April 11, 2015


Hey everyone! How's life been? My life has been a whirlwind of crazy, exciting things.

In January my memoir went live.

 PERFECTLY BROKEN is on Amazon as well as other retailers.

I had plans for a book launch and we were also planning to move that same month. It was sure to be a crazy month, but God had other plans.

My water broke in the middle of the night. (Did I mention I was 7 months pregnant while trying to do all these things?) I was only 32 weeks to the day when I woke up in a puddle. Long story short, I didn't go into labor, but was put on bedrest in the hospital for monitoring. After 2 1/2 weeks I delivered a healthy baby boy and after one week in nicu, we all came home. I'll write about that adventure another time, but wanted to explain why I haven't blogged in forever!

For the longest time I've wanted to post some old pictures from my memoir. Originally I included these pictures throughout the story, but because of legal reason, decided not to put them in the final, published version. BUT, this blog doesn't make any profit, so here are the pictures from my memoir. If you've read the book, then you should enjoy getting to put a face to the name.

These first 2 pictures were taken in Norfolk, Va. when Irene came to stay with us. She quickly became a part of our family. This first picture is her and little Al (my brother), asleep on the couch.

These next 2 pictures are at the airport when I arrived in Spain.

This is a picture of Irene's dad. 

And I'm sure you all remember my trip to the castle in Spain. Here's a picture of Mrs. Kidd., Fuen, and Irene.

 This is what I saw when I climbed the wall. Still not sure what the purpose of that thing is, but it was fun.

Here I am, standing on top of the wall I climbed. From up there I could see for miles and miles.

 This scene didn't make it into my book. I really had to pick and choose what was most important to the story. But these pictures are fun, so I figures I'd throw these in here. This was some sort of national park (I think).

 Here are 3 of the 5 Spanish exchange students. Mariah, Fuen, and Irene.

You might have to squint, but this is me and Irene. I'm on the left.

 Do you remember the tie-dye dress I bought? Well here it is :)

And that cute little bookstore.

 And I know you won't forget all that amazing music. I swear I can still hear it in my head :)

This is the last picture I took with Irene, right before I left. She went off to college and I moved to Florida and we lost touch. I miss her and hope to find her again someday!!

Here is my family, just a month before I delivered Willow in that last chapter. Me & Willow, Dorian, Wyatt, Mom, and Dad. (Al is grown now and was busy so he couldn't make it on that trip)

 This picture was last summer, one month before I found out I was pregnant. We are now a family of five. God has blessed me greatly!