Tuesday, November 30, 2010


There has been a lot of change going on at home… every time I go home it seems like some visual memories are gone. While I know that is a sign of progress, it’s also a little discomforting. Dad’s side of the closet is now moms, which is a good thing. I am really proud of her for getting to the point that she could clean out those things… and not just get rid of them, but donate them or give them away to others... Daddy would have liked that. Mom is also doing a lot of things to make taking care of the land easier for her. She has had a large shed built to house the camper, trailers, and tractors as well as dug up some large bushes that are hard to maintain. At Mawmaw and Pawpaw’s house, well… I guess it’s just Mawmaw’s now the old fence has been pulled up, bushes pulled up, and Pawpaw’s garage turned workshop is being cleaned out to go from workshop to garage. It’s kind of a hard pillt o swallow that every time I come home things are different… I’m thankful that I was home as my uncle was cleaning out the workshop, because I was able to keep some of the treasures (well, I consider them treasures… memories) from Pawpaw before they were thrown away. You know, maybe that is my problem… I’ve missed out on the cleaning out process… have not been able to get things that remind me of my grandparents… unless they are saved for me by other family members. That’s another sad part about being away from home… not having the opportunity to go through the season of cleaning with the family… physically moving on from the sorrow to progress back to life without our loved ones with us on this earth.

I am on the train as I write this blog… (well, as I write in a word document to be posted later). I thought it would be interesting to take the train back to Birmingham from Hattiesburg. In the hour that I have been on the train, I have seen parts of communities that I have known, but have never seen. The train track follows a similar path to the highway I drive every time I come home… but this journey gives me a new perspective on the drive. Not one of frustration with traffic, but of wonder in wondering where I am… I look out the window and all I see are trees. Green, yellow, orange, and red… and everything is wet today… kind of marshy in some areas. I see a glimpse of a roof, then the station of a small town. A deer stand on a power line (yes, this is South Mississippi), and I hear the muffled sound of the train whistle. It’s all a blur out the window at points… those colors swirling past me as we drive northward. It reminds me of life… today is one of those seasons when I am not in charge. I am on someone else’s train, not as a conductor, but as a passenger. I know my ultimate destination… but am not really sure of the path. Along the way… you make friends (like the sweet Birmingham couple in front of me who are returning from a birthday trip to New Orleans) and get annoyed (like the guy behind me watching a movie on his laptop without headphones). In a lot of ways… the cleaning and purging that are going on at home are like my train ride. I am not there to be a part of it… so I’m just a passenger on the way to progress… where we help some other folks along the way and pray that God will get us to our final destination in good health, with good hearts, and with open minds… because no matter the path… He is in charge.
Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Writing on the train...

The colors of fall passing me by...

Artwork on a train...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My 100th blog post...

Thanksgiving has come and gone. The parade has been watched, turkey/chicken&dumplings/ham/million other things have been consumed, and we are leaving for a horse show tomorrow morning. I think it is very fitting that my final post of the Thanksgiving series and 100th blog post (according to Blogger dashboard) is about faith and family, because...
{I am thankful for my faith and my family...}

Though these two subjects deserve separate billing, in my mind they go hand in hand. My faith has been influenced by the persistance and example of members of my family. I might never have gone to church if I had not been taken by my parents. I might not understand the importance of missions if my mom and dad had not let me go on my first mission trip to Honduras at age 16.Throughout my entire life if I know my family support one aspect of my life, it was that of my spiritual development. So... they go hand in hand in my eyes.

