Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother Daughter Banquet




Me, Gran, Mom, and Beth; 3 Generations



Our church had the 2nd Annual Mother Daughter Banquet this weekend.  The proceeds from this event benefit The Road to Bethlehem Ministry in our church.  This particular ministry helps give Christmas gifts and dinner to children in need in Calera.

In the beginning I was hesitant about attending.  I was afraid that the event would make me sad, but then realized that there are many women in my church who have children, but no daughters.  Mother's Day and events about mothers are hard for anyone with an empty cradle.  I am so glad that I had my family and friends there with me.  I did not shed one tear, and did not feel sorry for myself for not being a mom yet.  I was overwhelmed with the power of the Holy Spirit and grateful for all the blessings that have been given to me.

I'm so glad that I decided to go and host a table.  Midway through the day yesterday, I was asked if I could sing.  Wow, I haven't sang in public in a LONG time.  My mother and I sang "Redemption Song" a capella.   I was so nervous, but my Mom gave me confidence.  I think we did a ok to have only practiced twice about 20 minutes before the banquet began.



In attendance at my table were Mom, Beth, Gran, Aunt Penny, Rachel, and Jennifer.  Here are some pictures from the evening.
Eleanna Burke organized the entire event.  She did a fabulous job! 

We all had table themes.  My theme was "Not Every Hero Wears a Mask."  Yes, I know, I'm a nerd! =)


Beth (my little sister) and me
Joy was our special speaker.  Her story is amazing and I will be sharing more on my blog once I get my notes together.

Mom and the rooster timer she won (we had door prizes!)

Jennifer and myself (She's been so supportive of me!  She's always there with a kind word and open heart.  I couldn't have made it through the past few months without her.  She's been like a sister to me.)


Beth and Aunt Penny

Nesia (Joy's miracle baby) and me
Me with Rachel (my surrogate daughter)


7 comments:

  1. hahaha that was the door prize I provided! shocked, aren't you? glad your mom got something and that you all had a great time.

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    1. I should have put two and two together! haha! I told you that we all have a thing for roosters! =) She LOVED it! Glad to know that you blog too!

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  2. You have such a beautiful voice and I love the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Toni! =) I'm working on a special gift for you right now!!!

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  3. I had such a wonderful time yesterday with you and your family. Your face just shines so bright these days- God's peace is all over you and everyone can see it. So proud to call you my friend!!

    Love, Joy

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I am so blessed to have you and your family in my life. =)

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  4. I,too, know your pain and feelings as I suffered from infertility myself. I did not go thru all your steps.
    I had endometrosis, had several surgeries, lost a child, took fertility treatments, had a wonderful Chiristian doctor who God worked through. I hated Mother's day. I was jealous of pregnant women. I questioned God . I remember it was my last attempt and I was in that valley on my knees and finally let go and gave it completely to God and this time not taking it back. Once I released it for good, I remember the overwhelming relief I had. I got pregnant with a beautiful baby girl. I had complications but God was there. I was told I would never get pregnant again. Three years later I was pregnant again. Like before complications and I entered the hospital and stayed for three months until her lungs were mature. During these 3 months my marriage ended and I was faced with raising these two beautiful blessings God had given me by myself. But you know what I wasn't alone because God helped me eACH and EVERY step of the way. I give God all the glory for the two beautiful women they have become.

    I am praying for both you and Brandon. I go to church with you. Told you a little of my story to tell you I do understand what you are going through. The hardest thing to do is to completely give it to got and let his timing work for HIS PLAn in your lives! He does have a plan, not always our plan, but it will be better than we can ever begin to imagine or hope for. If I can ever help in any way, please allow me to! I will be Praying and I know God will answer ALL our prayers!

    Thanks for allowing me to share with you and you sharing with us.

    Alyce White

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