Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Torn ACLs are no fun

Jack is recuperating from surgery after a torn ACL, bless him. He has to wear the cone for two weeks with very limited movement/walking during that time, and after two weeks only gradual walking. And then he can't run or jump for another eight weeks (!!). After trying to barricade him in with pillows and other household objects, we broke down and—okay, I'm slightly embarrassed admitting this—bought a playpen, the cheapest one we could find, to keep him corralled for the duration. 

He's never stayed in a kennel and usually has "run of the house," so a kennel would have added major anxiety for him on top of all the pain. So this is a compromise of sorts, and a very new and unwelcome change for him. 

But I'm so grateful for Dr. Mirae Wood and this surgery. Otherwise, Jack would have gone lame and eventually lost his right hind leg. We were playing ball on partial carpet/wood floor and he slipped and tore the ligament completely. #FeelSOBad Lesson: Only play ball on fully carpeted area. 

Has your sweet pet ever had surgery? 

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"Settled on the carriage seat, Olivia drew in a deep breath, the first in what felt like five years. She knew it was wrong, what she was feeling. Because a widow of only a week shouldn't wish to dance a jig. But God help her, that's precisely what part of her wanted to do. Not on the grave of her recently deceased husband, of course––that would be considered rude. Just off to the side would suffice..."
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary

Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to my husband, Joe. So grateful for him and the life we share, and praying for many, many more years together! (But my. . .haven't we grown more casual through the years, LOL)  #Incrediblyblessed

Who are you especially grateful for today?

Monday, November 24, 2014

A $20 bill straight from heaven

Ever had one of those moments when the veil between this world and the next seems to lift ever so slightly, and you feel a "hug" from the other side? 

That happened to me recently. And with a $20 bill, of all things. 

I was out running errands. Nothing huge, just Target, then Costco, then grabbed an Ice Dream cone from Chick-fil-A (an errand staple, of course), then ran by the bank, all while missing Mom. I was thinking about how she worked in a bank for so many years, and how we used to laugh and have such fun together while shopping and running around town. Then... 

As I was counting my money, I noticed a twenty dollar bill that looked distinct from the others. Different print. And it was older. I looked at the date on the bill and teared up. 1934. The year Mom was born. 

Don't you love it when God gives you those special moments? When the Creator of time and space and everything that exists cares enough to reach down into the routine day of a saved sinner and let her know that he hears, he sees...everything. 

When was your last "hug moment" from the Lord?

Blessings on your Thanksgiving, friends, 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Critics don't always have the last word

Are you a creative? Struggling to find your niche? 

History is rife with stories such as Albert Bierstadt's (below), but I always love happening across them. When I was writing my Colorado Territory fiction, I had images of Bierstadt's paintings scrolling by on my second monitor. So inspiring. What a gifted painter he was, despite the disparaging opinions of critics of his day. So all you creatives, keep creating! And do it for the glory of the Giver of the gift, not for recognition of the gift itself. 

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), was a member of the Hudson River School. Bierstadt's use of light, often referred to as “luminism,” is his trademark. Known primarily for his depictions of the American West, Bierstadt was the leading painter of the ever-expanding frontier during the 19th century. Today, the few Bierstadt works that become available at auction continue to bring in ever increasing prices. 

Born in Solingen, Germany, Bierstadt’s family moved to Massachusetts when he was just two years old. In 1853, his blossoming interest in art lead him to formal study at the Düsseldorf School in Germany. 

Upon his return to the United States, the artist’s subjects concentrated mainly on the New England area, until 1859, when he accompanied a land surveyor for the U.S. government to the western frontier. The sketches Bierstadt returned with became finished works that garnered him much financial success. Officially finding his niche, he would make numerous trips to the West throughout his career, creating paintings that detailed the bountiful beauty of the vast landscapes he encountered. 

In the critical art circles of his day, Bierstadt did not fare well. Despite his commercial success, opponents of his work often considered his use of large canvases, light and romantic subject matter to be out of style and inappropriate with the tastes of the time. With the rise of Impressionism and the Boston School, public tastes also moved away from his highly detailed landscapes. Bierstadt eventually declared bankruptcy in 1895. (Text of the story excerpted from: www.rauantiques.com)

Are you a creative? What's your creative outlet?

Blessings your day,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New interview up on Michael Easley's inContext

InContext is a brand new daily, 24-minute broadcast designed to help you take a fresh approach to grappling with truth through sound Biblical exposition, tangible illustrations, and real-life insights. 

Michael and I sat down recently to chat, and that interview is uploaded now (I sometimes listen to my interviews and think, "I should have had a tiny glass of Belle Meade Blackberry wine before going in there," LOL, but oh well...), along with interviews with Jerry Jenkins, Dave Ramsey, Dennis Rainey, and others.

Let me know if you "take a listen!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book signing this Saturday in Franklin, TN at the Pumpkinfest

I've got a booksigning this weekend in lovely Franklin, TN at the Pumpkinfest. What fun! I'll be at Landmark Booksellers from 12PM - 2PM. Let me know if you're coming, and I'll watch for you! 

More about the Pumpkinfest

Monday, October 20, 2014

Win a copy of A Beauty So Rare| TODAY ONLY

Win a copy of A Beauty So Rare on Southern BelleView. Winner announced tonight. Thanks so much for passing this along to reader friends who really enjoy historical fiction. 


Trailer for A Beauty So Rare

Inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Southern Festival of Books (Friday, October 10)

To my Nashville friends… 

I'm speaking at the Southern Festival of Books on Friday, October 10 (2-3PM) and would love to see you there. We'll discuss the history of the Belmont Mansion here in Nashville, the setting of A Beauty So Rare, and also "the story behind the story." 

Booksigning immediately following. 

LEFT BEHIND opens in theaters this weekend

LEFT BEHIND opens in theaters around the country THIS weekend, and I hope you'll flock to see it. I attended a special pre-screening recently with Jerry Jenkins (co-author of the Left Behind series), and the movie is fabulous! I had several "chill moments" while watching it. 

It's wonderful to see a motion picture that focuses on the eternal significance of what having a relationship with Jesus Christ means. 

Also, I'm hosting a giveaway for an autographed copy of Left Behind signed by Jerry the night of the pre-screening over on my Facebook Page. CLICK TO ENTER

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Inheritance e-book $2.99 in September

Just got word from Amazon that The Inheritance is a September Kindle Deal...

About the book: 

An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love.

Determined to tame her younger brother's rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin's invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents. But an "untimely inheritance" challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust--and perhaps even her heart.

U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll. When his path intersects with that of McKenna, he comes face-to-face with a past he never wanted to relive--and the one woman who can help him find the future he's been longing for.

As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination. But it will come at a price.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free e-book ends tomorrow

Last chance! Free e-book ends tomorrow. 

About the book: 

Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings made a vow. For better or worse. And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected. When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn. After a shocking glimpse into her husband's past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth. What she wouldn't give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man that he was, not for the man she always wanted him to be. 

Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again. One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice. Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

Available on: 


Amazon UK

Do you have 2 or 3 reading buddies who haven't read Rekindled yet? I'd be so grateful if you'd share this with them. 
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