Monday, November 18, 2019

Treasure Island, Jr.

 I just have to brag on my biggest boy! Tonight, Bryan and I along with several of our friends and family, got to enjoy Dylan's first full-length play, Treasure Island, Jr. I was absolutely blown away! The cast only consists of only4 actors but they played several roles and told the story so well. It was truly wonderful! My 11 year old son was the youngest actor and did an amazing job! Seriously, I might have been beaming with pride over his performance. I literally caught myself smiling from ear to ear as I watched him. I could not be more proud Dylan!

Today I am grateful for the opportunity Dylan has had to be apart of the Kernersville Little Theater. He has been working very hard over the last 2 months. I am so proud of his dedication and fearlessness. If you know Dylan, you know acting is the perfect hobby for him! I am thankful he has found a place to display his talent!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

An African Dress With a Whole Lot of Meaning

I bought this little outfit 20 years ago in Ouagadougou, an African village in Burkina Faso. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Walking through the market, I found this adorable outfit and just had to have it for the daughter I would have one day. 

It's so crazy to see my sweet Allison wearing it!

She wouldn't stand still for a photo but she loved dancing around in this little skirt and top!

This photo was made in Africa. I was 16 years old. I held a lot of babies on this trip because many of the women in this Nomadic tribe had never seen a white woman. They thought it would be a good luck for their babies to be held by white women.

Do you want to hear something interesting? The Mission Trip I went on, to Burkina Faso was in the summer of 1999, a little less than one month after the abortion I had in June of 1999. That sort of blows my mind. I don't recall whether or not I thought about the baby I had just aborted when I bought this little outfit, but I do remember knowing that one day, I would have a little girl to wear it. I don't believe its only a coincidence that my only daughter is able to wear this outfit exactly 20 years later. The same year God has used my story in so many big ways!

God has brought me full circle in so many ways! I honestly cannot wrap my mind around it! Today I am thankful that God is aware of every little detail of our lives. He cares about the big things, the little things, and every in between. If we keep our eyes open, we can see Him working in every area of our lives. The day I bought this little outfit, God could already see Allison wearing it and He already knew what He would do with my story! That's so amazing to me!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Trip to the "Dity"

Last week my little family took a trip to the "Dity"! That's Allisonese for the CITY! We went to Atlanta, Georgia for our family vacation. We had a wonderful time together. We rented a house through Airbnb for the first time and it was definitely a positive experience. We were able to bring our dogs along and we weren't squished into a hotel a room! This vacation went by so fast but it was so much fun!

Here's the "Dity"

We loved visiting Stone Mountain Park!

Riding the train at Stone Mountain Park

The Georgia Aquarium was fantastic!

Midevil Times was the most fun dinner ever!

The Coca-Cola Museum was interesting especially because of the
100 coke products we got to taste! 
The kids had so much fun!

Lunch at Johnny Rockets!! Milkshakes were a hit!

A calm moment for Mom and Dad....sitting on a bench at the Olympic Park
Dylan is such a good big brother!

Legoland was a blast for everyone!
We loved Varisty Drive Inn!

Today I am grateful for a wonderful week away with my family. We had a very busy week but made so many terrific memories. I am also thankful for the ability to take our kiddos on vacations. My hubby works so hard to provide all the things our family needs and also to pay for fun times like these. I am so glad he can take a week off of work and enjoy time away with us.  I'm already looking forward to our next getaway!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Jesus Wuvs Me"

Every single night Allison requests the same book to be read before saying her prayers. She says, "Mommy, read book," and she hands me Princess Prayers.

 Every single night we read through the prayers and she points out some of the things in the pictures. Dogs, trees, crowns, sheep, etc. She also points out some of the people and labels them "Mommy, Me, and Daddy." 

Tonight she pointed out, "Mommy and Me," as she saw two princesses. Then she pointed to a prince and said, "Daddy." There was another princess on the page so Bryan asked her, "Who is this?" She quickly responded, "Jesus!"

That was a first!

I said, "Jesus is always with us, so that makes sense." Then, with the sweetest look on her face, she put her hand on her chest and said, "Jesus wuvs me." 

I thought my heart was going to burst!

Jesus does love you sweet girl! 

Then she put her precious little finger on my forehead and said, "He wuvs you." Moving her finger to Bryan's forehead, she said, "And you."

Yes, He surely does. 

