Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 29 and 30

Posted by Shelley on Nov 30, 2010 in Mike, Real Life Stories, Uncensored Shelley, kids

Thankful for the mystery of the past and how it shaped the present.

Thankful for what the future holds.

Thankful for old friends and new ones.

Thankful for it all. Every last bit if it! And how God uses it all to become His great story!


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 15

Posted by Shelley on Nov 16, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

I am thankful today for eating lunch at school with Canon. I am thankful that when he saw me he gave me a huge smile and wanted me to hold his hand all the way to the lunchroom. I am most thankful that when he got in the car today he said, “thanks for coming to eat lunch with me today. I love you mom.”

Thank you God for my boy and for creating him to be part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 14

Posted by Shelley on Nov 14, 2010 in Real Life Stories

As I listen to my oldest child tell the stories of her first youth group retreat, I remember fondly my days at VHBC. A member of their youth group from 7th grade until 12th grade, I have many good memories of many trips, many friends and a genuine appreciation for those folks who poured into my life at that time. Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, chaperons and dear friends contributed in a such a positive way into the person God was shaping up to become a wife, a mom, a contributing member of society.

One of the fun memories I have from youth group is playing a game called “Sardines” in the church, long after “normal” church activities had ended for the night. For some reason or another, a group of us would be left waiting on rides or avoiding homework (a typical Sunday night dilemma for sure) and we’d turn our downtime into a game. Someone would hide, it was always completely pitch black and most of the time in the sanctuary. When you found the person, you stayed with them, until everyone was smashed up like sardines against each other, trying to be quiet in an effort not to be found… the last person looking for the group lost! A most fun time-waster for sure.

It was always fun, sometimes serious, sometimes not ;)

I made my best friends in youth group. I got married at that church. Some of the people who reached out to me this time last year when my Dad died were those very people, I appreciate that more than anyone could ever know. The space it would require to really express my gratitude is just not enough on this one weblog page. Thank you Heavenly Father, for giving me my church youth group experience and allowing all of us to be part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 13

Posted by Shelley on Nov 13, 2010 in Real Life Stories

So thankful for my Facebook and the friends I’ve had a chance to reconnect with as grown ups! My life is so much richer b/c of them. Being invited to see the Auburn homecoming game last Saturday and the Styx concert this weekend = awesome! Being blessed by generous friends = priceless!

Thank you God, for bringing me these friends and for helping each us help each other as part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 11 and 12

Posted by Shelley on Nov 12, 2010 in Mike, Real Life Stories

Today I am thankful for I-65 south which is taking me out of town with my man.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 8

Posted by Shelley on Nov 9, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

My extended family has been blessed by four feet this year – we welcomed Nathaniel Hiller Smith on August 27th, 2010 and most recently Patrick Inman Moore on November 8th, 2010. Nathan is my nephew and is the star of my sister’s blog, www.grinningandbearingit.blogspot.com, where you can see and celebrate all-things Nathan! Stacey does an excellent job chronicling his many “firsts” – it’s like reading a virtual baby book! Patrick Inman Moore is my second cousin, the kids third cousin and the son of my first cousin, Hamilton. He’s brand new, only a day old, so no blog yet. He is two months early and we are all amazed that he is already here and doing very well. What a blessing!

Thanks be to God for bringing life to Stacey and Ash, and to Hamilton and Chris, through their sons, Nathan Hiller and Patrick Inman. Thank you for showing us the mystery of life through birth, especially in the months of August and November this very year. Thank you God for allowing the sheer coincidence of new babies and the joy they bring to be a be part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 7

Posted by Shelley on Nov 8, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

Very thankful for being a part of such a generous church, which celebrated our 2 year anniversary just yesterday. Lots of good teaching, good relationships and maturity and growth are what I’m most thankful for – but we sure know how to have fun too! As a celebration and outreach we had a huge party last night. Part of the festivities included lots of food and prizes, such as iron bowl tix, SEC championship tix and a brand new-in-the-box PS3! CANON WON THE PLAYSTATION 3!!!
I have no idea really what it is or what it can do but we now have one :)

Thank you Lord, that you brought us to a church, filled with life and a generous spirit and for making a2 church part of your great story!


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 3

Posted by Shelley on Nov 3, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

So thankful today for my sweet little Indian brave, “Blue Fish”, and for his fascination of teepees, wigwams and arrowheads. For his tender heart, his ukulele and his genuine desire to save the earth and all the people and animals in it. He could have named himself “Green Fish” – because in addition to a heart of gold he most certainly has the eco-friendly green springing up in there too.

Today he told me, “I just want to help people Mom.” Thank you God for instilling that servant’s heart in him. I look forward to how this tree-huggin’ boy will help me, his mom, see the world through his eyes.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 2

Posted by Shelley on Nov 2, 2010 in Real Life Stories

As we watch election returns on another Tuesday evening in November, I am grateful for the opportunity I have to vote. I turned 18 the summer of 1990 and since then I have cast many votes, worked on a campaign or two and even been a deputy registrar. All of these civic duties were done in hopes of making the place we work, live and play a better place for our children and our children’s children.

Realizing now that my right to vote began less than 100 years ago makes me even more grateful.

We live in a broken world. But at least we are on the side of the world where women got to vote today. Thank you Lord, for simply placing me here, to exercise my right to vote and making me part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day One

Posted by Shelley on Nov 1, 2010 in Real Life Stories

Creating a spirit of thankfulness…

I am so thankful for the Christian marriage of my parents, 42 years ago today on 11/1/68. Through their union they brought forth 3 daughters and several years later, 3 grandchildren. To be connected to my sisters not only through our maiden name but also through the blood and flesh connection my parents gave us is a gift I will always cherish.

Becoming my children’s mother and an aunt to my nephew, are opportunities my parents created for me when they become one. I will always be grateful.

Thank you Lord, for bringing forth our family on this day so many years ago and making it a part of your great story.

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