Monthly Archives: December 2015

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a Merry Christmas giveaway


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).

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Thank you for your love and support.
Merry Christmas!

lessons on a ladder


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. ;)

“lessons on a ladder” was previously published in my November e-Newsletter, where I share first about book news – including release dates, new books, and sales. Sign up HERE.

A book release

Good morning, all! Today is a special day for my friend, Anita. That’s her over there. –>

It’s the official release date of her second book, In The Shadow Of Thy Wings, Book 2 in her Civil War series. I know from personal experience how fun release day is for an author. It’s a whirlwind of people sharing on social media and lots of activity going on.

I met Anita online last year on Goodreads. We were both releasing our first books and she needed a little help with cover design, which I happily helped her with. We’ve been friends ever since. :)

Here’s what I love about Anita. From the first moment, I knew she had a strong faith in God. It comes across in everything she writes – her posts, her books, our emails and Facebook chats. She loves the Lord and it shines through. I feel blessed to have met her and to walk along in this writing life with her as a friend and kindred spirit.

Both books in the Ancient Words series are available now:
Where Can I Flee
In The Shadow of Thy Wings

I wrote a little review of In The Shadow Of Thy Wings over on Goodreads, and I thought I’d share it here:

“The second installment in the Ancient Words Series was a wonderful read. I enjoyed continuing on this journey with Claire and Frank and their friends and family, following along through the perils of war time, the relationship struggles, the dangerous situations the characters sometimes found themselves in, and their reliance on God to get them through it all. I loved the sweet romantic moments, too. This book had me biting my nails, smiling, getting angry, laughing, crying. I’m so invested in these characters now, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to see how things turn out.”

A GIVEAWAY

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Plus, there’s a fun Facebook release party going on for the next few days with lots of great giveaways. After you enter the above giveaway, click on over to the party to help her celebrate!

Thanks, friends!

adoption day


Look at this little guy! Isn’t he adorable? He has the best smile and such big, bright eyes.

In all the busyness of the week of Thanksgiving (and since), I haven’t had time to share pictures from Adoption Day, which was November 24th. My mom and I were invited by our dear friend, Erinn, to come and celebrate with them as the adoption of their sweet son was finalized. I took a bunch of pictures for them throughout the morning at the court and at their home afterwards, which is where I captured baby Nathan in all his happiness (above) bouncing in his bouncer, smiling, and being loved on. This kid is so blessed to have such wonderful parents and two big brothers (and many more family members and friends) to love him.

It was wonderful to be a part of this important day in their lives. God truly worked out all the little details for this moment to happen, and it was a blessing to witness.

AJAXed with AWP