The biggest thing I am thankful for this year is that even though my parents are aging, they are still with me. Many of my friends have lost their parents in recent years, and those losses are hard. My parents may be slower and less able to do what they’d like to do such as travel, but they are present, able to care for themselves for the most part, and can live in their own home. In this day and age, that’s huge.
My aging parents continue to, well…age, and bring with that all the problems and complaints specific to the infirm elderly with them. I am an only child and therefore their sole caretaker and advocate. I need to take them places because they don’t drive, can’t be waiting for buses in the winter cold and can’t afford taxis to take them to weekly doctor appointments or even grocery shopping. My mother fell and broke her hip last year and every movement she makes worries me because I am afraid she will fall again. They live in the next town over from me, which is quite a drive, so I need to set aside one entire day every week to get them where they need to be. I’m not complaining, believe me. They want to remain in their own home for as long as they can live somewhat independently and I will not take that away from them. I am grateful and thankful they are still able to live on their own because I know how much that adds to their happiness and quality of life.
So when I think of what I am thankful for this holiday season, it is that I am blessed to have my parents still with me.
It's A Trust Thing
Contemporary ~ RomCom ~ Women's Fiction
Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.
But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.
Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.
Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?
For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.
More About Peggy
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"