Yearly Archives: 2012

Everybody’s Best Friend

MANSFIELD, TX — Duke, Winston and Max know how to light up a room. They’ve really never met a stranger, and everyone loves them. They seem to bless everyone who gets to spend even the smallest amount of time with them. Although their language is difficult to understand, they always seem to know how […]

A Cradle Full of Dreams

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — The clock was ticking and the wait was interminable. At the end of 48 hours, Justin and Heather Blackwell would experience the greatest joy of their lives or their deepest sorrow. They were trying to adopt a baby girl, and in Texas, the birthmother cannot sign the adoption papers until 48 […]

Believing in Her Gift

RED OAK, TX — Americans have always enjoyed watching the Olympics, and the games held in London this past summer were especially exciting. During the Parade of Nations, members of Team USA strolled proudly through the stadium waving to a multitude of cheering onlookers. The best athletes in the world had gathered to compete […]

From Trash to Treasure

DESOTO, TX — A famous artist was once asked how he created a famous work. His response was quite simple. He noted that all was well when he had a brush or chisel in his hand. He wasn’t happy unless he was working on a piece of art. His joy came from creating. The […]

Cruising Waxahachie

WAXAHACHIE, TX — When Pete Borjas walks down the hall of the Waxahachie Police Department, it’s obvious he belongs there. His dark eyes and contagious smile broadcast that he likes being a cop. But it wasn’t his first love. Pete made a detour to the United States Marine Corps before wearing a policeman’s uniform. […]

Full of Light

WEATHERFORD, TX — Living in an underground house provides great energy savings. It also attracts water, through mysteriously appearing cracks in the roof under the earth. Exploring solutions and focusing on family, Earl and Barbara King make the most of their stunning abode together. Earl grew up close to another Weatherford, in Oklahoma, near […]

Driving Faithful Devotion

GRANBURY, TX — Faith, family and good-old fashioned values are the foundation of John Bratta’s philosophy on life. His outlook and beliefs hinge on his trust, conviction and reliance on a loving God. John’s ideals are rooted in devoted gratitude for his good fortune. From his handsome water-front Granbury home to the two striking […]

On Top of the Game

ENNIS, TX –“My dream is to be an Olympian,” said the soft spoken fifth grader. Paige Lemonia, an A honor roll student, attends Dorie Miller Intermediate in Ennis, and she loves playing sports. Her list of extracurricular activities is dizzying. She plays tennis and basketball, and participates in gymnastics. Paige is also a track […]

Behold the Vision

KERENS, TX — Visitors to last October’s Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival enjoyed events in a venue, which holds both wonderful memories and yet boasts of a beauty and a spirit of community that has been reignited in this former railroad town. With a location in the heart of Kerens, the Garden Park is an […]

Hope on a Harley

BURLESON, TX — Tattoos are something many children see from the witness stand while giving testimony in a courtroom. As they look at the Harley Davidson motorcycle-riding men and women in leather vests, they aren’t fearful or intimidated. In fact, what they feel is quite the opposite — comfort, reassurance and friendship. That’s because […]