I remember praying so often in 2018 for a story to write.  The decade of rejections had done their damage.  I even asked God to take away my desire to write if it wasn’t His will for me.  Knowing that serving others was most certainly His desire, I signed up to volunteer in the church […]

Beloved Books to Share with Babies

Years ago, when I e-mailed David Tolk to ask permission to use his beautiful song on this site, he wrote back with a comment that still warms me today:  “Some of my most cherished moments in life have been spent reading children’s books to my little ones at bedtime.  Thanks for your great work.” Though […]

My Father’s Voice

I read Goodnight Whispers to my boys, got tears in my eyes, and began a new nighttime ritual.  Little One would pretend to be asleep, but when I whispered in his ear, a grin would spread across his face.  I think he was staying awake just to hear what I would say. In this book, […]

Hygge: A Word for the Moments We Love

A dear friend texted me recently and taught me a word that I had never heard before but had long needed.  She hinted that the word had something to do with the Christmas spirit.   Because of her, I went to the library and checked out The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. Hygge encompasses everything […]

Tea Party Today

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you. -William Ewart Gladstone I suppose I’ve always enjoyed tea:  hot spiced tea in winter, Russian tea at Christmas, English breakfast tea in […]

Chocolate Mustache

Hello dear ones!  I have been away battling dragons (namely library science projects and Epstein-Barr), but I’m back to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  A fellow children’s book writer, Susanna Leonard Hill, puts on a delightful contest each February called the Valentiny Writing Contest.  Entries can only be 214 words (2/14 and tiny), and […]

Kerrville Folk Festival

If you have never been to the Texas hills at the end of May, when they are cleansed with rain and music rings in the empty places between the trees, come with me now. “Welcome home, y’all!” a friendly woman calls from the ticket booth.  We notice signs posted about the Kerrville cats—please take one […]