Hello, Dear Ones! I have been absent from the blog scene for a while, and with good reason. I’ve been preparing for my oral exams in the psychology licensure process. I sat before a board of eight individuals yesterday afternoon and was interviewed for about forty minutes. It was a bit intimidating, but everyone was very nice and treated me fairly.
Soooo…I am now licensed psychologist #954, in the state of WV! Isn’t that tremendous? I have felt such a sense of relief, I cannot explain. This has been 15 years in the making. I just missed my supervision requirements by six months when I had my first child. And now, ten years later I’m finally getting caught up. You can imagine the content of my prayers in the past several days, but mostly, I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude. A year ago, I never dreamed that I would be in the position of being licensed, but God so lovingly has taken me there–one little tiny baby step at a time.
On the drive home from Charleston, a thunderstorm threatened. Before the rain came, some of the most amazing bolts of lightening lit up the evening sky. It was so gorgeous and exhilarating, and; as I sang some praise and worship with Jeremy Riddle (at the top of my lungs), I couldn’t help marveling at the congratulatory fireworks show that my heavenly Father was putting on for me. The thought made my soul sing.
Aren’t we blessed? Don’t we just have an amazing God?
So now it is time to get back into the routine. I want to update you on my first book. The Wings of Klaio is in the final editing stages. I don’t have a release date, but I am getting very excited. This is a book that is written for tweens and early teens. I incorporated much of my own personal experiences into the story, but there are a lot of differences between my life growing up and the life of the heroine. It’s the story of a young girl named Brody Whittaker, whose parents are going through a divorce. The book chronicles the many ways that Brody’s life changes with the breakup of her family. The story’s book series title (The Wings of Klaio) refers to a tiny bird sculpture that Brody treasures. Unbeknownst to Brody, this little bird is her guardian angel. Klaio was in the Garden of Eden when Satan deceived Eve, and as she flew to tell the Lord, the serpent’s eyes met her own and she was turned to stone. When Eve found the bird, she was greatly grieved; and so she named the stone creature Klaio, which is the greek word that means, “every outward expression of sorrow”. Klaio has been handed down from generation to generation, and was given to Brody by her late grandmother. Klaio works in covert ways to help Brody through this difficult time in her life.
This story is very special to me. When I look back on my life, I can clearly see how God protected me and guided me. That’s what the Klaio series is about. The books also have discussion questions at the end and would make and excellent book club selection with this age group. Email me if you’re interested in doing something like this with the young girls at your church. I would love to come and visit and talk about the book with you, if possible.
I’m currently working on the second book in the Klaio series. I’ll keep you posted on the details of both.
Keep praying for me, dear ones! You keep me going!

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