Sheldon and I were college sweethearts, married in 1970, and have been on a life-long adventure together as best friends. We have three married children, and 10 absolutely wonderful grandchildren. We hike, bike, camp, collect seashells on every beach we visit, climb lighthouses, and consider ourselves to be “Hale’s in Ministry” in the joy of serving God together.
Always I wrote. At 11 years of age, I wrote for school contests. At 16, in the seclusion of “my wooded shore” in South Florida, my portable Royal Typewriter gave substance to my thoughts. Stories, poems, and words vied for a place on the printed page. But always, I wrote.
When in August 1969 I began my college days at Western Kentucky University, I wasn’t sure of the paths I was to take, but I was committed to following God’s leadership. Thirty years later, I graduated from Murray State University with my long-sought-after college diploma. During those intervening years I became a Pastor’s wife, wrote and directed curriculum for children’s choirs, camps, and vacation Bible schools. I taught Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades in Christian schools for nearly 40 years. We raised our two daughters, a son, and shared our home and love with 25 precious foster children. But always, I wrote.
Now retired from the classroom, I spend most of my time as an inspirational travel blogger…and am abundantly blessed to be called “Nonna” to 10 amazing grandchildren.
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