People often ask how I come up with ideas
for my books.
Each book is different, but Covered Bridge Charm was birthed from my experience as a caregiver for elderly in-laws. This experience stirred up a passion against the aging process and the pain and humiliation which accompanies it.
My own mirror can attest to that!
But when loved ones reach that season, it becomes personal and grievous and we'd probably go crazy if we couldn't find a way to deal with it. As my husband and I walked and continue to walk through this process with our parents, especially the process of dementia, we find laughter helps us deal with the sorrow. I don't mean it insensitively, but I have a knack for finding the humor in trying situations.
"Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left,
and laughing feels better right now."
Veronica Roth, Divergent
Of course family and faith helps us get through the tough times, too. At one point when my mother-in-law was placed in a rehab center, I had some panic issues which came unexpectedly, but relatives stepped in to give extra support. Then just before my own dad passed, I thought I'd reached the end of the line, emotionally, but the Lord was faithful to sustain me.
Our experience visiting mom in the assisted living facility often ended with hubby and I laughing on the ride home because of the amusing antics we'd witnessed. And we kept saying, "If only we could write a book." Well, I did. It's fictional, of course. But I hope you enjoy my heroine who is a caregiver at a Mennonite assisted living facility.
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