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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. Ellen Christian
    April 14, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    That must have been so exciting for you! What a wonderful opportunity!


  2. Alli
    April 14, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    Oh, what fun! And your tour leader sounds like a really caring person. So glad you enjoyed your trip abroad!


  3. Gregory
    April 14, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Great photos. Love the shot of the White Tower at the Tower of London. It’s great to hear about someone having such a wonderful experience.


  4. tara
    April 15, 2014 @ 12:03 am

    This is a wonderful place to visit and I can only dream that one day I could visit. Great photos.


  5. Jay @ Life of Creed
    April 15, 2014 @ 12:12 am

    What a great opportunity! Vaneesa the tour guide seems to have made an impact on the group. Glad it was fun, experience. Both Paris and London are on my travel bucket list.


    • Shirley
      April 15, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much for all that commented on Jackie’s post. It means a lot, and we appreciate you all being here with us!


    • Jackie
      April 16, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

      If the opportunity ever comes up, should definitely jump on it! You don’t want to miss out on your chance to go to London and Paris, because they are two phenomenal cities!


  6. Priscilla
    April 15, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing! It looks like a grand trip. I’ve not traveled much, but I’m always pulled out of myself by the people when I travel. Blessings!


    • Shirley
      April 16, 2014 @ 11:11 am

      I loved what you wrote, Priscilla!


  7. Anita Ojeda
    April 15, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    What a fantabulous trip! I’ve spent time in London, but I was taking classes 6 hours a day and didn’t do as much sightseeing as I wanted to. It’s a lovely city and I thoroughly enjoyed the art museums and the plays. I’ve only spent about an hour in Paris, but I definitely want to return! I’m glad that you had a great tour guide that inspired you to follow your dreams. Keep listening to the encouragers and forget the naysayers’ nonsense!


    • Shirley
      April 16, 2014 @ 11:08 am

      Beautiful, Anita! Just beautiful. Gregory, that commented earlier, also studied in London. I’m surprised he didn’t mention that in his comment. I love reading stories about it like what you’ve shared as well! I agree:

      Keep listening to the encouragers and forget the naysayers’ nonsense!


    • Jackie
      April 16, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

      Oh Anita, if you ever to go back to Paris, you need to get right on that opportunity because there is so much to see and do there! Vanessa has impacted my life more than I thought a tour guide could. There are truly no words that can fully describe how grateful I am for her willingness to talk to some of us one-on-one about our aspirations and the reassurance I got from her that it is possible was new to me because none of adults in my life have told me that my dreams can one day be a reality.


      • Shirley
        April 16, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

        Awww, sweet Jackie. I was greatly saddened to read the last part of your comment. I’m so sorry that adults in your life haven’t been encouraging and supportive. I have faith in you and know that you can do anything you set your mind to! You are a wonderful young lady, and I know you will go far in life! Never ever give up on your dreams! ♥


  8. Sarah
    April 16, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    Hi Jackie, I liked your tour-guide’s words: Just because things aren’t working out the way you want them to doesn’t mean they’ll never work out. She sounds a very positive person.


  9. Kirsten Oliphant
    April 16, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

    So glad the trip was a source of creativity! I studied abroad in London and LOVED IT.


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