Saving Grace is coming soon

Saving Grace is coming soon…Which means it’s time to start giving my faithful readers more than vague hints about this long-delayed book. Once upon a time, it began with a folder filled with scribbled story ideas. A few scenes featured historical settings that had nothing to do with each other, but most were contemporary romances. I wrote the story about the football coach. I wrote the story about the small-town diner (that one’s still on my

February Focus on Love

February Focus on Love

As I’m writing this, the entire family is home with a snow day. Which made me remember those times in the past when the weather gave me a free day to do nothing but snuggle under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, a bowl of buttered popcorn, and a book. I love snow days. I also love peppermint mocha coffee, similar to the ones on freshboost. Dark chocolate. Italian and Mexican food. Castles.

2022 Word of the Year ~ Rooted

2022 Word of the Year ~ Rooted

Lots of stuff happened last year… One son got engaged, moved back home for a few months, then got married and moved out. The other son had stress fractures destroy his junior track season and then interrupt his senior cross country season to the point he’s seriously considering trying to pole vault this spring instead. The (extended) family truly enjoyed a vacation again, this time right on the lake and mere minutes from Silver Dollar

Living Life With Open Hands

Living Life With Open Hands

“Mom? My shins hurt again.” Actually, the bad news started with a text message on a Friday night: Could you schedule me an appointment at OCR in 2 weeks? OCR being the nickname for the Orthopedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, a.k.a. the sports injury and broken bone doctors. One of whom we’ve seen too many times over the past few years. Let’s start with some background. My youngest son’s love of running started in

Now Delivering Bite Sized Fiction for Busy People

Now Delivering Bite Sized Fiction for Busy People

If you’re anything like me, you’re on your phone a lot. Not talking or even texting. But scrolling through social media, playing games, or reading. Yes, reading. While there are apps featuring full-length books (like my vast Kindle library waiting to be read), there are also a multitude of serial fiction apps out there where those same full-length stories are delivered in bite sized pieces for busy people. So, I’m happy to announce that some

Consider the Ant…and a Serial Story

Consider the Ant…and a Serial Story

This summer, our church is in the middle of a series on the book of Proverbs with the “foolproof” goal of gaining wisdom. And the message from a couple weeks ago to “consider the ant” is still niggling at the back of my brain. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV) “Four

(Belated) Spring Cleaning Even Though It’s Summer

(Belated) Spring Cleaning Even Though It’s Summer

Our special needs Princess sure loves her calendars. So, she was the first to remind me that it’s officially Summer now.  Of course, having hit 100 degrees several days already this June, I’m very aware of the hot weather. And yet, in a strange twist of COVID adaptations, the high school Spring Track season is just now headed into their state competition. ?Hence the seasonal confusion inside our household. ?However, over the past few weeks I’ve also found

How to Cool off when Life Heats up

How to Cool off when Life Heats up

Here in Colorado, we’re used to late-arriving springs. Or at least the reality that it truly could snow in May so no matter the temptation, you’d better hold off a bit on that garden.  Which also means, we’re not quite acclimated yet when summer hits and life heats up. So, this year as temperatures have hit the 90s multiple days in a row in the first week of June…we were already looking for shade to

For Graduates: A Prayer for Wisdom and Discernment

For Graduates: A Prayer for Wisdom and Discernment

(I wrote this for my niece on her 18th birthday as family gathered around to pray blessings upon her. She’s about to graduate from high school in a few weeks…and knowing the same words applied to others, I’m sharing it here.) Life is full of choices, both big and small, and every choice has consequences. So far, the big choices have been made for you: where to live, where to go to school, etc. But