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Start With Baby Steps… Leap With Faith

There's nothing more exhilarating than watching our children take their first steps. As any parent will tell you, that milestone also comes with a mixed bag of emotion. While those baby steps excite us, we realize we're on the verge of something new---something thrilling, yet scary, too. We no longer have an infant on our hands. We now have a full-blown toddler. We've entered a new stage. It's a stage of growth and learning meshed with joy and concern. We know it's normal, and yet we fear the unexpected. There's bound to be bruised knees and mishaps, along with frustration and heartache as our toddlers explore this new path. As they try different things, we'll cheer for goals mastered. We'll shed a tear or two with pride. Then the day comes. Boom Our toddler develops his sea legs. He lets go of our hand---all the way. He leaps with faith. He lunges full-steam ahead, confident in his newfound abilities. He's no longer content to wait on Mom and
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Start With Baby Steps… Leap With Faith

Upcoming Fun on the Blog

While some parts of the country are knee-deep in snow and bone-chilling cold, here in the Ozarks we can't complain. Today in my little niche the sun's shining with a projected high of fifty degrees. Fifty degrees. In fact, forecasts predict a nice round of upper sixties for the next ten days or so. Ahh. Spring fever, here I come! Of course, while this sounds fabulous I well know those predictions are subject to change. After all---we're talking the Ozarks here where anything can happen. Still, I'm thankful for today, for this moment. As we approach the new season, I wanted to share some upcoming blog fun. After 700+ blog posts, I think we've probably chatted about everything from A to Z. (Shameless plug--- If you haven't yet explored my archives, please do! TONS of uplifting, encouraging content there. Please share with your friends, too.) Now, what's ahead? More slice-of-life vignettes---Stories, tips, and trivia from my homespun hub in the Ozarks Guest blogs---Please message me
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Upcoming Fun on the Blog

Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

Oh, my goodness. I wondered if I should even broach this on the blog today. So much has been said about writers writing to trends versus writers writing the stories of their hearts, it seems a little redundant to add to the chatter. But you know me. I thought another perspective might be fun. So here we go. Let's dive in! About six years ago when I jumped onto the writing path again, the publishing arena was somewhat different than today. It was a kinder, gentler time. Though gears were beginning to shift, options still existed. If authors persevered, honed their craft, and wrote a great story, the future seemed bright. Trends came. Trends went. Some stuck. Many didn't. Years meandered by. Then... A light breeze stirred. Winds of change blew in. Bigger entities gobbled up smaller markets (not necessarily a bad thing, but a precursor of some not-so-good things to come). Numbers, dollars, market demand, and return on investment defined which divisions would last and which would
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Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

How Newsletters Impact Our Readers

It's great to be back with you! If you're a member of my newsletter family, please check your inboxes. Newsletters went to subscribers yesterday, and you don't want to miss all the great content. Hint: Be sure you've added my newsletter e-mail address to your contacts so I don't mistakenly go to your spam folder. Not a subscriber yet? No worries! Sign-up is completely painless and free, and you can do it right from the sidebar without ever leaving this page. I won't sell, barter, or give away your e-mail address. I won't swamp you with frequent content. I won't deliver Downer Dan spiels---we get enough of that with the national "news." What WILL you get as a newsletter subscriber? Once a month you'll receive Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the Ozarks. We'll chat about life, love, inspiration, and writing. I'll share tidbits from the home front, slice-of-life vignettes, and comfort food goodies. I won't sugarcoat, but I will share tactfully, truthfully, and lovingly.
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How Newsletters Impact Our Readers

Blog Break ~ See You Again February 3, 2017

[caption id="attachment_12190" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Blog Break 1/27/17 until 2/3/17[/caption] As I do occasionally, I've scheduled some time off from blogging. After 700 + posts over the past six years, I've come to realize how important blog breaks are. Breaks allow me to work on manuscripts, consider new blog content, and rest for a bit. I'll also put the finishing touches on next month's newsletter so if you've subscribed to my monthly updates you can look forward to that soon. If you're not a member of my newsletter family yet, I'd love for you to join us. 🙂 Please watch your inboxes for my upcoming newsletter, and be sure to join me here again next Friday, February 3, 2017. Until then, there's a TON of fabulous content in my blog archives. I hope you'll check out these favorites. Hope: 20 Reasons to Throw Open Your Windows What we learn from difficult journeys. Provision (Trusting God When It's Hard) Realizing God provides even when our plans don't always
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Blog Break ~ See You Again February 3, 2017

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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