cakeTonight, Greg and I had a “date night” to attend a “Sweethearts Dinner”.  The event was fantastic, a good time with special friends.  The keynote was delivered by our incredible Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her husband Paul, who gave a funny, uplifting and inspirational talk.  They shared about their courtship, their marriage, and their commitment to one another and to the city of Fresno.  Calling each of us to be “heralds” for a city that is frequently maligned (and wrongly so, in my opinion), they truly made me proud to be a Fresnan, a Christian, and a wife and mom.

During the course of this great evening, we had the opportunity to hear Jackie Kelley sing her new song “Stronger”.  I was able to find this video of Jackie online, and I’m so happy to share it with you.  There is something about the words to this song that truly captures what’s in my heart these days.  God has blessed my life so abundantly, and I wake up every day wanting to do more for those around me as a sign of my love for Him.

Lord I want you to know that I am grateful in every way
that’s why the longing in my heart keeps getting stronger every day
through every trial and experience
my love for you is serious
since you have shown me the way…

Stronger by Jackie Kelley

p.s. That dessert up there was up for auction – we weren’t the winning bidders, but I walked away from this night feeling like a true winner for having had such a great date with my husband.

Video Link


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful date night with us Lisa!
    And thanks to Our Father for sending HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT in our vocations through people like those whom you were privileged to hear speak. That cake is GORGEOUS!!!

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