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Welcome Dear Friend,

Summer is here! Maybe not officially, but the ninety degree temperatures are proof enough for me. Especially when I step outside and feel the warmth on my bare legs and arms after months of layers. And what a hive of activity right outside our back door! Bees humming, squirrels twittering, dogs barking, ducks squawking, lawn mower rumbling. And don’t you just love the scent of freshly cut grass? It’s wonderful, isn’t it? Everything is just so…green! The color of life. What do you enjoy most about summer? I don’t need a date proclaiming summer, do you?

Why don’t you grab a tall iced chai latte and join me on the deck for a breather? Sit back and relax. Let’s catch up. Yowza, the year is half over! What happened??

I know what happened in our household. These two darlings. ❤

Our two darlings
Que (L) and Bolder (R)

The little (Bolder) has been mighty stubborn about the whole potty training scenario, but I think he’s finally mastered it. Unfortunately, the sweet baby has been on antibiotics for a respiratory infection virtually his entire life (since before we adopted him), and the side effects certainly don’t help matters. And Que, the big guy? After being abandoned to a shelter at the ripe age of eight, he suffers from separation anxiety. My leaving catapults him into full panic mode, wailing so loud our neighbors can hear through closed doors and windows. We’ve tried calming oils and collars, music, crating (he tried to shoulder and chew his way out), peanut butter stuffed Kongs, bones, low calorie treats, a shirt with my scent…you name it, we’ve tried it. We even bought a two-way audio camera to either scold or praise him, depending on his behavior. Anybody have tips for dealing with separation anxiety?

So, for me, this spring has been a season of never-ending potty trips outside, weekly vet appointments, keeping watch over the little guy to make sure we still have a table and chairs on the other side of puppydom, daily walks, and snuggling sessions. Not…writing.

Until recently. With Bolder potty and yard trained and not so needy, I cranked the writer engine again. I’m not seeing those 1k word days anymore, mostly just a few hundred, but…

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” ~Zech 4:10 NLT

So there you have it. Lord willing, by this fall you’ll meet Cammie and Keegan in Fully Involved, the first book in the Firefighter Heroes of Merriville series. Maybe you’ll relate to or know someone who’s experienced the heart-deep pain of abandonment like the handsome fire captain. Or perhaps you have a special friend like social worker Cammie, whose goal is to heal families and keep them together while ensuring safe environments for children.

He fights fires. She protects kids. How long before they realize they want the same thing? Love, family…forever.

For now, though, this summer I plan to enjoy our newest family members, cherish extra time with the grandkiddos, and head to our mountain home every chance I get! What are your summer plans? Click on over to the contact page and jot me an email or click the about page and link up on your favorite social media site. I’d love to get to know you better!

Thanks for stopping by, dear friend. I hope you’ll come back often. Enjoy your summer!

With all my love,

Dora Hiers, author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing Romance

also writing as Tori Kayson, author of Sweet Romance that Sizzles

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” ~Lyndon Baines Johnson