Finding the Joy

Thanksgiving Day. This day last year I was too sick to visit my dad who had just been admitted to the hospital. It was the beginning to the end for my dad and not one I wanted to come. But it came. We didn't expect him to leave that hospital, but God gave us the... Continue Reading →

Brave. Never Alone

To say that the last 3 years have been anything less than a roller coaster ride would be an understatement. This post-divorce journey - a single mom of 2 kids still living at home, two adult children living their own life afar, an exchange student who has been living with me for the past year,... Continue Reading →

Give Yourself Grace, Moms!

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and a few days prior I had the wonderful opportunity to meet an old high school girlfriend who is also a pastor's wife.  The evening was by far one big lesson from God to appreciate what he's given me, not dwell on what I've lost, and learn from... Continue Reading →

Burned to Bring Light

We've all been burned in some way or another.  Maybe from a past love, a boss or coworker, an old friendship, or even by a child or family member.  Many times it stems from something we've done ourselves - a mistake or misstep in life; a misspoken word;  an emotional reaction to an intense situation,... Continue Reading →

Wear the Red Dress!

When in doubt...wear the red dress!  Red is probably my favorite color, and also one that creates many emotions.  For me, the obvious emotion of red is love - Valentines Day, hearts, etc.  For others, red may bring feelings of anger or tension.  It's a powerful color with a unique ability to stir up strong... Continue Reading →

Mentee to Mentor

My writing mentor passed away two years ago this month, and I always remember him by reading a few chapters of one of his novels.  I can still hear his advice ringing in my head as I type the words of my new book...'passive vs. active voice', or 'description description description'.  He hated romance novels,... Continue Reading →

Washing of Feet

Last weekend, my mom asked me to come over and help do a few things for her and my Grandma.  One of those things was giving my Grandmother a bath.  She is 90 years old, blind, and very unstable on her feet.  That particular week, my grandmother's helper had the previous day off and was... Continue Reading →

Sandy’s Web

I love the movie, Charlotte's Web.  I watched the cartoon version with my kids years ago and remember seeing a newer version featuring real animals/people.  That one was quite good, and both very touching.  The story is poignant - one of loneliness, abandonment, but most importantly and ultimately...a story of friendship, great sacrifice and unconditional... Continue Reading →

In the Storm

Last night, it rained here.  It rained hard.  I sat on the edge of my bed and listened intently, closed my eyes, and tried to quiet every thought I had.  No inner monologue (very hard for me!).  No inside words.  I just listened to it beat against the roof and waited.  I wasn't waiting for... Continue Reading →

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