Winter’s Coming Home

   There is a beautiful song that was written by the Monks of Weston Priory back in the 80’s, “Winter’s Coming Home!”  It tells the story of a brothers love gathered around the fire place as summer transitions into fall … Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur

“Developing a business from scratch”

What is an entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, esp. a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk, and an employer of productive labor or contractor.

When starting a business a new entrepreneur should learn how to spell the word.  My husband Gerry and I started a ten-week seminar on the Entrepreneur Center and our first question was “How do you spell entrepreneur?”  To our amazement a quiet chuckle went around the room because most said they didn’t know.

E n t r e p r e n e u r………….I have to admit that it took me a while to get it right, spell check has always been my friend.  So to help here are some acronyms to help you remember.

E – entrepreneur – I know weather or not I am an entrepreneur or a pure entrepreneur

N – non-negotiable – I know this is what I want to do so there is no negotiating

T – teachable – I am a willing learner

R – ready – I understand that this is a significant time for something to happen

E – energetic – I understand that I will have to do a lot of work that will be tiring and regardless I want to go forward

P – positive – My confidence and positive attitude will keep me focused

R – responsible – I have proven to be responsible in the little things now I am ready for the bigger challenge

E – excitement – It is time for my dream and vision to turn into goals.  Every time I think of the business I feel a new surge of excitement.

N – no nonsense – As far as I am concerned it is time to move forward

E  – experience – I know what I can do because of my gifts, talent and ability

U – understanding – I understand every thing listed above and willing to take the risk

R – risk – I realize the risks and I have the faith to follow through


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The Blank Canvass


Every life has a purpose, and every person is unique.  Each with their own set of gifts, talents and abilities.  Black, White or Asian it doesn’t matter we are all created in the image of God.

I have 5 children, two sons and three daughters.  Two of our five children were adopted and both have special needs.  Our last daughter Gretchen went home to be with the Lord on June 12, 2009.  It was a very difficult time for our family but we managed to walk through our grief with God’s help.

Gretchen had many disabilities.  She was totally blind, hydrocephalic,  seizure disorder, cerebral palsy and severely brain damaged.  For all practical purposes when you met Gretchen you would probably wonder why she was even alive.   But as I said in the beginning everyone is unique with a specific purpose.

Gretchen was beautiful, she was small in stature, beautiful blondish color hair and always happy.  Her job in life was to make you smile.  She was always present and she would communicate with her non verbal expressions or movements to tell you exactly what she wanted.  But, mostly she wanted to be held and loved and she would love in return.  It wouldn’t matter what kind of a mood you were in you could wrap your arms around her little frame and you would feel warmth that would wash all over you.  Her kisses were always sweet and frequent.  When you got to know her she would soften the hardest heart.  I never met anyone who didn’t like Gretchen.

She had another talent.  She always got what she wanted, especially from her father.  She would reach out, and immediately you knew she was after something.  My husband would ask her question after question until she would nod her head yes or give a kiss (her way of saying yes) in response to what she wanted.  She was spoiled, but returned so much love that you didn’t care.  Taking care of her was the most wonderful job I could have ever wanted.  From the first moment she came into my home I knew she was destined to be with us forever.

The world would have thought that her life was wasted.  What purpose would she have? But to God, she was his unique, precious child that had a divine place on this earth and she fulfilled them until the day she died.

When Gretchen was born 13 ½ weeks premature she was a blank canvass, no one knew what would become of her but God did.  It is the same way with each of us when God planted the seed of hope of us becoming his portrait





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