February 16th, 2018
Several weeks ago, I had the immense honor of witnessing the bravest act of courage I have ever seen.
Kasie delivered her baby girl into this world at 3:39 p.m.
Except when Ellisyn Grace opened her eyes for the first time, she met Jesus.
Broken yet beautiful.
Sorrow yet unfathomable joy.
Pain yet grace.
“When we arrive at eternity’s shore,
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing,
Ellie Grace, you are beautiful. Your Heavenly Father is holding you so, so tight.
You are beautiful.
song lyrics from You’re Beautiful by Shane & Shane
February 7th, 2018
The littlest brother of six siblings.
And when one of those sweet big brothers has the idea to make a heart over his baby, you better believe we make that happen.
And when they ask to kiss him so I can take a picture, that happens, too, without hesitation.
It’s those special days when the kids are involved and you and the mom dive in deep to conversation that the Lord whispers the reminders of His faithfulness.
What a good God we serve.
He cares for every detail.
Every hair on our heads.
Wells, you are
so cherished and so, so loved.
January 3rd, 2018
Anna Kate’s daddy built these barn doors.
He built these floors.
He built these walls.
He built this house.
But the most beautiful thing he’s built?
Without a doubt, this beautiful family
Anna Kate, how blessed you are to have a mommy and daddy that love and adore you this much.
To labor together, pray together, and grow together all because of the love
they have for our Father, each other, and you.
“Through wisdom, a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
October 27th, 2017
Starr, SC was my first home that taught me that family that isn’t blood.
These were my first babies.
My first daughters.
They taught me who I was and who I wanted to be when I had biological children.
You see, before I was a mama, before I was a wife, right after I became a teacher, I became a cheerleading coach.
She believed in me. On days I had no idea what I was doing.
She’s everything I want my own little girl to grow up to be.
She was my Rock.
And together, she and Joseph will move mountains.
They are a force.
Because they know who their Father is.
And recognized where He has brought them.
High school sweethearts.
Forever best friends.
Absolutely in love.
Sabrina and Joseph, thank you.
May 19 cannot come soon enough.
October 4th, 2017
There is not a session in which I leave the hospital that I am not emotionally overwhelmed by the goodness of God’s grace and the way He chose to make this path wind and turn and continue to take me places I never thought possible.
When I met Ethan at my
very first session three years ago, his eyes took my breath away. I was literally immediately taken swept into his heart because of the story his eyes told. And today, those eyes continue to see into my soul and bring out the best in each person in his family.
Ethan’s new love is his little brother. And the moment he met him, gave him presents and kisses brought smiles, laughter and an intense new love that Erica and Ryan never knew possible.
The joy that erupted in this room as their entire family celebrated together was special.
Thank you, Lord, for this family.
For Erica and Ryan.
And for sweet, sweet Elliot.
Welcome to the family!
October 2nd, 2017
Quiet in the most beautiful way.
Full of joy.
Sarah Beth made time stand still as she laughed and smiled and posed as we roamed the streets of downtown Anderson.
A future Clemson student (hopefully) with an eye for fashion and dream for design.
There is no doubt she will run after her dreams as fast she can.
No doubt, in fact, that her genuine heart and spirit will take her far.
Congratulations, Sarah Beth! May all your dreams come true.
September 26th, 2017
He who moves the waves and the sea. He who knit us together and knows every hair on our head.
“God saw us when we could not be seen…” ~Charles Spurgeon
And now that Ryder is here, the evidence of His heavenly Father was felt throughout the room the entire morning.
For we serve such a perfect Father.
We are “hand-hidden.
Within the hiddenness of the womb, God gives us a glimpse of a forever truth, the truth that quickens and multiplies in secret.” ~Sara Hagerty, Unseen
He is here (and Mama did a good job!).
He is loved.
And created without a doubt by a good, good Father.
September 22nd, 2017
Ruth Simons said,
“It’s what you do behind closed doors and where people are never going to share about you that matters most.”
And this describes Daren and Brandy Vaughn to a T.
Thoughtful. Intentional. Kind.
But we will
never do all that these sweet parents do for so many. Any one of their friends can attest to this fact. They can go above and beyond in all situations.
These babies, though, are more than blessed to have them as their parents.
Celebrating one year with this sweet little man and with the example of their parents, because they worship our Heavenly Father, is their
IS immeasurably more.
Vaughns, I am so thankful for your presence in our lives. YOU are blessings to so many that you will never even know.
September 22nd, 2017
Jensen means “God is gracious.”
And after seven years of prayer, Lacie and Nathan are more than grateful for this perfect blessing.
A miracle, they said.
He’s our little miracle.
From his head to his toes, beautiful as can be.
God is, indeed, gracious, and our most perfect Father.
September 16th, 2017
“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
And wait they did. Seven years of praying for this sweet, sweet boy and Jensen Thomas is here.
And perfect in every single way.
Congratulations, Lacie and Nathan (and Bailee and Sully!)!! You are so truly blessed.