Family Reunions

Join me on another stroll down memory lane as we celebrate the memories that made my books, The Eleanor Series and Lord Baden-Powell, spring to life!

Summer is rapidly approaching and I can’t wait! This is the time of the year when families are planning family reunions and I’ve always loved those. What fond memories I have!

It was always so much fun to attend family reunions where aunts, uncles, and cousins met for fun, food, and fellowship where the old folk would rehash their memories of long ago.

Each year, my father’s family met at Ft. Parker State Park.girl When my granddaughter Chelsea arrived at the Family Reunion with her family one year, I noticed that her smile was gone. She wasn’t happy about the fact that her family was getting ready to move all the way across the country.  Why did she have to start all over again and make new friends?

Chelsea shared her concerns with me about the challenges she faced and I shared some insights about the changes we all go through in life. Our conversation became the basis for Katie Sue: Heading West. In this fun story, Grand Doll shares the story of Katie Sue (whose real name was Caroline Matilda Herod), a young girl who traveled by wagon train with her family from Tennessee all the way to Texas in the 1800s.

Katie Sue

Katie Sue

Katie Sue loves her life in Tennessee—her house, her friends, the mountains, the musical sound of the wind blowing through the fall leaves—everything!  When her father announces that he is moving the family to Texas to spread the Gospel and start new churches, Katie Sue isn’t too sure. Like real-life Chelsea, the idea of moving away from all the loves seems frightening.

Join Katie Sue as she experiences many adventures along the trail and begins to learn to trust God for the move.  She arrives in Texas and starts a new life and even decides that Texas is every bit as pretty as Tennessee. Ultimately, she learns to fully trust God for everything new in her life.  eleanor1

Chelsea Marie learns that she can truly trust the Lord with all of the changes in her life, even the really big ones.

A Note from Eleanor:

The third book in the Eleanor Series is Katie Sue: Heading West

This set of fictional books is based on the true-to-life stories of my family’s history, and these heart-warming stories span generations, are historically accurate and highlight the nation’s Christian heritage of faith.

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One Response to “Family Reunions”

  1. Christine Nicholson June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    The story begins with Chelsea Marie and her family at their annual family reunion. Chelsea is not in the best of moods because of an upcoming move and so her Grand Doll takes her on a walk and tells her about Katie Sue. Katie Sue has lived her life in Tennessee until one day her Papa and Mama announce to her they are moving to Texas to start churches and tell others about Jesus. Katie Sue does not want to move but is reminded of the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. This book is aimed at a younger audience yet can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It would be a great book to share with someone who is having a hard time trusting in the Lord for whatever life has thrown at them. It was great reading about the wagon train and the trip from Tennessee to Texas and all that the pioneers would have seen. With a move coming up for us I found myself quoting and really mediating on Prov 3:5-6 each and every time it was mentioned. Katie Sue, Heading West is a light and fun read for readers of all ages.