Saturday, November 27, 2010
I knew Fawn was special from the time she was little!!!
I look at this picture and it represents two things to me. First...how very special Fawn has been to me from the time she was little. The second thing is how skinny I used to be! Don't we both look awesome! This is Fawn and I when she was only two. Even then she held a special place in my heart! I was 18 and in college in Pennsylvania near my brother Larry and my sister in law Marcy. When I needed a break I would go up and visit them. I used to sit and play with the kids, read them books, tell them stories and take walks in the creek with them. They were my home away from home.
I thank the Lord my niece, Fawn. Dave and I would not be losing weight and enjoying our life the way we are if it was not for Fawn! She adds excitement to everything she does. To know that I have someone, besides my immediate family, that loves me unconditionally. She is always there for me...is priceless. As I look back over my life their are only a few people who really have changed my life in a way that I will never forget.
To me my mom was the epitome of a Godly women. She did not just preach it, she lived God's love every day. God was sooo real to her. I thank God for that example. That is the kind of women I try to be. She has changed my life.
My friend Sue-
I don't know if any of you have had a best friend in your life...but I did. My friend Sue, growing up, helped me become the person I am today. The walks, talks, bike rides, endless fun...I learned to laugh. I learned to look at the world around me and appreciate it. I learned that I could be myself, and I did not need to be like everyone else. She has changed my life.
At circle C ranch I met this lady named Miss Marcy. To me she was everything I wanted to be. She could sing, act, tell stories, and have soo much fun. I use one of Miss Marcy's stories every time I tell a story. Dave and I do our puppets the same way she did. I am proud to say,although we loved her first., my brother fell in love with her and she is now my sister in law. Her and my brother continue to be there to support us and love us in all that we do. I am so glad they are close enough to spend time with them. She has changed my life.
My Husband Dave-
We were 16 and 17 when we met. We had so much fun from the time we met. We knew we had to spend our life together. He has been my best friend, my protector, my provider, and my love. He has given me three wonderful children. He makes life so much fun. He continually makes me laugh. I thank God that he is a Godly man, who loves me unconditionally. From the moment I got to know him I knew I wanted to spend my life with him. He has changed my life.
I must say six months ago I felt desperate for change. I truly had no hope. I hated how I looked, hated what I did...I was not a happy camper. I told Dave I really wanted to die early, by 50 so my kids would not have to take care of a fat unhealthy person. I had lost weight before, only to gain it all back when I went off my diet. I was depressed and felt there was no way I could enjoy life. Fawn offered me hope. She showed me not only that I am worth something but that I have so much to offer other people. If I felt like that, because of my weight, I know there are others that feel like that too. She came into my life and has totally changed, revamped, reorganized, and rejuvenated me. I know she would say, "It is God that did that!" and I agree 100%. But it also is this wonderful women of God who wants to change the world one person at a time.
Think about how many lives have been changed since she started with Audra. It started with one...and now hundreds of people are being effected. Over 2100 people have read my blog since I started in September. That is in Three months. Everywhere people are coming up and telling me that my story is inspiring them. It all started with a women that taught us something very special. When you look her in the eye and tell her you are committed to working with her, you better hold on to your hat. You are in for the ride of your life. Never have I met such a Godly inspiration who has so much zeal, energy and love inside of her. Her middle name is Patricia,after my mom. She has her grandma's faith and love for life. One of my last conversations with my mom was about Dave and I working with Fawn. I can still see my mom looking me in the eye and pointing her finger at me and saying, " Honey, I am so proud of you. Just keep at it. You can do it. I don't think either you or Dave or Fawn realize just how big this is going to become. Just be ready for it!" I know that God is using Fawn in a mighty way. The "Ripple effect" is happening. She is working with 10 people now...and each of those ten are impacting people all around them. I am so excited to see what God is going to do with all of this. Please pray that God will open doors for each of us to know how he is going to use us even more to reach the people who are hurting around us. Help each of us to be ready for what he wants to do...and to be willing to reach out and do whatever He tells us to do.
This is where they are from