Church and Religion


I was one proud daughter on Sunday! My Daddy stood on the stage and signed (American Sign Language) the words to the lyrics of the songs for all three services. Several other members of the Deaf Ministry at our church signed as well, some hearing and some not. They all did great and I think it was a nice way to let the whole church see the beauty of signing.

And my Dad did GREAT! I was very proud of him! (I think I forgot to tell him that so Mom make him read this please!) I snapped a few pictures during the service.

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The retreat that I previously mentioned was this weekend. Although, I wasn’t feeling my best, I still had a nice time and came back feeling refreshed in my relationship with Jesus.

I thought of many of my friends (you know which ones you are) who so could have benefited from a weekend like this. But you are lucky because I wrote things down and took good notes and will share it with you!

Our retreat gods-glory.jpgwas located at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina in the beautiful mountains. It was cold and rainy Friday and Saturday. It sleeted on Saturday and we even saw snowflakes but by the time we left on Sunday afternoon, it was crystal clear, still cold but sunny, and beautiful. The staff there was so sweet and loving. The food was pretty good too, although with there being so many things I can’t eat it was tricky, but the chocolate mousse we had for desert on Friday night was divine!  

Our main jackie-kendall.jpgspeaker was Jackie Kendall. I’d never heard of Jackie Kendall before but I am now a fan. She was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and had a pretty rough life at times but she was able to survive it all because Jesus was on her side. I think the woman drinks a zillion cups of coffee a day though. (Even though I never actually saw her drink a cup! LOL) Her energy level is through the roof! At times, I needed a nap just from watching her. But her personal story and the things she taught us were amazing.

A fun me-and-mom.jpgpart of this retreat was being able to spend one on one time with my Mom. I do see my Mom frequently since we don’t live that far a part and I do talk to her every day just about, but there’s always an adorable, needy, spoiled, attention seeking 11 year old around! On Saturday afternoon during free time, Mom and I participated in a scavenger hunt as a team. We didn’t win, heck, we didn’t even finish but it was still fun!

When we came back b-encouraged-basket.jpgfrom our group meeting the first night, there was this adorable little basket (pictured on the side) wrapped in a gold satin bag waiting for us in our rooms. There was a tag on the basket saying “Bee Encouraged” with a little bee on it. The basket itself was painted gold and had a bee on it. Inside the basket were little slips of paper with handwritten verses. Each time a verse was written, the person writing it prayed for the recipient. I loved it! You can put just about anything in a basket, make it pretty with a bow and I’m gonna love it! My Mom said she wished I had been that easy to please when I was a child. (Haha Mom!)

Although it was a great experience, I was so glad to come home! Noah had some separation issues and wasn’t the best behaved little boy for J. It broke my heart to him (Noah not J!) crying for me on the phone. He was so cute and excited when I got home and was stuck to me like glue for the rest of the night!

I’ve been going to my current church for almost three years now. Each year, in March, there is a weekend retreat for interested ladies. It’s in the mountains. My Mom went and when she told me about it sounded fun and I thought I might like to go in the future.

BUT we were trying to conceive and I knew that if I got pregnant I would be a high risk pregnancy and that my doctor would probably not allow me to go. So when it came time to sign up for the retreat, I wouldn’t sign up just in case I got pregnant. I did that for two years and then wished I had gone each time when time for the retreat rolled around.

Well, my Mom called me the other day and said there were only about 17 spots left and asked if I wanted to go. I thought for a minute and said yes. No more putting my life on hold just in case I get pregnant. It feels empowering but scary all at the same time! Empowering because I am living my life regardless of whether I get pregnant today, next week, next year, or never – and scary for all the same reasons! In some ways, it feels like the end of an era, the end of a dream.

I’m excited about the retreat though. I think it will help improve my relationship with God, I might make some new friends, and it will be relaxing to have an entire weekend with out a computer or a cell phone! (Ok, I might go into withdrawals by the time we get home, but I will manage.) And the best part – a whole weekend with my Mommy and an opportunity for us to spend some time with one another.

I belong to a group at my church called Titus 2 Tea. We are a service ministry of women only the-gift.jpgand once a month we have a tea which is a time for us all to get together and have fellowship with one another.

I really love this great group of women. They are so very supportive. When one lady is having a hard time, is sick, etc. all the other ladies are there encouraging her with cards, meals, love, and prayers.

Each  monthly tea has a theme and is decorated (low key decor, nothing too expensive and things people have hanging around their house) and is hosted by several women in a room at the church. Each month we have a little favor. Ever since word got out that I can do favors on the computer and they turn out so cute, I’ve been doing the favors frequently.

This month’s theme was “The Gift” so the head hostess asked me to make something reflecting that theme featuring the verse, John 3:16. So I came up with this magnet. I printed them on magnetic paper and then cut each one out around the box I put each one in a little baggie and tied it with curling ribbon. Everyone loved them!