Time flies when your having fun! It has been a long time since I last updated my blog! Yesterday, we had to order Karlee's graduation announcements! Can you believe it??? Karlee will be graduating in May! Time sure does fly....even when you don't want it to! I am so proud of Karlee and the woman she is becoming daily in Christ! God has given her a beautiful heart and I pray that she will continue to use her talents and abilities to glorify Him throughout her life! We are now trying to decide on a college she will attend...she has applied to several. I am looking forward to seeing what all God has in store for our first born. It is hard to believe that we are approaching a whole new chapter in her life! I am so thankful to be her mom!
Klaire got a new puzzle last night! She LOVES puzzles! She put it together all by herself- 101 little pieces! :) We thought the puzzle was perfect for Go10 Walk for the World! (Don't you love the princess dress & headband that she is wearing! She is such a Diva! lol!)
This weekend we have been so blessed that Joe is home at night because the Go10 Walk that he is project coordinator for is in Nashville! He has been gone since Easter weekend! The girls & I decided to join him on the walk on Saturday. Karlee, Kassidy and I walked 10 miles through Nashville, while Klaire helped him run support for all of the walkers. My brother, Craig and niece, Maddi Kate also helped Joe & Klaire with support! It was a very HOT but awesome day walking for missions! So honored that I could be a part of something so much bigger than me or my family! God is really blessing the walk and am so blessed to have been just a little part of it along with my family!
Karlee & Kassidy signing the scroll before walking 10 miles for missions!
Joe encouraging the walkers with Klaire's help!
Maddi Kate & Klaire waiting to help!
Klaire & Maddi handing out gatorade to all of us walkers!
It is amazing at what all God is doing during this walk to help with missions and our missionaries. You can see what all is happening in the past few months on the website....www.go10walk.com It has been difficult having Joe away from me and the girls for the past 2 1/2 months and we still have 1 1/2 months to go...but I know it is just a little part of God's big plan for us and for His message to be spread to the regions beyond! I thank God for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible journey!
"From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another." John 1:16
To start off my weekend...I had these beautiful flowers brought to me from Joe's office! They are just beautiful and made my day! They also sent gifts to all 3 girls! Thanks to the wonderful staff that work for International Missions! You all are wonderful!!!! :)
My handsome husband came home for the weekend! I am so proud of what he is doing with the Go10 project and how God is using him, Bill & Jim to accomplish such a great task to help further the gospel to the regions beyond! I am so thankful for such a godly husband of 20 years! I love you, Joe!
My mom came to visit this weekend too! I love my mom so much! It is always a highlight when she comes to visit! She came to see Karlee in the spring musical that she had at school- "Singing in the Rain." Craig & Tara and the kids also came to see Karlee perform! It was an awesome night to share with the whole family! I just love my family!
Today was awards day! Kassidy was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and also got an award for all year honor roll! I am so proud of her and the young lady she is becoming on the inside and out! Great job, Kass! I love you!
Awards day take 2! Karlee was inducted into the National Honor Society today as well! She also took home the award for all year honor roll and the President's award for academic excellence! So proud of you, Karlee! I love you!
Needless to say....I am one blessed person! So many times I take too many things for granted and don't stop to thank the Lord for all the things He has done for me! So here are a few of my blessings from this past week....what are your blessings??
I can not believe my little girl is all grown up and went to the Jr/Sr Banquet last night! Where does the time go??? Last time I looked she was the little girl in the dress up trunk finding the perfect dress to wear. Then she would dance around wanting Joe and I to dance with her.
Joe and I are so proud of Karlee and the beautiful young woman she is- inside and out!
Klaire was a little jealous....so she had to dress up too! It wasn't fair that big sis gets to go to "prom" and she doesn't! What you don't see in most of the pics is Klaire crying because she is not getting her picture taken as much as Karlee....oh my...we have a diva on our hands!
Karlee & Kassidy- sisters & friends! (well....sometimes!) So proud of my girls!
Cool chicks! I prayed and prayed that God would give Karlee good friends at her new school since we moved before her junior year of high school....and this is proof that God answered my prayers!!!
The crew before the banquet....these pics were being taken by a huge mob of parents! :)
Karlee & Aaron- what is hard to believe is that his parents were at the hospital when Karlee was born! Never knew that one day they would be dating!
Who knows where Karlee gets these poses?! ;) I just love her fun personality!!
One last pose before we send them off to have fun! We did see them a short time later...since we were chaparones at the "after banquet party! "
Joe had the last words though...he wanted to make sure that Aaron knew who he would answer to if anything went wrong tonight! (Karlee looks real scared! LOL!)
I love spring! This week it has been beautiful everyday! Of course, we want to get outside and play some after school since it is so pretty. The two older girls have practice almost every night- Karlee for the musical, Singing in the Rain and Kassidy for basketball. So, as Klaire told me tonight, "It's just you and me again, mom!"
First, she watered my flowers on the porch and then she wanted to play "hop-cotch" (as she calls it- she can not say her s's). She says she has been playing it at school. So.....she went and got out the sidewalk chalk and begged me to make a "hop-cotch" for her. As I was making it, she was getting so excited and even clapped when I finished! :)
She went and found 4 "good" rocks to play. As you know, hopscotch usually goes to 10......well, needless to say....that was not good enough for the princess! She wanted me to make it to 12- then 15- then 18- and finally stopped at 22! We have the longest "hop-cotch" out in the road in front of our house! She can't wait to show her sisters and her daddy! :)
Concentrating on where to throw her rock!
