Monday, October 10, 2011
I will never forget the first time I walked into the door of the DeFeo home. A sweet mom greeted me at the door and a little girl, not even a year old, with a head full of curls looked up at me. It was love. Instant love. That was September 2007. Over 4 years have passed since then. In that four years, I've watched Courtney love on her children and the children of others. I've seen her fill my heart and the hearts of others with encouragement, love and biblical truths.
It is with great excitement that I get to share with you the news that the same mom that I met almost 4 years ago has started her own company, and it is launching TODAY. Lil Light O' Mine was "created to empower moms and change little lives" and I have no doubt that it will do that and so much more!
The website is incredible. The facebook and twitter pages will encourage you.
I'm not a mom, but with as much baby-sitting as I do, I know a good thing for moms and kids when I see it, and let me tell you...this is a VERY good thing.
I've got ABC scripture cards on the way to my house as I type and I can hardly wait to have them in my hands...and then to give them to some of "my" families.
Sweet Courtney...I'm so sorry for breaking down when I called today. I really was trying my best to keep it together, but my excitement just had a way of coming through in tears. I'm so excited for you. Thank you for your willingness to step out into the unknown and allow the Lord to use you. I can hardly wait to see all that he accomplishes through you and this company!!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
My friend, Lindsee, was the first to do this yesterday...and then I found out that lots of people love Lindsee too, because my reader had lots of posts with people copying her.
So, here it is..Lindsey in ABC format...
A. Age: 26...savoring every last minute of it before the next birthday
B. Bed Size: Full...I'd be perfectly fine with a twin though because I don't move.
C. Chore that you hate: Dusting...or any kind of yardwork. Thankfully, my roommate and I have a yard boy. Who knows, one of these days we may just get a maid, too!
D. Dogs: None here, but one at my parents house named Maggie
E. Essential start to your day: Ok. This is a little embarrassing. Every morning, without fail, I start the day by saying "It's going to be a great day!" I've done it every day since my senior year of high school when our high school football coach encouraged us to do it.
F. Favorite color: Hmm...I LOVE color. Blue is probably my all time favorite...just can't pair it with orange!
G. Gold or Silver: Both. Just not at the same time!
H. Height: 5'8'....technically it's almost 5'9", but I like 5'8" better
I. Instruments you play: The piano...but only the treble cleff and the French Horn.
J. Job Title: Sales Manager...and full time student
K. Kids: None of my own, but plenty that I would claim as my own!!
L. Live: Alabama. Love this sweet state and my current home in Birmingham.
M. Mother's name: the same as my middle name...Robin
N. Nicknames: hmmm...the typical ones are Linds, Lindzi, Lindzers, Linrobsmi...but then you have the odd ones that I acquired through the years: Bob and Corn top that list. I won't mention the millions that my younger sister has for me.
O. Overnight hospital stays: summer before first grade when I had pneumonia...lots of stories from that visit, let me tell ya!
P. Pep peeves: Most of them center around English grammar. I just can't handle it when people misuse the words their/there/they're or your/you're! I know spell check doesn't pick it up, but it's in the 2nd grade grammar book. Maybe I'll do a post on that one day.
Q. Quote from a movie: I love movies. Don't watch them nearly as much as I used to. One of my old time favorites is Serendipity. Lots of great quotes from that one, but here's one you can journal on: "You know the Greeks don't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died. "Did he have passion?" Those Greeks...they were on to something.
R. Right or left handed: Both. I write, eat, and throw left handed. I bat, cut, and shoot a gun right handed.
S. Siblings: Two sisters. One 4 years older. One 4 years younger. I am the quintessential middle child and am only now starting to get over my "middle child" syndrome.
T. Time you wake up: 5AM...usually without my alarm clock. Though now that school has started and my naps have been removed, I will say that I often sleep right up to it.
U. Ultimate vacation: Greece. Now that I'm taking some Greek, I'm trying to convince my parents that this would be a great way to "better my knowledge."
V. Vegetable you hate: I think I like, or can at least tolerate, them all...wait, no, I do not like beets.
W. What makes you run late: I subscribe to the adage of "if you're on time, you're late" and am often at least 5 minutes early. Except for church. Despite the fact that I can see the building from my front porch, I'm almost always at least 30 seconds late.
X. X-Rays you've had: My lungs. See letter O
Y. Yummy food that you make: I don't cook near as much as I used to...with the roommate I have, it's not really necessary. But, if needed, I can make pretty much anything. My specialities are appetizers and desserts though.
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffe! I'm also partial to the elephants and monkeys.
So there you have it...26 random thoughts about me.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
After years of baby-sitting, I feel like I'm an expert on the subject. Well, let me clarify. I'm not an expert on baby-sitting by any means...but an expert on knowing a good family when I see one, that I am. You may think it's easy, but they are hard to come by! After all, you have to have kids that are fun and obedient, and parents that trust you and aren't especially weird. :) So, as I explained in this post, my Atlanta families were the best of the best and I often wondered if there would be even one family in Birmingham that could hold a candle to them.
Two years later, I'm blown away at the sweet families that I get to hang out with. The moms wear the hats of counselor, mentor, and friend. The dads show me qualities of a Godly husband and father. The marriages give me a constant reminder to trust that God's timing is perfect, and waiting for the right mate is always worth it. The children make me laugh and cry, strengthen my patience and remind me to live life to the fullest.
Then, when school started, those sweet families climbed to new levels of sweetness. Seriously my love tank is overflowing. I've gotten texts, calls and cards almost everyday filled with encouraging words. I think my favorite was the little boy that asked if I was going to be in his kindergarten class. :) Then, as if the words weren't enough...because they totally were...one sweet family even remembered that I was thinking about getting a new coffee maker for myself to help with the late nights and took it upon themselves to surprise me with the Cadillac of coffee makers. You know, the kind that has the little cups you put in so you have the exact amount that you need. To say I was a bit overwhelmed would be quite the understatement.
