Word of the Day Wednesday

I love the word “maritime”. I think it’s wonderfully romantic and classic. Also, I’ve been dreaming of the water.

For Miles’ birthday we took our camper up to Bellingham and stayed for two nights. I did get some water time in with my family.

Do you see the rock formations in the foreground? I took the paddle board out and climbed all over them. They are incredibly beautiful.

Happy Wednesday friends.❤️

-Rach

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Parenthood Can Break Your Heart And Make it Stronger

My daughter had a reaction to yogurt, eggs, and peanut butter (puffy eyes/ hives).

Turns out, she is allergic to dairy, eggs, and pretty much all nuts. Dogs and cats.

But not dust. Which honestly blew my mind. Isn’t everyone allergic to dust to some extent?

Anyway.

I thought after learning my oldest was born with a heart defect, nothing could phase me. I was very wrong.

I’ve been a nervous wreck since we found out on Friday. Questions keep emerging: What will she eat? Will people bully her? Will she have a “normal” life? How many time will I have to save her life with an epi pen? What if I’m not there during a reaction?

I’ve already cleansed the house of offending ingredients, I just wish I could organize (control) her future.

Perhaps the most important task as a mother with two children who have health conditions is to teach and encourage them to be their own defender.

I’ll write more as time goes on. If I tried to cram all of my feelings into this post I’d have a million bunny trails and a Costoco-size pile of Kleenex by my chair.

-Rach

Word of the Day Wednesday: Gaslighting

According to Urban Dictionary, gaslighting is,

A form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity.

See you next Wednesday where I will present a new word that catches my attention.

*I saw the word gaslighting in a Twitter conversation regarding feminism and I was so intrigued I had to look it up!*

-Rachel

Reader Question: What’s My Favorite Picture Book?

Reader Question: What’s My Favorite Picture Book?

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Lynn was kind enough to answer a question I had for him. I asked: What’s your favorite picture book?

Read his reply.🐞🐞🐞

Rachel

Writing Update: Pick Your Favorite

Hi friends,

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged anything about my writing endeavors.

I have four picture book manuscripts that I am going to start querying to agents.

For fun, could you please pick the project/pitch that is the most interesting to you? The book you would most likely pick up for yourself and the children in your life. Please answer in the comment section below.

A) Elsie Goes to Work

During summer break, Elsie goes to work with her mother at a greenhouse. One day, she sees the most beautiful rosebush and wants it for her own. One problem, she may have neglected the last plant her mother bought for her, and now her mother won’t buy her another. She strikes a deal with the owner of the greenhouse: if she helps for the day, she can have the rosebush. How hard can work be? The reward of a job-well-done smells sweet, and Elsie learns that hard work pays off in more ways than one.

B) Mrs. Irish

When Anna’s friend, Mrs. Irish falls ill, Anna must take charge by making the cure for her friend. Anna learns that her mysterious older friend is a witch, and her magic goes wacky when she is sick. Finding the ingredients proves difficult when Anna must deal with a cantankerous cat and rogue fairies that see an opportunity to wreak havoc. Mrs. Irish’s enchanted cottage has been turned upside-down and Anna must cure Mrs. Irish before her house crumbles around them.

C) Cinnamon’s Foal

Hayden and her friends await the arrival of a new baby foal at the stable where they ride. Everyone is surprised and saddened when the foals mother dies during the birth. The girls work together to make sure the new foal has excellent care. By helping the foal, the girls realize that they are healing themselves by caring for the baby who needs them.

D) Animal Diner

Miles learns at school that he can be anything. He knows that he is destined to be a great chef. Nothing can stand in his way. Miles realizes that it’s going to be hard to cook when he isn’t allowed to use the stove or that he can’t reach the mixing bowls. He isn’t even allowed to be in the kitchen without adult supervision. Miles reverts to making food in his backyard. Mud pies and worm spaghetti are fun to make, but Miles yearns for someone to appreciate his skill. Just when Miles’ dreams of becoming a chef begin to fry, a surprise dinner party gathers to enjoy the feast that Miles has carefully arranged.

(Yes, its a bit odd I used my husband’s name for a protagonist but it just fit!)

Have a great day everyone!

-Rachel McKee