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My ancestor’s path

I am honored that you would visit my website. I have been a Christian for 40 years and still clearly remember the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Since that day, the path the Lord has taken me on has been filled with potholes of discouragement, painful rocks that tore into my soul, and moments of joy-filled light that has illuminated my walk with His peace that passes all understanding. I pray that my words might help you on your journey.

The Great Snow of 1717

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Historical Fiction | 4 comments

The Great Snow of 1717

I first wrote this post a few years ago and it ran at Colonial Quills Blogspot. It seemed an apt year to run it again! During the frigid winter in much of the country this year, it seems a logical time to search the Colonial American era too see if they had any memorable winters on record. Indeed, I quickly discovered a terrible blizzard dubbed, “The Great Snow of 1717.” Although there were not official weather records kept at the time, there were sufficient diaries of the day describing a winter that began in December of 1716 with five feet...

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New Beginnings

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Historical Fiction | 2 comments

New Beginnings

  The New Year is always a time for reflection. While others may commit to resolutions or one word to focus on for the new year, I tend to make it more of a time to contemplate many things: My writing, my goals, my relationships, my planner schedule! So much to be considered! And as I think about starting a New Year, I want to be, more than anything, an obedient servant of the Lord. I want to pray more about each and every decision, trusting that God will show me the way. While I want to attend every writer’s conference that I can, I...

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Thanksgiving Tips from the Deer Run Saga

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 6 comments

Thanksgiving Tips from the Deer Run Saga

With one hand in a cast from surgery, I am re-running a Thanksgiving post from a few years past. Hope you enjoy!   If you are blessed enough to be gathering with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you might be thinking that it’s a mixed blessing. We love our families, but they can sometimes say the wrong thing…or share an embarrassing story….or be grieving and need encouragement. So how can you handle these situations? Perhaps Thanksgiving stories from the Deer Run Saga can give all of us a few pointers. When it came to family...

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Staying Warm in Colonial America

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 6 comments

Staying Warm in Colonial America

As I lay in bed in 2017 with the thermostat set in the low 70’s, I ponder the plight of our Colonial American forebears. They were just as in need of heat, yet spent much of their day working hard to keep themselves and their families from freezing to death. It was a daunting task in the best of circumstances. Their main source of heat was the hearth. It could be huge by today’s standards, often measuring several feet in length. Yet the fire within served as oven, stove, and heat for the entire house. And while it may have seemed the warmth...

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Ten Years and One Day Later …

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Historical Fiction | 4 comments

Ten Years and One Day Later …

  Ten years and one day ago is a date I will not soon forget. It was the day I received an assignment that changed my life. I realized this week that my family and I would be commemorating the 14th anniversary of my daughter Bethany’s home-going to heaven—always such a difficult anniversary to bear. Try as I might to be strong, the tears seem to ebb and flow like a turbulent tide during a hurricane. Then I realized, the date of October 20, 2017, was significant for another reason: It was ten years to the day that I “heard” the call to...

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The Surrender at Saratoga that Changed the World

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Awards, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 0 comments

The Surrender at Saratoga that Changed the World

  The battle continued to go poorly and rumors filtered through the hospital tent. “We’re outnumbered. Our mates kept shootin,’ but they were shootin’ more.” Abigail’s patient gasped for air as she stitched the wound in his chest. “Try to rest, Private. You are safe here in hospital.” Abigail gave the distraught soldier another drink of rum—just a sip with supplies so low. More arrivals to the marquee carried similar tales of one defeat after another. Abigail overheard Mr. Braithwaite pause...

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240th Anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 0 comments

240th Anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga

  September 19, 1777: Saratoga, New York State   A dead soldier lay on top of him, but William was too weak to push him off. Was the corpse an insurgent or his mate? The king’s soldier couldn’t discern regimental colors in the thick, black smoke. And blood was blood—the smell sickened no matter the allegiance of its owner. The sticky fluid oozed from William’s own arm and leg too. Perhaps his chest. Was his life ebbing closer to eternity? He tried to inhale, but the weight of the body squeezed the air from his lungs. Dizziness...

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The Life and Death of a Child

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives | 6 comments

The Life and Death of a Child

Today I watched the small pink coffin of a child named Ava carried to the cemetery. It was a life that ended far too soon for the grieving parents, older sister, and other family members, not to mention the hundreds of mourners who came to say goodbye. It was a memorable funeral in so many ways. The pastor reflected on the very personal way that Ava had impacted his own life with her laugh, smile, and her faith in a God who loved her. She amazed us all. She was only eleven-years-old, yet her positive impact was felt far and wide. It certainly...

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Life is a Treasure

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives | 4 comments

Life is a Treasure

  This week my family is treasuring the life of a new baby girl, born to our younger son and his wife. What a joy! We have eagerly awaited her birth for these many months now and breathed a huge sigh of relief when all went smoothly with the delivery. As a nurse, I’m all too aware of the complications that can lead to heartache, so seeing my son and daughter-in-law on Facetime hold their precious gift was a joy beyond measure. I have my airplane reservation already made to visit them very soon and hold the little one in person!! Another...

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Benedict Arnold —From Hero to Traitor

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Historical Fiction | 8 comments

Benedict Arnold —From Hero to Traitor

  Many lovers of American history are well aware that Benedict Arnold was the infamous traitor of the American Revolution. But the fact that he started out as a hero during that same war still astonishes me. That fact came home to me this past summer when I went on a research trip to Saratoga National Park and visited the battlefield in Stillwater, NY where the conflict took place. The area of the park is enormous and visitors need a vehicle of some sort to traverse the length and breadth of it. Bike riders can manage the trails as well....

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