Bethanne’s Thirteen Firsts

Hello!! Welcome to our blog, Through Heart-Shaped Glasses. Everyone’s been hitting up the topic of Firsts. Firsts… life is full of firsts, isn’t it? When I found out the topic, I told my husband. He kind of looked at me funny, lifted a brow, and gave a small shake of his head. <grin> Ha!

But then, I thought, this is another first–group blog. And since not everyone knows me, I think I’ll do a Thursday Thirteen Firsts.  A cross between our theme for the month and a meme.

13. First move — 3 years old, from New York to Florida. There have been  many moves since then ranging from New York to Florida to Michigan to Pennsylvania to Ohio to Colorado to Ohio to Virginia to Illinois to Georgia, and finally, back to Colorado.

kiddie photo12. First day of Kindergarten — I had two of those, actually. Flunked out the first time.

11. First Detention — 2nd grade. I forgot my homework, which sounds sooo familiar now that I have two kids who are alot like me. It’s not intentional. It’s a thing…hopefully they get better at organization and remembering than I am.

10. First shot of insulin — November 23, 1988, my Diabetes Birthday

9. First written story — 6th grade, which my teacher loved, but suggested I not end with the cliche of waking from a dream. That was the first writing advice I ever recieved. I have never forgotten it. Later in life–high school, I read a smutty romance novel that actually ended that way…with the heroine waking from a dream. And I thought, “that book was so stupid!” And I knew Mrs. Richter had been right. Happily Ever After is too important to get fudged by a dream.

8. First College — Franciscan University of Steubenville, a good Catholic girl who wasn’t convinced to study nursing and did 3 years of an English Literature degree before getting pregnant, getting married, and moving on with her husband. 🙂

7. First Kiss — from the not-yet-hubby, a lovely asked-for kiss…the ultimate peck on the cheek. Heart racing, hands sweating. It’s a kiss you never forget.

wedding6. First Husband — And only husband! haha. Love that man so much. <3

5. First Baby — Her name is Virginia. She’s 13 now. OMG! THIRTEEN!

4. First Manuscript — A story inspired by Trixie Belden called Certain Suspicions. Well, now it’s called that. I can’t remember the original title.

3. First critique group — Charlotte Dillon’s Crit Group. A nice group, for the most part, yet too big, too anonymous. 🙂 I love my CRITIQUE group, Passionate Critters!

ForLoveorDuty 200x3002. First Book published, June 2012, For Love or Duty

1. First Contract — Wheeeee! With Entangled Publishing! A contract for my Christmas story, Letters from Home.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

16 Responses to Bethanne’s Thirteen Firsts

  1. Nina Croft says:

    Wow – what a fantastic list of firsts and all that moving! And I really want to read Certain Suspicions – what’s happened with that story?

  2. What a wonderful walk down memory lane for you and a reminder to me that there are firsts around every corner! I remember the first time I told someone I wanted to be a writer – my high school guidance counselor – during a meeting on “planning my future.” He told me I needed a real profession. I’ll never forget the feeling of being squashed. Took me twenty years to decide he was full of crap.

  3. Love this list…and you!
    You flunked out the first time?! Oh geez, that’s what my dd is going to be telling the world, LOL.

    What a great list of firsts. And at first I was surprised, then not so much, that you Asked for your first kiss. 🙂 hehe

  4. Jennifer Shirk says:

    That was awesome!! What a great list of firsts!

  5. What a fun list! My first move was from my childhood home in my tiny hometown into the dorm at college, which was also my first time to drive on the interstate or through a big city. I’m lucky I survived. 🙂

  6. Sutton Fox says:

    What a list of wonderful firsts. Love your first kiss. *sigh* Thanks so much for sharing such special moments.

  7. landra graf says:

    This was definitely an awesome list. I remember the first kiss with my soon-to-be hubby. Definitely one for the record books. 😉

    • Bethanne says:

      We never forget the first…right? Until we’ve got alzheimers or something. 😀 I should mention, because my sister thought differently, Matt asked ME if he could kiss me, not the other way around. Of course, I said yes. LOL

  8. Annie Seaton says:

    Lovedthe first kiss. They are very special!

  9. SheriV says:

    An awesome list of firsts.

    smurfettev AT Gmail DOT com

  10. Awww!! I used to love doing the Thursday Thirteen blog hop. Seems like it just disappeared…or I quit blogging consistently and forgot about it. Ha. LOVE your thirteen!!

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