It's obvious that I have a close relationship with my sister and that I love her very much. A true woman of God, a heart on fire to live her life for Him. It's not often that you meet a young lady her age with the qualities she has. She and her husband, Kyle, have been praying diligently for months about where God wants them to go. They feel the Lord is leading them to Wake Forest, North Carolina. There Kyle will attend seminary to finish his masters. I know that God has great things in store for them, but it's still hard to know that she won't be just up the road if I decide I need a shopping buddy or a movie night. Jessica has not lived near by now for about three years. Each time she moves, it doesn't get any easier. I miss her company, I miss our pointless conversations, and I miss our thoughts on the crazies (you know who I'm talking about Jessica, the snake in the tree, the koala bear, the donkey...). Their journey to North Carolina comes this week. They are packing up a U-Haul and heading North.
It is my prayer that God will guide them, and protect them. I know that there are great opportunities ahead of them. Before coming home for the holidays, they both quit their jobs. Jessica was working for Cracker Barrel and she shared with me her last customer. It was a middle age man with his young son. The son told her they were going Christmas shopping for his mother. Jessica being the typical southerner that we are known to be, struck up a conversation with the two. She told them about her new adventure and that she would be moving soon. When they finished their meal the father told her that she was a very pleasant young lady. He handed her a tip of $20.00 and she told him she couldn't. He told her that he didn't have to leave that tip, but he wanted her to have it. He told her that she was a light in a dark world and that we needed more people like her. As she told me this, I teared up. She then told me, that Kyle would tell her each day "remember, be a light in the dark world!" There were several times that I would email her and remind her that God was using her as she waited tables.
God has taught myself, and my sister a lot through her waitressing. He uses us when we least expect it. There was one day that she waited on a table of about 15 people. She said they were very short, rude, and left her a very small tip. I don't remember exactly but it was around $5.00. Along with their tip, they left a Christian tract behind. She said when she picked it up, it really frustrated her. She had been as nice as possible to this group, and they were not in return. She said she was very annoyed at first but then realized that God put her with that table because she has a personal relationship with Him. She said that if another waitress, who may not know the Lord, had waited on that table, and picked up that tract that it would have been looked upon as a negative thing by the way she was treated. She was not treated the way that Christians should treat other people. The old saying, "actions speak louder then words", definitely true in this story. When she told me this story, I told her she is by far a stronger Christian then I. I would have probably stayed mad and not looked at it the way she did.
I suppose I'm saying all of this to say, we can all be a light in a dark world. God gives us plenty of opportunities to let our lights shine for Him. I know and trust that my sister and Kyle will shine their lights for Him as they set out on a new adventure in North Carolina. My family and I will miss them dearly but I look forward to visiting and getting to see a new town. I could write a list long of things I wish I could change to keep them here, but God's plan is far more important then mine.
Here's an old picture... but one I love!
I know you've had your roller coaster of emotions about this move. You know to trust in the Lord, and as always He will lead you down the right path. You are such a wonderful person. I will miss you, but know that you will bless many lives in your new hometown. We'll be coming for a visit soon, until then know that we are praying for you, missing you, and loving you each and everyday! Take lots of pictures, and find the little shops you know I love!!! Best wishes, and happy trails!
Northbound and down...loaded up!
I am a wife & mother. My husband is Travis and we have two beautiful boys, Carter and Tucker, that bring us more joy than we ever dreamed possible!These three consume my life and I am so grateful that God has allowed me to be a part of their lives. Travis is an amazing husband. He deals with my moody self with no complaints! Carter is a loving, happy, and on the go six year old. He makes us smile regardless of the situation. Tucker is our shy guy, but don't let the shyness fool you he's a firecracker underneath! His giggle is contagious, his eyes sparkle, and he gives the sweetest kisses! My family is pretty much my life, all the other stuff are extra blessings. I started this blog as a reminder to myself the days I wish to remember.
I started blogging in April of 2008. I wasn't really sure of what I was doing when I started this whole thing or whether or not I'd even stick with it. Looking back over the past year, I am so grateful that I jotted down the little memories that make up our life. The days pass so quickly I don't want to forget the funny little things that my children say or the moments that brought smiles to my face, or the bumps in the road that made my faith stronger. Blogging has become a part of my routine. I enjoy looking back and reading things that happened weeks back, and also sharing what's going on in our lives with my family & friends.
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I thank God for my husband, Travis, each and every day. I love the way he puts up with my quirky ways and loves me regardless. He is a true blessing, and my life would not be complete without him. I LOVE YOU TRAV!
Our little cowboy
My oldest son, Carter. Six years old and full of energy and spunk. Each day is bright and fresh with this child, full of questions and a little heart that over flows with love. He's funny, sweet, and brings more smiles to my life then I ever dreamed possible!!! I LOVE YOU MORE CARTER!!!
Cowboy in training....
My little Tucker, a.k.a Tucker Bear, is such a little firecracker!! He is shy at times but when it's just us at home, expect the unexpected!!! He loves to sing. He loves to do whatever his Daddy and brother are doing. His eyes sparkle like stars and he gives the sweetest kisses. He's the life of the party, too! Twinkle, twinkle... I love you!