Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to the Batey (Yay!).

{August 10th, 2015}

I'm so excited that we will be headed back to Batey Central at the end of this month!

You may have read about my experiences there in this post I published back in the Spring. It was truly life changing, and I couldn't wait for another opportunity to go again.

God really opened up the doors for us to be able to experience another trip to this special place and I am so grateful. I'm so glad that he's not done with us yet!

 There was a time when we thought we would never be able to join the team once, much less twice. We found out a few months ago that I would be able to go with this group. I was thrilled, because to be totally honest, I doubted the opportunity would ever arise again. Although I was so excited, I was also a little bummed that Andrew would not be able to go due to his hectic work schedule. After all, he was the one who suggested we go the first time, and watching him on our last trip proved that he has an incredible gift! However, it just didn't seem to work out.

 Well, we found out that a spot on the trip opened up on Friday, and Andrew was approached about joining. We prayed and prayed some more, but I had my doubts (once again. honesty.) Andrew spoke with his boss this morning, who said he should absolutely go, and that it was perfect timing due to Andrew transitioning soon to a new position at work. I got the best text after that conversation, and we celebrated once we got home! We are beyond excited and so thankful!

Would y'all pray for us as we prepare to go, and as we are in the batey at the end of the month? That we would strengthen the relationships that were started back in the Spring, and that new ones would be formed? We will be registering the kids for school and implementing some teacher training; however, the main focus is to build relationships with the people and show the love of Christ. Thank you so much for supporting us!

Also, if you would like to contribute financially to our trip (will help cover our meals, lodging, and transportation in the city, plus a love gift to our missionary/host family), please email me at theblawgyall@gmail.com. I can give you more details and get you all set up!

Lastly, here are some more pictures from our time at the school. I cannot WAIT to get down there again and spend time with these people!

Much love,

Sunday, August 9, 2015


{August 7th, 2015}

Where have the lazy of summer gone? 

This one seemed to go by wayyyyy too fast. Sigh. That's life I guess.

 Realizing this may possibly be our last summer in the 'Sip, we've been trying to take advantage of our time, soaking up all there is to offer (and sweating. lots of sweating.)

There have been a lot of outdoor adventures.

And lots of time spent with sweet friends.

We've relaxed.

And enjoyed the peace and quiet of small town living.

I'd say we've got it pretty good. :)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Pelican View.

{August 3rd, 2015}

Last weekend we traveled to the Gulf to vacation with our Sunday night small group. Five couples and two babies in a house on the beach for three days. It was absolutely perfect.

I've talked about our Sunday night group before on here. I can say since that post, things have gotten even sweeter in our group, if that's possible. A whole weekend together was so much fun. We relaxed on the porch and the beach, we played games, we ate a whoooole lot of delicious food, we talked in to the late hours of the night, and we laughed. We laughed a LOT. 

Goodness. I love these people so much and am so thankful for them and our time together in the 'Sip. I know these are memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

(A Katrina tree! Several in front of our house! Love them.)

Until next time, vacation!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Microadventure Mondays.

{July 14th, 2015}

This summer has been much busier than anticipated. 

Isn't that life, though? :) 

While our time has been filled with lots (and lots) of good things, it's also nice to take a step back and, ahhh...breathe.

AC was reading on one of his favorite sites, The Art of Manliness, on a Sunday afternoon when he said, "tomorrow we are going on a microadventure

So we did.

"Adventure is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. Adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness, and curiosity..."adventure" is not only crossing deserts and climbing mountains; adventure can be found everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to seek it out." -Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures

 I tell ya, being married to someone with a heart for adventure is such a gift.

And this view? Such a gift as well.

What adventures have yall taken lately?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Women in the Word.

{June 16, 2015}

I've really been enjoying She Reads Truth's newest Bible reading plan entitled Women in the Word.

This has been a new (exciting and challenging) season for me and I've loved being able to dig in to Scripture and in to the devotionals that point to Christ through the different stories of women in the Bible. The month of June covers women from the Old Testament, while July studies women from the New Testament.

A friend gifted me with a BEAUTIFUL printed version of the devotion which I have loved using. The paper quality, the photos, the space to journal and doodle and highlight has been wonderful (thank you!). However, you're also able to follow the plan using your phone or tablet and your own paper journal (if you so choose). The devotions provide the scripture, a short commentary, and then a place to read the thoughts of other subscribers.

I loved this quote from a day in early June, regarding Noah's wife:

"But God called her to wait patiently, even as the waters rose and the earth gave way (Psalm 46:2). He called her to believe the storm would clear and that His covenant was true (Genesis 6:18). Noah and his wife were in the middle of a storm they did not understand, but they waited for the Lord, trusting Him to be their refuge and strength. God invited them to simply obey, and He was faithful to deliver them. We serve a God who fulfills His promises. Even before the floodwaters swell over our head, He has already prepared a safe passage."

Hope y'all have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Sweet Story. I Can't Deal.

{June 10th, 2015}

A friend just shared this story with me:

As you can see, the story is about a man with Autism who graduated law school and is now a licensed attorney. And well, I just need to make a list:

1. THIS GUY. "I want to help others with special needs to exceed their own expectations." Wow. What a humble spirit coming from someone who has beaten all the odds...AND HELLO: passed the California Bar (beyond difficult. 55% passage rate, people) on his first try. What a baller.

2. THIS MAMA!  "Embrace the child that you have and maximize whatever that potential's going to be..." as ya know, she DROVE her son to law school every day. I cannot even imagine! After years of therapy..and IEP meetings...and closed doors...and I'm sure lots of tears. She never gave up. Y'all. She drove her son to law school and sat in the lobby (and believe me, law school can be the pits). What sacrifice. What LOVE!

3. How can I better aim to teach, encourage, and instill this same truth of YOU ARE MORE THAN A STATISTIC to those with special needs in our community (and their families)? Really to anyone who is struggling that crosses our path? To help them exceed expectations? Or to even see past the limitations placed on them? How can I better rally behind those I love? So much to reflect on...

4. Parents of special needs children and adults, special education teachers, therapists, and support staff, advocates and cheerleaders...I love ya and am rooting for ya. Keep fighting the good fight. What you do is making a difference. You truly matter.

5. Is anyone else a little teary while watching this? Especially at the end when his smile is beaming and he thanks her?! Has anyone else watched this five times (three times alone then twice with their husband)? Just asking for a friend...;)


Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer, I love ya.

{June 1, 2015}

 Summer is here and it makes me so happy! 

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend kicking off our favorite season.

Our parents came in town to visit and we celebrated A's promotion, explored some fun spots around town, and of course, ate some really good food. It was great to get to spend such quality time together!

On Monday we honored our fallen heroes and prayed for their families. We also continued to pray for our nation's leaders and those who are serving! So thankful.

Then with the day off work, we were able to sneak a coffee date. :)

We also made it to Michael's and took advantage of the Holiday sale. I finally have a front door wreath! Only two years in the making...:/

We also finally framed the flag that was flown in front of Tillman hall and given to Andrew when he graduated from Clemson. Only four years in the making...:/ laughing...

Last Saturday we ventured to our favorite little waterfront spot in town. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time here! Then we stopped by the farmers' market before heading home to grill.

Summer, here we come. :)