Doodle 101 / the Dove


After many years of physical pain, my best friend & Mother has left her broken body to be fully restored.

It is a great comfort to know that this place we dwell is not our home, and that our Loving King has gone before us to prepare a place that we can spend eternity with Him…but, for those of us still here, it can be a difficult wait to be without the ones we dearly love.

As much as I love my Mom (and Dad) I know that their love for me is even greater…a model of the way our Heavenly Father  loves His children…an unconditional love, full of forgiveness that never runs out.  My Mom has always been the most eager listening ear, with a heart the longed to take in every detail of my life, my children’s lives, and their children’s lives.  I shared everything with her…because she wanted to share everything with me.

My Mom taught me how to live to serve others.  Before I knew Jesus, she showed me who He was by her example.

It is heartbreaking to know that I won’t have my best girlfriend to share my life with….at least not until I see her beautiful face with God.  Waves of emotions come and go…as I am reminded that our stay here is temporary.  None of us know how many days we have on this earth…

We should live each day as if it were our last, making LOVE our only choice.

As I was talking with my daughter, I shared with her that I had come home from the hospital to find a dove that had made a nest in a plant on my patio.  She said, Mom that must be a sign.

I think she is right.  Our God is in every detail.  It is hard to wrap our human mind around this big idea…it’s supernatural and above what our limited view can understand, yet I know it is true.  He has proven His faithfulness and presence to me over and over again.



Thank you sweet Emily, for reminding me that God is always present, and with His great love and mercy, He speaks to us in ways that we can understand.

The most familiar dove imagery from the New Testament is recounted in all four of the Gospels at the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. After Jesus came up out of the water, the Spirit of God came from heaven and descended on him “like a dove” (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). The baptism story built on the pre-existing symbol of the dove as God’s Spirit.

A dove returned to Noah’s ark with an olive branch in its beak, a sign that life had returned to the earth.


I will look at the dove with new eyes.  I will see the promise of God’s presence…that the Lord has given me a sign that my precious Mother has returned to her eternal Home with new life, leaving behind the broken to be fully restored.

All praise and glory to our Lord.

I love you now and forever Mom.




  1. davisbev1

    A beautiful story thank you for sharing. My mom went to heaven April 30th it is still very fresh on my mind. We seem to have had similar relationships with our moms. How blessed are we?? My journaling bible has brought me much peace. Love the dove, thank you again and may God Bless you daily. Bev Davis (754) 246-9706

    1. suecarroll1

      So sorry for your loss Bev…I agree that we are both richly blessed to have Mother’s who took their calling seriously:). Such a rare and precious gift. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I am grateful:) xo

  2. Ginnie

    Sounds like you’ve been blessed by a wonderful mother and a wonderful daughter. Thank you for sharing them and for sharing your talent with us. Prayers for you and your family as your transition to a new normal here on earth.

  3. Antoinette

    Dear Sue…so sorry for your loss…may your deep pain be healed in a way that only our Comforter, the Holy Spirit can heal. Thank you so much for sharing xxx Shalom, shalom

  4. Candy

    Dear Sue, I am very sorry that you have lost your dearest Mother. Thank you for sharing this day with us. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for you.

  5. Kris Stapleton

    So beautiful Sue. Your Mom will be missed by so many. You treated her with such love and tenderness over the last years of her life. It is a testament to remember, this is not our home. May God’s tender love and care embrace you and carry you through the difficult days. Love you!

  6. Dawn Gandee

    Bless Your Heart, Sue!!! I’m so sorry about your mom, but thankful you know where she is!!! What a precious gift God has given you with the dove!! It will be 2 months tomorrow since I lost my mom. I understand being so happy to know where they are, but sad because our hearts have a huge whole. You’re more than welcome to email me any time. Lots of prayers!!

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. jeanenes

    Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that pain and the healing comfort of the sweet Holy Spirit Praying you continue to experience the gift of His presence in ways that bring comfort, peace and hope.

  8. Sparrow's chirp

    Dear Sue, I am so so sorry for your loss. And yes I rejoice for your mom. What a blessing she has been for you and what a shining light for Christ. She undoubtedly is now wearing her crown. May God be with you during the time to come, however long that may be. Let no one tell you that there is a time limit to grief. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us humble readers and your beautiful art. May your mom shine through you as Christ is shining. Love, Petra

  9. Debbie Post

    Dear Sue, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mom.. They are so precious to us and I can feel your love for her .. What a beautiful tribute to her and testimony to others🙏🏻☺️ I too believe the dove was a beautiful sign of Gods mercy and a sign.💞

  10. Paula Bussard

    The words you chose to describe your mom touch the deepest part of my soul. I didn’t know her well, but I know well how you loved, respected and cared for her. You model sacrifice, compassion, and consistent care for her and so many others in your life. We both know, there is an indescribable bond between a mother and daughter. And the celebration of joy, when you are reunited, will last forever. The expression on earth closest to God’s love for His children is a mother’s love for hers.

  11. Beverly Sager

    What a lovely and loving tribute to your mom. My own mother passed away in October 2015. She was an amazing Christian woman, and my frequent “partner in crime”. We had lots of fun together the last few years. When I think of her, it is not with sadness, but with a warm joy in my heart. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to comfort you and give you His peace, which is beyond our comprehension.

    1. suecarroll1

      Oh, Beverly, such sweet truth…I am sure that your Mom LOVES that you keep her close to your heart, and that she continues to bring you joy:). Thank you so much for your prayers. I am grateful:) xo

  12. Susan Heimerdinger

    Sue, you have been on my mind since learning about your Mom’s passing & going to be with the Lord. I know you take comfort in knowing she is in heaven & one day you will be reunited with her. Thank you for sharing your experience. God does reach out to us with things that we can understand in order for us to recognize that he is with us. I love the story of the dove! May you continue to feel God’s embrace, grace & love! I am also here for you if needed. Your sister in Christ, Susan Heimerdinger

    1. suecarroll1

      Susan your compassionate heart jumped of my computer screen as I read your sweet encouragement! Thank you so much. I am grateful for the way God loves us each through the extension of our earthly hands and feet. Thank you for your kindness …I am humbled by it. Xoxoxox

  13. Maureen Hayes

    I don’t comment often, though I read every post, but I wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your Mom. I lost my beloved Mother last June, in fact her birthday and her first anniversary in heaven are coming up, and it is still hard. You expressed it so well, while we rejoice that they are in Heaven now with God, we miss having them here with us. May God continue to send you signs of comfort, such as the dove, and may time help heal your hurting heart.

    1. suecarroll1

      Maureen, I am so sorry for your loss as well. Isn’t it a mystery…the way that God loves us…& uses us to do His work…to be His hands and feet …and arms to hug. He has hugged us both with unspeakable comfort and love. I’m so glad we could be that for each other!!! Xoxoxoxxo

  14. Cecilia Bramhall

    I am so sorry for your loss. I miss my mother too and look forward to seeing her again someday. So glad God sent you the sweet dove as a reminder. Hugs, Cecilia

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