Christmas In July Is Coming!

I’ll Be Yours For Christmas: A Pacific Northwest Romance is available at Amazon and on it’s way to Barnes & Noble online. Order here

 

FF843F89-43B3-4D30-8160-5B89A24B8EA5Christmas magic happens in the Cascade Mountains…

The last thing reclusive children’s book author Noelle Albright wants is an intrusion of her quiet world. Noelle just wants to be left alone to rebuild her life—and her muse– after the death of her husband and baby. She doesn’t need her noisy neighbors suddenly opening up their tree farm for the entire world. Don’t they know Christmas only brings heartache?

Colton Howell has big dreams…but they don’t include a tree farm in the Cascade Mountains. Or a crazy neighbor. Colton longs for a place to call his own. After growing up in foster care and living the past six years in the dust of Afghanistan, he has plans to move to Alaska where big money awaits. Maybe there he can build a new life. When his plans are interrupted by a call for help from his foster father, his sense of responsibility sends him back to help manage the Christmas tree farm. But the crazy lady next door might just get in the way. The Christmas tree farm holds magic…As the season settles upon them, Colton realizes he’s in over his head. And Noelle can’t seem to stay away from the farm…at least if her dog has anything to say about it. Somehow she finds herself working alongside Colton…and opening her heart to find new possibilities. Colton discovers that maybe he’s found the dream he’s always longed for.

But there’s a saboteur afoot…They’ll have to work together to save the farm, the community’s efforts to help foster children this Christmas… and their broken hearts.

*Includes discussion questions

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Escape?

The world has gone mad and I’m finding that it’s hard to concentrate and it’s hard to settle down to even think without mini vacations.Escapes, I call them. However, since are still in quarantine where I live, these are imaginary vacations.

Youtube is exceptional for providing mind travel. I love to watch British television. Have you ever seen Escape To The Country? No?

Well, You’re not living right. 😂 I have little day dreams about finding the perfect house in the French countryside, or maybe Spain, and settling down to lead a quiet, chic life.

I’m obsessed with this YouTube Channel and I’ve been inspired to cook more again, care if my home is clean 😂, plant vegetables, and I’ve thought about inviting volunteers to come to the ranch but in the end realized that’s a fantasy. I’m a small hobby ranch not a chateau and I’m not giving up my writing room for anybody.

Also, jeans and a T-shirt with cowboy boots or flip flops is my style and I don’t even know how to walk in heels. I’d sweat in silks and stain them. As romantic and beautiful as a French Chateau would be, I’m afraid I’m much more at home with the western cowboy and farmer culture. Those are my people. But I still love the idyllic lifestyle Stephanie Jarvis is enjoying and I wouldn’t mind a visit as long as they didn’t ask me to dress up.
This channel satisfies my love of history and all things British as well as keeping the children enthralled.
English Heritage is brilliantly produced. It’s a must see.
My love of Peonies has only expanded during quarantine. researching varieties, ordering roots, planting them, and planning for where to put them in the yard is a great escape. So far, I have one. But I’m dreaming of more. I live in a rugged high desert area with extreme weather and while these flowers are lush and gorgeous, they are also hearty. I think I can do this.
As always the animals offer sanctuary with their company.
My Gotland and East Friesian sheep have this way of being together and exuding calm when they are content. The most extraordinary thing happens when sheep see you as trustworthy- they let you in their circle and their calm and content settles on you, too. My youngest son and sometimes my granddaughter have the blessing of that experience. It’s like being a bee charmer in some ways because sheep are very suspicious of everyone. Once you’re included in their circle you should feel a sense of real belonging and peace.
My sheep love me and I love them. I got them after studying the Bible passages about sheep, shepherding, shepherds, lambs, and flocks. I wanted to know what these passages meant, felt like, smelled like, and and how they applied to life today. The relationship between me and my sheep teaches me so much about my relationship with my shepherd, The Great Shepherd.

I’ve shared some of the ways I escape and rejuvenate. I also read novels, pour over the British edition of Country Living, and listen to audio books.
How about you? What are you doing for rest and a mindful break in these turbulent times?

Busy Bee

Do you ever have times where it seems you are so busy you can barely catch your breath? Yeah…

I think I’m staying crazy busy so I don’t have to think. But over morning coffee I am able to anchor in the word and root down in to truth and remember Jesus has me.

I have been busy with soap, cheese, my goats, sheep, homeschooling, getting my new Gotland ram lamb from Riverbirch Farms. And … I finished my Christmas romance ❤️ novel.

Meet Arik The Grey
Dark Chocolate Orange scented soap in my favorite honey bee mold!
Chèvre with rosemary and pepper

Black Heart

My favorite picture so far this year was taken by my husband. I adore Bumblebees and this one is extra. That 🖤 black heart! I’ve never seen anything like it.
Extraordinary.