Wednesday, February 13, 2013

32 Years of Service

After 32 years of service for the Postal Service, my daddy has finally retired. He was a rural route carrier for 31 years and then he spent his last few months as the Officer in Charge at the Donie Post Office. He was a part of the Rural Letter Carriers Association for years where he served as a Trustee, Secretary and President. We traveled all over the place going to conventions. He has so many friends from so many places and he had a good ride in his years of service. He even had Congressman Pete Sessions ride the route with him one day. My daddy loved his job and loved the people that he served. The route always took him longer than it should have because he would stop and talk to his customers. Everyday there was a new story, and everyday my daddy came home with a smile on his face. 

During the Christmas Holidays, our kitchen was packed full of gifts that he would receive on his mail route. He would always wait to open the wrapped ones until he got home because he knew that I would want to open them. My brother, Christopher, on the other hand just wanted to tear into the homemade fudge. (-; The holiday's just reminded me that people loved and appreciated my daddy as much as I did. He takes care of everyone.

For almost 5 years, my daddy has been the only guy in the house. He has to put up with my mom and I constantly and regularly gets roped into watching Chick Flicks with us. He does so much for my mom and I, and I have no idea what we would do without him. He fixes and takes care of everything. He would never let anyone hurt us. I sometimes wonder if he understands how much he's appreciated and loved. He does way more than I could ever ask for and I am so blessed to have him as my dad. 

When I look at my daddy's timeline on Facebook, I'm always brought to tears. He doesn't post much, but the amount of love that he is shown when he does amazes me. My daddy is the most amazing man that I know, it's good to know that other people feel the same way. He is someone that everyone should meet. He is kind, loving, caring, protective, brave, funny, hard-working, honest, and wise. One of the longest chapters of his life may be coming to a close, but I know that he will continue to serve people and the community. 

I love you daddy, so much, and I will never be able to thank you for all that you do for me! 

Join us Saturday February 16th, 2013 from 3-5 pm and help us celebrate his great career. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Snippets from the Kitchen #2

Time for another recipe! I've been wanting to try Spaghetti Squash for a while and finally found a recipe that looked easy enough! It turned out so good! Hope you enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash
1 onion
1 tomato
1 clove garlic, minced
Feta cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Cut spaghetti squash in half with a large knife and place each side face down on a cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. 
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, saute for 2-3 more minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until warm
3. Take squash out of the oven, use a fork to scrape the stringy pulp from the sides. 
4. Place stringy squash into medium bowl and toss with the sauteed vegetables and feta cheese. 


End It Movement

I attended Passion 2013 at the beginning of January. It was amazing, life changing, and completely unforgettable. 60,000 college students gathered together to worship the Lord. The four day long Christian conference for college students around the country was everything that I've been needing.

Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, David Crowder, Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, and many others led the worship. Sermons by Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Judah Smith, John Piper, Louie Giglio, and others. Each session was moving and everything that I needed to hear. It was like the speakers knew what I had been struggling with in my walk with Christ. The whole conference Louie Giglio kept emphasizing this thing called the End It Movement. Then came the session about it..

A video was shown of a girl who was sold by her uncle to human trafficking. The girl was 14 years old and was told that she would be brought to the US for a better life and an education. Instead, she got sold to be a sex slave. A program called Love146 went there and rescued her. The girl was at Passion that night. Talk about the tears rolling.. The speaker went on to talk about slavery and sex trafficking and my mind just exploded with questions. Slavery? That ended years ago? It doesn't still happen. Especially not in America. That's in other countries. Human trafficking? That's only in Europe. That's not a real thing here. But it is. Both things are real and they are happening all around us right now. Kids working hard labor against their will and being sold at young ages for sex. And it absolutely happens in the United States.

There are 27 million people in 161 countries, including our own, that are living in the shadows of slavery. The End It Movement's goal is to shine a light on slavery. Make people aware of the things going on around them. Together we can End It. We just have to be aware.Take the pledge to end it. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Shine a light on slavery.

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