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We were amazed to see all of the interest in the Share His Story Giveaway on the Hearts at Home Blog.  There were almost 600 views of that post and many precious comments that were so inspiring to us.  To read all of the comments, please visit here  http://www.hearts-at-home.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=461&Itemid=137

The winner was Gwen Heathcock and below is what she wrote about bracelet that spoke to her heart…

Find Strength Bracelet by Gwen Heathcock

“As much as I love my job of wife and mommy, some days (OK, most days) I get so tired that I feel like there is nothing of me left. My husband works nights, sleeps into the morning, leaving me home with four kids essentially on my own. By the time dinner and homework and dishes and bedtime are done I am praying for the strength to just finish out my day. I go to bed pleading for renewal. Though our circumstances may differ, I think most moms feel this way. I think this beautiful bracelet would be constant reminder to myself as well as a lovely way to share the source of my strength.”

Here is the Find Strength Bracelet (that Gwen wrote about) which is based on Philippians 4:13  “I can do everything (sandals) through Him (cross) who gives me strength (dove).”  

 

Congratulations to Gwen and she has already received her customized Hearts at Home Bracelet!  She wrote this to us …

“Wow!  Thank you so much!  I have ordered my bracelet and so look forward to receiving it.  I can’t wait to share the idea with my MOPS group.”   Thanks again,  Gwen

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Share HIS Story is proud to be a sponsor of Heart of The Matter Online Magazine Mother’s Day Contest.  We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the My Family Story Bracelet is Christina Barricks and her family.  Pictured below is Christina’s gift from Share HIS Story ~ her personalized My Family Story Bracelet… 

 

 
 

Christina’s sister Tristan Rowlee submitted the following story about her sister…

 

 

I want to nominate Christina Barrick. She is an amazing young homeschooling mom, and my sister. She and her husband Justin have 3 children so far, Isaiah is 6, Justin is 3 and Hannah is 6 mos.

 

 

 

Her husband serves our country in the Army and has already been deployed for a year to Kuwait when Justin was just 1. He will be deploying again, this time to Iraq, during the next school year. They have moved recently to the Fort Lewis base in Washington State, far from any family. My sister is so good at teaching her boys in the way they learn best, following their interests, and making learning fun. I know that being chosen for this gift could make the next year of homeschooling easier and more manageable for her, and free up a lot of her preparation time to spend every possible minute with Daddy before he leaves. Homeschooling helps their family to BE a family. It gives them the time to make memories for the times they aren’t together.

 

I know having things ready to use would also make homeschooling doable once daddy deploys. I have watched her be a single parent, doing all the teaching, shopping, and caring for a young family the last time he had to deploy. There are no breaks or time off for her. No one else can stay up with a sick child. No one else will be there to watch the kids while she gets groceries or library books, or gets the car fixed. She will have to take three young children with her everywhere. No one will be able to help with baths. She’ll shower as quick as she can and hope the kids don’t take apart the house while she’s in there.

 

She will have to comfort three little children who miss their daddy every day, all the while not knowing if he will make it home safely or become another soldier lost in action. Every time the news says another soldier was injured or killed she will have to wonder if it was her husband, and wait for his next phone call or letter.

 

And when those letters or calls come she will have to comfort and strengthen her sweetheart who is seeing humanity at its worst. She will have to help the little ones hold the phone so they can talk to daddy, and try not to cry when they ask how soon he’s coming home. Every time there is a knock at the door she will be afraid to answer it, because there might be a uniformed officer on the other side with news no wife wants to hear, that her husband gave his life so others can live free. She is so far from family (we are in Ohio) that there will be no one to share the burden with.

 

I don’t know how she does it. She amazes me with her trust in God to provide for her family and watch over her husband. She humbles me on the days when I feel like complaining that my husband got home late from work or I need a break from the kids. She won’t see her husband for a year or more, she won’t have any breaks to regain peace. She will keep going, day after day, because she is the mommy, and that is what moms do. They keep the family together even when they are half a world away.

When contacted, Christina shared this with us, “I have seen your bracelets and they are beautiful and I am so excited to have one! It’s such a wonderful way to celebrate our family and our love of the Lord.  I have to say I have the greatest sister ever!”  We also want Christina to know that if their family continues to grow in size, more Swarovski Crystals can be added (just contact Share HIS Story for more details).

Share HIS Story is proud of the Barrick Family for serving our Lord, their Family and our Country faithfully.  Many Blessings are sent their way along with her bracelet.

 

 

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Friends of Share HIS Story read our inspiring Mother’s Day Contest Stories and chose April’s story about her Mom as the winner.  When I was able to give the good news to April, she shared that she might give her Mother the gift since the story was about her. 

