Trials, Romance, and Faith on the Oregon Trail

antique photo of wagon train
A western silhouette of a couple dancing together

Rebecca’s Journey
Journey Series Book 1

Dance under the stars and moon. Ford rivers. Climb mountains. Trade with Native Americans. Heal the sick. Bury the dead. Live with indescribable fatigue, fall in love, celebrate at the end of the trail…

two gold rings on paper

Wedding at Journey’s End
Journey Series Book 1.5

Following several months of clearing land, building homes, and fencing forces Rebecca Pierce and Zachary Miller to postpone their wedding. February, and the promise of spring, becomes the perfect timing for the wedding the new community has been anticipating.

old schoolhouse painting

Katie’s Journey
Journey Series Book 2

James and Elizabeth Miller and their daughters Katie, Hazel, Helen, and Ruth finish their trek tired, dirty, and grief stricken.  

Wildflowers along a trail
Wildflowers along a trail, at Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

Aaron’s Journey
Journey Series Book 3 

Aaron Smith was twelve years old when he crossed the country with his parents. He learned to have hope and honor despite the tragedies and uncertainties in the early years of his life. Now, he had to learn how to be a man.     

Why Open Rood?

Open Rood sounds strange, but several years ago my husband and I thought it would be interesting to name any business we started The Open Rood. Why? Because my husband is named Frank Cross; Frank=Open (honest) Cross=Rood (an ancient name for cross). It’s merely a play on words. 

From the Blog:

  • Split Rail Fences in the Oregon Territory

    Split Rail Fences in the Oregon Territory

    During the Westward Expansion of the mid 1840’s settlers used materials readily available to them to build new homes. Much of the area was wooded making lumber easy to come by. Having a fence for the livestock was as important as shelter for the families. Split rail fences used long timbers stacked perpendicularly. There was…

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    Patience has never been one of my better virtues, but I try not to pray for it. I’m waiting, on pins and needles, for the release date of REBECCA’S JOURNEY from The Wild Rose Press. Soon. Soon. Soon. As a teaser, here are pictures of three of the main characters: Here are some scenes from…

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  • My Favorite Things

    My Favorite Things

    It seems that every year as fall drops into winter several things come to mind. The birth of Jesus. Christmas. Cold weather. Family. Memories. One of my favorite songs is “My Favorite Things” performed by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. The song was written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers in 1959….

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