The Daily Dream By Lynette Lewis

LETTERS TO OUR SONS REPOST FROM LYNETTE LEWIS Praying for Cady Lewis, Pastor Ron Lewis and Lynette Troyer Lewis and all those close to Jordan Lewis. We love you. 

Lynette’s Blog – The Daily Dream.

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Letters to Our Sons – Steadfast and Unmovable

 

Letters to Our Sons 

Steadfast and Unmovable

 

“Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will be the Lord’s servant for as long as he lives.” 1 Sam 1:28 CEV

FEATURED MOTHER – LISA MCCRADY

 

 

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My mother would always comment on how busy I always seem to be, getting my children from school to sports practice then home to either cook or finish dinner depending on how my morning went.  Then start on homework or create a project that the kids announced was due the next day at 9pm the night before.  My son started earlier than my daughter in sports.  He was 5 years old running over other boys his age because he was always larger than the others. Our cycle was football; basketball, baseball then rest for a month then start it all over again.   As the kids got older, church activities were added to our “flow” then cheering for my daughter then she started playing soccer then volleyball!

 

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On November 8, 2008, my world came to a nearly paralyzing halt.  After Julius, II (JJ) had experienced 4 straight nights of high temperatures every night after football practice, I decided on that Friday morning (just before the Youth Football State Tournament) that I needed to call the pediatrician about this fever.  I thought he had an infection, so my plan was to get him all medicated so he could join his team in completing their undefeated season on the field by Saturday.  When we got to the doctor’s office on Friday morning, our usually calm pediatrician looked at me in sheer panic when looking at his blood work.  She then sent us to the nearby medical center to make sure the results were right.  I started to panic a little, but didn’t want my son to panic so we just hung out since we “skipped” school. 

Nothing could prepare me for the call I received and the trip back to the pediatrician’s office to receive the news that my little 8 year old athletic, baby boy had Leukemia, a blood cancer that at that time had only a little above 70% cure rate.  Our journey from 2008 to 2012 has been one of what seemed at times like insurmountable.  My son had just started the 3rd grade, his life was football and Legos.  How can I tell this child that he won’t play sports for 4 years?  That his hair will fall out, that he will not be able to go out in public at times because the average germ could kill him?  I could I have prepared myself for countless weeks in the hospital?  How could I explain to my 5th grade daughter that her brother has a very serious condition and she would understand what that really meant?  The daily doses of chemotherapy some of which I had to inject into my son’s frail body, didn’t defeat him.  There were times when I thought I could not take another transition from treatment to treatment, but God shielded me from things that I know would have destroyed me had I really understood all of what this cancer was and how it would affect my family.  Then one day I looked up and it was January 15, 2012, which was the official end of JJ’s cancer treatments. 

In March of that year, the needle that was implanted in his chest for his chemotherapy was removed and he was cleared three weeks before football camp begin summer conditioning!  His return was  unbelievable and his team had an undefeated season….but my son’s record of being undefeated went far beyond the football field….. Satan thought he would defeat him, but JJ’s life record was also undefeated.  My role as a mother went deeper and my family’s life grew stronger.   Just after my son was born I would pray over him that he would find favor with man and that God will favor him.  I can’t tell you how precious and caring his spirit is to others and how others that really know him applaud his caring nature.  He adores his family and although he stands 5’9” wearing a size 14 shoe, he still loves to bear hug me and for me to kiss his cheeks when he goes to bed.  He is a gentle giant.   God saved him, rescued him and allowed him to recover so that his life would encourage others.  He is working on a book for young people particularly athletes to not lose hope if they find themselves in a health crisis.  I bless God for our journey.

Lisa McCrady

(Mother of Julius, II and Alicia Gallon)

 

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Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart. 

~Author Unknown

 

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THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF A MOTHER – LETTERS TO OUR SONS

TODAY’S FEATURED MOM

PRINCESS PALMER SAMS

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MY definition of a step mother is a woman who goes the extra STEP in that child’s life and doing everything that needs to be done and make the choice to love when they don’t have too…Words can not express my love for this young man. I call him my ‘bonus child’, because i married his dad and he was the bonus!!! It’s different with us, we have a mom/friend relationship and it works for us. He calls me ‘ma’ without force and defiantly shows me that I have earned that title in his life and I am truly honored for that. He knows I am crazy about him and I love him to death… He respects me and NEVER treats me any different because I’m not his birth mom. Seeing the love he has for me makes me love him more, because he made a choice at a very young age to love me when he didn’t have to as well… I am honored to be his ‘ma’ (stepmom), and I am so grateful for this day wouldn’t be complete with YOU, Vonte! I absolutely love you…

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NOTHING LIKE A MOTHERS LOVE

 

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The Art Of Letter-Writing Isn’t Lost – Letter Writing Campaign – SHARE YOUR STORY

The Art Of Letter-Writing Isn’t Lost – Letter Writing Campaign – SHARE YOUR STORY

LETTERS TO OUR SONS BOOK AND JOURNAL

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To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.  ~Phyllis Theroux

 

 

Join Letters To Our Sons writing campaign and share your story.  We are now taking blog submission until Mothers Day to spotlight on the website.  Please submit your letter to Letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com

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When was the last time you wrote a letter?

