Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Four Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day Gifts for Husbands

After twenty-six years of marriage, it can be a little difficult to figure out something interesting and appropriate to give my husband for Valentine’s Day. If you have been married many more years than I have, you can either chuckle at my youth, commiserate with my plight, or share your advice in the comments. 😊 

I figure a lot of us who have been around since before the internet have this same predicament.

With Valentine’s Day later this week, I thought I would share with you all some gift ideas for the man in your life.


The problem is, to be perfectly honest, that for many years we haven’t even given gifts, not in the traditional sense.

So, I went to Google, the source of all answers. {I don’t recommend this….}

That didn’t help.

I’ve been decluttering like crazy, so I know that my husband does NOT need –
  •          another power tool
  •          a kitchen appliance
  •          a red-and-white-striped dish for his popcorn
  •          a tee-shirt that labels him as “Hot Stuff”
  •          a piece of tree bark with our initials cut into it to sit as a keepsake on our side table in the living room.

I was back at the beginning.

I love words {obviously 😊}, so I went to the dictionary. Here are a few intangible {and free!} items we could give our husbands on Valentine’s Day…and every other day of the year.
  •          Love: an intense feeling of deep affection; a great interest and pleasure in something.
  •          Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements; due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
  •          Encouragement: the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.
  •          Fun: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you need a new romance to read…with a little bit of danger thrown in?

Amish Country Amnesia is still available online.


His past is a mystery to everyone…except for the men trying to kill him

When a snowmobile accident leaves a man injured and with no memory, Amish widow Sarah Burkholder and her young daughter rescue him. Even as Sarah’s feelings for him grow, they discover unknown assailants are after him—and Sarah and her little girl for helping him. But if he can remember who he is, he might just save all their lives.

You can order HERE.


And…Sarah’s friend Katie has her own story coming this July, Amish Covert Operation.


She witnessed a crime. Can an agent in disguise keep her safe?

After Amish widow Katie Schwartz’s search for her reclusive brother results in a shooting and her finding a cryptic message, she must rely on federal agent Adam Troyer to shield her. But, undercover as a Plain man, can Adam save her brother’s life and protect Katie? Trusting the handsome Englisch agent is already dangerous…but falling for him could risk everything Katie holds dear.

I can’t reveal the final cover yet, but if you’d like to be the first to know, I’d be honored if you sign up for my author newsletter. I give away books and prizes with every issue!

Sign up for my author newsletter HERE.

You can pre-order Amish Covert Operation HERE.

Thank you for reading! 😊












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Monday, January 7, 2019

A Focus for 2019

Happy First Monday of 2019!

We’re back to homeschool at our house after an extended holiday break. So, it’ll be a bit of a struggle today to get back into the routine, but I’m looking forward to having a schedule again.

This time of year, everyone talks about goals. I do like having goals, but I tend to think of my life as having focus, and goals are what help me know I’m maintaining my focus.



As this point in my life, I have two main focuses.


Homeschooling ~

I’ll have five children to homeschool this spring. The oldest, our first homeschool high school graduate, will be taking some classes this spring at the community college. She’s applied to several universities, so we’re waiting to hear on those applications later this spring. Then, I’m guessing there will be a difficult decision to make. 😊

We have a couple of activities starting up again this week and a homeschool convention coming in March as well as trips planned. My oldest also has a part-time job now with the goal of saving for college or a first car when needed. We’re putting up a couple new bookshelves which means rearranging our current library, and I have a couple of blank walls that I’d like to do something with. {Maps and word art, anyone? 😊} All of these need to function within and enhance my focus on family relationship and faith building as well as an environment where learning is valued, continuous, and fun.  


Writing ~

I am blessed that the Lord has resurrected this goal from my school years and allowed me to pursue it! Within His will, I plan to ~

Write more books. I have another Amish Love Inspired Suspense releasing in July, and I’d like to do a ton of giveaways starting {hopefully} in May when I receive my author copies. {Be on the lookout!} But I’m hoping for more LIS opportunities! If you sign up for my author newsletter, you’ll be the first to see the cover when it's ready and the first in line for giveaways. 😊


Explore independent publishing. Hmm, Amish cozy mysteries, anyone? 😊

Blog about topics that relate to my books. About once a month {minimum!}, I want to post about fun or interesting things I’ve learned from research for my books, whether it be Amish-related or cool suspense things.


There are a bunch of little things in life {aren’t there always?}, but for now, for this start of 2019, everything needs to line up within these two focuses.


Happy New Year!







Do you have goals, focuses, or a word for 2019?



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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!











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