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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Yesterday was an interesting travel day. I am attending a conference in the lovely Pocano Mountains in Pennsylvania. My husband was asking why they would have it in PA in January. I think he was hoping for warm weather. That is partly because we are from the west and the mountains are big and the passes are more difficult. It was an easy drive on highway the entire way though and the mountains are more like hills. You are gradually climbing. I kept thinking how gorgeous it must be in the fall with all the colorful leaves on the many, many trees.

My husband, Craig was returning from a business trip and was going to meet me at Newark airport. His flight would get in about an hour before mine and then he would be able to come with me. Yay!

I got up at 4am Boise time and went to the airport and had no issues getting on my flight. I benefit from Craig's air miles and am a lifetime 1K so I am able to get on the plane first. I got on the plane, found my seat and put my briefcase in the …

Next Book Off To The Editor!

Yes, it is true. I have been neglecting you, my dear readers. You all have been on the back of my mind the past couple months. I kept thinking I needed to send you a holiday greeting but my deadline to send the first draft of my next book, "It's Not About The Pie~a Fresh Look at Hospitality" to my content editor, was January 1st.

Over the holidays, we had all the wonderful family visiting, amazing food and uplifting church events. I love these things. I hope you had a great Christmas celebrating Jesus' birthday and visiting with those close to you.


2018 was a busy year for me and I think I never expected to really be a published author. "Not Really A Princess" just came out in April. So much has transpired. And now 2019 holds even more with this next book coming out in August. It is already up on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/194957203X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_WrKpCbJSF70GM
I'm amazed!

Thank you all for hanging in there with me and patiently awaiting…

Missed Opportunies

We have little kids who live all around our church. They ride their bikes in the parking lot, they come talk to you when you are working outside and they come on Wednesday nights to AWANA club or youth group. They are great. You don't really know how many years they may visit but it doesn't matter. God's Word doesn't return void and them hiding it in their little hearts is so worth it.

We have a family who has three littles who have been coming for years. I have had all three kids in my class on Wednesday nights. I have seen a grandma bring them but never really visited with her much, just sometimes when she walked over to pick up the kids. This Halloween I had an opportunity to visit with her longer. Our church does a Harvest Party with game booths, Trunk or Treat and a chili feed. It is always a great event and the neighbors around our church have come to expect us to do it. My husband and I usually help. He runs the bbq for hot dogs, literally hundreds of them, and …

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

God is faithful. Oh so faithful.

I am on a trip to Texas. I have not spent much time here in Texas. Always wanted to but have just visited a couple times. I have been in Austin then today I head to Houston. I am visiting four dear friends whom I have not seen in awhile but the main purpose is to speak at a couple author events.


I have been a bit discouraged lately with book sales, the abundance of work to do on my next book, and getting speaking engagements. Tough work. I get riddled with doubt. Am I on the right path? What is my deepest desire? Then I remember once again that this has all been moving along because God has shown me how faithful He is and that He is the one who is sovereign and not me. He has it all worked out.

And then "poof!" an offer from a magazine appears, I sell some books and I get a new lead on a speaking engagement. And my Colossians 3:12 Ministries Team does some amazing things. They are the key. Having others around you who work along with you, sup…

Colossians 3:12 Ministries

We have been going through Colossians at church the past few weeks. It is such a gem. It is packed full of amazing truths for us all. A couple weeks ago was the perfect sermon for me to hear. Especially since it fit so well with the new ministry that my team is working on implementing. My first book Not Really A Princess, gives an overview of the struggles my family went through while I was growing up. I grew up with a widowed mom and we had no income for awhile. Because of this, I have great concern for widows, single parents and orphans. Through the years I have been thankful for my husband being willing to help people even when we did not necessarily have extra to give. He has been so patient with me. He has a big heart and knows I would give everything away if I could. I know that 30 years ago he may have wondered about this but he never ONCE ever complained or told me I couldn't help someone. I am so thankful for that.

As I began writing my second book It's Not About The …

Contribute Your Extra

There is a trend right now. I am sure most of you have seen or heard  - being minimalist.  I love this idea in theory. If I were 20 or 30 I may be able to do it to the fullest. Being 59 it is not that easy.

I have  "things" that belong to other people, gifted from loved ones, or items used for many occasions when I open my home for others.

I am not a pack rat by any means but I am someone who makes most things myself, hence too much extra to make from. I am sorting through my craft and art supplies and getting rid of half of that as I just don't have time for hobbies any more. And I do get rid of clothing on a regular basis. I have many things I am slowly getting rid of but I wanted to point out an idea that we can all do no matter our age.

Maybe you, like me, have felt caught in this vortex. Maybe you have even felt judged. You give what you can to help others, you gladly reach out to help others.


I came across this passage in research for my book that comes out this ne…