When Time Stood Still

Originally posted on Faith, Hope & Miracles:

(A letter to my son, Christian)

It was Saturday, November 13, 2010. A typical winter’s day in Alaska, with a beautiful fresh snow blanketing the ground. What started out as a normal day quickly turned into the most horrific day of my life…the day I held your head in my hands and watched you die, helpless to do anything but pray.

Many times I had heard the phrase, “cry out to God”, but on that day, I literally screamed to Him, begging Him to save my baby. There are no human words to describe what I felt, but it seemed as if time had just suddenly stopped. It was as if I was in another world, watching, and waiting.

I don’t know why it occurred to me, or how it happened, but I was suddenly and utterly filled with an indescribable faith, somehow trusting and knowing that God was at…

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Happy NaNoWriMo!


It’s that time of year again. Time to get those fingers limbered up, pencils sharpened, and all of our writing tools in order. I hope you have your brain muscles ready to start creating your paintings with words!

I’ve been really busy setting up a new website that is all about reading and writing. And I’ve created a interactive project open to everyone. This project is set up to create a novel, with guidance for the writers by the audience. If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a reader or writer, just follow this link: amberlealeggette.com

Membership is free, and is required to join the forum where the writing work will be drafted. Readers may participate with reviews and suggestions in the comment section of the homepage. Make sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter to receive important updates and news.

And as always, please share!

Happy Writing! – Amber Lea

Jason’s Gift

Amber Lea:

Inspired by recent discussions regarding passion and purpose. Sometimes gifts come from the most unexpected places.

Originally posted on Faith, Hope & Miracles:

Being a creative minded person for as long as I can remember, I have always felt a fondness for art. I find a beauty in paintings, songs, crafts and literature, that I could not explain for the longest time. But recently I began to discover some things about myself that has given me a new understanding of my life. Art in its various forms stirs emotions within me, and creates a connection between myself and the artist.

My journey into writing began a little over 13 years ago, when my son, Jason, died. On the outside, I put on the mask of strength, trying to show that I was okay. I did this for two reasons. The first being that I was 8 months pregnant and everyone around me was concerned that the stress would cause me to have a miscarriage. So I tried to relieve their concerns, not wanting…

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Amber Lea:

Here is the interview with author R. Glenn Kelly I promised. Take a look and tell us what you think…and please share! Thanks – Amber

Originally posted on Faith, Hope & Miracles:

It is always a joy to share  a great book, and today I have the pleasure of introducing author R. Glenn Kelly and his book, “Sometimes I Cry in the Shower”. It is a story of a journey I promise you won’t soon forget. It is well written, informative, engaging, honest, and laced with tears, love, and laughter. Read some of the reviews here.

Ron Kelly Sometimes I Cry in the Shower

On to the interview…

Q: Give a little background of why you wrote your book.

A: After the tragic loss of my son Jonathan I refused to grieve, convinced that holding it back from others, and ultimately myself would allow me to survive the dark pain. However, the corrosive emotions enwrapped within grief soon began to take their toll emotionally until one morning the very spirit of Jonathan came to me in the shower. He wanted me to understand that I was not honoring him…

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On Grief and Healing

Amber Lea:

Author Spotlight: R. Glenn Kelly, and his book “Sometimes I Cry in the Shower. The journey into the grieving process is never easy. But there is hope for healing.

Originally posted on Faith, Hope & Miracles:

It takes a warrior’s heart to persevere in the publishing world. Walk in the confidence that God has put a story in your heart and He will equip you to tell it. After all, it’s really His Story, isn’t it?” – Pamela Thorson, author of “Song in the Night” and “Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver“.

Writers are often said to be introverts, and that may be true for many. But they are also a brave sort of people, for it takes a tremendous amount of courage to put pen to paper and share dreams, thoughts and ideas with the world. There are often ideas created out of seeing a perspective or need that needs to be addressed. Perhaps the courage comes from an overwhelming need to share a personal message, maybe an experience that might benefit others.

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My Dad is my Hero

It takes a special kind of heart to love and raise someone else’s child. It takes a lot of courage and strength. That’s the kind of heart my Dad has. He didn’t have to be my Dad, but he chose to be. He didn’t have to love me, but he chose to.

Being a Dad is not an easy job, and there is no step-by-step instruction manual that comes with it. Through the years there were struggles and trials, but as a family we learned and grew together in strength and character.

When I look back over the years, I see a few things that I learned from my Dad. I learned about commitment, dedication, devotion, self-discipline and sacrifice. He gave himself, his time and his energy, to his family. I also learned about patience. I didn’t know it at the time, but my Dad was planting seeds in me, and those seeds grew and helped me to become the woman I am today.

Perhaps without realizing it, my Dad set the standard for me in what it means to be a good husband in the way he loved my Mom. He also set the standard for what it takes to be a good dad, because he is one to me.

My words are sorely inadequate to convey the full respect, admiration, thankfulness, and love I feel for my Dad. To put it quite simply, my Dad is my Hero.

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you very much!

Mom & Dad

Book Launch Countdown

Amber Lea:

Time for laughter and good cheer!

Originally posted on Christian's Critters:

Just as with “unexpected incidents” with the pets, things don’t always go according to plans when it comes to writing and publishing. But also as with the pets, when it comes to something you love and care about, you just don’t give up! It takes determination and commitment, and sometimes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. (Well, not really a lot of blood since books don’t usually bite, but you get the idea.)

Sadly, I didn’t make the goal of having our book out in time for Thanksgiving. But the good news is: the 1st book is finished and uploaded to Amazon for review – HURRAY! And I’ve already started working on the 2nd book of the series. So now that I’m on a roll (finally), be on the lookout for some laughter and good cheer with our furry friends.

Oh yea, in case you’re wondering what the books…

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