Tuesday, December 16, 2008

God is small enough ...

... and big enough! There are times in our lives when we feel we are all alone. We all have our own 'Goliaths' that others may not understand. However, we serve a God that is ALWAYS there! Be encouraged by the words of this song!

Monday, December 15, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've been tagged by my wonderful friend Hana! Here are the rules:

* Go to your 4th photo folder on your computer
* Select the 4th photo w/in the folder
* Post and explain
* Then tag four more people to do the same!

Here's my photo:

This picture was taken in February 2008 at Bald Rock (SC) when my husband decided to get me out of the house (I was so incredibly sick at this time in my pregnancy with Nehemiah). I could chew on Madelynn's double chin! Thank you Lord, that the 4th picture was NOT of me!!!

I'm tagging: 1. Momma 2. Kristen 3. Kami 4. Alison.

Posted by: Kelli

Monday, December 8, 2008

Children are Truly a Gift!

Momma & Daddy came over Friday night, December 5, to watch Madelynn and Nehemiah while Jeremiah and I went to our Sunday school Christmas party. I asked her to take some pictures for our 2008 Christmas card this year and all I can is WOW! I know I am partial but my children are the most beautiful I've ever seen! Enjoy!

Nehemiah Taylor

Madelynn Joy

Posted by: Kelli

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wootie's 30!!!!!!!!!!!!

This past Wednesday, December 3, was our youngest sister, Kelli's, birthday. She turned 30!!! Wow, Mom and Dad, all three of your girls are in their 30's now. Just think, in 10 years, we'll be able to tell you that all three of your girls are in their 40's!! That ought to make you feel really old! Kami and I don't call her Kelli, though. Her nickname is Woot. That can be translated into Wootie, Wootie Tootie, Aunt Wootie, Wootie Tootie Fresh and Fruity. That nickname has stuck since she was a baby. When daddy was pastor at Riverside in SC, our youth pastor at the time was walking around one Wednesday night trying to get a count of who would be going to summer camp that year. He came up and asked me if my sister was going. I said, "Who, Kami?" He said he had already talked to Kami. He was talking about my other sister. I said, "Woot?" He said, Yes, but what is her real name?!! Everyone knew her by 'Woot' there, it was a while before people realized that her real name started with a 'K', too!
Growing up, Woot and I never really fought or argued a whole lot. We never went to the same school at the same time. When I was more interested in hair and makeup, she was over at a neighbor's house mastering her trampoline skills! When I began dating Paul, she was only 11. She doesn't really remember life before Paul! When I got married, I moved seven hours away from my family. I had never been away from home before. When in college, I commuted. I didn't realize until I left home how fortunate and blessed I was to have such wonderful parents and wonderful sisters, who are now my best friends. When my children were very small, Paul was on the road a lot preaching and leading conferences, youth camps, etc. He was home every other week for about two years. Woot was always there for me. She helped me in more ways than she knows. She was always there to fix a bottle, change a diaper, rock somebody to sleep. She was also there for me to talk to, exercise with (the Firm, baby!), stroll babies with and just hang out with. God had her there at the perfect time, when I needed her most. Now my babies are no longer babies and she has babies of her own. Unfortunately, I can't be there physically like she was for me, but, Wootie, I'm still your big sister and will do whatever I can to be the support to you that you were to me.
I love you more than you know.
Happy 30th birthday!!!

Posted by: Kristen

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Miracle at Ground Zero

Brushy Creek Baptist in Taylors is having their Ladies Annual Christmas Banquet. This year in addition to the dinner, we have a special quest speaker, Leslie Haskin. Read a little about her below and pray God speaks through her tonight! (Tickets are $7 at the door - 6:45 PM - SPEAKER ONLY).

Leslie Haskin grew up in Chicago, one of 15 children born to a Bible thumping minister and his choir director wife. She describes herself as being the youngest girl, the most stubborn and the one who was ALWAYS in trouble. After college, Leslie moved to the bright lights and big apple of New York City where after a long climb up the corporate ladder, she became one of only two female African American Operations Executives for one of the largest insurance companies in the country. Leslie settled into all the perks, prestige, and power of an executive lifestyle. Then on September 11, 2001, it all came crashing down ... literally. Leslie Haskin almost lost her life. Although she survived the devastation of that ill-fated day, Leslie suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress disorder, and eventually lost everything. Leslie Haskin became homeless. "Six years ago, I was an executive on the 36th floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center," Haskin remembers. "I almost lost my life, and what I thought was the end of my story actually became the beginning as I learned to trust God,” she says. Today Leslie is an author, a singles ministry leader and the founding Director for Safe Hugs, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence. She travels internationally sharing her remarkable journey to emotional and mental healing, spreading a message of hope beyond suffering and encouraging thousands to an abundant life in Jesus Christ. Leslie has made numerous TV and radio appearances, including CNN, The 700 Club, the CBS Early Show, and American Family Radio as well as appearance at memorials honoring the victims and survivors of 9/11. Leslie says that her story is everybody’s story. “No matter what the life altering event that happens in our lives, God is faithful!"


Posted by: Kelli