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Light, Love, Hope

Light in the Darkness Surrounded by Love with Hope for those in need.


Shirley is the proud mother of two beautiful young ladies. She enjoys spending time with them on their ranch in the deep South with their three paint horses. Always looking for an adventure, she looks forward to hikes in the mountains chasing waterfalls, or scouring the coast for beautiful lighthouses! Shirley writes to encourage others and often times shares things that motivate and inspire her. She believes in living life to the fullest because no one is promised the gift of another day. Join her as we honor our bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and our Almighty Creator, God above!


  1. Sherry B
    May 23, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    Loved your post today. This is my first posting on Five minute Fridays. I’m too in this same season with my middle son. He just finished his junior year in high school but can graduate early (just 2.5 credits left). He is so anxious to be an adult and done with school. You’d think I’d be better at this with one son off on his own about five years ago but it is just as hard. We are a blended family and my oldest is my bonus son so it is somewhat different this time around. Blessings on continued writings. Happy to have run across your blog.


    • Shirley
      May 23, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      Aww, Sherry! I’m so glad you’ve joined the Five Minute Friday crew! I have been doing this for about a year now, and I love it. I look forward to it every week. Welcome aboard! We’re so glad to have you!!

      Thank you for what you said! You know exactly the feelings I expressed as you’re feeling them, too! Oh sweet Mom, we’re in this together! We can lean on each other for support in the days to come. ((hugs to you))


  2. Joyce
    May 23, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    So sweet! I have grown up girls, both now out of college, but I feel the same. We are separated by many miles yet that heart connection remains strong and comforting. Best wishes to your daughter as she graduates!


    • Shirley
      May 23, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Joyce! You inspire me simply because you have gone through all of this (it’s hard!!!) and have lived to tell about it! Your love shines through in your words, and I know your girls feel that love so strongly!


  3. Greg
    May 23, 2014 @ 10:59 pm




    Close…close? what does that really mean? that was close call..we are so very close. i think of close as two people, brother sister, husband wife to people. sharing a common goal. team mates so to speak. a football team can be close. a close knit group. or a trauma team in hospital at times has to be close in order to function as group, react without thinking of asking. Husband wife, close, to now what the other needs without asking …just “knowing” brother and sister close, knowing what is hurting the other or knowing what makes them happy ..or in some case knowing JUST what button to push then you hear MOM HE’S TOUCHING ME! close means a many things in many ways. But though out all that it means , to just know that other person, to know what needs to be done to complete a task score a touchdown or save a life. Family is close, ..from years of growing up around one another. co workers that just know how the other one operates and when they are “off their game” Being close to another human being is natural. it’s a need for humans. we can’t go through life being detached from others. accept it, embrace it, live it breath it. cherish those close ties you have. one of my most favorite sayings is and I’ll take a little license to make it fit into the theme of this ” Good friends offer a shoulder when you need to cry. Close friends are there with a shovel to beat up who made you cry.



    • Shirley
      May 23, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

      How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Five Minute Friday!


      • Greg
        May 23, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

        Always welcome, so glad you are enjoying them


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