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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

Brrr. Here in my little corner of the world, it's cold! Though we've started a slow warming trend, for the past week or so, winter's locked us in the deep freeze. I'm a born-and-raised Ozarks gal, but I'm not a fan of cold weather. Never have been, never will be. The good thing? It can't last forever! And despite the cold snap and single digit temperatures, 2018 ushered in some really great news. On New Year's Day, my agent contacted me. (I know. Such perfect timing and a day I'll always remember!) We had an offer on one of my projects! Not only that---it was a three-book offer for the series that is near and dear to my writer's heart and has been for years. *pinch me* When my husband found me sniffling in my closet, I'm sure he thought someone died. (Tweet this.) (Whaaat? I mean, doesn't everyone think and cry in their bedroom closet?) I actually shared my news last weekend on Facebook, but
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

My ONE WORD for 2018

Wow. 2018. That doesn't seem possible. Even though we're twelve days into the new year, I'm still adjusting. (Good gracious! Someone, please hide those leftover Christmas cookies and sweet treats!) As we enter a new season, I hope you are well and refreshed. I hope, too, this finds you with renewed vision and focus. When I consider those words---vision and focus---I think about my one word for 2018. Since I don't make New Year resolutions which are so often broken or made in haste, I set goals or choose a workable plan. Like others, in recent years, I've adopted one word to center me and grant perspective. in 2016, I chose encourage. Last year's word was persevere. This year, I'm choosing a word that once again ties in with my life theme (to encourage and uplift). This word grounds me. It challenges me to be a better person. For 2018 my ONE WORD is bless. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that
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My ONE WORD for 2018

Happy 2018 ~ A New Year’s Eve Greeting

Greetings Friend ~ Happy New Year's Eve! As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts. Can you believe the new year is but a breath away? How is it even possible that 2018 arrives tomorrow? It's so true the older we get, the years seem to fly by a little faster. One season melds into the next with barely a pause in between. We're so busy "doing life" we may not fully appreciate our blessings at hand. We cram our plates with too much "stuff" and then...we reach for seconds! We wonder why our stomachs roll at the next thing on our to-do list. Of course, today's world would have us believe this is normal. Everyone runs at a breakneck pace. If we want to reach a goal, meet a deadline, or keep up with the Joneses, we mustn't rest because resting's for wimps. Only sluggards take time off or step
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Happy 2018 ~ A New Year’s Eve Greeting

Merry Christmas from My Home to Yours ~

Three days until Christmas. Three days. How is it that the holiday's almost here? Maybe you're like me---so immersed in the busyness of the season that time's slipped by quickly, leaving a trail of (happy) exhaustion in its wake. Over our way, we've shopped, baked, and visited. We've watched movies. We've viewed pretty lights and attended holiday musicals. We've soaked up family time and reveled in togetherness. Despite all the to-dos, we've delighted in this Christmas season and all that it brings. May we never get too busy to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Today, as we continue to prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas, I hope we'll pause and remember the One whose birth changed everything. I hope we'll seek a kinder, gentler approach in our interactions with others. I hope we'll love madly, despite differences, and I hope we'll take the high road more often. You've seen a little less of me on the blog this past year as I concentrate on
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Merry Christmas from My Home to Yours ~

Yes. You CAN Have a Nicer, Gentler Holiday Season.

Is it just me or have the naysayers run amok? Granted, the holiday season is a tough time for many. Job loss. Illness. Hardship. The list is wide and far-reaching. And let me just say---today's thoughts are not in any way meant to diminish terrible circumstances or life's realities. For those touched by sadness and upheaval, may we always uplift and encourage. May we extend kindness and open arms. May we love. Today I wanted to tackle a different subject. Holiday Grinches. I know. It's a sensitive thing. No worries. We'll tread lightly...but tactfully, truthfully, and lovingly. (Because, as you know, that's my motto.) Sip some joe. Have a bagel. It's okay. The truth is Dismal Doras and Downer Dans continue to bombard our social media. They tiptoe on the fringe of our feeds and wait for opportune moments to embellish half-truths and offer harsh commentary. Now, because of social media's ease (and anonymity, to some degree), I realize we're in a new day and
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Yes. You CAN Have a Nicer, Gentler Holiday Season.

Meet Cindy

A hopeless romantic, wife, mother, lover of the Ozarks, and passionate follower of Jesus. And that’s just for starters…
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