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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. tara pittman
    May 23, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    This is so cool that you were able to do this memory book. We need to live for today.


    • Shirley
      May 24, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

      So often I’ve gotten caught up in worries of tomorrow – borrowing trouble – instead of savoring the moment I’m in right that very minute. I’ve tried within the past month to really focus on the here and now and enjoy the ones I’m with and the memories we’re making together more than ever before!


  2. Reginia Cordell
    May 23, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Thank you for the reminder and motivation to live my best life. Sometimes I get caught up in trying to increase my level of success that I miss intimate moments that will add to my families legacy.


    • Shirley
      May 24, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

      I think we all need this reminder from time to time, Reginia. We get so caught up in other things, but what is truly most important are our families and the impact that we make on their lives. Making memories … living life to the fullest … enjoying special moments that will live on in our hearts and minds long after that moment has passed.


  3. Alli
    May 23, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    How exciting! I miss the days of letter writing. My cousin and I used to write letters back and forth when we were young and I recently found out that she had saved all those letters!


    • Shirley
      May 24, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

      It’s very special when we realize that the words we’ve penned have been saved and treasured.


  4. Jay @ Life of Creed
    May 23, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

    How exciting! I love old houses, old things, especially old pictures. Wow, 1918! How awesome, to be able to hold that history in your hands.


    • Shirley
      May 24, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

      I was quite impressed, Jay. A piece of history … that is exactly what I thought when I saw the date!


  5. Greg
    May 23, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!
    -Hunter S. Thompson

    Truer words have never been spoken. I have often looked back on my life and hoped that those i may have touched, Would remember me fondly or would they as said in the lyrics of one of my favorite songs

    “Why am I loved only when I’m gone?
    Gone back in time to bless the child
    Think of me long enough to make a memory
    Come bless the child one more time”

    Only time will tell…………..


    • Shirley
      May 24, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

      This is a hard one, as you well know, as no one likes the thought of “when I’m gone …” but know in your heart that you’re loved, treasured, valued and treasured for the person that you are … yesterday, today, tomorrow … and you’re leaving a beautiful legacy behind for your family and friends.


  6. Kimberly H. Smith
    June 4, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    I have been thinking about these exact same sentiments recently, Shirley. So many pictures that I have in the digital format that I want to print out for albums and scrapbooks. And I want to leave a lasting legacy for my child and future grandchildren. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend!


    • Shirley
      June 4, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Kimberly! I appreciate your kind words.


    • Shirley
      June 6, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

      Thank you, Kimberly. I do encourage you as you are leaving your beautiful legacy every single day in all of the little things that you do.


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