I was raised on a somewhat isolated farm. Social contact was limited to church and family; entertainment consisted of one radio which only played Dad’s programs. Therefore, I relied on my imagination to relieve boredom. Being a voracious reader, I rewrote every book I read as I read it. When we saw a rare movie, I dreamed on it for months afterward and revised the script in my mind over and over. Such being the case, my love of writing began at a very early age. My writing career actually began in highschool and has continued on to the present day. I’ve written advertisements for Real Estate and radio, political publications, both local and national, newspaper articles, etc. I’ve had some success with two publications entitled, PMS and BOB. These are facetious renditions of faux magazines whose initials stand for: PRIME MACHO STUDS, and BEAUTIFUL OLD BROADS. I feel I can use that term without being accused of discrimination because I’m one myself. They are illustrated, for I am also a graphic artist and do all my own illustrations. My husband and I moved from midwestern Ohio in the late 90’s to Florida. I am now a widow and have remained here with those of my family who also live in Florida. My husband and I raised six children. I now have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
By the time H.L. was six years old, he and Colby had become best buddies who shared a love of the outdoors as well as all things that exploded, burned, or shot. H.L. shares both humorous and heartfelt stories as he chronicles many of their hair-raising adventures beginning in the little country church where Colbys shameless hound, Pal, entered one Sunday morning and walked the aisleseemingly to receive his penancebut in reality, just wanting to sit next to his beloved master. In a time when kids were free to simply be kids, H.L. details how the boys explored mountaintop limestone caves, built a rocket that went awry, and viewed a meteorite that they were sure indicated the arrival of aliens.
The amusing tales of two rambunctious boys in Colby and Me highlight a time in history when children learned valuable life lessons simply by experiencing one amazing adventure after another.
While bookstores are filled with tales of mothers, their children, and families, there are so few from the dad's side. Now, as a public service, I'm doing my part to right this wrong.
Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way.
With their signature charming and engaging style, Cole and Sav take you behind the camera and open up about past heartaches and mistakes; painful secrets and difficult expectations; the joys and challenges of raising their daughter, Everleigh; and the spiritual journey that changed their hearts—and relationship—forever.