Friday, September 23, 2011

Blast From the Past

Today was nerd day at Lafayette High School and it reminded me of my glory days at the wonderful BHS. Here's a blast from the past---"College Day" at Brandon High School. Yep, I'm wearing dress code approved "Grove attire" and Saraluren is wearing maroon and white (so happy she changed her mind and came to Ole Miss!!). I'm so thankful to have had such a wonderful group of people to spend my high school years with!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How Blessed I Am...

“Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

Sunday’s sermon was on the fifth commandment. This week, especially today, I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am to have the most amazing parents in the entire world. They love me unconditionally, pray for me daily, and encourage me to follow my dreams and pursue my passions. Over the last 21 years they have illustrated a Godly marriage and built a household based on the Word of the Lord. I cannot believe I am so amazingly blessed.

Two things I learned from Dawn: 1. Never leave the house without lipstick. 2. Big hair is a good thing. Not to mention a super classy sense of fashion :)

My mom is the smartest woman on the planet. Literally, she knows everything. I won’t usually admit it in the moment, but her advice is always the best, and she’s always right. She is truly one of my best friends. She laughs with me, cries with me, and does her best to shield

me from pain and heartache at every turn. Without her I would have never made it through the last three years. She is driven and determined [she’s running a half marathon in a few weeks, real talk]. She is always there when I need her most and even when I don’t think I’ll need her at all. I hope that when I have children I am half the mother she is to Emily and I.

Ray is the world's greatest fisherman. He baits the hook and touches the fish so my hands never even get dirty. Thanks Pops.

My dad is Super Dad. He can fix anything, paint anything, and grow anything you can possibly imagine. He is also the best bedtime story reader and car washer you’ve ever seen. Living with three women he is always outnumbered. Lucky for us [and him], he is a goober and can make the best out of any situation and he endures all of our attitude and fashion critiques. My dad has shown me what the love of my Heavenly Father really looks like. He is patient and loving, but expects obedience and trust from his children. My future husband has a lot to live up to if he wants to be anything like my Daddy.

I am so thankful for my wonderful, awesome, quirky, loving [insert a million other adjectives here] parents. They’ve sat through dance recitals, tennis matches, t-ball games, piano competitions, church musicals, and so much more. They have demonstrated love, compassion, and support even when I deserve it the least. I love my parents more than I could ever say. Maybe [hopefully] one day I’ll have kiddos who love me too?

Peace and Blessings