He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and... Continue Reading →

An Early Christmas Gift

Monday, November 13th is a special day for me. I will be featured in the coming weeks on World Radio as a guest commentator, and tomorrow my first 4-minute segment will air. This is such a gift because this time last year, my little business venture was doomed. My goal had been to provide a... Continue Reading →

From My Journal: The Quest to Raise Good Kids

When I heard Fats Domino died, I was immediately reminded that our daughter Erica and a group of college peers had worked on repairing his house after Hurricane Katrina. Their photo appeared in newspapers around the country, and thanks to the Associated Press, I was able to find it quickly online. The special opportunity my... Continue Reading →

Say Yes to Distress

A few years back, I started a new tradition of buying a white dress to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress" was my inspiration. I could watch that show all day, can't you? There's something fascinating about a bride-to-be searching for and finding her wedding attire. Here's a photo... Continue Reading →

School In. Peace Out.

Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it's great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle... Continue Reading →

The Day He Called Me Gramma

I hated the idea of becoming a grandmother when my first grandchild was born three years ago today. Of course I was thrilled that my daughter was becoming a mother, but me? A grandma? I was 51, "too young," and too prideful to see myself as "old" like that. For me, being a grandmother was... Continue Reading →

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