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Do you have or know an extraordinary Mom that deserves a special recognition this Mother’s Day? Enter her in The Journey’s Mother’s Day Giveaway for a chance to win her some well deserved pampering!

how it  works: You will email us some information, including why you think your nomination deserves some recognition this Mother’s Day. We will then choose a first, second & third place winner. First place gets to choose which prize package she’d like. Second place gets to choose from the remaining two packages, and third place gets the last prize package.

how to  enter: Email us the following information to contest@tjmag.com by May 1, 2013! 1) Your name, 2) Name of person you’re nominating, 3) Your address, 4) Your phone number, and 5) A few sentences about why your nominee deserves to win big.

prize packages: fierce  &  fashionable· perfectly  pampered  ·   domestic  diva $100 Wardrobe

One Hour Massage

from Belk in Lufkin

by Carrie Love @ Expressive Images

Dinner for Two

from Amy Jo Roland (must be redeemed in Lufkin)

Philosophy Gift Bag

at Clear Springs or Auntie Pastas in Nacogdoches

Xtreme Glideliner Eyeliner Pencil

Full Hour Spa Facial by Ashley Conlon @ Studio 319

from Permanent Cosmetics by Lynanne (valued at $29)

Hair Cut & Style

$25 Merle Norman Gift Card

Pearl Necklace & Earring Set from the Pink Leopard Boutique

Apron & Recipe Box Set with Dessert Mix from Miss McGillicuddy’s

from Makeup Junkies

$25 Olive Garden Gift Card

Dinner for Two at Cotton Patch

$30 Posados Gift Card

by Abby Hopkins @ Maricelas Salon & Spa

2 Hours of Cleaning

One Month of Tanning

10 oz Soy Candle

from Solar Image

by Deena & Co. from Quality Bargains

10 oz Soy Candle from Quality Bargains

10 oz Soy Candle from Quality Bargains

* All federal, state & other taxes relating to any prize, & any travel or other expenses relating to any prize, are the sole responsibility of the winners. * Prizes are not transferable, substitutable, or exchangeable for cash.

have questions? 2ŒTHE  JOURNEY  ŒAPR2013 Call us at (936) 634-­7188 or stop by The Journey Office, located at 115 E. Shepherd, Lufkin, TX 75901.


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WELCOME

t’s East  Texas’  favorite  event  we  all   look   forward   to—rodeo   season!   And  if  you  are  one  of  those  who   do   not   own   a   pair   of   boots,   it   is   now  time  to  add  that  to  your  wardrobe.  I  h ave  to  a dmit,  I  was  one  of  those   for   the   first   27   years   of   my   life.   I   lived   without  owning  a  pair  of  boots,  but  after   getting  involved  with  the  rodeo,  “I  needed   a  pair.”  Believe  it  or  not,  once  I  had  them,   they   came   in   very   handy!   I   wear   boots   all  the  time.  All  of  this  to  encourage  you   to  invest  in  a  good  pair  of  boots!  We  live   in  Texas;  everyone  should  own  a  pair!  

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hard to   give   back   to   Angelina   County.   The   Lufkin   Hosts   Lion’s   Club   spends   countless  hours  of  work  and  planning  to   put  on  the  Angelina  County  Rodeo  for   us  all  to  enjoy.  T hen,  after  all  the  money   is  counted,  they  disburse  those  funds  to   organizations  in  the  community.  

Things to  add  to  your  to-do  list  this   month: 1.  Buy  a  pair  of  boots. 2.  Get  your  rodeo  tickets  and  buy  a  few   truck   raffle   tickets.   (stop   by   or   call   our   office-we  have  raffle  tickets)

One aspect  of  the  rodeo  that  we  at  The   Journey  are  able  to  be  involved  with  is  the   3.  Read  Jessica’s  story! Rodeo  Queen.  This  year,  we  had  GREAT   See  you  at  the  rodeo! applicants.   It   was   a   hard   decision,   but   hands   down,   everyone   chose   the   same   applicant.  We  are  excited  to  share  Jessica’s   [\WZa _Q\P aW] ;PM Q[ LMÅVQ\MTa WVM \W More  important  than  the  boots  is  the  big   watch;  her  future  is  so  bright!   STEPHANIE OLIVER picture  b ehind  the  rodeo.  It’s  a  g roup  of   PRESIDENT men  who  roll  up  their  sleeves  and  work  


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11 YOUR HOME 12 14 16 20

Home Tour:  the  Wells'  Estate Decor  &  Design:  Children's  Art  Wall Your  Pantry:  Eat  Breakfast In  the  Kitchen:  Meal  Exchanges

