It’s holiday time for me!


It’s holiday time for me! I am excited to say that I will only have sporadic access to the internet while I am away; however, I hope to share some excerpts from my children’s devotional books and get one or two fresh, new blogs ready and scheduled ahead of time for posting.


This past week was crazy; my laptop was acting up. The keyboard would randomly reassign values to the keys, for example, the numbers would become letters, and the letters were arbitrarily all over the place. I ran out and bought a new memory stick for my writing and my work files, so I didn’t lose those.


One afternoon, after finding me in tears because three times in a row, I lost all my edits, my husband surprised me by taking me out to buy a new laptop and an external hard drive.


I have spent the last week transferring files and backing up files, onto an external hard drive. The thought of losing ten years worth of ministry files and pictures going back to 2000 was anxiety-inducing. Now that all that is done, I can focus on updating myself. Yes, I was old school in every sense and was still working on Windows ’97.


I’m not sure who is more pumped for my trip home, my mom, my nieces, or me! In the ten years, we have lived in BC I have only been home once for fun. The other two times were for funerals. I did manage one quick visit during work meetings, but once again, it wasn’t for fun and was short. This time I am home for four weeks of pleasure!


The cool thing about writing, though is it travels well, so I will continue editing my middle-grade fantasy, writing book 2, and working on my picture book ideas. Going home will allow me to spend some time with my nieces’ children to see what books they like to read and engage with; hopefully inspiring me.

These little monkeys are now 5 and 3! I can’t wait to see them.





5 days until September? When did that happen?


It’s been a crazy summer and hard to believe it’s almost September. I kind of miss the excitement of sending kids off to school or preparing for the new Youth and Family Ministry season.

This year my son is preparing for the incoming students at King’s College in Halifax. I’ve loved chatting with him on his plans as a Don for the first-year students.

I’ve started preparations to integrate back into work, by assisting at my husband’s church and writing up 5minute ministry chats. Wow, it’s harder than I remember, but I’ve loved the challenge.

The kittens love to help me when I sit down at my desk and try to type. Unfortunately, their contributions often lead to more confusion than assistance. I find myself spending twice as long checking my edits on my fantasy book before sending them off to the editor now.

I have to confess; I love the editing process! With each new round of edits, my book sounds so much better.

As for reading, I’m either reading books for work or picture books for younger children. My niece asked me to write a book for her kiddies, and I’m still playing with ideas and reading what’s out there.

How have you spent your summer? And are you ready for Fall?

New School Year


As the new school year approaches and you start your preparation plans I would like to introduce you to my books: Kaylee’s Adventures and Timothy’s Adventures

Each of the short chapters, provide a question section that may be used to generate positive interactions with both the chapter and the scripture verses that are referenced.

For the older grades, these questions may be used for comprehension, collation, and introducing writing concepts.

No prep time is needed and each chapter and discussion can be completed within the 45 to 60 minute class time!Karmen, Scarlett and Claire

Timothy’s Adventures sample of discussion time


Chapter 10 Parent/child discussion time questions

Fruit Salad

The beauty of unity and diversity:

God created the body to function in harmony. Each part has a job to do, and there can’t be division in the body, or it doesn’t work. When one part of our body hurts, all of the other parts know it, and they feel it. No one part is more important than another part; all are needed and cared for. God tells us to care for one another as Jesus has cared for each one of us.

Each person is a unique child of God, created with love and cared for so much that God has blessed everyone with special gifts, unique to them, to use in celebrating God’s glorious body, the people of God.

Why were the little puppies barking and pulling at the park?

What did Timothy and Reid do when they saw the bullies?

How did the bullies respond?

What did Naila say to Timothy and Reid?

What did Sara say to Naila?

Why was Naila confused by Sara’s comment?

What did Sara wish?

Who did Naila remind Nanny of?

What did Maria’s grandmother say to Naila?

Why did they have fruit salad?

What made the fruit salad special?

What did Timothy remember about his daddy?

Read together 1 Corinthians 12:12–27. If time permits, you may also want to read Psalm 139:1–18, Jeremiah 29:11–14, Galatians 6:4, and Ephesians 2:10.

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A snippet from Timothy’s Adventures


chapter 13

“Hi, everyone. Look who we bumped into at the park!” Tyrone announced as they walked into the backyard.

