Heirlooms

“Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, but our roots keep us all together.”—author unknown Whether it’s a quilt, a woodcarving, lace, furniture, Christmas ornaments, trinkets, pocket watches, recipes, photos, paintings, portraits, dishes, decorations, military memorabilia, etc., an heirloom is something valuable that is owned and passed down from one generation […]

Irish Heritage

According to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau, about 56.7 million Americans say they have an Irish heritage. That’s nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population, and many Irish still retain a sense of their Irish heritage, including me. I love tea, Celtic music, step dancing, and the color green. When Irish immigrants came to the […]

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 […]

Treasures in Your Family Tree

I had just put my baby and toddler down for their naps when the phone rang. It was Mom, calling for a chat. A few minutes into the conversation she said, “Today is the anniversary of your dad’s death.” I asked her to tell me more, and what she said, changed my life. Just ten […]

Leaving Home

The more I researched and wrote about young adults of the 19th century, the more I realized how different they were from our young adults today. Yes, they did have similar dreams of marriage, family, success, and the like. But they launched into adulthood very differently. Back then, parents often chose a spouse for their […]

A Life Lived Well

We recently celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday with a big party, a week at a cottage on the St. Lawrence River, and many hours of laughter and reminiscing. She is an example of a life lived well. It hasn’t been an easy life for her. She grew up as a poor farm girl where the […]

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 […]

Waiting…for my girl to have her girl.

Yesterday, my daughter went into labor a week early—for eight long hours and then it stopped! When she got home and updated me, she was admittedly disappointed, yet she was strong in her faith and secure in His peace. How proud I am of her—as a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, and as […]