Welcome to Words of Encouragement

Welcome to Words of Encouragement

Welcome to the unveiling of my newly revised blog, under “new management” so to speak – new name, new purpose.

You’ll find this on my “About” page, as well, but it seemed appropriate as my first NEW post:

I decided to revise this, my very first blog, and dedicate it to my beloved Dad, Ben Willis, who lost his battle with lymphoma on Sept. 2, 2002. He was a giant of a man, loved by all who knew him, and one of his greatest strengths was his ability to encourage people. That, therefore, is the goal of this blog – to encourage others through stories, verses, thoughts, and other bits of inspiration.

The header, created in collaboration with my wonderful friend Becky of Stone Alley Hosting, is symbolic of several things. First, the brick background represents the fireplace at my parents’ home; many family occasions took place as we gathered in front of that fireplace in their livingroom.

Second, the photos in the header all represent special moments in his life and our lives with him:

*The blue chair – identical to “his” chair in the livingroom at my childhood home in New Hampshire, where my Mom and brother still live; the chair from which he shared so many of his words of wisdom and encouragement.

*Dad’s photo – on the left, this was from happier, healthier times, during one of the many camping trips he and Mom enjoyed.

*Our photo – in  the center, this is my Dad and me; I edited this photo from a much larger family photo from about 15+ years ago, to create a new one specifically for this blog.

*The rowboat silhouette – on the right, this picture was from another camping trip; this one has my Dad and my oldest daughter in it, fishing at dusk.

This blog is my attempt, in some small way, to honor my Dad’s memory and carry on his legacy of encouragement and inspiration, to help others as he helped all of us in his family, extended family, church family, and so many others during his lifetime. This is for you, Dad – I love you.

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. ~Ruth E. Renkel

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. ~Jean Paul Richter

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor

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11 thoughts on “Welcome to Words of Encouragement

  1. Karen, this is beautiful and if I didn’t know any better, you wrote this article about me and my dad. It brings tears of joy to my eyes to know that another daughter, like myself, came from a good home with a fabulous “man of the house.” It’s uncommon and you are so very blessed. What a great tribute to a wonderful man. Bless you my dear for carrying on his legacy! I love it!!

  2. Karen, this is absolutely beautiful! I know where you are coming from — the love you have for your dad.

    I have the same love for my dad, and you have set off so many wonderful memories. He was always so ready to laugh, hug and love and we all miss him as I know you miss your dad.

    Keep it up!

  3. With all my heart, I wish to thank you for sharing your wealth with us. It is generous beyond count and words.
    Dads are wonderful. God blesses a few of us with the perfect father, so when we doubt that there is a God a Creator, we can still be comforted.
    Thank you. You are beautiful.

  4. Loved this blog Karen! Your dad would be so proud of you! I know how much you miss him! We all miss him, too! He was a sweet, godly man who left an immense legacy!

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