Judy remembers her mother shining their shoes on Saturday night for Sunday School each Sunday morning. Judy's childhood is one of fond memories of her family, "Mom made sure we all went to Sunday School and learned how to live."
Her mother's love and teaching is sure to be a factor in Judy's writing today, as well as in her winning the AMY Foundation Roaring Lambs Award in 1995.
The AMY Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world today. (The Amy Foundation also has a blogspot.) To be eligible for their contest, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture. The grand prize is $10,000. and Judy's web site also reflects this same spirit of the AMY Foundation.
Let's see what kinds of things shaped this mighty leader in Christian writing When She Was Just a Kid:
Childhood Ambition: Get Married and have children
Fondest Memory (then): Visiting Grandparents
Proudest Moment (now or then): Receiving College Degree
Biggest Challenge as a child or teen: Spelling Bees
My First Job: Babysitting
Childhood indulgence: Saturday Movie Matinee
Favorite Outfit as a child: Easter dress with matching coat and hat
Favorite Childhood Movie: Wizard of Oz
Favorite Childhood Book: Dick and Jane
Childhood hero: Dale Evans
Favorite Activity as a Child: Coloring books
Judy, Sweet 16
Judy says, "I had 1 brother and 3 sisters, and I loved spending nights and playing paper dolls with my cousin, Gayle.
"Christmas and Easter were very special with wonderful childhood memories. Every Christmas my brother and sisters and I would get up bright and early and slip into the living room. The tree,full of beautiful different colored lights, stood in the corner of our living room with our gifts under the tree. We didn't receive a lot of gifts, but I'll never forget the dolls and books (the Little Golden Books) I received over the years. Still remember it as such a wonderful time of love."
Judy and her husband have been married 40 years and "have been blessed with three children (now grown) and five grandchildren. We are planning to take the two youngest grandsons (Connor and Noah) to Disney World this fall."
Judy organized Central Georgia Christian Writers (CGCW) 2004
Check out some of Judy's links :
Moments of Reflection, Inspirational Thoughts for Writers
Living Abundantly Spiritually, Financially, and Physically
Then Comes the Morning