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College Visits

Where does the time go? My kid has always been this little man with a big personality and zest for life, making people laugh. It seems overnight he’s grown up, does the shoulder shrug thing, and now, we’re doing college visits.

2020 has brought each of us so much change. We’ve seen a culture shift, and our normal is never to be again. We’re all just looking forward to the new normal – whatever that is. So, as college campuses open back up – we’re taking tours at a distance. Masks are required, hand sanitizer is stationed at every turn, and we’re reminded to keep a healthy distance so that we’re not too close.

As I walk side-by-side with my child, someone who will always be my baby no matter how old he gets, I’m reminded that I’ll be letting him go into this unknown world in about a year. While fear will not dominate my heart, questions do spark in the back of my mind.

What happens if 2021 is no different than now? What happens if he gets sick, and due to quarantine restrictions on campus, we’re not allowed to come to get him? Each college is different with it comes to their policies. How will students engage with healthy social activities when they’re now taught to keep their distance? Will they keep their distance? Probably not.

For most kids, that’s no big deal. They will stay healthy. For others, it could be detrimental.

So, as I let go and let God – I take a minute to thank Him for how far he’s brought us so far and remind myself that HE has us. He holds our future. I just have to plan ahead, pray, and put faith where it belongs.

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Dangerous Visions – Book 2 in The Spiritual Gifts Series

Start a new series today and wake up your senses!

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense mixed with a bit of paranormal and action-adventure then you’ll love Anderson Evans in Dangerous Visions. Readers were first introduced to Anderson in Endless Possibilities as the aloof but lovable brother in the Evans clan. When he came home after the death of his grandmother, he wasn’t quite the same nor was he forthcoming on everything going on in his life.

Now, in Dangerous Visions, the readers find out why. To give you some insight to his character and his journey – here is the synopsis:

After awakening from a coma, Agent Anderson Evans struggles to see things clearly as visions plague him throughout the day. The only way to distance himself from his premonitions is to ride cross-country, where he is free from the intermittent flashes that appear from the occasional touch in the crowd. If only he could avoid the reoccurring vision of a woman struggling to survive, but she haunts him as if calling to him.

Savannah Miles never expected that by taking on another bridal client, she’d be signing her death warrant. She soon finds herself caught up in an elaborate underworld that has her fleeing for her life under the dark of night. After barely escaping with her life, Savannah calls her cousin for help, who arranges for a bodyguard. Only she didn’t expect anyone like Anderson and didn’t have a clue that the two of them would be in over their heads.

Could Anderson’s visions become the divine intervention they need to overcome the curse in their lives? Or will the pair run out of luck, out of time, and find themselves at a dead-end?

Readers have already been sending me photos of their kindle or paperbacks from their reading spots or trips. I’m excited to see yours!

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What a Gift from God

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Roxy was a rescue who came from a home that really didn’t want her. I found her through an email from a soccer mom which stated – ‘if I don’t find a home for her my husband is going to put her down.’ This was 8 years ago when she was only a few years old. Imagine someone thinking a dog such a burden they would be willing to put them down. While I wasn’t ready to take dog into our home as I was grieving the loss of my Hershey I couldn’t let another puppy suffer.

We took Roxy in and she was a bit neurotic, starved for attention, but sweet as the day is long. She was probably the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. After living in a home where they made her stay by the back door, she laid by ours for a while until she realized she could come and go as she pleased without getting yelled at. Soon, she settled into a comfortable routine in our home of eating, sleeping well, and lounging with lots of cuddles. She began to trust and truly loved life.

Last week, we got the news that she was terminal. When her pain became so bad that she shook from it, we had to make the call to end her pain. While our family is heartbroken, we can live knowing she had a MUCH longer life than she would have if not for taking her in when no one else would.

After leaving the vet, I was praying that God share that with her … that we loved her. I also prayed that she was running free, happy, and young again. When I turned the corner for my home – I saw a rainbow. God whispered that she was free and peace washed over me… so much so that I had to take a photo of it. I thought it might bring comfort to my family – especially my son, who was grieving more than anyone.

When I showed him the photo, he got strange look on his face. He zoomed in on the top right corner of the photo where the clouds were, and said, “Look! It’s Roxy and she’s running!”

I got chills. Sure enough… when I glanced to what he was staring at, it was a carbon copy of my Roxy – right down to the strip that runs the length of her cheek and her white muzzle. God had answered my prayer and gave me a beautiful gift with that image in the clouds. Roxy truly is running free, her ears flapping in the breeze – right over the rainbow bridge.

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Rules For My Son

Soooo true! Great list.

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6. Request the late check-out.

