Nap time

I laid down on the couch for a bit, and L brought me her special blanket and the stuffed animal of hers that she knows is my favorite. What a little love.

The next day I was lounging in a stuffed chair and happened to rest my eyes for a bit. The youngest ran away and came back with the same animal and blanket. A minute later when L came in, she looked at the animal with disdain, Read the rest of this entry

My gosh, when will she shut up already?


I’ve noticed from reading the blogs of other authors that it appears to be standard operating procedure to share about your marketing successes. I guess it lends credence to you being a legit author and not simply a hack. To that end, I felt I ought to report that my book, which has been out nearly a month, has sold 1,106 copies. That sounds pretty good to me.

Also, it now has six 5-star reviews on Amazon. Maybe that’s not a lot, but at least they’re all rave reviews. So far, like the first book, not a single non-5-star review in the bunch. And that’s pretty cool.

[Editor’s note: You’re not doing a very good job marketing if you don’t even bother mentioning the name of the book: 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person. Or the first book: 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage. Sheesh. You can find them both at my Amazon page.] Read the rest of this entry



polar-bearWe were talking about foxes and my youngest jumped in with, “Speaking of wolves, I saw a polar bear!”

I do not understand how her mind works.

Here are two jokes I heard recently. Stop me if you’ve heard them. (ha!)

A doctor tells a man he has cancer. The man says, “I want a second opinion!” The doctor says, Read the rest of this entry

Not again…


I had another one of those dreams in which I’m a superhero, er…mom.

Do you recall my post, “Now this is just pathetic” in which I heroically clean my kids’ closet and under their dressers? Well, my ever-exciting subconscious was at it again last night. But it did get a little better. There was a high-speed chase, at least. Read the rest of this entry

Launch day!


I was not planning to post about this, especially after the news I shared last week of my author copies arriving. It just feels kind of awkward, but then I saw that there are already two 5-star reviews on Amazon. I am so tickled pink that I have to share, and the reviews take two totally different perspectives, which I thought was cool.

And yes, today is the official day that the book goes on sale. What book, you ask? Pish. This one, of course!101_tips_marrying_right_person

Here are the kind reviews:

I originally read this book with the intent of hopefully helping my brother to find a good person to share his life with. Not only does this book offer real life, easy to read, quick and applicable tools to follow as you navigate through a relationship, it also serves as a perfect parenting tool. I have two young boys at home. This book has great advice and principles that should be shared with your children BEFORE they near dating age. Why wait until your children are out of the house, or until your child willingly chooses to purchase and read this book on their own. I suggest parents read this and begin teaching these principles to their children. Then when old enough, give the book to your child for them to read on their own. Also, don’t be afraid to give this book to people already in a relationship either. How I wish I could go back in time and share with close friends those “gut” feelings I had about their chosen future spouses. Now that some of my dear friends and family members have divorced, I find myself saying “I didn’t think he/she was right for you in the first place.” Don’t be afraid…give them the book. Let them read and make wise and clear decisions for themselves BEFORE marriage. This is a GREAT book! I highly recommend it!

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If authors call books their babies…


I’ve just given birth! Look at them all. Aren’t they beautiful? And all redheads! Twenty-five of them! Octomom has nothing on me. I’m not even sure there’s a word for giving birth to 25 at once. It’s more like a litter of puppies. That would make me a … Nooooope, never mind!

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