My faith: ... It's my cornerstone, my conscience, it makes me a better person. I am not the best Christian I can be and I never will be... because God is infinite and I can NEVER stop learning about Him (That's why daddy said that no one ever graduated from Sunday School). I used to think my faith was strong, but it has been rocked in so many ways over the past 2 years that I believe it is stronger. I pray it will continue to grow stronger, and I confess that is something I need to continually pursue more than I have... According to biblegateway.com (a very useful website if you have never checked it out), the word "Faith" is mentioned 458 times in the bible. The word would not be mentioned so many times if it wasn't so dang important... The truth is though... there are so many things other that you Christian faith that you have to have faith in... for some it is spouses, others it may be your car.
Yep, I said your car.
You know how you go get your oil changed every 3 months or 3000 miles, and you fill up the tank when you need gas to go somewhere... well, you do that to ensure that your car will run. How many times do you think about wear and tear on your faith, or filling up your faith tank. For most of us, probably not that much... but take it from someone who had a bought of not being too happy with my Creator, sometimes your Faith gets tune up in times when you don't expect it... when you run from your faith. Well friends, you can't run from God... I tried. He loves you too much (Ephesians 2:10). I can truly say that I am a stronger person and a stronger Christian because of the deaths that have occurred in my family over the last 2 years. I understand death better, I understand mourning, I understand that no matter how many times you feel like your heart is literally tearing into pieces and your body cannot possibly produce another tear... you will get through it. It's not easy and it never will be... but knowing that the Creator of the Universe who my family members are praising in person is sitting right here in this bed with me as I cry and type... how can I not have faith in that??
One of my favorite verses about faith is one that is well known, but is so inspiring:
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Y'all, a mustard seed is an inanimate object... so if it has that much faith...
My prayer for my faith is that it will continue to grow, that I will continue to learn the will of God in my life. Daddy once wrote the following:
"His thoughts are not like ours.
His ways are not like ours. They are higher.
That’s why God’s plan for our lives seldom makes sense in the early stages.
Only after we begin to see results of following His instructions
do we realize how wrong we are and how right He is."
I pray that I will get to a point that I don't need to see His results, but I'll take his thoughts and plans for what they are... perfection
My family: I honestly don't know where to start here... I was blessed with an incredibly loving and generous family who would do anything for each other. We may not be the best communicators sometimes, but we are always there when needed. I know that my mom and my Aunt Lanell are probably reading this so I am writing a little note to them both. (My goal is always not to make them cry, but well ladies, get your tissues.)
Mom, you inspire me more and more every day. You always say you don't think you can make it through things... but you don't know your own strength. You once told me, "Pressure breeds strength, just ask the diamond." Well mom... I think I could put your name in the place of the diamond there. I am thankful for all of those years when we fought and we fought hard... because it makes me appreciate you more today for the friend you have become. Since Daddy died you have become my best friend... we both lost our best friend that horrible June day and while I know I can never understand what it is like to lose a husband, I do know what it is like to lose your closest companion... because he was mine. I don't have a clue what the future will hold for me, whether God will lead me further or closer to home... but I know that until I meet my husband, where ever you are is where home is. I don't say this enough, but I am so proud of you on the good days and the bad. I love you.

Aunt Lanell, Thanks for always telling me you love me... I think you were the pioneer for that statement in our family. During those years I fought so much with mom I knew I could always talk to you when Daddy wasn't around, and I'll be forever grateful for that. I also appreciate that no matter what we might disagree about you were always encouraging and would listen rather than argue. Thanks to you and Uncle Lloyd for giving me the sisters that God didn't... He knew what he was doing when Kim was born two months early, even though it might have been frightening at the time... and the surprise that Kristen was, well... she loves harder than anyone in our family. Despite losing both your parents and father in law over the last two years you have been a rock of help for mom and I will be eternally thankful for that... It is so comforting to know that others are around to support her when I physically cannot be. Thank you for keeping me accountable for blogging and encouraging me to write... because it does help me to process things. I love you too.

God has blessed me with so many amazing family members and a big family too. Shane and Kristen who have more in common than they like to admit, Kim (my ally and forever "best cousin") Some of the most amazing people in my family are the little ones who don't know how encouraging they are... Anna Catherine, Cassidy, Wyatt, Will, and Savannah.... those kids just love me without abandon (well, Savannah and Will are learning they aren't even 2 after all) and I swear sometimes their hugs could cure any illness. They are being brought up by parents (Heather and Jason, Vanessa and Ben, Kim and Robby) who will teach them as ours have taught us... to be good respectful people who love God, their family, and their country. I am thankful that I still have one grandmother remaining, Mawmaw Cole, who though she has her own share of difficulties, she's speaks her mind (no matter who is in the room), and lets her family know that she loves them.

