I decided that I should leave a legacy of words and values, I pray, will transcend... 

excel, be, and go beyond the limits of worldly things. There’s nothing wrong with 

earthly wealth, but in many cases, when people build their lives around worldly 

things, status, position, investments, bank accounts and other securities of this 

world which can disappear in a moment… true happiness and peace of mind tends 

to elude them. 

Communion with God may be regarded as the highest exercise and truest happiness of our nature. 

According to Scripture… “Those who love and follow God are indeed at peace and wealthy,” with eternal riches.


To John-John and Jasmine Leilani:

John, you know I gave birth to you, but you should also know that you gave birth to me, as a mother, but my dear son… the real miracle of life occurred when your child, Jasmine Leilani was born… that is when mom became Grand-mommy Carole.

Children are God’s gift to us. We owe them our best. You have honored me, John, by trusting me with your baby… could there be a greater grace?

Jasmine Leilani, I was reminded of God’s love for me when I held you in my arms for the first time. You are a precious and adorable baby girl. You are a treasured gift from God. There is no one like you. You put a smile on my face, a lump in my throat, and you make my heart smile. I am grateful for your joy, your innocence, your smile, and being able to watch you grow. Thank you for the countless hugs, your caring deeds, your laughter, love, and sweet memories.

John and Leilani, I love you and wish for you the sun and moon. You all need to know that you are both smart enough and strong enough to stand on your own two feet. Keep looking up, not down. and allow God to give you the master key to knowing Him. God never faces a situation He cannot handle or a problem He cannot solve. His primary vehicle for revealing Himself to those who hunger and thirst to know Him is His Word, the Bible. 

The Bible is God's Divinely inspired, Authoritative Word. We need to read it. The Bible communicates pure truth about God... what God is like, what God has done, and what God expects of us, and none of its contents have ever been found inaccurate. There may be concepts we do not understand, but that never negates the fact that God’s Word is accurate. The Bible imparts truthful answers regarding life issues. The Bible is full of principles for equipping, restoring, and sustaining our lives. It is the most important Source we have for understanding how God wants us to live our lives.

Build yourselves a home filled with respect, love and laughter. Be content in it. Don’t look around and wonder what others have. Focus on what you have. Praise God often, stay humble, and be grateful.

Have two additional goals in life: wisdom... that is, knowing and doing right... and common sense.Don’t let them slip away. They will keep you from defeat and disaster and from stumbling off the high road to God. Read a lot. Exercise more, and always do unto others as you would have others do unto you. 

Don’t forget that God is greater than any of your concerns. Always seek God for the answers.

Build yourselves a vocation that you are passionate about. Success is measured not by material wealth but by the number of people you touch and if you have passion for your work, you will inevitably touch others.

“Don’t curse the darkness. Light a candle.” Be a contributor, not a complainer. Be a giver, and always be kind. 

Always remember and never forget: We are called to “take our hands off” and place our trust in God alone. Not in ourselves and our own abilities, not in the securities of this world which can disappear in a moment, not in our own righteous works that are fleeting – but in God Who wants us and loves us. 

Know also, that I have had a wonderful, fulfilled life full of love, joy, and learning experiences that stretched me... they helped me to grow and love God even more. Both of you have also taught me so much about what is important in life... thank you.

No one can tell anyone else how to mourn but don’t get bogged down in mourning. You have work to do, life to live and happiness to experience. Keep pressing on. 

People die out of these earthly tents, but love remains.  The time I spent with you all will always be.

For strength... always remember: God is with you, God will protect you... wherever you go... every step of the way. 

John and Leilani, you both have given me tremendous happiness. My only sadness is in leaving you, but I will be around… in spirit.


Mom/ grandmommy Carole