Celebrating the Holidays in Traditional British Style

Our family has just a few Christmas traditions. One of them is sharing a bowl of English Trifle some time over the holidays. This year, as one of my sons helped prepare this traditional British dessert, I couldn’t help but think of my long-time friend and pen pal, Valerie. Here’s a post from three years …

How Making a Home Can Be Your Unmaking and Being Locked Out Can Mess with Your Plans

November has never been my favorite month. Watching helplessly as the beauty of fall is stripped away by rain and short days and cold nights can be downright depressing. The only bright spot in November is Thanksgiving.   Thanksgiving has always been my holiday. My brother gets Christmas, my parents used to have Easter so …

Facebook Live: Let’s Talk About Sharing Family Stories in Real Time

Today’s #write31days blog post is a little different, and a bit of a challenge for me. But, it was fun! Thanks to a Facebook Live video within The Redbud Writers Guild Facebook group, I decided to give it a go. A big thank you to my husband’s Auntie Em for her willingness to do this! She is one talented woman and an inspiration.

So, here you are: our Facebook Live video about sharing family stories. Please be patient with the breaking up a few minutes in. It’s raining here in Indiana and we do live in the country where the internet connection can be a little sketchy! Just hang in there, it evens out.

 

Life stories knit us together, whether to family or to others who just need to know they are not alone. In these 31 days of October, I’ll be exploring the importance of STORY. You can read all 31 days by following the links under “31 Days of Story”. And, you can read blogs from other writers taking the #Write31Days challenge by visiting the website here.

Tomorrow: Using Our Life Stories to Disciple

Tell Your Stories, That the Next Generation Might Know Them

Last week, at the Breathe Christian Writers Conference in Grand Rapids, I shared a story about my friend, Kathy. I called her a reluctant modern-day prophet, a “creator” who did not believe she could create with words, who came to a time in her life when she could not speak, but who used words to …

Redeeming Ruth: A Story of Love and Hope

I love adoption stories. Reading or hearing about families that are formed or enriched by opening their hearts and homes to a child gives me hope for the world in general. Adoption, to me, is the ultimate example of sacrificial love.. Meadow Rue Merrill and her family did just that. In 2004, Meadow and her …