What makes me smile on this Tuesday: James Walker… We did it! :)

{Just a little FYI: this post is to be taken slightly “tongue-in-cheek.”}

As most of you know, our firstborn graduated from high school this past Thursday night.

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This was a victory not only for Nathan, but for us, too.  Graduation isn’t all about the students.  At least not in our world.  It’s about the multitude of teachers who have poured countless hours of energy and emotion into our children, especially in those early years igniting a love for learning as they wipe snotty noses and bandage scraped knees like a mama would.

And then, it’s about the parents too.  Thursday night was also about James and me and all of those horrible hours after school spent at the dining room table pounding in the math facts and spelling words and praying to God for mercy and miracles and patience and sometimes even begging Jesus to just hurry up and come before Friday’s tests!  Its about the million mama-tears shed over this and that – big and small – real and imaginary.  It’s about loving your child so much and wanting to strangle him at the same time and the emotional roller coaster wrecks that make you wonder if you’ll all make it through the third grade, much less TO and then THROUGH High School…

Then there we were.  Thursday as we were getting dressed, I looked at James and said, probably for the first of many times to come, “How did we get here?”  How did this:

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turn in to this?  

And so quickly?  What they say is true – The days are long and the years are short!

So I said all of that to say… James Walker… We did it!  And I’ve been singing this song all weekend.  Sing it with me! (I even added my own words for the Dora tasks.  We’ll call them “Nathan Tasks” haha)

 

SING THIS WITH ME IN YOUR DORA VOICE. 😉

We did it!

We did it!

We did it!

Yay!

Lo hicimos!

We did it

We attended all the schools and finished every grade…

We did it!

We did it!

We did it!

Hooray!

We turned in every project and made sure he wasn’t late…

We did it!

We did it!

We did it!

We did it!

We spent eighteen years preparing for this time…

And watched our son walk in a graduation line…

Yay!

Whoo!

Hooray!

Yeah! Dad, We did it!

Whoo!

Yep.  We did it!  Yay!  Hooray!  And though we didn’t get any official hats or diploma, I added a little “adornment” to one of our pictures… just as a reminder of our victory on this day.

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I love you James Walker!  Thanks for being a wonderful dad and husband.  We couldn’t have done this without you.  Seriously.  And you know it! 😉

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We will be doing the same thing same time same place next year when Abigail will be wearing the cap and gown. I’m cherishing every moment I have with her this year!!!

And to my graduate: Oh how I love you, Nathan Walker!   Though I joke in this post about the hours and tears spent getting you through school, I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! You are well worth it a million times over!!!!!!!!  I thank God for you – just the way that you are, and know that He is working great and mighty things in and through your life.  We are seeing the fruit of our labor, but so much more than that, we are joyfully watching God work out what He has worked in you. YOU make me smile. It is a privilege to be your mom.

Teachers, Nathan, Abigail, James, and of course, Jesus:  Praise the Lord- WE DID IT!!!!!
Now, family is backing out a bit… So Nathan, you & Jesus… You’re on to the next milestone with all of our love & prayers and support whenever and wherever …always!
You can do it!!!!!!

Jennifer@SmellingCoffee.com

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A Sister/friend of ours needs our help. :-)

Hi everyone~  Remember my friend, Arabah Joy, who is serving the Lord overseas (the one I went to serve last year?) She has written and self-published a wonderful book, Trust Without Borders (I’ve shared about it before) – and now she is in the top ten… TOP TEN in a Bethany House publishing contest to win a face to face meeting to pitch her book to them for possible publication.  this is BIG!  Especially when you are living across the ocean on the other side of the world, far far away from the center of the Christian publishing industry!

So I received this email from her the other day:

I’m emailing because I need your help. 

This week I entered a writing contest at myfaithradio.com and the prize is a one on one meeting with an acquisition editor from Bethany House. I would love to pitch my book, Trust Without Borders to them!

Thing is, to even be in the running, I first need enough votes on my piece to get me in the top 10. My blog readers have voted for my piece and I’m in the top 10! I’ve very humbled and grateful for their love and support… But I’m in only by the skin of my teeth. I need each and every vote I can get since voting runs through the end of May. 
Will you please take a minute or two to click the link below, read my piece, and vote on it? It would mean more than you know to know you guys support me in this. You will have to register in order to vote so it isn’t *quite* as simple as a click, but still can be done in a minute or two max.

Also, I know you have ladies in your small group/church that know me or would be willing to support a sister. If you saw fit to share with these wonderful ladies, I would be so humbled and blessed!


Living overseas can be very lonely. It is easy to feel forgotten. Most people have extended family, churches, community groups, friends, and the like nearby to support them when some *big* opportunity like this enters their lives. I have none of those things at hand and sometimes feel like a David. The underdog. Your support truly means a lot! Thank you so very much. I love you guys!

So, my friends… what to help a girl out? Here’s what you’ll need to do.

1. FIRST OF ALL: Read all 5 directions. 😉
2. Click on the link below.
3. Read the awesome article Arabah wrote.
4. Click the middle square which says “Log in to vote” – and log in (it’s easiest to choose the Facebook option).
5. Then click the heart to vote. That’s it.

http://myfaithradio.com/2015/the-yes-god/

Aaaaaaaannnnnddddddd…….. If you want to pass it along and get others to vote for our sister, that would be super. I promise you… it took me all of three minutes from start to finish, and two and a half of those minutes were invested in reading and absorbing Arabah’s writing. It was good. Really good.

Thanks, my friends!  I knew she could count on us coffee and/or Jesus loving’ people!

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – We. Heart. Coffee. Yes? :-)

 


This next one proves that my man is truly Bible-obeying – haha!

Thank you, Honey!

…because, along with words, gifts, and service, etc…

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AND JESUS!   Lots and Lots of Jesus.  Always.


Happy new week, my friends~

Jennifer@SmellingCoffee.com

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