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Z is for Zadie


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Zadie:
Zadie, 18, arrived in Cottonwood Creek via the Greyhound bus, her father having paid for her ticket. It had been a long time since she visited her Grandma Thelma, and she was more than a little nervous and feeling somewhat nauseous, being nearly four months pregnant. Thelma greeted her granddaughter warmly, pulling her in close for a hug, and Zadie at last had a feeling that things were going to be okay.

It was with some trepidation that Zadie accompanied Thelma to the next meeting of the Women's Circle; while she knew that her grandmother was right about her needing to meet some new friends as she settled into life in Cottonwood Creek, she did not know how the other members of the Women's Circle were going to feel about her being visibly pregnant and unmarried.

Thelma understood Zadie's concern, but assured her that she had already talked with several ladies in the group and was certain that Zadie would be made to feel welcome; she was right, and it wasn't long before Zadie was chatting away with Alyssa, Denise, Lainey and Uriel.

The older ladies smiled as they observed this group of young women reaching out to Zadie, knowing that one day they would become leaders in the church and the community and the Circle of Hope would continue.  
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Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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A list of links for the A-Z Challenge blogs
I'm following can be found on my sidebar. :-) 
 

26 comments:

  1. Wow! Beautifully weaved , Josie. The last sentence gave me goosebumps .so touching !
    Congratulations on a very successful and a very lovely A to Z! :) Thanks for being such an awesome host.
    Love and best wishes,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Moon, I've really appreciated your daily visits and kind comments all the way through this challenge! Next year we'll do it again! :-)

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  2. The name, "the Circle of Hope," perfectly represents your stories.
    --Personally, I'm curious to read more about Erica.

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    1. Thank you, Romi, I created the series of stories to support the concept of life cycles and the continuity of things, especially offering hope to others! Erica is quite a character, every town has one. An entire series of stories could probably be written on her role in the community! :-)

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  3. A well woven circle. Have a blessed and beautiful Sunday!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mimi, it's been a fun and challenging project, and I've enjoyed sharing it! Thinking of you with hopefully a nice restful Sunday too! XOXO

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  4. a heartwarming end to your circle of ups and downs. I cannot tell you how much I looked forward to my daily visit. I was amply rewarded each day.

    It's farewell to Amble Bay!

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    1. Thank you so much, Keith! I've greatly enjoyed my visits to Amble Bay as well. We'll have to do this again next year I think! :-)

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  5. What a beautiful ending, the embracing of a new circle member into the fold. I have a feeling this might be the best thing that has happened in Zadie's life. You have rocked this challenge, my friend. This could be a book!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments all the way through this challenge, Val! I wanted to end the series with a new beginning woven in... just as the circle of life continues on. It's funny how my piecemeal effort seemed to adequately come together as the series went along. I felt good about wrapping it up with this post, it felt right. I'm sure anyone reviewing such a book would protest "too many characters to keep track of!!" :-)

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  6. Nice wrap up and perfect match for the title "Circle of Hope".
    Finding Eliza

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    1. Thank you, Kristin! I'm glad you liked the concluding story, I was wanting to kind of "tie it up" and I liked the addition of bringing in someone new.

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  7. What a lovely finish :)
    You have taken us through some interesting characters, thank you.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

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    1. Thank you, Sophie, it's been quite a collection of characters in a very short time, but over all I think it painted a picture of community life, and I'm so glad you liked the conclusion!

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Anne! I appreciate you following it all the way through! :-)

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  9. What a wonderful story you wrote, Josie! I've enjoyed reading it this month. Congrats on making it through the A to Z!
    Janet
    <a href="https://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-2017-atozchallenge-zooks-made-it.html”>Z is for ZZ Top</a>

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    1. Thank you Janet! It's the biggest challenge I've taken on, but it was fun to write too! It's really good feeling to hit that final Z-post "publish" button isn't it? :-)

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  10. Bravo! Seems we have come "full circle", pardon the pun. 😉 Excellent job of tying up all the ends! Definitely on my list of AtoZ fav themes!
    I need lots of rest, and then I'm looking forward to regular posts.
    I'm so tired of reading, thinking, posting. I really enjoyed the A to Z this year but am glad kt is over.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I know exactly what you mean, by the end of April we are quite ready to be done with it. I always say that next year I will be organized and have my posts pre-written... maybe! :-)

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  11. A very warm, positive end to your stories. It was a pleasure to read them. Congrats on getting to the end!

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    1. Thank you, Nick! :-) I really enjoyed your series too!

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  12. A heartwarming, hopeful ending to your lovely story A to Z Challenge. May all of the ladies in the circle find the peace and friendship that we all crave and need. Thank you for sharing your stories this month!

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    1. Thank you Marcy, I share your desire that they will be blessed in their sharing with each other. I enjoyed writing this series, maybe next year I'll do another! :-)

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  13. Josie,

    I some how managed to miss you this go-around of the A2Z challenge, so I will have to bookmark your posts to read through the casually. Your last installment in your theme sounds...hopeful and uplifting. This series sounds like one many can be encouraged by, too. Will you share all of your A-Z posts in one final post? Congrats on crossing the A2Z finish line!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “Z” (Zebra)

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    1. I missed you in the A to Z swirling cloud of posts too, Cathy, but I'll be around to check out what you shared! I do hope that readers found my stories uplifting, even when there were some difficult things going on for members of the Circle at times. Here is a link to the entire series - Circle of Hope. You can find it in my sidebar list of my pages too.

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