Happy Monday, friends. Christmas is only two weeks away! I hope you’re already enjoying all that this wonderful season has to offer instead of stressing about the details. Still looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Well read looks positively gorgeous on everyone. Here are some of my favorites from this year. For the KIDS in your

Hi, friends. We’re just over a month away from the release of You Were Always Mine. This book is so near and dear to my heart. I’m equal parts excited and terrified to share it with you. I hope you love it. And honestly, this sentiment hasn’t changed for eleven years now… On September 19 of 2007 my debut novel was

Hey, friends. This has not been the best week at the Baart house. Massive flooding in our area derailed an oil train (and caused ecological chaos), evacuated sections of several different towns, and trickled water into countless basements–including ours. Our week in numbers: 4 Shop Vacs 6 fans 1 dehumidifier 1 giant squeegee lots of friends and family (also known

I was in kindergarten (the age I am in this photo!) when I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Books were already entertainment and wonder and escape. A million different worlds I wanted to explore. And I didn’t just want to experience each story, I wanted to create my own. What an impossible dream! Even

*Post first appeared on Facebook and Instagram #TBT to one of my favorite photos of all time. This sweet gem was taken by my friend Ellenvelde Photography nearly four years ago in a park not too far from our home. I’m cradling my “miracle baby,” and for those who know the story you know that I’m not employing hyperbole when

Years ago I made this the prayer of my heart: “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” And God very faithfully answered that prayer. But I’ve learned that pity and compassion are not the same thing, and the difference can be summed up in a single word: understanding. Pity condescends from a distance. Compassion is love on its knees. And

I can’t believe it’s finally here! Little Broken Things drops today and I couldn’t be more thrilled, nervous, excited, anxious, or hopeful. Yes, hopeful. I love this book. I love the story, the characters, the quest for something beautiful, something more. I hope it connects with a lot of readers. I have SO MANY fun things to share about this

We’re only a few days away from the release of Little Broken Things and I’ve saved my favorite Pinterest board for last. Quinn and Walker are at the center of the book, and their love story is one that completely captured my heart. They have only been married for a few years, and their relationship is going through a bit

Hey, friends! We’re just ONE WEEK from the launch of Little Broken Things! I’m in the mood to party. 😉 One of the main characters in Little Broken Things is not-quite sixty-year-old Liz. She’s the matriarch of the Sanford family and a very conflicted character. Liz believes that she’s done her very best… But wonders if maybe that’s simply not