Friday, October 9, 2009

All grown up!

Sarah and Ashley were home last weekend. We had lots of laughter, hugs, and "I love you momma"s. I have the sweetest girls in the world!

While they were here, I had the privilege of shopping with Sarah for "interview" clothes! She will be graduating from college in December and is in the process of applying and interviewing for a job. We had fun shopping together and we found a couple of awesome outfits! I know she will do well in her interviews, and now she will look amazing too! : )

I'm not sure where the time has gone. Just the other day Sarah was a WILD three year old with crazy curls all over her head, running around the house, laughing, with a red plastic bucket on her head. She adored her big brother and was thrilled to have a new baby sister. Only a few years later she was hiding in El Bosque Park in Costa Rica, having run away from home with her friend, Brittany. Not long after that her life was consumed with Beanie Babies, Barbies, and Boys (in that order!) and before we knew it she was crowned the Homecoming Queen of her high school.

In 2006 she drove off to the University of Oklahoma and hasn't looked back! She has grown into such a beautiful young woman! She has proven to herself and to the world that she is capable, strong, and compassionate. She has led efforts to help the "Invisible Children" of Africa, to free hospital prisoners in Burundi, to raise money to help educate children in Burundi, to encourage young teenage girls in Costa Rica, to mentor "at risk" students in her community, and to raise money to fight poverty around the globe. She amazes me!

She has done all these things while fighting chronic staph infections, enduring four surgeries, and coping with panic disorder. She doesn't give up. She doesn't feel sorry for herself, she doesn't whine. She just keeps going, knowing that God will walk her through. She has learned endurance, perseverance, and hard work. She is strong.

Sarah, daddy and I love you so much! We are proud to be your parents! We can't wait to see all the things God has in store for you as you graduate!
Boomer Sooner!

Ashley and Sarah


  1. What an extraordinary young lady Sarah is!
    And I know what you on earth are they 3 years old one day and graduating from college in seemingly the next.... how come the days seem long at times but when you look back the years have disappeared in a nano second and seem so short.
    Your children are a blessing and you are blessed!

    And I continue to pray for oodles of white blood cells in your body!

    Have the best day ever and may an extra portion of energy be poured over you!

    Love and a huge hug, Libby :)

  2. What awesome examples of the way you and Mark have loved on your kids and trained them up through the years following Christ. I do not know Sarah really well but the times I have spent around her, I know that she is going to be an awesome example of God's love and grace for many years to come. She has already done that so much but I know God has even bigger plans for her and Ashley both! You and Mark have done an awesome parenting job!

  3. There is no greater joy than to know our children are walking with the Lord!!!!
    Isn't is wonderful to have grown children!? What a blessing!
    Praying for you!