I truly can't imagine that I would fit in with any other family... they have made me who I am today, and I hope they are proud of the ever improving (hopefully) result.

Love y'all,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Despite my tardiness... I am still Thankful...

OKay... so it's been a busy few days and I have not followed through with my daily thing I am thankful for... so here goes a lot of them:

{I am thankful for the opportunity to travel...}
I love the world... and not in the secular way. I truly love that God created a planet in which so many different cultures and languages exist. I am also thankful he created planes so that we can experience those other cultures. Traveling is such a wonderful opportunity to learn about others and experience like through someone else's eyes. I have such a desire to see the world, though some places more than others. (For example, I read an article this week that there are flying snakes in some parts of Southern Asia... so I'm taking that region off my list, at least the jungles) I have had the opportunity to live within other cultures and those have truly been the most educational moments of my life. I wish the producers of Samantha Brown's show on the travel channel would just offer me her job already, I mean seriously I would pack up now and leave.

{I am thankful for the ability to read...}
I love books. I think that a library is like a mall where everything is free. I love the smell of an old worn book which you know has been read a hundred times. I love that literature (for someone with an imagination like mine) gives you the ability to go to mystical places, meet people you never could imagine on your own, and that it also gives us the ability to learn from other peoples mistakes so that we can have a better future by learning from someone else's past. I am thankful for the ability to read so that I can learn from the Word of God (which I need to do more often), and I am thankful I can read so that I can communicate with friends and loved ones through old fashioned letters or, well... Twitter. I am thankful that I have the ability to read so that I can learn, I can communicate, I can understand, I can enjoy....

{I am thankful for the life lessons learned outside the classroom...}
I am in the business of teaching students lessons they cannot learn within the walls of academia... you know, like how to actually communicate with your roommate instead of texting them your problems. I have learned so much about interaction with other simply by having to do it. My best teacher in life though has been my daddy. The lessons he taught me through his words and actions will never be forgotten, but are a foundation for how I live my life. Here are a few of the lessons learned from my family members who are no longer here to share those lessons with others...

  • Daddy: Christians can't be racist... because if they are, then they are telling God he made something wrong or made a mistake in creating someone different from them. God doesn't make mistakes.
  • Pawpaw Cole: If you're busy... it means you have a job, be thankful for that.
  • Pawpaw Scarbrough: How to always say I love you, no matter how masculine you may be... It's always appropriate to tell someone you love them.
  • Mawmaw Scarbrough: the recipe for Lemon Ice Box Pie and Pecan Pie Cake, that Bounty paper towels can clean up anything, and that doing for your family is not something you should have to do, but something you want to do because you love them... and she did.

{I am thankful for my 5 senses...}
  • I love the sight of a bright blue sky and bright green grass, and the colors of fall as the leaves change
  • I love the sounds of my Daddy's music, a kids laughter, and the Ole Miss fight song
  • I love the feel of a soft blanket, warm clothes from the dryer, and silky lotion
  • I love the taste of Ice Cream, Sweet Tea, and Macaroni and Cheese, but not together :)
  • I love the smell of fresh baked cookies, my mom's kitchen, burning wood, magnolias, my Gucci perfume I spent way too much money on...

{I am thankful for cameras...}
... because they capture all of life's moments so that you can look back on them and remember times shared with family and friends or places visited and cultures experiences.
{I am thankful for home...}
No matter where I go in this world, this 12 acre plot of land in Lamar County will always and forever be home. I am the 4th generation living on this land and I came home from the hospital to this land... it's spacious and quiet... (I actually contemplated sleeping outside tonight) I can see the hard work of family members all over the place. It' s a blessed place filled with memories of picking vegetables in the summer with our ENTIRE family, swimming in the backyard pool (which has been covered in with dirt!!), grass surfing on a piece of plywood behind my Pawpaw's lawnmower, making house plans out of pine straw with my brother and cousins, walking through the woods with my daddy... I am so thankful for having grown up here on the same land that my dad did.

