My name is Dana Donovan Tramba, nickname is Dandy. I am a baby boomer who loves to use my gifts and passions to serve the Lord. Norm and I have been married since 1975 and moved from Kansas to Mesa, Arizona in 2003.
After retiring in 2014, I pursued Stonecroft.org, known as Mesa Women’s Connection and became friends with a team of women investing their time and prayer in women in our community. We accept women, where they are and as they are, mentoring them to be effective leaders and eventually Christ-followers.
I was a late bloomer and at age fifty finally got a Bachelors Degree from Manhattan Christian College in Bible/Business Management and Ethics. This education was the beginning of serious journaling, Bible study, and walking with God. Ten years later I became a certified life writing Instructor through Soliel Lifewriting Network in Lisbon, Maine. I facilitate memoir writing groups in Mesa and love motivating others to Save Their Life, One Story at a Time.
Through the years sharing stories with my writing friends has been life-changing. There were times when I feared being bold enough to express the truth about some of the darker times in my life. It never fails, someone in my writing circle comments, “I have felt that way too, “or” that also happened to our family.” It has been a healing and bonding experience to know others have had similar feelings on this life journey.
Since retiring, I have been doing a life review by reflecting and reading my journals. I then post my thoughts as blogs and discovered, there were times as a mother I thought, I can’t go one more step. My heart was heavy and my spirit was burned out. Other times I was into material things. I was not aware I did not need things to fill the emptiness – all I needed was the Comforter and He was alongside me all the time. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey-“ (Luke 9:3a)
This baby boomer was a slow learner. I have now found joy in decluttering and simplifying my life. The take away message from me is; At no time are you on this journey alone, the Holy Spirit has His everlasting arms around you and is walking with you. Pause and spend time with Him and don’t over commit.
I have friendships from my childhood, writing groups, family, Stonecroft and our church friends. Now I can add you who have come to my site, thus enlarging my family of friends. I feel blessed because I have learned it is people, not things that are important.
Join me and write your stories and together we will share with future generations the wisdom and lessons learned from those special moments in the life we lived. Peace and Grace, Dana