Tammy Helfrich

Life begins right where you are.

When He plans the next steps

From Tammy: I am excited to introduce you to my friend Heidi Kreider.  I have the honor of taking part in her virtual book tour. I recently read her book and loved it. It is a story about friendship and love and gratitude. I related to so much of this story throughout the illness and passing of people I have loved over the years.  I highly recommend it.

Heidi is a wife, mother, author, and friend. She blogs about life, grace, and gratitude. You can follow Heidi on her blog here, or on Twitter here.


Abruptly my life course changed direction.  Though it wasn’t an earth shattering change, I felt like I had lost my purpose.  For a decade I homeschooled.  I thought I would graduate all three of my children.  Instead, our home school whittled down to one.  I wasn’t sure what to do with myself.  My life didn’t look like the picture I carried around in my head.

A wise one once said, “the years reveal what the days cannot see.”  In my insecurity, God was already at work.  He had the next step of my life planned.  He brought to fruition a life long dream of mine, to be an author.  There was never enough time in a day to pursue any serious writing… until my life course changed direction.  My God works that way, often in ways that I only recognize in hindsight.

I am now an author.  More importantly, I am a Jesus lover, wife of 18 years, and mom to 3.  I’ve spent the past fifteen years at home.  My days are full taxing my children to their various events, adventuring on field trips, and laughing uproariously with my friends.  I count gifts daily and seek grace and forgiveness hourly.  I have been blessed with deep friendships and have prayed many friends  through the horrific battle of breast cancer.

While homeschooling just one, I wrote my first novel,  The Secret of Counting Gifts and the accompanying journal The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal.  Both are now available in  eBook and paperback through Amazon.com.

            The Secret of Counting Gifts is a story about life, friendship, hardship, and gratitude.  It is the story of  Kris McClintock and Liz Bower and their friendship that spans twenty-eight years.  Through marriage, babies, and infidelity they stand by each other and hold one another up… until breast cancer delivers the final blow.  As she sits by Liz, Kris recounts the trials and blessings that made them who they are.  She tells their story and recalls the many “gifts” they have been blessed with throughout the years. She shares of how Liz taught her to notice the  gifts in each day and to live with a grateful heart. It is through the telling of their story that the secret of counting gifts is discovered….

I look forward to seeing how God will use this next step in my life.  Throughout this month, I am on a virtual book tour.  You can see the stops along the way at www.heidikreider.com.  Come on over and say “Hey!” and register for my giveaway… autographed copies of The Secret of Counting Gifts and The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal in a hand-made basket.

I’d love to chat.  How has your life direction changed?  What is your next step?




  1. thanks for having me, Tammy. And, I LOVE the new look!!

  2. I love this post. God is good.

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