Welcome to the World Declan!

Welcome to the WorldI expected to be back in Florida early this week after visiting my Ohio family, signing at the Buckeye Bookfair and savoring the birth of our newest grandson. The sweater set above was my summer project while I waited for the baby to arrive and I couldn’t wait to give it to his mom and dad. Things moved a bit slow on the baby front and beautiful little Declan took his time, as babies often do.

Sunday was the big day and what a day it was. Not only did Declan arrive, but I got to play Grandma all day to his older brother while his parents were at the hospital. Ask me anything you want about Dinosaur Train. And Paw Patrol. (Please get more female hero-dogs into the show, folks. This is the 21st century.)

Since part of the purpose for being here was to help a few days after the baby came I’m staying a bit longer. So this is what passes for my blog for the week. Instead of writing I’m making chicken soup and lasagna, gossiping with my daughter who lives in Cleveland, too, playing dolls with my granddaughters and building apartment buildings with my grandson. Life is good.

And yes, in between? Well, the next book has a baby in it. Are we surprised? Writers are never far from their next story. Even when the real world is every bit as entertaining and the ending every bit as happily-ever-after.

Thanks to all my readers who found me at Buckeye. There were a number of you from my newsletter list. What a joy to meet you in person.


  1. Martha O'Quinn on November 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good morning Emilie. Congratulations and best to you and your family on the arrival of the little one. We are on stand-by awaiting the arrival of our second little great-granddaughter. Her big sister, age 4, made Everest from Paw Patrol her hero for Halloween. Her little outfit was perfect. Her dad made her face up and her long blond curls were darling!

  2. Kathleen on November 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Congratulations on your newest grandson!
    Certainly enjoy them as long as possible.

    Very cute sweater set too!

  3. Dianne H. on November 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandson. How lucky he is to receive such a beautiful sweater-set made especially for him by his grandmother.
    I’m so sorry to have missed seeing you at the Buckeye Book Fair. This year our children decided to have an early Thanksgiving (Nov. 7th) at our house, before the weather became a problem and our long up-hill driveway was covered with ice and snow. Hopefully, next year we can plan around the book fair.

  4. April Mc Vet on November 15, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Congratulations! Grandchildren are so wonderful!

  5. Emilie Richards on November 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Thanks to all for the warm congratulations. I spent the weekend working on Declan’s quilt. Just a word of warning. If you find a quilt you like in Quick Quilts from McCalls, don’t believe it’s actually going to be quick. But this one will be worth it.

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