What Does This Mean?

Tonight I went to my friend's blog and found THIS POST.

In Missy's post she tells about her dissatisfaction with where the lived and how a turtle crossing the road made her happy and triggered renewed feelings of satisfaction with where she lived.

So here's my comparison for you.

Because of how vertical our house is (three floors with high ceilings makes for a lot of stairs), we spent most of the last year contemplating a move to something that would be a little easier on my knees. We found a few things we liked a lot, but even though we tried hard to get them, they slipped through our fingers.

I like where we live--beautiful views, mountains out my back door, nice neighbors and a location right between my two college students' universities--but because I was excited about a couple of the places we found and the prospect of less stairs, I was ready to move.

So when nothing worked out, I realized I had to adjust my thinking and learn to be satisfied with where we are, in spite of all the stairs. I had to give myself a pep talk to be okay with all the stairs I'll have to climb over the next few years. (We'd decided if nothing worked out this summer, we'd stay put for awhile because of the timing with kids and school.)

Well, Friday morning, as I left with Bruce and Mehmet to go visit my family, I saw something in the road.

"Did you guys see that?" I asked. Neither of them had seen it, so I turned the car around and we drove back to see this.
It's hard to see in this picture, but it was huge. Seriously big. Big enough that I saw it as I drove.

I'm not a fan of spiders of any kind, but one that's as big as my hand? Huh uh. No thank you.

Bruce and Mehmet got out and took a couple of pictures and then got back in the car. I was sort of afraid it might get squashed. I don't think I wanted that to happen since it was minding it's own business, but on the other hand... well... it's a big, freaking spider within easy walking distance of my house, so... I'm conflicted.

The spider was spared because a woman that might be part spider saint part crazy lunatic stopped in the middle of the road, hopped out and with just a thin napkin between her fingers and the tarantula, lifted it to safety. Good news for the spider.

But if a turtle made Missy happy to stay where she lives, how is a big, hairy, sickening spider supposed to make me feel?

Character Blog Hop


Thanks to my good friend, Rachael Anderson, who tagged me in this character blog hop!

For the character blog hop, readers get to jump around to discover characters we have recently written about or are currently writing about. You can find Annette's character post HERE

First, a little about Rachael:

Rachael Anderson is the author of five novels and two novellas. She's the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Some other random things about me...

I have serious decision-making issues. I hate making them. Be it where to go for dinner or what movie to rent (unless there is a new romantic comedy available), my typical response is, "I don't care." The worst part is that I married someone with the same problem. Sometimes we drive around for an hour before one of us finally decides.

I love peanut butter. I couldn't live without it. One of my favorite treats is a spoon full of peanut butter dipped in milk chocolate chips. Yum!

I really don't like to empty the dishwasher. It has to be one of my least favorite jobs. But I don't mind loading it. Why is that?  

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies (second only to Pride and Prejudice). I still have daydreams of living on Prince Edward Island. I hope that is what heaven is like. What a perfectly gorgeous place to live.

I bite my fingernails. It's a disgustingly bad habit, but one I have failed to break over the years. Maybe someday.

I wither when the temperature rises above 90 degrees.

I am an obsessive reader. Mainly novels. My favorite are romantic comedies, followed by suspense, then fantasy.

I love to drive fast. My speeding ticket history proves that.

Embarrassingly enough, there was one year of my life that I received 4 W-2's. I had a hard time finding a job that didn't bore me to death after the first month. Thankfully, I've taken to motherhood. Although, there are some days . . . :)

I absolutely HATE shaving my legs.

I am incredibly afraid of bees. You'd think I'd be allergic, but I'm not. I act like a complete fool anytime one flies near me. It's embarrassing.

I love British and Australian accents. Who doesn't?

New Zealand is at the top of my travel wish list. It used to be Australia, but thanks to my sweet hubby, I've been able to go there.

Whenever I have to speak in front of a crowd, whatever is left of my brain freezes and I turn into a blooming idiot. Seriously. I was asked to say the prayer in church a few months ago, and I said, "We're grateful to be here this Saturday," instead of Sunday. I told my husband, who was saying the closing prayer, that he needed to say Friday so I wouldn't feel so dumb. He didn't. Where's the love?

I do NOT have the patience of Job.

My dream mom vehicle is a Toyota Sequoia. But I think I will always drive a mini-van. I'm far too practical and would rather spend the extra money on a fun vacation. Maybe to New Zealand.

I have an intense fear of heights, yet I love extreme roller coasters. Explain that one.

I LOVE playing games. Ticket to Ride and Yahtzee Free for All are my current favorites.

One of the lights on our entryway chandelier has this large paint blotch on it, compliments of me. I have yet to figure out a way to get it off. I'm praying the light bulbs never burn out because then we'll have a very dark foyer.

I love watching my children while they sleep. Like perfect little angels. I'd be like that mother in the book I'll Love You Forever, and pick them up to snuggle if I wasn't

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Now to share my character with you:

What is the name of your character? 
I chose Charlotte. She's the main character in The Husband Maker, The Match Maker, and The Wife Maker.


When and where is the story set?
The series takes place in the San Francisco bay area with a little jaunt to Scotland.

What should we know about your character?
Charlotte is smart, cute, and talented, but she just can't seem to hang on to a guy. Everyone she dates goes on to marry the next girl they date, which has caused some to give her an unkind nickname--the husband maker. 

What is the main conflict?
Each book has it's own conflict as Charlotte struggles with bad dates, heartbreaks, and career challenges.

What is your character's personal goal?
Charlotte hopes to find her own true love, the one who chooses her instead of the next girl.

Is there a working title, and where can we find out more about it?
The Husband Maker has been released. The Match Maker is available for pre-order. The Wife Maker is coming out in February 2015.

When can we expect the book to be published?
The entire boxed set will be available in February, 2015. If you can't wait, start with The Husband Maker.


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And now I'm tagging Shannon Guymon.

Shannon is the author of over 20 books. WOW! That in and of itself is super impressive. She's a super-nice lady with a whole house full of cute kids that she loves to spend time with.

Find out more about Shannon and her books HERE.

The Match Maker is Coming!

The wait is almost over!


  • Do you want to find out about Kyle's engagement?
  • Do you want to see what happens when Charlotte tries her hand at match making?
  • Do you want to see if sparks fly with the handsome Scot?
  • Do you want to see if Charlotte can find love?

The Match Maker is coming on November 1!

Pre-order your copy here today!