About the Author

Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. I’m in tear over your story that you shared. Thanks so much for sharing. I will hug my boy closer tonight. What a great reminder of how precious time is with our children. Every moment counts.

  2. Robin, what a beautiful story of courage! I knew that your mother had died of breast cancer, but the lengths she went to in order to provide for you & your siblings…she was a remarkable woman. As are you.

  3. That was truly beautiful! It astonishes me to think of the memories our minds hold. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  4. Amber, minutes count, friend :). Hug tight!
    Jeni, thank you….
    Angela, I loved writing it; it’s one way of bringing her to life, ya know?
    Andrea, thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts :).
    Mindy, I’ve forgotten so much, so I hold tight to those things I CAN remember!!
    Melissa, she really was a steel magnolia…and FULL of sass!

  5. Wow, that was amazing. Especially the part where you never saw her complain or cry. Thank you for sharing that beautiful story with us.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story. I needed to hear this today.
    I have a chronic illness that my doctors believe is progressive. Just this morning I was noticing how my body has obviously been growing weaker. Today I was wondering how much longer I may have to live. 5 years? 10 years? I have a three year old son and a baby girl on the way. How can I teach them and train them in time? I want to be there for them as they grow up, but that may not be the Lord’s will. How encouraging it was to read about the faith and legacy of your mother, and the lessons she passed down to you even in only 9 short years.
    Thank you.

  7. Wow. What an amazing mom who raised an amazing daughter for as long as she could. I love your writing and I ache for your pain and your mom’s pain. Congratulations on being a part of this wonderful site! I know you will be (in)couraged while (in)couraging others 😉 Love ya girl!

  8. Robin, this is beautiful. I’m typing through tears and want to thank you for the reminder that each moment is a gift and that what my children will likely remember most about me is not what I say, whether I cook the best meal each night, or whether the house is clean, but rather how I love them. Thank you, thank you.

  9. My mother died just ten days or so after being told she had lung cancer and lymphoma. I was eight, my brother was thirteen. She didn’t really have time to talk to us about it. She didn’t want to, I don’t think. No words of wisdom, no goodbyes…But God gave her friends and family who loved her very much. Through them, I have been blessed to get to know my mother, and to find that I am like her.
    Robin, you look like your mother. Sometimes, someone will tell me that they can see my mom in me, and I feel so honored. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Wow, Robin. I’ve never heard the whole story before. What an amazing story of faith, courage, and stubborn-ness! I’m glad that you have some memories to share with your children-and us!
    Bless you today!

  11. Robin, wow. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet, brave mother. As a mom, I can’t imagine holding it together while facing what she did. I can’t imagine being so brave. She is an inspiration, and I’m so thankful you shared her with us today.

  12. Yes, that’s courage, and amazing love; we are so very blessed to recognize the strength of the women who have gone before us and around us.
    I’m proud to post today on my own blog, proud to join in this wonderful community of blogging women.
    Thanks for sharing your story with us!

  13. Robin, this was a heart-wrenching but beautiful story of courage. I can see why you are the lovely woman you are! Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your heart with us, you definitely reminded me to treasure each moment…life on earth is so fleeting.

  14. Robin, what a beautiful and amazing story. I feel like I know a small piece of your mom, now and I’m proud of her with you. What an awesome example of courage and a mother’s love. Thanks for sharing your heart.

  15. Robin, your words capture so much of your mother–her life, heart. The courage you wrote of in her lives in you. I see it, know it, am blessed by it. Thank you for sharing her, and you, with us.

  16. What an honour to clutch at these words. Struck in my soul by such a woman… you changed this one , bless you Robin, and your heart for passing on pain and loss with dignity and inspiration.

  17. Wow Robin. I was not prepared for this story when I clicked on your blog today, but THANK YOU! Thank you so much for sharing such a beautifully touching story with us today. Your mother is so proud of the woman & mother you have become. You took after her example, that is clear! 😀 I have the sudden urge to sneak into my little mans room right now & sweep him out of his bed and just hold him for a while.

  18. Real words leave you with no words.
    Only a quiet gasping…
    It has taken me days to find words and wander back here. For days, I have carried around the faces of you and your mother.
    Now to carry your story, her story, out into a life.
    You’re like her…
    You change lives…
    All’s grace,

  19. The pictures of your mom are beautiful. I see her in you. I’m watching her in your daughter.
    I bet she was counting on those verses that promise blessings to generations upon generations of those who are faithful.

  20. Robin,
    What a blessing to stumble across this web site and suddenly realize “I know you!” The tender words of tribute to your mother are much deserved. I have a sweet memory of her coming into the 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school class I was teaching to talk about the material her precious girls were learning from. She wanted you and Laura to be learning scripture and the truth about Jesus and she wanted a book that you could study from together at home. As you stated so beautifully, she knew her time was short to “impress upon you the things most important to her.” God clearly honored the desire of her heart.
    Blessings to you and Laura!
    Debbie Ginn Settle

  21. I couldn’t help but think of my Mom and the countless ways she encouraged me over the years while savoring your post. I was lucky to have 39 instead of 9 years with my Mom, but I can assure you that when you lose a loved one, especially your Mom, there is no such thing as enough time. There is never enough time.

  22. Sadly, I don’t remember your Mom. I think we moved back to Athens near the time of her passing. But I’ve always considered you and Lora as sisters and being able to see and talk to both of you recently has truly meant the world to me. After reading this post and so many of the others in the last six months I feel confident in saying that I only need to look as far as you and Lora to truly see your Mom. As we’ve been known to say in the South..she marked both of you real good. Needless to say, she smiles daily at the results of her efforts. Love You Both! Blake

  23. Monica, well, hon…I hope it was a good thing {{hugs}}.
    Mary, she did…she really did :).
    Misti, love IS eternal; isn’t that beautiful??
    Angela, I was so thankful (in)courage prompted me to write it!
    Rachel, your comment pierced my heart; I’m praying for you.
    Lisa Beeee! You are such a source of encouragement for me! Thank you friend!! 🙂
    Jessie, girlieQ, you bless me to pieces, too! 🙂
    Ashley, you’re right, friend. Absolutely.
    Susan, your story touches me deeply, too. It’s not “normal” to grow up without your mom…I understand those repercussions. So thankful you had those who loved YOUR mom, bring her to life so you could know her better…:)
    Mary and Jennifer, thank YOU!
    Headless Mom, YOUR comment made me grin; Mama would love for others to “see” her stubbornness!!
    Mary, I guess God graces us with being able to handle difficult circumstances when we most NEED it…
    Dawn, oh, to leave that kind of legacy for MY children!
    Melissa, you strike me as a “treasure each moment” girl…and you’ve encouraged me in ways you might not ever know! 😉
    Hillary, thanks for sharing that; part of my reason for writing this was to bring my mom to life, to introduce her to others :).
    Amber, xo…always.
    Janera, good for you! It’s great blessing to encourage others; and to share each of our tales of courage!!

  24. This is sooo sad! I’m really depressed now. My mom has been fighting breast cancer for 8 years. I’m gonna go cry myself to sleep…

  25. What a beautiful story Robin. Makes me realize what we leave for our children when times are tough.Reminds me to keep my courage in the daily fight…Thank you for sharing.