Always Start with Blessings Before Problems

Dear Reader:

Isn’t there so much truth in the title statement? Nobody likes asking a perpetual whiner how they are doing and get a 20 minute tirade of all their ailments, along with personality disagreements involving their family, doctors,  or “supposedly” friends.

*The person innocently inquiring now wants to run for the hills and will definitely avoid asking this person a second time… how they are doing.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be interested in someone else’s obstacles, whether it is about health or economic or whatever issues…but if everyone would just learn to start the response with a positive statement, a blessing, before mentioning a problem…they would be met with much more sympathy and understanding.

This is why I enjoyed my birthday weekend so much…when all the adults gathered for dinner…we had a choice…we could either talk about our problems or just have fun making fun of our problems…keeping things light and funny and often endearing.

All the gifts were so thoughtful and creative…a high folding lawn chair I can get out of to watch the children’s sports games with an attachment for a water bottle, more beautiful flowers…two-plant mums, orchids,  Two Charleston hot pink rice beads to share a friendship and story.



Trade them share them, or give them away…. instant classics, our vintage inspired Charleston Rice Beads are truly The New Pearls™!




And finally…speaking of a story…another  creative gift to end the evening…

Listen to this description….how cool is this idea?

We’ve gifted you a subscription to StoryWorth so you can record your stories for the family. After a year, we’ll print a beautiful book with your stories for us all to have!— Walsh, Mollie, and kids

This is how it works….don’t you love it?

Hi Boo,

Mollie Dingle wants to hear your stories and get to know you better, and has given you a one year subscription to StoryWorth.

You’ll get weekly prompts with an easy way to record your life, and at the end of the year you’ll receive a beautifully bound book of your stories.

Here’s how it works.

  • Every Monday, we’ll email you a question that Mollie has chosen for you, for example “How did you get your first job? or “What were your friends like in high school?”
  • All you have to do is reply to the email with a story.You’re welcome to attach photos as well.
  • Mollie gets emailed each story you record. You can add more recipients if you’d like other loved ones to receive your stories.
  • All of your stories are saved privately, and will be printed in a beautiful keepsake book at the end of the year!!!

*I looked up to see what the final album looks like and each recipient gets to choose colors, order of questions, style, etc. of their particular finished album. We can edit anything before making the final selection. Here is one sample.

StoryWorth makes it easy to print your family stories as a beautiful book. Having your stories online make them easy for everyone to access, but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands.

  • Choose the order of the stories and include pictures.
  • Beautiful hardcover designs that you can customize.
  • Choose between black and white or color.

We hope you enjoy it!


–Nick & the StoryWorth team

Nick Baum, founder


My first question comes today!!! I can hardly wait….I will share some of the questions periodically throughout the upcoming 52 weeks. I am so excited…what a terrific way to finally be able to do what I have wanted to do for so long….have a tactile, concrete memoir album for the children and grandchildren to read.

Part of my reason for doing the blog post initially started for this same reason… but then it evolved as a mixture of family memories, along with stories, observations, and metaphors on life.

What I soon realized… was that the longer the blog post lasted the closer all of you readers became to me…like part of my family…sharing back with new ideas and thoughts of your own that have helped me grow into a better person…more understanding of different views. Thank you!

…And thank you for all the wonderful cards, texts, and well-wishes for my birthday….I am a lucky woman indeed!

So until tomorrow….

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Fall keeps falling with decor around the garden!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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9 Responses to Always Start with Blessings Before Problems

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Another beautiful blog! I love the “Story Worthy”
    Idea! Talk about “right down your alley!”
    Our leaves are just beginning to turn. I too love Fall.
    Have a beautiful day! 😘❤️😘


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    That is the best gift ever…one of the sweetest gifts ever…thoughtful beyond reason that they want to know. Mother had me type up some things about her childhood one Christmas and named it Rachel Darling…and I bound it the way we did st school . It was a treasure to us.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      It is making this process so easy for me…since I type faster than I can write and think better typing…just finished answering the first question and found an old family photo to add to the story…one down….51 stories to go! this is so fun and easy!


  3. Sis Kinney says:

    Hi Becky!
    I LOVE this Story Worth plan! It sounds perfect – especially for you! And what a wonderful gift TO you that will eventually be printed! Amazing!
    Have a great week!
    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      People today are so creative…and I think COVID19 is allowing some people time to invent new ideas that perhaps they would not have had time for….prior to the pandemic….we must look for the positives in these uncertain times…and this idea if one for sure.


  4. Lynn Gamache says:

    Yes! What an awesome idea. I will be wishing for something the same someday, and if this doesn’t come my way then shall maybe have to initiate my own questions but have this once a week, (do this in a year) plan. Love it. Can’t wait to read your new book next Fall!


  5. Lynn Gamache says:

    Oops….just wanted to add a short P.S…..If any of you are into good movies and believe in “God Winks” then watch for episode three coming up in the next few months. It is being filmed here on our farm this week with Christmas happening in September up the lane at Jeff and Jenn’s home while we watch from our patio and marvel, Amazing the special effects that men can come up with!! ;But even so much more awesome to watch the seasons come and go with transformation happening all around us all the time thanks to the creativity of our Heavenly Father.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      That is the coolest thing….can you tell us the name of the movie…will be looking for it to see the scenes shot on your farm… exciting!


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