Fifteen years ago I became an aunt for the first time.There aren't even words for how excited I was when I arrived home from college for Christmas break and swept that tiny month-old bundle of nephew into my arms.I basically only let him go long enough for his mama to nurse him, and then commandeered him the rest of the time. For the entire two weeks I was home.And no, I'm pretty sure … [Read more...] about When You’re 99.8% Okay.
This past September my first novel, Emma and the Reasons, released. It’s girly and funny (and maybe a bit silly) and hopefully encouraging in some unexpected ways. And besides all that—do you see this fun collection of gifts in the photo? They are all connected to Emma and her roommates in some way, and I am giving away this whole gift set to someone! (This giveaway has now ended.) I’ve had … [Read more...] about 5 Fun Facts about “Emma and the Reasons”
Have you ever read a book and thought, “I’m pretty sure if I knew this writer in person we’d be close friends?”Yeah, that’s how I felt when I first picked up the book, Upside Down by Shannon Guerra.Her writing was so real, so honest, so hilariously funny…I knew if we ever met the only thing that could stand between us being the best of friends might be her obsession with cats vs. my … [Read more...] about Oh My Soul
I’ve been thinking lately about names.If you’ve read my book, Counting Grains of Sand, you know my husband and I had a girl’s name picked out almost from the day we married.Lizzie.But then we couldn’t have children.When we received the phone call about our daughter, when they told us her name was Elizabeth, it was this whisper from God: You thought loving the name … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing to Remember About Your Name
I was sixteen years old the first time I penned a fairy tale.My best friend and I were talking about the basic fairy tales and how they’d all been around for so many years—why wasn’t anyone writing anything new?This was, of course, before Enchanted and Frozen.So we sat down and started writing stories. Her story was delightful and included dresses made of sunsets. Mine included a girl … [Read more...] about Life is Better with Fairy Tales and Parables
I like buying my husband hoodie sweatshirts.He wears them for work, layering them in the cold because they give him more movement than big bulky jackets.His sweatshirts get beat up pretty badly. If it's not being crammed behind the seat of a tractor that does them in, it's the grease and grime of a mechanic's life. Especially once warmer weather starts coming and he pulls off layers as the … [Read more...] about A Little What-To-Look-For-In-A-Husband Story