Mother’s Day Tea {2016}

Miss Julia invited me to Mother’s Day tea in her classroom, and I have never felt so special or loved. She wanted us to wear our matching Lilly dresses. She wore her pearls (these are a party pack from Target, but she refused to separate them), and I wore the string of pearls I received on the day she was born.

Her classroom was beautifully decorated, and we had tea and pastries. At each desk, were gifts made by each child. One of the gifts was a sweet game involving a bag of M&M’s candies. Miss Julia quickly opened my bag and ate them.

Here is what she thinks I look like. I love that she notices my disproportionately large lips.

She also made me a book about our life together that I will treasure forever. Apparently, she thinks it’s hilarious that I forget to buy trash bags. And she’s absolutely right.

Afterwards, the kids sang for us during a cute little Mother’s Day skit. It was wonderful seeing her in her element, having fun with her classmates. It was also nice getting to chat with the other mommies. It takes a village!

Train Up a Child

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

The past two Sundays at church, we have had baby dedication ceremonies. It has been so beautiful seeing the families give their testimonies and pledge to raise their children to know and serve the Lord.

It also reminded me that I, too, took that same pledge when both of my children were born. We promised to raise them according to the Baptist faith and in a home centered around Christ.

It seems like forever ago now; but these are also some of my favorite pictures ever, and I treasure having my Mom in them, so Mason and Julia will know one day that she supported their faith.

Mason was four months when he was dedicated by Pastor Greg Roberts at Indian Springs Baptist. It was my very first Mother’s Day, and I was ecstatic. Truthfully, it was one of the happiest days of my life.

His life verse is:

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Pastor Greg Roberts Giving Mason His First Bible


Mr. and Mrs. Snowden and My Parents Joined Us


Miss Julia was dedicated on Mother’s Day when she was about three weeks old. Her life verse is:

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

Miss Julia {Photo by Ms. Susie Simmons}


Pastor Greg Leading Prayer Over Our Baby Girl


Oh my, I love these pictures! God sure did bless us with beautiful babies!! I miss those snuggles.

I think that I could have done a better job making sure the kids were in church throughout their younger years; however, with God’s grace, Justin and I are working on that now. Both of the kids have begun asking questions about salvation and Baptism. I pray I am able to lead them to Jesus. I cannot think of anything more humbling, and my greatest fear is that I get in the way of their spiritual walk.

Praise Jesus for these little reminders and for the little hearts that He has placed in our care. Prayers for my home and kids are always appreciated!

Happy Mother’s Day

This holiday is really hard for me, because there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss my Mom. I do not have my kids this weekend, so it is a double whammy; however, I choose to celebrate the fact that, while I had her, my Mom was the most frustratingly amazing person, so completely different than me, but so supportive and reliable, always. She never missed anything.

She is still with me. I think you have to have lost a parent to understand that love never dies. I am actually closer to her now than I was when she was alive, because all of the baggage and trauma that separated us here is gone.

I promise you, every time that I am upset or emotional, my Mom visits my best friend Krissy in her dreams. Vividly. Krissy will have no clue what is going on with me but will text me on early mornings wanting to know why “Charlotte drove her crazy all night,” and she will have messages for me, like last week, before Miss Julia’s birthday, when she wanted me to know that my house “is clean enough!”

One of the best blessings of my life is that my Mom was with me through both of my pregnancies. She transplanted to my town just before I became pregnant with Mason, and she never left my side. Having her with me and knowing that she was there to see them take their first breaths and to hold them, even before I did, gives me so much peace.

I am the mom that I am today because of her. She left behind a beautiful legacy. My kids adore her and still miss her dearly.