He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BIG NEWS! Ashleigh Victoria - Armor

Our daughter, Ashleigh,  has cut her first single, "Armor," 2 days ago! We are so proud, she has always been our determined one. God gave her an amazing talent she has used ever since she was little. A very talented friend, Lissa Lauria, wrote her this song. We hope and pray her voice is used for His glory, and she is a light wherever she goes. 

This song deals with being in the wrong relationship, and getting out! Some of the struggles teens go through, realizing they don't have to take it. They are better than that! Please check it out! 


Please help support her by liking her Ashleigh Victoria Official page on facebook, and also sharing with your friends! I'd love to hear your feedback. We'd also appreciate your prayers. Thank you so much!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A little bit of this and a little bit of that..

Hey Everyone! 

I know I've been MIA for a while now. 

We have had a very interesting (for lack of a better word) last year or so. I haven't been feeling so bloggy. Our family has had some twists and turns. I struggled with whether or not to be open about them (as it may help others going through the same thing), or going silent. I obviously chose the latter. All is well, though. Sometimes the road just gets rocky.

Here are some thoughts.

          *Raising teens is hard, raising a teen daughter is like holding back the tide.

   *There are reasons parents don't want their kids to date until 18...

               ....we should have been one of those parents...
That's all I really need to say, I think. I do believe that if the Bible says over "Do not fear" over 365 times, I pretty much have to believe each one of those can cover each day of the year. I also have tremendous faith. I know that He has great plans for our kids. I know that we need to give them to Him and let Him finish the work He has started. I am fully leaning on this verse, but now as a mother, for my children!

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philipians 1:6

Our oldest is going to finish her senior year near where my parents live. Our decisions were based on numerous things. A few of them included - being in a better area, having better schools, family around, better friends, better influences in general, and a church that is solid. She seems to be doing amazing. All sorts of great things are headed her way, and I am giving God all the glory! The Holy Spirit is at work in her life, and I love seeing and hearing the results of His work when I talk to her on the phone and talk to my parents. I do know that God is in control, and things happen for a reason. They just do. The majority of time we don't get why things happen the way they do, but seeing the ending result...or that road leading to that, is so inspiring! God is Good...all the time... all the time...God is Good!

Here is a photo of her right before we took her to the airport. There wasn't a dry eye for miles..

She is beautiful, she is strong.. and that reminds me;

“You are Braver than you Believe, Smarter than you Seem, and Stronger than you Think.”
- Winnie the Pooh

I love, Pooh! And, I love this girl!

I've also been working on my photography business.  And, my second born is a freshman now and off to High School, and all the sports that come along with it.. Baseball ended, and football took over! His first game was last night, and here's a pic of him as WR

and of course I had to throw in another. Him as QB..

and, since I am his mom, I have to throw in the last play of the night. The touchdown!! 

Yes, he's number 9! You think I'm proud, be glad his dad doesn't have a blog! LOL

I also turned 40 last week. [boo hiss] But it was wonderful! We went to the lake and watched the Air and Water show from a boat. Beautiful! Then we cruised along the river, and it was absolutely the most wonderful birthday!

We also have a friend, Lissa Lauria, who started The I AM Movement. Our little one wanted to be one of the faces, so here she is! 

This foundation is to help everyone understand how important they are. How to think everyday about how wonderful God made you, and to remind yourself that you are worth more.. anyway, visit her site!

There is also some exciting news on the home front, I will save that for my next entry. I'm off to work out (now that I'm "over the hill"), and spend some time with the family.