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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.

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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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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