Monday, May 6, 2013

4 Ways to Preserve Memories

By Nancy Jill Thames

How many of you still make jam? When I was a young housewife, my garden club friends and I enjoyed making peach or strawberry preserves - especially in the summertime. We'd tie on handmade aprons and spend the day sterilizing jars and cooking up batches of sweet fruit with a little sugar and pectin. After the fruit was thick, we ladled it into the jars and sealed them in hot water baths. What a triumph to divvy up the days work and take our share home. Making homemade ice-cream was a lot of fun, too. 

Now those days are only a memory. How to hold on to such wonderful times? I figure there are four ways.


1. Think about them once in a while and smile to yourself.

2. Put photos of memories in a scrapbook to peruse now and then.

3.Talk to your family and friends about the good 'ol days. Or,

4. Write a book.
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Our family enjoys wonderful holidays together - especially Christmas. "Waiting for Santa" was written with fond memories of our family traditions that continue to this day. Not only does the book preserve memories for me, now others who enjoyed those traditions can hold on to them as well. 

After five books in the series, I felt it was time for Jillian Bradley to fall in love in "Waiting for Santa," which she does, only with two different men. And, as the ending suggests, the story isn't over yet! 

I hope you enjoy reading about our traditions. Maybe it will inspire you to preserve a few of your own in some special way. Have a wonderful week, dear readers.

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.

nd. Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London.

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