For some time I've felt called away, if you will, to concentrate on things much bigger than myself. I've spent time in the paradise-filled island of Bora Bora with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, spent valuable time with my children and have been more inclined to hone my heart at being a better wife and help mate to my husband. While away from my television career that I've enjoyed for some 18 years, I've also spent more time fasting and writing on my next book. There's been lots of fun along the way over the last 2 months, but some of the most rewarding moments have included visiting with strangers-turned-friends battling cancer, teaching my children the importance of giving, and living my faith in a more intense fashion.
My children enjoy making things for the homeless at the local Stewpot Community Services. They mold and make things with their hands under the direction of their babysitter. Each holiday, they like to make something unique for the homeless and for the 4th of July, they gave over 150 sunglasses with red, white and blue lanyards attached to each pair. My son Will said, "They thanked ME!" and that was all he needed to feel like he had given his best.
|Kids with their sunglasses individually wrapped to give to the homeless.|
While in Bora Bora, I had the opportunity to talk and visit with one of the locals. While their culture is quite interesting, they all have the same hopes and dreams for the future. In fact, they are a very loving people.
|Talking with one of the Bora Bora locals as he explains what his tattoos mean.|
My most recent stop included visiting with Kim Stribling. Kim is fighting breast cancer and her friend, Shirley Walker, emailed me a few months ago to ask if I would come for a surprise visit because Kim was a big fan of mine. It was one of the most inspiring visits I had made recently and I've been following her progress ever since. This last visit, I anointed Kim and her hospital room and even gave her a black pearl from my trip to Bora Bora. Kim lights up the room and lights up my heart. The "spiritual advancement" she's gone through recently has made her a beacon of light for so many in Vicksburg.
|Visiting with Kim in her hospital room waiting on round #6 of chemo.|
I'm reminded of my visit with Robert as I talk about in this video.
So, yes, I'm still here. I'm still at WLBT. But right now, I'm doing things that matter.