21 YOUR COMMUNITY 22 24 26 28 30

Giving Back:  Gloria  Russell  Children's  Ministry Community  Leader:  Lynn  Hopper Calendar:  Upcoming  Events Inspiring  Woman:  Jessica  Skipper On  the  Scene:  April  is  Child  Abuse  Prevention  Month

31 YOUR LIFE 32 34 36

Something Abundant:  A  Bride's  Bloomin'  Bulbs Relationships:  Where's  the  Gauge  on  Your  Love  Tank? Stretch  Marks:  I've  Been  to  This  Rodeo  Before.

39 YOUR BODY 40 42 44

Fashion: Spring  2013  Trends Health:  March  for  Babies Life  Change:  Jessica  Williams  Mothershed

Cover Photo  by Morgan  Due

CONTACT US: Mailing:  PO  B ox  150537  |  Lufkin,  Texas   7 5915 Physical:   1 15   E .   Shepherd   |   L ufkin,   Texas  75901 936-634-7188  |  advertise@tjmag.com                                               facebook.com/tjmag

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45 YOUR CHILD 46 47 48 49 50

Pretty Babies Look  at  Me Parent  Thoughts:  Shopping  Successfully  with  Your  Children Birthday  Bash:  A  Hoedown  Birthday! Why  I  Love  Being  a  Mom:  Melanie  Rushing-Saldaña

president: Stephanie  Oliver  managing  editor:  Beth  Johnson  |  editor@tjmag.com  director  of  sales:  Kim  Iribarren  |  kim@tjmag.com   administrative  assistant:  &RUDQ)XTXD_RIŹFH#WMPDJFRPlayout  and  design:  Macy  Haffey event  photographer:  Lisa  Crow  |  lisacrowphotography@gmail.com  event  photographer:  Morgan  Due  |  www.morgandue.com contributors:  Jessica  Tinsley  Bridges,  Kelly  Finnerud,  Kathryn  Greene,  Amy  McLeod,   Angie  Nichols,  Stephanie  Oliver,  Melissa  Radke  distribution:  Lisa  Crow,  Janet  Glover,  Jarod  Thompson  


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HOME TOUR

the Wells'  Estate his   beautiful   home   has   been   in   the   works   and   planned  for  many,  many  years.  For  Joe  and  Connie   Wells,  they  thought  about  every  corner  and  empty   space  and  maximized  every  inch.  The  4  bedroom   4  1/2  bath  home  is  close  to  8,000  square  feet.  The   home  has  beautifully  handcrafted  details  throughout,  as  well   as  custom  rooms  and  storage  designed  just  for  them.  Their   house  has  been  showcased  on  the  CASA  Tour  of  Homes  and   was  a  favorite.  This  home  will  certainly  be  enjoyed  by  all  who   enter  for  years  to  come.

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DECOR &  DESIGN

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Join us for the 9th Annual Women in Red Luncheon. Join Woodland Heights Medical Center in celebrating the anniversary of Healthy Woman, a series of free monthly educational programs and interactive events. A local cardiologist will speak about women and heart disease. Also, Jane Jenkins Herlong will entertain with a funny, inspirational presentation that’s sure to motivate.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 Pitser Garrison Civic Center, Lufkin 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m. ,CPG,GPMKPU*GTNQPI œÌˆÛ>̈œ˜>ՓœÀˆÃÌ] ƂÜ>À`‡7ˆ˜˜ˆ˜}-ˆ˜}iÀ]

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Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a reserved table of eight. Limited seating. For ticket info, call 936-637-8688.

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MEAL EXCHANGES

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Gloria Russell  Children’s  Ministry… IKWUU]VQ\aZM[W]ZKMNWZKPQTLZMV he  mission  of  Gloria  Russell’s  Children’s  Ministry,   ITWKITVWVXZWÅ\WZOIVQbI\QWVQ[\WQV[\QTTKPIZIK\MZ QV\MOZQ\aIVLKWVÅLMVKMJa\MIKPQVO\PM?WZL of   God   on   a   child’s   level.   Gloria   Russell   is   a   veteran  of  child  evangelism  with  over  35  years   of  experience.  Her  love  is  evident  when  you  hear  her  speak   and  children  are  drawn  to  her  as  she  teaches.  Statistics  are   staggering  in  that  2  out  of  3  children,  in  our  own  community,   have  never  heard  the  name  of  Jesus  or  about  his  love  for   them.   The   ministry   is   associated   with   Child   Evangelism   Fellowship  (CEF),  a  national  organization  whose  purpose   is  to  teach  the  Bible  to  children  and  encourage  children’s   involvement  in  local  Christian  churches.  

