Focus On Love: Cover Reveal Time!

Focus On Love: Cover Reveal Time!

The countdown has begun and soon you will be seeing the Focus On Love cover all over social media. But today, I’m super excited to share it here on my blog and give you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes cover creation process. First, let’s just take a few moments to soak in all that adorable, romantic cuteness. Ahhh. But who are these people? And why are they smiling? Glad you asked. I suppose I should

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The countdown is on with three weeks to go until Christmas. Which makes this my personal “crunch” week to make sure my decorating, initial baking, and shopping is done. Of course, as a perpetual planner, I’d rather check everything off my list ahead of time so I’m able to simply soak in the season as the days go by. (Not to mention, the college boy only gets eight days off before having to report back

All Good Things Come From Above

All Good Things Come From Above

After an extra-long weekend filled with turkey, pie, football (on television), basketball (college game streamed on my laptop), very little shopping, and some teenaged Birthday celebrating, I’m more than ready for our regular routines again. However, ’tis the season when the blessings…and the stress…overflow. Why? Because my to-do list between Thanksgiving and Christmas also includes two Birthday celebrations and some annual guardianship paperwork in addition to the usual shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking leading up

Things I’m Thankful For

Things I’m Thankful For

In honor of Thanksgiving Day later this week, I’m sharing my “Things To Be Thankful For” list with all of you. (And in the interest of full disclosure, a few of these were stolen, um, borrowed from some of the newsletter contest responses I received earlier this month.) Of course, I’ll probably keep adding more to this list every day, but it’s always good to get a jump start in order to put my heart

Contentment Is the Root of Gratitude

Contentment Is the Root of Gratitude

We’ve all met them at some point. The person who isn’t happy unless they’ve got something to be upset about. Gas prices. A slow traffic light. Road construction. The weather. Politics. Food that’s too spicy or too bland or too something. They walk around sporting a frown and a wrinkled nose at someone else’s choice of fashion or music. Even on vacation, it seems they just watch the world around them until the moment comes

Guest Melanie Snitker – Wrapping Up a Series

Guest Melanie Snitker – Wrapping Up a Series

From time to time, I spotlight other authors as they share lessons to encourage us all. Today, I’m featuring Christian contemporary romance author Melanie Snitker and her Love’s Compass series…and revealing the cover of the grand finale. (Personally, since I’m in the middle of plotting a five book series, I’m encouraged to see how perseverance and hard work can make a dream come true.) When she published Finding Peace, the first book in the Love’s

Silence the Grating Voices

Silence the Grating Voices

My life lately has been a scene from the animated classic Finding Nemo. No, I did not lose my child. (Although as I’ll share in a moment, I’ve been tempted!) Remember the flock of seagulls all clamoring “Mine. Mine. Mine.” endlessly? Well, around here, I’ve been hearing a lot of “Mom? Mom? Mom?” usually in a chalkboard-scraping, irritating, whine. Until I’m ready to scream. Or at least plug my ears and yell “la-la-la” while running

A Season of Change and Preparation

A Season of Change and Preparation

I’ve been thinking about—and blogging about—change for the past several weeks. And outside my front door, the world has been changing right along with me, because fall is a season of change. The leaves change colors, then drift to the ground. The air gets crisp and frost paints the blades of grass. It’s time to winterize the sprinkler system. Prune back the garden beds. Wrap up the harvest and stock the freezer. It’s nature’s way

Guest Mary Alford – The Mountains Are Calling

Guest Mary Alford – The Mountains Are Calling

Dear readers, From time to time I ask other authors to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage you. Today, please welcome Mary Alford. As a child, I grew up loving to go to the beach. Every vacation my family went on had to be to the beach…until one year when my husband and I visited the mountains. That was it. So long beach. I was hooked on the mountains.

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Last week I blogged about how a tiny degree of change can alter the course of one’s life. Lest it sound like all you have to do is tweak one little thing and life will be awesome, let me remind us all that change is hard work. First, I have to be willing to change. That means being brutally honest about the consequences of the path I’m currently on. Until the pain of staying the