Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and was fortunate enough to spend my early years on the Northern Oregon coast. As an adult though, my home of choice is the Portland Oregon area. Portland is a beautiful city just 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a view of spectacular Mt. Hood and is centered around the Willamette River.
I am blessed to be the author of “Heart Seasons: A Journey of Miracles.” This fictional story was inspired by real life events and the never-ending search for an understanding of life’s purpose and a path to filling that emptiness in the soul that only the love of God can provide.
In addition to writing, I am passionate about a Healthy Happy Lifestyle and Easy Real Food Recipes made with wholesome ingredients. As Lily, the heroine in “Heart Seasons,” would often say, “I love to read cookbooks as if they were novels!” A theme that runs throughout “Heart Seasons” is Lily’s love of nutritious foods and cooking. So, it’s only natural that my next publishing adventure will be a series of “Easy Real Food Recipes” cookbooks.
One of my favorite pastimes is to read any cookbook and get inspiration to create my own recipes using primarily “Real Foods.” Like 100% whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, good quality protein, nuts and seeds, dairy products with no unwanted ingredients and minimally processed sugars. My #1 tip for grocery shopping is always read the ingredient list on any product that didn’t come out of the garden. If the list of ingredients is too long and full of things that are not real foods, don’t buy it!
Following is one of my favorite images and one of my favorite quotes from “Heart Seasons.” And a favorite Bible quote that is the foundation of my novel.
A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING
“Such a peace is difficult to describe. The closest earthly comparison for me would be the calmness you feel while standing on the beach, alone, on a perfect summer day, with the deep blue cloudless sky above, watching the warm glittery sunlight dance along the water as the cool waves of the Pacific Ocean roll gently up to your bare feet. And the vastness of the sea makes you infinitely aware of God’s presence.” Lily Eastbrook Rhodes, “Heart Seasons.”
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13, NLT
I love this tree! It shows all 4 Seasons in one. Starting from the left with Winter, then Spring, then Summer and ending with Fall. One of the reasons I love living in Oregon is because we are blessed to experience all the Seasons. In addition, “Heart Seasons” focuses on the seasons of our life, making this image an inspiration for me. It also has all the colors of the rainbow!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34, NLT