Weekend Inspiration

  Ah…Stephen Covey knows how to put it doesn’t he? I’m learning the art of saying NO to some things because of that burning YES. Lately I’ve been saying YES to a new arrangement with a fellow writer and lovely friend. She sent me a message one day with a singular idea to swap babysitting so we could take turns writing. She was getting Trouble, so I worried for just a moment before flashing her out a return message with the basic jist of “Heck yeah!” written all over it. Can I tell you how I had to prepare my head. How I had to set my phone on vibrate and only answer for her. How I had to tell my husband that between these hours on this day I am in an underground vault with no reception and absolutely unable to be reached...

I Knew You Were Trouble

Of course we’ve been listening to this song… and then changing the lyrics to fit the little man in our lives who just happens to have this nickname. Ha ha! He has been so adorable lately. Still Trouble, but just the sweetest little man. I love him to pieces! But back to the song. I don’t know why, but watching the music video filled me with such emotion! I guess as a mother I can’t listen without thinking of two little girls in my family who are the most precious things on the planet. I think of every young woman I know and how tempted we are to follow that guy who has some kind of IT factor, no matter how our inner compass is SCREAMING to run the other way. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way. Sometimes we don’t. I, myself, am grateful for that inner compass...

Testing – testing

Have I mentioned my propensity for trying new recipes. For parties, or when guests are coming for dinner or I’m bringing something for a dinner swap? I just can’t help it! I see something that sounds delicious and I know it will be…I just feel it! The other day it was this: Okay, so I made my Dinner Swap friend my guinea pig this time, but she wasn’t alone. I made it for us too, in my nice big slow cooker. Can I rave about how easy it was, how I had almost everything right on hand, how I swapped Swiss for Provolone and it was still mmmm-mazing? Oh my! It was so delish! It got thumbs up from all my little rascals! These lovely ladies have also published a brand new cookbook and you might need to check it out. At least hop over and grab this...

Weekend Inspiration

  I used to just post the words – clear and simple. They sound so profound without embellishment…but there’s more. There’s a busy life with the  hurtling ahead of intentions and hopes. This week we’re wrapped up preparing for Trouble’s 3rd birthday, watching Mr. Houston pack for a campout with his Boy Scout troop, listening to the discussion of a new Charter School thankfully closer to home but possibly harder to get into. Weighing, measureing…celebrating. A thousand thoughts come screaming by while in an ordinary day. The ones that stick out remind me of what life is all about and I grasp onto them, Pin them on my wall and think about what they mean and why they stood out to me. These words and many others have been...

The Twist

Remember how I said I only get amazing ideas when I can’t write them down? It happens when I’m driving kids to and from school while listening to music, it happens in the shower, it happens when I should be sleeping. You get the idea.   The other day I was brainstorming “the twist” –  the one that I needed to throw everything back up into the air in my regency romance – the one that has you gripping the pages of your book in utter desperation to find out what in the world is going to happen. I was in the shower, thinking through the plot lines I’d drawn in my head when it came to me clear and simple. Anyway, I had it. I clung to it so I wouldn’t forget how it all works together while hurrying to my computer. I wrote up a query to shoot off to one of...

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