“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring people in this world.”

I’ve known Barb Havard for a few years — ever since we briefly worked together at The Lufkin Daily News about a decade ago — but it has been years since we had really talked. I follow her on social media, constantly amazed at all the things she has going on, so naturally, I wanted to know more — mostly to get a few tips on how she juggles such a hectic work-life balance.

Once upon a time, shoe repair was a part of daily life for Americans, and hundreds of thousands of cobbler shops were scattered throughout small towns and big cities. Now, tradition is what holds this dying art together, and it’s what brought John Fernandez back into the fold.

Much like those who lived through Sept. 11, 2001, can remember exactly where they were when they heard about the plane crashes in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, we will be telling our children and grandchildren about the weeks and months we spent at home, fearing an invisible threat.

I never thought I’d be dealing with a food allergy, but my daughter developed a life-threatening allergy to eggs before she was a year old. Allergies aren’t something we often think about until they affect us, our children or a loved one. However, we can all do our part to help those dealing with allergies simply by learning more about them and understanding them. I’d love to share with you the basics of allergies so you can help those around you facing these challenges.

On Aug. 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby issued a proclamation declaring the 19th Amendment had been ratified and was officially part of the United States Constitution. The 19th Amendment, otherwise known as the Susan B. Anthony amendment, named for the women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the suffrage movement, gave women the right to vote.

Editor’s note: We asked a couple of mothers about what it means to be a mom. Debbie Hazell is the mother of nine children, and has been a foster parent for 35 years. Thank you to all the moms out there who inspire us daily.

What does it mean to you to be a mother? It is so special because Jake is my greatest blessing and answered prayer. I prayed for many years to get pregnant due to infertility issues, and after the loss of one baby, I was finally blessed with my sweet rainbow baby, Jake.

Adoption has always been a big part of my life. I, myself, was adopted when I was 3 days old by my wonderful family, the Wojasinskis. They had a biological son, Michael, and an adopted daughter, Laura. I grew up knowing I was adopted and that adoption was a wonderful gift. My mom always made adoption something that was so normal in our household.

On any given afternoon, you’re likely to find Sarah Nichols seated by her loom watching Netflix and expressing herself through colorful threadwork in a cozy workroom behind her Huntington home.

Jimmy and I started dating in February 2000. We had both been previously married and divorced. I had a beautiful, 4-year-old daughter, Mallory, from a previous relationship, but Jimmy did not have any children. We dated for three years and were married on Feb. 15, 2003. We knew right away that we wanted children together and started trying to get pregnant.

Hey all! We are working on a special way to commemorate the senior class of 2020 in an upcoming issue of CHARM! Please send a high resolution senior photo to editor@charmeasttexas.com with the following information:

What can be better than putting your feet up at the end of the day with a bowl of popcorn and the remote? I love watching movies, and I’ll admit there are a few movies on this list I haven’t seen yet. Maybe during all our free time we will have a chance to watch some of these. And definitely share a few with our kiddos. Here are some of mine (and my husband's) recommendations for the best movies of the 1980s.

My husband and I are avid movie watchers. That’s where you can usually find us – at home, on the couch, watching a movie. Now that we seem to have an overabundance of time on our hands, here are some recommendations for the best movies of the 1990s. We had a blast making this list together. We definitely found some that we need to watch, too.

We often hear the stories of people losing their family farms — some to drought, others to the bank or due to the lack of any offspring to work the land. This is a phrase that resonates with anyone who has a love of the land or family. However, this is a tale of a man who bought back the family farm, section by section, until it was complete once again.

In the pursuit of glory — and one heck of an adrenaline rush — rodeo participants know how to push their bodies and their minds to the limit. Most of them would say riding a bucking bronco, racing barrels or hanging on to a wild bull is more than just a sport, and you’ve got be prepared to go all in.

Hair by Sadie Goodwin of Merle Norman of Lufkin