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Pioneer Woman review

This morning, I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend Carla Fredd, letting me know the Pioneer Woman blog has posted a very nice review of my novel, When Sparrows Fall.  This is a big deal, considering the popularity of the Pioneer Woman, and I’m especially happy because the reviewer is a homeschool mom like me.  (My kids are grown, but I’m still a homeschool mom at heart.)

Carla’s one of my longtime writer-friends from the Atlanta area.  I don’t see her nearly as often as I’d like to, but I have fond memories of going on a writers’ retreat with her and a few other friends, eating Thai food and writing up a storm.  It was a treat to hear from her this morning, right in the middle of a tough time.

I’m still at my sister’s house, helping out with my mom’s hospice care.  My mom, a bit of a pioneer woman herself, has been sharing some of her childhood memories with us.  Life has changed a lot since she was young.  She rode in a Model A, not an SUV.  She played tag, not Wii.  She wore “shirtwaists,” not T-shirts.  Instead of listening to iTunes, she listened to a phonograph in the parlor.  But the  threads that run through her memories are the same threads that run through my life now.  Friends, family, a God who loves us.  I have so much to be thankful for.

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