December 18th Wedding

Christopher Wood and Emily Kate Hollis were married and we surrounded them with family love and support for this important union. We are pleased as we watch two young people who love the Lord begin their life together in building for a ministry together!

Christmas celebration at Christmas

Wes and I spent Christmas in Montgomery with our Bethea family. Wonderful to intrude into their family traditions, food and fellowship! Jonathan proposed to Heather on Christmas morning and we expect to be involved in still another wedding before the end of June. Celebrated on the 27th with Kathryn Mae Kimbrough - her 1st birthday. With so many - it is easy to celebrate some outstanding event at least once a week!

Christmas at Thanksgiving

Every other year, our family gathers for several days to celebrate Christmas at Thanksgiving (the next year at Christmas). We have 39 - soon to be 40 in our growing family. All but dear Hannah who is in South Asia were present on Thanksgiving Day...Brunch at 11:00 after Wes, Jr. and grand daughter, Morgan ran the 1/2 marathon.

After the meal, all 38 gathered in the Dining Room. During the next two hours plus, we had a praise/prayer glorious time! Everyone spoke including the youngest grandchild, just turned 8, up to the eldest, PawPaw. They shared about 2010 and concerns and prayer requests for this next year. Who could possibly ask for anything more?! Not me, praise You, Father, Who made it all possible!


WES completed a specialty class on Sunday mornings at our church, FBCW...ten sessions. This is a great study based on his book, "From the Shop Floor to the Top Floor" and he would be delighted to arrange to do the same with any group in the Metro Atlanta area.


Wes will be teaching a breakout session at the Men's Conference at First Baptist Church, Woodstock for the fourth year! Wonderful conference that Pastor Johnny Hunt has done for many years. It is a blessing to be a part of this important happening. (12,000 men or so for the two weekends)


January plans include a conference for Russian ladies here in the Atlanta area - several churches invited. I will be sharing (with a translator, of course!) "What About Me?" and "Man Looks on the Outward".

Plans are being made for me to teach a Ladies' Conference in the Ukraine, November 11th and 12th, 2011. For me, this is exciting and unbelievable that the Lord is opening that door. The book, Her Husband... , has been so readily received and taken to heart by many Russian ladies. I cannot but stand in awe at the work of the precious Holy Spirit.

EASTSIDE Baptist Ladies' Retreat

March will bring a wonderful time with ladies on retreat to Chattanooga. Something that I am really looking forward to teaching! Will enter the theme the Eastside ladies adopt soon.

Keepers at Home FBA

It was such a joy to speak to the "keepers" again last week. Having finished the editing of the book Bending the Twig, it was fresh in my mind and certainly in my enthusiasm to share with mothers how the Lord would have us to raise up our children! I am truly a blessed woman as I am given such opportunity!

I am so pleased that FBA is inviting me for a continuing guest speaker time about once a quarter. Precious Lord, use me!

EXCEL "Swan Song"

You experience grief at the end of a "season of life". After sixteen years of being blessed by touching the lives of young women and their families from all over the USA and other countries, I say goodbye to a remarkable season - E.X.C.E.L. We had a wonderful week in October...teaching the subjects I enjoy so much to a great group of ladies. It was a sad reality when Mr. Bell read the notation on the plaque they gave me. The curtain has fallen. And I have many cherished memories!

Ladies at First Baptist Church, Atlanta

This Tuesday morning, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of young ladies at FBA - and what attentive, responsive women they are!!! I have been befriended on FB by several and the notes of confirmation have been such a joyful reading. I wonder if people realize how exciting and rewarding it is to a speaker to have the individuals give testimony of what the Lord is doing through them!!!! WOW!


The Fall EXCEL school will take place...PTL! September 20th - November 13th. If you know of any young lady that would enjoy and benefit from this 8 week school in Dallas, Texas, please check it out:

Russian Baptist Camp

Wes and I taught at the Russian Baptist Family Camp. Enthusiastic group - great fellowship and delightful lunch. Natalie, our grand daughter taught the teens and stayed the entire day with the group. What a blessing!

Great trip to Chattanooga

Wes spoke to the Piedmont group - an awards, recognition trip - their first. What a great group of young men and women. We very much enjoyed our 3 day-2 night trip with them. They went rafting on the Oconee...Wes and I enjoyed the spa. Wes did a great job communicating as he spoke to the group and answered questions.

the month of May

It was a great blessing to share with the MomsCare Group at FBCWoodstock. It is always a joy to travel to other areas and speak, but there is also the specialness of sharing in one's own church or local community! The young ladies in this group were so receptive and responsive as I taught about "What are You Looking AT?" Bad grammar but it does encourage us to focus on the important issues of What, Who, or Where we look for our victory. As Daniel looked away from the lions and focused on his heavenly Father; as Peter was looking unto Jesus, he walked on the water. As soon as he began to look at his circumstances, he sank!


We, both, spoke at Sure Connexions luncheon in February and at the Sure Connexions luncheon at Atlantic Station on April 13th.. So great to speak to different folks and make new friends.

Wes spoke at Samford University, Birmingham, ALA, School of March 10th, Business, "Currency or Character". It was a great driving trip and we enjoyed meeting many gracious people, professors, deans of Samford.

The following week, Bernadine flew to Flint, Michigan where she taught a Ladies' Conference - for churches in the region around Otisville. Another group of wonderful, gracious ladies and Pastor Leroy was a gracious host.

On the 28th, Bernadine will be speaking to the Moms'Care Group at FBCWoodstock for their Spring Tea.

On May 24th, Bernadine will be speaking at a banquet for Mothers Group at First Baptist Church, Atl.

May 20th, we will drive to Chattanooga where Wes will be speaking to Wells Customer Relations Group.