What 45 Looks Like on Me

Each year around my birthday I take a selfie or have a kid snap a picture and share what I’m experiencing. In this year of “revive” I have another hair change planned and new glasses so I’ll wait and post one from February.

February2015_edited_editedWow. 45. That’s a crazy number. Thirty didn’t bother me because I felt right on track for goals and God’s direction. Forty wasn’t too bad because the thirties had been tough, tough years in many ways.


That’s inching to fifty. Yikes!

I’m at a place where we have a teen driving and getting college mail. Our talks aren’t about Blue’s Clues and dogs, they are about relationships, faith and the future. We watch Vines and Jimmy Fallon.

We also have a tween and this year especially we’ve noted the change. She wears headphones a lot and retreats to her room. She’s finding me more often for girl chat, if she looks for anyone at all. She’s caring more about her appearance and rolling her eyes more than I like (because even once is more than what I like.)

My husband and I are talking about parents and hospital stays. When is a pet’s life no longer quality. Parts of the job that aren’t fun. Grown up stuff that isn’t full of laughs.

Then there are the changes. New home and transition. Being published and trying to savor that but needing to be working on the next thing, while marketing. Realizing more change is on the horizon.

And being tired.

So very, very tired.

As up to date and current as I’d like to think I am, and our son’s friends are kind enough to play around, I feel that age, especially with bad knees. There are times I see more of my chiropractor than my husband and that’s sad. The supplements I take doubled since last year. I can’t stay up as late as I have in the past, not without a mandatory nap the next day.

It’s a transition time and that’s a little scary, but what is secure in my life—my faith and family, that gives me the courage to take a breath and move forward.

That’s 45 on me.

What about you? What does your current age look like on you?

Book Review: The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen by Sandra Hagee Parker

A1Gi+u9DgaLBook Description: A cute, illustrated story about a girl’s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

This is an adorable book with a great message for girls. The illustrations are girlie and fun and I love the premise of a coronation and missing sprinkles. The message is one we could all use.

The story itself is a little wordy as far as keeping a rhythm when reading, but honestly, I tend to summarize what’s going on and point out everything in the pictures when reading with young ones. The younger girls aren’t going to notice.

It’s a royal read and I enjoyed it.

To purchase The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen, click here.

I received The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

COTT: Hush in the Storm by Julie B. Cosgrove


From the first clap of thunder to the conclusion of the book,
Julie B. Cosgrove holds the reader in the palm of her hand.

–Author Victoria Pitt Caine


About Hush
in the Storm:

Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only
lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue
by a coworker named Tom…at the request of her late husband, or so Tom
says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel
who he thinks caused her husband’s “accident.” Together, they are thrust
into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be.
The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust
while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who’ve discovered
she’s alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends
without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal,
especially when she’s begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as
everyone thinks…



About Legitimate

Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her
human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a
new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library
where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living
room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new
set of legitimate lies to explain who she is.

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such
as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous
family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of
the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies,
including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth
is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?


What COTT Voters Had to Say:

–I have loved all of Julie Cosgroves books . Always waiting for the next

–I was eager to read Legitimate Lies and found it to be that most rare of
all books. ..a sequel that is even better than the first in the Series!
Author Julie Cosgrove tells a tight, well paced story which sweeps the
readers along in a swirl of suspense. A protagonist in Witness Protection
needs to learn to rely on the Lord s she seeks to discern whom she can
trust and what is true, when her life seems to depend on a fragile web of
legitimate -and not -so -legitimate — lies. Her personal and spiritual
growth made this a powerful and enjoyable book to read. I loved it and
recommend it whole heartedly!

–Julie, this is one of the best books I’ve read. Can’t wait for the

–Julie Cosgrove writes non-stop action and deeper meaning into her plot.
Legitimate Lies is a good read.

–Great job, Julie! Keep up the good work. Proud of you :-)

–Julie Cosgrove is an excellent writer.

–Every book looks inviting, but Legitimate Lies captures my curiosity.
Good job, Julie!

–Really enjoying Julie’s latest!

About Julie:

Freelance writer, author and professional speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads
retreats, workshops, and

Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and
publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul,
Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room’s Devozine
and Alive Now,
The Secret Place, Light from the Word, The Journey and Good News Daily.

Julie has published three Bible studies, an inspirational, a devotional and
several novels – Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and
Legitimate Lies (2015). She is contracted for two more novels:
Freed to Forgive (2015) and Navy Blues (2016), with two more
in process.

Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

Visit her website at
or her blog: WhereDidYouFindGodToday.com.

Sabbath Sunday: He Will Direct Your Path


As we settle into life taking this route on a daily basis, we still feel more change is to come as we seek “revive” on a personal level.

It’s easy to get caught up in the questions.

What kind of change?



Will it benefit all of us?

And on and on I could ask.

But as I drive this road full of twists and turns, snow and clear, smooth and pot holes, one thing keeps coming back:

He always directs our path.

We’ve decided to trust in Him, and He’s never let us down.

He’s given answers in His way, His time.

And even if our address changed, He hasn’t lost us.

And if you’re feeling out of sorts, know He hasn’t forgotten or lost you.

Saturday Confession: Chrisley-isms


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I confessed on Facebook recently that when in college, a few of us would gather during the movie Roadhouse just to take note of the ridiculous things uttered. Patrick Swayze got most of the quotable gold, so we called those fun comments, “Swayze-isms.”

Fast forward and my son and I gather around the family room when we know there’s a marathon on.

The show?

Chrisley Knows Best.

The reason?

The Chrisley-isms. Oh, the show is quotable. Hilariously quotable.

Here are the ones from a recent marathon:

  • “Even rusty metal’s going to shine if you scrub it hard enough.”
  • Regarding a tattoo: “People in hell want a cup of ice water but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. “
  • “What’s rv stand for? Redneck vacation?”

Is it the best thing to do with my time? No, and I understand that. But I’ve always been the type that de-stresses with what I call “stupid funny.”

And to sit with my teenager and laugh together?


This Mom’s Story

Believe it or not, my schedule is already opening to May. June. July. Even August is filling up. Although as I type snow is falling, I’m planning ahead to days where tulips will be out, lilacs will be blooming and grass will need to be cut.

I’m a planner by nature and some of my events revolve around Mother’s Day. That used to bring about a dread and anger because I wasn’t a mom.

And I was told to plan for the fact I may never be one.

My infertility story centers about my PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) diagnosis. I miscarried. I truly thank God that I have two children but I will never forget those feelings. And I wanted God to use that story to encourage someone else.

91LVPrvc+FLA Walk in the Valley: Christian Encouragement for Your Journey Through Infertility is a transparent look at not just my story but Heidi Glick’s, Elizabeth Maddrey, Kym McNabney, Paula Mowery and Donna Winters. All of our stories are different but center around our infertility experiences. They are not happy-hold hands- cliche filled-pat answers stories. We were angry. Scared. Faced with expensive treatments. Given terrible news. And yet there is hope. We take each facet of the story and share how we made it through. We have Scripture because honestly, we’d still be in the pit of emotions had it not been for God’s love and Word. There are places for the reader to journal her feelings.

The book will be available April 28th but you can pre order now. If you are or have walked this road of infertility and miscarriage, I strongly suggest you consider ordering. If you love someone who is struggling or has, this book will help. I tell people it is the book I wish had been available for me.

Many have asked for my full story and A Walk in the Valley has it. May God take what I consider my broken place and create something beautiful for someone else.

To Pre Order A Walk in the Valley, click here.

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