Be Light

We recently attended Kellianne Crouse's graduation from Asbury University. We were all excited to be there, and the gym quickly filled up and grew hot. I'd had a tough week and not slept well for days and when the speaker came up to the podium, I worried I might doze off.

The minute Samuel Rodriguez opened his mouth, I knew I wouldn't be falling asleep. He challenged the graduates and all of us to be light in a dark world.

Matthew 5:15 says, "People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lamp stand. Then the light shines for everyone in the house."

Have you ever been in a dark house with no electricity? You know lighting one candle can fill a room with light. Pastor Rodriguez says when you have light and dark, light always wins. I was so moved by his talk, I Googled him. I also bought his book, Be Light. I hope to read it and share with you occasionally what I learn from this book. In the meantime, I hope we can all be light and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

I'm going to end with a few pictures of our favorite college graduate.

Flag Motif Where You Least Expect

Sunday I attended a bridal show at the Hilton in downtown Lexington, KY. Kelli invited her grandmother, Bette Crouse, and I to go to the show with her, and we had so much fun!

I never knew a bride in our area of the state could have so many options. We saw florists, bakers, caterers, rental people, DJs, wedding gowns, photographers, and videographers. People were jammed into the building on the coldest day of our winter, and it soon grew hot.

One thing I noticed about this experience was everybody was smiling and happy. People were not shoving others out of the way to get to a specific vendor. Instead the future brides and their families were courteous to others.

Vendors greeted the ladies with a smile ready to share information about their business. There were lots of drawings for freebies, coupons, and food samples.

Toward the end of our visit, I looked up and spotted this horse. This week's flag of the week comes from downtown Lexington.

I hope you all have a great and joyful week!

Kelli Crouse

In December our son, Scott, proposed to Kelli Crouse!

We first met Kelli at a Superbowl party three years ago. They've faced some challenges in their relationship, like Scott spending a semester in Spain the first year they dated.

Kelli has a deep faith and loves God fully. She is also an amazing athlete. She and Scott enjoy serving God with their time and talents. I love hearing Scott and Kelli laugh together, and they support each other. It's a joy to spend time with these two, and we look forward to their wedding this summer.

We celebrate as we welcome Kelli to our family.

So long 2015...

2015 is almost over. It was a great year for my family. Tim and I were able to travel to Hilton Head, SC where we enjoyed watching plenty of tennis.

Asbury University Men's Tennis Team made nationals again this year, so after graduation we drove to Mobile to watch them compete. By graduation, I mean Scott graduated from Asbury University with a degree in accounting.

Bill and Amanda have run a lot of races. This summer Bill and Scott ran the Tough Mudder with two friends.

During the summer I discovered I was a finalist in the Genesis Writing Contest sponsored by ACFW. I didn't win, but I got to see some great friends in Dallas at the yearly ACFW conference.

This year our sweet Brooke started kindergarten!

Scott, Tim, and I went to New York City and got to watch a few days of the US Open. What a thrill! I'd go back to the city anytime, and we loved the US Open.

My daughter-in-law, Amanda, started a blog on coping with infertility. She tackles the heartbreaking issues of infertility in a sensitive way and she has moved me to tears more than once.

Speaking of blogs, Scott and a friend also started a blog focusing on young adults facing life and how to handle money.

These are only a few of the blessings we've enjoyed this year. My word to focus on for 2015 was hope, and this was definitely a year of hope and dreams. Speaking of hopes and dreams, Scott proposed to his girlfriend, Kellianne Crouse. She will be a wonderful addition to our family, and we all feel blessed she said yes.

Barns Have Personalities

To get anywhere from Wilmore, Kentucky you have to travel the back roads. Over time I've decided many barns have their own personality.

Some barns are modern and fancy. Other barns lean so far left you wonder how they still stand.

Some barns store hay, and other barns house cattle.

Some barns have a shiny fresh coat of paint, and others look faded and worn.

But no matter what the barn looks like now, I know in the beginning a lot of hard work went into constructing it.

For now this is my favorite barn. Thanks to Kellianne Crouse and Scott Layton who took a picture of this Kentucky barn for me.