Going to the grocery store can be a gruelling experience!

This is how I feel when I live and breathe with people from past centuries. I

am there. I laugh with them when they are happy, cry with them when life is unbearable, and cheer them on when they need encouragement and hope.

Tearing myself away to thoughts about what to have for dinner, is . . . well, grim. 

I have always loved history. Art history. Clothing history. Stories of lands and people throughout the centuries. And every time I visit a castle or ruin, how I wished I could hop through time – just for a while – to see what it was really like to live there. As a teenager, I started genealogical research for my own family and have often wondered about the lives my ancestors lived.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, I now call Norway home. My husband and I have nine children altogether, and twelve grandchildren – so far. We love to have them come and visit at the Duck and Cherry, our family dwelling.

Our favorite retreat is our mountain cabin where we hike in the summertime and ski the vast white terrain during winter.

Landegode Lighthouse by Heidi Eljarbo

The thing is, I grew up in a home full of books and art, and never truly imagined I would do anything else other than write and paint. So, I studied art, languages – and history.

“You have to have dreams, for dreams to come true.”

And for me a life with patient protagonists and endless historical treasures to research is a dream come true.

 

Favorites are my family, God's beautiful nature, and the word "whimsical".