Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Songbird.

So... tomorrow every thing changes....  forever.  My baby girl moves to college. Everything is packed and we will drive away in the morning...  she will be attending a college near Orlando. Lysa will major in inter-culture studies. She is excited and nervous and sad.  I am excited and nervous and SAD.
She is my songbird. My happy child. Always singing, always lighthearted, always JOYFUL.  That doesn't mean she hasn't had hard.....    it is just in her soul. It bubbles out.

We have all said how she is a breath of fresh air.....

so....   I do know this is life, I do know this is the next step. I do know she will do great.....  those are the responses I have received.  I also know this Mama's heart is sad.

We have been together most every day for almost 19 years.  We have shared so very much. So many laughs and tears.....   so many memories.





My sweet, Songbird....  I know it is time for you to fly....  to let others hear you sing... feel your joy and laugh your laughs with you. I know you will do great things and you will put song in them as you be the hands and feet of Jesus.  I will so miss you but I can't keep you here in my nest because you would lose your song.....    you have a beautiful song to show others.  I am honored that I was the first to hold you, love you and do all those things with you.  You will always be the apple of my eye....  my breath of fresh air....   fly high, sweet beautiful, Songbird.  I love you so very much and will see you soon! ~ Mom






Thank you, Jesus for Alyssa. My fourth born, second girl. My heart is so sad and I wonder how I will do this....   but, I know that I know....  God's grace is sufficient.

Lysa, I am so very excited for you! I am just one call away! I love you more.


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Grace~ Teena

Saturday, August 06, 2016

The Olympics and My Perspective.


Tonight we watched the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics. They are being hosted in Rio this time. I love the Olympics. I always have. I make my children watch ALL of the opening ceremonies and we watch lots of the events. We have fun!
Last month my three youngest and I went to Haiti. We worked with Baptist 4 Haiti for a week. I plan to share A LOT more of that soon.

Everything looks different since Haiti. 

I think about the poor and oppressed in Rio.  We do not see that. I think about if hosting the Olympics brought in money for the poor or if it did not.

I found this story tonight and it helped my heart. Take a couple minutes and read this incredible story!

Team Refugees

I love making memories with my kids. Lysa leaves in two weeks for college. I am so thankful God blessed us with her. My heart will be so sad but I know this is what God has for her....   time flies.

For the next 10 days we will watch the Olympics.  Tonight as the walk of nations past....  we cheered for the USA but we also cheered when Bolivia (our Erik), Philippines (Lysa's Jazzy & Joy), Indonesia (my first boy Ucok), Uganda (Jamira) Columbia (Wyatt's Sebastian), Tanzania (Neema) and Betlhem (Ethiopia)....  

Things just seem different this time around.


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Grace~ Teena

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Destin 2016.

Each year we take our vacation in Destin Florida.  Destin is on the gulf coast and is one of my favorite places! Destin is a resort island an very expensive. Billy is a disabled veteran so we are able to stay at a military campground in Niceville... just a couple miles outside Destin. We stay in a cabin for a very reasonable price. Before the cabins were ever built we took our pop-up and stayed in their campground on the RV side. Both places we over look the bay. We have such great memories there.

This year our Destin trip was May 14-19th. Normally we stay longer but with Wes playing baseball and graduation of friends.... this is what we could do this year. It is a time for me to refresh, regroup and refocus.






 We are always in awe.....  I know that may seems strange but I always feel HE meets me/us there. The vastness of the ocean.....   the beauty.  I am so very grateful for all the years there. I always hate to leave... and very sad.


...... and of course, a vacation to Destin.....   always means a day at Seaside! My favorite little village of all time!






 Dakota was able to come this year to Destin! Mike/Amber/Lincoln were not able to come. Neither was Mandi/Andrew. I know through the years some of my children will be able and some times they will not.... but they are always welcome.

Our cabin. Nothing fancy.  We love it though.


Thanks for letting me share.


Grace~ Teena

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Wonderful Mother's Day.....

This past Mother's Day our first (and only grandson so far) was dedicated to the Lord.



 Mike, Amber & Lincoln.
Nonni & Lincoln.

I am so thankful for Lincoln. Mike & Amber were married almost 8 yrs before Lincoln was born. He is such a happy content baby. They are great parents. I am so proud of them.

Isn't he the cutest?

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Grace~ Teena