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Bible lesson  and  work  in  a  message  to  receive  Christ.  We   started  our  Circle  Clubs  in  public  school  a  few  years  ago.   In   2001,   the   Supreme   Court   voted   to   allow   faith-based   organization  to  have  equal  access  to  public  school  settings.   Our  clubs  are  active  now  in  Lufkin,  Nacogdoches,  Diboll,   Timpson  and  Woodville.    Elaine  Cameron,  a  new  Circle   Club  Leader  said,  “I  am  in  awe  of  how  the  children  give   their   undivided   attention   to   the   story   I   am   sharing   for   twenty  minutes.  It  seems  they  pay  attention  to  every  word   and  are  very  eager  to  hear  stories  from  God’s  Word.”  

We have  a  group  of  youth  called  “Homeland  Teen  Missions”   who  teach  at  our  camps  and  do  programs  for  local  churches   when  requested.  Special  training  is  available  for  them  to   Gloria  had  a  unique  experience  when  she  began  her  ministry.   learn  how  to  develop  skills  to  become  future  church  leaders   She   said,   “One   day,   after   moving   back   to   Lufkin,   I   was   in  their  local  churches,  as  well  as  help  us  in  teaching  younger   sitting  under  the  hair  dryer  at  the  beauty  shop  and  I  read   children  in  our  mission. a  scripture  in  a  magazine  that  said,  “Walk  worthy  of  the   vocation  to  which  you  are  called.”  Immediately,  I  started   Our  future  success  depends  on  our  community  helping  us   crying  and  feeling  overwhelmed,  understanding  that  God   spread  the  message  of  Christ.    We  have  purchased  a  campsite   was   speaking   to   me.   I   closed   my   eyes   and   prayed   that   I   location  in  Colmesneil,  Texas  where  we  live  on  site.  We  now   never  again  wanted  to  say  no  to  what  God  wanted  me  to   do  Saturday  camps  that  we  call  Victory  Camp.  Volunteers   do.  I  got  home,  my  face  red  from  crying,  and  shared  what   are  needed  in  many  areas,  and  we  provide  quality  training,   had   happened   with   my   husband,   Clifford.   Within   a   few   materials,  background  checks,  and  insurance.    Our  camps   days,  I  received  an  invitation  to  attend  a  four  month  long,   provide  a  beginning  foundation  of  faith  for  these  children   CEF  school.  I  thought  that  it  would  be  impossible  for  me   who  might  never  receive  it  anywhere  else;  we  are  planting   to  go,  but  my  husband  encouraged  me.  He  reminded  me   seeds  for  the  future.     that  I  was  teaching  a  few  children,  but  challenged  me  to   think   of   how   many   more   children   I   could   reach   if   I     We  welcome  groups  or  individuals  to  tour  our  facility.  If   attended   this   school.”   From   that   time   on,   Clifford   and   I   interested  call:  (936)  634-2582,  Website:  www.changinggenhave  been  partners  in  the  ministry.  Clifford’s  role  now  is   erations.com,   Email:   Gloria   at   grcm@windstream.net,   maintaining  the  camp  and  property,  coordinating  events,   Mailing   Address:   Children’s   Ministry,   2472   FM   1745N,   Colmesneil,  Texas  75938. sound  system,  and  our  general  manager.” Currently,   our   program   includes   leader   training,   youth   training,   Circle   Clubs   and   Victory   Camp.   Using   CEF     current   training   materials,   we   will   prepare   your   church   volunteers   to   understand   how   to   reach   children,   teach   a  

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LYNN HOPPER ynn   Hopper   is   one  those  people   in  our  community  that  makes   Angelina  County   such  a  great  place  to  live.  

