Friday 3 C’s

There are so many reasons why I love that picture up there. But one of the biggest is the story shining through it.

Meet my gorgeous friend, Holly, and her handsome husband, Joel. Not only did they walk through the dark valley of infertility, their adoption fell through. In the midst of the heartache, Holly was able to minister to a woman contemplating abortion in a way she never could have had she not spent so many years longing for a baby. That woman chose life for her child. And later, Holly found out she was pregnant. ย 

Holly and Joel are a living testimony that God can bring wildflowers from winter. Reminds me of all theย real-life “wildflowers from winter” stories so many of you shared a few months ago. Reading them never gets old!

A fun fact for readers? Holly is the face of Robin Price, the main character in Wishing on Willows, which releases March 19, 2013.


I finished a novel I have been working on for two years! A story I almost quit multiple times for various reasons. It’s always been this thing that’s loomed over my head. A to-do that I never thought I’d check off my list. But now it is and I’m having a blast brainstorming future novels!

My awesome web designer, Jason Walker, added a Welcome Packet sign up button at the top of my website (see it up there?) and on my Author Page on Facebook. I enjoy sending these out, so if you haven’t signed up already, please do!

Tipsy made a major comeback. The fish is alive and swimming. I’m a little weirded out.

Let’s Talk: What are your cares, concerns, and celebrations this week?

14 thoughts on “Friday 3 C’s

  1. Katie,

    Love Holly and Joel’s story – what a wonderful blessing. And congrats on the story – those hardest won are often the most rewarding.

    And TIPSY!!!! Maybe you have a few goldfish followers who were praying for a little miracle….

    Cares: School started yesterday – I home school our 5th grader. We educate by extremes – either rolling on the floor laughing or me yelling at her to get serious. I’ve committed to trying harder to be more balanced this year and so far, so good! But then, we’ve only been at it one day…..

    Concerns: I’ve thrown out my query hook…and I’m starting to bring in the rejections. Just praying that the Lord opens the right doors and closes the doors that are wrong for me.

    Celebrations: I wrote THE END last week! And I have the funniest dog in the whole world.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Cares: Lots to do, lots to do!

    Concerns: Not getting it all done…and prepping for my first pitch sessions at ACFW. Wowza.

    Celebrations: Getting out of the heat and camping this weekend with a bunch of friends!

  3. That’s a beautiful picture! A beautiful story!

    Concerns: I don’t have any either!

    Celebration: I’m finished a new WIP this weekend. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s been awesome to finally get to write a brand spanking new story! I’ve been in revision land the past year and a half, polishing other mss for my agent! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love your packet button, girl! Have a great weekend.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Woohoo! Bu-bye revision land! Isn’t it grand?

  4. Tracy Moore

    Gorgeous picture and amazing story!

    My 3 Cs are all wrapped into one. My grandpa passed away on Wednesday at the ripe old age of 96. He was the most amazing person I’ve ever met in my life. He was always positive, always generous, and believed that all life experiences (good and bad) were learning opportunities.

    So, yes, cares and concerns for his passing and traveling to Chicago for his funeral. It will be difficult to say goodbye to such a wonderful person.

    However, this really is a time to celebrate because he had complete faith in God and in what would happen after his death. I can’t help but be happy for him and I hope that it’s even better than he imagined ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Tracy, so sorry for your loss. I love that your grandfather was a man of strong faith. I love that he’s in a better place. But that doesn’t make it any easier for those he left behind. Thinking of you, friend.

  5. Janice Boekhoff

    What an amazing picture. It captures so much that words can’t.

    Yeah! I’m so proud of you for not giving up on that story! Can’t wait to read it someday.

    Happy Friday, dear friend.


    1. Katie Ganshert

      Happy Friday to you too, Janice. We should get Riley and B-man together for a play date now that your olders are back in school. B-man doesn’t start preschool until September 19th.

  6. My cares and concerns are still wrapped up in my family friend who’s facing, likely, final days on earth.

    Celebration–two of my favoritest friends are traveling to town to hang out with me this weekend. Yay!

    1. Katie Ganshert

      So sorry you are losing somebody close to you and your family, Melissa.

      But yay for a fun weekend with friends!

  7. Love that picture!

    And Congratulations on wrapping up the novel. Ah.

    Cares: Discovering my characters before I begin new novel.
    Concerns: church stuff
    Celebrations: My mom went to the hospital the other night, but they gave her great medicine for her inner ear disease and there’s a surgery she might be able to do to temper the dizziness. Getting ready to hit the Falls. School starts soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

    ~ Wendy

    1. Katie Ganshert

      So hopeful they can temper that dizziness. My grandma has vertigo and it’s really not fun at all. ๐Ÿ™

  8. What a beautiful, beautiful story, Katie!!! God is good ALL the time!!

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Amen, sister!


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