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2013 – Another year come and gone

It started out pretty normal, ‘bout like any other year
Family gatherings, black eyed peas and lots of New Year’s cheer

Goals were set and some resolutions were made
There were pounds to lose and debts needing paid

But only three days in, we got a frantic call
Little sister’s been in a wreck, lucky to be alive at all

Our prayers were answered within a few days
She slowly woke up out of that bell ringing daze

Her memory came back and she lost very little
A few weeks later she even started growing in the middle

Not to be outdone, my brother fathered another child
Six kids at Christmas this year, wow, things could get wild

Mom’s doing good, she’s working and happily wed
Now if she only had room for another flower bed

Nick and James are working and doing just fine
In fact, James will be hitched next year by this time

I guess that leaves me the only sibling without a ring
No wonder Janna keeps pointing out women with bling

As I look back on the year I have a couple more topics to discuss
My book was published this year, but dad … Well, he is no longer with us

In June we found out cancer had taken over his pancreas and liver
Two months later we lost our father, our friend, our life-giver

God gave us time to say our goodbyes and let dad know he was loved
We’re comforted by knowing he’s farming up there in Heaven above

As the year comes to a close and 2014 nears
I have to admit, it’s sometimes hard to hold back the tears

I suppose 2013 wasn’t really much different than any other year we’ve had
God gave us some good times, and He gave us some bad

If we crossed paths in 2013 …  I want you to know I’m grateful for the time we had
God Bless You, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, & “I miss you dad.”

Fields of Faith

CGFCA Fields of Faith event 2013So far I’m overwhelmed with the responses I’m getting from people who have been inspired and blessed after reading my book. If you read my book and feel my words would be a blessing to your church or organization, please know that I am willing to speak and/or hold book signings.

My next speaking engagement will be:

Wednesday, Oct. 9 ~ 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Canton-Galva School Assembly & Fields of Faith Event
12 miles West of McPherson

Biblesta 2013

Biblesta After Dark 2013As a kid it was always fun to attend Biblesta and see Jonah hanging half out of the whales mouth. This year I’ve been asked to set up a tent to sign books, as well as to be on stage twice. About 10:40am I’ll be interviewed by Lloyd Houk of 3 Rusty Nails (right before they sing) and talk about my book. Then at 7:00pm, Gary Larson with Kansas FCA asked if I would open up Biblesta After Dark by giving a 10 minute message to the youth.

If you’ve never been to Biblesta, come check it out. The Biblesta Parade consists of floats portraying scriptures from the Bible, walking entries, equestrian units and marching bands playing Christian and patriotic music. Before and after the parade, enjoy gospel music in the city square. A variety of activities including a petting zoo, train rides and inflatables are available to entertain the children. During the evening hours, teenagers and young adults can enjoy the Biblesta After Dark Youth Rally. Food vendors are available throughout the day, and everyone is welcome to stay for the free bean feed at 5:00 p.m. in the city square.

For more info visit

Book Signing

kevin_signing_book_at_wcmc_9-17-2013My first book signing was a huge success. Thank you Janice Reese and the Wilson County Medical Center for hosting the event.

My next signings will be:

Artist Alley in Chanute
Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am – 5pm
(Look for me in front of Total Image Studio.)

Biblesta in Humboldt
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 2pm – ??
(Look for me after the parade in the Square)


Learning to Live With It by Kevin Olson is now available to order online

K-Olson-Learning_to_Live_With_ItLearning to Live With It is now available to order online by clicking the book title or cover picture.

If you have already requested a signed copy please know that you don’t need to place an online order. Unless, of course, you just can’t wait. I will have a large shipment of books by the end of August to sell and sign personally. As soon as I receive them I’ll be announcing more details concerning when/where they can be picked up or delivered.

So far I’m overwhelmed with the responses I’m getting from people who have been inspired and blessed after reading the book on their Kindle. (If you prefer ebooks, you can find my book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple Store.)

Very soon the Chanute Tribune will be running a story on my book and I’ll be promoting my book in many ways. If you read my book and feel my words would be a blessing to your church or organization, please know that I am willing to speak and/or hold book signings starting in September.

My first two book signings will be:

Tuesday, September 17 ~ 4:30-5:30pm
Wilson County Medical Center
Neodesha, KS

Saturday, September 28 ~ 9:00am – 5:00pm
Artist Alley (Look for me near Total Image Studio)
Chanute, KS


Learning to LIVE With It

K-Olson-Learning_to_Live_With_ItMy first book, titled “Learning to Live With It” will be out very soon.

The sample copies are now being shipped and once I approve them, Xulon Press will start printing. I hope to have 1,500 finished copies in hand by September! Books will be for sale on this website or you can purchase them from me directly. (Nothing like a signed copy, right?)

Meanwhile, in the midst of my personal achievement, my dad still loses ground with his fight against Pancreatic Cancer. It kills me to watch his life dwindle away, and yet it reminds me why I wrote this book; to help people learn to accept the unwanted, unchangeable circumstances we face.

Thank you to all who have shown interest in my book and concern for my father.


FCA Fall Conference

Special thanks to all the FCA members and sponsors for having me as a guest speaker Saturday, September 15 at the Rock Springs 4-H Camp near Junction City!

It was a blessing to be there. FCA was an important part of high school for me and it’s great to see that it’s still going strong!

Special thanks to Gary Larson of Neodesha, KS, for inviting me and to Scott Lloyd of McPherson, KS, for making sure this event keeps going year after year.