“Sara! You made it.” Maria was glad to see her friend. Everyone was so happy when they saw Sara.

Teddy was so excited to see the friends who just arrived that he started running around them. He was weaving in and out and all around when all of a sudden there was an excited little “woof-woof” from the back door. Teddy skidded to a stop. His eyes lit up, and he spun in circles. Then he ran up to Angus, licked his nose, bounced back, turned in another circle, and took off with Angus close behind him. The two puppies were running all over the backyard; first it was Angus chasing Teddy and then Teddy chasing Angus.

Before anyone had a chance to say anything, there was a loud thump and two little yelps. The two puppies had collided head on in the middle of the yard. They both sat there shaking their heads, confused.

Benjamin and Reid walked over, picked up the two puppies, and rubbed their little heads. “Silly Teddy!” Benjamin whispered in the puppy’s ear.

Maria looked at her nonna. “Is now a good time to give them their surprises?” she asked. “I’m so glad you are here, Sara! Would you like to give Angus his present?”

The boys put Teddy and Angus back down on the grass, and the two girls gave the puppies the new stuffed animals they had made for them. Nonna gave Melissa hers, and Melissa gave Nonna a gentle kiss. Teddy and Angus had fun tossing their stuffed animals in the air and then running to catch them before they hit the ground.

Sara and Maria watched how happy the puppies were. Maria looked at Sara and smiled. “I know you are sad about what happened, but I am really happy you are here with all of us.”chapter 13

Campfire fun with Kaylee


This summer join Kaylee, Nanny and Uncle Fred around the campfire to discover what spider hot dogs are!

Excerpt from chapter 12:
Kaylee and Nanny spent the entire morning exploring in the gardens. Kaylee was shocked at all the things Mommy and Daddy missed! After lunch Kaylee and Nanny went over to Uncle Fred’s farm to explore. Kaylee couldn’t believe all the things there were to see and do. Before she knew it, it was time for dinner. Kaylee remembered Ms. Maya saying they used to have campfires at her house or in the back of Uncle Fred’s farm. “Oh, Nanny and Uncle Fred, can we please have a campfire tonight? It would be so much fun! Maybe Mommy and Daddy will relax and join us too!” Nanny and Uncle Fred thought it would be a wonderful idea. Uncle Fred said he’d bring the wood if Kaylee and Nanny brought the marshmallows and the spider hot dogs. On the way back home, Kaylee asked, “Nanny, what are spider hot dogs?”


A snippet from Timothy’s Adventures


Chapter 2

Shyly Benjamin added, “At school, it’s easier to stay in a big group or avoid them, but it’s hard when we have to walk past their house on the way to church. Often they are walking to church at the same time.”

Paul thought for a few minutes. “Can you think of any Bible stories that might help us?”

Timothy looked at Benjamin and then at Paul, and answered almost to himself, “David and Goliath?”

Paul smiled. “Well, that is definitely a situation where a godly man deals with a big bully. What example does he give us that might help?”

Timothy’s eyes got big as he looked in shock from Paul to Benjamin and back at Paul. “You want me to take a slingshot to school?”

Paul chuckled. “No, I don’t think that would be a good idea, do you?” Timothy and Benjamin shook their heads no. “But there is something David did every time he had to face bullies. Can you think of what it was? Actually, there are five things he did!”

Timothy and Benjamin thought hard. “Hmm.” Timothy looked at Benjamin, who shook his head and slowly shrugged his shoulders. Timothy tilted his head, scratched his curly brown hair, and said, “Hmm, we know the story, but all I remember is the slingshot.”

Paul grinned, reached over to the shelf, and pulled out a Bible storybook. He flipped through it till he came to the story of David and Goliath. As Paul read the story, Timothy and Benjamin listened closely and shared with Paul all the different ways David dealt with the big bully, Goliath.

After Paul finished reading the story, he put the book back on the shelf. Timothy smiled at Benjamin. “Whew, I was scared at first. Mom wouldn’t have been happy about a slingshot. Talking to people like a teacher or Mom for advice and praying are what Daddy and Poppa would have wanted!” Benjamin nodded his head as he played with his cross.chapter 2