A Day in My Life: Baby Faces

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This Friday, Reagan Grace will be 12 weeks old! She’s doubled her birth weight and doesn’t even look like a newborn anymore. I was babysitting her yesterday afternoon so my daughter-in-law could have a little time to herself, and I couldn’t get over how much she’s grown. Smiling, giggling, holding up her head, kicking her legs against a body. She’s such a delight! Will post some updated pix of her soon, but for now, I thought you might enjoy some of her newborn moments. These were all taken within weeks of her birth.

 

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Give Me the Simple Life: Family Dinners

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I’ve been reading a terrific memoir by Eugene Peterson (author of The Message), called The Pastor. Towards the back of the book, he describes a time when his wife, Jan, was asked to speak to a group. Someone asked her if she had any pearls of wisdom for raising children?

Her simple but profound answer: “Have a family meal every evening.”

I loved that!

There’s a lot of things I wished I’d done better as I raised my family, but having family meals was one thing that we did well. Steve worked long hours. Often, we didn’t eat until after seven at night. Not ideal . . . but worth it. I think our happiest memories are around our table.

Eugene Peterson goes on to describe what happens when people sit around a table together:

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Author Spotlight: Carrie Turansky

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is TERRI SHORTELL! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Join American Christian Fiction Writers. Being a member of ACFW has opened the door to publication for me. I’ve learned so much about the craft of writing fiction, and I’ve made some life-long friends.

What was your biggest break?

In early 2012 I was talking to   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Your Photobombs!

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If you missed last week’s Friday Fun, I posted a few of my favorite photobombs and asked your to share some of yours. Below are a few you submitted! Thanks for joining in the fun.

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A Day in My Life: Musical Guests

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A couple of pictures of my little musical houseguests…

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Give Me the Simple Life: Wisdom from God’s Word

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In 1982, the Ad Council created a public service television advertising campaign to discourage America’s children from engaging in recreational drug use. Championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan, it was part of the U.S. “War on Drugs.” The campaign’s slogan adopted the phrase: “Just Say No.”

Catchy, yes. Effective? Not so much.

The problem was that it wasn’t a very good message. It assumes that it’s easy to say no, but peer pressure to conform makes it difficult to say no. Once a child is in a situation in which he is approached to use drugs, it’s often too late.

In fact, in an ironic twist, the child actors involved in the campaign ended up being illegal drug users. Drew Barrymore, for one. John Alford, for another.

A better campaign would have been to think ahead. Avoid getting into difficult situations in the first place. Say, for   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Lynn Austin

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is KANNAH MILLANO! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Lynn Austin, author of Keepers of the Covenant, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’ve been happily married to my husband, Ken for 44 years. We’ve raised three children, two sons and a daughter, and are now empty nesters. I have been writing full time since resigning   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Photobombing

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There is something all the men in this family have in common . . . photobombing.

Why Tad? Why?

The photobombing never ends.

Brother pranks.

Tad at it again.

Hmmmm . . . I wonder where my boys get it from.

These animal photobombs always remind me of my boys. Too funny!

Check out this collection of hilarious photobombs from justsomething.co!

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A Day in My Life: Meet Reagan Grace

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Last week’s “Day in My Life” post focused on one side of August 1st: my daughter’s engagement.

There was another side to August 1st: my daughter-in-law and son had their first baby! Confused? It was a crazy day. In fact, let’s back up a little.

I started the day in Portland, Oregon, at a Church and Synagogue Library Conference. I was speaking on Thursday, the last night of the event. The next morning, I planned to catch the first flight back to SF Bay Area (Lord willing!) to get home pronto. I knew that James (soon-to-be-fiance) had planned to propose on Friday, August 1st, and that he had arranged for his parents to arrive at our home in the afternoon for a special dinner. But what I didn’t know, until I woke up at 4 am and read a text, that Amanda’s (daughter-in-law) labor had begun! Her actual   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Bless Those Who Curse You

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I came across an amazing story on Public Radio about a little boy with more wisdom than most of us.

Terrance, who at the age of 11, was being bullied at school. A slight boy, only about 4′ tall, was the object of ridicule at his school. You can hear in his voice how badly it hurts; his voice is quiet, and when he says “yes” or “no”, it’s barely a whisper.

But what is startling to hear is what Terrance did when the kids ganged up on him. Terrance said that he would go to the bathroom to cry. And pray.

The interviewer asked Terrance whether he has a particular prayer that he says. “Yes,” Terrance whispered.

“What is it?”

“I say,” Terrance answered, “’Lord, bless those who persecute me. Let them not hurt me too badly. Thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made’.”

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