Family Matters Ambassador!

Grace Based ParentingI wanted to share some exciting news as we are still so new in this new year!  I am humbled, honored, thrilled, and excited to announce that I have been added to the Family Matters Ambassador team!

“Family Matters is a non-profit ministry whose goal is to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation by equipping families for every age and stage of life. We view families as the foundation of a successful society. Today, perhaps more than ever before, the family is being fragmented and undermined by many counter-forces such as busyness, relentless change, a lack of clear moral values, an attitude of indifference, and children being forced to grow up too fast. When families are unhealthy, our communities suffer many of the consequences in areas relating to economic productivity, education, law enforcement, health care needs, abuse, and violence.

Family Matters offers hope for today’s family by…

  • Educating family members about the strategic role they play in their homes and communities.
  • Equipping family members with successful relational skills and resources to make better family choices.
  • Encouraging family members to keep their promises and fulfill their commitments to one another.

In addition to offering hope, our ministry philosophy embraces a grace-based approach to relationships. It provides a solid grasp of the “big picture” and promotes a character-driven strategy for parenting no matters what your situation. Traditional, blended families, single parents, foster and adoptive parents and even parents of children with special needs can leave a legacy that lasts forever.”

This ministry is very special to me.  John and I heard Tim and Darcy Kimmel speak at a marriage enrichment conference and purchased the book “Grace Based Parenting” for our children.  Elizabeth read the book five times and loved the message.  I spoke about this message at her homegoing service.  Dr. Kimmel honored Elizabeth and the boys at a conference in Temple, TX last fall.   I facilitated the series at Elizabeth’s home church, Salado United Methodist, over the summer and recently returned from Phoenix after completing my Ambassador application, training and spending the day with other ambassadors and Dr. Kimmel.

So, what does this mean?  I hope it means that God will continue to bless this ministry and the message and use me as an instrument to share the message of grace in small groups, Sunday School, MOPS programs, in people’s home, etc.

I’m excited that I am already working on two opportunities to go through the series with some special people!  One is in the Lexington, TX area where Elizabeth and my girls grew up.  The second is with the staff at Methodist Children’s Home in Waco!  If you would like me to come facilitate the DVD series about this life changing message, please let me know!  I would love to book you on my 2014 calendar!

Here is the link to the Family Matters website:

Family Matters Ambassador Team

Here’s to the message of GRACE in 2014 and every year!

Julie

Hayes William 1st Birthday…….

A new year is bittersweet because Hayes’ expected due date was January 2nd. That means this time of year is when we would have celebrated his first birthday. And so to acknowledge this day, I laid a wreath to honor and remember someone I’ve never met but is so very loved. I look forward to have him in my welcoming party when it is my turn to go to my real home……..

There are no pictures of Hayes….just an ultrasound and Elizabeth’s pregnancy picture atop a mountain in Alaska the month prior to the accident. Yet despite these things I love him to the moon and back. I bought a children’s book Guess How Much I Love You that I inscribed inside:

“To Baby Hayes…..today is your first birthday that you will celebrate in heaven with your Mommy and big brothers…….I can’t wait to meet you when I get there. Until then, I will hold you close in my heart. I love you to the moon and back!” Love, Nana

I only make these wreaths for my grandsons that live with Jesus. They are truly a labor of love. They are my small way this side of heaven to show my love during our physical separation.

There are approximately 900 balloons individually pinned on a straw wreath. This is the 4th one I have made on this journey.

Happy Birthday Hayes ! I’m sure your amazing Mom has an awesome party planned!

I love you to the moon and back!

Nana

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