Maria Amparo de Fatima Holmes is a devoted wife, a loving mother and a dedicated teacher with a passion for enriching the lives of those whom she touches. Born in Colombia, South America, Maria and her family moved to the Midwest reign of North America and made a home in St. Louis, Missouri, when she was a young girl. She married the love of her life, Thomas Holmes, in 1976. They raise three beautiful children, Angela, Anna, Andrew, who share a very special bound. Maria is very proud of her Colombia heritage and has spent the past twenty years teaching pre-school – elementary- middle school to adult learners of the Spanish language. She shares her Colombia traditions and culture through food, language, dancing, and the love of living a good life with the family. To enrich and expand the minds of young people is what Maria really values and strives to do every day. She knows that learning and having rich experience improves understanding, communication and will lead to new opportunities for all people, especially children. Maria’s role as a mother is what she treasures most. She was inspire to write Connections, Making the Most of the Moment after her son, Andrew, passed in November 2010 form complication from a car accident as a teen. She want every person to treasure their lives, their families, their neighbors and to treasure each and every moment.