April is a mother to 2 little girls (ages 2 and 6 months), a wife to a College Ministry/Outdoors Adventure Man and has her own blog at  The View from 5’5″ which can be found here  http://emerya.blogspot.com/.

Thank you to all who entered stories about your Mom – Jan and I were so excited each and every time a story was submitted. 

Be sure to watch for more stories about how you can Share God’s Story by Sharing Your Stories. 

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My mom is this magnificent woman, who does everything in her power to help other people that are in need, while at times she has deprived herself of her own personal needs. She has helped many families from her home country, Guatemala, and taken economic responsibility over a small boy suffering from leukemia and a woman who suffered from skin disease.

 

I love my mom for who she is and for the good things that she does, to try to ease the economic hardships that other families cannot handle. She is just like an angel from God to other families. She works every day as a house cleaner, to support my sister and I, and never ceases to give us a good, safe home. I know how hard she has worked, the frustrations and struggles she has faced. But she is a woman with her heart firmly set in her Lord and Savior whom is on her side, and has never given up on a situation, no matter how difficult. She is truly an inspirational little woman.

 

Sincerely, her loving daughter

Linda

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My mom wasn’t like most moms. She had me when she was 21 and, because of divorce, ended up raising me and my brother on her own. She worked hard to support the three of us, something I never really comprehended or appreciated while living at home.

My mom wasn’t afraid to “get down on our level” and play with us. Sometimes my mom would chase me and my brother (even when we were teenagers) into her room and we would have pillow fights (sometimes tickle fights) on her bed. Once we were exhausted we would hang out in her room and talk. We talked about silly stuff, serious stuff, anything really. My brother and I always treasured those kinds of time with mom. She never seemed shocked or offended by anything we had to say. She just listened and offered wisdom when it was necessary.

My brother and I seemed to have been a constant source of entertainment for her, which was great because there wasn’t a lot of money to spend on movies or going out to eat. My brother & I loved to hide around our house and jump out and scare my mom. The all-time greatest scare was when I crawled up behind her pillows on her bed one night and, when she got into bed to go to sleep, I jumped out from behind the pillows. She hasn’t ever forgotten that one.

I recall having a chocolate pudding fight in the kitchen one night after dinner. The pudding was supposed to be desert, but somehow it ended up on all 3 of us instead.

Like most children, I didn’t really appreciate my mom the way I should have while I was growing up. Now, being a mother myself, I look back in awe at how incredibly involved my mother was in my life and my brother’s life. I value the time she played with us and I hope that my husband & I can enjoy our kids the ways that she enjoyed my brother & me.

April

Blog: http://emerya.blogspot.com

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I am almost 50 and my mom is 71. When I was growing up, my mom always treated my brother, Kurt, who is 1 1/2 younger, and me very equally. She told us when we older and could understand that as much as she loved her own mother, she always felt that her mother favored her older sister. My mom told us that she decided if and when she had children (us) she would always treat us the same and not favor one of us more than the other in any way. And, looking back at our lives growing up, I really believe she pulled that off.

My mom loved to take bubble baths and I am sure that’s why I love to also. She also liked to shop for new clothes when finances would allow, and I can remember being about 9 or 10 and going with her into a dressing room when she had several outfits to try on for work…she might buy one, but she liked to try a lot on. I thought it was fun to go with her and I know that’s probably where I get my love of clothes and shopping. When I was 11, my mom took me with a friend of hers from work to see Burt Bacharach (this was in the late 60’s) I can remember my mom’s friend questioning as to why my mom wanted to take me, thinking I might not enjoy the concert, but my mom felt I would enjoy it and wanted to expose me to music. She always loved to play Barbra Steisand, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett albums on our stereo and that music holds a special place in my heart from the 60’s.

My mom helped me out when I became a teenager and started dating…..she always gave me advice like “play it cool and aloof and mysterious” when I told her I wanted to call a boy..she also felt bad for me when I went through crushes and let downs and was always there to comfort me. My mom has helped move to and clean and paint every apartment or house I’ve lived in as an adult. She and my stepdad even paid my way to a lovely trip to Hawaii with them this year.

My mom prayed for me as she became a Christian when I was 14.  I know she has prayed for me for all these years after and a lot of who I am as a Christian comes from her prayers and influence.

Kelly

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 Heart of the Matter Online is hosting a Mother’s Day Giveaway and Share HIS Story is pleased to be giving away a Family Story Bracelet. The purpose of The Heart of the Matter is to provide a place for homeschooling parents and teachers to find all of the resources they desire in one convenient location. The prize package is over $600 in home educating products for one deserving mom. Please hop on over for the guidelines and prize list.

 

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