One very  special  program  that  means  a  lot  to  Lynn  is  the   Family  House.  The  special  needs  that  many  of  the  residents   have  don’t  always  allow  for  them  to  travel  far.  Their  needs   might  require  their  family  to  have  special  access  or  sleeping   quarters  just  for  them  to  visit.  Lynn  says,  “That  is  the  beauty   of  the  Family  House  graciously  sponsored  by  Brookshire   Brothers.  Thanks  to  the  Family  House,  that  close  family  unit   Over  and  over  again,  when   doesn’t  suffer.  It  promotes  that  family  connection  while  making   an  individual,  a  family,  or   it  feasible  and  manageable  for  families.” anyone   for   that   matter   is   struck  with  tragedy  in  our   One  very  time  intensive  program  Lynn  oversees  is  “Santa’s   county,   or   if   someone   is   Workshop.”  This  is  a  mail  solicitation  program  requesting   fundraising,  we  see  Angelina   +PZQ[\UI[OQN\[IVLN]TÅTTQVO\PMVMML[WN \PMQZZM[QLMV\[ County  at  its  best.  “I  think   Hopper  says,  “We  have  never  had  a  year  our  needs  haven’t   if  you  talk  to  all  the  non- been  met.” XZWÅ\ WZOIVQbI\QWV[ \PMa would  say  the  same  thing;  time  and  time  again,  our  needs  are   Lynn  Hopper  goes  into  work  every  day  to  do  her  job,  and   because  she  does,  she  makes  our  community  a  brighter  place   met,”  says  Hopper.   for  so  many!   Lynn  oversees  the  community  relations  for  the  State  Supported   Living  Center  where  she  interacts  with  her  residents  and  the   community.  Her  main  role  is  to  link  the  two  together.  The   way  they  do  that  is  through  three  main  events  during  the  year,   <PM)VOMTQVI+W]V\a*MVMÅ\:WLMWIVL\PM:WLMW0MZW Santa’s  Workshop,  and  the  Sunshine  Golf  Tournament.  

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Lynn has  been  at  the  State  Supported  Living  Center  since   1999.  This  will  be  the  9th  year  for  the  Lufkin  Lion’s  Club  to   have  a  rodeo  hero.  Lynn  says,  “Working  with  the  Rodeo  Hero   has  been  a  fun  project  to  be  a  part  of.”  She  remembers  back   before  there  was  a  rodeo  hero.  She  explains,  “As  far  back  as   our  records  show  in  1994,  the  Lion’s  club  has  always  given   our  residents  seats  to  enjoy  the  rodeo.  It  was  always  something   they  looked  forward  to  and  thoroughly  enjoyed.  I  think  enough   of  the  members  of  the  Lion’s  Club  recognized  that  and  that’s   when  they  came  up  with  the  idea  of  the  Rodeo  Hero.” Lynn  describes  her  every   day  job  as  “opportunities   meeting  opportunities.”  It   is  what  keeps  her  motivated   and  excited  to  love  her   job  after  14  years.  She   says,  “People  will  come   to   us   and   want   to   put   a   program   together   for   W]Z ZM[QLMV\[ WZ N]TÅTT   a  need  for  a  resident,   and  I  am  the  lucky  one   who  gets  to  make  that   happen.”  

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JESSICA SKIPPER essica  Skipper  is  a  senior  at  Diboll  High   School  and  this  year’s  Rodeo  Queen.  She   has  set  many  goals  for  her  future,  and  her   strong-willed  personality  will  push  her  to   achieve  them  all.  Her  drive  and  passion   comes  with  endless  hours  of  hard  work,  but  Jessica  is   used  to  that.  Her  story  of  determination  began  at  a   very  young  age.  

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Jessica has  always  loved  school.  She  lived  in  Houston   with  her  mom  and  brother  until  she  was  in  the  third   grade,  and  their  lives  changed  forever.  Her  mom     underwent  a  life-threatening  back  surgery  to  remove   a  blood  clot  that  covered  the  entire  length  of  her  spine.   Doctors  had  to  scrape  the  blood  off  of  each  individual   nerve,  and  each  of  those  nerves  was  permanently   damaged.    To  this  day,  her  mom  is  paralyzed  in  the   middle  section  of  her  body  and  lives  with  constant   XIQV\PI\SMMX[PMZÅOP\QVOMIKPUWUMV\)OIQV[\ITT odds,  her  mother  pushed  herself  to  walk  again.   After  surgery,  Jessica  moved  with  her  mom  and   brother  to  Diboll  so  that  her  grandmother  could   help  take  care  of  her  mom  and  provide  for  the  family.   Jessica  enrolled  in  Diboll  school  and  has  been  excelling   in  the  classroom  ever  since.   Jessica  explains,  “I  have  always  liked  school,  but  I  have   to  work  really  hard  to  make  the  grade.”    When  she   _I[INZM[PUIVIVL\PMÅZ[\\ZIV[KZQX\[_MZMZMTMI[ML [PM_I[[]ZXZQ[ML\WÅVLW]\[PM_I[ZIVSML QV\PM class.  She  recalls,  “I  didn’t  ever  think  I  was  good  enough   \WJM J]\_PMV1[I_\PI\1KPITTMVOMLUa[MTN \W _WZSPIZLMZUISMJM\\MZOZILM[IVLÅOP\NWZV]UJMZ one!”    Since  her  freshman  year,  she  is  in  constant   competition  to  keep  that  spot.  She  and  her  best  friend   OWJIKSIVLNWZ\PJM\_MMV\PMÅZ[\IVL[MKWVL[XW\[ QV\PMZIVSQVOJ]\[PMPI[XTIV[\WPWTLWV\W\PI\  until  graduation. Even  though  Jessica  spends  hours  studying  and   XZMXIZQVONWZKTI[[[PMÅVL[\QUM\WJMQV^WT^MLQV high  school  life.  If  her  high  school  resume  is  any   indication  of  her  future,  then  Jessica  will  be  a  citizen   who  is  determined  to  give  back.    For  the  past  two   years,  she  has  served  as  the  Drum  Major  for  the   Diboll  High  School  Band.  She  says,  “I  have  enjoyed   learning  to  be  a  good  leader  and  also  learning  how   to  follow.”  She  is  also  very  active  in  many  facets  of   28ŒTHE  JOURNEY  ŒAPR2013

