Ann Gabhardt and me. An award AND a chance to rub shoulders with a gifted author (literally!).

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference just gave me my first award as a published author. It is, as you might expect, a pretty wonderful feeling. And making it even more wonderful is the fact that I got to celebrate my award with one of my favorite authors–Ann Gabhart. She not only won a Selah, but also the Book of the Year Award. And she’s a Kentucky girl, which means we’re both Appalachian born and bred.

AND my husband was there to give me a kiss when I came down from the stage and back to earth (at least a little bit).

AND I am reminded of how God likes to mix his blessings in among the challenges of life. Maybe so we can remember how much he loves us even when we still have some growing to do.

Yup, that’s me with the Selah Award for Debut Novel. Five years ago I couldn’t have seen THAT coming. Kind of makes me excited about what God has in store for the next five . . .