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Saturday, June 30, 2018

There's Always Light. Always.

In a world so full of hate, anger, violence, and greed our children need to know, now more than ever, that they have a safe and loving place to come home to at the end of the day. As I watch my children grow up and set out on new adventures, I want to make sure they know their home is a safe haven from the turmoils of the world and they will have love and support to help them find the silver linings in life. Always.

I originally started this blog with the hopes that my children would have a compilation of uplifting and encouraging words to guide them through rough days. It's not always easy to have a positive attitude, to look for the good when things feel so wrong everywhere you look. But, even on the hardest days, there is ALWAYS something good. Find that good -- that light and let it brighten the darkest and loneliest corners of your day.

Here is some light I want to share: First, I want my children to know I love you. Always. Growing up in the days of social media is tough! Don't ever let the number of followers you have or the number of likes you receive on a post determine your worth. Ever! You will always have a support system and people who love you within the walls of your home. You will never be alone. No matter how dark the world may seem.

Second, I want you to know I'm proud of you. Always. I have watched each of you struggle at different times through different situations. You each have a determination to find answers and work through your situations. You've done so prayerfully and faithfully which is why you always find the light at the end of your individual tunnels. You amaze me every day and I couldn't be more proud of your good hearts and your good spirits.

Third, I want you to know that I believe in you. Always. You are children of a Heavenly Father who loves you. He knows your name. He has a plan for you. He believes in you. When life gets rough, He carries you through. Love who you are. Stand tall and believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Don't ever let anyone keep you down. If you fall and have days of doubt -- and we all do -- pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and get back to work.

Just as we can all find a light in the darkest hours of our day, you, my beautiful children, are the light in mine. I am grateful that I have been entrusted to love you and teach you and guide you, although I often feel I am learning more FROM you. Keep shining your light. Don't ever let anything or anyone dim what's inside of you. You will inspire and lift many. I love you! Always!

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