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

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

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

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

Fueling the Dream for the Long Haul

Fueling the Dream for the Long Haul

When I started blogging in 2009, I was on a journey toward my dream of being published as a novelist. At the time, I had one non-fiction book in print, a dozen articles published, and had submitted my fiction manuscript to a writing contest for the very first time. (Not to mention, I’d already been writing, taking classes, and attending conferences for a few years before that.) My early blog posts were all about the

Ready or Not, Life Rolls On

Ready or Not, Life Rolls On

Time flies and life rolls on. Coming off a weekend stuffed with turkey and pie followed by the annual pull-out-the-tree-and-decorate-on-Black-Friday tradition, I’m internally reeling at how fast this year has gone by. And how much I still would like to get done before the end of 2018. Then, right in the midst of flipping calendar pages and editing entire books and updating my work and home to-do lists…a major life milestone slipped up on us.

When Sacrificing Is a Good Thing

When Sacrificing Is a Good Thing

Sacrificing is a good thing. I know. I heard the collective groan from within the four walls of my house first. However, no matter how badly we want what we want or how eloquently we state our arguments, getting everything on our wish list is not in our best interests. After all, nobody wants to hang out with a spoiled, entitled brat. (Not to mention the logical reality that I can’t eat all the ice

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2018

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2018

(This summer, while there have been a few road trips for our family, I also took a virtual trip down memory lane back to when my writing adventure began. Today’s post takes us all the way back to the start of this year. 2018.) This year has been a time of transition and changes but also a year of settling into my new role as a full-time author who is living her dream. That’s right.