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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.

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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Traveling with Your Dog

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 4 comments

Traveling with Your Dog

Earlier this summer, my husband and I did a very brave thing—we traveled thousands of miles with our dog, Mocha. We really weren’t sure at the time if it was courageous, or really stupid! I had a research trip to go on, along with scheduled book signings in upstate New York. This would have necessitated finding full time care for our 8-pound Chihuahua/ mix. We decided we couldn’t part with our eight-month-old pup for two whole weeks so preparations got under way to take her with us. We learned a lot about traveling with our furry baby so I...

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National Lighthouse Day

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives | 6 comments

National Lighthouse Day

I have always loved lighthouses and when I discovered today was National Lighthouse Day, I was inspired to write about these beacons of light. These tall towers with a light to warn passing ships of potential danger have always intrigued me. These protectors of sailors have a special place in my heart for so many reasons. But there is one lighthouse that I’ll never forget—the fourth tallest brick lighthouse in the country located in Pensacola, Florida. I was there in 2002 while in town to attend my son’s graduation from Officer’s Candidate...

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FINALLY! The Selah Award Winner!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Awards, Colonial America, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 3 comments

FINALLY! The Selah Award Winner!

I think I must be the worst Author-Blogger! How many months have flown by since I announced my friend, Janet Grunst, and I were both finalists in the category of historical romance for the Selah Award? Too many, that’s for sure!   In truth, I have been overwhelmed with a research trip, book deadline, and family trip for my son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower. I’ve not been twiddling my thumbs, but I apologize for this late blog post!   I owe all my readers an update. The short answer about the Selah winner is … Janet won the Selah...

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Saratoga Letters: Finalist in Selah Awards!

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Awards, Colonial America, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 6 comments

Saratoga Letters: Finalist in Selah Awards!

    Yesterday was extra special when it was announced that Saratoga Letters was a finalist in the historical fiction category for the Selah Awards! What made the day even sweeter was my good friend, Janet Grunst, was also announced as a finalist … in the same category! I am truly excited for us both.   Janet’s book A Heart Set Free was a labor of love for many years for Janet and finally saw fruition this past year when it was published. Saratoga Letters was published at the culmination of one of the most difficult...

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DNA kit for my birthday

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in American History, Front Page, General | 4 comments

DNA kit for my birthday

I recently celebrated a V.I.B. — a very important birthday. In celebration of the event, I asked for one gift: A DNA kit from Ancestry.com to determine the lineage of the person that I am. It’s not that I don’t know the probable ancestry of most of my bloodlines. Lots of English, Irish, some German, and French Canadian. But there is a lingering question that birthed years ago when my grandfather shared that one of our “great-greats” was the first white child born in Indian territory. Whenever a family member brought up our heritage, I...

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Mother-Of-The-Bride Devotional by Leign Ann Thomas

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Reviews | 2 comments

Mother-Of-The-Bride Devotional by Leign Ann Thomas

                I so enjoyed Ribbons, Lace & Moments of Grace, a devotional written for mothers of the bride before the wedding. But I’ll let you in on a secret—it’s a blessing for mothers of the groom as well. In fact, this should be on the must read list for all parents of the bride or groom because it zeroes in on some of the key issues that can surface when preparing for a wedding. And it adds a Godly perspective to help you survive! And the cover with purple (my favorite color!) only adds to the blessing that Ribbons, Lace &...

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