A New Season, A New Website

I’m finally doing it. Embracing a new season.
 
Not Without My Morning Coffee taught me something valuable. That in this season of motherhood, with two young-ins, I CAN write.
 
When I began my blog I had a 1 and 3 year old. Now, they are nearly 4 and 6… two and a half years later.
 
I am working on becoming published as a historical fiction author. That means that Not Without My Morning Coffee doesn’t serve me as a writer as well as an author page would. Self titled. So it’s time to say farewell to the old blog.
 
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this site around, as for my Facebook Page, it will be deleted by November 30th. Please follow me at https://www.facebook.com/amyrenaudwriter.
My new website is amyrenaud.wordpress.com. I would love it if you would follow along, and please subscribe by email! Publishers love debut authors to have a healthy email list.  🙂
I’m just getting started on my new website, however, in the future there will be devotionals, book reviews, posts on my publication journey and neat historical facts I find as I research!
Thank you, readers, for your interest in Not Without My Morning Coffee.
Love
Amy
PS – This isn’t the last post on Not Without My Morning Coffee… but it is the beginning of the end, I suppose 😉

A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction

I started this blog more than two years ago, in 2016.  At the time I felt like I had nothing to say.  I had worked for my local church full time wearing a few hats, one of the main ones was mission’s coordinator.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel the world with teams, but most of all I was a part of starting a children’s home in Guatemala.  Then I became a mom.  And my adventure looked a bit different.  Wonderful, rewarding, but quite different.

When my husband and I started a family (our first born is five) I left my position to stay home with our son.  I’m thrilled with that decision, though I do still very much miss missions work.

I stopped writing around that time.  I felt like as a mom Continue reading “A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction”

Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…

Happy New Year readers!

My family and I just returned a few days ago from the warm (or was warm) Florida… now I hear it’s a bit cooler. But it can’t be nearly as bad as the -25 celsius but feels like -33 celsius weather we have here in Ontario.  It’s so cold, you walk out and you feel like you just took a huge sip of a ice cold slushy.  That’s right.  Brain freeze.  Cause you went outside.  Welcome to Canada!

I have decided that, seeing as we seem to be having a much colder than usual winter, this is a great season for me to hide away in my house with my family and write!  And read.  I’m loving this new venture of reviewing books for Bethany House.  But more than that I’m loving this new 52 week Bible reading program I’ve started.  You can down load a copy if you’d like here.  I’m pumped to read my Bible through this year.  Last year was more of a year for study of certain subjects (one being the Proverbs 31 woman).  Do you have a plan for scripture reading this year?

I have quite a few posts in the works… recipes for biscuits, maple bbq chicken, a couple of vegetarian recipes, I have new review coming your way MONDAY Continue reading “Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…”

Out of the Ordinary – That doesn’t Even Cover it (A Book Review)

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Well.

I’m not sure I was prepared for this book.  I mean, I have read many historical fiction pieces.  In fact, historical fiction might just be my favourite genre.  But this novel fell under more than one category.  Mystery, romance and comedy would definitely have worked as well.

Out of the Ordinary is the first novel I’ve read by author Jen Turano.  The next time I’m looking for a light read, one that is sure to have me laughing out loud and all but forcing my husband to hear the odd line or two, I might just have to see what else she has come out with.  I won’t have to look far, since Out of the Ordinary is actually second in the Apart From the Crowd series.   The debut book to the series (in case you want to pick it up) is called Behind the Scenes.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get my hands on that one before reading the sequel, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage.  However, I was caught up to speed easily by the author’s great ability to pull the reader along and fill in any blanks I was wondering about.

Are you wondering why I wasn’t prepared for this book?  I guess this is a good moment for a spoiler alert Continue reading “Out of the Ordinary – That doesn’t Even Cover it (A Book Review)”

Why We Remember On November 11th

Here in Canada it is Remembrance Day.  November 11th at 11:11 am people all across this nation stop what they are doing for a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in line of duty.  Many attend parades or services, we wear a poppy on our shirts and coats, kids are taught in their schools the importance of this day.

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It’s about honouring.  Honouring our servicemen and women past and present.

Because today is Saturday, my four year old, attended his first Remembrance Day assembly at school yesterday (on the 10th).  He has been singing his own rendition of Oh Canada all week.  He’s still working on the correct Continue reading “Why We Remember On November 11th”

First Week of Jk Behind Us and A Little Announcement

Well folks, our first week of junior kindergarten is behind us.  I doubt that I have ever known a youngster to love jk more than my kid.

Seriously.  He was a bit put off that he couldn’t go tomorrow… which is Saturday.  Aren’t kids supposed to be stoked for Saturday?

From my last post you may know that J’s first day of school I was awake at 4:30 am.  You’ll be happy to know that I not only survived the day but that I also put grumpiness away around 6:30… especially once realizing that my husbands sleep was just as sabotaged as my own.  The kids slept past 7… seriously, the only time that happened all week.  And J LOVES school!  Yes!  E, our youngest, is seriously missing his older bro and I am now in full swing of finding playdates, and in full cheer up mode every morning.  It’s devastating.  I’m not sure which is harder for E… that Continue reading “First Week of Jk Behind Us and A Little Announcement”

Thought I’d Be Feeling a Little More Sentimental This Morning

I’ve been awake since 4:30…. four thirty!!!!  I laid in bed for an hour and a bit before finally realizing sleep wasn’t coming, and decided the blog that was forming in my head as I lay awake might as well be written.

It’s the first day of school for my eldest, and no way did I think I would have time to blog today.  Or that I would be so grumpy… yes I thought I would be a little more sentimental today.

Actually I when I finally did decide it was no longer night, but now morning, I turned on the light to read my friend Kate’s blog.  Now there’s a mama feeling nostalgic about today… the way I should be… while I am simply grumpily dragging myself out of bed looking for coffee only to find we have to grind more coffee beans… which will wake the kids.  I’ll Continue reading “Thought I’d Be Feeling a Little More Sentimental This Morning”