Wednesday 20 November 2013

One Step Closer to my Dream

My dream is to have my picture book "I'm Just a Home Child" published.  I thought I would have to put that dream on hold as I recently got a new teaching job.  However, God is blessing me in two ways this month: first my job, and now a possible book.  A published author, Rose McCormick Brandon, wants to assemble a collection of eight British Home Children stories.  She has asked me to share mine!  The short story, called "The Gold & Pearl Necklace" is based on the life of my great-grandma, Daisy Blay, a British Home Child.  I am so excited!  I want to share my great-grandma's story with as many people as possible.  What a great way to do it!  The author hopes to have the book published in  time to share at a British Home Child Exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village (July 2014-January 2015).

Next year is the 100th anniversary of World War I, a war in which 10,000 British Home Children served.  It is also the 100th anniversary of my great-grandma's wedding, only three weeks after the outbreak of the war.  It was at her wedding, that my great-grandma wore the "gold and pearl necklace", a wedding gift from her husband, the same one that I wore on my wedding day 21 years ago.  There couldn't be a more appropriate time to publish my great-grandma's story!

For more information on the British Home Children, visit my post "The British Home Children" at

For more British Home Children Stories, visit Rose McCormick Brandon's blog "The Promise of Home" at


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