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August Wrap-Up

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

It's been a little over a week, and I'm finally getting around to sharing my August wrap-up. The past month has been a whirlwind of family-centric experiences that have left me both exhausted and immensely grateful. When you choose to center a month's theme around family, be prepared for an abundance of quality time with your loved ones! Throughout August, I found myself engaging with family members who had traveled from out of state. Twenty-four out of thirty-four days - it was an incredibly busy time! Priceless lessons learned and incredible memories made. I wish I had the time to capture more of this special month; there were truly some cherished moments.

Although this is brief, here is a snapshot of my August posts.

Exploring the Theme: FAMILY

"Having family is nice. Acting like family is even nicer."

August's theme was centered around what it means to be a part of a family and how to preserve family stories.


Something is in the Works - Part III

At first, I debated in response to James Davidson's email titled "Questions about audiobooks." But then I asked him to send in an audition.

This was back in 2021.

I would have never imagined that exchange would lead to this.

If you are following the Something is in the Works story, here are Part I and Part II.

Select the link to read Part III.

Island memories, grief and loss, and Ohana's bond

The year 2012 marked the start of a tradition for my family. Every other year, we have ventured to Maui in July. The island's landscape is woven with cherished memories, and a day spent in Lahaina is a part of our traditions. Contemplating our memories, I'm reminded of countless families whose own recollections are interwoven with this beloved place.


The Existence Series is a 2023 Book Award Finalist

I am delighted and honored to learn that THE EXISTENCE SERIES (𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘉𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘯𝘥, and 𝘓𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦) all were recognized as finalists in the Page Turner Book Awards.

Read more to learn what this recognition means.


NOT BROKEN: Infertility, Adoption, and Christ's Power to Heal by Kay Lynn Wilson

This is a very special book! In 2019, I had the opportunity to help Kay Lynn Wilson with an editorial read of her manuscript Not Broken: Infertility, Adoption, and Christ's Po

wer to Heal. It was an incredible opportunity.

Book Description

How does it feel to experience infertility? What is it actually like to adopt? This candid tale through the author's experience with infertility and adoption, including all the devastating sorrows, as well as the most joyful conclusions, can help any woman, especially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as they journey through their own stories of feeling broken and finding healing. If you are wondering if anyone else has similar feelings in your path of infertility or adoption, you can find comfort in the raw thoughts and emotions of this book. For those who have felt broken because of infertility or any other difficult life circumstance, this personal narrative will bring tears, smiles, and longings in your own unique journey to healing.


Family: An Interview with Kay Lynn Wilson

"What does it mean to act like family? It means forgiveness, repentance, and respect. It means sharing struggles and trials and ups and downs. It means never giving up on those people. And it is striving to see them as God does."

This month I had the opportunity to interview Author Kay Lynn Wilson. Check out her wonderful insights. And be sure to check out her beautiful memoir NOT BROKEN: Infertility, Adoption, and Christ's Power to Heal.



Instead of a giveaway this month, I invite you to enjoy a FREE gift.

Download your copy of Not Broken today or share this book with someone who might benefit from this meaningful read.

Visit the Patella Publishing Bookstore and use Coupon Code: AUG23FAM to receive a free download of this book.

Offer valid until September 30, 2023.


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