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Without A Doubt

Prayers...consistent prayers...never ending, consistent prayers...ongoing, never ending, consistent prayers. Do YOU my dear reader have heart wrenching prayers for those you love or even for yourself that you have prayed for over a seeming eternity?

I do too.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed about something and am awake for hours during the night. I know in my heart that God is sovereign. He is in control. Not me. Which I am glad about for sure. But I still feel a sense of burden. On the one hand - He wants us to pray to Him. On the other we need to trust - He has a plan far greater than I am imagining.

There are some who say that you aren't trusting Him to take care of the burden but I think of all the Psalms where King David was crying out to God and being very honest with Him because he felt close to Him. And he was after all a man after God's own heart. I think it is ok to share our burdens as long as we trust His outcome and believe He has a better plan than we do. In Psalm 8…

Reflections Of An Author - the first year

A year ago my husband and I traveled to Estes Park, Colorado to the gorgeous YMCA camp there to attend the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. It had been recommended by a close friend, who was helping to edit my book, that it would be helpful for me to attend a writer's conference. I did some research and decided that was a great location and time frame for me to make the trip.


I had NO idea what this would bring about in my life.

I mean I "wondered" what it would help me with and if I would come away with some sort of guidance or knowledge. Little did I know what the following 12 months would hold for me.
I went to every workshop and heard every keynote speaker. From 8am-9pm for four days. I wanted to absorb everything I could.

It snowed 48" in a 24 hour time period so that was interesting. My husband had come as well and had planned to mountain bike. He ended up still having a great time.

I talked to all sorts of people and made connections and traded business …

No Moms Left

There are signs everywhere.

Signs of Mother's Day.

I glanced a side glance at the card section at a local store. They were there. An entire row. Brightly colored, flowery pictures, scripted writing. Hundreds. A literal wall of pink.

Signs outside every store for sales to honor one's mom. Hanging baskets grace the outside of the local grocery. Beautiful handbags in pale spring colors inside a discount store.

It's coming. Soon. Sunday.

It has been years since my husband's grandmas have passed. I used to send many cards out to those wonderful women. Then three years ago I lost my own dear Moma. There was an ache but I still had a mom to send a card to on the holiday.

Until now.


My husband's mom passed away a couple months ago. And I recently realized that I had no moms or grandmas to send to and it made me very sad. It's true I have "motherly figures" in my life that I hold very dear. But the sadness remains.

I sent cards to other loved ones. I am celebr…

Family Always Trumps

Have you ever noticed that you are the most productive when you are the busiest? I "try" to devote time each day for "book stuff", otherwise my day fills up.

The house, dog, ministry, kids, grandkids, emails, social media...


I am sure you understand. Maybe you are overwhelmed at times too.

I am not a very regulated person. I make lists to keep me in line. I would rather be outside looking at flowers or trees or anything else except what I am supposed to be doing.

This is why twice a week I go somewhere like Starbucks or Panera, somewhere with wifi. I go for at least an hour or so and ignore all else. I am far too distracted at home to get much done. And now that I have a publish date for book number two, it's even crazier.

Book number two publish date, August 1, 2019 for "It's Not About The Pie ~ a fresh look at hospitality"

I need to finish writing that in the next few months. This book will have a lot of photos and have a whole different look. L…