Thoroughly Modern Mimis: Deb DeArmond Guest Posts!

Deb DeArmond

Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting.

Author of I Choose You Today and Gigi to 6 boys, Deb DeArmond joins us today to share about her precious “littles” and what she’s learned about being a grandmom. Welcome Deb!

What do you remember about the time you first found out you were going to become a grandmother? Where were you? How did your daughter/son tell you?

I work from a home office and was in the middle of a client phone call one afternoon. A knock at the door revealed a floral delivery man. He had a beautiful arrangement and asked me to sign for it. I was curious, but in the middle of working through details for an upcoming conference with my   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Spotlight: ‘The Promise of Palm Grove’

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Q: Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What part of the country to do live in?

I live in southern Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. We moved here in 1999. Before that, we lived in Denver, and before that in Dallas. I grew up in Houston, Texas. Those Texas roots are why you will usually see me in jeans and boots around town.

Q: People don’t know you’re good at…

I’m a pretty good baker. I’m also a fast reader. I usually read about three or four books a week.  I’m also really good at sleeping! I usually go right to sleep and sleep for 8-9 hours at a time.

Q: Tell us about your writing habits.

I usually write about six hours every day. A little less if I just started a book, a little more   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: The Truth About Multi-Tasking

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Do you pride yourself in your multi-tasking ability? Think again!

A study carried out at the British Institute of Psychiatry found that multi-tasking reduced workers’ intelligence and that those distracted by multi-tasking saw a ten-point fall in their IQ, over twice the impact of smoking or marijuana use.

Bottom line, multi-tasking makes you dumber and less productive.

How could that be?

A couple of reasons, says the study. First, multi-tasking is less efficient, due to the need to switch gears for each new task, and the switch back again.

Multi-tasking is more complicated, and thus makes you more prone to stress and errors.

Multi-tasking causes distractedness . . . so you never really learn something well in the first place.

Your brain can only make one decision at a time. When distracted while performing a task, it takes a certain amount of time to begin the new   Keep Reading…

Dreams Coming True: Lung Leavin’ Day

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Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

Welcome Heather Von St. James, creator of LungLeavin’ Day, to Dreams Coming True! Tell us a little about yourself, Heather:

My husband, Cameron and I had been married 7 years when we finally decided to start our family. Lily was born August 4, 2005, and just 3.5 short months later, I was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure. I was only 36 years old.

We sought out the best specialist we could find and our search led us to Dr.   Keep Reading…

A Day in the Life of a Four-Year-Old

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I’ve learned something about grandparenting . . . the best times are when the parents aren’t around! Recently, Steve and I spent a few days taking care of Blake and Kaitlyn. Blake, at age 4, is starting to have a life of his own. Preschool, art projects, basketball class (the hopping is the warm-up for the class). So fun to be part of his world. It brings up such happy memories of raising my own children (which didn’t seem all that long ago!). But wow . . . time sure does fly, doesn’t it?

Grandparenting 101: the best times are when the parents aren’t around! @SuzanneWFisher

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Thoroughly Modern Mimis: Meet My Grandkids

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Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. Last week I shared how the idea for Thoroughly Modern Mimis came about and what my grandkids call me: mimi! I enjoyed reading about the various terms of endearment your grandchildren have for you. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations to the winner of a Stick with Me Vinyls mimi wooden block, PAT THOMPSON! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.

In case you haven’t met them already, here are my sweethearts!

Blake, age 4, loves playing any kind of ball . . . basketball, ping pong, baseball, tennis ball, football . . . anything round that can be thrown.

Kaitlyn, age 2, loves, loves, loves dogs and playing hide-and-seek.

Reagan is already   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Spotlight: ‘The Beekeeper’s Son’

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My original thought when I set out to write my new book was to write an Amish romance set in south Texas because it hadn’t yet been done. My research showed that while there are Mennonite settlements in Texas, the Bee County Amish district is the only Plain community in the Lone Star state. A book set there would be unique and stand out in the market.

Then I drove down to Bee County. A whole new theme emerged as I meandered along the back roads and saw how rusty and worn and unkempt the area looked. It was totally different from those picturesque scenes one associates with Lancaster County. I caught myself wondering why this tiny band of families didn’t clean up their community. Why didn’t they paint their houses and get rid of the junk next to the Combination Store?

As I drove back   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Just Workin’ on my Fitness

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Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a little laugh to start your weekend off on the right foot. Are your New Year’s goals at about the same place as this pup?

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A Day in My Life: Seattle Visit

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Steve and I were up in Seattle a few weeks ago and had some fun day trips with our two little grandchildren. If you’re ever up there, don’t miss Pike’s Public Market! The very first Starbucks is across the street. And walk through the market place. Beautiful fruits, veggies, meats, unique handicrafts. And be sure to splurge on the dried strawberries. They’re a wow.

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This Mimi Gig

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A few months ago, a curious thing happened, quite accidentally. On Facebook, I posted a picture of this wooden plaque:

“Going viral” no longer meant a bout with the flu. That one FB post had 99,000 shares and reached over 7 million FB users, brought in hundreds of likes on my author page, plus I have received more reader e-mail asking where I got that plaque than I’ve ever gotten with my books! (What’s up with that?!)

Clearly, this cool grandmother thing definitely resonated with other grammies. And I’m thrilled about it! So pleased that I am going to start a weekly (more or less) feature called “Thoroughly Modern Mimis.” I’ll ask guest bloggers for their best grandparenting advice, ideas to share, books to suggest, dilemmas to work out, and funny stories about their grandchildren.

I hope you’ll chime in with things you’d like   Keep Reading…