Backlist Bonus: Devotions From the Garden

Backlist Bonus: Devotions From the Garden

Spring is my favorite time of year, because green = growth. Once upon a time, I started a blog…because everyone said that to be an author you had to have one. My earliest posts were all about my journey toward publication and included metaphors such as detours and foggy weather and pit stops. Of course, I also included applications toward raising a child with special needs and living with a chronic illness because those were

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

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

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Nine years ago, in 2010, I looked outside my front door at my neglected flower beds and started spring cleaning. However, the parallels between that patch of dirt and my personal life were uncanny and my flower-bed frenzy soon sparked a quick series of blog posts comparing aspects of gardening with the disciplines of personal growth. Because life is like a garden complete with seasons of dormancy and growth, preparation and harvest. A winter, spring,

Learning To Abide

Learning To Abide

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:4-5 ESV) When I started thinking about this new year, my mind immediately jumped