Carrying a Heavy Load?

July 11, 2016

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

brown couch

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


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

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

mothers day.. we love you

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


 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…

America’s Mother Teresa

April 29, 2016


Every once in a while you meet a person who leaves an indelible impression.  I met a woman like that this past week in Washington, DC, at the American Mothers Convention. She was one of the women named National Mother of Achievement for 2016. I shall never forget this lady: Marta Gabre-Tsadick – her bio, her life, her influence: ENDEARING! Continue Reading…

Feeling Seasick about an Uncertainty?

April 11, 2016

My 25th wedding anniversary to Rich is coming up this summer. And I know what he might want to do – go deep sea fishing. No thanks. I got violently sea sick with him fishing for marlin twenty years ago off the Sea of Cortez near Cabo San Lucas and it was awful! I’m STILL not speaking to him. Continue Reading…