This collection of poetry includes some of the author's earliest works, many written in admiration of the ever-changing crush.
These poems span the course of 11 years and can be viewed as a time line of the author's life, learning from each and every new experience.
If they, combined, were to be given a theme, or a moral, it would be one of growth. At a critical age, these poems depict the growth and development of the mind. That of a girl becoming a woman and all that she endures, both emotional and spiritual as she develops a taste for love and reaches into the depths of her own heart and mind.
The battle for independence, the desire for attraction, and the journey to spiritual understanding are all key experiences that influence these poems.
Dorina has loved reading and writing since she was a little girl. She started writing poetry in the 6th grade, first as an English assignment, and soon discovered that she loved it. Dorina and her younger sister Crystal are the daughters of Reverend Greg Merrill and his wife Jenny. In 2009, Dorina married her childhood sweetheart and close friend Brandon Hawkes. Between work and the various duties of a young wife, 19th century novels are Dorina's favorite pastime. Dorina has been active in her church since she was 14 years old, first becoming involved with the AWANA children's club as a director before moving on to other various roles. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the church's monthly newsletter and has been since its creation in 2006.
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