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March 21, 2017 – 12:05 pm
This weekend was very emotional for our family as we had a special prayer breakfast for Dad, surrounded by his close friends, pastors from his church, and my grandfather, who is a retired pastor as well. It was a most amazing thing to witness as those men laid hands on my dad, anointed him with oil, and prayed over him for his health, for God’s will and timing in all of this. The presence of God could definitely be felt in that room.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
Dad is trying to go about his days as normally as possible while he waits for a new liver. His options are basically what they call a CADAVER LIVER, which is when someone is on life support but has been diagnosed as brain dead and the family chooses to turn off the machines and donate organs, or a LIVING DONOR, which is when someone gifts a portion of their liver to save a person’s life.
In order for my dad to get a part of someone’s liver, there are many tests that have to be done — the person donating has to be similar in body size (make sure the liver will be the right size for my dad) and their blood type must be O (my dad is O+). They also must be 55 years of age or younger.
The coolest thing to me about living donors is that after they gift that portion of their liver to a person in need, their own liver will regenerate in a couple weeks, fully regenerating over a couple months (I believe) to a normal size liver. And the portion that would replace my dad’s failing liver will regrow to a full liver in a couple month’s time as well. That is the most amazing thing I have ever heard. The way God created our bodies to function is just mind-blowing.
If you feel led to gift a portion of your liver – a gift that could save my dad’s life – please let me know and I will put you in touch with them so you can get more information. There are many tests and things to consider.
And feel free to share about my dad’s condition. There just might be someone out there among your family/friends who God has chosen already to be a part of all of this, someone who is a perfect match who could get my dad the liver he so desperately needs.
Here is some information about being a living donor on the UNOS site:
Of course, the very BEST option of all would be if God just healed the liver he has. What an amazing miracle that would be.
We know God has a very specific reason for all of this, and we trust Him and His timing in Dad getting a new liver or one from a Living Donor. Please pray for us through all of this. We need as many prayer warriors as we can get.
Thank you, my dear friends.
October 28, 2016 – 10:28 am
We’ve walked Green Street in our little town every Halloween for the past decade. Sadly, we won’t be going this year. Mostly because the schedule didn’t work out this time. I think if it had, Chloe would have dragged her brother out there again this year. I get a little nostalgic thinking about all those years of trick-or-treating. The pretty fall colors. Some years warm, some years freezing and pouring down rain. How when we first started going, we had to keep hold of our kids’ hands and cautiously dodge the traffic when crossing the street, and how over the past few years, wonderful volunteers, along with the police department, have blocked off the street to make it safer for the kids to wander around. We’ve loved going every year. It’s been a wonderful tradition.
So in honor of that tradition, I thought I would share these pictures of the kids in their costumes over the past 8 seasons.
• Boba Fett & Dorothy
• Supergirl & Link from Legend of Zelda (my mom MADE this costume!!! favorite!)
• Harry Potter & our little angel/devil
• Coraline & Steve from Minecraft
• Monster High character & a ninja
• Dr. from one of Zach’s video games & our Native American princess
• CARL (from The Walking Dead)
• Alice in Wonderland w/Carl
• A baby and a knight
Are your kids dressing up this year for trick-or-treat or a costume party? What will they be?
October 10, 2016 – 10:10 am
Hey all! Coming to you at 10:10 a.m. on 10/10 to share this little surprise with you. In celebration of my favorite season, I have partnered with over 40 amazing inspirational contemporary romance authors to offer a fun contest. You could win Goodbye, Magnolia and 40+ other books by authors such as Susan May Warren and Melissa Tagg (love their books!) and so many more. Plus you could win a Kindle Fire, too! What? Cool, right?
The contest starts today – Monday October 10th – and ends on Monday October 17th. Waste no time. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
June 19, 2016 – 10:47 am
Happy Father’s Day! We’re off to my parents’ farm to hang out for the day, celebrate dad and Jake, have good food and fun with family. On this special day as we celebrate fathers, here are a few snippets of scenes from my books of Claire, Maggie and Michelle’s dads.
“How was school, Claire Bear?” asked Dad.
Claire groaned at her father’s endearment.
“Sorry,” he caught himself. “I know you think you’re too old for that, but you’ll always be my Claire Bear.”
“Merry Christmas, Magpie.” Her father, Ron, greeted her with outstretched arms and lifted her up in a big bear hug, his salt and pepper whiskers tickled her cheek.
“Dad, put me down!” She hugged him back and gave him a kiss on the cheek as he lowered her to the floor.
With all the chaos, Michelle had forgotten that it was Father’s Day. Of all possible days, this was the one God chose for her and her father to start the healing process. She was amazed at how God cared about the little details like that.
Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever your plans.
April 25, 2016 – 5:51 pm
Today is flashback time! Going back to Woodland skating rink in December of 2007, because a scene in the new book takes place there. These pictures were from a roller skating party our son, Zach, had through school. Jake, Chloe and I went along, and we had such a fun time.
Look how tiny Chloe is. hehe! She was 4. She pretty much stayed by the wall or along the rail the whole time.
Zach had actually had lessons in his P.E. class, where they taught the kids how to skate, so he did pretty well out there. Well, most of the time.
