To Boldly Write {A Birthday lesson on Gene Roddenberry}

August is a great birthday month! I mean I was born in it! In fact today is my birthday!:)

I am writing to honor Gene Roddenberry. We are huge Star Trek fans in this house so I loved the opportunity to learn more about Gene Roddenberry. As our kids are growing up, we are creating the next generation of trekkies. As I researched and read about Gene I really admired him as a writer beyond his time. When he saw TV for the first time, he was already writing for flying magazines and song lyrics. Writing was in his blood. He saw a vision that there would be a need for special writers for TV shows, but when he went to Hollywood, TV was not ready for writers with little experience like him. He did not give up on his dream. He got a job as a police officer and continued to write and keep his foot in the door of TV. Soon Star Trek was born and a whole new generation of TV began.

Gene Roddenberry

Interesting Facts about His Life

  • Born August 19, 1921
  • Died October 24, 1991
  • A year after he died his ashes were sent into space on the Space Shuttle Columbia.
  • Nickname “Great bird of the Galaxy”
  • He studied to be a police officer
  • He flew with the US army air corps.
  • He wrote and sold storied to flying magazines
  • He wrote lyrics to a song “I wanna go home”
  • In 1964 he wrote and produced the TV show “The Lieutenant”
  • We was a police officer till 1966 when Star Trek took off.
  • He has had two wives and three children
  • From his Star Trek there are 7 TV shows and 10 movies (which we have seen almost all)
  • He was not a Christian
  • He loved to write and tell stories
  • Star Trek became a huge success and all kinds of people followed it, even though some thought he was crazy for suggesting a space show for adults. Back then space shows where normally for kids.
  • His family life had issues, whose doesn’t.

To Boldly Write

As I read and learned more about Gene Roddenberry I thought what about him do I want my 10-year-old to learn about. It would be his love for writing which began his passion for Star Trek. When you produce a TV series, you must have a vision and love for writing and creating. My son is just getting into writing. For a long time he didn’t want to write.
So I created this writing exercise: To Boldly Write . Robby loves to look things up. So I made it so he could look information up and write it down. Some questions he said were too hard for him, and he is still thinking of what his Star Trek TV Series would be. You can adapt it as you see fit for your child. Also a good blogger friend over a Milk and Cookies did a fun July Birthday post of Sir Patrick Stewart. (She is also a fellow Trekkie)
In this August Birthday Blog Hop, iHomeschool Network has worked in partnership with Knowledge Box Central. They have offered to give one free ebook to a winner from many of our August birthday lessons, so make sure your visit the other great write ups on some other great people!
Since Gene Roddenberry set his eyes on space, and since I live in Alabama where we drive by the Space and Rocket Center often, I found it perfect to choose Alabama History Lapbook. One lucky winner can win a lapbook on Alabama history, just in time for school!

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Writing What’s in Your Heart

There are times I wish I could openly write what’s in my heart. What I am feeling, how it effects me, makes me feel, without worrying about what someone else would say.

If I was mad I should be able to SCREAM AT THE TOP OF MY LUNG HOW MAD I WAS. How disappointed I was.

If I was confused I should be able to express my confusion without needing to be the one to clarify things but rather to have things clarified to me.

If I was hurt I should be able to write that really was painful. Please don’t do that again.

If I was betrayed I should be able to express it in a respectful angry way that it would not be ok to do that again.

If I love you and you broke my heart. I pray my heart can be mended again.

If you are lost, and you can’t find your way, don’t push me away. But if you do, you are going have to knock at my heart before I can let you back in.

The things we wish we could write are all taken differently. You as a reader would have no idea who or what I as the writer is writing about. My words are powerful, therapeutic, and healing to me. To someone else they only see words that they put their own interpretation behind.

So when I write I can’t breath. My head feels heavy and my heart burden with sorrow. I feel as if something has been stolen from me. As if something was torn from my heart. And my only prayer is that God knows my heart, knows my needs, knows me. God my God knows my writings. He is the only one who can take and read and hold me and comfort me. He is the one whose arms are wrapped around my family keeping them safe.

Sometimes you as the writer must write what you must and you as a reader can only wonder?

What do you really want to write?

Go write it.