 

If the answer is “not recently,” then you can count yourself among the millions of Americans who just don’t write letters anymore. Start today and be different and not just part of a statistic.  Write a letter or share your story on the Letters to Our Sons Blog. It could be the thing that changes someones life. Contact us today to submit your story or letter 

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Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

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Mandela and Martin Impact and Legacy – IMPACT DETROIT MAGAZINE – REFLECTIONS

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From Nashville, TN meet AUTHOR YOLANDA SHIELDS. She is pictured below with her mentor who is 98 years old. Yolanda Conley Shields is Reflection Writer #29 featured in ‘The Mandela Martin Impact’ for Impact Detroit Magazine. This is only an excerpt.
Read her full story @ www.impactdetroitmag.com.

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The Art Of Letter-Writing Isn’t Lost – Letter Writing Campaign – SHARE YOUR STORY

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To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.  ~Phyllis Theroux

 

 

Join Letters To Our Sons writing campaign and share your story.  We are now taking blog submission until Mothers Day to spotlight on the website.  Please submit your letter to Letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com

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When was the last time you wrote a letter?

 

If the answer is “not recently,” then you can count yourself among the millions of Americans who just don’t write letters anymore. Start today and be different and not just part of a statistic.  Write a letter or share your story on the Letters to Our Sons Blog. It could be the thing that changes someones life. Contact us today to submit your story or letter 

Letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com

 

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Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

 

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Letters to Our Sons The Book – See How You Can Share Your Letter or Story

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Letters to Our Sons The Book

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.”
Author: Douglas MacArthur

 

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There was a great time had by many, at the book signing at Barnes and Noble as many received their autographed copy of the book. 

 

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Many mothers shared how much they had been looking for advice and support.  I look forward to more conversations with mothers about parenting and raising sons with Character and Courage. 

 

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As a mother you want the finest for your son, but the battle can be tough with peer pressure and societal influence. Letters to our Sons is sure to leave you encouraged and equipped to not only write your own son a letter but to partner with God to shape and move your son to live out the purposes God has designed for his life. This book is sure to create, grow and shape the unique bond you have with your son and make it last a lifetime!

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Stay tuned for our book-sharing circle that will be coming up in Nashville soon.  We will have some of the mothers share their letter and advice so that you leave inspired and encouraged.  Like our facebook page and to keep up with upcoming events in a city near you. 

Letters to our Sons is looking for mothers that have a great story to tell about their son(s) and would like to be featured on Letters to Our Sons Blog spotlight.  Please email letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com  

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THE BLESSINGS OF OUR ELDERS – LETTERS TO OUR SONS

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“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” Andy Rooney

 

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As I was visiting with Ms. Burnece Walker Brunson it blessed me to hear more about her journey.  I was so excited to share my book with her since she blessed it with some of her poetry. She is now 98 and still doing well even though she has slowed down a lot. During my visit she began to share with me about her nephew who did work with Nelson Mandela and how he made sure he read all of her poetry books.  She showed me a picture of him reading one of her books and a plaque that President Mandela sent to her a couple years ago. 

Let us not forget to honor our elders and sit with them to learn about their journey and our history. We will definitely leave wiser and grateful!!  I am blessed to have had this amazing educator in my life and don’t take it for granted.  She allowed me to use two of her poems in my book (Letters to Our Sons) about sons and children.

I wanted to take time out today to Thank her for mentoring me over the years and being like a mother and grandmother to many in Nashville and around the country.  She always takes time to ask about my son before she even ask how I am doing.  She has done this since he was about 4.  Her and her daughter Carolyn told me to make sure I told him that they are still praying for him. I am blessed and humbled that they still care and pray for him. 

Even though she’s frail and moving a little slower you can feel the strength on her when she begins to talk and give her advise and sometimes correction.  Her love and wisdom makes you feel empowered to move forward in the work God has called you to do. Make sure you purchase your copy of Letters to Our Sons to see what Ms Brunson shared. Follow us on Facebook

Age is…wisdom, if one has lived one’s life properly. — Miriam Makeba

Because of her dedication to many children over the years the NBCDI (National Black Child Development Institute honored her this year in their calendar.  Each month one of her poems is featured.  Let me know if you would like a copy. It will support the local Nashville NBCDI Affiliate.  She reminded me that she had many to sale and I needed to help her.  LOL!!  So help me by purchasing one from her. They are only $12.00.  Email Letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com Image

Ms. Burnece Walker Brunson was also a member of TSU’s cheerleading squad 1934. And at 98 she went back to show the young people how to do it. Image “Ms. B we celebrate you and want you to know that many children thank you for your commitment and sacrifice over the years to make sure they could have a bright future”.

Yolanda Conley Shields- Author-Speaker-Coach

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JAN 31ST Letters to Our Sons Book Signing – COME MEET THE AUTHOR – Barnes & Noble

LETTERS TO OUR SONS BOOK AND JOURNAL

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Countless books have been published suggesting self-help advice for mothers and their sons to nurture their relationship, but none have offered both no-nonsense insight and humor with impactful faith-based take-away tools to help a mother shape her young boy into a successful man of Godly character.

Letters to our Sons, Yolanda Conley Shields debut book is penned in a heartfelt, entertaining and motivational tone offering scriptural support as well as insightful steps to encourage mothers facing life’s challenges. With diverse, comedic and heartbreaking stories, Letters to our Sons captures the struggles and victories mothers face day-to-day raising their sons, and offers helpful and relatable words of wisdom and inspiration.

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JAN 31ST Letters to Our Sons Book Signing – COME MEET THE AUTHOR – Barnes & Noble

JAN 31ST Letters to Our Sons Book Signing – COME MEET THE AUTHOR – Barnes & Noble.

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