A First Christmas

A First Christmas

Usually when we hear those words we think of a couple with a new baby. This year it takes on new meaning, for it’s my first Christmas without my husband. Valerie and I have been watching some of the Hallmark Christmas movies. Some of the stories are very touching and...
Awakening the Writing Muse

Awakening the Writing Muse

The only problem with taking a hiatus from writing, even for a time of loss, is getting started again. The Lord has always put on my heart the next woman of the Bible I was to write about, but with Lydia finished and out in the stores as of October, my mind was blank....
The Great Trailer Escape

The Great Trailer Escape

On my bucket list was a little trailer, where I could go off to a nice campground or RV site to enjoy nature and write. At least that was my intention. I had the opportunity to buy a little ALine trailer at a good price and soon it was sitting in my driveway, waiting...
Grief Groups

Grief Groups

At a friend’s suggestion I attended a group at a nearby church. Surprisingly it was very freeing.  As I heard other people’s stories, it put my own in perspective.  It was good to be able to share and have people understand where you were coming from and know how you...
The Color of Mourning

The Color of Mourning

What does mourning look like?  How can you define the emotions that come and go on an unexpected schedule? A song plays on the intercom in a department store and you find yourself heading for the ladies room to gain control of the tears. Watching a couple in their...
Changing Churches

Changing Churches

Ever found yourself in the dilemma of having to find a new church?  It’s not like you just pick a nearby church and that’s it.  When we moved back to San Diego after seven years in Northern California, I attempted to return to my old church where I’d spent over 20...