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Dear Friend,

First let me take this opportunity to say thank you for taking a moment to stop by and “sit” on my porch. This web site was inspired a few years ago by my son, Drew. Drew asked me a simple question; “What is something you are passionate about?” Thus, the birth of “Thoughts From The  Porch.”

Over the years, I have learned what it means to be in tuned to God in ALL that I do and everywhere I go. When in tuned to God’s voice, the blessings just come raining down.  It is because of the life God has blessed me that I want to pay it forward and share his wonderful love and grace to “all the world.”

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I am a Georgia native who was born in Athens, Georgia into a Methodist Minister’s home. Through my growing up in a minister’s home, God blessed me with many people who taught me a lot about love, grace and life.

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In 1983, I met my husband of 31 years as of this November  at Lake Junaluska, NC. We worked on summer staff at Junaluska and then when summer ended put our relationship in God’s hands. After two and a half years of long distance phone calls, many letters and visits once a month (no cell phone, computers, social media back in those days), we were married in November of 1985.

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We have one son, Drew. Drew is  married to a beautiful girl, Megan. They have a precious girl Campbell and they reside in the Atlanta area.

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Jim and I have two four-legged children. We have a ten-year old black lab named, Tori. Then we have Smokey who is a five-year old shih tzu/bischon frise.

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Smokey is primarily my dog.  I rescued him but in the grand scheme of things he has rescued me in many ways.  Smokey and I did pet therapy for over a year and a half at our local hospital.  It was such a blessing for us each week to visit not just patients but family members of patients and the employees of the hospital. It broke our hearts when I had to resign due to  personal health issues.  God is leading us in new directions in our ministry of encouragement.  

Smokey is also a documented service dog for me. He has been and is more than a service dog for me. God placed him in my life at a time when life seemed to be swirling all around me.  Through his loving eyes and heart, Smokey  exemplifies God’s love and peace. 

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Throughout  the years, God has blessed me. Yes, there are trials at times but it is in those trials where God blesses me the most. I know no matter how difficult life can be  God is molding me more into his likeness.

2017 will mark Jim and I living in Owensboro for twenty-seven years.    I tell people that I am from the South where the tea is sweet and the people are even sweeter. Georgia is and always will be on my mind and home. 

Again, thank you for stopping by and may you receive MANY blessings on your faith journey.

Blessings,

April

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