Loving Mom

Recently I had an experience that was surreal in its timing and a reminder of the cyclical nature of life. Mid to late July I was anxiously awaiting the illustrations to be done for my book For I Am Yours and enjoying a rare time of fulfillment and joy. The day finally came that Lorraine … Continue reading Loving Mom

For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations

I'm thrilled to share another completed illustration for my children's book For I Am Yours. Lorraine Watry is the amazing illustrator, and she's been blogging about her process for her followers and students. She has never illustrated a book before, but her watercolor paintings have won numerous awards. To read more about her process, go to:  … Continue reading For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations

For I Am Yours: The Story Behind the Story

When my daughter Carol Linn was about four years old, she asked me to tell her a story instead of reading one to her. She loved story time and would beg me to read at least two books a night to her, so when she asked me to tell her a story, I was in … Continue reading For I Am Yours: The Story Behind the Story

Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant--what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here's my speech: As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with … Continue reading Choose to be Teachers and Students

YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War

As some of you know, Ian has a YouTube channel (link). He’s been making and uploading videos since he was 7 years old. I have been monitoring his site. I get an email whenever someone comments on his videos, and then I delete and report anyone who makes a nasty comment. He’s been called names … Continue reading YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War

Blessing 27: Nelson

My father-in-law, Nelson Hawkins, was a blessing in my life for so many reasons. Even during the last few years, things between us didn't change. Nelson continued to send me Mother's Day cards, birthday cards, and Christmas presents--something no one would have expected him to do--yet he never stopped treating me like a daughter-in-law, and … Continue reading Blessing 27: Nelson

Blessing 24: David

I’ve been counting my blessings for over two years now; it has helped me get through some difficult circumstances. Every time I’ve felt pain beyond belief, I’ve tried to find the things in my life that make me smile—the things I’m thankful for—so I can move away from depression and towards joy. Some days it’s … Continue reading Blessing 24: David

Blessing 23: Pain, the Great Teacher

God grant me the serenity  to accept the things I cannot change;  courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. It's not surprising that the serenity prayer is used in conjunction with addiction healing. Addictions usually come from people trying to escape pain; however, addictions only keep people in painful … Continue reading Blessing 23: Pain, the Great Teacher

Blessing 22: The Teaching Profession

If we are honest, we would have to acknowledge the fact that we are all teachers to some extent, whether we want to be or not. We have children and adults all around us who are watching us and learning from our actions and words. We don't have to be celebrities or athletes to garner … Continue reading Blessing 22: The Teaching Profession