When I was a kid, my mom got together with three other moms who had kids my age who were born on April 4. The four moms decided to throw a birthday party together. The problem was, I… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
Dating Through the Years
As the years go by and your marriage deepens and matures, be careful not to get apathetic about your relationship. Remember what a great adventure your marriage has been—and still can be. While it’s easy to take each… Read More
Time for Change?
The holidays are soon upon us and so are the inevitable changes of the new year. Crazy as it is, change is all around us. Elections. A wedding. A new baby. School. A heart attack. A honeymoon. Retirement…. Read More
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… Read More
A Measure of Loss
When change happens, there’s always an element of loss no matter how slight. When I left teaching, I lost my students. When I moved, I left friends behind. When I changed churches, I missed my brothers and sisters… Read More
Growing Together Spiritually
As this new year gets underway, it may be a good time to revisit your spiritual needs—individually and as a couple—and discuss how can each of you can help meet those needs. As we grow and mature, our… Read More
Preparing for the Adventure of Change
It’s a new year, and I suspect there will be many changes in store for all of us—the good, the bad, and maybe even the ugly. Whether it’s in relationships, parenting, careers, schooling, church, moving, or more, each… Read More
Be-Attitudes for the New Year
Emotions, stress, expectations, and frustrations can easily find their way into the blending family life, so it’s important for you as a couple to try and address probable stressors ahead of time. Because our attitudes have a lot… Read More