There is so much I have wanted to say for so long. My dear sweet cousin even called me out on not sharing about "how I'm doing" lately. I've been hearing a lot about Joy lately. The difference between happiness and joy. The fact that Christ gives us joy. John 10:10 says I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. Proverbs 15:15 says a cheerful heart has a continual feast. I have been trying to focus on words like these. My devotional this am talked about Joy healing-Proverbs 17:22 Joy makes us strong-Nehemiah 8:10. Last night at choir practice we sang the song, Oh What A Reason. Some of the words say He's the only reason I live, but oh what a reason There's nothing in this world worth living for it only brings you heartache and longing for more He's the only reason I live, but Oh what a reason. I have sung that song so many times and I do understand the moral of it. I feel like God is turning every page lately to show me Joy. However, the closer I get to the 1 year point, the more sadness and a sense of utter loss creep back in. I have been so busy lately as you can probably all tell and I understand how my mom chose to use her being busy as a defense mechanism to her grief. Mom, if you are reading this please know I love you and am not judging you on how you are dealing. I just understand it more now. I've made myself so busy that I quit dealing with my feelings and now they are coming at me with a vengence. So many people around me have been losing their parents. I have felt like God was telling me to try to help those people. I have done what I can. One day last week, I told God...ok, enough. I need a break. So He gave me a song! A new one that our choir is singing for Easter. It shouts the names of Jesus...Wonderful, Glorious, Holy and Righteous, Victorious, Conqueror ,Triumphant and Mighty, Healer, Deliverer, Shield and Defense, Strong Tower and My Best Friend , Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Soon Coming King, Alpha Omega, Lord Of Everything. I can't wait to sing it out to Him. I had been screaming it in my car until it broke me today. I cried like a baby thinking of all the great things God is to me. I am resting in His sweet loving arms today. I want to have that Pure Joy exude from me! I just need to find the balance between missing my dad and serving my King. I know this post is kind of all over the place. I don't even want to read it back to myself for that reason. It is what it is. This is how I feel. Please pray that I will again be able to celebrate my dad's life, that I will remember the sweet memories. As it gets closer to the day, my brain keeps reliving the hospital and days after. I'm not trying to wallow in's just there. I just need prayer.


I got this in an email and had heard it before, but knew it was worth hearing again! Enjoy!

Malachi 3:3 says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it." If today you are feeling the heat of the fire ,remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.


BINGO:FRIDAY NIGHT The VJSL has an annual benefit each year to raise funds to give back to the community. For the past three years, we have been doing Bingo. I worked the event so I didn't take many pictures, but a good time was had by all!
Carol, Michelle, and Kori Elizabeth, Ashley, ?, Jenny, and Allison were ready to play.

Carol and I had the best time keeping each other entertained during Bingo. We were actually working the event as Bingo Card Ladies. We even came up with a fabulous quote while discussing different issues that night. "A willing heart is better than a skilled mind." How about that!!

Melanie, Mandi, Amanda and me had a GREAT time! These girls are so carefree-I love it!

WEDDING-SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Josh Pridgen!!

Summer looked like a Barbie Doll!

Kristy and Sam...It's a good thing they love me because we have been spending so much time together!

I love my cousin Sam like he was another brother!

Callie, Gigi, and Rebecca

Jeanna was my "date" for the wedding since we are both single.
Posing on the couch while we waited to eat the yummy reception food that was 5 ft away from us!
SHOWER-SATURDAY NIGHT I was a hostess for a shower for Justin McCrary and Brandy Morris. We gave them an ice bucket with their initials on it.
The boys loved playing corn hole...I think they could have played it all night long.

Justin's turn...I think he and Sam went undefeated in the corn hole tournament!

Me and Kristy
The cute couple!!

Nadia's masterpieces....they looked and tasted good!

The hostesses and happy, Kristy, Sam, Brandy, Justin, Rozie, Wes, and Nadia

The ladies...unfortunately this is the best photo I could get...the boys weren't thrilled that they had to step away from their game to take our pic!
At midnight we celebrated Rozie's birthday...we couldn't find the candle so we improvised!
Wes did a good job thinking ahead for his wife's bday!
Wow, that was a weekend! And they are only going to get crazier! I hope yall are enjoying all my pics and posts! I'm sure there's a sad sappy one coming as this week has not been the greatest for my emotions. Stay tuned!


Two of my friends, Jennifer Martin (aka Marty) and David Stump, got married on Saturday! Congrats!!
My dates for the evening. Kristy and Sam

Tara and Jake...don't they look cute in their matching outfits!

Justin and Brandy
Ok, Who knew David could play the piano and play it well! After the band quit playing, David started playing the piano at the Country Club. He played like 4 songs one of which was the wedding march and the other was Sweet Caroline! Then when Marty went to sit with him while he was playing, it was just so sweet!
These guys are some of the best! Sam Warren, Eric Tillman, Garrett Copeland, and Justin McCrary.

Ok, so as we were dancing I kept looking at the singer thinking...she looks awfully familiar! So I went and asked her name. I was right. Karla Heath-Sands our very own WALB news lady! The best part was when I said are you Karla Heath-Sands and she said yes, my mouth dropped to the floor. She then said "I wanna be a singer when I grow up." I mean how cool is that. PS, she has a good voice!

me, Jennifer Stump and Christina McLeod. I love you ladies!

Emily Tillman, Lacey Davis and me. You can always count on these girls for entertainment!


Happy Birthday Jay! These pics are from Jay's party on Saturday. Love Ya Cuz!
We were singing Happy Birthday to him.
Angie, Me and you girls!
Angie is so precious!

The guys were shooting skeet. It was an absolutely beautiful day!
The end result...before her special curling iron ofcourse! Before you ask, she said I could put these pics on here!
Jay seeing his mom's BLONDE hair and not so sure about it if you can't tell by the look on his face!
Aunt Susie checking out her hair

Kristy pulling Aunt Susie's hair through the cap

Aunt Susie being the penny pincher that she is wanted us to "frost" her hair on Saturday. It was so much fun and funny! The box said to leave it on a minimum of 10 mins and a max of 90 mins. Well, we left it on for 11 mins and whoa was it BLONDE. We later determined that it looks really good. It just happened to be that her hair that, lets just say didnt have as much color as the other hair, turned more blonde than say the hair that was blonde/brown. Anyways, it was cute and there was no need for an emergency call to the salon so we were all grateful!

Jay and Rob being funny when I asked them to get together for a pic.

Jay and Angie

A bunch of Jay's, there were almost as many dogs there as there were people.

Sam took Mary Bennett for a ride on the tractor. She loved it so much...she didn't want to get off.

Emma decided she was still a little too afraid of the tractor to ride, but she would sit on it while it was off with Kristy.


Patsy and Emma playing.

Kristy and Emma

Say CHEESE! P.S. to my sister in law...I love it when they wear pig tails!

Oh my gosh...I think I could post on this picture until tom. My neices are my heart! They were loving on me so much! All I asked Ella Grace was "Do you wanna take a picture with Aunt Heather" and this is the "love" that I got. The biggest squeeze and grin. She even wouldnt let go until I pulled her arms away. I definitely think God was saying...Ok. you want an earthly show of it is!