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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. What a beautiful, thought provoking tribute! Your mom lives on with the lessons you’ve learned and are modeling for your children. Love resonates through your words.

  2. Dawn,

    Your mama taught you as much about life in her living as she did in dying. What a beautiful redemption of pain and loss, the tender traumas that shape us and draw us toward our Savior. This is lovely and important counsel <3.

  3. So appreciated this sharing of your life! My mom died at home of a heart attack-right before she turned 70…I turn 70 this fall so this year has been one of remembering and treasuring. And as you so well wrote, not wanting to waste the days as they truly are a gift from God. Thanks also for reminding us of how much influence we have as godly moms/grandmas in our families-we press on!

  4. I cried through this. Having lost my Mom 3 years ago your story truly touched me and showed me a new perspective.
    God bless and thank you ☺️

  5. “The effect of my mother’s absence in my life illustrates the importance of my presence.” “We do the best we can because it matters.” Love these thoughts.

    I appreciate all the thoughts in this post, Dawn. Losing a loved one really highlights the preciousness of life! Thank you for the reminder that though we won’t do it perfectly, we should still aim to live and love intentionally.

  6. Thank you for sharing your mother with us. My momma passed when she was just 44…I was just 22 and starting to have our children. So many things I wish I could have shared with her…3 more kids, 3 great grandkids for her so far, all the big and small things that she would have loved. She taught me so much in her short life and I pray daily that I make her proud.

  7. Dawn what lovely way you remember your Mum in this post. One thing you said your Mum was not perfect. None of us are. My Mum was not perfect I lost my Mum 5 years ago. There are things she did at times my Mum that annoyed me. But through it all I loved her and I lots of things she taught me about life and how to live it. That I carry manners were ever I go and she taught that to my sister’s too. As she said if you have manners you can go anywhere. Manner make you she said. She taught us to always forgive people and love people of all walks of life. No matter who they are. No matter what they did wrong to you. She my Mum was not saved. I don’t know was she saved before she passed away. I did pray for her Salvation. But I couldn’t tell her she needed to get saved. Or I get told of told to keep that part of what I believe to myself. But she showed one thing it helped me in my life. As I am now doing Home help for my elderly Dad. He not saved either no notion of getting saved you can’t tell him either just pray for him. To forgive him. As their Marriage broke up because he done wrong. She forgive our Dad. Because of us her Daughter’s and her Grandkids. It taught me to the right thing in Jesus eyes. If my Mum not saved can forgive my Dad so can I got give my Dad. Now as I said I am doing Home help for him at 82 years old. If I not forgiven my Dad I not be doing his Home help. My Mum when forgive could go to her Grandkids Birthdays parties etc and my Dad be there. Plus talk to him. Here not saved. So I could do me saved with God grace and help saying yes God with your help I can do it especially if my Mum not saved she can do it. When I look back at all this. Go to put flowers on her Grave on her Birthday and when she died. I can say every year is a good year. Because my late Mum even though like me had her faults and was not perfect. I am not perfect either. Through God taught me so much. How to have good manners as I say to love people of all walks of life and forgive even people you think you never forgive. Like my Dad. You theses things as they are right in God’s eyes she was not saved. So I live every year as my best because of God and how he used my Mum to teach me theses things. Love today’s reading Dawn. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  8. Our son passed away this year at just 40 years old. I can easily substitute “son” and “child” throughout your post. It feels like you have looked into my grieving heart, these words soothe my rawness. Thank you Jesus!

  9. Dawn,

    My mother came home from hospital & was bed ridden for two years-dementia. We finally put her on hospice to help dad out. She had many health issues before this. She used a walker & we had a handicapped tag for the car. She didn’t get to see some of the great grandchildren. Never attended any grandchildren’s HS graduations. She was 84. Watching her go as she did I’m determined not to have the same health problems. Going to live life to the fullest & enjoy each day the best I can.

    Blessings 🙂