Since my sister's kidnapping over seventeen years ago I have rode the roller coaster of life. During the first hours, days, and weeks I only went through the motions. For months and years I simply lived, with no direction or hope. In 2004, after the ten year anniversary of Heidi's disappearance ~ my hope was restored and I was smiling on the inside and the outside.
I have met other family members affected by kidnapping through the Center for Hope, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Ride for Missing Children. There are other parents and siblings living this roller coaster and I write and speak to help them through. I've also met siblings who grieve the loss of their brother or sister due to cancer, car accidents, and suicide. I met a woman who grieves the loss of her best friend, who was kidnapped when they were sixteen years old. There are a lot of hurting people in the world - some know Jesus can heal this pain while others are still searching. I write and speak to share the hope and healing found in Jesus.
Past Themes: Faith Based "A Time for Everything" "The Light of the World" "Tragedy to Triumph" "More than a Crocked Pot" "The Light of Jesus in the Midst of Darkness" "Faith Conquers Darkness" "HOPE: Help Other People Evolve" "The Lake Where the Fish Always Bite" "Transforming your Memories into a Legacy" "God Placed the First Domino" "Mother/Daughter Luncheon" "Tell Me a Story" "Transformed Through Tragedy" "You Have a Story to Tell"
Sunday Mornings *In addition to sharing as key note speaker or guest speaker at women's and outreach events, I also have shared on Sunday mornings as a guest speaker, and as the pulpit fill.
Educational "Strategies to Improve Your Writing" "D.E.W. Time - Drop Everything, Write" "Assisting with Writing in the Elementary Classroom" "Transforming your Memories into a Legacy"/"Leave a Legacy" "Impact of Media on Families"