carla-white-dressMy grandmother, my beloved “Grams,” had a huge influence in my life. As a child, I accompanied her to board meetings, philanthropic events, radio shows and even campaigning events outside of City Hall in Philadelphia. However, more than anything else, she inspired me to read and especially to write. My earliest memories of Grams are of her sitting at her dark mahogany writing desk—colorful postage stamps scattered across the top and overflowing bookshelves surrounding her—composing her letters.

Grams faithfully wrote letters to me every month. By the time she passed away in 2006 at the age of 92, my collection of letters numbered in the hundreds. In her letters, my grandmother encouraged me to commit my life to Jesus Christ and to seek wisdom in all situations. I treasure those letters and still read them often.

What a legacy of faith Grams left behind in the hearts of her children and 14 grandchildren! An avid reader, she often gathered her family around her as she read her favorite stories. Many of those stories are from the Bible.

Carrying on my grandmother’s heritage, I write letters to my daughters in the form of books. In the books, I urge my children to be sold out for Christ, and to search for the ‘wise’ path in their daily lives. It is my prayer that my girls will grow up to be informed, productive, and empowered citizens who will one day make a difference in their own families as well as in the lives of others.

I hope that you, dear readers, will share my books over and over again with your children, and that you will gain important wisdom and insights as we link arms together—in faith and in prayer—to raising Kingdom-minded children.

Writing is only one part of my life, but it is an important one. My children are precious gifts, and I adore being a mom. I chose this “profession,” and it is my greatest calling. In the midst of piles of laundry, school books, and toys, I love how I can call upon God’s grace to find His peace. I’m reminded of Grams and her admonition to seek God’s grace in the little moments. How I love those wise words of wisdom!

My Julia series has been widely praised by our nation’s most prominent families and political leaders, and I have been interviewed multiple times on television programs, as well as on national and local radio. My “Your Family Matters” weekly radio show on 1180 WFYL, in the Philadelphia area, helps parents to be purposeful in raising families according to godly tradition.

I love meeting with my Lancaster Christian Writer’s Guild, and I’m also a member of the Independent Christian Children’s Authors. My books were honored at the Susan B. Anthony list Gala in 2014, and my husband, Len, and I co-founded and co-chair the D’Addesi Homeschool Scholarship fund. My family had the fun opportunity of starring in TLC’s ‘Surviving Motherhood” to rave reviews.


“…[remember] your position in Christ – “risen with Him (Col 3:1), and that you “not copy the behavior and customs of this world but be a new and different (transformed) person with a fresh newness in all you do and think…”

Taken from one of the many letters written to me from my Grams which is dated Sunday, February 3, 1980.


My grandmother giving a speech

My Grandmother on the picket line

My Grandmother

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