Researching for Clara’s Story

A few days ago, I went to the library with one of my younger brothers and we did some research of the Spokane area for Clara’s Story.  It’s frustrating that all the books about Spokane cannot be checked out.

Actually, it’s not really frustrating.

It’s kind of nice.

That means I have a REASON to go sit in the library for hours and hours.


This might be fun.


Oh yes, I must tell you this because I think you’ll all sympathize.

The most embarrassing thing happened when I was at the library the other day.  You’re not going to believe it.

My cell phone rang.




I thought I was going to die.  It was so humiliating.

I still cringe to think of it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s cell phone has rung in the library?


I Have To Do WHAT?!?

Friends, you’ll never believe what I had to do this week.

I had to work on Clara’s Story by hand.


With a pencil and paper.


I couldn’t believe it.

It was terrible.

And slightly funny.  My mom laughed at how much I was griping about writing by hand.

Turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I still don’t like it and will take my computer any day, but since my computer has been having attitude issues for the past month and is currently being doctored (i.e. got a new hard drive and is now being restored), my only options for working on my stories are by hand or on another family member’s computer.  :(

I’m Back!

Hello bloggy friends!!!

I hope you are doing well this fine August morning.  Taking a break from blogging turned out to be the best thing for me…I had an EXPLOSION of ideas for posts!  You can look forward to author interviews, book reviews, general life posts, writing updates…I’m so excited to share them with you!

For my first post back, I am absolutely over the roof excited to tell you something that’s kind of a big deal.  I typically don’t share my WIP novels with anybody except my family and very close friends.  But this book is an exception.  Mostly because I need people praying for the Lord to give me patience and perseverance as I work on this book!  :)


I don’t have much written yet, not even a summary to share with you, but I’ll TELL you a little about Clara’s Story.

Clara McDonald, my great-great-grandma, lived in Chicago until she was twenty-six years old, when her husband developed severe asthma and was given three months to live.  Taking the advice of his doctor, William left Chicago and its moist, un-clean air, and boarded a train for Spokane, Washington, leaving Clara and their two young children in Chicago.  Inside of a month, Clara received a letter from her husband saying that he loved the west and wanted her and the children to come join him.

For their first two years out west, William and Clara lived and farmed on Wild Rose Prairie.  For two young city slickers who literally didn’t know how to chop wood, the McDonald’s first few years in Washington were filled with surprises, injuries, and tragedy. After two years on Wild Rose Prairie, William and Clara moved to the banks of the Spokane River, and over the years proved up on 2 homesteads.

Clara’s life is an amazing story of endurance, perseverance, and faith. Any woman who can move from Chicago to Spokane, raise nine children, and prove up on two homesteads is either completely crazy or has incredible faith.  There is no doubt in my mind that Clara had the latter.

(Fun fact; My family still lives on one of those original homesteads, on the banks of the flooded Spokane River, now called Long Lake.)

More posts abut Clara’s Story coming soon!

I’m happy to be back! :)