Book Festival Family Fun

With much anticipation, the Decatur Book Festival returned to one of it’s most thriving cities 15 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia – the City of Decatur. 

Annually, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), Emory University and the City of Decatur collaborate to bring this amazing book festival to life. Men, women and children travel near and far to enjoy street food, children’s activities, live music, and meet some of the most astute authors in the region. For more detailed information sbout the book festival then visit the official website at

https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/

At this event, I had the pleasure of listening to interviews of 2 amazing book authors – Stacey Abrams and Bill Curry. 

Stacey Abrams

Stacey, an American politician, lawyer and author served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and served as minority leader from 2011 to 2017 (Wikepedia 2019). Her intelligence, compassion and self motivation exudes in drive to represent the disenfranchised. It was truly an honor to have her sign my copy of her latest book – Lead from the outside – How to build your future and make real change.

For more information about Stacey’s book then click on the link below https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250214805

Bill Curry

Bill, a retired American football coach and former player, spends his time giving inspirational and motivational speaches about the positive impact and life lessons learned while playing the game of football. All of which are highlighted in his latest book, “Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle – Lessons Learned from a Football Life.

For more information about Bill and his latest book then visit his website at http://billcurry.net

Both my son and I found books that piqued our interests. This event was not only a fun festival of events, but an educational experience focusing on compassion, collaboration and community.

The next time a book fair is in your town, take the kids and enjoy what it has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised.

I’d like to hear about your experience. Be sure to comment below.

– A Lavender Place

A Prayer for Tiresome Days

When the work day gets the best of you!

Dear single parents,

After a long, grueling and taxing work day take some time to restore your mind with this simple prayer…

Father, clear my sleepy head and fill my mind with expectation. Awake my slow body and energize my heart with love in action. Ignite my spirit and set this day on fire with promise. Make the ordinary extraordinary. Engage me, show me your kingdom alive. Help me to see that every waking moment is full of promise because of you. Amen.

All the best,

-A Lavender Place

Source: https://www.womansday.com/life/g25635068/morning-prayers/

Be a TESTimony

We survive our troubles to provide for those in need; therefore, single parents are encouraged to build meaningful and positive relationships with people other than their children. These friendships serve as a foundation to build the support system needed in a one parent home. This is by design and not open for discussion or debate. It is a master plan to aid in village growth. The same village that helps protect their children.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalms 46 1-3 NIV).

Difficult times breed life lessons which result in personal elevation. Once the difficult time, known as a TEST, has passed it becomes a TESTimony. It is our responsibility to share this testimony with someone in need.

Keep giving! Keep living! Keep thriving!

What is your TEST? Share your TESTimony in the comments section and be a blessing to other single parents.

I look forward to reading your comments.

-A Lavender Place

A Single Parent’s Daily Prayer

A parent, especially a single one, needs to be filled and fueled, daily.  It is necessary to take time to speak positive affirmations, meditate and find a center – the place in one”s mind that brings tranquility. Be very intentional when refocusing and birthing good thoughts.  Watch how much calmer, patient and productive you are. Try reading this Single Parent’s Prayer to start the day and then share your personal positive results with me in the comments section of this page.

Be the example of greatness! Namaste!

– A Lavender Place