Monday, November 17, 2008

Restoration & Adjustment

Welcome to my blog, a public diary chronicling the joys and frustrations of writing for a living, and a few points of interest along my life's meandering journey.

I write inspirational stories about relationships that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories in which the reader might find hope, guidance, rekindled affection and a reason to smile.

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Now on to today’s post~

Jill and I had a great, restorative time in the NC mountains where we hiked eleven miles (once on a trail with a sign that warned of “aggressive bears”), exhausted ourselves in the process, slept eleven hours Saturday night and woke up to a view of snow in the mountains Sunday morning. We stayed at the Fryemont Inn, one of our favorite places and the setting I used for inspiration to create the old inn called The Poplar Inn in my novel TREES.

Some good news about “Mom’s Little Angel,” the publication date has been moved up to February in order to take advantage of promotional opportunities at a few major retailers during the Easter and Mother’s Day seasons. I’m chatting with my editor tomorrow afternoon so will be sure to post other news about the book on Wednesday morning.

This review of my book “Why a Son Needs a Mom” comes from the blog Punky Monkey, written by a mom I know only as Tena:

This is by far my favorite book about the bond between mother and sons. In fact I own two copies. I got them when I had "M", one from the boys, and one from a dear friend. It captures it all so beautifully, without going over the top. Thought I would share some of my favorite ones that hit close to my heart:

“A Son Needs A Mom to teach him that all people are worthy of respect". Seems so simple huh? Yet, in today's world it seems to be a trait missing in so many people. It's up to us as parents to instill this value into our babies at young ages. Step it up folks!

“A Son Needs A Mom to remind him to say his prayers". "D" is an old pro at his prayers now; still melts my heart every night to hear him say what he is thankful for, and then ask the Lord to "Rock his world." Can you just imagine hearing your 6 year old say that? "J" still needs a little help with his prayers, but he has the best little voice when you hear him say "Amen". Times like these melt away the bad spots of the day.

"A Son Needs a Mom who understands that what he needs from her changes as he grows older". I will be the first to admit that I have had a hard time with this one, especially when it comes to "D". There used to be a time when I was his Number One, when spending his afternoons with me, playing and reading were all he ever needed. Now he has learned about time alone, boy stuff (that he thinks I don't get) and his friends, and I have been pushed to the sidelines. I try to be okay with it; each day I put on my uniform, ready to resume my spot on the field when he is ready to have me back. Maybe I need to realize that it's just as important to be his Number One fan from an admiring distance, than to be in the mix of it.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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