Burlington Book Signing – Home Again

Friend, classmate, and new graduate, Linda Giffin, joined me at the Burlington book signing event.

Friend, classmate, and new graduate, Linda Giffin, joined me at the Burlington book signing event.

What a beautiful day for a book signing! Many times during Burlington Steamboat Days, heavy rains and storms interrupt the open-air programs down on the waterfront. This time, it was mostly rain-free!

Bookstore owner, Christopher Steven  Murphy pictured with me.

Bookstore owner, Christopher Steven Murphy pictured with me.

My best friend, Martha Kibling, who happens to be my sister, entertained us all with her incredible sense of humor!

My best friend, Martha Kibling, who happens to be my sister, entertained us all with her incredible sense of humor!

The parade passed in front of the Burlington By the Book store where my signing took place. The parade was all of an hour long, and it thrilled me to see so many organizations and groups participate this year. Before, during, and after the parade, people stopped in the store to greet me and buy my books. The support and kind words these dear ones touched my heart.

Classmate and sweet friend, Sharyn Miller, joined me and encouraged me with her words of support fro my books and website blogs.

Classmate and sweet friend, Sharyn Miller, joined me and encouraged me with her words of support for my books and website blogs.

As always, some friends and family I hoped to see did not make it down. Yet, some I did not expect to see came down and spent time catching up on memories and family news. All-in-all, the book sales went well, and the time spent with the visitors encouraged me.

A young middle school reader from Notre Dame, Aiden, who bought his first book in my series!

A young middle school reader from Notre Dame, Aiden, who bought his first book in my series!

After the book signing event ended, some of my visitors went with me to Napoli Pizza where we continued to enjoy each other’s company. Christopher Steven Murphy, the bookstore owner, asked for me to leave signed copies with him, so for those that missed this event, and still want my books, there are some down in his store.

Two of my terrific, faithful friends, Kevin and Debbie, drove down from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to bless my day with their support and fellowship!

Two of my terrific, faithful friends, Kevin and Debbie, drove down from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to bless my day with their support and fellowship!

One person asked if I plan to write more books. I have no idea if and when there will be a fourth book in my lighthouse series books. This is the Lord’s ministry, and I’m seeking His guidance for the future. Enjoy the pictures of some “Burlingtonians” who blessed me with their presence and warm fellowship this past Saturday. You might recognize some of them!

A former teaching friend from West Burlington Independent Schools where I taught for six years!

A former teaching friend from West Burlington Independent Schools where I taught for six years!  Sheila’s husband, Jim Sleister, was the school superintendent.

A wonderful friend, Audrey Timmerman, who rode back and forth to games with Owen and me when our sons played sports together for BHS.

A wonderful friend, Audrey Timmerman, who rode back and forth to games with Owen and me when our sons played sports together for BHS.

A childhood friend and classmate, Sharron (Sourwine) and her brother's girlfriend and Misty, an aspiring teacher, also came to this event.

A childhood friend and classmate, Sharron Sourwine Hall (next to me), her brother’s girlfriend (middle), and Misty Swan, an aspiring teacher, also came to this event.

My brother, Mike Dwight, and wife Christine, celebrated with me Saturday, too!

My brother, Mike Dwight (the runner), and wife Christine, celebrated with me Saturday, too!

Kathy Stout Murphy, classmate and good friend, who works at the Burlington Public Library, joined me also.

Kathy Stout Murphy, classmate and good friend, who works at the Burlington Public Library, joined me also.

Monica West Hudson joined me at the store and for pizza afterwards. Great friend and classmate!

Monica West Hudson joined me at the store and for pizza afterwards. Great friend and classmate!

Thanks to everyone who came, prayed for me, and who helped prepare for this event last Saturday! Thanks to my sister for buying pizza for us afterwards.

 

 

About thehopebeacon

Wecome to my blog! I am a Christian wife, mother, and grandmother who wants to share my lifetime experiences with those who share the same interests and roles. I served as an educator for twenty-one years as both a classroom teacher and an Instructional Services Consultant. Most recently I chose to write children's books. This new path as an author led me to create this website. I seek to inspire, uplift, encourage, and advise those who come here who share common interests or life experiences as myself.
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