Merry Christmas

DSC04007.JPGI love this time of year. There is snow on the ground and anticipation in the air. The holiday decorations are out and lights twinkle everywhere. The house smells of baking happiness and the kids want to do something fun as a family or take goodies to others.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the white stocking.  Continue reading

Grateful

DSCN9570It has been a rough few months, but there is still so much to be grateful for in my life. I just spent a few days down in Vegas with my mom and youngest daughter, and that made me realize just how precious each moment in life really is.

My mom suffered a severe stroke in September which stole her speech and movement on her right (dominant) side. It’s been a long recovery (and probably still a lot more to go), but I am so tickled pink by her progress. She is learning to communicate again and each word she manages to utter is completely precious. Seriously. I already love the power of words because I’m a writer. But seeing her lack that gift right now makes each word even more powerful when they leave her lips. Continue reading

Waves of life

DSC03586Have you ever noticed that life comes at you in waves? You’ll experience waves of joyful moments and then some stronger waves of pain might wash in, sweeping you off your feet and dragging you through the sand and whipping you around as you choke and try to get your head above water.

We experience both kinds of waves in life–the fun ones we can play and surf in, and the tidal waves that wring almost everything out of us.

Fall brought several rogue waves into my life. You can read more about them on my other BLOG if you want. But what I learned is that kindness trumps all, and that even bad times can bring blessings. We just have to open our eyes to see them. Continue reading

Back to Utah

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My book has traveled all over this great country in the Tour de Highway. From Northern Utah (start) to Texas (Taylor Dean and Maria Hoagland) to Nebraska (Gina Barlean) to Kansas (Michelle Terry) to Michigan (Rebecca Belliston).

Today, we’ll cross the finish line in Southern Utah with Linda Weaver Clarke, who has kindly refreshed us and interviewed us at the end of this biking book tour. Hop on over to read more about the book and her kind review. She’s awesome.

Sneek Peek of my new book

Here’s a sneek peek of the trailer for my new book coming out September 20th. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon (eBook only right now), so get excited! This one makes me so incredibly happy I want to squeal.

Here are also a few peeks at what’s been happening on the home front as well. My husband (with a bunch of help from family) has been madly working on our basement. I think he’s Super Man. Continue reading

Settling in

DSC03841I’ve been in Utah for three weeks now. Most of my boxes are unpacked and I’m settling into my new house and area. It’s now time to get back to blogging and connecting with friends again. I love my new house, especially the views from the windows and deck. I’m falling in love with sitting outside in the evenings and watching the sunset. It’s spectacular and fills me with joy. The neighbors seems super nice. My kids are all together again in one place (at least until the end of the summer), and that is probably the best thing about moving states. I’m close to family again.

One of my new house guests is Bentley. He’s my married daughter’s English Retriever, and is a big sweetie. When they got him last year as a puppy, he was this size (just a baby polar bear). Continue reading