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Bury Me With My Pearls: If Only the Old Kitchen Table Could Talk

I’m ecstatic that my book, Bury Me With My Pearls is now available in AUDIO! Best of all, I wanted to share with ya’ll that I personally read every word because you just can’t fake a Southern accent! If you want to know what you’re in store for when you listen to my full book (hint: a lot of laughter and a few tears) you can view the excerpt below which was ripped straight from the pages of Bury Me With My Pearls. “The more this table ages, the better it looks,” said the salesperson when Thomas and I bought Continue Reading

Life Changing Laughter With Your Family

Several years ago Thomas phoned with a big announcement, “I have a surprise for everybody. I’m driving up now.” The children and I raced outside, filled with laughter, and saw the object that challenged my wedding vows and changed my life forever—a boat. Not just any boat. A blue boat, its glittering paint sparkling in the sunlight. It reminded me of the Mike Benet pageant gown I wore in the Beaufort Water Festival. The children were thrilled. They thought it was beautiful. Thomas is a man of good taste. Seeing him behind the wheel of that mirage-like, rhinestoned blue sequined Continue Reading

Chad Hymas Reminds Us to Put Family First

Chad Hymas was our speaker this past weekend for the Carolinas Chapter of the National Speakers Association meeting. Chad’s presentation was amazing and inspiring – truly from the heart of a champion. Because of Chad’s physical condition, he had to wake up at 4 AM to be ready for our 9 AM meeting. Chad’s passion for his faith, family and sharing his message touched our hearts. Here is an excerpt from Chad’s bio: The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!” Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences,creating an       Continue Reading

Remembering “Miss” Shellie's" Gifts and her Christian Love

My Harmony church family always hosts bridal showers for our members.  One Sunday afternoon before one of our bridal celebrations, my mind drifted back to the Harmony UMC ladies of yester-year and one dear soul in particular, “Miss” Shellie Matheny.  I love remembering Miss Shellie’s gifts since her present not the most expensive but always the highlight of the church shower. No doubt Miss Shellie’s gifts were her expression of Christian love. Miss Shellie would always give the most unusual gifts.  We all knew her package.  The large cardboard box was the most obvious of all presents.  Inside the box Continue Reading

How to Handle Difficult People

There are three things we can count on as we journey through this life:  you will be born, you will die, and in-between those two dates, you will confront difficult people. I have not been very good at dealing with difficult people so I had to learn how.  For many years I was a peacekeeper. You know this type of person.  This is what they think,  Oh, I know this is wrong but to avoid issues, let’s just play pretty.   Or like my friend says, “Tie some bows on the problem.”  The reality is that being a peacekeeper translates to Continue Reading