End of a Chapter

Our Thanksgiving holiday was a working 'break' for us that wound up as the end of a chapter in our lives. We started remodeling the canning kitchen in our house into a library since we need a library and not a canning kitchen.
In the past 10 years our dreams have changed, and with them, the path we're following has, too. We used to have goats and chickens and guineas and even a milk cow, but those are all gone, and have been for a long time. Now we need more room for our books—it's the one thing we collect—so out goes the kitchen. Dismantling it was bittersweet, even though we're looking forward to a new chapter.

Even with the future being unknown to us, I can still rest without worrying. God is into details, and He cares about the details of my life. What a comfort and rock to cling to!

Warm-up Year

I must be getting smarter in my old age. (LoL. Don't I wish!) After a crummy birthday, I decided to learn something from it...

For years I've been looking forward to turning 50—but that's a long way off, and to be honest, I really don't feel like waiting until I'm 50. I want to start NOW! So I am. Rather than calling this the last year in my 30's, and so focusing on the past, I'm calling this my warm up year for my 40's and I'm looking forward. Just like a runner prepares for a marathon, I'm preparing. I'm stretching myself and working on increasing my endurance, not just my speed. I've been analyzing where I am and where I want to go and I see what I need to do get me there. I've been setting goals—written goals—making sure they're do-able so I don't get discouraged yet get things accomplished.

As I've listened to myself thinking this week, one word has emerged time and time again. Accomplish. I want to accomplish things this year, and by focusing, following my plans and reaching my goals I will. I expect this to be my best year yet, and I plan on making it my best year yet! That's worth celebrating!

I Did It!!

Well, it wasn't me. For 13 months I have tried to get onto blogger--and have pulled my hair out on many occassions. I worked through their troubleshooting guide a couple times and it didn't work--until today. There are some things I really want to do/accomplish this year, and it seemed this was the next step, so I took a few hours today, and God opened the path before me. For 'some reason' things worked and I've been able to access blogger and even begin to get things started here. In my opinion it's a God's timing thing and I'm so excited!

About Me

I'm a Christian wife, a home school mom of five, book-keeper for our remodeling business, an active member of Faithwriters, and I'm a teacher in the children's ministry at our church--and I love all the hats I wear.

Put simply: I'm a child of God who's writing in the margins of life--and I'm working at increasing those margins all the time.

Read More Of My Writing...

Jake's Ladder --Dads are heroes!

Daring To Dream
--Part of how I came to write.

Windows of Opportunity --Even if you can't do what you'd like, there are things you can do to serve God.

Skirting the Truth --Historical fiction.

Misplaced Talents --Use the talents God gave you, even if you feel they're unconventional or seemingly silly talents.

A Sister's Laugh

A Tiger Doth Make --Romancing a young mother's heart.

Portfolio of my Stories

Blog and Site Design

I'm doing blog and website design and would love to customize a site for you. (Scroll down for pricing.)

I designed my own site, as well as these:

The name Patty Wysong is music to my ears. Such a patient kindhearted soul to put up with a non-techy person as I. I doubt that there would have been any other to tackle my job.

I had a basic idea and Patty explained how it could be done and what limitations I would have for the site I wanted built. I would send Patty different back grounds or fonts and she would plug them in, let me see and tweak it so it would be perfect.She was never farther away than my keyboard or telephone. We spent time on the phone while at the keyboard refreshing pages and adjusting things just so.And she introduced me to so many other really cool things.

I have the utmost confidence in Patty’s ability. If she doesn’t know how to do something, she will figure it out. She always returned my emails and phone calls the same day. I rested in her ability.I have no hesitation to recommend Patty’s creativity and work ethic to anyone.

She helped me with my first project, my book – 101 Ways to Celebrate the Ordinary, she helped me with my new site and she will be the only one I contact for any other project I have. ~Diane Loew  A Farm Wife

Patty's services to Clash of the Titles have been invaluable! She's fast, friendly, and she knows her stuff. Patty worked tirelessly on the COTT to make it exactly to our specifications. It looks (and works!) better than we ever could have hoped. Patty rocks!
~April Gardner
Clash of the Titles

For someone like me, who is pretty much a technological airhead, Patty was a God-send. Not only did she create a beautiful and professional-looking blog and coordinating website, she was a joy to work with and exercised more patience than I deserved. I so appreciate Patty and highly recommend her services. You won't be disappointed.
~Lynda Schab

After being thoroughly impressed by what Patty Wysong can do with just an idea for a community Web site and blog in the winter of 2011, I asked my church to hire her to rebuild our bulky website at a free hosting site. She was very gracious and professional and did the work necessary to get our domain name transferred from the expensive registrar to one more suitable to our budget and adaptable to the free hosting site in a timely manner. Her skill at showing me the possibilities of the new site and working with me to provide a useful church Website are highly recommended. --Lisa J Lickel

Contact me any time for quotes and ideas. (Patty at PattyWysong dotcom)

Pricing for Blogger Sites

Standard Make-over: $95
Includes: blog header, background, siggy, button, and installation.
*Includes a digital scrapbook kit.

Super Make-over: $115
Includes: blog header, background, siggy, button, and installation
And: navigation bar (text/links only, NOT a drop down navbar like on this site)
(with a drop down navigation bar, instead, like on this site: $145)
*Includes a digital scrapbook kit. 

Super-Duper Make-over: $140
Includes: blog header, background, siggy, button, and installation
And: navigation bar (text/links only, NOT a drop down navbar like on this site)
And: 3 social media buttons, and favicon.
(with a drop down navigation bar, instead, like on this site: $170)
*Includes a digital scrapbook kit. 

Supreme Make-over: $175
Includes: blog header, background, siggy, button, and installation
And: navigation bar, 5 sidebar headers/links, and favicon
AND: 3 sidebar headers/links, special fonts for post title and sidebar titles.
(with a drop down navigation bar, instead, like on this site: $205)
*Includes a digital scrapbook kit. 

Individual Items:
  • Header - $30
  • Background - $20
  • Navigation Bar (text only, with 5 links) - $30, $5 each additional link
  • Navigation Bar with images (5 links) - $45
  • 3 Sidebar Headers, all the same graphic with different text - $20, $5 each additional header
  • Social Media buttons (facebook, twitter, contact, etc.) - $5each
  • Custom Banner - $15
  • Favicon - $15
  • Blog Post Siggy- $15
  • Post Divider - $15
  • Blog Button with grab it box and code - $20
  • Special Font for post titles & sidebar titles - $25
  • Matching Twitter background- $15
  • Site Maintenance, changes and tweaks - $20 per hr. (1/2 hr minimum)
  • Premade Designs, unless otherwise noted - $20
  • Installation of premade, if desired - $10 

Email me what you're interested in.
patty {at}PattyWysong {dot}com

Payment is half at the beginning
with the balance due upon completion.

 Need something that's not on the list? Email me and we'll see what we can do.
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