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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: I Left My Heart...
By Donna New


I’m single, never wed, but I have thirteen children. I love each one with all my heart. The problem is I live in one part of Florida with half of them and the other half lives four hours away. They are my nieces and nephews, actually but they are my heart and soul as if they were my own.

I have the privilege of going before God for them one by one and that brings great peace. But the half that I don’t live with, I miss their day to day lives. Their moms and dads keep me informed from time to time. And I visit three or four times a year. The trouble to my soul comes when four of them are graduating from high school or college and I try to be there for each graduation party. Dilemmas arise!

The five I live with are so much fun. They each have a great sense of humor and they are caring and sweet natured. The ones I don’t live with each have a great sense of humor and they are caring and sweet natured. I wish I could introduce each one to you. You would fall in love as I have.

I learned from one the importance of exercise and being courageous. “This…is…Sparta!” I learned from another the importance of dark chocolate and a sweet niece on a dismal day. From another I learned how to be myself because he is just like me and yet free to be him. Then one taught me the freedom and healing of being on the water in a sailboat. I’m learning from one not to be pushy about what I believe. Gentleness is better where that is concerned. I learned from several of them that if you have talent it is better to be humble than famous and that just may get you famous some day. I learned from one how reading the right Book can change your life for the better, from one the power of a smile to dispel a nervous moment. I learned from all of them the life forgiveness offers. I love them each deeply. With what peace and joy they all have affected my life.

So I live with half of my heart in one place and half of my heart in another, praying we’ll all be together in one place some day. Maybe that will happen here on earth. I hope so but it will definitely happen in heaven. I bet heaven just can’t wait for us!

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Jeanne E Webster 06/06/09
I'm still confused about how many children you live with, but I love the dynamics here! Your nieces and nephews seem to be educating their aunt. What excellent interplay between all of you.

This article has a great devotional theme. Why not expand it with more discourse and perhaps some scripture? Keep writing, as you have a definite writer's touch.
Sara Harricharan 06/08/09
This is a lovely opening. I did want to read more, to know about this Aunt and all her different nieces and nephews, this can most definitely be expanded! Great stuff, thanks for sharing!
diana kay06/10/09
interesting the split. I think if you could have maybe just described a couple of them in more detail it would have made it more interesting reading