There are so many things I could write about... I keep thinking of more and more, but though I have to stop writing what I'm thankful for, I'll never stop considering what I am thankful for. You, whoever you are are a blessing to me, and I am thankful to you.

Love Y'all,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'm still thankful... even though I missed two days of posting...

So I missed two days of posting things I am thankful for... here they are.

{I am thankful for sleep and rest...}

Seriously, some days there is nothing I love more than a nap... and I am so thankful to have warm comfortable bed to sleep in every night. I think it is so important to just have times to rest. To take rest from your busy day, busy schedule, busy life to just be in a state of rest... I mean c'mon... even God rested after His work. :)

{I am thankful for Savannah Grace...}
My neice who isn't technically, but will always and forever be my neice. She has been the brightest light in our lives during the last two years of much sadness. During lots of our firsts without certain loved ones, we had our firsts with Savannah. She is developing into a smart little girl, and since I only go home once a month it seems like the progress is paramount month to month. Despite my absence, she knows who I am... she even asked her mom is it was "Kakey" on the phone yesterday when she got a call, which of course made my heart flutter and smile. I am so excited to see this little one grow. She's finally at the point where she says "yes" and "no", she calls mom "Bebbie" and she's pretty sweet too. Though, she can throw a heck of a tantrum... I am so thankful for this sweet little girl who makes my heart happy every time I think of her.

Savannah 4-5 days old... February 2009 (taken by me)

Savannah and Jack, Fall 2010 (taken by Ann Greer, Nanew Photography)
Love Y'all,
Aunt Kacey

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patience is a virtue...

... and God has it, not me.

{I am thankful for God's patience...}

"But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life." 1 Timothy 1:16
I try my own patience... so I know I try God's sometimes. I am so thankful for the patience that I don't deserve and could never earn.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thankful for our military...

{I am thankful for selfless heroes... }

... like this guy, our country's newest Medal of Honor winner, and the only one to EVER receive the word while he is living: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2010/11/16/bts.giunta.medal.of.honor.cnn.html

I am so thankful for the men and women who serve our country, protect our borders, and protect our freedoms. Those who have fought and died so that we have can argue and complain in this amazingly blessed country that we live in.

I am thankful for my Pawpaw Cole, who fed thousands of men as a cook in the Navy. His food gave them strength and energy to fight...

I am thankful for my friend Ryan, who works at an Air Force Base in New Mexico and does who knows what via computers... he serves and protects his country, our country...

I am thankful for my friend Joy's husband Jared... who flies planes for the Navy. Thankfully, he is safe in Washington State and they are expecting their first child in a few months... and I am thankful for strong women like Joy, who support their husbands as they serve our country at home and abroad.

Having traveled to other countries, I think alot of Americans don't realize the freedoms they have, they opportunities that they have, and they advantages they have. Just tonight I had a moment when I was annoyed because I couldn't find a parking place so that I could go home and eat the dinner I had just purchased. When I finally found a parking space I literally called myself a brat... because I was traveling in a car while it was raining, taking my $10 dinner inside my warm apartment... I AM SO BLESSED... and some times I don't appreciate it like I should.

THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY(I personally don't care if you ask or tell if you are willing to fight for our country...) YOU ARE APPRECIATED BY ME!!!

Love Y'all, KC

Monday, November 15, 2010

hum hum hum hum....

I just started singing "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas" and though it's a few weeks early it reminded me that...

{I am thankful for music...}
Music emotes.
Music is a form of worship.
Music is a form of expression.
Music is a memory.
Music is a comfort.
Music is whatever you want it to be.

