Welcome to pat's books for children and living life in christ

About Me

My Background

I first started teaching Sunday school in the 7th grade in Verona, Missouri, where I was born and raised. After graduating High School I attended Missouri University and majored in vocational home economics. I later received training and certification for teaching elementary education in New Mexico.  Throughout my career I've taught all grades as either a substitute  or a regular teacher.  Between teaching assignments I served as Outreach Director for First Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N.M., at one time as well as Acting Children's Director for a short time. During our stay in Denver, I was a Realtor and co-owner of Century 21 Continental.  While in Denver, I taught the Ladies Sunday School class at Riverside Baptist Church.

Living in Missouri

For more than 20 years, while living in the Branson area, I've taught adult basic education and literacy in three communities for Crowder College and Ozark Technical College. I was awarded the Missouri Distinguished Adult Basic Education Service Award for distinguished leadership and dedication in all aspects of Adult Basic Education in the community, region, and state.  This award was given to one GED teacher in the state.  I was included in "Who's Who of American Women","Whos's Who of American Educators", & "Who's Who of American Business Women". I was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. I volunteer at Pregnancy Life Line to tutor those who want to pass the HISET test.  I currently teach the Senior Ladies Life Group at the First Baptist Church in Kimberling City, MO.

Writing Experience

Aside from being published with the four books offered on this website, I also write a weekly column for local newspapers entitled "Train Up A Child" which has been well received.  I also write a monthly column for the Missouri Pathway titled "Raising Children".  Both columns coincide with my blog called "Raising Kids - Ideas from the Lamb"  

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My Family

My Husband & I

Although my husband is no longer with us he will always be remembered for the vibrant and giving man who supported my endeavors to be a published author.

Kenneth & Steve

Kenneth is my oldest son who is a Managing Director for a non-profit in Bellingham, WA.  He shares his life with Steve who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia where he teaches for Corrections Service Canada.


Dave was my second son who was taken from us too soon.  David passed in May 2011.  He will always be remembered for his joviality and kindness who never had a bad thing to say and always made us laugh.

Patricia, Dylan & LeAndra

Tricia is my only daughter who is a Senior Risk Manager Western Region for Marriott. Dylan is Trisha's son and works as a mate for Trader Joe's. He currently resides with Trish in Long Beach, California.  LeAndra is Trisha's daughter who is an Engineer living in Denver, Colorado.

Charles, Kelly, Garrett, & Spencer

Charles is my youngest son and lives with his wife Kelly and his two sons , Garrett and Spencer, in Columbia, Missouri.  Charles is a division manager for PSSI in Missouri and Northern Arkansas.   Spencer is in elementary school and Garrett attends middle school.