Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My amazing nephew

This child is awesome!  Yesterday was his 6th birthday, and being that he is my oldest nephew, he has always held a special place in my heart!  The kids is clever, cute, sweet, gentle, and overall amazing! 

Yesterday when he received a birthday card in the mail that held $50, he decided that he wanted to use the money to donate to Children's Hope Chest.  At first he thought that he would give 40 of the dollars to feed children in Africa, and the other 10, he would use to buy himself a remote control car. 

I spoke to him when he was on the way to drop the money off at Hope Chest, and he said "Do you want to know how many children I can feed?  163!!!"  He was so excited! 

When he got there, he decided that he wanted to give all the money instead of keeping any for himself.  How wonderful is that?!?!  Brandi, my sister-in-law told him that they were well on their way to feed one child for an entire year.  He was so excited about that... he even asked Brandi to 'tweet and ask other people to help'.  Adorable.

Currently in the Brayden's birthday fund there is $199.75 which is enough to feed 799 meals!  If you would like to participate in my nephew's charity, go to and click give. In the notes section write "Brayden's bday / Africa food" They'll give me an update or you can email my sister-in-law at and tell me how many meals so that I can share with Brayden. (one meal is $0.25)


Aunt Laura and Uncle Slim are so proud of the man you are becoming!  We want to be just like you when we grow up!  Keep up the awesome work!  We love you!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The end of an era

When I first moved to SW Florida, I started meeting with a great group of girls. One of our first small groups consisted of Carly, Kate, Mel, Abby, and me. I learned so much from each of these ladies over the past 7 years. They have been people I have turned to for prayer, encouragement, and comfort. They have each brought me so much love and joy and I am eternally grateful!

Kate was the first to leave in 2005 when she left and married her true love! She is one of those people who is the best friend to u even when you may not talk for months on end. She sends the nicest letters and always is a blessing. I always say that when I grow up I want to be as good of a friend as she is!!!!

As you all know, it has been 2years since the bff Carly moved with her doll baby in her belly and her hubs by her side. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't miss her! If u didn't know, she is expecting baby 2 right around New Years.

Tonight I went to a going away party for my darling Mel!!! She and her husband Mike are moving to Northern Cali to commit full time to running a Christian camp! This is a perfect job for their adorable family of 4... But that doesn't mean I won't miss them like crazy!

So Abby and I are left here... Abs, I sure hope u stick around for a while!

Monday, June 7, 2010

We're Moving


Slim and I will be moving into this lovely house at the end of this month! 

For more of an idea of the inside of the house, here is the layout

These are pictures from another house's main space. Ours is just like this but flipped around.