My precious Atlanta families will never be replaced, but after two years in Birmingham, I can say with confidence that in so many ways the Lord has proven himself faithful to my prayer for sweet families, and for that, I am grateful.
Monday, September 12, 2011
**Yes, I thieved these pictures from blogs and facebook. I did it without permission. I am happy to take the picture of your precious girl down if requested. I promise, I won't take offense. In addition, if your picture isn't on this post, it does not mean that you aren't loved...it just means that you weren't in the pictures that I was able to quickly locate. My study schedule only allowed for a 15 minute break. :)**
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Then school started. I was assigned hundreds of pages to read a day. Papers to write. Quizzes to be prepared for. A new language to learn. Things got crazy real quick...clearly, I've barely been in school a week...and my early morning quiet time has been replaced with one final read through of the homework. My 30 second Jesus Calling reading and 5 minute drive to and from class has become the new morning devotion time. Not good. I know.
I heard about this book months ago because I'm a frequent reader of Emily's blog. I knew I would love it, but was almost afraid to read it for myself. It's not a secret that one of the things I struggled with the most is giving myself grace, and since I've worn the "good girl" label pretty much my entire life, I had a feeling that this book would really rock my world. Well, after reading so many great things about it, I knew that I just had order it. I have a feeling this book may be just the ticket to get me back in my morning quiet time routine and I can hardly wait!
Monday, September 5, 2011
It didn't take her long to clue in that I love hanging out with her, and it makes my day that she invites me to do it! True, I would probably invite myself over anyway, but I love that I don't have to. She's always so sweet to text me with an invitation to dinner, a request to call out things for an upcoming test, or if I'm lucky...she'll even swing by my house for an impromptu visit.
Her home is always hopping. Yeah, she has a great space for people to hang out, but that's not the only reason why. The people come because she is such a fabulous friend and host. Her friends are some of the best in the land...but to have a friend, you must be one, so clearly she is a great one!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
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Sunday, June 5, 2011
- Parties, Parties, Parties...I've always wanted to have a warm and welcoming home. Now that I live with Martha, I no longer have to want it, I have it. She exudes southern hospitality and because of that our home is always filled with people, especially when she decides to throw one of her parties.
- Mad cooking skills...she may not cook every night, but whatever she cooks, or bakes, always turns out PERFECT.
- Words, words, words...She knows my love language is words of affirmation and she speaks it to me oh so well. It's one thing to speak words of encouragement and thanks when they are expected, but Martha has the "out of the blue" note down to an art. Walking into my room and seeing a little envelope with my name on it sitting on my dresser is sure to bring a smile...and more than likely a few tears as well.
- Old school music...Some of my absolute favorite times are when we are sitting around in the living room, both on our computers. When all of a sudden we start taking a walk down memory lane with our old school music...especially the old school church music. I don't know, but it delights me to no end.
- Tough love...she says that I'm the queen of giving it, but she's pretty durn good at giving it right back. I love how whenever we are talking I know that she is always looking out for my best interests. It's the part of friendship that you can't teach, and she has it.
- Curly hair...I literally have hours of my life back thanks to Martha. After years of trying, I thought it was hopeless, but in 10 minutes one night she had me feeling like a real, live, curly haired girl.
- Pictures...I love pictures, and have always done a good job at organizing them and getting them printed. Martha takes it one step further and keeps the frames updated. It's so nice to see updated photos of people we love all around the house.
- Thinker...It's not uncommon for us to listen to a sermon and then chat about it. I feel like my observations are pretty basic, but Martha always seems to dig deeper. I love that, and it helps me to dig deeper too.
- Embracing the moment...Martha truly knows how to enjoy the moment. I'm so glad that I'm getting to live my "single days" with her because it makes me love this stage of life even more. We don't spend hours wishing and planning a wedding. Instead, she has helped me to see the fun that can be found in the present.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Over the years I have been blessed with many friends. I would even say a handful of them could be called “best friends.” But, I only have, and will only ever have, one “childhood best friend.”
I don’t really remember the first time I met Laurie. We grew up in the same small town with older sisters that were the same age, and with exception of the preschool years when I went to St. Stephens and she went to Rainbow Circle, we attended school together until we graduated from high school.
In the beginning, our friendship was little more than play-dates and birthday parties, but as the years went on, the friendship grew. We shared secrets and fears. We took classes together and spent lots of time “studying.” We prayed for each other and dreamed of what life would look like when we were old and married.
A few years ago, Laurie met a special guy named Miller that she seemed to really like, and I was thrilled. He treated her like a princess and it delighted my heart to no end. Last month, Miler proposed, and the joy just seemed to overflow from my heart. When we were growing up, we used to talk about our dream wedding and it seemed that things were falling into place for her dreams to come true. I was smiling for days.
Last Thursday, Laurie and I met for lunch. Not surprisingly, much of the talk was about the upcoming wedding. And then, just before we left, she said something that left me speechless and took me right back to Brewton, Alabama and the days of dreaming about our weddings…she asked me to be a bridesmaid.
It’s not every day that your childhood best friend gets married, and to say that I am honored to be a part of it wouldn’t even begin to describe my feelings. While it’s something that we always talked about, that was years ago. Like many friendships, we’ve been through good times and we’ve been through some hard ones.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Pretty much HGTV in real life...I knew I couldn't pass it up! It was so much fun getting to do all of the things that I see on TV. Sadly, I had to leave before it was finished, so I don't have any after pictures...Caitlin?!?!?!