Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 21

Posted by Shelley on Nov 22, 2010 in kids

So thankful for an entire week of Thanksgiving holidays! I don’t remember ever having the whole week off but this year ’tis true…I will enjoy seeing our kids a little bit more this week, coming up with some things to do in the Alabama sunshine and just being grateful for every moment that I see their smiling faces :)


Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 19 and 20

Posted by Shelley on Nov 20, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Thankful for my home, a place where the ones I love the most live, play and eat (sometimes they sleep).

When we moved here, right after 9/11 in 2001, I remember telling God this is another tool in my toolbox to do his work. I remember feeling almost guilty, so many had lost so much at that time and here I was with a 2 year old baby girl, a husband and a new home. For whatever reason He chose this for me, just like that awful event in America’s history, to become a part of his great story.

My new house was to be a place to be about his business, recognizing that this might be the only “church” some people might ever see. Thank you God, for giving me a culturally-relevant place to do your kingdom work.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 17 and 18

Posted by Shelley on Nov 18, 2010 in songs

“A legacy of life, a legacy of hope, the story of all the things that matter most…”

I am thankful for the legacy that has become part of God’s great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 16

Posted by Shelley on Nov 17, 2010 in kids

Thank you Lord, for the village it is taking to raise my children… this week in particular. You know who you are ;)


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 – Days 9 and 10

Posted by Shelley on Nov 10, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

It is that time of year of again, where we see the stars and stripes hanging proudly, banks and post offices are closed and kids get a day off from school in the middle of the week. It is Veteran’s Day and one of my most heartfelt “government holidays”. I always get teary-eyed when I see our fellow Americans in uniform and realize what they have truly done for me and my country. Wow.

The 11th day of November has become somewhat bigger than what I remember of it when I was younger. Here lately we’ve had school assemblies, church services and various other tributes that happen in honor of our veterans, much more so than I remember as a child. Or maybe I just notice it more now. Now the sacrifices and the freedoms I enjoy daily have become my life, my liberty and the pursuit of my own happiness. Other Americans, and their service and dedication to our country, have enabled me to have this blog, cast my right to vote last week and go to church where I wanted to go to church this past Sunday where I wanted to go. It is with a grateful heart and true American spirit that I honor those who protect my children, my home and my dreams with their lives.

Thank you God for allowing the United States to be part of your great story and for placing me, at such a time as this, to be a citizen of this great nation.


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.

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