1. My grandmother was right: kids grow up too fast. Don’t miss a minute!
2. Kids are more important than furniture––or even your late great-grandmother’s dishes.
3. Money can’t buy happiness…but if you’re already happy, it can make you a little bit happier.
4. Grandparents are treasures and they have important stories to tell. Write them down before it’s too late.
5. Editors are among the wisest humans on earth and are God’s gift to writers.
6. It takes 257 good reviews to make you forget one bad review. (I haven’t gotten 257 good reviews yet. Fortunately, one cyber hug from a friend accomplishes the same thing.)
7. There’s no such thing as too many books, yet giving a stack of books away to a friend multiplies their value.
8. Two cats are five times as much trouble as one, but four kids are half as much trouble as two.
9. Twenty-pound turkeys stink really, really bad after 15 days in an unplugged deep freeze in July. (Don’t ask.)
10. It’s more difficult to write 500 words of a novel, than 1,500 words of email to a friend.
DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her fifteenth novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award and the Silver Angel from Excellence in Media. Deborah’s first novel, A VOW TO CHERISH, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her newest book, Remember to Forget (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster) will release in February. Deb also serves on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers.http://www.deborahraney.com