Signing a book contract has been a whirlwind.My story is not one of an overnight success. I had been writing steadily for over ten years with two manuscripts (covered in tear stains, I might add) still painfully shelved on the back burner when I finally signed with my agent. It was another year on submission … Continue reading You Are Not Enough
During the pandemic, I missed a lot of things. Social gatherings. Reliable school schedules. Hugs. But, honestly, the thing I missed the most was my public library. I never truly appreciated its existence or the simple joy it offered---hundreds if not thousands of books, free of charge, for me to peruse at my leisure. Free … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for Libraries!
A few weeks ago, I had the absolute honor and pleasure of chatting with Susie Finkbeiner, author of such amazing books as Stories That Bind Us and All Manner of Things. She had reached out to me after discovering that her latest book, The Nature of Small Birds, and If It Rains share a book … Continue reading An Interview with Susie Finkbeiner
Sometimes, when I sit down to write a #historyfriday post, my *own* history collides with it.On March 26, 2010, a Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy vessel, the Cheonan, was allegedly sunk by a North Korean torpedo near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. A rescue operation recovered 58 survivors but 46 sailors were killed. Despite … Continue reading When the Forgotten War Wasn’t So Forgotten
In 2019, my husband and I made a decision to get healthy.Neither of us were obese or exceptionally sluggish, but we had both opened our eyes to some bad eating habits and a slight tendency towards laziness that had crept into our lives. Faced with the prospect of a family history of certain diseases and … Continue reading Cut Carbs, Add Jesus
The early twentieth century marked the beginning of the heyday of aviation. Following the Wright Brothers' success at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the world became captivated by flight, and the rush to go the highest, furthest, and fastest was on. Whether events were momentous, such as the first transcontinental flight across North America (made by … Continue reading Grapefruit in the Eye..er, Sky
Today we're continuing on with our lesson from Genesis 4, discussing the tragic downfall of Cain.Remember that both Cain and his brother Abel had come offering sacrifices to the Lord, Cain bringing "some fruits of the soil" and Abel "fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock." (Genesis 4: 3-4a)Now "...the Lord looked … Continue reading A Legacy of Sin
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is symbol of Italy, a glorious structure that conjures images of rolling Tuscan fields, freshly baked pizza, and miles and miles of vineyards.And yet, in reality, it is a historical landmark only still standing because of its home country's humbleness and the grit and determination of a multi-national team of … Continue reading Lean In…Literally
My six year old daughter is a spitfire. She is affectionate, quick to laugh, joyful, and loving. She is also moody, quick to anger, jealous, and hard-headed. In short, she is a six year old. The condition of her heart is often laid bare by the slightest provocation--both good and bad--and while she is generally … Continue reading The Heart of Sacrifice
In honor of Valentine's Day, today's #historyfriday is a throwback to my 2019 post about the, um, unorthodox history behind the holiday of love. It definitely didn't start out with paper hearts and boxes of chocolates.Check out the post here. Happy Valentine's Day!