Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Gift of God

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."
Psalm 127:3
Today we rejoice with dear friends, Jeremy & Cassie, over the birth of their baby boy last night - Jeremiah! Praise the Lord! May our Gracious God richly bless their family for His Name's sake!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Interesting Article on Modern Day Slavery

A Great Read with Real Stories and Practical Ways to Get Involved as Modern Day Abolitionists.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


As of 11:30 AM (CST) today, Tony and I are the proud possessors of only ONE mortgage!  :)  Thanks for all your prayers for selling our home in Louisiana. 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tumaini Miles of Smiles



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Answered Prayer

We are so grateful for Jeremy Williamson and all the guys who worked hard yesterday putting a new roof on our house for sale in LaPlace, LA!  We are scheduled to go to Act of Sale on Tuesday!  Please pray for all the final details to go through!  Thanks so much!  Blessings to you this weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Praying for Our Beloved Troops

"For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let your glory be over all the earth!... Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!  With God we shall do valiantly; 
it is he who will tread down our foes."
Psalm 108:4-5, 12-13

May our Gracious and Mighty God grant our loved ones His help as they defend our freedom.  May we, as a nation and as the church, look to the One who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine.  May we set our minds on things above and not on earthly things.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God!  He is the savior, He is the only savior, will you trust Him?

Special thanks to my sister (Jess), to SSG Jordan (also pictured above), and to all of the 25th  ID for your faithful service to our country.  We love you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

AIM4Asia: On Mission to End Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

For Those Interested in Learning More and Hearing From Those who are Survivors of Sex-Trafficking...

"Mein is the oldest child in her family and she felt the burden of her family’s survival was hers to bear. She lived with her family in a Vietnamese community named Svay Pak just outside the capitol city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Svay Pak was and still is infamous for the sexual trafficking of girls, some as a young as five years old. Her family was living in abject poverty. “I saw the terrible situation of my family and I could not stand it; we were so poor…Everyday creditors would knock on our door and ask my mother to pay back the loans she had taken out to support our family, but we had no money to pay them back. My father was an alcoholic. He beat my mother and neglected my my younger brothers. He drank our family into debt. I could not stand to watch my mother cry. I decided to sell myself to the brothel. It was a hard decision. I was fourteen at the time..."  Read More...

Join me in praying for the prevention, rescue, justice and restoration for those enduring the horrors of sex-trafficking.  Our God is Mighty to Save... May HE show Himself Great among the nations!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Before Kids...

This is what you do before you have children... baby your dog.  :)
Actually, I might could blame the vaccination shots I had earlier.  They may have gone to my head.  Kidding of course. Getting a step closer to trip readiness.  Blessings to you this weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Just wanted to share for those of you who have been praying that our visas came in the mail today!!!  It's official, we're off to SE Asia in 22 days!  Let the vaccinations begin.  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I have the Cutest Nephew & Niece in the World!!!

David Isaac at an air show...
Isabella Grace loves shoes (Happy 1st Birthday!)...
Jamie Shaddix, Priscilla & Izzy at McCain/Palin Rally in Tidewater, VA on Monday...

Recommended Reading...

In order to continue preparing for my trip, I am reading the book "Terrify No More" by Gary Haugen.  You can get a used copy at for just a few dollars. It is worth it as this is a must read in order to gain insight into the evil world of slavery, sex trafficking and police brutality.  I'm finalizing the prayer calendar as I type this post.  Please send me your email address so I can pass it on to you.  Thanks for your prayers.  

Monday, October 13, 2008

Did You Know?



• Human trafficking is the world’s third largest criminal  

enterprise, after drugs and weapons. (U.S. Department of State) 

• Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the  

commercial sex trade. (UNICEF) 

• There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women  

and men trafficked across international borders annually.  

(U.S. Department of State) 

• Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women 

and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State) 

• The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to 

be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N.) 

• Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic.  

(U.S. Department of State) 

"The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed."  Psalm 103:6

Please pray for my upcoming trip to SE Asia.  If you are interested in obtaining a prayer calendar with specifics please let me know.  We covet your prayers.  Thanks. 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Reclaimed Praise

Just a heads up... our "demo EP" (which basically means, our "non-professionally mixed recordings compiled on a CD with slightly less than the number of songs on a regular LP") is now out and available.  I had the pleasure of recording one of the songs I've written with some other artists this past summer.  You can order a copy online at: OR purchase a copy at Temple's Oasis Cafe for $5.   

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Exciting Game, Sad Loss

We enjoyed fun with parents (and half of New Orleans) at the Superdome Monday night.  Fabulous seats surrounded by entertaining individuals...
We kept Tony's parents out way past their (and ours) bedtime for their first NFL game experience... Pray for them as they are traveling back to Kentucky as I type.

Even with Bush's two punt return touchdowns, the Saints couldn't pull out the victory... but, we had fun.  :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Vikings vs. Saints

We're excited for an eve in NOLA to cheer on the Saints this evening with Tony's parents!  Look for us on TV!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

House For Sale

We have a contract on our house for sale in Louisiana!!!
This offer entails losing the equivalent of about 5 more months of paying the mortgage there.  All things considering, this is a blessing!  Thanks for your continued prayers!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

International Justice Mission

If you are not already aware of the ministry of International Justice Mission, check out their website at: Please pray for their ministry, particularly in combating child-trafficking and sex slave trade. 
Please pray for me concerning a possible exploratory trip to SE Asia with a dear friend whose goal is in developing prevention materials and curriculum. The trip would be as soon as November. Your prayers are deeply appreciated!