It is my prayer to I honor Him in all I do and to be a bearer of His great Name wherever I go.
I am married to a darlin' man who forbids me to go to the grocery store. That's his domain. He is the king of frugal shopping, whereas I'm in awe of all the vast array of edible temptations surrounding me (on the rare opportunity that I enter those automated doors) and am an impulse buyer. But he is faithful to keep me stocked with my "chocolate medicine" (Aldi's Moser Roth 70% dark)!. He is a dear sweet husband and daddy and loves to take care of all his girls.
We are proud parents to four beautiful daughters that bring us great joy and delight! Three have “built their own burrows” (Sorry I can’t help myself!)…marrying outstanding young men and giving us the thrill of becoming grandparents to the cutest, smartest, groundhog lovin’ grandbabies you’ve ever seen! Our youngest daughter anticipates great adventure come Fall as she embarks on her college journey and turns us into empty-nesters! We're excited to see God's plans for her life unfold!
Teaching is at the essence of my being. With over 20 years in the classroom, I still love being surrounded by students eager to learn! Now that I am “retired” as a teacher and promoted to full time Grandmommy, the privilege of author visits with my Amazing Grace Acres series of books provides the opportunity to get back into the schoolhouse! I also enjoy teaching adults through Bible study, women's retreats, MOPS groups, and other speaking engagements.
Years ago, the Lord birthed in my heart a desire to write. In the early days, I thought God’s plan for me was to write inspirational books for women…but then two little groundhogs crossed my path while in the NC Mountains, unearthing this fun-filled groundhoggy journey! I never dreamed I’d come face to face with Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler’s Knob or cheek to cheek with Sir Walter Wally at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, yet that happened!
I am honored to partner with Guardian Angel Publishing and Samantha Bell, illustrator, to produce the Amazing Grace Acres series of books for children. The first two books can be bought at Groundhog Day in Amazing Grace Acres and Christmas in Amazing Grace Acres, as well as through Barnes and Noble.com. Print and ebooks are available for purchase. G is for Groundhog (a fun rhyming book of groundhog facts from A-Z is coming soon! Grover and Gracie Groundhog are waiting on Samantha to do her illustration magic so they can take a trip to the beach!! Stay tuned for that release date!
Groundhogs continue to play hide-and-seek in my brain, so I'm hard at work on future publications with our furry little friends. Lord willing, at some point, there will be books out there for grownup girls to encourage them in their walk with the Lord!
I am on the advisory board for Write2Ignite!, a conference for Christian writers of literature for children and young adults. It is fabulous! Please check it out!
Things I can't live without...my quiet time, my Bible, a good book, strong, black, decaf coffee, Dove soap, and my computer...oh and my chocolate medicine.
Mountains or beach? Definitely mountains. Hands down. (Although I'm warming up to more beach time and feeling a little need to dig my feet in the sand!)
My favorite pastimes are reading, writing, hanging out with my girls drinking Starbucks or eating dark chocolate, and looking for groundhogs.
Something I totally can't do...sing. But I do...in my car, really loud...and often with my hands in the air.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back often. I'd love to hear from you! May your journey be blessed!
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!" John 8:36