Leaving a Legacy Behind

Leaving a Legacy Behind

If you’ve been around my email list for awhile, you know that my mother-in-law passed away in the fall of 2022 and handling her complicated estate became an all-consuming task that put my writing on hold. Well, I’m so happy to report that we’re nearing the end of that journey with the sale of her house being the last big item on the list. (And it seems like we already have a buyer lined up,

Christmas Came Early This Year

Christmas Came Early This Year

Every year, I find myself struggling to get my to-do list accomplished so I can finally sit down, relax, and enjoy the season. In the scramble to finish this year’s projects and brave the stores for those remaining perfect gift ideas, it’s sometimes hard to remember the blessings. But Christmas came early for me this year and I’m excited to share the highlights. (In other good news, my house is already decorated, the traditional cheese

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Things are changing at the Fick household. The oldest child just graduated from high school into a special needs transition program to work on her job skills. Child number two is entering his senior year and we’ve been checking out the college options. The “baby” is entering middle school. And I’m ramping up promotion plans for my first published novel this fall. With new adventures and an emptying nest, things are changing. Yet, as conveyed

Time Flies

Time Flies

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. They also say to enjoy the moment because babies grow up so fast. But those two statements seem to contradict since middle-of-the-night feedings, diapers, cleaning up puke, consoling teary children, and countless hours of worrying and praying about their futures aren’t exactly fun and seem to last a really long time! However, there are moments in every life when we take a glance back and wonder

Refocusing on Family

This coming school year is a huge one for our family, and while I’m taking the time this month to refocus on my personal mission statement of Faith, Family, and Fiction, I’m also planning ahead for an emotional year of transitions. First up, this is the last year I’ll have a child in Elementary School. The last year for class parties and field trips and Valentine’s exchanges. The last year with a home room teacher

Pointing The Way

My grandmother had a knack for navigation and loved to point out where to turn. Many of my childhood memories of her included drives in my grandparents’ RV with Grandma in the passenger seat, a map or atlas spread on her lap, and a constant verbal barrage to Grandpa about where to turn. She was an early prototype of the female voice coming from the GPS unit! Not to mention she’d always toss in interesting-to-her tidbits

Gratitude Attitude

 What are you thankful for? With Thanksgiving Day yesterday, you probably have a few ideas handy. Family. Friends. Faith. Food and shelter. Job. Health. Even though the holiday has passed, we should still carry an attitude of gratitude every day of the year. Here are a few other things to be thankful for: The smell of rain on a gentle breeze The glorious colors of a sunset over snow-capped mountain peaks The warm, cuddly hug of

The Right Way

Even with the best of intentions, there is a right way to do certain things. I’m not talking about loading the dishwasher with fork tines up or down. Or changing the toilet paper so it unrolls from the top or from the bottom. Not even talking about adding soap the washing machine before the clothes or after. While there are valid arguments for doing it my preferred way (ahem), I think we’d all agree there

Refocusing

The countdown is on because my boys go back to school one week from today. (Can you hear my semi-restrained cheers?) With the looming start date, we’ve been busy gathering school supplies, cleaning out backpacks, sorting through cluttered dressers, and stocking the pantry with lunch items. Not to mention gradually adjusting bedtimes and wake-up calls back toward school mode. Since my oldest son is headed into his freshman year of high school, this year will bring