When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

Last week, I shared about our change of pace on vacation thanks to my son’s surgery and need to use crutches. Well, he’s now been given permission to start putting weight on his leg and have officially entered a new phase in his recovery and injury rehabilitation where baby steps are the only steps. First, weight-bearing with crutch- or cane-assisted walking. Until he can ditch the help and walk pain free. Then we work on

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

Sometimes we all need a change of scenery and a change of pace to shake us out of our doldrums, recharge our internal batteries, and realign our priorities. That’s why taking a vacation is such an important part of our workplace sanity and family health. By getting away from the normal routines and environment, our eyes are challenged to see new things and adapt to new routines. (Not to mention, the extra rest that usually comes

Guest Julie Arduini – When There’s No Plan B

Guest Julie Arduini – When There’s No Plan B

Dear Readers, from time to time I ask a writer friend to share a little bit of encouragement from their personal journey, knowing that many of those emotions are woven into the fabric of their stories. Please welcome Julie Arduini as she shares a key lesson from her latest release. When I wrote book one in my Surrendering Time series, ENTRUSTED, Trish Maxwell was in New York City fulfilling a dream job. Although Trish spent

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1 NIV “The strength of a river is between the banks.” ~ Writer Cara Grandle on Periscope Sometimes it takes a different angle before we truly see the truth. Example? I know that familiar scripture about running the

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

I flipped the calendar page and felt a moment of panic. What happened to all of my goal setting strategies? 2017 started with such lofty goals. I had even sketched them out into four quarters with a big project designated for each three-month period along with a few other hope-to-get-done-too items. Books to write. A business to launch. Classes to teach. And new skills to learn. Except life happened. (Doesn’t it always?) First, the sporadic

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

The last month around our house has been a tad stressful. For me at least. The month started with a castle trip (fabulous!) and then a Special Olympics trip (good memories but blazing heat), followed by several weeks of revising a very-rough first draft manuscript, putting the polishing touches on The Author Toolbox blogs, planning the class I’m teaching next month, switching our family from cable to live streaming services (complete with a new internet

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Once upon a time, I excelled at Bible “sword drill” and Scripture memory challenges. As a pastor’s kid and general all-around overachiever, I could fan the pages of my well-read Bible and start reading a certain passage faster than most. And if there was a verse to be learned by next week, I had it memorized by sundown. After all, as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin

Guest Kimberly Rose Johnson – His Faithfulness Never Ceases

Guest Kimberly Rose Johnson – His Faithfulness Never Ceases

Dear readers, from time to time I ask others to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage us all. If you have a story to share, you can find my guidelines under the Connect tab. In the meantime, welcome Kimberly Rose Johnson! Sometimes it feels as if life is one challenge after another. In my case I caused my own problem. I had received the rights back on a book

Reflections From a Castle Tower

Reflections From a Castle Tower

Yes. That’s where I stayed for several days last week. In a castle. In Colorado. With a room at the top of the tallest tower featuring floor-to-way-over-my-head arched windows. Officially, I was chaperoning a group of middle school writers and teaching them about plotting fabulous stories. Unofficially, I was dreaming up stories of my own and soaking up the inspiration. During the day, I was busy from dawn until dark staying ahead of giggling, energetic

Guest Angela Couch – Waiting For Her Turn

Guest Angela Couch – Waiting For Her Turn

Dear readers, from time to time I ask others to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage us all. If you have a story to share, you can find my guidelines under the Connect tab. In the meantime, welcome Angela Couch! April was a great month for me. My historical romance, The Patriot and the Loyalist, was released, I was busy getting ready for a move into a larger home,