Azure Springs is the location of both The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours Truly, Thomas. I have come to adore this tiny Iowa town that is full of heart and adventure, neighborly goodwill, and love. So I had some fun putting together an “ABC” list for Azure Springs! Hope […]

Yours Truly, Thomas has officially hit shelves! In my recent newsletter I asked for ideas of ways to celebrate this book’s release. Some of my readers are so creative!!! I loved reading all the responses. Here’s how release day ended up going: Tyler snuck out for work letting me snooze […]

Release day for Yours Truly, Thomas is in less than two weeks. For those of you anxious to read this story here is a list of trivia to hold you over! I came up with the idea of utilizing the dead letter office when I was touring a historic post […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]