Why begin blogging again? Why talk now? It’s selfish really. I’ve felt increasingly disconnected from women, and myself. I’ve become silent in the wrong ways, contained when I’d benefit from sharing, shut down when what I crave most is community. It’s hurt me emotionally, and it’s hurt me spiritually, and this isolation has spilled into my work making writing harder and harder because I can’t find words anymore. I’ve spent so much of the past 7 years buttoning myself down, gritting my teeth, holding tightly to faith and sheer will power that I feel as if I’m slowly turning to stone. My silence has created more silence, and the silence and grinding of teeth, and clamping of jaw, and holding … Continue reading I’ve Missed My Voice
I really thought parenting would get easier as the boys got older. I figured they’d need me less, and I’d be glad to see them out in the world, doing their thing. And some of that is true, but there is a whole lot of gray area in there where its just murky, and confusing, and as both Jake and Ty head to new colleges next Thursday (Jake to Chapman as a junior and a history major, and Ty to Occidental as a sophomore and music production major) I am struggling with the reality of….me. I like having them home. I like feeding them (okay, being a short order cook every morning can get old, but I wouldn’t do it … Continue reading Mom Confession
I have enjoyed spending time with my boys this past month, and I feel very lucky to have three amazing sons and a loving husband who is the very definition of alpha, but also ‘fun’. To celebrate all women, from our mothers to our sisters and friends, please tell me something about one of the special women in your life and you’ll automatically be entered to win this Mothers Day giveaway! The winner will be chosen Wednesday morning. (fingers crossed it will be you!) Have a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend, and lots of love from me to you! Jane
It has been a whirlwind spring. I can’t believe Mother’s Day has already come and gone! I knew this year would be busy with my 8 year old’s First Communion and my 18 year old’s senior activities, along with all the other graduations happening for my friends and family. But here we are, with prom last week and graduation on Saturday and I couldn’t be more proud of my crew–not because we’re perfect and do anything all that amazing–but because we are a family and we keep sticking together through ups and downs, thick and thin, and its a very real love, with muscle and heart. I’ll have two books out very soon, the 3rd book in my Harlequin Presents … Continue reading Happy Memorial Day & New Releases!
It’s been a crazy week holed up in my office trying to get words down for my upcoming deadline at the end of this month but I have made some good progress. I’ve been bribing myself with all sorts of rewards just to stay focused and the best reward is just around the corner – the chance to dive back into Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series (so, so good!) or, if I’ve killed it with my word count, a chance to watch one of my recorded reality shows like, ahem, Bachelor in Paradise–but ultimately the real reward will be some serious family time this weekend as Surfer Ty is finally returning to us in California after being in Hawaii all summer … Continue reading Weekend Plans and a Hawaii Treat!
My little Mac is now 7, and I haven’t seen him in weeks but I’ll finally be with him Sunday. When I told him on the phone I really missed him yesterday and asked if he missed me, he said, “Mom, come on. I’m practically a teenager.” Don’t you just love the cute and funny things kids say? 🙂 Tell me a funny moment or memory about one of you kids below and you’ll be entered to win a fun prize! Contest ends Sunday night with winner announced Monday.
Recently I heard from a few of my readers who had trouble getting my newsletter so I thought I’d share my newsletter content here on my blog so no one misses out! It’s almost that time of the year again when cute little ghouls and ghosts come out to play and though it’s still be a couple of weeks away, son Mac and I are already busy decorating and getting into the spirit of Halloween! Later today Mac and I will be in the kitchen stirring up some easy ‘no-trick’ Halloween treats, but before I get back to my little ghoul, I wanted to remind you of another Holiday treat that’s still available to you at a great price. Tule … Continue reading Holiday Reads and Halloween Treats
Four years ago today Ty and I married in Las Vegas. We wanted a celebration, and we wanted it to be fun. I hadn’t planned on ever marrying again and I’m a deeply spiritual person but being married by Elvis in a tacky little chapel seemed right. Why? Because it was Ty and me, combined, doing this–love, life, marriage–our way. We’d done everything backward to that point and so making our wedding uniquely us, felt right. It felt hopeful and fresh, making our commitment, new and strong. In just minutes we’re taking off for the Dana Point Harbor to take a boat to Catalina for the night. It’s a quickie escape as we’ll be back by noon tomorrow, but … Continue reading Celebrating Life & Love
Happy Holidays! It’s my middle son’s 16th birthday this week and we’re heading to Disneyland with my sister’s family and brother’s family for a Porter holiday. I hope your baking is done and your shopping is finished and now you’re just left with wrapping and celebrating. I’m sharing a few of my favorite carols to keep things festive and fun! and this one: What is your favorite carol, and do you have a song by a favorite artist? Let me know and one of you will win a box of holiday treats, sweets, great reads and so much more! Winner will be announced on the 26th of December.
Hi Readers, I’m hosting a cookie swap for the awesome Tule team this week and baking dozens of my favorite holiday cookies for the party, along with cookies and candy for the family. Growing up, it was the tradition to begin holiday baking right after Thanksgiving and my mom would make roll out sugar cookies, butterscotch scotties, Spritz cookies, pralines, fudge, and so much more. But this recipe below is one my boys love, and so of course Trey Sheenan (The Kidnapped Christmas Bride) is one of my boys, too, so I’ve put McKenna in the Cray Cabin kitchen making cookies for Trey and TJ. Trey’s Favorite Peppermint Pinwheel Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 egg yolk 2 cups … Continue reading Holiday baking – Such sweet goodness!