I love reading an author’s debut novel. There’s something about the storytelling and character development in that first book that captivates my heart. Something about the writing lets you know that this story has been planned and loved for quite some time. Jim Cole’s first novel, Never Cry Again, is a story that took 80 years to make it to print.
You see, Cole isn’t your typical debut novelist. By training and profession, he’s a civil/structural engineer whose work took him around the world. Upon retiring from engineering, Cole decided to fulfill his dreams of becoming a writer and took courses in creative writing. Over time he began writing columns for the Houston Chronicle and the Victoria Advocate, his hometown paper. Never Cry Again was published just months before Cole turned 81 years old.
The sheer fact that this novel exists is enough to make you never give up on your dreams. But don’t let this inspiration pass you by without picking up the book. In Never Cry Again, Cole will make you weep and cheer for the sweet and resilient main character, Drew.
Huge bags of individually packaged candy can be found practically around every corner in October, but finding fun candy alternatives for Halloween has been tricky in the past. I was delighted to see that our local Target has a huge variety of Halloween party favors this year that would be perfect for class parties or trick or treating.
Whether you are seeking candy alternatives for Halloween because of a food allergy, health reasons or simply personal preference, there are tons of great options out there.
I don’t know about you, but after working all day, making dinner and checking homework, I’m kinda done. While I love to think of fun ways to connect with the kids, creating weeknight family fun time can be a struggle.
To help make things a little easier in our busy lives, I’ve created a list of 15 ideas for weeknight family fun. All take minimal setup and most can be done with things you already have around the house.
Getting the kids ready and out the door for school on time was always a struggle for our family. I love that our kids have big personalities and strong ideas, but oh my goodness did that make mornings difficult!
Picking out clothes and keeping a cheerful attitude were our biggest challenges. That is until we made two tiny changes to our routine. Happy mornings are now the norm and we are out the door on time with smiles on our faces. Halleluja!
Brandon Hatmaker’s new book, A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith, challenges readers to dive deeper into their relationship with Christ and with others. This is a great book for those who, in the midst of a busy life, have gotten into a rut with their faith and their community.