When I moved to Ohio, I was completely broken. Sure, I put two feet in front of the other and kept things going, but the grief hanging over me from the season nearly did me in. In a short order of months our daughter nearly died, my husband’s job changed from salary to benefits to commission, no benefits, and my dad was diagnosed and then months later, passed away from lung cancer. When my husband was offered a new job, it was 300 miles away from everyone and everything I had ever known.
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, was my lifeline. I started attending in Upstate NY, and when I knew I was moving to Ohio, I wrote and let them know I did publicity and would be happy to help. Little did I know the help came from them. The day we moved there were meals. Flowers. Handels ice cream. Prayers and Prayers.
When the meetings started up that year, I was paired with a Mentor Mom, a woman a little ahead of the game who could sit with us, hold our newborns, and assure us we would survive the birth to kindergarten season. For me, that mentor mom poured so much encouragement and love into my life. She became a friend, and then, when I finally surrendered my fears and started writing as a ministry, she was and is my prayer warrior.
Well, that friend has an amazing family of her own, and I think one year I ended up being her daughter’s Mentor Mom. We also gave them a play yard our kids outgrew. They are a vibrant, dynamic young family.
That’s what made Beau’s cancer diagnosis so shocking. Burkitt’s lymphoma is rare, and yet Beau not only was diagnosed once, but just last October learned it is back and more widespread. He learned this six years to the day of being cancer free. Their third son is an extra miracle baby because he came after cancer treatment.JULIE ARDUINI
Beau not only has to go through multiple rounds of chemo, but a stem cell transplant.
Oh, and when he shared his diagnosis, he was let go of his job.
This month Julie Arduini book royalties will be given to support the Halcomb family. Those eligible include my inspy/clean romance Surrendering Time series featuring Entrusted, Entangled, and Engaged. I also have the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ series I co-authored with the same daughter we nearly lost 15 years ago. Those books include You’re Beautiful and You’re Amazing. They’re perfect for tween/teen/young adult/ and women of all ages. I also have two stand-alone romances: Match Made in Heaven and Restoring Christmas.JULIE ARDUINI
If you’d rather give to the family directly, or perhaps purchase a shirt or other item to support them, no hard feelings. Just go to support.com/foreverbeaustrong. Of course, you can buy my books and donate to them directly. What a double blessing for them.
Can I be honest?
I’d love to tell you my royalties feed my family and that I have much to give elsewhere. There are months I’ve been able to give, and months when the statement was zero. I truly have no idea what my offering will be. I price my books with the reader in mind, not me. But I’d love, love, love to send them something that would bless. Thank you for considering, and for telling/sharing this. I’d love as many people as possible to be aware,
While I’m here, I wanted to invite you to the Christmas Christian Fiction Scavenget Hunt. Hosted by Hallee Bridgeman, there are 26 authors participating AND over $500 in Amazon gift card prizes. Don’t miss out!