This is my wonderful family:
- Joshua – my husband since 1999 – Lead Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church
- Elijah – my 12-year-old son
- Josiah – my 16-year-old son
- Anna – me – author, self-publisher, property manager
- There’s one son missing from the picture – our middle son, Caleb Joshua Freedom Sklar – he was stillborn in May 2003
I have always loved to write – journals, poems, stories, letters, emails, and articles of all varieties. About 17 years ago (while working at Toronto City Mission) I discovered I also love to publish.
In December 2013 I published a book about our Caleb – Discovering Hope – Sharing the Journey of Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss – you can read all about that here.
In December 2014 I published my second book – Thy Word – A Journal of Reading Through the Bible in a Year – you can read all about that here.
In July 2016 I published the Lunchbox LOL Series – 4 books filled with ready-to-share notes for the lunchbox. That project was so much fun 🙂 – you can read all about that here.
In September 2016 I published The Princess of Dreams – a children’s story originally written for a university class in 2012. A wonderful young artist from my church (she was only 15 at the time) took on the project of illustrating the story, and the story came to life 🙂 – you can read all about that here.
In October 2016 I published The Jesse Tree Series for Advent – 3 books full of colouring pages with stories, family devotions, or ornaments – you can read all about that here.
In November 2016 I published the first annual Bible In a Year Journal, which I expanded in the fall of 2017. There are now two journal options:
- Bible Reading Companion – daily suggested reading, scripture summary, author reflection, and space for your notes – you can read all about that here.
- Blank Journal – 365 suggested readings & space for your daily reflections – you can read all about that here.
In January 2017 & December 2017 I published The Jesus Tree Series for Lent – 3 books full of colouring pages with stories, family devotions, or ornaments – you can read all about that here.
That makes 15 books so far 🙂
I created my first Etsy item (200 Jokes For The Lunchbox) in 2012. Since then I’ve added The Lunchbox LOL Series, The Jesse Tree Series for Advent, and The Jesus Tree Series for Lent. Come on over and visit my Etsy store!
In June 2016 I changed the name and focus of this blog – it seemed it was time for an overhaul in a few different areas of my life, and this blog has always been a reflection of where I’m at. Simply Live began with a desire for a more simple life, a more full life (John 10:10), and a life that continues to be in tune with the vision of Living in the Moments.
Living In The Moments – Enjoying the moments of life, faith, marriage, and motherhood was the original name of this blog – my desire was to connect more with the Mom’s Moments readers. I created their monthly newsletter in October 2006 and co-founded the online ministry in 2007 (no longer active). I edited the Mom’s Moments newsletters until June 2009, and continued writing for them until June 2010.
From September 2010 – April 2011 I put together a few newsletters called The Family Forum – all about Growing Together in Faith and Family Life.
I also do a little bit of speaking – so far I have been the main attraction at one ladies retreat, preached alongside my husband a few times, and done a few other talks here and there throughout my life. Topics range from Marriage to Finances to Faith in the Family to Pregnancy Loss.