News about Book 3 in the Promise Series!

Many people have asked when my third historical book in the Promise series will be released. I’ve researched and written throughout the year, and the book is almost, almost completed. I plan to publish it in early 2019, and the tentative title is  A Promise of Hope. I’m excited to share it with you!

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Found a picture showing Margaret Pope’s beautiful blue eyes.

Sibyl and Fremont Pope, who lived in Shawnee, Oklahoma, from 1939 to 1941, struggled through the Great Depression, family disappointments and losses, and questions about God. The attack on Pearl Harbor coincides with a catastrophe of their own.

The incidents in the books are taken from family autobiographies, interviews, newspaper articles, and other published texts. Many fellow writer and people from Shanwee, Oklahoma, have given important input. However, the details are primarily memories from my mother, Margaret Pope, the baby born in the first book, A Promise to Break.

This year, my mother developed bladder cancer. She has gone through a lot of treatments, been seriously ill at times and, at 85 years old, is weak. For a strong woman who had a secretarial job at her church until she was 84, it has been difficult. Chemotherapy did not work and she ended up in the hospital for four days afterward, so she is taking immunotherapy. The last cat scan showed that the treatment is working, so we are hopeful that by next year she’ll have gained her strength and health back, enjoying life as much as she always has. Our hope is in the Lord’s mercy.

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him. In those who hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11

Our family appreciates all your prayers and concerns.

In the meantime, I have been working on a series of historical short stories. The five stories are about my Grandma Akin and her sisters during the 1930s in Hollis, Oklahoma. Each sister dealt with different issues. I look forward to sharing their lives with you soon.

If you haven’t read the first two historical books in the series, A Promise to Break, and A Promise Child, you can find them here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Cousins Camp

Painting God’s Creatures

We had nine of our grandchildren for three days for Cousins Camp! The other three grandkids couldn’t make it this year. The kids played, partied, and spent time together. We went to Paint Your Art Out with some second cousins, which was their favorite part of the camp. We also had food art, devotionals about God’s animals, Minute to Win It, indoor and outdoor games, and of course swimming. We visited an art gallery and had a game finding old pictures at an antique store. We always watch old movies or cartoons.  This year’s highlight was Dick Tracey and Scooby Doo.

This was our 9th cousins camp. Click to see our  first cousins camp!

We learned that God created animals and made each one special just like he makes each person special. Humans are different because we’re made in God’s image, meaning we have a spirit that can relate to Him. However, we’re told to take good care of all of God’s creation.

We have some great artists in the bunch! Love them all!

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Discovering your Ancestor’s Secrets

I’d love for you to join me as I speak on “Discovering your Ancestor’s Secrets.” I’ll be sharing how I researched information on my grandparents during the 1930’s. Here’s the announcement.

Please join us to hear speaker/author Kathryn Spurgeon, on Monday/4-16 at the EGS meeting. Kathryn will speak on how she researched her historical books series, by interviews, visiting History Centers in Shawnee and Oklahoma City and reviewing public documents. She enjoyed the research more than the writing ! She will explain the processes that helped her provide data for her books. Her series is based on the true stories of her grandparents. Come experience a piece of Oklahoma history ! You will have an opportunity to purchase some of her books.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm at the Edmond Church of Latter-Day Saints at 1315 E. 33rd in Edmond. Visitors and members are encouraged to come early at 5:30pm to learn more about genealogy and get help with your family tree! Meetings are the third Monday of each month. Guests are welcome! See you on 4-16th !

 

 

Moms are precious people

Many people have asked when the third book in my Promise series books will be published. Your interest warms my heart and tickles my toes.

The books, A Promise to Break and A Promise Child are about Sibyl Pope, a banker’s daughter, and her marriage to a penniless hobo in the 1930’s. They survived many trials. Based on a true story, these books include their first child, Margaret, who is my mother. While I did most of the research for the books, my mother has supplied many of the anecdotes, analysis, and detailed information. The story is hers, as much as mine.

While work on the third book is about a fourth completed, a few months ago, my mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. She is seriously ill. She’s my inspiration and it hurts to see her suffer. In the past few weeks, she has had outpatient surgery, infections, and been to the emergency room three times, twice being admitted to the hospital. She took her first chemo treatment and had a extremely bad reaction, so the treatment will have to be adapted. Wow. She’s been through a lot!

While in the hospital, she told me that I need to get busy on that third book!

Please pray for my mother and our work together. She wants to see this book finished. Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

By the way, I took a break from the Promise series to write five 1930s short stories about five sisters in Hollis, Oklahoma. The Thomas Sister stories will be released soon and I’ll let you know the date!

 

 

 

 

 

A Road Trip to Hollis

Hollis, where my father grew up, is a little town in the far southwest corner of Oklahoma, still charming in many ways. It took about three hours to drive there from Oklahoma City. On the trip, my brother, sister, and I passed cotton fields that looked like patches of snow, visited a cemetery that was as hot, dry, and dusty as if going back to the Dust Bowl age, and took pictures of old stores, churches, and schools where my family once walked.

The day trip was fun, especially with my siblings in tow. Since all of us had visited there as children, we reminisced about our childhood and favorite relatives. Thank you Keren and David for accompanying me.

We visited the Harmon County Historical Society where we found pictures of my dad when he graduated in 1948 and many names of relatives mentioned in historical books. Then we went to the Harmon County Courthouse, where a nice lady helped us look through monster books that went back to the beginning of time, or the beginning of the county’s statehood. Marriages. Divorces. Testaments. We found a great aunt’s marriage licenses from the 1920’s, and my great grandparents’ will and testament. What a find!


Joe’s Grill, a hometown café, gave us an awesome lunch. If you ever go through Hollis, try the special catfish meal. It came complete with homemade German Chocolate cake.

I’m considering writing a short story or historical novel about my father’s family from Harmon County. Set in the 1930’s like my other historical books, this one would be about the five sisters and the baby girls they lost during the Great Depression. Where was God when the Dust Bowl hit Hollis residents so hard?

The Bible instructs us to remember the past. Remember what God has done. Deuteronomy 32:7 states, “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.”

Digging into the past has been a challenge. I love looking back to see how God worked through people. He was always there, always helping, always loving. However, sometimes you have to look really deep to see it!

You can find my Christian novels based on real people, A Promise to Break, and A Promise Child, on Amazon.

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