Happy 2018 fellow book lovers!

Happy New Year! I wanted to share one of my favorite things to do ... read. If you have a chance to read Amanda Barratt'a new book I would highly recommend it.

I wanted to give you an idea of what it'a about so my review is below.

Author Amanda Barratt writes a beautiful story about a young lady named Adele Linley, who comes from a well-heeled family that is barely able to make ends meet. She seeks to find a wealthy husband in America who can help her family and save her ancestral home in England. Through a series of events she meets a funambulist, a tightrope walker, Drew Dawson and a rich gentleman Franklin Conway. Both of whom intrigue her for opposite reasons.
As Adele distrusts some persons due to certain events in her past she finds it hard to open her heart to both a blossoming friendship and new found faith. Yet she's willing to risk herself to find what she wants, will it be with Drew or Frankln?
This book is a fast read, it is evident that many hours of research we…

It Can Wait

pro·cras·ti·nate prəˈkrastəˌnāt/ verb delay or postpone action; put off doing something

I'm guilty of doing this, maybe some of you are too. Unless there is a urgent need, I try to put some things off, do something more fun.
Cleaning, laundry, yard work those things are "back-burner" types of chores
In my family, I'm the resident "moaner and groan-er" when it comes to these things. I might be able to audition for Disney's Haunted Mansion as a host when I see a big pile of dishes or clothes in front of me. Some of the sounds I make might even scare the cat, and Sebastian is pretty unflappable.
Why is it that the things we don't care to do seem to be the ones we put off the longest? Perhaps a "to-do list" might help, but no, that is another thing to do. There are apps we can download on our phone to keep us organized, ditto the sentiment.
It's kind of like eating dessert before your vegetables, no one does this (or admits they do it) yet …

Squeezing Time

As I've said before I love coffee ... it doesn't have much to do with today's topic about squeezing time but some days I wish for more of both.

I had the pleasure of spending time with some of the best persons on the planet, writers, editors, agents. For almost four days at the ACFW conference I got to meet some really talented and nice persons and learn a whole lot about the craft of writing. Time seemed to move slower for those days. Isn't it funny that when you're enjoying something time seems to expand to fit your needs?

Yet, on any given weekday, time seems to roar by as fast as a morning drive-thru line at Starbucks,  frenetic and rushed. We can't make it go any slower or faster but some of us do try. I'm guilty, of it as well. Try to squeeze in one more thing to do during the day.

Maybe if we all learn to relax, grab a great book, and a handful of something sweet or salty too, time won't seem all that important to us. Instead we can be in the mo…


As a transplant to Texas, my state has seen some horrific things happen in the past few weeks to the beautiful city of Houston. My native Florida has an unimaginable storm bearing down on it as my family and friends brace for what's to come. Wildfires raging across states the large earthquake in Mexico. Unspeakable things are occurring to our world.

One word came to mind when I was thinking of the blog topic for this At the end of the day, it's all we have. Thank goodness we have a heavenly Father who holds us to his heart and shelters us even in the most desperate of times.

Praying for all those whose lives are changing due to these surreal situations, may they too find comfort and safety in the compassionate love our Father has for us.

Modern conveniences

This past weekend, my family and I experienced life without a modern convenience, our air conditioning unit. Two days ago the repairman, wringing with sweat came out of the fiery abyss of an attic and instructed my husband and I that it would take two days to get the "coil" for the unit. We sent him off with a gallon of water and quickly headed out in search of an elusive window unit.

 Truthfully, I hadn't thought of one of those since we lived in upstate New York over eighteen years ago. The home we purchased did not have central air. By the second day of summer, we went out and got several window units. But I digress, back to the story, at the third stop we found a lone window unit sitting on the shelf. Hallelujah!

After my husband got it set up, everyone moved into our family room. By everyone I mean the show bunny Willow was brought downstairs in her home and the dog and cat stayed nearby. Our one daughter attending college locally joined in. The three of us rounded…


The other day I was talking with one of my most precious friends whose name truly describes her, Joy. We both are deep into our manuscripts and were discussing various stumbling blocks that had kept us from working. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, regular everyday things.

We agreed it's important to keep on the path. Pray harder. One of Jesus' disciples Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the Faith."  

My sweet eleventh grade Sunday School teacher Mrs. Cox used to say, "put feet to your prayers." Her wise words have stuck with me all these years. Don't sit back, do as you pray.

Joy and I discussed some plans we had for the future as writers. A lot bigger than some things I've ever done before, taking "a leap of faith." She wisely said, "that we try to put boundaries on what the Lord can do."

Perhaps it's because we like to compartmentalize our thoughts, or stay in &quo…

Are we there yet?

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

When my kids were little and we were on a road trip, they would ask my husband or myself "are we there yet?" Truthfully, parent confession time, it might have been a tiny bit bothersome after they asked again only 10 more miles down the road. In reality, they were checking how much closer they were to their goal, in the case of our daughters it would usually be their grandparents house or a vacation spot.

As an adult, we need to ask ourselves "are we there yet?". Have we achieved our goals? Or created goals we'd like to attain. Once we have them set in place if we don't quickly achieve that goal, we can get discouraged. A wise pastor once said, "you're sitting in God's waiting room when you don't get the answer right away."

Breathe, rest and relax. Our road map to obtaining these goals is …