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Merry Christmas!

May the peace and hope of Christmas live in your heart everyday. Merry Christmas!

Faith, Hope & Miracles

I know everyone is quite busy this time of year. I have a long list of “to do’s” myself. But I wanted to take a moment to share a quick message, and a prayer.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas and the real Spirit behind it. Yesterday we were asked, “What gift would you give to God”? It is His birthday being celebrated after all. But from everything I have learned over all these years, I know that the one gift He desires most of all, is my heart.

Sometimes my mind becomes very distracted with the details and demands of everyday life, and I lose my focus on what really matters…God, my family and friends, and doing what I can to be a blessing to others.

So I want to take this time to tell all of you…you are the gifts that I treasure most in this world…

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When Time Stood Still

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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Jason’s Gift

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

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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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

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

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.

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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Book Launch Countdown

Time for laughter and good cheer!

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Thank you, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

God bless. – Amber & Christian

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