December 21, 2019

Do you feel as if you're the giddy character in a Hallmark movie whose stress and sorrow are magically vanishing this Christmas?

I don't. When Hewitt and I went tree hunting, instead of laughter, snow, and jingle bells, the first sales lot had suffered a raid and was em...

December 14, 2019

Take a deep breath and come sit on top of this mountain with me, will you? 

If you are like our family, presents are starting to pile up, demanding to be wrapped for Christmas. As grand kids and in-laws join our family of 7, my list is expanding. 

In the m...

December 8, 2019

32 years ago Hewitt and I spent our honeymoon in Israel. After sailing on the Sea of Galilee and photographing the Capernaum synagogue ruins we went shopping in ancient Jerusalem, While winding down narrow, cobblestone streets and entering tiny shops we a 2000 year old...

December 5, 2019

"Will you have 6 kids?" The handsome American eyed me while parakeets chirped by the poolside in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the western tip of West Africa.

I laughed. Was this Hewitt Tomlin's idea of courting me?

32 years and 7000 diapers in October he asked me fo...

December 1, 2019

Advent season starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word itself comes from the Latin Adventus Domini which means the coming or arrival of The Lord.

As expectation builds towards Christmas, would you like to celebrate Norway's advent tradition with me?


November 24, 2019

When Father God made the first two people on earth I wonder what it was like for them to live in a perfect climate? With zero risk of sunburns,dehydration or freezing to death their bodies must have thrived.
Since they were clueless as to how future generations would s...

November 23, 2019

My 20 month old granddaughter Isabella is heading out into the great unknown in this photo.

Isn't it the most exciting feeling to do so?

Or perhaps the strangeness of new places turns you apprehensive, causing you to pay more vigilant attention? 

Toddlers amaze me. Unawar...

November 14, 2019

If you travel the northern part of Norway this winter, you may get arrested by the sight of the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky.

Long ago Vikings believed the Aurora Borealis was the final breath of brave soldiers kicking in the throes of death.

In other myt...

November 11, 2019


Are you a seed pod or in full growth?
LaRae, the main character in my book Hidden Wings reminds me of a seed pod.
When looking at a pod it does not reveal much besides its hard shell.

In fact it may appear closed. Unyielding.

Busted open however, life can take root, s...

November 9, 2019

Did you ever feel as if God dropped a stitch when he knitted you together in your mother’s womb? Winter is knitting season in Norway. At the age of 10 when I first learned the craft, I often dropped stitches and created runs down the front of the scarf or sweater. Unse...

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