Strength Through Retreat ~ Lessons From the Mountains

Strength Through Retreat ~ Lessons From the Mountains

I’m fresh home from a writing retreat in the mountains…and am once again reminded how it’s possible to find strength through retreat. It’s become a annual tradition for several members of my local writers’ group to escape the everyday chaos for a few days at the beginning of November and again in January. We check in to a resort on the creek, pull out our laptops, and write. And write. And brainstorm. And plot. And

Taking Time to Catch My Breath

Taking Time to Catch My Breath

The past month…make that months…have been crazy busy and cram-packed with all sorts of good stuff. January brought the launch of the first book in my new castle series (Stepping Into the Light) along with a writer’s retreat with friends and the unexpected encounter with an elk! February ushered in my husband’s new job and the overwhelming number of details to make that transition possible including his retirement paperwork and switching medical insurance companies. And

A Season of Change and Preparation

A Season of Change and Preparation

I’ve been thinking about—and blogging about—change for the past several weeks. And outside my front door, the world has been changing right along with me, because fall is a season of change. The leaves change colors, then drift to the ground. The air gets crisp and frost paints the blades of grass. It’s time to winterize the sprinkler system. Prune back the garden beds. Wrap up the harvest and stock the freezer. It’s nature’s way

Finding Rest in the Cracks of My Crazy

Finding Rest in the Cracks of My Crazy

I wish I could take credit for the title of this blog post, but the idea of finding rest in the cracks of my crazy came straight from a Periscope by upcoming author Cara Grandle on her Writer’s Encouragement Show. (Seriously. Check her out every Tuesday 9 a.m. Pacific time for a boost of encouragement and a pep talk geared toward all sorts of creative people. End the commercial. Now back to my regularly scheduled

Refill the Tank and Get Back in the Race

Refill the Tank and Get Back in the Race

How has May been treating you? Ours has been the typical end-of-school-year May-athon with the usual choir concerts and awards nights and final exams. However, this year we also added dueling State playoff appearances since our athletic oldest son qualified for the State Track Finals in two events and then got to rush to another part of the state for Regional Baseball action the next day. Oh, followed by his graduation the day after that…which

Time To Smell The Roses

Time To Smell The Roses

Now that the rainiest May I can remember is behind us, I see many of my neighbors doing yard work. Bushes are trimmed back, decorative rock walls updated, and flats of annuals installed in planters or hanging baskets. With a little time and the sunshine Colorado is normally known for, soon there will be gorgeous colors everywhere. Not to mention the fragrance of roses wafting on the evening breeze. Simply amazing. Yet, for all of our manicured yards with

Like A Tree – Falling Leaves

The calendar says it’s officially fall and a simple drive around town reveals trees beginning to show their fall colors. Shades of yellow, orange, red, and dark purple are replacing the vibrant greens of summer and streams of tourists head for the mountains to soak in the beauty. What’s next? Falling leaves fluttering to the ground. Piles to be raked (and played in) before being bagged up and hauled away. For some, fall brings precious

Fall Break

My boys have the week off from school … so I’m taking the week off from blogging. Yes, I still have to work at the day job and there’s still laundry to be done, but in between I’ll be trying to rest and recharge the internal batteries in order to finish the year strong. See you back here in a week! What about you? Do you ever schedule time off? Does it help?

One of Those Days

Ever have one of those days? Where you wish you could go back to bed and start over? Or you pray that tomorrow will be better? Where you need to get away from the kids before you’re tempted to hurt the next one who whines or tattles or … Does admitting this make me a bad mother … or simply an honest one? I had one of those days yesterday. True, the special needs daughter

Fall Break

I’m sitting at my computer this morning in a quiet house. My 13-year-old is off to school but the boys are still in bed. No, nobody’s sick. Their school has a week off for Fall Break. Why have a Fall Break? Why not? After all, why does Spring get to have a break and deprive Fall of the opportunity? It’s about halfway through the semester, the leaves have turned colors, and the air is crisp