Sorry to be a bit AWOL last week. Mackenzie’s open house required a lot of my time  (feeding nearly 300 people a hot meal in your home/garage/borrowed tents will do that to a girl!)   In my “Bible, Family, Blogging” order of priorities, I just couldn’t squeeze in any time to update. However, I’m glad I was able to leave the interview with Wendy Blight up all week so lots of women could read about her inspiring story.

It really is one of courage.

In fact, as Mackenzie sat last night opening her cards and gifts from her party, she opened a gift from me. 

It was courage.

No, not actual courage, but a book by that title. It is a transcript of a commencement address to the rectory at St. Andrews, Scotland in 1922 given by Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, more commonly known as JM Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan. Mackenzie loves the original book Peter Pan; The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Couple that with her love of antique books and, one day last spring while clicking around on Ebay, I knew I’d hit the jackpot when I found this old copy of Courage.

Mackenzie’s real love is the theatre. She has been fortunate enough to portray many characters; Maria Von Trapp, Corrie Ten Boom, Florence Nightingale; Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, The ghost of Christmas Future, etc..Here is the inscription I penned in the front of this frail book:

“Dear Mackenzie, If there is one thing I could give you as you face your future, it would be courage. The courage that Dorothy’s cowardly lion longed for; the courage that Corrie Ten Boom had as she stared into the face of evil; the courage of Florence Nightingale as she served in the shadow of sickness and the courage of Maria as she became the mother of seven and Mrs. Von Trapp. But I cannot give it to you. It comes from God alone. He will never leave you.’Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9′  All my Love, Mom


Some of Kenz’s gang. She is in the front on the right. (Click on picture to enlarge)

Speaking of courage…… courage from God is what gave Wendy Blight the ability to come out of the darkness and live in the light. And two of you now get her book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. The winners are:

Donna Williams; timestamp May 28, 2009 at 9:48 am and Jane; May 27, 2009 9:08 pm

Congrats, ladies! Email me your home address at [email protected] so Wendy can get you your books.

Everyone else, watch for more interviews and giveaways coming up.

May God grant you courage to face whatever you need to this week.

Sweet Blessings,


  1. Karen,

    Your words to your daughter are so beautiful. How true it is the courage comes from the Lord.

    I hope you are able to get some rest this week after all that food preparation and serving. It must have been a very memorable and fun time, but also exhausting. Put your feet up and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

    Congratulations to MacKenzie on this achievement!

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