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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Live Love

Over Valentine's weekend, Kraig and I took a group of our youth along with our friends at First Baptist Lakeview down to Atlanta to the International Village for a mission trip/retreat.

I have to confess....I was beyond stressed out.  I was imagining anything and everything to go wrong. This was the first trip that we completely did ourselves.  Usually, we go along with others and go to some big retreat where we have to plan NOTHING!  But with this, we had to plan EVERYTHING.  So, I was scared of forgetting things, how everything would work out, and what things could go wrong.

Well, GOD IS GOOD...ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!  We arrived late Friday night and had a great start off to the weekend.  Mitchell and Kraig did a great job all weekend with the main talks.  And the music was wonderful.  But the main part of the days were doing the missions.

Both Saturday and Sunday we went to different apartment complexes and played with kids and shared bible stories with them.  We just loved on the kids.  We braved the freezing temps, stepped outside of our comfort zones and just had a blast.  The kids were all touched in some way or another. The team we worked with ministered to the refugees that come into the area.  Whirlwind Missions help them with jobs, places to live, and other things to help them get settled in America.  But they love them and share Christ with them.  Its so beautiful to hear their hearts and see the work they do day in and day out throughout the year.

I think it is safe to say our kids came home changed by the Lord.  I can say, I did too.  I try to cram so many things into our days but at the end of the day, I need to be able to say... "did I love on someone?"  "Did I help someone?"  "Did I put others first?"  I mean that's the gospel.  I hope going forward, I can take time and live love instead of cramming things together to just get things be accomplished.

I'm sure this is all just ramblings but it's always good to put into words things we see and do that matter to us.  Well, this weekend was amazing in all sorts of ways and God is good.  Although, we had to cut it short because of the "snow,"  I never heard a complaint...all I heard was "when can we go back?"

I challenge you to look up Whirlwind and plan your next youth trip to visit them!

Hope you all had a great Valentine's weekend.  We sure did!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

what is my WHY?!

So, as many of you all might know....I started an awesome new nutritional product a couple of months ago.

At first, it was to lose weight, which to be honest, I still haven't reached my goal but I am closer than I was.

But it has evolved.  Now, I want to continue to lose weight but we have some more things on the horizon and I want to be able to pay for those things without going further in debt or having to use money that we already have designated for other places.  So, I want to do this business and make some money.

Here are some of those reasons WHY I want to continue on with this program...

          1.  To get out of debt.  Isn't  that always the thing!  We went through the Dave Ramsey plan before Kraig and I got married and have done OK with sticking with the plan but we have had some unforeseen things come up and we were forced to get into some debt to pay for some home repairs.  Because I stay home, and would love to continue to stay at home with Rett, I want to help us get out of DEBT!!!  I want the freedom that comes with being debt free and being able to still be at home with my kid.

          2.  Next, Rett will probably start school in August at OCA!  We are super excited about the opportunity so we have got to start saving for it now.  I want my income to supplement that payment to OCA so it won't be an added expense out of Kraig's check.

          3.  I believe in this product and if it's helping others get healthy or to become debt free, I want to help.  I have read countless stories of success and I look forward to being successful too.  I want to help my family's finances as well as being with Rett.

I am sure these reasons will continue to evolve more over the months but right now, I want to help get our family out of debt and pay for Rett's school next year!  I hope that eventually my reasons will become less selfish and more selfless so we can give more!  That is my ultimate goal!

Let me help you do the same.  Whether its to be healthier or to become debt free!  I can help!  Let me know what I can do for you!!!