With my book

A year ago today, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times was released. Included in this anthology was my first published-in-print story “Truth at the Benefit Sale.” I pulled this story from the manuscript of A Smile for Anna, and edited it down to 500 words for publication. Here’s the longer version that appears in the first half of Chapter 4:

BENEFIT SALE FOR CARDIAC BABY Sat 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Small appliances, housewares, collectibles, baby items, infant and children’s clothes, toys & games, Christmas decorations, Sporting goods and more! 2750 Dayspring Way.

I looked up from the printed sheet. Julia eyes were red from crying, as they had been all day, but for the first time her face bore a hint of a smile as well.

“So, are you up for some ‘garage sailing’ tomorrow?” she asked.

I was. We had grieved over the results of the 3D ultrasound for the last 24 hours and we both needed a break.

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