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A mile stone – 44 years old.

Nick’s 44th birthday is today and while my brain reflects on all the years, my one overriding thought is that we have had three times as many birthdays as we were told to expect. Lots more candles, smiles, songs, presents, cakes, hugs and happy days. There were many hard things for Nick and the rest of our family, but today I seem to only remember the good things.

We never really know what the future will bring. Oh, we often expect that the path of our lives will continue on the same way that they have been but that is truly an unrealistic expectation.

We are in Ireland and although we have had some beautiful weather, today is stormy. The wind is blowing and the rain is falling sideways. Our outdoor furniture has been blown over and it could very well be November here in Inishowen instead of the middle of August.

And yet. It is a glorious day. Just ask Nick. It is his day and he is happy. Some of the things we had thought we would do today will need to be postponed, some we still can do. But the main thing is when we put him in his bed tonight at the end of the day, he will tell us that he had a fun time today.

I hope that we all can learn to look past the rain, wind and clouds in our lives and see that we have a fun day in the midst of the storm. That is what I am trying to do.

Please comment and let me know if you can relate, it is an incredible blessing to hear the stories of others. Please share this blog post if you know someone who would benefit.

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  1. Loved your thoughts here, Eva and your perspective. Thank you for sharing both! – cat

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.