Happy Grandparents Day

wela&welo

Isn’t it funny that when you have children your parents morph into this foreign being that is so cute and cuddly and all of sudden there are no rules anymore. It’s all about no sleep, lots of sugar and days of “you can do whatever you want” with grandma and grandpa.

Caleb will often stay with my parents for the summer or for other school holidays and when it’s time to come home, he always cries leaving them. I get so frustrated with him and have to always remind him of where he lives and with whom. Last year, when my grandmother got really sick I remember clinging on to her and crying, I don’t want to leave you, I want to stay with you forever.

When I was a little girl, we used to live down the street from my grandparents. So every day after school I would walk to their home or I would stay with them as much as I possibly could. Once, I couldn’t have been any older than 6, I was angry at my mom for whatever reason and I packed my little purse and was planning to run away from home. She asked where I was going and I told her to my Lala’s house. Of course I didn’t make it there because I couldn’t cross the street by myself. Any time I was in trouble, I would cry for my Lala to come and save me. So last fall when I cried for my Lala, I finally understood how Caleb felt every time he left his Wela & Welo. I told him, from this point on I will never scold you for crying for them ever again.

I finally understood the bond that grandparents have with the grandkids. It’s so special. Grandparents have a very soft and special place in their hearts for their grandkids.

Today I can honestly say that I love my parents more now then I have ever loved them. And I sure as heck appreciate them more now too. There are a million and one reasons why my parents are so incredible. They love and serve God with all of their hearts first of all. And because they love God, they truly and genuinely love people. They have hearts that are so pure and honest. They are selfless and caring. They are hospitable and giving. The list can go on and on.

Looking back on my childhood & teenage years, I am so grateful that my parents never stopped praying for me. I know this is hard to believe but I wasn’t exactly the best well-behaved daughter. I know, shocker right. But growing up in a Christian home, with a praying mother & father is the reason why I am who I am today. And I am so blessed to know that it’s because of the life that they lived and are living, I get to show my children who God is too.

Thank you mom & dad for being such awesome parents. But thank you for being even better grandparents. Happy Grandparents day Wela & Welo! xoxo

An inheritance is what you leave with people.
A legacy is what you leave in them.

-Craig D. Lounsbrough

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be still

be still

I went home this weekend to see my mama.  She just had surgery and although I knew she was doing good, I needed to see her with my own eyes.  And yes, she is doing good.  Thank you Jesus!

I always love going home to the ‘country’ to get away from the busy life of the metroplex every once in a while.  This particular trip was different in the sense that I was only home for 2 days but I had so much to do like make sure mama was ok, cook for dad, wash clothes, run some errands, find someone to make my wedding dress plus I had to make time to see all of my family.

I really felt the need to wake up early and take a stroll every morning.  And it was the best decision that I made that weekend.  During my morning walk, God reminded me that it was time for me to be still.  I was reminded that my life is so busy and although I may work for the church that doesn’t mean that I am any more spiritual than the next person.  Yes I pray and read the bible but rarely do I get alone time and allow God to just love on me.

I know life can be hectic, there is work, schedules, kids, meetings, and more meetings but sometimes, we just need to be still.  And let God love on us.

“God is our protection and our strength.

He always helps in times of trouble.  

So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the 

mountains fall into the sea, or even if the 

oceans roar and foam, or the mountains 

shake at the sea….

….God says, “Be still and know that I am God.

I will be praised in all the nations; 

I will be praised throughout the earth.

The Lord All-Powerful is with us;

the God of Jacob is our defender.”

excerpt from Psalms 46 (Message version)

Special Announcement

CourtneyJaton
I am so happy to announce that Courtney & I are FINALLY tying the knot! And yes, I said finally.  For those of you that are tuning in for the first time or don’t know all of our love story, well stick around because boy do I have a book for you! 🙂

Last Christmas, my family and I were sitting around the table and I’m not sure if anyone else’s family is like mine but lets just say we don’t exactly sing Christmas carols, drink egg nog while enjoying everyones company.  Quite the exact opposite actually.  It’s always a discussion of who is going where, what are we eating, what time are we eating, I don’t want to go there, they don’t want to come here.  So as we were summarizing the days events, I asked my parents how they felt about starting a new tradition.   Instead of wasting money on gifts that no one likes and ends up repackaging next year, let’s go on a family vacation Christmas week instead.  I would much rather make memories with my family then blow my money on something they don’t ever wear or even like for that matter.

So it was agreed upon that Christmas 2015 we would spend Christmas in New York!

Well Courtney and I had been talking about getting married and what we envisioned for our special day.  We both agreed that we didn’t want anything too big but we agreed that we wanted it to be special.  So one day, as we were talking about New York I turned and looked at him and said, let’s get married in New York!  And his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.  Needless to say, we didn’t have to discuss further.  It was set.

Now, for those of you who don’t really know our history, (which I’ll get to that another day) I had told Courtney that a proposal and a ring was not important to me. An engagement was not important to me.  The whole hoopla before the wedding is not important.  In fact, the wedding is not important.  What is important to me was that we were married, our marriage would be centered around Christ, that we were both ready and that this time around we would do it in a way that God would be honored most importantly.

Well it was Monday July 6th and my parents had just left town and I was really disappointed because I thought Courtney hadn’t spoken with my dad & mom about “us”.  So I was out running errands and Courtney was at my house with Caleb.  I got home and went to my room and Caleb & Courtney walked in.  He asked Caleb & I to have a seat so we did.  He got down on his knees and he began to tell us that loved us so much, and that He wanted us to be a family, officially.  He asked me to marry him.  And I remember turning and looking at Caleb.  And the look that he had on his face was priceless.  That moment was priceless.

So there you have it.  We are officially going to be a family.  We will be having a small ceremony in New York City on December 21.  Once we are back in Texas and the weather clears up, we will have a big party for all of our friends and family.  We are so excited to begin this new chapter in our lives and we want to thank all of you who have prayed and encouraged us.  We love you. xoxo

Check out our wedding website for more details on our special day,

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