Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Tribute

Good Morning Dear Ones:

I have had someone special on my mind the past few days. This person has been and always will be very special to me. Pastor Rich. He was our Pastor for over 12 years. I can not even tell you how much I love this man but I am going to try :)

I consider this man a spiritual daddy. The things he taught me on how to love God and love people will never be forgotten. He is one of those people that exemplifies Jesus with skin on.

I don't see Pastor Rich much anymore since our family has moved in a new church direction but I think of him and the time our family had under his leadership often. It is a part of my life I greatly treasure and fondly remember.
I trust Rich implicitly. He always made it safe for you to be real and open and vulnerable and never gave advice without it being asked for. He was always full of grace and never made me feel judged but only loved and valuable. His guidance has been invaluable in our lives.

I owe a great deal of gratitude to Pastor Rich because of being a part of his life, I am a better person. A better mother. A better friend. I personally want to thank him because knowing him has meant our family has grown closer to Jesus and we will never be the same again. He has taught our family about a real genuine faith. He has helped shape and mold our lives.

I hope you get to read this Pastor Richie. Your impact on this family and many many others is not overlooked. I am eternally grateful to know you. I miss you and I love you so very much.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Change is Coming I need a MOMent

Good Morning Dear Ones:

I just wanted to tell you a little bit about my evening last night. Eric and I took Elijah our oldest son out to dinner last night to talk about college plans. Honestly this is an area that has been really difficult for me to be OK with. Not because of my Elijah mind you. Elijah is seriously one of the finest human beings I know. He loves God, loves his family and loves others.  I could not be more proud of who he is. And I know that I know that I will feel the same about who he will be.

It is hard for me to grasp that this time is upon us. This precious boy of mine is becoming a man. He's not my little boy anymore and I am caught between being very proud and at the same time wanting to freeze time.

This change is not easy. I not only love this kid but I really really like him and my heart begins to throb when I think about how much I am going to miss him. I mean it literally aches and so I stuff it down until I have to think about it.

I just have to focus on how blessed I am. Thank you Lord that you gave Eric and I Elijah. Thank you for helping us every step of the way. Some things we did right and others we grossly messed up but ultimately he is yours. Praise the Lord, He is YOURS!!! Keep your loving hand upon him. Bless Him. Use Him. Fulfill your design for His life and thank you sweet Jesus for letting me share in it.

Oh and help my Mamas heart let go is one of the hardest things I have before me.

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