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New Book Release Day

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Drum roll please . . .

Book #43 for me was released today!

 

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Friends, it feels fantastic to be back writing books, sending out e-newsletters, posting on my Facebook Author Page, and connecting with you through my blog.

 

When the brain fog from the surgery and anesthesia started to clear and my ability to focus returned, I knew what I wanted to do with my extra time at home. Clean out kitchen drawers, organize my office closet shelves, and revisit a picture book I’d written in 2003.  A book about prayer–timely for all ages.

 

I gave the book a new title, freshened up the concept and the text, and spent several weeks working virtually with Patrick Carlson, a gifted cartoonist and picture book illustrator.

 

My newest book is not Mountain Whispers, the historical romance sequel to Prairie Song that some of you are waiting for. Sorry, not yet. Instead it is a picture book that supports your desire to encourage your child, grandchild, or student in the spiritual discipline of prayer.

 

The spiritual development of the kiddos in your life is a privilege and sometimes a daunting responsibility. I’m thrilled to come alongside you with this new resource. I packed I Can Talk to God full of poignant and teachable moments.

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Children’s Book Giveaway

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Hi, friends!

My NEWEST PICTURE BOOK releases this Monday, June 1! WOOHOO!!!

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I’m celebrating with an I Can Talk to God Children’s Book Giveaway. ENTER NOW! Enter before Friday, June 5 at 12:00 am. (more…)

New Picture Book and Printable Activity Pages

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Friends, I have big news!

My 43rd book releases June 1st. I Can Talk to God is a 24-page paperback picture book for age 2 to 8.

This book is not the next long-awaited novel in my Hearts Seeking Home historical romance series (watch for Mountain Whispers to land here this autumn), but this picture book is a project from deep in my heart.

Sometimes God seems far away because you can’t see or feel Him. But He is right there, ready to listen to you. I want to help kids know and embrace that truth. (more…)

7 Habits of a (Mostly) Sane Mom

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I see you, friend!

You are in my heart as you navigate this crazy new normal.

I’m counting the days with you as we try to see beyond Covid-19. Social distancing. No school—the kids are home. So are you. Always. And if you’re married, your spouse is too. Home schooling or navigating online schooling. Working from home. Cooking. Cleaning. Missing your MOPS group, Bible study sisters. And having a moment to yourself.

Sanity for moms and grandmothers in this chaos? It’s a stretch even on the good days.

I hear you. And I want to help!

So … I’m sharing some habits that I hope will help you find a road map for this topsy-turvy time (whatever that looks like for you). (more…)

A Prayer in Motion for Your Kiddos

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Hi, friend!

What a crazy time, right? But also an amazing opportunity for parents and grandparents (in person or on Facetime, WhatsApp, or Zoom)!

With all this extra time with your kids and grandkids, you might be looking for ways to encourage their Spiritual Formation.

I want to come alongside you and offer some ideas and resources. Later this week, on my website on the Free Resources page, I’ll have some printable fun for you to use with your kiddos. In the meantime, how about an idea for a prayer that affirms God’s presence in their lives while helping them get the wiggles out? (more…)

Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 10, Juanita Nobles

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Reader-Friend Juanita Nobles is my guest in Week 10 of the Quilters and Quilts Blog Series celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart Omnibus.

MONA: How long have you been a quilter?

JUANITA: I’ve been quilting for 30 years. I started in 1983. I have done all types—paper piecing, applique, piecework, but I usually stick to pretty simple designs.

Lighthouse Quilt

Lighthouse Quilt

MONA: Who influenced you to start quilting?

JUANITA: Both my grandmothers quilted, but in those days they just put fabric together because they needed warm covers for the bed. When I started making quilts, it was to make pretty designs with colorful, coordinating pieces. My children were growing up and I wanted to make quilts for them and for their babies which I knew would be coming in a few years, so I taught myself to quilt. I did attend one simple class, but mostly I bought books and fabric and taught myself.

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 9, Jasmine Augustine

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The Quilted Heart Omnibus series of post Civil War novellas released last Tuesday. Reader-friend, Jasmine Augustine, is celebrating with us . . . sharing her Quilters and Quilts story.

Jasmine is dedicating this interview to her Great Grandma, Ellen Derrick (1918-2012).

MONA: How long have you been quilting?

JASMINE: I made my first doll quilt when I was about 12 but didn’t make my first full-sized quilt until 2008, so I have been quilting on and off for either 13 years or 5 years depending on how you look at it.

MONA: Who influenced you to quilt?

JASMINE: Definitely my Grandma and Great-Grandma on my Mother’s side. They have a tradition of making beautiful quilts for their children to great-great-grandchildren. Someday I hope to be a little tea-light next to their large pillar candles. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts – Week 7 – Diana Montgomery

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Diana Montgomery

 

Here we are in Week 7 of our Quilters and Quilts Series.

Today’s guest is my reader-friend, Diana Montgomery.

 

 

MONA: Who influenced you to become a quilter?

DIANA: I have always loved quilts. I don’t know of anyone in my family who actually sewed.  I just have always admired quilts when visiting Shipshewana, Indiana, and seeing the beautiful Amish Quilts.  I don’t think I will ever get to do fancy ones, but then again who knows, maybe someday.

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Quilters and Quilts, Week 6 – Amy Campbell

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Quilting is a form of storytelling. I love that about quilters and quilts. Storytelling in the design, but also in the process of quilting. And I’m excited to introduce you to my reader-friend, Amy Campbell, and share her story in this sixth week of the Quilters and Quilts Series.

MONA: Who inspired your love of quilts and quilting?

AMY: I love quilts because of my grandma, Molly Conner. She was a lifetime quilter. When I was little, she would show me her old trunk full of quilts she and her mother had made over the years. She would tell me stories about the quilts, which led to more stories about her, Granddaddy, her parents, grandparents, and her 14 brothers and sisters. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #4 – Susan French

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A very sick baby boy. A mother’s desperate prayer. A church quilting circle.

Reader-Friend, Susan French, is my guest in Week 4 of my Quilters and Quilts Series. I chose Christmas week to share Susan’s compelling story about the gift of a quilt stitched with love and drenched in prayer. (more…)

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