Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day Two with Julie Jarnagin!

My debut novel, Canyon Walls, touches on the delicate female relationships within a splintered family. Cassie, the heroine of the story, has strained relationships with her mother and sister that are full of past hurts, initiated by a difficult season in their lives.

Like any family my sister, my mom, and I have also gone through many difficult seasons together, including losing my father when I was a teenager and walking through my mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She's been cancer free for two years. Praise God! I'm blessed to say that although painful to go through, these things have brought us closer together.

Through the hard times, I've clung to the truth that the Lord is able to use those times for good. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works fr the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (NIV)

I'm thankful to have these two amazing women in my life. My sister, Amy, is a grade school counselor who is truly passionate about working with her students. My mom, Rosemarie, loves her three grandsons to pieces and spends much of her time tending to her gorgeous flowerbeds.

I truly believe we're at our strongest when all three of us are together, and we certainly have a lot of fun.

How have you been blessed by the women in your family?


  1. Oh, how I miss them. I used to be the filling of the sandwich with Mom & Jolene. Now they are both home with the Lord, and I feel the loneliness of it keenly. However, I have a terrific dil and 3 beautiful granddaughters.

  2. I know you miss them so much, Darlene. Grandaughters must be so much fun. My sister and I only have boys. We need a little girl in the mix. :)

  3. My SIL Linda is the kindest woman I've ever met. She's just nice all over. I'm so blessed to have her in my life.

    Our journey with her mother/my MIL and cancer brought us closer than we ever dreamed.