FFA. She  is  a  member  of  the  poultry  judging  team   IVLQ[K]ZZMV\Ta\PM R]LOM;PMPI[IT[W[MZ^ML her  community  as  a  Drug-Free  All  Star  and  looks   forward  to  continuing  community  service  projects   in  college.   After  graduation,  Jessica  is  committed  to  attend   school  at  Texas  A&M  University  where  she  plans   to  attain  a  Bachelor’s  degree  in  biomedical  science.   She  has  visited  College  Station  and  the  A&M  campus   several  times  for  various  FFA  competitions.  She  says,   “I  fell  in  love  with  the  town;  the  people  were  so   friendly.”  After  graduating  from  Texas  A&M,  she   plans  to  attend  medical  school.    Because  of  her   mom’s  surgery  and  the  constant  doctor’s  appointments   and  nurse  visits,  she  became  very  interested  in  medicine   at  a  very  young  age.  She  remembers,  “I  always  liked   to  watch  the  health  channel.”  She  is  excited  to  see   where  this  road  will  lead  her.   Jessica  is  very  quick  to  point  out  that  she  would  have   no  hope  of  being  where  she  is  today  without  the  support   of  her  mom,  brother  and  grandmother.  She  says,”  My   mom  never  gave  up  and  conquered  all  of  the  trials   and  tribulations  that  got  in  her  way.  She  tells  me  often   that  I  am  the  driving  force  behind  her  and  that  I  give   her  the  reason  to  keep  pushing  through.  What  she   doesn’t  realize  is  that  she  is  that  same  driving  force   behind  me.  I  have  watched  her  struggle  years  and  years   just  to  get  out  of  bed  in  the  morning  and  keep  going   for  my  sake.  I  made  a  promise  to  myself  in  middle   school  that  I  would  never  let  her  down  and  that  I  would   give  my  all  to  whatever  I  decided  to  pursue.  She  has   impacted  my  life  in  the  best  way  possible  and  given   me  everything  I  need  to  succeed  in  life.”  Her  brother,   Jonathan  Walsh,  still  lives  close,  and  although  he  is   grown  and  gone  from  the  home,  he  attends  all  of   her  competitive  events  and  is  extremely  supportive   WN PMZ;PM[Ia[¹5aJZW\PMZQ[TQSMINI\PMZÅO]ZM to  me.”  Her  grandmother  has  given  so  much  to  her   family.   She   says,   “My  grandmother   has   lived   with   us  nearly  my  whole  life  and  taken  care  of  me,  my   mom  and  brother.” The  future  is  very  bright  for  Jessica  Skipper.  She  has   high  expectations  for  her  college  experience,  but  no   one  doubts  she  will  meet  them  all.  She  laughs,  “I’m   strong-willed.  When  I  put  my  mind  to  something,  you   can’t  stop  me!”  


