Archives for June 2013

Dear Weary Mom, Find the Joy

I’ve been changing diapers for twenty-four years. My oldest son is twenty-four, and the youngest of my kids is two years old. That’s many years of tantrums and defiant “no’s,” of not getting enough sleep and picking up toys, lots of toys. That’s many years of feeling run down and tired. It’s enough to make me weary. Yet there is a reason my husband and I decided to adopt three little ones because along with the hard stuff, there is {Read More}

Contracted . . . Distracted . . . Refocused

I sat at my desk and glanced around the room that was used both as my office and the kids’ play room. In one corner I’d put Lego blocks. The other corner had a kitchen play area, set up to “make breakfast” just like my kids liked. On a miniature table I had laid out crayons and color books. A children’s CD of Scripture songs played in the background. There, I thought. The kids are fed, dressed, and all their {Read More}

My Writing Desk | S. Dionne Moore

My space. I love, love, love the morning sunshine spilling in the window, the large screen Mac (my indulgence) and the curved keyboard (essential to relieve my carpal tunnel problems). Behind my desk, peeking at you from the right of the picture, is my antique German-made hutch that holds research books, a stapler, a few antiques, and all the books, to date, in the Quilts of Love series, of which my newest release, A Heartbeat Away, is a part! Aren’t {Read More}

How to Know God’s Will

Many people ask themselves, “What is God’s will for my life?” I’ve asked this many times. We want to know why we are on earth. We desire to know our unique purpose. William Barclay says, “There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.” It’s the “why” that gives us a mission. It’s understanding the “why” that sets our feet in motion as we work to live up to our {Read More}

This Week on Living Inspired: Lisa Leonard | Guy and Amber Lia

To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen. Thursday at 3:00 pm Central. This week on Living Inspired I’ll be chatting with mom, wife, and business owner Lisa Leonard and Guy and Amber Lia from Storehouse Media Group. Making jewelry since high school, Lisa Leonard, decided to get serious after her first son was born. She wanted to start a small business that would enable her to quit her {Read More}

Must-Follow Pinterest Boards for Readers

When I first started writing fiction one of my mentors Robin Jones Gunn taught me how to create character notebooks for my novels. I’d bring home stacks of free magazines from the library and faithfully flip through page after page until I found models who looked like my characters. I’d cut out living rooms and settings, too. It did help me visualize my characters and story world. With Pinterest this is so much easier! As an author I can fill {Read More}

A Chat with the Authors of ‘A Bride for All Seasons’

Last Thursday on my radio show, Living Inspired, I had the chance to talk with Debra Clopton, Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher, authors of A Bride for All Season. You can listen to their interview here or go to the show’s iTunes page to download the podcast. Read on to find out more about the book, as well as the chance to win a gift card! It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue… Melvin Hitchcock of {Read More}

Educational Websites that Offer FREE Printables

I’ve been homeschooling for nearly twenty years, and I’m excited about homeschooling little ones again. I know this is going to make me sound old, but the Internet wasn’t really around when I started homeschooling. Now we live in the world of homeschooling blogs, free lesson plans, and printables. It’s wonderfully overwhelming! If you’re interested in fun, free* resources for your homeschooling, check out these sites. (*Free . . . but you do have to buy paper and ink to {Read More}

A Q&A with Brock Eastman | Plus a Book Sale!

Tell me about your life/your family/your writing: My family is my life; I love being a husband and a daddy. Those roles are what make life so fun and exciting to live. My wife and I have been on an amazing adventure, and it keeps getting better because God keeps opening new doors for us. He brought us here to Colorado just a few months after we were married and he has blessed us with a home and wonderful children. {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Karen Witemeyer

There are two key places where I do the majority of my writing. The first is at my day job during lunch hours and down times. I work at Abilene Christian University as the Testing Coordinator, so you’ll see a large window above my computer monitor. This is where I can spy on test takers. There’s one in there now taking a computer-based exam. On the wall to the far left is a cross-stitched verse I made when I re-entered {Read More}

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