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Saying Goodbye Freshman Year

If you hang around church long enough, you’ll hear people say children are a blessing from the Lord.

The Lord agrees. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth” (Psalm 127:3-4 NIV).

While I don’t disagree, the term blessing doesn’t quite cover the emotional wreckage that comes with being a parent. Raising children might be the most difficult, heart-wrenching, joyful, and rewarding journey I’ll ever take.

When my kids were small and needy, I fantasized about sleeping past sunrise and taking long showers. As they got a little older, I wished for quiet, unmessy meals. Fast forward another few years and my daydreams veered more toward visions of not constantly tripping over scattered clutter and shoes.  READ THE REST AT CROSSWALK.COM.

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New Release: Love & Grace

love and graceOver the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of several collaborative projects. Today, I’m excited to share with you the release of Love & Grace–a sweet romance boxed set that will donate proceeds to a special school for dyslexics.

In another life, before homeschooling and before writing, I used to be a tutor for dyslexic kids. My mom had just gotten hired as a reading teacher at the local elementary school and as part of her training she wanted to earn a certification to teach a dyslexic program called Orton-Gillingham and asked me if I wanted to come along and get certified too so I could work part-time as a reading tutor.

Best thing I ever did.

Tutoring kids after school became one of my favorite jobs. Watching those light-bulb moments of “Oh my gosh, I finally get it” made me smile every day. That’s why this project is something close to my heart.

love and grace back coverLove & Grace just went up for preorder and will be released on September 1st. For .99, you get twelve novellas by twelve authors for less than the price of a drink at McDonald’s.

If you like sweet and inspirational romance, this book is for you.

If you know someone who likes sweet and inspirational romance, this book could be a gift from you.

If neither of the above is true, but dyslexia is something close to your heart, I encourage you to click BUY anyway :) It’s .99. And the cause is amazing!

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Here’s a little bit about my contribution–Where You Belong. 

A girl can run from her roots, but she can’t escape her heart.

Six years ago, after a practical joke gone wrong, Hendrix Marshall blew the single stoplight in the town of Runaway, Wisconsin, and never looked back. But when Grandpa Joe—retired hippie, Jimmy Hendrix devotee, and the man who raised her—ends up in the hospital, she reluctantly agrees to take a cab home. As long as she can keep the meter running. But then she comes heel-to-boot with Alexander Ryland—former best friend, sometimes nemesis, always secret crush. And his ocean-blue eyes still have the power to launch cartwheels in her belly. Too bad his freestyle attitude makes her certifiable. He’s the reason she left. He won’t be the reason she stays. Even if he’s determined to collect interest on the kiss she’s owed him for the last ten years.

Here’s a little bit about the boxed set.

Romance for the soul, a gift from the heart.

This collection of sweet and inspirational novellas has an uplifting love story for everyone. These stories bring a touch of grace to romance, and a touch of romance to your heart.

Our twelve authors have collaborated to bring together this collection. Each story relates to dyslexia in some way, and the full proceeds from all the stories benefit GRACEPOINT – A School for Dyslexia. This box set is our collective gift of love and support to you and the children GRACEPOINT serves.

Can a town save a marriage? Will a high school reunion offer a second chance at love? Can a man with a secret and a woman afraid of being hurt learn to trust? Can a girl running from her past escape her heart? Will a woman trapped in the past discover the true importance of family? Can unexpected love become the best present ever?

You’ll find hours of enjoyment as well as a satisfying ending to each story. No cliffhangers and no partial novels are offered here, just an escape into worlds of love, families, and grace.

GRACE IN SWEETWATER COUNTY by Ciara Knight, USA Today and National bestselling author.
ONE AUTUMN LOVE by Lindi Peterson, Award-winning author.
MONTANA BORN by Hildie McQueen, Amazon bestselling author.
STANDING ON THE PROMISES by Sally Kilpatrick, Award-winning author.
CHRISTMAS BELLS by Linda Joyce, Award-winning author.
LETTERS TO RACHEL by Airicka Phoenix, National bestselling author.
WHERE YOU BELONG by M. K. Smith and Lori Freeland, Amazon bestselling and Award-winning
THE RIGHT ONE by MK Smith, Amazon bestselling and Award-winning author.
BROKEN WINGS by Alexandrea Weis, Amazon bestselling and Award-winning author.
THE MISSING INGREDIENT by Nicole Zoltack, Amazon bestselling and Award-winning author.
SWEET SAMANTHA by Kiersten Fay, Amazon bestselling and Award-winning author.
SECOND CHANCES by Walt Mussell, Award-winning author.

GRACEPOINT school thanks you for your support!

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Are Christians Trying to be too Happy?

happyI spent my growing-up years in a conservative Midwestern church during the 70’s and 80’s. If I had to pick one word to define my experience, I’d chose legalistic. 

Between the Sunday morning sermons, Sunday evening service, Wednesday night youth group, and the Christian parenting style of the moment, I was taught there was a simple formula for happiness. And if I followed that formula, my life would be good. Maybe even perfect. At the very least, nothing too bad would happen to me.

The formula itself was fairly simple, like a basic set of rules to follow. READ THE REST AT CROSSWALK.COM.

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