Never Give up on Your Dreams

Romance Along the Rails will be released in January 2018
Never Give Up on Your Dreams

In the early 1990’s, when I was in my forties, I began to have the urge to write. I enrolled in the Institute of Children’s Literature. As I completed the lessons my desire to be a writer increased. I joined a small writer’s group and went to an amazing writer’s conference in Oklahoma called the Professionalism in Writing Conference. There I saw and met writers like Brock and Bodie Thoene, Karen Ball and others.

I started writing my novel (Working title; Tables on the Prairie). The second year I went to the conference I took the first few chapters and had a critique session with Karen Ball, who was the acquisitions editor for Multnomah Press. She offered me a contract for the book and the first chapter won first place in the writer’s contest. I was ecstatic and went home determined to write and finish the novel, but life crashed in around me. My mother fell and fractured her pelvis and Daddy was in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s. We took them in to live with us. I tried to write, but with the stress of their care and the fear of not making the deadline, I broke the contract!
I continued to write and finished the novel, as well as several short stories, including “Grandpa Forgot My Name”.  Although I tried submitting them to book publishers and magazines, I had no success getting them published. Eventually, I gave up. My book and stories sat in my computer for 12-13 years. I always knew they were there and made sure they were saved. I would go to Christian bookstores and think that I should have a book on those shelves.
The Lord gave me the verse, Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it upon tables, that he my run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it: because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
About two summers ago, my son, Kelly, said, “Mom, do you know your book in on Amazon?” Sure enough, it was listed back when I’d been given the contract. He said, “Your novel is written, you need to get it out and work on it. There are other ways to publish it.”
The desire to write was rekindled in me. I read the manuscript and decided it was worth the effort, though it needed editing. Thanks to great critique and editing partners, it is now ready to be published. Next month “Romance Along the Rails” will be released.

God came to Earth

. December – God came to Earth so we could go to Heaven. This is the month we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the World, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. It is absolutely mindblowing to me that the Amazing God who created the universe, and Who has all things under His control would lay aside His glory and majesty and come to Earth as a baby. He loved us humans so much He was willing to make the sacrifice. He was the perfect God-Man, completely sinless.

He came with the express purpose of dying on the cross for our sins. He was the only one who could pay that awful price for us! Because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, every one of us is born a sinner. We have broken the law of God. We are separated from the Perfect Holy God who cannot look on sin. Yet Jesus loved us so much He was willing to take the punishment we deserved and make a way, through His shed blood, for us to be reconciled to the Father God. He has offered forgiveness to us as a free gift, the perfect Gift!! If you have never received this free gift, all you need to do is call on Jesus’ name, confess your sins and ask Him to be your Savior!! He will accept you and make you His child.

Nana’s Treasures

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This month my special treasure is Sophie Smith. Sophie is 10 years old and in 5th grade. She was born two days after her cousin, Ridge, in Brush Prairie, WA. Made it hard for Nana and Papa to be in two places at once. Sophie now lives in Heber City, UT. She likes school and does well in her classes. She is a deep thinker and very loyal to family and friends. We are proud of our sweet Sophie!