Tricia Smith, wife of 1 excellent husband, mother of 7, stepmother of 2, grandmother of 15, found herself in a new town, in a new state longing for children and grandchildren left behind. The two youngest grandchildren, only 2 at the time of the move, were still learning to navigate the English language and posed quite a challenge over the phone. Visits were infrequent and not long enough. Knowing that the Lord had moved them to Brownsboro, Alabama, for a reason, she earnestly prayed for a way to bridge the gap, to share life with the littlest ones especially. Born and raised on a farm in the rolling hills of south Middle Tennessee, Tricia remembers long walks with her mother, exploring the wonders of nature, learning to sit very still and watch birds nearby, catching lightning bugs at night as the fog from the river rolled up the hill. Hot summer days were filled with exploring, climbing every fence in sight, finding June bugs and taking them to her mom, watching in awe as she tied a string around one of their legs and then letting them buzz around overhead, picking wildflowers, and blackberries, never making it home with enough for the promised blackberry cobbler. Those childhood experiences are part of the very fiber of Tricia's being, as is her love for God. Combine them with the love and longing she has for family and you have the motivation for the books she writes. Through the years, she has earned a couple of degrees in Education, and Biblical Studies, a Master's in Christian Counseling and numerous certifications. She's taught at home, in private Christian schools, counseled, coached, worked as a behavioral specialist, and child custody evaluator. She is passionate about loving God, helping others grow, and leaving a legacy of faith, a true knowledge of God, and an understanding of His works in Creation and in America.