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Returning to College IS Possible 1. What was your means of income before you returned to college? I was a school teacher, teaching music which I absolutely loved! 2. Can you recall the first trigger or event that caused you to think about returning to college? I loved teaching but I knew that I would […]

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How Can You Know God’s Will? From Entering the Castle by Caroline Myss Job’s falling to his knees symbolizes the mystical act of surrender we all must make in order to trust God’s plan for us within the vast scheme of creation. We all have to surrender our need for our world to be ordered according to […]

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Storm of Adolescence Approaches I recently met with a mother of young children whose husband has left. He has a girlfriend and has filed for divorce. Her heart and life are ripped to shreds. She is looking directly into a deep and rugged path through a long valley. If you are in such a place, […]

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Sometimes Selfish is a Good Thing I try to not be selfish but when it comes to a walk on the beach I treasure being alone. That is one reason for being by the seashore in October rather than July. I guess I am selfish about my walks on the beach. It is such a sweet […]

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Find Your Still Waters

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To Raise a Secure Child – You Need to Attach When I was raising three kids as a single mother, I was often too exhausted to think straight. I needed direction or a director. Now I’m a tough old bird with a soft spot for single moms, and I learned a few things along the […]

Are you over scheduling your child?   Gail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. She was an educator in regular and special education for eighteen years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. […]

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Make a Donation Click above  We have $390 of the $1500 needed to achieve the goal of our campaign. We have 12 Days Left. Share this with your FB friends. And a really BIG Thanks to those who have already donated.

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Find Your Joy

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What is the Value in Vulnerability? When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.    –Madeleine L’Engle As a single mom, I wanted to appear that I had it […]


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