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YOUR LIFE

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SOMETHING ABUNDANT

by  Angie  Nichols

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March came  in  like  a  lion  and  April  showers  arrived  as  expected.   By  May,  many  of  the  neighbors  already  enjoyed  many  weeks  of   colorful  blooms.  We  had  nothing.  Sorely  disappointed,  I  wondered   if  I  bought  dud  bulbs  or  if  we  had  been  hasty  in  planting  them   without  reading  the  instructions.  My  brilliance  wasted,  Chris  and   1X]ZKPI[MLINM_[PZ]J[IVLIÆW_MZQVO\ZMMWZ\_WVW\MVW]OP to  accomplish  the  colorful  scene  in  my  mind’s  eye  for  the  space,  it   would  be  better  than  nothing. In  the  middle  of  summer,  I  noticed  a  tender  plant  beginning  to   poke  through  the  mud  and  mulch.  I  spotted  it  as  I  knelt,  pulling   [\ZIaOZI[[NZWU\PMNZWV\ÆW_MZJML[/QLLa1KZI_TMLKTW[MZ\W inspect  the  new  arrival.  I  called  Mycah  over  to  admire  it  and     reminded  her  of  the  afternoon  we  spent  tossing  crusty  bulbs  into   PWTM[<PQ[_I[ÅVITTaWVMWN \PMJ]TJ[OZW_QVO ?MLMKQLML   immediately  to  water  it  gently.    

house together,  I  pointed  out  the  plant  I  so  carefully  nurtured.    I   loved  how  it  welcomed  our  special  guest,  beckoning  us  to  the  front   door.  Mom  inspected  it  for  a  moment,  even  taking  its  leaves  into   PMZÅVOMZ[1VIUWUMV\[PMTWWSMLZQOP\I\UMIVL[XWSM\PM truth  in  love. ¹7PPWVMa°\PI\¼[VW\IJ]TJÆW_MZAW]¼^MJMMV\MVLQVOI_MML º “What?  No!”  I  refused  to  accept  her  verdict. She  wasted  not  a  single  second.  Kneeling  down  on  one  knee  over   my  miracle  plant,  she  tugged  on  it  at  the  base.  “Yes,  Angie.  This   is  a  spindly,  no  good  weed.  And  it’s  a  tough  booger.”  She  continued   to  rock  the  base  of  it  back  and  forth  as  her  bent  body  pushed  and   X]TTML1TWWSMLWVQVPWZZWZI[ÅVITTa\PM\PQKS[\ITSITWVO_Q\P a  mature  root  system,  tore  out  of  the  dirt. “There!”  she  said  out  of  breath,  holding  the  poor  thing  like  a  dead   [VISM;MMQVOUaPWZZQÅMLM`XZM[[QWV[PM[XWSMQVIKWUNWZ\QVO tone  to  cover  her  chuckles,  “Awww,  don’t  worry.  You  just  didn’t   know  any  better.”   Hebrews  6:7-8  says,  “Land  that  drinks  in  the  rain  often  falling  on   it  and  that  produces  a  crop  useful  to  those  for  whom  it  is  farmed   receives  the  blessing  of  God.  But  land  that  produces  thorns  and   thistles  is  worthless  and  is  in  danger  of  being  cursed.  In  the  end  it   will  be  burned.”