The bible often speaks of music as a method of Praising God, giving honor and thanks, adoration and appreciation to our Creator. Here are a few of those verses:

"Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel." Judges 5:3
"Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts." 1 Chronicles 16:9

"Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day" 1 Chronicles 16:23

Music is a great part of life... whether it be singing with the wondows rolled down in your car, humming along to Pandora at work, and bursting into song... well, anywhere. Music can change the way you feel about a situation. It comfort you during times of sorrow or loneliness. Music. is. fun. I am thankful that God created the notes, the instruments, the tones that we have all come to love in different varieties.

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. -Johann Sebastian Bach

Music is the universal language: it is the same anywhere you go in the world. -Anonymous

Where words fail, music speaks. -Hans Christian Andersen

Without music, life is a journey through a desert. -Pat Conroy

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. -Walter Savage Landor

My favorite music is that played real artists... who can play instruments. I admire that, the talent to play something... I love the sound of a jazz piano, a classical guitar, of a banjo, a violin, of a mandolin. I miss the sounds of Daddy's guitar, so I'm thinking of learning to play it. I don't know if I'll be able to... but I know if I can accomplish it, I can bring his songs back to life... and what an emotional moment of music that will be.

Love Y'all, KC

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm thankful for a body of believers...

Sunday is a very appropriate day to mention that...

{I am thankful for my church...}
"19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." Ephesians 2:19-22
I have been blessed by 3 bodies of believers in my life... Midway First Baptist Church outside of Hattiesburg, The Baptist Student Union at Ole Miss, and Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham. Each of these families have helped me to grow in my faith and maturity.
Midway created the cornerstone of my faith. From the lessons of Sunday School, to my salvation and baptism, and my first (2nd, 3rd, and 4th) international missions experience. Midway has always been much more than just a place of worship to me... it will always be my church home. The dynamic of Midway has changed over the years... there have been good and bad times in the church. But they have always been my family... from the older ladies that expect a hug and a synopsis of my life since the last they have seen me, to the kids who I have known since birth who are now in college. No matter how far from home I get in life, I know that I have a church home at Midway, and I am incredibly thankful for that.
One of my few regrets about college is that I never found a church home in Oxford. I was however, involved in the Baptist Student Union... and spent a great deal of time there in my 3.5 years in Oxford. My strongest friendships in colleges were cultivated within the relationships I built at the BSU. I will forever be thankful for that ministry and the importance that it had on my life. College is an incredibly impressionable time... and those friendships kept me accountable, gave me alternative plans in a town known for partying and helped to become a more mature person.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church has been an answer to prayer in so many ways. I went to Shades on a Sunday in August of 2006, and never visited another church in Birmingham. It's much different than Midway.... Daddy once told me that he told some folkes at Midway that 'you can stand in parts of Kacey's church, and if you threw a rock, you wouldn't hit the preacher.' It's big... but from day 1 I felt comfortable and it did not take me long to get plugged in. Shades has provided me with amazing friends and a support group that has blessed my life in a million different ways. Shades has given me opportunities to get involved in my community and meet a variety of people. Shades has supported me through the hardest years of my life... and there is not doubt that God placed me there for a reason, with these people, for this season in my life. I am so thankful for that church, and people who make it what it is.
I think it is incredibly important to be a part of a church family. For support, for accountability, for worship, for service... for so many reasons. No matter where you are in life, in a new town, in a new career, in a new station in life... your church family will help you through if you will allow them to. I pray that I represent this support to others in my church families... both past and present.
Love y'all, KC

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I am thankful for Football??

Okay... so let me elaborate on the title of the blog tonight... I am thankful for football. It's a great sport, it is the epitome of fall, it unites people in support of a team (whether good or bad), and ignites a passion in people for something... and I think that's important.

However, football is really just an example of the thing I am thankful for today (well, every day, but writing about it today)...

