1. Model reading- Whether you read on your phone, tablet, or in print let your kids know you are reading a book. Let them see you get excited about it. Let them hear you say how good it is or what you’ve learned about it. Let them see you prioritize […]

I’ve had a couple of people message me for book recommendations for boys. I asked my eleven and thirteen year olds what some of their favorite books are or have been in recent years. These books have our approval but I’d still encourage you as the parent to make sure […]

When we aren’t reading (or writing) we love playing games together. Raise your hand if you’re a game playing family too? It’s fun, right? Sitting around laughing, enjoying one another’s company while you try and win. Here are a few of our favorites in no particular order. Grandpa Beck’s Games– […]

One of my favorite things to do is to get together with a bunch of friends and hear their love stories. Everyone’s is unique. Some are quick, some are slow. Some people saw it coming from the start, others were friends first and the love crept in. Some have had […]

The Hope of Azure Springs is a fictional story about former orphan train riders and what their experience may have been like. While researching I read that siblings were often separated in an attempt to find the children homes. I imagined that being hard even if it was necessary at […]

If you’ve read The Hope of Azure Springs, and if you made it to my author’s note, then you know that during the writing of this novel my son Titus was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy. The months surrounding his diagnoses were incredibly challenging months for our family. We were very afraid […]

I’m so excited for the new cover of my next book, Yours Truly, Thomas. I think it’ll be up on Amazon and other places pretty soon (technically it’s listed there already but without a picture). This book is stand alone but it passes through Azure Springs and has many of […]

We hatched baby chicks in an incubator this last month. We were only moderately successful but we all enjoyed the process of rolling the eggs and watching them peck their way out. I always feel so bad for them when they have just their beak out and are chirping but […]

We got our four year old a balance bike a few months ago and he flies around on it. It’s the cutest thing and I know from friends that learning to balance and then pedal works so much better than learning to pedal and then learning to balance. I’m wishing […]

Every school year we pick a theme and as a family we memorize it. It’s framed and sits on our mantle. Once the year ends it’s moved to a shelf in the basement and is replaced by a new theme. Our 2018/2019 theme is “Don’t shine so others can see […]

I have several stories from my childhood that my children think are so funny. Listening to them giggle over my mishaps makes me excited to someday work them into a book but for now I’ll share one with you so you can be an insider if it ever pops up […]

My oldest son Garret is almost a teenager. (How is that possible?) He’s a great kid that likes to pick on his little siblings, be outside, and enjoys reading a good book. He’s funny and smart and I think he’s a handsome kid. But someday he’s going to be the […]

Interesting to get feedback from different readers. Here’s another interview! Name: Nancy Larimer Where are you joining us from? I live in California. Let’s have a few “get to know you” questions first! How many books do you read on average a week? I read different amounts of books depending […]

Just the other night I sat on a bar stool in my kitchen as I watched my children and husband make homemade ravioli. I pitched in here and there but mostly I observed. It went something like this. The first batch of dough didn’t turn out right so they laughed […]

And here’s another fun interview with one of my readers. Enjoy! Name: Trisha Robertson Where are you joining us from? I’m joining you today from Michigan. Let’s have a few “get to know you” questions first! How many books do you read on average a week? I typically read 2-3 […]

I’ve done lots of interviews lately and thought it’d be fun to let someone else have the experience, so I sent this “interview” out to several readers with this note: “Follow the directions but don’t stress about any of it. it’s just for fun!!! Answer anything you want however you […]

We have a lazy tom cat that likes to sit on our back porch. He has a cushioned bench that is all his own and the kids feed him pretty much any time they notice his bowl is empty. We all love this cat. He’s the perfect cat in many […]

I must warn you this post is going to be oddly vague and, for that I apologize, but there is no way around it. I am in the middle of a very stressful situation with one of my children. It’s messy and heartbreaking and stressful. For a few days I […]