Thoughts of Mama

Yesterday, was one year since I said goodbye to you, Mama. I wanted to write about our goodbye, and decided I didn’t have the words. I understood your struggle more. #Alzheimers But, I thought of you all day. Thought of what I should write about you. Thought of your kind and gentle ways. Thought of…

Meet E.V. Sparrow

E.V. is a wife, mother, grandmother, and was a caregiver for her mom. Her friends and family describe her as imaginative, funny, and underestimated. View Sparrow’s CURRENT newsletter here to see what she’s been up to. Sign-up to follow her journey here Please view her Amazon Author Page amazon.com/author/evsparrow for all of Sparrow’s published short…

Heartfelt Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, Mama. I thought of you today, when I read my favorite childhood book, The Night Before Christmas. You and Dad gave it to me. I sat before our Christmas tree and read it aloud to make a video for my granddaughters. It’s your tree, Mama. In memory of you. I dressed it…

Mama’s Birthday

Today, was Mama’s birthday. She celebrated her life everyday with thankfulness and joy. She often told me she didn’t want to live to her 91st. Mama’s comment was odd, until I realized she was in pain and bed-bound. In my thoughts, we had a conversation that went like this— “Hi Mama, you’d be 91 today!…

Why Author Panels?

It had been awhile since I’d spent time with my friend, Suz. She fractured her shoulder three weeks ago, but I thought maybe she’d like to get out of her apartment. My fingers tapped out a message to her—”Hey, I’m thinking of attending an author’s panel. Elaine sent out an invite, she’s on it. Do…

Anthology Released June 2019

#Anthology #rivers #Angels —I am honored and excited to be a contributor to this compilation by James Stuart Bell and Bethany House Publishers. The release date is June 1, 2019. Pre-orders are available through Amazon. Two sisters living in a 1942 logging camp hike down to the river in August. Something unexpected and terrifying occurs….

Yours and Mine…

My birth order as Baby was definitely the best position—the youngest. We had a “yours, mine, and ours family.” Blended marriages weren’t common then—most kids shared the same parents and their family continued in tact. My friends and I had trouble following who was related to each other, and which grandparents belonged to who. When…

Prayer Softens Reality

#friendship #prayer We sat at tables pushed together for our critique group meeting. The group welcomed me after a prolonged absence from my mother’s illness, and her recent passing. The group offered condolences and related their prayers for my heart. My friend, Susie, nodded, “And how are you holding up? We were concerned about you.”…

Mourning

#loss #Cancer #sadness I thought of you the day before yesterday, when I opened my front door and heard the birds chirp, signaling Spring’s approach. You always delighted in birds of any size.I thought of you yesterday when the Robins returned and played in the plum tree. You enjoyed watching them flit among the branches….

Goodbye, Mama

#Alzheimers #lungcancer #goodbye Last night, my Mama passed into Heaven. We knew she lost her battle with cancer, and she was ready to go. She was my best friend, and confidante. Alzheimer’s Disease robbed her of many precious memories, but not her essence. Mama was a queen among women, dignified, gentle, strong—beautiful and gracious to…