We would like to thank the countless family and friends that listened, prayed, edited, supported, and came alongside us as we wrote this book with God’s direction. This book has been a labor of love for eleven years. One thing we truly believe is God’s timing is the right and perfect timing. We believe the stories in this book were divinely appointed to be there and many would not have been included, if this book was not done in God’s timing.
Trish Groeninger is married to an amazing and very supportive man (Rick Groeninger), a mother of three and grandmother of three. She has been an elementary teacher and educator for over 25 years. Her passion and love for Jesus led her to an adoption and through that journey to the idea of co-writing this book. She has a heart for service and loves to go on mission trips to share Jesus with others. She writes to share the love of God, His truths, and promises. Her desire and prayer is that anyone reading this book will know they are worthy and loved, believe in the one true God, find salvation through Jesus Christ, and hope through the Holy Spirit as they experience their own WAM moments.
Kenneth D. Allen by family known as “Butch”. He has been married for thirty-seven years to his wife Patty. Kenny has five children and one that died at birth from his first marriage. Patty has four children from her first marriage. Her oldest son died of cancer at the age of thirty-one. Kenny worked in the coal mine for thirty-one years. Through all of life’s ups and downs, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was a preacher at his child’s graveside and said these words,” Dear loving Jesus.” At that moment, His life was changed. Through this book his prayer would be for others to have a dear loving Jesus moment. In Jesus name.
Pam Martin was married and a mother of one daughter and was blessed when she married Warren to add two of his children to her family. She was a grandmother of nine. She was a High School Mathematics teacher at Williamsville for about ten years and Glenwood High School for twenty-five years. She received the Academic Hall of Fame award from Glenwood High School school in 2013. She kept busy all the time, was so positive always, dedicated in every aspect of her life, and spent a lot of time praying and encouraging others. Her smile brightened a room and her laugh was contagious (you couldn’t help but laugh with her). Her love for the Lord was shown in her words and actions. She was a true prayer warrior and a treasured friend and loved one. She lost her battle to Leukemia on January 12, 2017 and is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior laughing, organizing, and praising Jesus. Her fingerprints and love for the Lord are embedded throughout the words and pages of this book.
Michelle Lemley designer of the cover grew up in Carthage, Illinois and moved to the Springfield area in 1999. Michelle was blessed with two wonderful boys who are now thirteen and sixteen. Alex is the oldest and was diagnosed with a rare infection when he was only one years old. His infection eventually ate part of his knee bone in his right leg and has endured several surgeries on his legs to try and keep them the same length. As of now, he is done with surgeries as his trouble area is done growing and he continues to grow in other areas. God has truly heard our prayers and blessed this situation. Peyton is the youngest and is always an energetic spirit to everyone with whom he comes in contact. Michelle continues to live in the Springfield area working as a graphic designer for a family business that has been around for over fifty years and is so blessed with the family and friends around her and those who are not so close.