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Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a ...
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Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a thought-provoking quote, and a relevant verse from Scripture.
Kisses of Sunshine for Women: a deep and heartfelt look into what it means to be a woman—turning everyday experiences into sparkling reflections of hope and joy. Coauthored with Thelma Wells.
Kisses of Sunshine for Moms: tales that range from heroic and hilarious stories of first-time moms, to the joys and struggles of single parenting, to the beauty of watching your children grow up. Coauthored with Ellie Kay.
Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas: from sweet and sentimental birth stories, to grandparenting a stepchild, to humorous lessons learned from grandkids, to the caregiver generational 'squeeze.' Coauthored with Gracie Malone.
Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters: celebrations of sisterhood that happen as a result of being born and bonded into the same family—or that emerge simply from the love growing inside our hearts with friends who become our sisters.
Kisses of Sunshine for Teachers: encouragement and salutations to those who spend every day at one of the most important jobs in the country—teaching. Coauthored with Vicki Caruana.
Doin' the Pinkie Swing, by Dawn Baker.....12
Two Cooks and a Skillet of Noodles,
by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....15
Trick or Treat? by Lianne M. Belkas and Janis A. Wadden .....19
The Throne Room, by Carol Kent.....22
Sister Squad to the Rescue, by Pam Cronk.....26
My Sister Kicked Me! by Sonia Kohler.....30
Blessed Assurance in the Hayloft, by Carol Kent.....34
My Hair-Brained Extreme Makeover, by Brenda Fassett.....37
A Tribute to 'Foo Foo,' by Carol Kent.....41
What Would You Like, Sis?
by Lucinda Secrest McDowell.....44
Bubbles and Troubles, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....47
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words,
by Barbara Bond-Howard.....51
The Sister with Five Mothers, by Joy Carlson.....54
The Most Prized Possession, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....57
A Changed Heart, by Jolanta Hoffman.....61
This Is What Sisters Do, by Jill Lynnele Gregory.....64
Kitchen Patrol, by Kelly King.....68
A Trip to France, by Nancy Hanna .....72
Timely Advice, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....77
A Sister with a Secret, by Charlotte Adelsperger.....80
Joined at the Hip, by Cynthia Reynolds.....84
Lavish Lips, by Carol Kent.....88
A Closet Full of Joy, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....91
One of My Toughest Choices, by Traci Ausborn.....95
Three Sisters and a Butcher Knife, by Page Hughes.....99
Angel Face, by Carol Kent.....102
Christmas Eve Competition,
by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....105
Oh, Bring Us Some Kitty Pudding, by Allison L. Shaw.....108
The Poinsettia Parade, by Anne Denmark.....111
A Tent and a Purse Full of Rocks, by Pam Cronk.....114
Twins Born Four Years Apart, by Carol Kent.....118
My Sister's Handiwork, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....121
Wedding Day Blues, by Jeanne Zornes.....125
The Benefits of Having Blonde Sisters, by Carol Kent.....129
My Sister's Defender, by Jill Lynnele Gregory.....133
A Memorable Road Trip, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....137
Sistah! Sistah! by Toni Schirico Horras.....141
A Cherished Treasure, by Shirley Carter Liechty.....145
Diaper Service, by Elizabeth Murphy.....149
The Shopping Divas, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....153
The 'Healing' Quilt, by Anne Denmark.....156
Two Lives—One Heartbeat, by Charlotte Adelsperger.....160
Bunny Hill Sunshine, by Jennie Afman Dimkoff.....163
A Matter of Perspective, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....167
The Color of Sunshine, by Carol Kent.....170
Hospital Hair Care, by Linda Neff.....173
Bicycles and Butterflies, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....176
Just Patched Together, by Jeanne Zornes.....180
Sister Saves the Family Farm, by Nancy Hanna.....184
Going Home, by Shari Minke .....188
About Carol Kent, General Editor.....192
Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters Copyright 2005 by Speak Up, Inc.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kisses of sunshine for sisters / Carol Kent, general editor.—1st ed.
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doin' the pinkie swing Dawn Baker The bond between sisters is unique, stretching and bending through periods of closeness and distance,
but almost never breaking.
Carol Saline My mother was only twenty-four years old when she died in an automobile accident, leaving three small children. My little brother was six months old, I was a year and a half, and my big sister was almost three. Dona and I are only seventeen months apart and during our growing-up years, we always shared a bedroom.
Many nights we went to bed afraid and lonely, and we were somewhat confused about life. Dona wasn't sheepish about her nighttime fears; I always tried to hide mine. Our bedroom was small and we had twin beds that were always next to each other,
separated only by the walking distance between them. Frequently,
well after we should have been asleep, Dona would whisper to me, 'Are you awake?' I often pretended I hadn't heard her. If I answered her question, she would sometimes ask if she could climb into bed with me for a while. More often she just kept asking in a louder and more intense whisper, 'Are you awake?' until I finally answered, or until she did wake me up!
My sister always wanted to talk, but after I became tired,
she would settle for a slim amount of physical contact. She would whisper 'pinkies' to me and I knew what that meant.
We would reach across the narrow space between our beds,
both lying on our tummies, and hook our pinkie fingers together and swing them to comfort each other. The touch of a sister's hand consoled both of us. Finally we would fall asleep peacefully.
I never realized how much our 'pinkie swing' meant to me until she went away to college a year and a half ahead of me.
Suddenly I was gripped with fear, finding myself in a bedroom at night all alone for the first time. I started pinning Scripture to my window shade and pulling it down to my eye level and reading it over and over again until sleep overtook me. 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee'
(Isaiah 26:3 KJV). 'I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety' (Psalm 4:8). Those words made my heart calm and peaceful.
Dona and I are grown women now and both of us know that Scripture is the best antidote to fear. As adults, Dona and I occasionally have a chance to hang out together. We still face fearful situations. With a smile, one of us will call out 'pinkie swing,' and we instantly know the comfort and courage that comes from a supportive sister. God gave two little girls reassurance through 'the nights of life.' And he's still doing that today.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.