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Finding my Focus

Through all my research on blogging and writing, I ran across a blog that very much intrigued me-I quickly looked through and then off to an other site.   The next day I was on another blog I like to visit and ran across his name again.  So I headed back over to  Jeff Goins Writer  blog and really started looking around.  I really liked what I was reading and thought this is what I need.  So I signed up for his 12 week (free)writing course and newsletter.

Week one my assignment was to have a WordPress blog that was self hosted (although not required!), and the decision to commit to his series.  I responded  “I’m in.” (Now I jumped into the WordPress blog and self hosting before I signed up for the class…:))

Little did I know what I was getting myself into.  Little did I know how much I was going to have to learn to get this set up.  Little did I know how much I was going to rely on Blogging with Amy for set up.  Little did I know how much I was going to need Jeff’s second lesson!

Lesson 2 is “Finding your focus”  And that is what I need to do.  Find my focus.  These last two weeks most of my focus has been to figured out how to do WordPress.  As I learned all this and I figured out how to import my blog into WordPress, I realized how I need to define and redefine what I want to blog about.

Jeff Goins asks 3 questions first.

Who am I?  I am me, a wife to my husband, a mother to my children, a sister, friend, daughter.  I am also a foster mom, a home school mom, an adoptive mom.  I am a degree DCE (Director of Christian Education) who stays at home, but I am very active with our church and district events.  But most of all above all things I am a child of God.

What do I want to say?  Gosh this is like facebook asking “what is on your mind?” (sometimes I have much on my mind)  It is a load question, one I am trying to narrow down.  I want to say that being a foster family isn’t hard, but has its challenges.  That being an adoptive family isn’t hard, but has its challenges.  That being a homeschooling family….well you get the idea.  Many people ask me about foster care, adoption, and homeschooling.  And all these integrate into my family life, everyday life encompasses all these.  At home, travel, at church.  People are always interested in “how do you do it?”

What am I passionate about?  God, faith, my husband, my children, foster care, my family, home school/education, reading, travel, writing.


God, faith, my husband, my children, foster care, my family, home school/education, reading, travel, writing, youth ministry, organizing(although not good at keeping it organized!), surfing the net, face booking, teaching, church, gardening…

Expertise, many people feel I have a lot of this, and I feel some days I have non.  That I am just winging it.  It terms of education my expertise-degree-is in Christian Education focus on God, faith, youth ministry, teaching church.  But since I am not in a call, I don’t feel that is my immediate expertise.  But more on how faith and church fits into families and how families fit into church.

Expertise in terms of everyday life, fitting foster care into our family, or our family into foster care.  How to balance homeschooling and foster care together.  And on top of it laundry, cooking, shopping, cleaning.  How do you take a 13-year-old and integrate them into your life, your faith, your family?  I am by no means an expertise, but I have experience and stories and  thought I can inspire others to do the same, even if it is in a different way.


I think that because I have blogged for about 3 years I already have a theme-one momma hopping through life.  And the areas that I am hopping through are: family, faith, foster care and adoption, homeschooling/education, home blessings, and Church and faith.   As a foster family our lives change with a blink of an eye.  So that is a common theme in a lot of what I talk about.  That said, I am working on sub themes (child themes) from my first blog.  Seems in blogger they set up things differently so this is the area I am working on.  I don’t want too many, but I want a blog that I want to goto and read.

As I blog, my theme will focus on every day life in our family as we hop through life with homeschooling, traveling, church, foster care.  I tend to write with a humorous out look.  I mean my first book is going to be titled “When all else fails, there is always Duct Tape-humourous stories and advice for parenting”.  Serious when needed, opinionated at times, down to earth most days.


To educate people in foster care and adoption.

To share our stories of adoption, foster care and a c-section baby.

To enable others to share their experiences, stories and advice on foster care and adoption.

To share experiences and tips of traveling with an ever changing number of children.

To education and influence other families about God, church, family and faith.

To keep a family record of our adventures.

To grow in my leadership skills.

To grow my blog to make money to help my family when needed, and support my husbands cruise addiction.  (well ok I want and iPad, new furniture, become debt free)

To use my blog as a spring-board to be able to speak to local groups about foster care and homeschooling and larger groups about a variety of topics.

To overcome my fear of those who pick out every writing mistake I make.

To improve my writing skills.

To go to strange and new worlds, to boldly go where no one else has…oh wait that’s Star Trek…!!



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