Blog Entry:

To Bless Your Heart

July 31, 2013

I’ve struggled with how to introduce myself.  With humor to make you laugh? With gut-wrenching honesty to make you wince? With a long diatribe of big words to impress you? Well, I settled on the first two. 

You can see from the picture above that I’m a blue-eyed Southerner. Funny how there’s as much a look to Southernness (I love making up words that spell check doesn’t know) as there is a sound. I guess it is pretty easy to spot one of us coming down the street, especially in New York City.

When we open our mouths, any wondering is put to rest. 

We take a five-minute story and turn it into a half-hour, spell-binding, sit-on-the-end-of-your-chair tale that leaves you exhausted and ready for a glass of our finest sweet tea. There is purpose in our ramblings. We want to entertain you to serve you. We want to make you feel like family. Well, better than family…we want you to feel like an honored guest in our midst.

If it will help you feel better, we’ll share the intimate details of our lives. We’ll give you lots of reasons to keep on keeping on, no matter how much your heart is aching.

I do believe that’s the reason why I’m doing this at this time in my life. I’ve lived long enough to have been through enough to have learned enough that might just help you feel better. (Only a true Southerner could have written that sentence.)

I plan to share lessons learned from the life God has given me. Maybe you’ll see that He laid it all out before He ever created me in my mother’s womb.

My life began in a playpen in the back corner booth of the “Help-U-Self” diner in a small Southern town while Mother worked our way out of poverty.

When I was ten years old I knelt beside my bed and asked the Lord to “make me a missionary” after hearing a message that drove home the truth that mission work begins at home. Seems only fitting in light of that prayer, that years later I studied interior design and practiced professionally after becoming a wife and before I became a mother.

I’ve seen through the years that it takes a beautiful heart to turn a house into a beautiful home. It has very little to do with money and things. It has much more to do with who you are than what you have.

I’m a woman, wife, mother and grandmother, on a mission to bring about a return of respect and civility to our society for the sake of generations to come.

I am Jill Anne Boler McDonald Rigby Garner. Guess you can see from my full name why I have a lot of stories to tell. I sure hope they’ll make you feel better, ‘cause I really do want to bless your heart.

I hope you will join me as we explore the interior design of the heart.

From my heart to yours,


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