The Courage to Begin Again…

Thursday August 1 2013 4:48 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,

Hello Friend,

I wondered about you today. Are you enjoying these lazy days of summer?

We had a fabulous vacation at a Joni and Friends Family Camp in Murietta, California. We spent time with my California Devine cousins and even took in a day at Disneyland. I’ll post about that over the weekend.

Now I’m feeling called to write again. It is scary.

The past two years have been focused on the book I wrote with my son Gabe. We published it on April 13, 2012. It has been a fun journey of promoting this book and traveling with Gabe as he shares his message of HOPE with thousands of people.

My Message is C.L.E.A.R. - Hope and Strength in the Face of Life's Greatest Adversities

My Message is C.L.E.A.R. – Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities

If you haven’t read it yet, it is available on Gabe’s website at

We’ve traveled to schools and churches where he has shared his courageous story of living in his unusually formed body. He is gearing up for the fall speaking season. If your school district needs a dynamic speaker, contact him for more information.

Now it’s time to have courage to begin again.

My next writing project is taking Gabe’s story a step further and creating a character development curriculum.

Next week I will be teaming up with some amazing teachers to chart out the lessons to help young students develop characteristics that include Courage, Leadership, Endurance, Attitude and Respect. These are the five letters in the acronym Gabe uses to tell his story. It is an exciting project!

We’ll start with Courage.


What does courage mean to you? I liked this definition.

Courage does not always roar

What area of your life are you asking for more courage?

I hope you’ll let me know on my website (in the comments section below) so I can pray for you.

Let’s have a courageous week – seeking the courage to do the things we are called to do. The courage to start or to begin AGAIN…

Bless your courageous heart,




My Message is C.L.E.A.R. Book Signing Fun

My son Gabe and I had a great time signing books at Beyond Necessity Gifts in Anaconda, MT.

MaryPat Clark and Amy Dodd prepared yummy snacks and drinks to make all of the guests feel at home.

There was a steady stream of patrons browsing the store and buying Mother’s Day gifts.

Ethan gets a signed book. Photo by James Rosien of the Anaconda Leader

We were surprised by the wonderful support we received from the community of Anaconda. Gabe and I signed almost 150 books!

Thank you Anaconda. We are forever grateful for the constant support for our family.

We made Anaconda our first book signing stop.

Twenty years ago this community helped us buy Gabe’s first wheelchair. Now Gabe was able to bless them back with his inspirational story.

Gigi chatting with her longtime friend, Lynn (Jessen) Burgher. Photo by James Rosien of The Anaconda Leader

Dee Motor Company and Glacier Bank both put a notice on their digital marquee announcing the book signing.

The Montana Standard Newspaper and the Anaconda Leader Newspaper each ran a great story.

Here is the link to the Montana Standard story written by George Plaven. I thought he did a great job on the article.

If you were unable to make it to the book signing, Beyond Necessity has copies at the store.

Or you can purchase them at our foundation website at

I pray that our book touches your life and helps you to live C.L.E.A.R.

God Bless Your Heart.