What’s in a Family Tree?

I love researching my family tree, and in the midst of doing so, I came across some interesting research. Much of that has become a part of my first novel, The Fabric of Hope, which will release in just a few weeks! But knowing about your family heritage isn’t just for writing a novel; it’s […]

What an Adventure!

I recently returned from visiting my family in South Africa. It was an amazing trip, full of love and laughter, new baby cuddles and little girl giggles. Seeing my daughter mother her four girls and watching my wonderful son-in-law be the daddy that I always dreamed of for my grandchildren was just plain thrilling. For five weeks […]

Winds of Change

In my first novel, the main character has six small children when she immigrates from Ireland to Canada. I cannot imagine how hard that must have been. Many, many Irish immigrants took the perilous journey with little ones in tow. And with each child comes lots of challenges and changes each and every day. I […]

10 Commandments for Christmas (Part Three)

How can we apply the 5th and 6th Commandments to our busy American Christmas season? Let’s see. Commandment 5: Honor your mother and father In a culture that often dishonors parents, how can we teach honor to our children, and how does it apply to Christmas? I had to think long and hard about how […]

Marvelous Mothers

My two favorite mothers are a special part of my life—on either side of me—my 90-year-old mother who has been a gift in my life and my precious daughter who has blessed me with her love, marrying a wonderful man, and giving me two wonderful granddaughters. Both of these fine women have brought me so […]

New Year’s Resolutions?

My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’.” As I look back on 2012, I see how God had some wonderful plans for me. I became a […]

To Grandmother’s House we go!

In a blending family, sometimes the biological grandparents or new step-grandparents just aren’t sure where they fit into this new blending family, especially in their holiday plans. But you can help your children’s grandparents as well as the new step-grandparents navigate their relationship with your children by clearly defining your desires and expectations, especially during […]

The Precious Gift of Nature

Chipmunks scurrying around my feet. The wind blowing in the pine trees. The campfire crackling and burning brightly. A hawk diving for its prey. The sights and sounds of nature. It’s energizing. It’s inspiring. It’s peaceful. They are nature’s gifts. As I write, my husband and I are enjoying a camping trip in Durango, visiting […]

My Favorite (Summertime) Things

Hummingbirds, rainbows, flowers, sunshine, big bright moons, fresh cut grass, boating on the river, swimming in a lake, the smell of rain, the taste of ice cream—these are a few of my favorite (summer) things. I’ll spare you from breaking out in song. For me, summer is magical. I look forward to each day with […]

Celebrating Motherhood

Sometimes it’s a challenge, at best, to really celebrate Mother’s Day. Like me, your kids may be away or your mother might be on the other side of the country. And that can bring a bit of sadness, even feeling sorry for yourself for a minute or two. It’s not so much fun when you […]