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.

Such is…

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

Amber Lea:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Originally posted on Christian's Critters:

Today is Thanksgiving, and I didn’t quite reach my goal of publishing my new book. But rest assured, IT IS COMING!

In the meantime, I wanted to say “THANK YOU” to all of you for your support and friendship, and a special “THANK YOU” to all the caring people that make room in their hearts and lives for the critters!!!

I am thankful for all the love and joy my critters have brought to my life. Each has given a unique friendship, just as the people in my life have, and I am grateful to have been blessed with knowing each one.

The ups & downs, the joys & frustrations, the cleaning of messes, the tears & the smiles…all of these experiences have helped shape my life, and made the journey a rich and beautiful one.


God bless. – Amber & Christian

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Amber Lea:

Help us celebrate…please share!

Originally posted on Faith, Hope & Miracles:

November 13, a “re-birthday”. That is the term my son Christian uses to describe the anniversary of his death and return from heaven. He says he was “re-born” on that day, and it is certainly worthy of a celebration.

After a horrible accident, Christian was dead for almost an hour. During that time, he was in heaven with Jesus, where he also met his older brother, Jason. The experiences Christian shared with us over the next few months were astounding to say the least. It changed our lives.

Birthday celebrations involve gifts, but instead of receiving, we want to give. Christian said that Jesus wants us to know that He loves us all, and He wants us to be encouraged with faith and hope. It is that faith and hope that inspired our book, “Faith, Hope & Miracles”, and it is our gift to you. We have made…

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Amber Lea:

The first snow of winter always bring out the kid in me!

Originally posted on Christian's Critters:

Most people like to sleep in on Saturdays, but around here, “Pee-o-clock” or “chase-my-tail-o-clock” usually arrives for Frodo between 3:30 – 4:00 AM.


Good morning. It’s Pee-o-clock!”

This morning was no different, except that we woke up to the first snowfall of the year.


When I opened the door to let the dogs out, instead of the usual leaps and bounds down the steps, there was a cautious investigation of the cold white surface, every inch of the porch being sniffed.

Even though it was not the first snow for either dog, (Sydney has seen 9 winters, and this is Frodo’s 2nd) both dogs appeared as excited as if it were their first.

As they began rolling and rubbing around in the snow, I walked down the hill into the woods. I stood there listening, and the only sound I could hear was the sound of snow…

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