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HITTING THE MID-YEAR RESET BUTTON

Friend, can you believe we are HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR? For me, time has flown at an alarming rate and yet I seem to have stuffed a whole lot of living into a mere six months already. I’ve never consciously done this mid-year before—but I’m feeling the need to hit the reset button for real. There’s no rule to say we have to jolly well wait until December 31, so let’s do it. Let’s reflect, refresh, and reset right now!

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FOUR FAB NEW BOOKS & A GIVEAWAY!

BOOKISH PROBLEMS: It’s hard to keep up with all the latest and greatest new books hitting the shelves. It just is. (Especially when your own is launching!) But when you are sent a copy to review or actually know the author, you simply have to spread the reading love. So I’m sharing four fabulous new Christian books for all ages, all quite wonderful. Plus, I’m giving one of them away right here…

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FOR ALL THE MOMS OF GRADS…

By the time our kids are five years old, we sense that parenting is going to be one extreme roller coaster ride. We laugh, we cry, we fret, we scream, we worry, we pray—often all within the hour. But in this season of graduations, I want to give your hand a gentle squeeze and assure you that the motherhood mantle we wear is precious and permanent. And when you watch your child walk across the graduation ceremony platform, cap firmly planted and gown billowing, you will be rendered speechless. Other than the embarrassing cheer-scream you may let fly…

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THE LIGHTHOUSE BABY HAS BEEN BIRTHED!

Friends, I’m not going to lie—it’s been crazy around here (think: having twins, except 2 months apart)—but allow me to introduce you to my latest published book: The Lighthouse Baby. I’m currently somewhat exhausted yet exhilarated after just launching The Glass Bottom Boat in March, but I’m now ready to proudly pull back the book baby blanket and show off this second novel in my “Flight to Freedom” series. Isn’t she pretty? Here’s the story behind the story…

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SIX STELLAR SPRING READS

As an author, a perk of my job is reading. I know. Tough gig. But the good news is that I feel it’s my duty to share the book love with you, my friends. I usually wait until summer to hit you with a half-dozen brilliant books I’ve stumbled across—but I can’t hold it in any longer! I’m having a delightful reading year thus far and have some gems to pass on for your reading pleasure…

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WHY EASTER IS PERSONAL

Easter is almost upon us, friends! This most precious time of year in the Christian calendar when we gather to remember the death and resurrection of our Jesus… perhaps as part of a huge congregation or maybe more privately in our own way. But while we celebrate the sacrifice and marvel at the miracle for all mankind on a macro level, we also need to take time to hold it all very close and remember why Easter is personal…

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WHY FRIENDS ARE LIKE FLOWERS

My husband fears I am in danger of becoming a hermit. ‘Tis the writerly life. I seem to spend much of my time these days attached to my laptop with a mere English bulldog for company. Honestly, the introvert part of me is happy as a lark, yet I know I need my friends. Real life friends. And sometimes I have to be intentional about getting out into that garden of life and surrounding myself with my beautiful, life-giving, heart-warming bloom-buddies.

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THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT HAS LAUNCHED!

Six years, friends! SIX YEARS. That’s how long this particular book baby has taken from the first draft to publication—or conception to birth if you will. Much like the arrival of a baby, it’s all celebrations and congratulations today—the murky, everlasting gestation period has almost faded from memory. But before I forget the writerly morning sickness completely, allow me to encourage your heart and inspire your dreams as I share the story of how The Glass Bottom Boat was finally launched…

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A SWEET READ FOR YOUR EASTER BASKETS!

Well, have I got a sweet read for you! It’s a brand-new board book coming just in time for Easter, and I have a copy to give away. I’m all about encouraging children to love books at an early age, and my talented friend Glenys Nellist has written this charming story introducing little ones to Jesus. It’s called: GOOD NEWS! IT’S EASTER!

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HOW TO CHOOSE TO LOVE YOUR SPOUSE DAILY

Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? I’m all for celebrating love any time of the year with romantic trips (hello PARIS!), special dinners, and sentimental gifts… but what about love on a regular Tuesday morning? How are we doing in real life rather than on the social media highlight reel? How do we love our spouse well on the daily? Friend, grab something warm to drink on this chilly winter’s day and let’s chat about what happens after the Valentine’s candy is devoured and the sweet card is in the recycling bin…

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