Thursday, May 19, 2016


Mom in Hawaii at the Polynesian Culture Center 2016

Mom has waited 38 years to finally go to Hawaii.  It only proves you should never give up on your dreams.  She just enjoyed a marvelous trip to the island of Oahu.

She's also found love again and I pray God's best for them both. She's my inspiration for the tenacity with joy she lives out each and every day.

She encouraged my brother and I to go to Hawaii during the summer between our junior and senior years of High School. It was for a Yearbook Conference which was offered to two students in Yearbook Class from each district in California.  

It was held at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on the island of Oahu; Terry in 1977 and myself in 1978.

Since that time I've heard mom say many times through the years how she wished she could go to Hawaii.

So happy you got to go mom and so glad you made the sacrifice to let your children go.

The many opportunities we were privileged to do helped shape our lives; from camping, hunting, fishing, baton twirling in parades, horseback riding in parades and snow skiing which mostly had you on the sidelines cheering us on.

Thanks mom for all you did and are doing to make the world a brighter place for others.

TBT ~ My trip to Hawaii in 1978

These are some photos from my old photo album; most are blurry, but you can still make out the adventures I was having.

Getting ready to head to the airport

Terry waiting at the airport with me

I'm second from the left

Waimea Falls

Both of these are from the Polynesian Culture Center

How I knew the way to open a coconut in my Mer books

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay which definitely gave me a mermaid perspective

Hanging out at the dorm; one of my daughters now has these pukka shells

Where did the time go and yet what wonderful memories still linger. The beauty of the island, the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and the kindness of the people of Hawaii are with me still.

Dreams really do come true if you have the desire and patience to see them to fruition.  ;)

Friday, May 6, 2016


"Writers are like Actors
in the sense we tap into
the emotions of our
characters as we write."
- Sheri L. Swift

I realized this the other day when I had to write a scene in which my 17 year old character had to tell his parents he wasn't coming home.

Then I had to tap into the emotions of his mother as she realized that no matter how much she pleaded it wouldn't bring him home.

Next I had to tap into the emotions of his father as he accepted his sons decision.

Whew!  That drained me.  I wasn't even very pleasant to be around my husband that day, let alone anyone else.  Lol!

Sometimes its hard to get into the mind of your character, but its so important for the reader to understand what they're going through.  ;)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring has come ~ re-blogging of Wisteria Hill poem

Each spring I cannot help but think of one of my poems from my Elven book.  I thought I would re-blog it for you.  ;)

Let all who pass and see this sight
Know the High Elven King and Queen here spent this night
For Aidan did love Alterra upon this hill
With an everlasting love which grows for her still
For her royal beauty is beyond compare
And her heart of mercy is a quality rare
Theirs is a love which cannot be restrained
For their joy overflows and cannot be contained
The Wisteria rejoiced in both blossom and limb
For it could not help but celebrate with them
An ageless love they have pledged to themselves
When Aidan loved Alterra in the land of Elves

-Sheri L. Swift
The Hart of Telendaria

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

An Easter Celebration

Our family celebrates Easter on Palm Sunday because some of our children serve in other churches on Easter Sunday.

This way we get quality time, not just a quick visit and run, Lol.

When I was setting up last week I couldn't help but think about last Easter.

I had become home bound with an injury and was awaiting a much needed surgery.

I wasn't able to give our Easter celebration as I had always done.

When Easter Sunday arrived, one of my Son-in-loves (Roger) secretly hid eggs for his children in my back prayer garden.

When he came inside through the front door he announced it was time for his children to hunt the eggs.

I wasn't able to go outside, but I could sit in my kitchen and watch them through the window.  It brought tears to my eyes.

Thank the Lord I was able to once again give the celebration this year.

Although it was starting to sleet, the children (nine of them) did a fast and furious hunt.

Thanking the Lord for His marvelous gift through sacrifice and counting my blessings  ;)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Re-blogging for #InternationalWomensDay  ;)

Finding Joy in the Journey: MY GRANDMOTHER IS MORE THAN A NAME I POSTED ON MY ...: My grandmother was born Loretta Florence Tracy on December 26, 1921 .  She later married my grandfather (Walter Howard Michael) a...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Printing Press


It always amazes me each time I write a book how fortunate we are as Indie Authors to be able to create our books the way we want.

I always tell my husband, most people don't realize the book is a literal creation of the Author.

If Ben Franklin only knew how far we've come in today's age to be able to print our own books so easily.

Albeit there always seems to be some new form of formatting each time I publish my books that I have to adapt to, but for the most part it gets easier each year.

I am thankful to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace and Smashwords for allowing me to publish my books which otherwise might never have happened.

I'm smiling as I write the fourth book of my Legend of the Mer series.  I can hardly wait to share it with you all.

I've had a few medical set-backs this past year which have delayed my writing, but now back on pace.

I'm already in the process of having Derek Murphy (CreativINDIECovers) help to create my latest book cover.

It's Will's turn to tell his story, I guess I better get back at it!  ;)

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Can you believe Valentine's Day is a little more than a week away.

Let me just brag a little.  I love being best friends with my Sweetheart.

When he came into my life it was to also become stepfather to my three little girls.

He helped to raise them as his own, along with our other little girl which we had later.

God has been good to me with the gift of my husband.

He's been my strength when I couldn't get up.  He's been my comfort and cheerleader when life brought me down.

Girls let me tell you, a man who loves God will love you through the roughest parts of your life and you'll both stand strong through any trial you face.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!  ;)