One of my mom’s favorite Bible verses is 3 John 1:4, “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” Now that I am a mother and grandmother, that has become one of my favorite verses as well. My husband and I have raised three amazing children who are all walking with the Lord. As I mentor many young mothers through MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers), they want some advice from someone who’s “been-there-done-that.”
Have you ever watched toddlers with a shape sorter? At first they try to force the square peg into the round hole. Then they strain to jam the round peg into the square opening or the triangle into the square. In time, however, they learn that the shapes cannot be forced.
Before Thanksgiving, my father-in-law fell in his home and broke his femur. This is not the first time it has happened, as his Parkinson’s is progressing and losing his balance is a regular occurrence.
Things got more complicated from there–we almost lost him a couple of weeks ago–and my time simply hasn’t been my own.
In 2015, I had the privilege of interviewing Denette Fretz, author of Pirates on the Farm and Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door. Here’s a glimpse into her life, and the inspiration behind her wonderful children’s books.