Author Archives: Christa Upton

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!

Dovecote & My Friend, a Gifted Writer

My friend Louise is 72 years young, 🙂 lives in Canada, and is a gifted writer.  She began her writing career late in life, but that does not take away from her talent.  Sometimes her writing is so poignant that … Continue reading

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MCS Book Cover Reveal

Today, Marie LeBlanc, our photographer/artist/cover designer, finished the cover for our MCS book, which is coming out soon. I am absolutely thrilled at how it turned out. For more of Marie’s amazing photography, visit her at: Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marieleblancwinnipeg/ 500px … Continue reading

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2nd Biggest News in 8 Years

The first biggest news was our house.  🙂  Now, Steve has a job!!!!!!  A real job, a good one with great possibilities. It is still going to be a challenge, but we are very grateful we are at the point … Continue reading

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Why?

Probably my favorite date ever came shortly after our second child’s birth.  Mom had come from two states away to help, and she encouraged us to take a date while she was there. I dressed up in my ($9 K-mart … Continue reading

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How to Hear What People are NOT Saying

I am one of those people to whom words mean things, I see things more black and white, and I tend to think people actually say what they mean. But I am learning that they don’t always say what they … Continue reading

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My Thankful List

light love friends and family animals joy this house warmth indoor plumbing food God’s provision fresh air sunshine chocolate mountains youth group for kids homemade bread milk hot soup quilts encouragement online Bible studies sermon podcasts music colors computers clothes … Continue reading

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What Causes Depression, Part 2

19 years ago our baby had growth problems from an unknown physical ailment (which was found a year later). But the doctor in that city at that time could not find a reason for our son’s lack of growth.  So … Continue reading

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What Causes Depression?

A few years ago, I told you a story about when Nathan was a baby:  http://www.blackhillspicturebooks.com/2014/11/13/amazing-true-story/ Then I got to thinking what that story had in common with some things I went through a number of years ago…. Apparently, many … Continue reading

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8 Household Cleaning Tips

Cleaning—ugh, it never ends, right?  But think of all the calories you burn—cleaning day is a great excuse for chocolate cake after!  Besides rewarding yourself with cake, here are some ideas that might help. Start from the top down. Dust … Continue reading

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Sick in the Fall

It seems that some people with mold illness, and even some people without mold illness, get suddenly sicker in the autumn weather.  Various hypotheses have been presented on this.  Here is my hypothesis on the mold/chemical aspect. My “main” super … Continue reading

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