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What would you do if you were a (suddenly) single grandmother and both your daughter and son-in-law were deployed at the same time, leaving you as primary caregiver for your 2-year old grandson?  You'd do exactly what I did...Report for Doodie!

So many events inspired this book...some happy, some frustrating, some sad...but all life-changing.  My story starts with one incredibly funny incident that served as an epiphany to share my story.  This was not the first time I was "Reporting for Doodie", but it was the first time I was doing it all alone.  Or so I thought...I discovered a secret vault filled with friends I never knew I had. Sadly, I also lost a few along the way.

I found myself in the midst of an unexpected divorce, facing the possible loss of my home and making a major career change, when someone, somewhere took a look at my proverbial “plate” and thought…”there’s a little corner of her plate that isn’t taken, she needs a toddler to care for…oh, and at the same time, let’s throw in a rarely-heard-of medical condition to make her life even more interesting”.

I hope you enjoy my account of how this beautiful child saved me from myself and how I used ‘The Secret” to channel the inner strength my mother gave me…all compliments of the U.S. Military.

J.L. Smith is a freelance writer who developed a strong love for the written word as a young child.  She has dedicated this book in memory of her mother, Grace Irene Smith, who instilled that love in her.  Her mother was particularly fond of the writings of Erma Bombeck and Judy came to love her works as well, scanning the pages of the newspaper every chance she got for a dose of Erma's whimsical words of wisdom. 

Judy's first book "Reporting for Doodie" is the first in a series designed to acknowledge and praise the caregivers of our military children.  Her story of commitment, frustration and unwavering love details the ups and downs of her particular tour of "doodie".  It is a story that ends in the reinvention of herself and one that she hopes others will find to be inspirational and uplifting as well.
The producers of the Oprah Winfrey Show found her story to be so inspirational that they asked Judy to be a guest on the show earlier this year.  After introducing a number of "makeovers" that the show had done via artificial means, Judy was introduced as someone who made herself over the "natural" way after going through an unexpected divorce and coming through it as a new women, inside and out. 
Judy's hope is that her story "Reporting for Doodie" will be an inspiration to all who read it and that they will feel compelled to share the message with family and friends. 


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