To say my heart was overflowing with joy is a complete understatement! Hearing my adorable 2 year old daughter say, "Jesus wuvs me," was music to my ears! Today I am grateful for all the voices in Allison's life speaking truth over her: teachers at church, grandparents, siblings, friends, and family. I am also thankful that my darling Allison is soaking up what she's taught. There is no foundation better to build her life upon than knowing, "Jesus wuvs me!"

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Blessing a Mother Who Chose Life!

This afternoon my church, HopeCity, threw a beautiful shower for Briana.
Briana is a precious young lady I have had the privilege of mentoring after she chose life for her baby, right outside of the abortion clinic. 

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to bless Briana and her family with so many of the things she will need for Basil, her baby girl. I am also thankful for my amazing church family! They came through for Brianna in such a HUGE way! Mostly, I am grateful that God has allowed me to play a small part in helping save this baby girl! It warms my heart so much to think He would allow me to be apart of Basil's story!

Friday, October 4, 2019

I'm Changing the Saying!

The saying, "She believed she could so she did," has been popular for a while now. I've always looked at that saying and had an odd feeling about it. I liked it but then again, I didn't feel right about it. I'm not sure where this notebook came from; maybe I bought it or maybe someone gave it to me. I found it in my drawer a few weeks ago and I've been using it as a journal for a while. Every time I've written in it I've looked at the cover and honestly, the more I looked at it, the more unsettled I felt by it. 

We obviously live in a time where women are experiencing surges of power and have more control over our own destiny than ever before. If you listen closely, you can almost hear a continuous underlying soundtrack of  Helen Reddy's, "I Am Woman Hear Me Roar." I know women have SO much to offer and we deserve the chance to chase our dreams. Let's just be honest, we can do almost anything we put our minds to. 

But, the Bible says, "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9

This verse points out why the, "she believed she could," saying has never sat well with me. Woman are incredible and we definitely have the right to try and make something of our lives but, I believe we are often guilty of misplacing the credit.

Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." God is the one who deserves all the praise for what we accomplish. Sure, we get some kudos for being willing to work hard and keep going, but the dreams we have in our hearts and the abilities we use to achieve them, are gifts from God.

And what if it doesn't work? What if women believe we can but we don't, can't, or fail? That is way too much pressure to put on ourselves, our friends and our daughters. Sometimes things don't happen because they aren't the things God created us to do. The good news is, when we mess up or things don't work out, we can rest in God's sovereignty instead of beating ourselves up.
Whew, that's a relief!

Today I am grateful that I can completely trust because I believe GOD CAN! No matter what the situation is, I know God CAN direct my steps and He WILL. I am also thankful that my willingness to work hard and my perseverance are used by God. And when I mess things up or go in the wrong direction, He is faithful to correct my course.

She Believed God Could, So She Trusted....
That sounds much better, doesn't it?!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Allison's Dollhouse!

Several of my most vivid childhood memories involve playing with a big wooden dollhouse. It was one of my favorite things to do for many years. I especially loved all the little pieces of furniture. I spent hours decorating and arranging furniture and pretending with my dolls.

Yesterday I bought a hand-me-down dollhouse for Allison. I was contemplating where to buy some furniture for her to play with when a light bulb went off in my head--I remembered a box my mom had given me a couple of years ago. I dug through Allison's closet to find it and when I did, I was so excited to see that the box was full of the miniature furniture I played with as a child! 

Allison was thrilled to see the furniture as well. She immediately reached into the box and pulled out assorted pieces, placing them throughout the house. We still need to get a couple items but for the most part, her house is fully furnished! I loved watching my sweet girl play with the furniture I always loved playing with!

Allison LOVES her doll house!
She had so much fun!
As we got out the furniture, I cleaned each piece. I noticed the
drawers of one chest were filled with little pieces of cloth. I remember cutting those pieces and pretending they were blankets that I could fold and put in the baby's drawers.I guess I never took those "blankets" out. 
I could barely get Allison dressed this morning before she was playing with
the dollhouse again! She absolutely loves her new dollhouse!
She could play for hours!

Today I am thankful for memories. It was really wonderful to pull out all those pieces of furniture and recall all the memories attached to them. I really enjoyed watching Allison playing with the toys that I used to play with.  I am also grateful for the big beautiful smile on Allison's face when she she saw the dollhouse for the first time. She was so excited to have this huge dollhouse in her room! I look forward to years of fun and memories being made!

Treasure Island, Jr.

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