2020 in Review

Hello friends and Happy New Year! This has been a very strange year, as I’m sure you’ll all agree. It started out fine, but quickly went places we’d never even considered. But even in the midst of all the strangeness, there were some highlights.

In March, my 19 year-old joined the Marines. It was tough, not being able to go to his graduation or having him come home for leave before his first assignment. But we are so proud of him. When we finally got to see him, our little boy had become a man. Our other son is still in school, and we our so grateful to have him home with us. His quirky sense of humor has been a light for us. Our daughter accepted a new job in the south, so she and her horse left. She’s doing what she loves, training and riding horses. While we were sad to see her go, we are so proud of the independent young woman of faith she’s become.

Publishing wise, I was kept busy. I released two Love Inspired Suspense books and signed a contract for 4 more. I also released my first women’s fiction novel for Annie’s Fiction and wrote a second one. August saw my first steps into the indie world with Amish Christmas Miracles (a novella collection) and Tracking the Witness, a LaMar Pond novella available to my newsletter subscribers. I won my first Selah award and had a book hit the USA Today best seller list.

It’s been a busy year. Through it all, though, I’ve felt the Lord reminding me to trust in Him and His plan, and keep Him first in my life. No matter what happens, He is in control and will be there.

I love you, dear friends, and am lifting you up in prayer for a happy and healthy 2021.


  1. Barb B on December 31, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    You have had a very busy sumer for sure.. and each of your children sound like they are following their dreams. I love reading all your books and am looking forward to meeting you in Aug if possible.. stay safe and have a Very Happy New Year.. love you and God Bless all you do..

  2. Andrea Woodard on December 31, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Just think in about 6 or 7 hours, this year will be over. I pray 2021 is much better than 2020. Too many things going on. Between having emergency surgery last January, spending 3 weeks in rehab after that. Got out of rehab, next day, had staples removed from surgery, day after that, back in the hospital for another week. Took over 2 months for my gastric ulcer to heal. Things started getting better, settled my workman’s comp case, which resulted in a permanent resignation from my job. Used my settlement to make repairs on the house. Still trying to get one more thing done, but ran out of money. Trying to get the state to help us. October is usually my happy month. My son’s birthday is the end of October, but October this year was a bad one for me. I had a stroke the beginning of October and lost my sister, the only person I had left in my imitate family, lost her the end of October. My son cares alot and kept calling me every other day to see how I was doing. I know how you felt sending your son off to the military, my son has been in the Navy for the past 23 years, he re-enlisted for another 3 years. He married his other high school girlfriend in March. Making our family that much bigger. Spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home and another quiet Christmas at home. My husband says, “he’s staying up till midnight to make sure 2020 leaves and 2021 happens. God Bless each and everyone in your family. May God provide what we all need. Let Him perform His miracles. Thank you for being one of my favorite authors and a good friend. My prayers are with you and your family.

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