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I am in awe.

I am in awe whenever I witness the kind generosity and love others show to our Nick.

It is pretty well know that Nick loves airplanes.  He takes the toys with him where ever we go.  Some places they have to stay in the car while he goes inside, such as at church or restaurants.  Otherwise he has at least one with him.

This past week while we have been at our home in Ireland a neighbor has been thinking of Nick.  Yesterday Liam and Anne Hirrell dropped by with three toy airplanes for Nick, and today they sent two granddaughters over with another one.

I wish that I had captured the smile on his face when these two sweet children presented him with the toy.  First he was handed the airplane, looked at it carefully, then placed it on his lap.  Then he reached up with both arms towards one of the girls.  He wanted to give her a hug as a thank you.  This amazing girl, without any outward concern, allowed our Nick to give her a hug around her neck.  She had just met him.  Arden and I were telling him to be gentle.  He is very strong.  After thanking her, he reached up toward the other girl.  She too allowed herself to be pulled into a thank you hug.

I thanked them profusely for being so kind to Nick.  I asked them to give our best wishes and thanks to their grandparents.

After they left, Nick kept repeating over and over, “the sweet girls bring me an airplane.  Liam Hirrell give it to me.”  Sorry Anne, I guess that Liam gets credit for this one.  I keep telling Nick that you are a part of it too.

It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to think of others and our experience today makes me want to notice the little things that will make someones day brighter, and then do it.

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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.