Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Some of you dear readers have been on my email list for long enough to remember (and have been praying for) our ongoing estate issue saga. For those who are new (or those who could use a quick refresher), here’s the shortish version:  My mother-in-law passed away very unexpectedly in the fall of 2022 and my personal writing schedule took a backseat to wrangling the details of her complicated multi-state estate. (i.e. three states and three probate

New Year, New Word…Same God

New Year, New Word…Same God

This week marks the beginning of a new year with so many possibilities ahead. Coffee dates with friends. Bible studies with a small group. Trails to hike. Books to read. Stories to create. Meals to fix. Love to share. But things don’t always go according to plan! Case in point: 2023. I started off last year full of HOPE that we would get through the myriad of details to finalize my mother-in-law’s estate. ?Then we

Sometimes Life Takes a Strange Turn

road round sign with light at night

Lately I’ve spent some time reflecting back on my life and the various twists and turns that got me here. The reason for such introspection is all health-related because the constant stress lately is causing more-than-a-few problems and you can’t truly fix what’s broken until you get to the cause. BUT in the process, I’ve remembered several life-altering changes. Like when I was in elementary school and my dad got a new job in a

When Life Throws a Curve Ball…Home Runs are Still Possible

Yes, that’s a curve ball. And it’s not just a type of pitch in baseball. It’s also an unexpected occurrence or thing that causes confusion or uncertainty. (And isn’t life just filled with those!) Except not all curve balls are bad. Some are actually good. Or at least can lead to unexpected good results. For example, my pole-vaulting son (see my last email for more of that story) got a last-minute invitation to the “last

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

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

Reaching Milestones and Setting New Goals

Reaching Milestones and Setting New Goals

As 2019 wraps to a close with 2020 around the corner, I’ve started reflecting on the past year…and decade. There’s a lot to celebrate as I’ve been reaching milestones and setting new goals. It’s been quite the journey down that twisting, turning, don’t-know-where-this-will-lead road of writing for publication. After all, the real dream began in 2004 with the first manuscript finished in 2005. first non-fiction contract in 2006, first published book in 2007, and eventually

Living in Limbo Stinks

Living in Limbo Stinks

As I write this, I’m still in my old, clean, but fairly-empty house. Still have a For Sale sign in the yard. Still vacating on short notice for showings. Still trying to balance a healthy family-of-five life with only four chairs around the dining room table and a missing couch. (Imagine a show home with lots of open space but no one actually lives like that!) Still waiting for the call from our Realtor that

Transitions, Moving, and a Summer Break

Transitions, Moving, and a Summer Break

When I started blogging in 2009, I wrote a lot about Life’s journey and the fact it was often filled with mountains, valleys, detours, foggy conditions, construction delays, and sometimes stretches of clear road. Whether it was living with a chronic illness, caring for a loved one with special needs, or pursuing a dream, I shared about my journey in order to inspire and encourage you on your journey. Well, our family’s journey is being