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Embrace The Unexpected Joyful Moments

Caregiving for a loved one with a rare and debilitating disease can stretch our capacities to the maximum.  Some days our responsibilities feel overwhelming.  Those days, when we are observing our life, all we can see is the storm clouds and the rain pouring down.

We have so many things to do and are not able to get it all done.  However, when it seems that current circumstances are keeping us from moving forward, we can find joy.  We might even see that the unexpected changes in our schedule become the memorable ones.

On the days that Nick has been in bed all day with seizures and seizure recovery, the priorities of my life shift and everything slows down.  Even if initially I think, I don’t have time for this!, I do of course find the time to care for him.  It has been during a few of those long hours of sitting by his bedside, focusing on him, that my heart was filled with immeasurable love for my son.  I felt comfort streaming to me from heaven filling my soul and my fears were calmed in a tangible way.  The memory of these rare moments sustains me through other difficult times.

Other times, we will receive a wonderful visit from dear friends.  The joy of shared laughter and storytelling refills our depleted emotional storehouse.  This happened on Sunday evening.  Unexpectedly, Allen and Leonie Hunt phoned and said they were in the area and could they come by.  Nick perked right up and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them.  Nick’s prayer on Sunday evening expressed it all.  “Thank you for the Hunts visiting us.  We love them.  We are happy.”

I do believe that this life experience is challenging for each of us.  I also know that if we will take the time to notice, each of us do have these unexpected joyful moments that happen.  Remember them, and store up the memory for the times when you need replenishing.

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  1. Thanks, Eva. We loved the chance to see you and Arden and Nick for a little while. It’s always a blessing to us, and we’ve had several times this year to be blessed by you all! Thanks for always making us feel welcome and loved. To quote a mutual, dear friend, “Onward and upward!”

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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.