speak up

I wish that we could sit together at my kitchen table with some coffee and chat. Since, that is not possible, I thought this was the next best thing. I encourage you to take a few moments and watch the video.

If you happen to have attended the Speak Up Conference this last week, I would love to connect with you. Please leave your name and your take away from the conference in the comment section.

Writer’s Wednesday: Ask the Author


For today’s edition of Writer’s Wednesday, I decided to do something fun. I’ve had several people ask me questions about writing; so today I’m going to have “Ask the Author.” This is your chance to find out a little more about my writing and me. I will get you started with a few questions and then open it up to you. All you need to do is leave a question for me in the comment section below. I will respond to each question. Don’t forget, any comment or question left on the blog this week will get you entered into the drawing for FREE books. You don’t want to miss out. So, let’s get started!

What is your writing routine?  Any quirky habits or must-have snacks?

My writing routine would be to sit down with two or three sharpened pencils, large eraser, pencil sharpener and a yellow legal pad. I guess you could say I’m old school. I simply love writing out my rough draft by hand, flipping page after page in the legal pad. When I am working on a manuscript, I generally work throughout the day while the kids are at school. Pouring over one scene after another. Once I complete a chapter, I will type it into the computer. I have started using Scrivener, which is an incredible program, not just for writers. But I won’t go into all the benefits of that program today J

As far as snacks go, it is necessary for me to have my cup of coffee and Reese’s pieces or almonds (depending upon my mood).

What message do you hope readers take away from this book?

          Whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction, I want my readers to take away hope and encouragement. I also want my writing to draw others closer to Christ and spur them on to be a light to those around them.


What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, I am spending time with my husband and kids. I love to garden and can the fresh produce for the cold winter months. I also enjoy reading, crocheting and scrapbooking.

What books are on your nightstand right now?

Patsy Clairmont’s, You are More Than you Know and Debbie Macomber’s, Mr. Miracle

Now, it is your turn. What would you like to know? Ask away. I look forward to hearing your questions and connecting with you today.

Exciting Changes


Before I tell you about the exciting changes taking place here at “Threads of the Heart”, I would like to apologize for my absence over the past several weeks. Aside from some sporadic posts here and there I have been pretty quiet. You see I have been dealing with quite a few issues, including medical problems. I received word from my doctor last week regarding the biopsy results – no cancer. For the first time in several weeks, I am able to breathe again. I have a new lease on life, so to speak. Continue reading

God Knows What We Need

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So many things swirling around in my head today after returning from the ACFW conference in St. Louis. As a stay at home mother of five, I struggled with attending the conference. Not only financially, but also being away from my family. Would my husband remember that Friday is show and tell? Would my kids get their homework done? Would the house be a disaster when I returned? I finally had to set all that aside, pack my bags and obediently follow God’s leading.

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