Sunday, November 11, 2012

I Will Carry You

Remembering our first baby who went to heaven on November 11, 2005. The words of this song mean so much to me. While my arms still ache to hold that baby, I know that we will meet face to face one day. Until then, I will carry you...

"I Will Carry You" by Selah

There were photographs I wanted to take
Things I wanted to show you
Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
Who could love you like this?
People say that I am brave but I'm not
Truth is I'm barely hanging on
But there's a greater story
Written long before me
Because He loves you like this

So I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All my life
And I will praise the One who's chosen me
To carry you

Such a short time
Such a long road
All this madness
But I know
That the silence
Has brought me to His voice
And He says

I've shown her photographs of time beginning
Walked her through the parted seas
Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
Who could love her like this?

I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All your life
And I will praise the One who's chosen me
To carry you

Thursday, April 12, 2012

We're Moving!

So a week from today is the BIG day! We are moving to North Carolina!! This will be the 4th move for Trey and I in 8 years. God has placed us in each church that we have served at, for a time and a purpose. About 4 months ago we felt that God was opening doors for us to return to youth ministry. We are both so passionate about working with teenagers and investing in their lives.

God's timing is always perfect. We feel very blessed that He opened doors so quickly for Providence Baptist Church in Harrisburg, North Carolina! Every step of this journey has just felt RIGHT. We couldn't be more excited to make this move and step out on faith (moving 10 hours from our families).

I will try to keep this family blog updated so that our friends and family can see what's going on in our lives. Please be in prayer for us as we begin this new journey!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Let's see if I can remember what we did in November...pretty much the normal routine for us. My cousin Lauren got married the beginning of the month and Callie got to be one of her flower girls. This was her first time to do that and we were a little worried how she would do. She did great! It was fun to visit with all the family! We did get to go to Robinson for Thanksgiving, which was fun to have all the cousins together. We put up Christmas decorations. Really, I feel like November always FLYS BY. So here are some pics from the month.

Friday, January 27, 2012

October In a Nutshell

We went to Pumpkin Works, carved pumpkins, had our church Fall Festival, and went trick or treating. This was Ashtyn's first year to go trick or treating, and she thouroughly enjoyed the experience! Callie chose to be Tinkerbell this year, while Ashtyn was a ballerina.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Catching Up

I realized that I haven't updated our family blog in a few months! I will spend the next couple blog posts catching up on what we've been up to. Check back soon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

School has Started!

We officially started homeschooling today! Callie is super excited and I am eager to begin this journey. Check out more about our homschooling adventures on my other blog Busy at Home. I will be journaling our experiences in home education, along with my thoughts on faith, family, ministry, parenting, etc.

Here is a pic from our first day at the "Reid Academy."

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Page Is Turned...

When Trey and I began dating 8 years ago, I don't think it was long before we knew that we would get married. The story of how we met is kind of long, but ultimately God brought us together. There is no doubt in my mind that Trey is the man that God created to be my spiritual leader, best friend, and partner in life.

One night after Trey and I had been dating a while, he told me about a song that meant a lot to him. He said that he wanted to have it played at his wedding. It was called "A Page is Turned" by Bebo Norman.

A little less than a year later, we did have that song played during our wedding ceremony. As I listen to the lyrics of that song today, on our seventh wedding anniversary, I realize how true they are to me. We have gone through a lot of trials and had many challenges in the last seven years. We have also had some amazing blessings, the most important being our two daughters!

I am so proud to call Trey my husband. While he is not perfect, he has been exactly what I've needed. I know that God created us for each other. Trey has consistently been a godly spiritual leader for me. He encourages me, supports me, listens to me. He is a wonderful father to our girls. I can't imagine life without him.

Just as these lyrics say, he has been the one "to hold me up when I come undone." Happy Anniversary Trey, I love you!

"A Page is Turned"

A page is turned by the wind to a boy in curly grin
With a world to conquer at the age of ten
But as history unfolds and the storybook is told
He finds salvation but not at the hands of man

And the God of second chance
Picked him up and He let him dance
Through a world that is not kind
And all this time, preparing him, the one
To hold him up when he comes undone
Beneath the storm, beneath the sun
And now a man, here you stand
Your day has come

A page is turned in this world to reveal a little girl
With a heart that's bigger, as it is unfurled
By the language in her soul, that's teaching her to grow
With a careful cover of love that will not fail

And the God of second chance
Picked her up and He let her dance
Through a world that isn't kind
And all this time, preparing her the one
To hold her up when she comes undone
Beneath the storm, beneath the sun
And grown up tall, here you are
Your day has come

Beneath the air of autumn, she took him by his hand
And warm within the ardor, she took his heart instead
And high upon the mountain, he asked her for her hand
Just for her hand

A page is turned in this life, he's making her his wife
And there is no secret to the source of this much life
When the grace that falls like rain is washing them again
Just a chance to somehow rise above this land

Where the God of second chance
Will pick them up and he'll let them dance
Through a world that is not kind
And all this time, they're sharing with the one
That holds them up when they come undone
Beneath the storm, beneath the sun
And once again, here you stand
And once again, here you stand
Your day has come

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Almost time for School...

I can hardly believe that the time is fast approaching for Callie to begin school. When she was born almost 5 years ago, I felt I had all the time in the world before she would start school. Wow...time sure flies!

As Trey and I were starting to think about Preschool, and discussing what we felt was best for Callie, I had this strong urge to look at homeschooling. I never in a million years thought I would consider homeschooling my children. The idea was pretty much foreign to me. I honestly thought it was for "strange" families that wanted to shelter their kids from the "real world."

My first year of college I made a GREAT friend. She had been homeschooled, and she was NORMAL! (haha) It really changed my view of what I thought "homeschooled kids" were like. Even with that, I still thought I wanted my kids to attend public school and be involved in all the extra curriculars, school dances, etc.

Last fall God really started to change my heart. We moved and I have met several families in our church that are or have homeschooled their children. I realized that while I don't want to completely shelter my kids from the world, I do want to make every effort to teach them God's Word. I want their education to come from a Christian perspective. I want them to know the truth. I really started to feel like God was calling me to homeschool Callie.

I talked to Trey about it, and honestly he wasn't sold on the idea. After researching some curriculum and info on homeschooling, and talking to other families that have done it, we decided to compromise. We agreed that I would homeschool Callie for this school year (preschool). After we see how that goes we will decide if we want to continue homeschooling or enroll her in public school for kindergarten.

I am so excited to start preschool with her this fall! Even though I am a little worried to start something new like this, and take on such a big task, I feel at peace. I know this is what God is calling me to at this time. Please be in prayer for us as we begin this new journey!