16 Thoughts on 16 Years

Wow! It’s been a long time since we’ve written a blog post. Summer got busy with children going here and there between camps, church activities, and our family vacation.  Somewhere in the midst of all of that chaos, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. It’s been an amazing journey, but God’s faithfulness has overshadowed our own human weaknesses and sustained us through many trials and…

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The Undervalued Encourager

The other day, I (B.) was in Walmart, and the elderly gentleman who was ringing up my groceries asked if he could make a personal observation. Confused, I nodded, and he proceeded to tell me that I had a lovely smile. He thanked me for sharing it with him. Now I always feel as though I am socially awkward and not outgoing enough, so that…

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Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. ~ 1 Timothy 6:6 I (B.) was recently convicted (again!) with this verse.  I think contentment is one of the hardest virtues to attain especially for Americans.  Our entire marketing system is based on the sad reality that no one ever thinks they have enough.  And authors are not immune from the pull of discontentment. We are bombarded…

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Literacy: An Amazing Gift from God

The other day, we went to watch a movie. We don’t often watch movies anymore because we simply don’t have time and too often the values presented within are contrary to our own. However, this movie intrigued us, so we took our oldest three children and went. It was called Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.  It began as an apologetic for Mosaic authorship of…

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Where It All Began

The story of Jerro that we reference in our books is an actual book that I (B.) wrote before we even started writing Elvensty.  It was to be the first of a series written for a junior high audience.  Though we never released it, the story helped flesh out the concepts that eventually became backstory of The Swordflower Saga.  In Elvensty, Palo gives an abbreviated…

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On Spreadsheets and Calculators

One of our main writing tools is spreadsheets.  This is M.’s specialty, and he may go a bit overboard in the use of them.  We have our Master Calendar Spreadsheet along with book specific sub-calendars.  We have a spreadsheet of the temperatures for the Crossing and the Hiding and how they would affect the planet’s climate.  We have a spreadsheet for the characters split into…

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