Our Olive Crest Journey


The husband and I have been working with Olive Crest for 2.5 years so far.  It hasn’t been an easy road, but so many blessings have come from it already.  We’ve experienced every imaginable emotion during this time of waiting – excitement, fear, joy, sadness, compassion, frustration, and relief.   Tough times come to all of us — kiddos or no kiddos.  And so do blessings! 🙂 I’ve been able to get involved in many things that I am deeply passionate about.  Are you staying productive while waiting for the next chapter in your life  — whatever that might be?  We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds our tomorrow.  JESUS.

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img_4789We are never too young (or old) to make a difference in this world.  I was reminded of that this week when I met Faith.  She is a 14 year old fire cracker — full of giggles and excited about life!  She is raising money to take her first oversees missions trip to Zimbabwe in July.  Her daddy told her that she can go as long as she raised $1,000.  She is determined to achieve this huge goal by selling homemade cards and baked goods.  Faith is one smart cookie. 😉  Love her creative and entrepreneurial spirit for Jesus!

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True Love


Even though Valentine’s Day (or week) is officially over, I want to keep celebrating! 😉 Love is more than about flowers, chocolates, and Starbucks — although they help — it’s so much more.  Here’s how the Bible defines the word — “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

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Show Love

One of my dear friends was diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday.  I got to see her today and we talked about many things — lots of emotions.  My heart goes out to those who are fearful, hurting and lonely.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the best time to show love.  If you’re like me, you might need to take a moment and write down some ideas.  Be creative and have fun. 🙂 Even one small act of kindness or thoughtfulness is better than none!

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Thinking of You Today


How are you doing?  Saw this travel mug at TJ Maxx recently and no I didn’t buy it, but did the next best thing — took a picture. 😉  How often do you think of someone and never get around to telling the person that just the thought of her/him made your day?  Silly me — I let it happen too often!  If you’re reading my post today (and BTW, thank you!),  know that I am thinking about you and sending you big hugs!  😉

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Happy Birthday Husband


Today is Ted’s special day. 🙂 I am one blessed wifey to be married to my best friend.  He is kind, generous, loving, selfless, driven, fun, honest, adventurous, caring, funny, compassionate, witty, strong, godly, and smart as a whip!  When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday this year, he responded “cookies — lots and lots of cookies — a truckload of home made cookies.”  Lol.  The thing about Ted is that he knows exactly what he wants. 🙂 I love this man!

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Land of the Free


One of my friends self published her first book and gifted me a copy.  And guys – it’s GREAT.  If interested, you can order a copy on Amazon.  Amanda loves our country and she has a thorough understanding of how our system works.  It’s an easy read and full of good information.  Since being back from Washington DC two weeks ago, I have been much more interested in learning about our great nation and how I can get more involved.  I will be signing up to be a member of CWA (Concerned Women for America) and you should too!! 🙂 $25 is tax deductible.  We have also decided to contribute to the Heritage Foundation.  There are lots of conservative political organizations doing awesome things — do your research and support one, two, or five.  If you don’t have extra fiances, consider donating your time.

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