Wasn't satisfied with just 10- she wanted to go up to 15! Up to 17 & 18?? Have you ever seen a hopscotch this long?! She added to 22!!! She wanted to keep on going....but it was time to go in and take a bath! One proud little girl!
Pick the "flowers" in the yard!
Then blow the "flowers" in the air!
Ride her bike!
Pretend to be a duck to try to pet the duck that flew in the yard!
Climb a "great wall"!
Walk across the "great wall"!
Color a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk!
Run down our steep driveway without falling!
Run back up our steep driveway!
And melt this mommy's heart!
I came home from school today to find my kitchen table filled with beautiful pink flowers! My girls had stopped at a road side stand on the way home from school and used their own money to surprise me with these flowers! ( they had to tell me that got 3 for the price of 2- love the bargain shopping!- see Joe I am teaching them something when we go shopping! ) They all had written notes to me thanking me for being a wonderful mom- what a way to melt my heart! I couldn't ask for 3 more beautiful and thoughtful girls that God has blessed Joe and I with! I am so proud of each one of them and the beautiful young women they are becoming more and more everyday inside and out! Thank you Karlee, Kassidy & Klaire!!! I am so proud to be your mom! :) I love you all!!!
This year, Joe took the position to be a project coordinator for Go10 Walk for the World. It is sponsored by our International Missions Dept. of Free Will Baptists. It is a 2,500 mile walk to commemorate 75 years of International missions in our denomination by tracing the steps of our first missionary Ms. Laura Belle Barnard. We have always been involved in some way with International missions and love all of the incredible missionaries that are out on the field spreading God's Word! I am amazed at missionaries and what they sacrifice to go and tell others about our Savior in the regions beyond!
I feel our lives have come to a full circle moment with Joe being a part of this. The walk started today in Glennville, GA , Ms. Laura Belle's home town. Glennville was also the first place that Joe and I moved to after graduating college and getting married, which was 20 years ago in July! I actually got to spend the last year or a little more than a year having the priviledge to get to know Ms. Laura Belle. What an incredible lady!!! My only regret is that I didn't get to hear more of her wonderful stories of India and her travels abroad to spread the Word! I am so honored to have had the time with her in her last year of her life and then to celebrate her life at her funeral. What a legacy she has left for our denomination and to me personally! Joe and I are so honored to be a part of this whole project!
The journey of the Go10 project is: *Started today in Glennville, GA- Ms. Laura Belle's home *on to Columbia, SC- where she went to college at Columbia International Universtiy *then to Greenville, NC- she was commissioned at Black Jack FWB church into missionary service *up to NYC- to the port where she boarded a freight ship to India *down to Nashville- Free Will Baptist Bible College- where she taught ( that is also where I graduated! ) :) *Then it will finish in OKC, OK- at our National Association of FWB!
2,500 miles, hopefully over 1,000 walkers (500+ are signed up now), and hopefully 1 million dollars raised to help plant churches in countries around the world! Every penny that is raised up to $500,000 will be matched by an anonomous donor! What a HUGE blessing!!!! :)
I ask that you pray for Joe, Bill and Jim as they are on the road with this project for the next 4 months! Also, pray that lives will be changed around the world because of people willing to Go 10 ( whether it is 10 miles walking or $10 or 10 + prayers)! I pray that everyone will be a part of such an incredible journey!
I am claiming Ephesians 3:20 for this walk- "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," God has already done so much in the 10 months that Joe has been working on this project! I can't wait to see what all He has in store for the next 4 months!
I am meeting Joe to walk in NYC! I have set a goal to raise $1,000 for missions! If you would like to sponsor me to walk my 10 miles- all of the money that you donate will be doubled and go directly toward churches being planted all over the world! You can go to my walker page -www.go10walk.com/juliewilson
Thank you for your prayers for Go10! Can't wait to post exciting details in the coming weeks! :) For an update on the walk from Joe's point of view-you can go to Joe's blog-by clicking on- A cup of Joe and read the updates!
Today was our church's egg hunt. They sponsor it every year for the community at a local park. It is an awesome outreach event. We were not sure if it was actually going to really take place this morning.....when we woke up to down pours of rain. But soon after we got there and the event started, the clouds started to make their way out of Nashville and the sun started peeking it's head through! It turned out to be a wonderful day! My 2 oldest girls, Karlee and Kassidy, are now too old to officially hunt eggs (snif....) so Karlee worked the consessions with the youth group and Kassidy worked with her Lifegroup and hid all the eggs! I am thankful that we still have one that can hunt eggs and hunt she did! Klaire had a basket full of eggs to bring home! Enjoy the pics below of our day!
Getting ready to head to the egg hunt!
Maddi Kate, Miley and Klaire playing on the inflatables at the egg hunt!
Waiting for the count down to hunt the eggs!
The hunt is on! Klaire after finding a basket full of eggs!
KarKar with 2 happy girls after all the eggs they found!
Kass & Klaire (who was over having her picture taken by this time! LOL!)
Welcome to my blog! I am a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 3 beautiful girls (2 born of me and 1 born in my heart) and a kindergarten teacher. I love Jesus with all my heart! He has blessed me and my family immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine! My favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20, " Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."