Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!


I officially met Brenda online about two years ago. Somehow the two of us connected through Instagram, and she graciously volunteered to review my newly published memoir Sunlight Burning at Midnight.  I was a little awe struck with her being the first real author to volunteer to review my book.  We later crossed paths again at a writer’s conference where I met her in person, and she is the real deal.  She gave me a big hug as I blabbered on and on about how honored I was that she actually read my book. She has recently written another book (she’s way speedier than I am – but most of her babies have flown the coop in my defense), a wonderful book called Fledge, Launching your Kids Without Losing your Mind, which I enjoyed immensely.  I’m not officially in the fledging stage, but I recognize that it is just around the corner, and this book was full of wisdom, laughter, and heart warming stories.  Brenda is not afraid to share her shortcomings and failures throughout the journey, and these honest stories are what connected me to her words, and I’m sure will connect you as well.  Continue reading “5 Truths About Stress by Author Brenda L. Yoder {and a giveaway!}”


“This is holy work,” I begrudgingly reminded myself a day after returning home from a much needed couple’s vacation; a week of relaxation, sun, and reconnecting, and here I was now, again, changing my 13 year old’s diaper, my handicapped boy Lucas who was currently on his third bout of diarrhea in a month; so many wipes, diapers, hand washes, and missed school days – #buttwiperforever.
Continue reading “Holy Work: Being Obedient to the Call”