Julie Lavender read newspapers all over the country during her husband’s twenty-year Navy entomology career. Settled in their hometown of Statesboro, Georgia, the former public school teacher and homeschooling mom freelances for her local newspaper and previously wrote for the children’s section of the Denver Post. Julie writes for Guideposts Publications, authored365 Days of Celebration and Praise and Creative Sleepovers for Kids, and contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul compilations and magazines like Clubhouse, Today’s Christian Woman, Focus on the Family, Mature Living, Country Woman, ParentLife, and Taste of Home. Wife to David, Julie has two sons, two daughters, and one son-in-love. Follow Julie at julielavender.blogspot.com.