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Taking Stock

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I’m taking stock today of…

A mother, who gave birth to this breeched and mixed up baby, teenager and young mother.

Two grandmothers, who taught me hospitality and perseverance.

Two daughters, who daily challenge and thrill me with their young womanhood.

Three aunts, dotting on an only niece with favorite foods and thoughtful gift giving.

Two mothers-in-law, who treat me as if they gave birth to me.

Three great-grandmothers, a grand pleasure to know and be known by such wisdom.

Dozens of teachers, giving countless hours that my desire for knowledge might be quenched.

Two cousins (we are a family of mostly boys), who giggled in church basements and Christmases.

Countless friends, some who are more like sisters, or what I imagine a sister would be. 

These are just the immediate women I am blessed to know and who in some big and small ways have come to know me. Add the presence of those I have met through social media (mostly the only reason I still bother with it), and I don’t have time to do the math. They have influenced and taught me lessons on life, spoken or observed, positive or not so much, for the last forty-something years. And as I stop to contemplate the lessons learned, I wonder at the experience of a woman’s life, the great opportunity that waits for us, if we are willing to share it. That God would create such a beautiful creature as a helper for a man, to walk beside, and to create herself, whether more humanity or to feed into the created all around her. Women, we are here for extraordinary purposes.

Today, celebrate all the women in your life. Women, celebrate other women.  Notice the specialness breathed into each one by their creator. And let your life be on display for who you are first and foremost – a child of God – uniquely made and loved for this day and everyday you have breath in your lungs, to love, to show mercy, to speak into the life all around you.

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Appalachia - One Word: Smiles!

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This morning the team divided up; some went to the project site to continue building the deck while the others went to visit the elderly folks at the Senior Center. 

Although we had some rain in the early morning, God was good and answered the team's prayers by moving the rain out of the area before the team arrived to the project site. Although the ground was soft and muddy in places, that didn't stop our ladies! The posts were all set and the deck frame went up (and all framing was level).

The homeowner, Bonnie, keeps verbalizing "I love you" to the the team as she is so excited for her new deck that overlooks her backyard and the arbor her late husband built for her. Her words instantly put smiles on the faces of our team. 

At the Senior Center, 8 ladies and 1 man were given a real treat--haircuts!! They were SO excited as Amanda Smith (beautician by trade) touched hair that just doesn't get cut by a professional.

Hand massages were given by other team members while Sue Shaw lead a sing-a-long of country gospel music. Smiles all over the place!! 

Our team had two visitors: Global Outreach Pastor, Jim Chamberlain, and Dean Omori. They came to visit Red Bird Mission and see the project site. (The ladies even enlisted their two visitors a little bit!) 

The team has united quite nicely and are having so much fun!! Other work camp volunteers have commented how great it is for them to hear so much laughter coming from our team!! Wednesday is a free day so the ladies are heading further into the mountains for some great hiking.  Praise God for His Blessings! 

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