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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. I had a difficult pregnancy with my daughter – abortion was recommended by my GP but I refused. She was born healthy and feisty. Raising her was different than raising our son. But there came a time when @ 16 she declared that she couldn’t live at home anymore and moved out to a ‘friend’s’ home. I was devastated. So began a 16+ years of estrangement. Last spring she told me she wanted to “divorce” me…She said many hurtful things that were so wounding. But God gave me the love and the grace to write an email to love on her, to encourage and affirm her and to tell her that I would always be her Mom, even if she choose to walk away. That has slowly turned things around and today, she will talk to me, answer my emails and even invited me to stay with her last summer for a family wedding. Praise God.

    • Cathy, what an amazing story of a mother’s faithfulness. I have been through hard times with my kids before too. We just have to be there for them and pray they make it back to us. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Your book sounds beautiful, Dawn! Here is a little something I wrote about my daughters a few years ago called Mother Daughter Lunches.

    Both of my adult daughters, on separate days, when knowing they had a day off from work coming up—called to ask me to have lunch with them. It just came across to me as an extra measure of blessing to this mother that my grown daughters want to spend time with me, and I do not take it for granted.

    When our children are small, they love you and are devoted to you, no questions asked. Then they grow up as children must, and you want them to be independent. You know that you have to give them wings…you also know you will eventually have to let them go.

    Mother daughter lunches start out at McDonalds with French fries, happy meals, chicken nuggets, and the playground. Then you graduate to tea room lunches, and then they graduate—literally. They go off to college and truly grow up and come back beautiful young women, and you wonder if they will come back to you.

    When Amy and Mary each called and invited me to have lunch with them—I knew they had come back to me. I knew that many more tea room lunches were in our future.

    I call myself blessed because I have these two beautiful, loving daughters! And I must say they are becoming even more beautiful and amazing with every passing year.

    I am so grateful for the privilege of being a mother to two precious little girls who grew up to be two wonderful young women. Being their mother has been a most cherished honor that I will always treasure. Mother daughter lunches are among my favorite memories, then and now, and I hold them all close in my heart.

    Her children rise up and called her blessed. Proverbs 31:28a (NKJV)

    • Kathy, what a blessing that your daughters have come back to you! That’s an encouragement to moms who are in that in between stage. Thank you!

  3. So interesting this is on my birthday, and what trauma with my grown daughter. I don’t think this is the way the Lord wanted things to be. Heartwrenching, can there be real healing and some much needed change after all that has happened concerning her family too? Help us Lord. I could not begin to read the book, it would be too painful, but I am sure many will love it. Far from a storybook is this mess.

  4. Just wanted to share that I have a friend who came from a family where she was the only girl, the youngest, with two brothers. She herself has seven children-five girls and two boys. Not even sure how many daughters she had before she had her first son but I do know that the second son is the youngest child. It’s amazing how God gives children to parents, I have known families comprised of only boys or girls, or a mixture of both. My father in law died in 1990. When he became ill his oldest child, a daughter, had two daughters of her own. His youngest child, a boy, also had two daughters-and then a few short months before my father in law died his only grandson was born so he got to be aware of that. God bless all the parents out there, whether they have sons or daughters. I wish my late mother in law had been alive to witness the birth of her only great grandchild (well, only at this point!), a boy.

  5. Dawn,

    Congratulations on the book. I know it will be special for all moms out there. Raising boys is different from raising girls. I have heard that fathers tend lean more towards girls & moms more so the girls. Moms can have a big impact on girls. They can pass on cooking secrets, & womenly advice.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. I love this!!! I had two boys before my daughter arrived. She is truly the opposite of me. The girl I wished I could had been. She is outgoing, funny, and of course, the son my husband wished the boys could had been. It is funny how she is the only one who wants to do stuff with her dad. This will be the first year her dad takes her hunting with him. She is so excited and am ready to wear the full cameo gear. What a blessing it is to have a daughter! She totally turned my macho husband into this mushy mellowed guy. Of course he denies this all the way but we know who he was and who he is today as a result of her. I will admit though, that boys are so easy to raise. Thanks for sharing.