Hello friend!

Last month, I told you that I attended a writing conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. I brought my husband, and my daughter joined us, so we took in some sites together.

I booked us a clear kayaking tour. (This was one of the reasons my husband HAD to go, because I cannot paddle to save my life! LOL!) It was so lovely being paddled around and seeing nature. 

The other tour I booked was a short boat ride to a little island to look for shells one morning. This brings me so much joy for some reason! 

I love seeing what the sea–or the Gulf in this case–has spit out on shore. I rarely buy souvenirs on any of our travels. I really don’t need more clutter in our “starter home” we’ve happily lived in over the thirty years since we married. But I cannot resist a pretty shell, an interesting rock, drift wood, or especially sea glass.

I have shells in every empty container or vase in our house. (By the way, I never take ones that have living creatures in them.) I just find creation so fascinating. I feel certain I want to take some characters out shelling. Maybe in the book I’m working on!

Speaking of books, I made a handy checklist of mine. Just in case you missed one along the way 🙂


So that’s my collection. Seashells. 

Do you collect something? I’d love to know, leave a comment or message me from my site.

Also if you have any life updates or prayer requests, send them along too.

We saw a few other things in St. Pete if you want more details on those, as well.

Blessings in Him,


P.S. Some fun book news! Have you heard of Faithbooks? They are having a big giveaway this week!  The Grand Prize is a Kindle Paperwhite, $50 Amazon Giftcard and swag box! Plus, 19 other prizes will be awarded with paperbacks, giftcards, and other swag goodies! I am giving away a signed paperback copy of Holding On to Hope with it. They are trying to become like a Christian Bookbub type email, so be sure to sign up if you love book deals.