Friday, September 17, 2010

Personal update

Seeing that I haven't written too many blog entries, I would like to share some of the things that are taking my time.  I will list a few changes:

Last April I started a new job!  I was very happy to find something and I'm now manager of a hospital gift shop!  Having co-owned Ray Boltz Music, Inc. for nearly 35 years (part of that prior to when it was incorporated), having done a little online business, and because I had retail experience years ago, I was accepted as "qualified" and I got the job!  I work with a great group of Auxiliary volunteers, have a boss that is super, and I love working at the hospital.  Although I have more than enough paperwork, I also enjoy each person who comes into the shop, and helping buy things for the shop to sell is challenging and a lot of fun. 

In August I gave up the website ( and all that it included.  Ray traveled from Florida to move the office furniture and we signed papers that confirm that Ray Boltz Music, Inc. no longer operates in Indiana.  Ray has worked to set up the website in a totally downloadable way - songs, sheet music, and CDs, all digitally downloadable!  It is nearly ready, and I encourage you to buy here.

Soulforce:  I remain a member of the board of directors, and am proud to serve.  Working to eliminate the prejudice and discrimination against GLBTQs, and do that through non-violent means remains an important passion for me.  In November (Nov. 5-7, 2010) Soulforce will again partner with several gay rights groups for its' SYMPOSIUM in Philadelphia.  

Another thing associated with Soulforce is that at the end of August it was announced that Ray is serving as their "honorary spokesperson."  I'm hoping that each of us can serve to bring more information, freedom, and acceptance to the difficult situation when a spouse reveals their long-hidden sexual orientation.

Grandbabies!  Early this year, daughter Liz and her husband welcomed the one they call (on the internet) "Chuck."  This baby is a joy, and either my daughter or I travel as often as we can so that I can know and hold that darling baby.  Meanwhile, I have two little ones who live in the same city as I do, and spending time with them is a priority.  And finally, daughter Sara is expecting right around Christmas, and son Phil's wife is due 6 weeks later.  Both of these babies are "firsts", so I have baby quilts that need to be finished (well, they actually have to be started!). 

Dad - My elderly dad lives next door to me, and I try to visit him just to talk, and help with things he needs.  He's 89, and he loves to come over for a meal (if I ever cook!) and I'm very fortunate to have him so close.

Writing...I haven't had much time for it!  While I still have thoughts run through my head, I can't seem to get all my work done (I still live in a home with a lot to take care of) and get to all I need to do.  If you write to me, please be patient, and I'll try to reply.  This all is very demanding to work and keep up with everything.  I don't know how others do it when they have family and kids at home.  


Sylvia said...


I love reading your blog. What a great update on your life, even though I don't know you. You have been a huge encouragement to me as I have transitioned out of a fundamentalist background. I really see Jesus in you. That picture with your sweet grandbaby is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your heart here. You're really one of my new heros in the faith.
You sound busy and happy! =) I love reading your thoughts, whenever you have the time.

Shel said...

What a wonderfully full life you have. And congrats on the grandbabies -- ones already here and ones due in upcoming months. Bless you on your work with Soulforce. I use it as a resource and send people to their website for the info they have about what the Bible doesn't say about homosexuality. Even though my ex-husband hurt me terribly with his behavior and adultery, I have to be supportive of him as a gay man because he didn't choose that part.

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless.

Carol said...

Thanks, Sylvia and Shel :) I still miss my old life, but I AM happy. I'm so lucky to have the job I have now - and I figure if I keep at it, it can only get better. I never thought I'd make it this far. Thanks for your kind remarks - wish I could give you both great big hugs.

Doorman-Priest said...

And in your spare time?

brittanicals said...

Hi Carol,

Just stopping by to check up on you, and happy to see all the happy news. That baby looks so content in your arms!

Much love,

Sylvia said...

Carol, tonight someone on facebook shared this blog entry. I was very touched by it, and it brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to share it with someone, but most of the people on my list are from the past, and most of them wouldn't understand. I thought of you, and thought you may enjoy it.

Joe said...

Sylvia, that is exactly how I feel as a father... amen