Earlier this week, author Barbara Neal Roose, a fellow writer with Books & Such Literary Agency whose encouraging blogs and podcasts have really blessed me—check her out here!—posted a special blog in honor of her birthday. She shared her struggles with past birthdays, how the Lord has helped her come to rejoice over them, […]
Hiking in Canyon de Chelly: Of Kit Carson, Scorched Earth, and Our Desperate Need to Listen
It was a warm, blue-skied afternoon on our recent trip to Arizona and New Mexico, and Anthony and I were about to hike down into historic Canyon de Chelly. First Ted and Evie, our hosts and my dear friends for a number of years now, walked us to several of the most famous lookouts […]Canyon de Chelly, Kit Carson, Navajo Long Walk
When Love Comes Softly: The Day I Didn’t Want to Say Good-bye
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these snippets of Anthony’s and my love story–“Our Story”–so far! Click here if you’d like to catch up on previous installments. It was late at night—going on 10:30 as we stood talking in the community center parking lot. I needed to get home, and let Anthony go […]dating, Janette Oke, karate, Love Comes Softly
Of the Fourth of July, a Messy America, and Hope
Growing up, I loved celebrating the Fourth of July. Most years, my family would head to a nearby large, grassy park late afternoon. We’d watch the small-town parade of veterans and boy scouts and antique cars and children on streamer-bedecked tricycles. One year we even entered ourselves and rode on a “covered wagon” built […]American History, Declaration of Independence, Fourth of July
Our God Who Knows: Blog Tour and Giveaway with Author Debbie Lynne Costello!
Today I’m excited to host historical author Debbie Lynne Costello here on my blog! It’s been a blessing to get to know Debbie a bit as she has welcomed me as a new blogger on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog, of which she is a hostess. In addition to sharing some of her personal […]Blog Tour, Book Giveaway, Debbie Lynne Costello, Sword of the Matchmaker
Our Story: Of Good Friday, Little Girls, and Opening Hearts
I hope you’ve been enjoying reading snippets of Anthony’s and my story so far! If you’ve missed earlier installments, feel free to check them out here. I stood in the darkened church that Good Friday, my heart a mingle of emotions. Beside me stood Anthony—the first time we had worshipped together. He […]Good Friday, love story
Music that Tells a Story: What Are Your Favorite Soundtracks?
It’s the week before finals at our high school. And it shows–whether in my brain-fried students, two of whom called me completely different names the other day, or in myself, who later the same day stopped at a green light for no apparent reason, yielding my husband’s alarm and taking over the driving after […]Graduations, Movie Music, Movie Soundtracks
Of Graduations, Rainbows, and His Faithfulness
My little sister graduated from college last Saturday. It doesn’t seem that long since she was graduating high school—in fact, I posted about it here. She seemed so grown up then, yet now, looking back, the eighteen-year-old Maren appears so young. Today she has a B.A. in Theater Arts, with […]
Our Story: Of “Getting to Know You,” Virginia Reels, and a Certain Waltz
I hope you’ve been continuing to enjoy Anthony’s and my love story! If you’d like to read the first two installments, click here and here. Anthony and I were on our second official “outing,” to the local arboretum where he invited me to visit. While I still felt a bit shy and awkward—especially […]Getting to Know You song, love story
Inauspicious Moments Leading to Land of My Dreams: Visit and Contest with Author Norma Gail!
Today I’m excited to have writer friend Norma Gail visit my blog! You may remember Norma from her first visit here when her beautiful contemporary romance, Land of My Dreams, first debuted. This spring her novel is “turning three,” and in celebration Norma is hosting a special contest and giveaway. See below for details, […]Contest, Giveaway, Land of My Dreams, Norma Gail, Scotland