A Very Special Blessing to Me

September 14, 2016

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Divorce is yucky!  For any of you that have been through one, you know that it’s terribly painful and its consequences seem to outnumber the stars. Yet, through mine, God blessed me with a most precious relationship…my stepdaughter –AMBER MORGAN. Now, I won’t tell you her age (I want her to still like me after this post)… but trust me, she’s still a young chicken in my books – yet a very WISE young chicken at that.

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Are You an Emotional Pack Rat?

September 12, 2016
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When you first look at this little fella, you might think, “He’s a cute tiny thing.” But I bet not one of us would want to open our garage door and see him dash under our car! Anyone that knows me, knows I hate mice. My husband knows it, too. I remember the time he trapped a pack rat and hung it on a string and let the grandkids surprise me, dangling it in front of my face as a joke for Grammy. They got a kick out of it, but I still have emotional problems because of it. Continue Reading…

My Bookcase Surprise

August 8, 2016
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When I was a mother raising children alone, I possessed one certain Bible. I wrote notes in the margins beside verses that pertained to my circumstances asking God to apply that truth to my need. My Bible was my diary (much like the little pink one with a lock on it that I hid under my pillow when I was eight-years-old.)  Then when I married Rich (25 years ago), I purchased another Bible, one accompanied with fresh-smelling neon pens. Continue Reading…

Carrying a Heavy Load?

July 11, 2016
Donkey carrying huge hay bail

I’m not a bug person, but my granddaughter adores them! She loves to get down on all fours and hunt for them with her spiffy magnifying glass. So for fun, I joined her the other day as we looked for those annoying crawlers. Just when I thought we were done (thank goodness), we turned the corner only to find a 4th of July parade of ants. One little guy was carrying a stick TEN times its size. AMAZING! How does he do that? My inquisitive mind led me on a search myself.

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The Little Brown Couch

June 30, 2016

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Statistics usually tell the truth, but if you add personal experience into the equation, you’ve got yourself a pretty accurate picture. Stats show that 69% of second marriages don’t make it. Rich and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary yesterday, and we’re living proof that 31% can move beyond the “danger zone”…. but not without LOTS of early on struggles and a little brown couch. Continue Reading…

One Precious Little Girl at Survive ‘N’ Thrive

June 27, 2016

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Every year after the conference my mind swims for DAYS of the stories of all our moms. Year after year I’ve witnessed hundreds of moms come to the conference, much like a caterpillar, who are now emerging into full-fledged butterflies: taking on their own beauty, soaring in the possibilities of raising children alone,  and loving the glorious opportunities of being a single mother. But my favorite part is getting to see their children and the joy on their faces for getting to come to Survive ‘N’ Thrive once again. Continue Reading…

Need a Goodie From God?

May 9, 2016
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I recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., for the annual American Mothers Convention where all the State Mothers of the Year and the State and National Mothers of Achievement convened for a three-day extravaganza of celebrating motherhood. I was especially honored to travel with Shouna Olson – Oklahoma Mother of the Year – and her daughter, Wynter. Continue Reading…

Three Lessons I Learned from My Children

May 7, 2016

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All children possess a hidden talent. Each one wears this title: AUTHOR. Unbeknownst to them, they write unforgettable messages in a mother’s soul that outranks every New York Times best seller. My heart has its own secret memoirs, lessons I’ve received from my son and daughter and two amazing stepchildren. Continue Reading…

Why Pray?

May 5, 2016

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 When I was in fifth grade, Mrs. Price was my teacher.  I remember a few of us girls preforming a rendition of America the Beautiful to our peers.  My little tears almost ran down my cheeks while trying to harmonize well.  It’s amazing that a ten year old could feel such passion for the red, white, and blue, but I DID! Continue Reading…