My name is Sandy Sheppard. I was born in India to missionary parents, and my family moved to Kentucky when I was eight. I attended Asbury University, majoring in elementary education. I met my husband, Rick, at the beginning of my sophomore year and we married nineteen months later. After he graduated from seminary he entered the pastorate in Michigan, where he served for more than 24 years.
Rick and I believed that our three children, two daughters and a son, were our biggest blessings. They were eighteen, seventeen, and eight when they lost their dad. The older two have finished college and gone on to their chosen careers, and the youngest, a daughter, is attending college now. My older daughter is married, bringing a much-loved son-in-law into the family, and now I am grandma to two little girls who give me much joy. My life is very full.
I began writing magazine articles in the 1980s. They covered a variety of topics: personal experience, parenting, Christian growth, devotional, humor. The articles appeared in more than 60 magazines including Moody, Discipleship Journal, Lookout, Home Life, Leadership Journal, and American Profile. My alphabet book, Avaricious Aardvarks and Other Alphabet Tongue Twisters, was published by Standard Publishing in 1994. Stories also appeared in several anthologies: God Allows U-Turns Volume II, Proverbs for Busy Women, Journeys of Hope, God’s Handprints, Beyond Time and Place, and Finding Quiet in a Noisy World. Grace for a Grieving Heart is my first book for adults.