“Norah’s World”

My three year old granddaughter is a joy.

She has an incredible sense of adventure, a hilarious sense of humor and the ability to make you laugh. She is absolutely gorgeous(no bias here), loves to play dress up, go down her slide a bazillion times and buzz around the room like a race car driver.

She loves her school, friends and teachers. She has the ability to make you feel as though you are the most important person in the room. She loves fiercely. Her smile lights up the room and all my social media posts.

She is now a big sister, and handling that responsibility well. She is a typical three year old, of course. She has a fit now and then when things don’t go her way, and she is quite opinionated and strong willed!

And Norah has Cerebral Palsy. She uses a wheel chair, a walker, and sign language. She does things a little differently, but don’t we all? As a former special education teacher, I always taught by students that they just leaned differently than others, not better…not worse…just different. Norah is perfect.

McKenna, Norah’s sweet friend, began to ask her momma about Norah. Lacee found that there were very few books that address inclusivity and normal questions that many children have about friends that are different than them. So, she wrote a book…”Norah’s World.”

It can be found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Norahs-World-Lacee-Johnson/dp/B09MYXSPQX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1G53O0AEW432T&keywords=Norahs+World&qid=1643833127&sprefix=norahs+world%2Caps%2C272&sr=8-1

I highly recommend this book! It is very important reading for all the children in your life. Inclusiveness and acceptance is the primary theme in this delightful book. All libraries, schools, parents, grandparents need books like this. Yes, it is my granddaughter and I might be a bit bias….but it is well written and beautifully illustrated.

Thanks dear ones..

~Be Encouraged~


Winter Gum Balls

What do you see when you look at this tree?

Some see an almost barren, winter gum ball tree.  A representation of the season that is not a favorite of mine.  All I have to do is mention “gum balls” and everyone knows it has no value other than its ability to produce a seed ball that can get in lawn mowers and shoot out at ankles causing a deep gash, depending on the distance and speed of its trajectory! And forget walking barefoot.

Yet others see a chance to recharge, a chance to rest in a way that will bring the beauty of spring and renewal. All the while still seeing the irritating gum balls.

Now look closely.

I saw something in this lonely looking tree that I have never seen before.  


And I have looked at that tree for over 35 years.

Yellow Birds.

Dozens of yellow birds, picking out the seeds from those dreaded gum balls!  I always wondered where my precious yellow birds went in the winter, and would wait patiently each spring to see my first one. Were they always in my front yard and I was too busy to see them?(That’s another post for another time!)

My “yellow bird” or American Goldfinch has come to mean a lot to me through the years.  To make a long story very short, this bird has become my own personal rainbow. https://yelobrd777.com/2015/03/10/whats-your-personal-rainbow/

I know that God is very personal, and “yellow bird” has shown up over and over when I have needed him too.  This day I described was no exception.

Except I wasn’t looking.  The most I have ever seen together.  My heart has been emotionally broken for several reasons of late and I have been praying for so many serious issues…on the very day they showed up!

Is your heart broken too?

What’s the big deal? It is just a coincidence.

I feel differently. It was if God reached down and gave me His love in a way in which I was not expecting on a cold, blustery day in January.  He reminded me that He was here with me and had not left nor forsaken me.  

And in an irritating gum ball tree that I thought had no purpose at all.  Looks like the birds thought differently.  

And the Father did too.  He uses all situations, no matter how uncomfortable, how frustrating, how misunderstood… for His glory and He builds my faith.

What is your yellow bird?

~Be Encouraged Today~


New Book Release!

What a whirlwind! Just one more post about my latest book.

I released my third book on November 8, 2020 with Amazon Publishing.

I was bound and determined to get this second book in the UNEXPECTED GIFT series published before our second granddaughter’s birth and did so. She was born healthy and happy on November 15.

I just got back from Arizona a couple of weeks ago. It had been over a year since visiting because I became very ill the last time I was there with Valley Fever. I was given permission to go back from my ID Doctors, and finally felt well enough to travel. This disease is brutal, and the anti-fungals are not too much better, but they are doing their job. I fell ill September 2020. This disease will never leave, but we continue to pray it goes dormant.

What a joy it was to meet our newborn granddaughter and see our three year old granddaughter. I plan to go back in March if my health continues to improve.

“Take Heart” Book 2 in the UNEXPECTED GIFT SERIES Book 1 is “Peace in the Midst.”

It is based on the scripture John 16:33…

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous; I have overcome the world.”

My pen name is T.W. Allgaier and all my books can be found on Amazon.

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Take-Heart-Unexpected-Gift-Book/dp/B09LGW2WRK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3D70E7PRETVXZ&keywords=tw+allgaier&qid=1641520568&sprefix=tw+allgai%2Caps%2C409&sr=8-2

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Take-Heart-Unexpected-Gift-Book-ebook/dp/B09LCC48XG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1641520568&sr=8-2

“Fiction that Encourages”

Hope you get a chance to check it out!

~Be Encouraged Today~