This truth  in  Scripture  was  certainly  true  of  the  state  of  my  heart   at  the  time.  Living  blissfully  unaware  of  my  impending  (and  perIn  just  a  matter  of  a  few  weeks,  the  plant  stood  almost  as  tall  as   sonal)  great  and  dreadful  day  of  the  Lord,  I  tended  weeds  where   three-year-old  Mycah,  and  the  stalk  expanded  to  a  couple  inches  in   He  intended  much  fruit.  Maturing  from  a  child  of  God  to  a  bride   diameter.  Most  of  the  bulbs  were  a  bust,  but  this  one  miraculously   of  Christ  isn’t  an  easy  process.  We  want  the  abundant  fruitful  life   grew.  Mycah  and  I  tried  to  predict  what  type  and  color  the  bloom   the  Bible  says  is  found  in  Jesus.  But  often  we  don’t  take  the  time  to   might  be.  To  save  my  life,  I  couldn’t  recall  what  kind  of  bulbs  we   ZMIL0Q[?WZL\WSVW_I_MMLNZWUNZ]Q\1N _MÅVLOZW_\PQVW]Z bought,  and  the  labels  were  long  since  gone  in  the  trash.  The  element   lives  apart  from  Him,  it  may  look  like  fruit,  but  in   reality,   it   isn’t.   When  we  don’t  know  any  better,  it  is  easy  to  nurture  something   of  surprise  made  it  all  the  more  exciting. that  looks  like  life  to  us.  All  the  while,  it  is  nothing  more  than  a   In  a  weekly  phone  conversation  with  my  mom,  I  told  her  about   VWOWWL_MML\WJMJ]ZVMLQV\PMÅZM1N _MIZMIN\MZIUI\]ZM the  one  miracle  bulb  that  survived  my  gardening  ignorance.  She   relationship  with  Jesus,  we  might  have  to  learn  some  hard  lessons--even   is  an  avid  lover  of  nature  and  always  has  a  beautiful  display  of   letting  go  of  the  very  things  that  look  like  life  in  order  to  live  the   KIZMN]TTa\MVLMLXTIV\[IVLÆW_MZ[IZW]VLPMZ7STIPWUINIZU- abundant,  real  life  as  His  bride. house.  I  described  its  appearance  to  her  over  the  phone,  thinking   she  might  be  able  to  tell  me  what  type  of  plant  we  had.  She  couldn’t   “Now  choose  life,  so  that  you  and  your  children  may  live  and  that   think  of  what  it  could  be,  but  she  was  coming  to  visit  soon.  She   you  may  love  the  LORD  your  God,  listen  to  His  voice,  and  hold   fast  to  Him.  For  the  LORD  is  your  life…”  (from  Deut.  30:19-20) would  look  at  it  and  identify  it  then. I  will  never  forget  as  long  as  I  live  and  breathe.  On  the  day  of  her   -`KMZX\MLNZWU;WUM\PQVO)J]VLIV\"/ZW_QVONZWUIKPQTLWN /WL\W\PMJZQLM visit,  she  got  out  of  her  car  and  hugged  my  neck  in  the  front  yard.   WN +PZQ[\Ja)VOQM6QKPWT[.WZUWZMQVNWZUI\QWV^Q[Q\___[WUM\PQVOIJ]V We  exchanged  greetings  and  chatted.  As  we  walked  toward  the   LIV\UQVQ[\ZQM[WZO

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What do  you  complain  about  most  often?  When  you  say  to   your  spouse,  “I  don’t  think  you  would  ever  touch  me  if  I  did   not  initiate  it,”  you  are  revealing  that  Physical  Touch  is  your   love  language.  When  your  spouse  goes  on  a  business  trip  and   you  say,  “You  didn’t  bring  me  anything?”  you  are  indicating   that   Receiving   Gifts   is   your   language.   The   statement,   “We   don’t  ever  spend  time  together,”  indicates  the  love  language   of  Quality  Time.  Your  complaints  reveal  your  inner  desires.   1N aW]PI^MLQNÅK]T\aZMUMUJMZQVO_PI\aW]KWUXTIQVIJW]\ most  often,  ask  your  spouse.  They  will  know.) What  do  you  request  of  your  spouse  most  often?  If  you  are   saying,  “Will  you  give  me  a  back  rub?”  you  are  asking  for   Physical  Touch.  “Do  you  think  we  could  get  a  weekend  away   this  month?”  is  a  request  for  Quality  Time.  “Would  it  be   possible  for  you  to  mow  the  grass  this  afternoon?”  expresses   your  desire  for  Acts  of  Service.  (Page  173-174) <WJMOQVÅTTQVOW]Z[XW][M¼[TW^M\IVS_MU][\[PW_TW^MQV IUMIVQVON]T_Ia1\Q[VI\]ZITNWZUM\W_IV\\WÅTTUa husband’s  love  tank  by  showing  love  to  him  in  the  way  that   I  want  love  shown  to  me,  but  that  is  my  language  of  love,   not  my  husband’s.  To  speak  his  language  of  love,  I  have  to   know  his  language.  Each  of  you  needs  to  ask  yourself  the   questions  above  and  then  share  what  you  understand  to  be   your  love  language.  When  you  begin  to  speak  each  other’s   TW^MTIVO]IOMaW]Z\IVS[_QTTJMOQV\WÅTT]XAW]_QTTJM IJTM \W [M\\TM KWVÆQK\ MI[QMZ IVL IT[W VW\ JM I[ MI[QTa   offended  or  irritated  by  each  other’s  words  and  behavior.

