Archive for July, 2011

For 25 Years…

In 1986 I gave my first workshop and it was titled, “Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character”.  At that time, I thought it would be a one-time-only training workshop for the Dallas Junior League. After researching, thinking, writing, interviewing and praying for six months, my interest in this subject grew as I was a young mother, and was wondering how I would attempt to talk to my own children.

My original plan was to say nothing at all and hope for the best.

It had worked well for my parents…

Now, 25 years later, I consider this work to be one of the greatest surprises and joys in my life. This year I have had the privilege of speaking 37 times to various groups from Houston to Fargo and to meet young parents of the next generation who are teaching their own children what they want them to know about sex. Hopefully they will be encouraged and equipped to share with their children that this mysterious union is a blessing designed by God for marriage. But truthfully, I leave parents with the choice to deliver whatever message THEY think is the most important.

Twenty five years ago my daughters were 4 and 1, and Davis was but a twinkle in his daddy’s eye (do people say that anymore?). I know that as Dave and I attempted to communicate with our own children we often failed miserably, and missed opportunities because it took time for us to gain the confidence that this was the right path. May you, dear reader, take confidence that this is a good strategy for parenting. I believe even the most flawed attempt at talking to your children about sex is far better than leaving such an important part of parenting to a slick movie at school.

These are your children, and they want and need to hear your voice to give context to this subject.

My goal is simply for parents to get started…I hope you have started.

I am forever grateful to every parent who has come at sometime during these 25 years. We have had some wonderful conversations haven’t we? I have learned so much from you and you have blessed me and this work with your presence. May I slice you a piece of cake?

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Good Old Summertime

It’s Hot Hot Hot here in Dallas, but we are  having a cool  summer so far!  We began May with our last trip to Clemson University to celebrate Davis’ graduation. Here are a few words to sum up everybody’s feeling’s about closing the chapter of life on Clemson: happy, proud, and most simply, DONE.

Fortunately, Clemson and Greenville are about thirty minutes from each other. So, we got to visit Meg, Travis, and our granddaughter, Ridley! What a JOY she is!!! And one happy baby, I might add.

After Greenville, we made the easy hour and a half drive up to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit our middle daughter, Jill and her husband Ryan. Pretty cute couple, wouldn’t you say?

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Believe it or not, Davis brought home a lady friend from college. That is, he brought home his dog named Lady. She is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, and we have absolutely fallen for her!

For the Fourth of July weekend, we all gathered again in North Carolina and had a wonderful time in the charming town of Linville. We did hiking, swimming, golfing, biking, and of course plenty of time playing with Ridley. (Our new favorite pastime.)

Ridley’s First Fourth of July!!

Pops and Grandmommy just ate her up!

So grateful that even though our children live far away from us, they are close to each other, and they live in WONDERFUL places to visit!

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