Sunday, September 28, 2014

So much good

First, I want to thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support on my last post.  I can't tell you how much it meant to me.  I have received countless emails from many of you sharing your story.  I promise to try and respond to all of you soon.  We were devastated last week but now we feel so much hope and optimism about the future.  

We had a busy but fun filled weekend! I think it helped us get back on track! 

Saturday morning was very special because our dear friend Timesia graduated from a Live Strong program and she invited the girls and I to attend.  My girls LOVE Timesia.  It was so inspiring to hear survivor stories from 12 people who had beat cancer and were on their way to a better, stronger life.  We were so honored to be apart of the morning.

We ran home, ate lunch and changed into princess dresses to celebrate our friend E on her birthday! I cracked up that of all the princess dresses we own, Harper picked Pocahantas.  I was not surprised.  We had a great time at the party.

We got home just in time to watch the Razorbacks play the Aggies that for about 80% of the game looked like we might actually win but in true Arkansas fashion we lost in over time.  UGH.  

Saturday night Harper was chosen to be a "future miss" in the local high school pageant.  Each contestant chooses a Kindergarten - 2nd grader that they think would make a great Miss BHS one day to escort them.  Harper was SOOOO excited about it! 

I thought she looked adorable.  Who knows - she might be on that stage again in 10 years! 

Little sister was happy to support! We had a lot of fun.  Even Scott. ha! 
 Harper had to bring out a rose for her contestant - our friend Madison - and then curtsy and wave.  Here she is mid curtsy.  

I was actually blown away by these girls in the pageant.  They were so poised and I kept thinking these 17 year olds put this 40 year old to shame.  They were SOOOO talented.  Many had aspirations for Ivy League schools or to go to NYC to pursue dance or theatre or planned to be doctors.  They had traveled the world learning languages and doing mission work.  

Madison got in the top 5 and was Miss Photogenic.  We were so proud of her! Harper LOVED it.  She wanted to get back on stage.  

Saturday was fun but the highlight of the weekend was today.  It was our annual DNOW weekend which is a HUGE weekend for youth.  About 300 or more youth stay in host homes and spend all weekend learning about God and doing service projects (and having fun).  We helped with baptisms this morning and it was a worship service all to it's own.  We had 14 people get baptized including a family who were all saved together and an exchange student who just came to America last month an atheist and she came to DNOW and found Jesus.  I wish you could have seen the light in her eyes when I talked to her about it.  She told me her best friend from home was an exchange student in GA and she had gotten saved too.  She said "we are going to study the Bible together and I can't wait".  

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