Blessings through trials

My strength comes from the Lord

by Sonja Perry a Jeweler in South Carolina

Sonja Perry3When we moved to South Carolina, I knew something was wrong with my right breast, but brushed it off as a cyst. For the next six months to a year, I continued to ignore it. God put several people in my path, and ignored His gentle nudges as well. One day, He threw someone right in my face. I could no longer ignore the problem, and called the doctor the young lady had recommended. M
y family and I moved to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in June of 2013. I started Premier in October of 2007 because we needed extra money, and I didn’t want to get a second job, which would require me to have yet another work schedule. I already worked full time in an insurance agency.Read More »

Staying Strong and Spreading Hope

by Juanita Galarza-CerretoJuanita Galarza-Cerreto2

Designer from Maryland


I’m originally from New Jersey, but I currently reside in Maryland with my husband and three sons. I joined Premier in May of 2013, and my initial “why” for joining was just to have some girl time. We were new to Maryland and Premier was my way to network and meet women since we had moved away from our family and friends. Living in a house with three young boys and a husband, girl time was definitely a necessity!

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in June of 2009 at the age of 27. That year was such a busy time for my family and I. I had just given birth to our second son in February. My fiancé and I were caring for a newborn, relocating with our jobs, selling our separate condos, purchasing a new home, and planning our wedding and honeymoon for September! Being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer really took us for a loop with everything we had going on.Read More »

~Unforgettable Woman~

Remembering Joan Horner

May is a very special month to me because of some very amazing women in my life. As Mother’s Day approaches, I think of my mom, of course! She was a wonderful mom and I miss her very much. But I also think of Joan, peggy2014Tim’s Mom. Sometimes Mother’s Day would even fall on Joan’s birthday, May 12. My sister Suzan’s birthday is also May 12.  So that day is especially meaningful to me.

Joan was my boss when I came to work at Premier. Little did I know what the future would hold and that she would become my mother-in-law, mentor and Bible study teacher. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her. She had such a gift of writing and expressing herself. I loved listening to her at Rally. When she spoke, we were always left with special golden nuggets of her wisdom that we could hold on to and learn from.Read More »

Remembering My Mom

tim_horner2014May is a busy month with a lot of events and celebrations. If you’re a sports fan, you probably watch the Indianapolis 500 car race and the Kentucky Derby; baseball season is going strong and students are celebrating the end of school and looking forward to the summer. But of all the events that take place in May, Mother’s Day is the one that is particularly meaningful to me.

I remember being in church many times with my mom on Mother’s Day. All of the mothers were asked to stand so they could be recognized. Then it was especially fun to watch as they counted up to the oldest mom present and then honored her with flowers as she proudly announced her age. After church, we would go to lunch and laugh together. Another reason this month is important to the Horner Family is because May 12 is Mom’s birthday. This year she would have celebrated her 90th birthday—and what a celebration that would have been—maybe even a giant party at a Texas Rangers’ baseball game!Read More »