On the front steps of Belle Meade
What fun gals!

Visiting and signing at lunch
at the Harding House restaurant at Belle Meade (delicious!)

Visiting the Old Harding Cabin where Bob Green, 
the head hostler, and Ridley (hero in TWHN) lived

In visiting with these groups, I was reminded of something I'm guilty of having taken for granted recently…

Sometimes in the midst of back-to-back deadlines––when the story and/or the characters are driving me crazy, and the words won't come, or else they come but not in the way I want them to, or when life happens and so many interruptions pull me away from writing, or when I simply lack the discipline (ouch!) of focusing on the task at hand––I lose sight of what a blessing writing really is. 

Yes, it's work. Yes, it's sometimes most times frustrating. And no, it doesn't come easily. But really, what job does?

There are moments, like in recent days, when I'm reminded of what a blessing it is to get to write stories that are published and then read by others. Then, as if that wasn't enough, I get to meet these dear readers, share our lives and our faith in the Lord, and discuss these journeys inspired by history, by real people who lived. And then to discover that you embrace these characters and love them like I do is…well, a blessing beyond words.

A blessing that I take for granted all too often, one of the greatest blessings of writing…is connecting with you, the reader, and hearing your stories. Hearing about God's faithfulness in your experiences and encouraging each other in this life. Thank you for sharing so freely!

What in your life do you appreciate and yet sometimes take for granted? A career you love but that might drive you crazy on occasion? People you adore but who sometimes try your patience? An answer to prayer that you thought was the answer you wanted, but now you're not so sure? 

Even as I type those questions, I'm thinking of the families of the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma yesterday. And especially the parents of those precious, precious children. Let's keep them close in prayer, friends.

What is it that you need to be more grateful for today? I'm making my list. What's on yours?


A few more pics…

With June at the Old Harding Cabin

With Susan Jacobson at the Old Harding Cabin

Signing books at lunch


  1. I think sometimes I take for granted the wonderful family I have been blessed with. You don't really realize it when it's right in front of you, but then, something changes and you realize how lucky you truly are.
    We are moving to Colorado, and my entire family is moving with us. One for all and all for one. I started to think what my life would be like without them. A pretty lonely life indeed!
    Thanks Tamera for making me remember what I sometimes forget.

  2. Bailey, such true words, lady. Thanks for sharing. And you're going to LOVE Colorado! We lived there for 17 years and are so grateful for our time in that beautiful slice of God's creation. Continued blessings!

  3. Great perspective, Tammy. I know you are a very gracious author to be willing to meet with readers and connect with them on a personal level. I know I am blessed by that!
    I keep raving about Ann Voskamp's book, but I just can't help it. It's changed my perspective on gratitude...even in the "ugly-beautiful". I know that I take things for granted...like the home God has given us, the vehicles we have, etc. Often we think of how we would love to have some bigger, shinier, nicer...but God has given us just what we need right now. All of the heartache in Oklahoma, which is felt in the hearts of so many others experiencing tragedies and loss in many other parts of the world, really makes me want to pull my own babies closer to hug and kiss them. Many Mommas and Daddies watch their babies die of hunger or disease on a daily basis...and we have food so readily available. I even take my salvation for granted sometimes. I know I need to share with others more. We have been given much.
    Thanks for sharing, friend. ~Stacey


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