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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. These are encouraging words, Dawn! As my boys become men, I see the ways in which they have been shaped by their time in this particular family, and am so grateful for God’s wise choice in placing us together.
    Blessings to you as you discover all that God has planned for your serving heart.

    • We women must uplift ourselves knowing the importance of each and everything we do!
      This article is a brilliant way of shining light on that particular fact. We need to love ourselves
      because we are accomplishing so much by being women. Thank you Dawn, thank you.

    • Yes, Michele, I always tell my kids that for whatever reason, God chose us to be their parents and them to be our children—we’re meant to be together and learn from each other. 🙂

  2. This was a wonderful post Dawn, thank-you for sharing your words with us. I am grateful for the many things I learned from my Mother. Although I could never be her, I can take what I’ve learned to try to be the best I can be.

    Have a blessed day all,

    • Penny, mothers have such a profound influence on their kids and although you can’t be your mother, I’m sure you’re exactly the one your kids need. 🙂

  3. Thank you for this, Dawn! I love the reminder that an “everyday, simple life” has treasure troves of wisdom, experience and depth that can be drawn from to bless and encourage others. We rarely need a microphone or a pulpit; we just need a daily life that has walked the walk of journeys easy and hard. I appreciate how you painted the picture of this reality!

  4. Dawn,

    Thank you for the encouragement to be who we were created to be. I, too, felt led to start sharing my story through a website. I love being able to tell the same stories to more ladies, not only the ones I’ve had the privilege of sharing a cup of tea with over the years.

    God has made us so uniquely and we need to celebrate that! I take joy in knowing that He has prepared me to share, and has prepared my audience to hear.

    Keep at it! Blessings!

  5. Dawn, thank you for the pleasant memories your post has brought back. My
    only children have been the four-footed ones with fur and the ability to purr in my ear . The lessons my mom taught were of love, hope, faith in God, and how to find something to be happy about no matter where we were. Both of my parents taught me that being female did not mean the world owes me anything and that it did NOT limit my potential. What important life lessons, given that we moved 27 times in 12 years and I went to 21 different schools while in public school. Your message to women as we age is so important and will bless so many that can’t bring the subject up or have no one to talk to about such a sensitive subject. God bless.

    • What powerful life lessons you learned from your family! I think you are right about how much we need people willing to tackle this sensitive subject as we age. Thank you for your words!

  6. Beautiful post, Dawn. Often we look for something big and flashy, but there’s so much to be found in the simple and ordinary. Thank you so much for sharing this. ❤️☺️

  7. I would love to sit in one of your classes! Maybe you can share it in book format some day? Or an online class? Thank you for this encouraging and inspirational blog post.

  8. Hi Dawn,

    Can you send me some information about the hormone balancing oils that you recommend? Thanks.

  9. Thank you for this, Dawn. Very timely and encouraging. My mom modeled grace and kindness in a way that influenced me from an early age. By the time I was a teen I was well aware our family had a different standard from the norm with respect to honoring others. What a legacy we are entrusted with!

  10. My mother’s encouragement to me as a child and teenager to be my own person and to not put too much stock into what others think about me or what I should be have helped me tremendously as an adult already (I’m standing at 22 yrs old right now, so I know I probably have a lot of life ahead of me still). She and my Father encouraged my sister and I to be independent and strong women, to learn skills and play with toys and video games that maybe don’t or didn’t fit gender norms in the 1990’s into the 2000’s (where we spent most of our time growing up). They let us know that we were capable and expected to make our own decisions, to have our own responsibilities, but also that it was okay to ask for help. These and many other of her encouragements and life lessons are helping me as I continue to transition into an increasingly ‘adult’ life.
    And the experiences and knowledge that I currently have, I use to help encourage and teach friends of mine, and girls younger than me. In particular, I have a Timothy who just turned 19 and dropped out of college who is a little behind me in life experience and who I’ve been mentoring for several years now. I hope that throughout my life I have the opportunity to mentor to other women, as well as my own children one day (when I have them).

    • Katheryn, it sounds like your parents set a great example for you and your sister and you’ve grown into a caring and compassionate woman. May the Lord bless you!

  11. Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’m prayerfully considering creating a small group for women Christian artists in my home town. I love brainstorming up big ideas to create change within the Church body but I struggle with feelings of inadequacy when faced with taking the next step. Your blog post is an encouragement to me and others to step out in faith to use the gifts God’s given us. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel—do it!! Your idea sounds amazing and like a great blessing for artists in your area. Use your gifts and your desire to bless others!

  12. I am 57 with 2 grown daughters. I have 3 beautiful grandkids. I use to laugh at my grandmother having scissors in her kitchen. Now I do! Can’t do without them because some packaging nowadays is too hard to open! But my heart looks back at all the things she taught my mom and then my mom teaching me…and now I pass it to my girls.
    What a beautiful post. We have neighbors that are in their early 30’s and we have become very close. Her 4 children in tow are always welcome in my home. My experiences help her…. and she is a caring friend. Sometimes we look at the children and are in amazement of what has been passed down, simple things like politeness, taking turns. We just watch and smile. Thank you for your post, Dawn.

  13. I would love to know more about the oils that you can use to balance hormones. Where can I find that information? Thanks!

  14. Dawn,

    Women need to share their stories. It helps us to see we are not alone in this world. In the book of Titus God instructs older women to mentor younger women. Our life experiences should be passed on To help nurture others. & shape lives. We live in a sinful me first, greedy society that has little respect for persons or ideas. Our core values need to passed on to other generations before we loose them to the world’s view of life. Thanks for heeding God’s word & being brave to teach others. I pray we can raise up more Godly mothers, daughters & friends. Let’s go share our stories & help shape lives!

    Blessings 🙂

  15. Hi Dawn, could you send me the information on hormone balancing oils, as well. Great post. Thank you for stepping out and being vulnerable.


  16. I am interested in what you shared in your class. Are you working on a book about it? Thanks!

  17. This is beautiful and true. I so agree with you that being a mother is one of the most influencing “positions” there is! So much so, that I try to include it on my work resume (“household and family management”), because although this doesn’t seem traditional, I explain how being a mother and homemaker has changed me more than any other single experience.

    We also need this encouragement as women in our middle years, that although things may not have turned out exactly as we had planned, God has a purpose in every detail of our lives. He is shaping us to lead right where we are, and equipping us with life skills to influence and help others.

    Thanks for this reminder today that it is all important and meaningful.