(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

Finding Home ~ Where Cinderella meets Goose Girl

Finding Home ~ Where Cinderella meets Goose Girl

Well, that was a cryptic title for a blog post… As you faithful readers probably already know, I am in the middle of writing a series of standalone stories featuring castles from across a wide variety of regions and eras. (I hope to release #4 and #5 this year!)  Castles often make us think of Prince Charming and fairy tales and princesses. Or at least kind hearted commoners who are elevated to that royal status

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

This. This is my son’s car last Sunday morning. Look closely and you can see his windshield wipers (that he’d lifted so they wouldn’t freeze to the glass), one headlight, and part of a wheel. On Saturday evening, there were flakes falling…but only wet pavement. So while the weatherman had predicted such a storm, we were still surprised to see this when we awoke. And that was before it continued blizzarding all day Sunday leaving

Finding Home: Not your ordinary Regency Romance

Finding Home: Not your ordinary Regency Romance

I’m just a few chapters away from completing the first draft of Finding Home…and I cannot wait to share this story with you. ?Yes, I know some of you are not fans of historical fiction so just bear with me for a bit longer since the next story in the queue is contemporary. Followed by another contemporary after that. ?But in the meantime, the timeline of this current tale spans from 1803 to 1814, including an

Seize every moment…and change the world one heart at a time.

Seize every moment…and change the world one heart at a time.

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of others in a celebration of life for a world changer…and walked away challenged anew to make every moment count as I pursue my calling. I first met Pastor Russ Frase when he moved his family from Texas to help plant a new satellite church in the Denver area in conjunction with the church body where my dad was a pastor. His daughter was a year older than me and

Adding Music to the current WIP ~ Finding Home

Adding Music to the current WIP ~ Finding Home

Thanks to January’s castle-inspired writing retreat, I’ve crossed the halfway point in writing the next installment in my Castle series.  And I have to admit that my current work-in-progress Finding Home has involved more intricate plotting and detailed research than the previous books in the series… Which should mean an even better story for you! But while readers have to wait longer than I’d anticipated for this next title to release, I couldn’t leave you without a glimpse

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

I took this picture just a few days ago while on a writing retreat with a couple author friends. Can you just feel the stories of people who lived within these walls? Of course, this is a “new” castle with a history dating back to the late 1800s, but the setting certainly proved inspirational as I was finally able to make significant headway on the next book in my castle series.  Wrangling a complicated plotline into shape

Announcing my word for 2021: DREAM

Announcing my word for 2021: DREAM

Today is the day of Epiphany, the ancient holy day commemorating when the Truth of Jesus was revealed to the three kings/wise men and they presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And boy could we use some TRUTH in our nation today! While I’m honestly praying for God’s will to be done in the election outcomes and that He would deliver us and our nation from Evil and the plans of traitors, I’m