7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

9. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

10. Don’t fill up on bread.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

12. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

13. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

14. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket…

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Endless Possibilities … Coming Soon!

So, I got word from the editor today that her part in finalizing my book is D.O.N.E.  In conjunction, my amazing graphic designer will be done as well within the week.  This is the first time I’ve hired someone to do one of my covers.  Usually I handle them myself, but with my full-time job I knew I wouldn’t have the time to dedicate to the cover.  If the mock cover is a fraction of what the final will be – it’s going to look great.

Stay posted to my main blog at http://www.wornoutwoman.blogspot.com or my author page  for updates.  For the synopsis for Endless Possibilities – read below:

After the tragic loss of her husband, Alexis Mathers packs up her clairvoyant, seven-year-old daughter and heads for home only to find out that her Grandmother, Evelyn Bozeman, has died in a mysterious accident. As Evelyn’s life was an enigma before her marriage into the Bozeman family, Alexis makes it her sole mission to understand who her grandmother was and what kind of life she left behind.

Although Tyler Jameson grew up on a neighboring ranch, he was a staple on the Bozeman farm, where he, Alexis, and her brother, were thick as thieves.  Until one day they weren’t. His friendship with Alexis always stopped short of flirting but now that she’s back in town she’s more of a distraction that he could ever imagine.

 Before they both know it, Evelyn’s secrets draw them into a power struggle with a family from Evelyn’s past, which will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried even if that means taking more lives.

 See what happens when Alexis and Tyler are reintroduced after life has molded them into perfect partners whether they know it or not. Read along to learn how a little heavenly help, via a deceased grandmother, helps give them a push.  And find out if Evelyn can protect her granddaughter from the wheels she put in motion before it’s too late?

 

 

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Welcome Home

screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-9-32-55-amThis year started out so differently than the last, but through both the drama that unfolded on Jan 1 in 2016 and the much quieter start to 2017 – God has been evidently clear.

This time last year, we were dealing with remodeling after an accident resulted in some minor damage to our home.  And while I dealt with contractors and vendors that came into my circle, I realized how each had the exact skill set I needed and offered options that were a precisely what I needed within the small budget we had.

A couple years prior to this I’d been in the building industry.  (Every writer has a day job unless they’re James Patterson.)  When the oil and gas industry took a dive, I was laid off.  I never understood the ‘why’ behind it.  We all ask ourselves ‘why’ things happen.  Why do I have to go through this valley?  Why me?  Why now?

Well, it was never more clear in the ‘why’ when I was knee-deep in home repairs and contractors, knowing that I could speak the lingo and check their work – ‘knowing what to look for’ so that it was well done.

God immersed me in those moments with his presence giving me a strong sense of his answer to the ‘why’ that I’d asked only two years prior.  He let me go work in an industry that I was destined to be laid off from to allow me the knowledge to navigate through a sea of what could be unknowns only to have the knowledge needed to get it done right.  After the repairs were done, it was left in better condition than when we first moved in.

He gave me very clear insight of his gifts to me and blessings through the chaos when we finally sold our home and landed in an area that we loved but couldn’t afford.  The house we made an offer on appraised lower than the area called for and coincidentally for one hundred dollars LESS than the top dollar that we could afford.

God showed up in so many ways in details that I won’t bore you with that go deeper than what I describe here but just know this…  His presence and peace wrapped around us like nothing I’d experienced before.

Fast forward to this new year and I woke up in our ‘new to us’ home on a quiet day, much different than the year prior, and felt his whisper in my heart, which said, ‘Welcome Home’.  It had been a year to remember and one for the record books – and God’s hand was evident through the entire process.  Through darkness, chaos, and fatigue, He lifted us up, led us through, and brought us home.

Whoever says God is not active in our lives has blinders on.  He is with every single one of us through it all things, good and bad.  All we have to do is look to him, ask for Him, and rely on Him.  His gentle love and tender embrace is there – just lean into it.

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Not Ready

Please send prayers for this family …

Adjusting Our Sails

I had no idea on Thursday when we checked Matt into the hospital for a neutropenic fever that tonight I would bring my love home to die.  Did Matt and I know he was terminal?  Yes.  Did we think we still had months together, hopefully a couple of years? Yes.

My heart is breaking over and over and over again.  Just when I think I cannot shed another tear, another flood comes pouring out of me.  When I look at his face, the face that has loved me through so much life these last 17 years I am overwhelmed.  I can’t see a future without him in it. I can’t picture a night without him next to me.  Do you know that in 17 years we have spent 4 nights apart?  FOUR.  Our lives are so woven together like a beautiful tapestry that I do not know where I begin…

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