Friday, June 7, 2013

Professional Editors: The Life of a Word Warrior -

Ever wonder what life if like as a professional editor? For those of you who have described my job as cushy (simply because I get to work from home in my PJs!) and secretly wondered if I really deserve to actually get paid for what I do, watch this video! And pass it on to anyone you know who needs a good editor in their life!

Professional Editors: The Life of a Word Warrior -

Free ebook!

Scribendi, an editing company that I work for, has released a new ebook called Effective Business Communication. It focuses on improving communication among coworkers and between employers and their employees.

For a limited time, you can get a copy for FREE at:

Here is brief overview:

Whether it’s a misunderstanding with your co-worker or a blunder with your boss, failure to communicate in the workplace can spell disaster for your career. Drawing on the advice of top business professionals like Jack Welch and Sheryl Sandberg, Effective Business Communication discusses the five fundamentals of good communication that can offset the common causes of failure.

This e-book discusses each fundamental in detail, offering practical examples and advice on how to apply them in your daily life. As a bonus, each chapter includes tips on how to improve your written communication in the workplace.

Whether you’re a CEO or an entry-level employee just starting out your career, Effective Business Communication will help you quickly and easily improve your business success.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

An editing company that I work for, Scribendi ( is running a contest from May 1, 2013 to June 12, 2013. The grand prize is free lifetime access to

Check it out by clicking on either of the following links. We can all use a little more grammar help in our lives!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Blog

Well, we have finally made the switch from blogger over to wordpress. Now it is so much easier for me to keep info organized! I was able to import all the posts from this blog to the new one, so not much has changed except the site address.

It is...

I won't delete this blog for awhile yet, but all of our postings will be on the new site.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Estes Park

Last week we got the chance to spend a weekend in Estes Park with my whole family (except my brother and sister-in-law in France). The mountains were beautiful and we spent a lot of our time hiking and biking.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


After a hectic week in New York of sorting through a years wroth of mail, getting our car back on the road, and throwing a big wedding shower for my sister-in-law, we left for Colorado via Indiana.

For the last three weeks, weh ave been spending lots of time with family and meeting with some of our friends and supporters. The kids LOVE being with their cousins...they are busy running around and playing with each other from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep. And we have a gorgeous Colorado summer to enjoy as well! We have been hearing reports of very cold weather in South Africa, which makes us enjoy the sunshine here even more!

My sister and brother-in-law and my darling niece got in late last night from Seattle and my brother and sister-in-law from South Carolina arrive tomorrow and then we are all headed up to the mountains for the weekend!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Traveling With Kids

I am sitting in New York as I write this. We arrived a few days ago very dirty and weary from our 2 weeks in England and France with all three children still intact. Since we had to fly through London to come back to the US and Lydia's brother and sister-in-law are helping to run a church retreat center in France this year, it was a good opportunity for us to see a bit of Europe and not spend too much money doing it. We did get to see some amazing things and we certainly made many wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories!

Here are some of the things we learned:

1. European cities are breathtaking
2. European cities have lots and lots and lots of stairs...everywhere
3. Children don't like climbing the aforementioned stairs even when you are already carrying all of the luggage and the stroller
4. The cities are also very dirty places, especially when your kids decide that it is fun to crawl along the metro floor and lick iron gates
5. If you don't take your child to the bathroom immediately they will pee all over the train station floor (the upside is that with so many people around no one cares or notices)
6. Driving in France is very calm and enjoyable (except in Paris)
7. Driving in England is not so calm or enjoyable.
8. If you exit from a British roundabout in the wrong lane, you will get honked at
9. If your three-year old says that his stomach hurts while you are driving through the French countryside, it means that he is going to throw up all over your rental car
10. When your six-year old touches a painting at the Musee Louvre, you will get yelled at...alot
11. When your six-year old steps off the sidewalk into a bike lane in London, you will have to reassure the girl who hit him that it really wasn't her fault and that he will be fine
12. A written contract is not a guarantee that you will have a place to stay
13. All McDonalds have free wi-fi, which is a good place to go to find another place to stay at 9 pm
14. If you can't stop eating all the amazing French food, you will gain weight
15. European cities have great playgrounds
16. The publics toilets are not so great
17. Family vacations involve a lot of suffering and a lot of great memories!

The highlights of the trip were riding to the top of the Eiffel Tower (Liam), the mummies at the British Museum (Serra), riding on all the airplanes, trains, and buses (Kamu), spending time in the French countryside (Lydia), and exploring a medieval castle when no one else was there but us (Josh).