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Dreams, Death and Daring To Live…

We are about a week away from the end of 2013. My head is still spinning a little. As we rang in the new year for 2013, I looked forward to a busy year of happy planning and family celebration. I was already preparing for two bridal showers, the wedding and a reception in Bermuda…
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Shooting For The Moon…Or Somewhere In The General Vicinity.

Do you remember what it was like to dream? Remember laying on your back on a summer star-lit night, a warm wind caressing your cheeks, studying the sky and listening to the sound of your own heartbeat through the excitement charged darkness? Remember staring up at all those small shimmering stars, wondering how many there…
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The Waiting Room (aka Climbing The Walls)

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s the dentist, doctor, veterinary clinic…waiting is no fun. Especially when you don’t know the outcome. Ever been called back to run more tests, had to wait to speak to the doctor, trembling inside, wondering what news you will be given? Ever had to wait on news of a loved…
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Sunsets

One of my very favorite things is watching the sun go down. I don’t know why, but there’s just something majestic about a sunset. When I was at university in Ontario, I would go to the top of our res building and stand at the window in the corner and watch the sky change from…
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Family

* This past summer with my daughter and new hubby, his mom, (Dad was taking the photo) and my Dad and stepmom, and my son on the end. I don’t know about you, but family is the most important thing in my life. I am so grateful to God, every day, for blessing me with…
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In All Things…

I turned 48 on Sunday. I celebrate birthdays. Always have, always will. I love getting together with family and friends, a large group or small, doesn’t matter. I really don’t need a birthday, a reason, to celebrate. At least that’s what I’ve always thought. Lately, that hasn’t been true. Lately, life hasn’t been easy. Lately,…
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When Every Word Counts…Why I Do What I Do

A little over ten days or so ago, I wrote The End. The book is called First Harvest, and it’s been brewing since, oh, 2011 I suppose. I remember because that summer my mother in law was ill and we were driving back and forth from our cottage to her town, where she was hospitalized, about…
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Addendum To Today's Post

Well, I had a problem. After today’s blog, I began to receive comments that I wasn’t comfortable with. I decided not to post them. And then an astute blogger quoted my own words back to me. If we refuse to discuss the sin, how can point people toward the cross. Um, yeah. Point taken. So,…
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What In The World?

The past few days I’ve been reading news stories, blogs, Facebook posts and Tweets, and I shake my head. The first story that grabbed my attention and won’t let go is this one – African Rock Python Escapes, Kills Two Boys. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/08/09/nb-illegal-animals-campbellton-snake.html Say what? How the heck does this kind of thing happen? It’s so tragic…
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Bittersweet Goodbyes

We lost Dad on April 22nd. April 2013 will go down as a month we never want to repeat. I could never have imagined losing my father-in-law just a month shy of my daughter’s wedding. Never. Yet, here we are. I didn’t know if I would write about this. I didn’t know whether I could.…
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And So We Plant

October 2, 2017 | 4 Comments

It’s been a hard season. A scary few months. We began May with much joy, still celebrating the birth of our first granddaughter, Annabel Rose, born at the end of April. And she is everything we and her parents prayed for. She is beautiful. Perfect. All amazing baby cuddles and snuggles and sleepy smiles and…

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It's ACFW Conference Time!

September 15, 2017 | 6 Comments

I know, it’s been an age. And honestly, I’m not sure you’ll hear much from me around here anymore. I haven’t quite ‘hit’ the formulae that keeps people hooked. So this is more of a fun post that my friend Laurie Tomlinson has going, so I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s almost time…

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And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…

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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…

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We're Waiting For You!

April 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

Dear Baby E, You’re late. I suspect this may be a good indication that we will get along well. (I think this trait may come from both sides!). As your grandmother, I reserve the right to tell you what’s up, and rest assured I probably will, whether you like it or not. Heads up –…

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Onward to 2017!

December 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

I hope your Christmas was fabulous! We spent a quiet day together, and then, in a shocking break from tradition, we went to a restaurant for Christmas dinner! It was lovely not having to spend the day chopping, peeling and cooking, constantly checking the clock to make sure everything was running on time. I’ll admit,…

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Where Is Your Identity?

August 29, 2016 | 17 Comments

I’ve just returned from a few days in Nashville, where I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. I was trying to figure out dates in my head and I think this must be at least the eighth conference I’ve attended, and still, I’ll be honest, it’s the best of times and it’s the…

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Grace Awards 2015 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

So honored to be a recipient of this year’s Grace Awards! And since I’m knee deep in edits this week, it gives me something to celebrate! And blog about. 😛

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Guarding The Writer’s Heart

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Source: Guarding The Writer’s Heart

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SCAVENGER HUNT WINNERS!!

April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all who took part in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt over the weekend! It was lots of fun, and all the authors enjoyed it too! Here are the three overall Prize winners – First Prize: Crystal Balzer Second Prize: Jackie Wisherd Third Prize: Becky Mickels And the winner of MY giveaway – one…

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Dreams, Death and Daring To Live…

0We are about a week away from the end of 2013.

My head is still spinning a little.

As we rang in the new year for 2013, I looked forward to a busy year of happy planning and family celebration. I was already preparing for two bridal showers, the wedding and a reception in Bermuda to follow a month afterward. Never, never, never did I even imagine we’d be having a funeral in the midst of it all.

Never did I imagine my daughter’s Papa would not be there to marry her or celebrate with us as she lived out her dream. I couldn’t have imagined he wouldn’t be here to call when our son’s first EP released. I never thought he wouldn’t be here this Christmas.

I miss his funny comments on Facebook. I miss hearing his voice over Skype. His silly jokes and his deep laughter, and even deeper wisdom.

I miss him.

It’s funny isn’t it, how it’s so easy to plan life under the Only Good Things Will Happen heading… A natural reaction I suppose. After all, who wants to plan out a life of doom and gloom? I sure don’t. But reality doesn’t work that way. Reality sometimes slaps, stings and sends you to your knees. Mostly when you don’t expect it.

If you want to find out what you’re really made of, ask God for a trial.

I’ve said it before, but I truly am amazed and so proud of the way our family came together this past year. Through those very tough days and heartbreaking hours, into the joyous celebration of two becoming one. We celebrate life, not death. We celebrate the new beginnings…both eternally and here on earth. Because life goes on. Babies are born, books are written, music is made and meaningful images are captured again, and again, and again.

We dare to dream, we dare to live. Dare to be the people God created us to be. Because as long as we have breath, He doesn’t expect anything less. It hasn’t been easy, dealing with loss. Dealing with other close family members and friends battling their own illnesses. Seems like every time I turn around somebody has more bad news.

But we were made for this. Yes, the bad. But especially the good. Every victory seems sweeter. Every smile, wider, more heartfelt. We hug harder and laugh louder. We are learning to treasure one another. While I am sad, some days it just hits out of nowhere, and I know this is okay, I’m also trying to hang on to all the good stuff that’s going on. I know this Christmas will be different. We’ll feel our loss and we’ll miss our Dad. A lot. But we’re not done here. We still have a life to live and dreams to chase. And a whole lot of happy memories to get us through.

I’m looking forward to 2014, but I’m grateful for the past year as well. Grateful for the new friends, old friends, new opportunities, laughter, love and a whole lot of grace.

God is good.

I wish you all a very blessed Christmas, and all the best for 2014!

Here’s my son’s band The Western Den – they have a Christmas EP out, and you should get it! It’s truly wonderful!

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