{I am thankful for teamwork...}
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up?" - Ecclesiastes 4:9,10
  • Teamwork is such an important part of life... no matter if you are 5 or 50...
  • Teamwork is important in friendship, your career, building relationships...
  • Teamwork makes your life easier, because you are not doing things on your own...
  • Teamwork teaches you lessons: how to communicate, work with others, and how to compromise...
  • Teamwork creates bonds... bonds create friendship... friendship makes life better...
The Bible refers to teamwork a lot. The verse above is my favorite about teamwork, because it is so incredibly applicable to any one's life. God places people in our lives to raise us up when we fall... so that we have someone with whom to celebrate our reward. Teamwork is a gift from above... and everyone has the opportunity to be a part of some team, some where, at some time. I believe it is our responsibility to be good team members... because we as Christians represent much more than ourselves. You never know who may end up in your study group, in your committee meeting, or on your softball team... but as a member of a team you are charged to work together, to build each other up, to keep each other accountable.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17
{Teamwork makes us better}
For just as we have in one body many members, but the members do not all have the same function, so we, although many, are one body in union with Christ, but members belonging individually to one another. - Romans 12:4,5
{Everyone has different skills and talents,
but bringing those individual skills
together make the team better...}
We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth. - 3 John 1:8
{Be nice to each other... makes for a better team if you like each other}
"Now may the God who supplies endurance and comfort grant YOU to have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had, that with one accord YOU may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Romans 15:5
{Your team should glorify God... together}
"If somebody could overpower one alone, two together could make a stand against him. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two." - Ecclesiastes 4:12
{There is Strength in numbers...}
Your family is team, your friends are a team, your staff is a team... I know I couldn't get through a day without my teammates... and I thank God for them every day.
Love Y'all, KC

Friday, November 12, 2010

A series of Thankfulness...

As we approach what I believe is the most forgotten holiday of the year... I have decided in an effort to blog more, that I will write an entry every day about different things that I am thankful for. Tonight's subject is so fresh on my mind, because am I just home from a fun night of dinner and conversation with my amazing friends....

{I am thankful for my friends...}

I am specifically speaking of girlfriends... because I have been so incredibly blessed with amazing women in my life. Spending time with the girls tonight has be reflecting on the blessing of our relationships. When I moved to Birmingham, I didn't know anyone. ANYONE.

... seriously, anyone...

During my first year in Birmingham I really didn't do much more than work... I worked late every day, went home, then started the process again the next day. I went to church but there was not a specific group for people my age and in my situation... though over the next few months that group developed. I was one of the original member of the GAP class at Shades... and that group, this ministry has provided me with some of the greatest anyone could ask for. They have supported me and prayed for me during the toughest years of my life... we have helped each other through sickness, struggles, career changes, etc... and there is no doubt in my mind that God brought us all together for a reason. I pray that we can continue to support each other no matter where His path may lead us...

Blythe, Meg, Meredith, Katie, Lesley, Allison (who now lives in ATL), Sarah, Kristen, Sarah (now lives in India), and I...

Callie, Katie, Megan, Kaylie, Blythe, and I... Halloween 2010

Callie, Mary Beth, and Blythe... with our tickets to see Dolly at the Opry!!

During college God provided me with so many great girl friends who I share some of the most important memories of my life with... ironically, I would not be friends with several of them if I had not been their RA (Sarah, Lindsey, and Beth). One more example of God putting us in the right places to get to know each other and help each other grow through such an important time.

Sarah, Me, Beth, and Liz on the Square in Oxford

Finally, my oldest girl friend... my cousin Kim. She came into the world 6 months and 8 days after I did... and has been my best friend my whole life. Through the peaks and valleys Kim has always been there, and I know she always will be. Here's a picture of us at the beginning of our friendship :)

Me (in the pink) and Kim... who knows what age!?

All of these women made me think of two particular verses in the bible, a part of Proverbs 31 (verses 25-26) in which God shows us how to be of noble character.

{She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.}

{She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.}

I can't begin to tell the stories of laughter shared with these women or the times that I have sought their advice and prayer. Their advice is priceless and the knowledge that we have shared with each other has helped us to grow, learn, and develop into better women. For these friends that are single, we often joke about and wonder when our other half will arrive on to our scene... but I tell you what I wouldn't trade these memories with these ladies for anyone.

I love you all, I am so incredibly thankful for you all, and I am forever indebted to you for our friendship.

Love y'all, Kacey