Well, it happened last month: my firstborn child turned eighteen. Overnight, she became a legal adult. Her younger sister, age fifteen, is quick to remind her nowadays that she doesn’t have to ask her parents’ permission to do certain things anymore. (I think we know which of my two children needs more supervision, huh?!) ;)… Continue reading Eighteen Years in the Blink of an Eye
So...it's been a while since I've posted. From my experience as a mom of 15+ years, we mothers seem to go from one busy season to the next busier season as our children grow, and my blog has taken a backseat to other priorities. But I thought I'd take a quick moment to share with… Continue reading The Wait is Over
I frowned at my youngest daughter, sure I’d heard her wrong. “No? But you’re taking a shower later today. Your body’s going to be clean and—” “No! I don’t want you to change my sheets. The more you wash them, the more pilly they get, and then it annoys me when I go to bed.”… Continue reading Ah, the joys of motherhood. Not.
Yes. No. Wait. When we go to God with a prayer request, we love to hear the first one, frown to hear the second one, but I think the most frustrating answer we receive sometimes is “Wait.” Why, Lord? For how long? Pretty please, can’t I have [insert request here] now? In the spring… Continue reading Yellow Light
I had an imaginary, future discussion with my daughter the other day. As a writer, I’m more skilled at hypothetical conversations than real ones, and considering I was alone in the kitchen washing dishes—really, what else was there to do? This conversation with my future 15/16 year-old (she’s 12 ½ now, so it’ll be here… Continue reading Epiphanies in Household Chores
I don't own a ton of clothes. Whatever half of the year I'm in (warm or cold), the corresponding clothes are the ones either dangling in my closet or stuffed in a bureau drawer. The outfits I don't need suffocate in a plastic bin on the top shelf in my closet. The point is, no… Continue reading Silver Lining
You know you’re a writer when you neglect your blog for weeks on end because you’ve neglected your knitting and dolls, thus you have no projects to share, because you’ve spent all your time working on edits to a manuscript that might never see publication, because the pulse of the very real characters in your… Continue reading Words: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Seeing as how we are officially halfway through the year, I thought I’d bring you up to date on my New Year’s resolution, which was to send out query letters to dozens of agents and/or publishers. To be honest, I’m discouraged at how few agents and publishers I have been able to find that are… Continue reading Letting Go Is Not The Same As Giving Up
Ellowyne Wilde is mad at me. I have done so much writing and reading and researching over the last month or so that she’s feeling a little under-appreciated. With spring officially arriving tomorrow, Ellowyne has PLANS. But before she can implement her plans, I have to find time to drive two hours to Missoula just… Continue reading Oh, the conflict!
I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan (I’m in my late 30’s and my go-to music are works by Yanni and the soundtracks to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies, so you'll have to forgive me), but while I might not agree with everything she does or says, I still admire her ability… Continue reading In the words of Taylor Swift: Shake It Off!