Our season is changing. Preston is 18 and Ashton is 12. Growth appears to become faster with Ashton. He admires his older brother so much. I am trying to embrace it, but my heart is aching.


It aches for those days when they wanted their mama. The days that they’d hop into my bed and giggle about something corny or when they’d just give me a hug, for no reason at all. The most handsome faces and tall bodies have taken the place of chubby cheeks and tiny hands. I often find myself staring at them with a smile. I am Just proud of their growth. Physically and spiritually.

Their little sisters are 4 and 6 so I still get to hear little voices every day, I will forever miss the sound of my sweet boys’ voices. There is something so special between a mom and her sons.

The seasons of life…. boy, do they creep up on you. God’s plan is so much better than ours but today, I am pondering on those days that are past. Remembering my “little” boys.


Kim Strother
Proud Mama



About lettertooursons

Yolanda Shields best-selling author has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of small business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, grant writing, diversity, human capital management, career development, and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, and Africa. “I serve and guide individual solopreneurs or companies to new levels, expand growth and scale businesses to make a significant impact to produce an increased value that stands out among others. I love working in a collaborative way with leaders to translate business vision into strategic plans that are aligned to execute with excellence and sustainability”. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Statewide Disability Board and the Labor and Workforce Development Board for the State of Tennessee and Vice Chair the Oversight Committee. She has assisted over 20 corporations in the areas of fund development, talent development, strategic planning, executive coaching/training, business operations and celebrity charity management. She is currently a mentor at the Vanderbilt University Wond’ry Innovation Center. She has worked with such celebrities as CeCe Winans, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Tony Boselli, and many others. Yolanda’s first book released in September 2013 which included a 10 city tour in 2013-2014 across the United States, France and continent of Africa where she shared her inspirational book dedicated to “Mothers & Son’s” – “Letters to Our Sons” – A Mother’s Journey Raising Sons to Become Men with Character and Courage. Her 2nd Book focused on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy released February 2016 “Entrepreneurship is a MindSet not a Storefront”. For more information on Ms. Yolanda Shields visit To Book her Email
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