Happy Grandparents Day!




Happy Happy Happy Grandparents Day!

Grandparents are a beautiful blessing and I always learn so much from them, how to appreciate and really see nature, how to notice sunsets, how to go for long, woodsy walks, how to write long, newsy letters that make you feel like you’re there experiencing fresh crisp air with them. How to speak Urdu, read Urdu, appreciate Urdu, and write Urdu letters. How to appreciate the red marker edits on your Urdu letters, fix the errors, and write a new letter full of hope. How to brew tea, how to serve and present tea, and of course how to sit and talk, and just be present in the small moments of life.

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And an article about my other inspirational grandmother who passed away here. 




What’s the good of news if you haven’t a sister to share it? ~Jenny DeVries

I love how these two are so excited to be with each other, how they each sit with each other when the other gets time out – often getting time out for being mean to the other! How they automatically grab 2 crackers with sticky fingers, one for them, one for the sister. How one’s giggles can set off one’s chuckles, and how they can play with each other, no friends needed!


Giant Scarlet Flame



“Orange is the happiest color.” – Frank Sinatra

zinniaThe name of this Zinnia is Giant Scarlet Flame  ~ at least that’s what the seed packet says! Love these happy blooms that look happy outside in a flower pot or inside in a glass vase on an orange tablecloth on a round table perched above all the mess and hullabaloo!


Illustrator Announcement!


I’m excited to announce that Lea Lyon will be my illustrator for my on-the-way-to-publishing-story Lailah’s LunchboxI remember telling the editor of Tilbury House Publishing I could visualize Lailah’s Lunchbox with some watercolor illustrations, and Lea Lyon’s work is beautiful. She also has a unique way in which she illustrates from quirky angles which I like as when I take photos I like to photograph things from quirky angles. Like this one from the ground up…

Or this one of a cafeteria from way up…

Lea is also a children’s book illustrator with five published picture books, four of which have won awards! Check out her books here. Lea Lyon’s website is here and looking forward to seeing what my story will become! I especially can’t wait to see what Lailah looks like! Here’s a portrait of Lea’s I love from the site of a child. I love her paintings of children.

Did I mention I Love watercolors?!