I always loved to roller skate. My friends and I would go to our little local roller skating rink, Roll-A-Rama, in high school sometimes. I wonder if I was ever there at the same time as my husband, because he told me that he used to go skating on the weekends sometimes, too. So funny to think that we might have been out there skating next to each other and not even known each other yet.
During college, I went to the Woodland rink, shown in these photos, with a bunch of people from college, which inspired the scene in the book that takes place at this very skating rink. I saw recently that, after many years, the Woodland rink closed for good. So sad. But I’m glad to have happy memories there and some fun pictures of our kids skating at the place I enjoyed so much. And it will live on in my book, Until Then.
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December 22, 2015 – 11:55 am
I wanted to pause during this busy week and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. This year has been a full and happy one for my little family. And part of the reason is YOU. The support you have shown me this year for Goodbye, Magnolia‘s release was wonderful and so special to me.
And as a THANK YOU … I’ve got a little giveaway going on.
One of my wonderful readers will receive signed paperback copies of The Truth About Drew and Goodbye, Magnolia. I will also send the winner a signed paperback of Until Then when it comes out next year (release date still to be announced).
Thank you for your love and support.
December 9, 2015 – 11:48 am
As I’ve mentioned on the blog a time or two, I took on the task of painting our house this fall with the help of my mom (the best ladder-holder ever!). We started this job a couple years ago and painted up as high as we could reach with small ladders, but that left the second story unpainted. I’m not afraid of heights, but I wasn’t confident in my ability to climb a wobbly ladder that high while holding a paint can and brush at the same time. I made excuses for a long time and lived in a house that was two different colors for longer than I wanted. Deep down, I knew if I took it one step at a time and didn’t rush, I could paint the second story and save us from having to hire someone to finish it.
And so, with a lot of encouragement from my mom, I did it.
And here is what I learned during this process. With a little patience, determination, and a whole lot of prayer, you can accomplish the things you thought you weren’t capable of. I climbed to the steepest part of my house numerous times. I got on the roof. I took it slow and did it all. And that sense of accomplishment is the best feeling.
Do you have something you’ve been afraid to tackle, a task that seems challenging in your life right now, a big dream you’ve been afraid you can’t reach? You can do it! But you’ll never get there if you don’t try and, most importantly, trust God to get you through it. His name was certainly on my lips when I was on my steep kitchen roof and thought I might slide off. I prayed silently with each step up the ladder to the peak of my roof.
He gives us strength to finish when we think we can’t get there.
And I’m so thankful for that, because now I live in a cute greyish-brown house instead of a faded dingy yellow one.
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September 23, 2015 – 9:00 am
As I mentioned the other day, Fall is my favorite time of the year, so in honor of this beautiful season, I’m taking part in a little sale. I’m part of a wonderful group of independent authors online, and we’ve got over 80 books on sale for the next five days – September 23-27th – over at cleanindiereadsale.com.
Goodbye, Magnolia will be discounted to $1.99, but for the first TWO DAYS of the sale, the eBook with be FREE. Yep, that’s right. I said “FREE!” Been waiting to snatch up a copy? Now is the best time ever. Know someone who loves clean, sweet romance books with lots of weddings? Please pass this link along to them: Viewbook.at/GoodbyeMagnolia.
Happy fall reading!
June 19, 2015 – 11:32 am
It doesn’t feel much like summer. The days have been overcast and rainy. We don’t have a pool this year. We decided to retire “Big Blue” last year (our easy set pool – above). Not that it’s been nice enough to swim, but I know I will miss floating around in the pool, watching the sun reflect up into the trees above. Those were always such peaceful moments for me. I would go out and clean the pool and float for a while before the kids came out. The whole pool to myself. I know I’ll miss that this year. The above right photo is the best I was ever able to capture that beautiful reflection in the trees.
It’s only been two weeks and, other than the usual schedule of gymnastics team practices, youth group, and work, we haven’t done much “fun stuff”. We’ve moved rooms around in our house. We’ve cleaned and tossed junk and made progress there, which feels good. Chloe has moved her bedroom furniture around a dozen times at least trying to get it just right. Zach has taken over the task of mowing the lawn this summer. And he got a haircut … finally. Jake has been working on crafting mini terrain and enjoying that his desk is now on our three season porch. We’ve been watching old episodes of The Office, which seems to be sort of a summer tradition for us.
I’ve been writing, of course, and piecing together this new story. And reading. I’m reading like a maniac this year. I’ve read a dozen books in the past few months. And I’m usually someone who reads a few books a year. Is that horrible to say as an author? I never thought I had time to read, but I’m making time now and it’s making me happy. And it’s making me sad and angry and all other sorts of emotions. I just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you’ve read that one, you’ll understand my crazy mix of emotions. Don’t know how I will be able to sit through the movie version of that next year.
This weekend begins a little of that much needed summer fun for us. We’re celebrating my brother’s birthday/Fathers Day with a little movie night at the farm. Yay!
And I must say CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of my book giveaway this week.
The winner of the PAPERBACK copy is:
The winner of the EBOOK copy is:
Bookmark winners are:
Mary Ann M.
Only a couple more days to pick up the EBOOK of Goodbye, Magnolia at the introductory price of $4.99. On Monday, it will be regular retail price of $6.99. Get your copy HERE in your chosen eReader format.