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I’ve Been  to  This  Rodeo  Before. don’t   have   a   lot   of   experiences   with   rodeos.   I   lived   in   Nashville   for   sixteen   years   and   never   attended  one  rodeo.  (Do  you  “attend”  a  rodeo?   It’s   not   like   it’s   a   baby   shower.)   I’ve   lived   in   Lufkin   for   three   years,   and   I’ve   been   to   three.   Which  means  this  town  puts  a  lot  of  emphasis  on  all   the  rodeoing.  (“Rodeoing.”  Is  that  a  word?  Is  it  a  verb?)

of stairs.  Rodeoers  have  little  patience  with  crippled   people  who  get  in  their  sight-line  of  dirt  bike  riders.   I’m  pretty  sure  someone  threw  a  dill  pickle  at  me.  Later   in  the  evening  a  clown  made  his  way  into  our  s ection.   I’m  afraid  of  clowns  and  spent  the  rest  of  the  evening   looking  at  my  feet.  He  obviously  smelled  my  fear.  After   refusing  to  dance  with  him  for  the  umpteenth  time,  I   was  mocked  by  my  section.  I’m  telling  you,  they  see   For   the   last   three   years   I   have   tried   to   bargain,   beg,   me  coming. plead  and  g amble  my  way  out  of  attending  the  rodeo,   but  my  family  won’t  hear  of  it  and  drags  me  kicking   The   second   year   I   went   my   daughter   cried   until   we   and  screaming  anyway.  It’s  nothing  personal.  Rodeos   bought  her  a  light-up  cowgirl  hat.  It  cost  more  than   just   treat   different   people   differently.   Like   for   some   my  college  education.  By  the  end  of  the  evening  she   people,   rodeos   treat   them   good;   they   go,   they   have   had  eaten  so  much  junk  she  threw  up  in  it  on  the  w ay   a   good   time,   they   come   home,   jump   in   bed   and   get   home.  I  made  her  keep  it  out  of  principle. some  shut-eye. The  third  year  I  went  my  children  had  outgrown  their   Rodeos  treat  me  b ad. “cowboy   clothes,”   so   before   I   even   drove   on   to   the   parking   lot   I   had   spent   a   small   fortune   on   boots,   h ats   Real.  B ad. and  shirts  with  snaps.  I  spilt  a  Coke  in  my  lap,  ruined  a   perfectly  good  pedicure  when  an  eight  year  old’s  b oot   Rodeos  see  me  coming  all  the  way  from  the  parking   crushed   my   foot,   and   sat   beside   a   man   who   “ brought   lot.  T he  minute  I  step  out  of  my  vehicle,  rodeo  clowns,   his  home-made  beef  jerky.”   cowboys,  bulls,  b arrel  racers  and  vendors  all  send  out   some  kind  of  signal.  “She’s  here!  She’s  wearing  sandals!   Don’t  get  me  wrong.  I’m  g lad  the     She  just  got  a  pedicure!  It’s  on!”   rodeo  comes.  I’m  g lad  clowns  get     to  dance  and  muttons  get  busted.     I  will  hear  other  people  talking,  “We  went  to  the  rodeo   And  just  like  everyone  else,  I  buy     last  night,  and  it  was  perfect.  T he  weather  was  a  breezy   100  tickets  to  win  a  truck  -  even     72  degrees.  My  child  got  chosen  to  go  mutton-busting.   though  I’ve  never  won  a  thing  in     We  were  the  1 000th  c ustomer  and  got  a  f ree  thing  of   my  life.  But  this  year  I’m  doing     nachos.  We  sat  with  two  other  families  we  know  and   things  differently.  I’m  dressing  the     had   the   best   time!”   And   I   just   want   to   cry.   Seriously?   kids,  I’m  signing  them  up  to  ride     Because   the   last   time   I   went   it   was   114   degrees   and   donkeys  or  whatever  it  is,  I’m     the  only  place  the  mosquitoes  could  get  cool  was  inside   buckling  them  in  to  the  car  and     my  shirt  sleeves.  My  two  children  sat  beside  me  and   I’m  going  back  inside.  This  year     cried  for  two  solid   hours   that   they   didn’t   get   chosen   daddy  is  taking  them!  Because   to  go  mutton-busting  (And  no.  I  didn’t  sign  them  up,   this  momma  can  make  her  own   because  I  don’t  know  what  it  is  and  it  sounds  perverted).   nachos  and  she  already  lives   I  made  my  family  of  four  split  one  nacho  order,  a  large   with  a  bunch  of  clowns. Coke  and  a  cotton  candy  because  all  told  the  total  was   $573.  And  I  do  not  ever,  under  any  condition,  see  one   Yee-haw. person  I  know;  which  makes  me  certain  that  everyone   knows  something  I  don’t.  

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The first   year   I   lived   here   I   went   to   the   rodeo   on   crutches.   The   Attorney   General   had   reserved   some   seats  in  a  section  where  I  had  to  walk  down  two  f lights  

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Spring  is  here  and  the  new  Spring  Trends   are  in  full  bloom.  The  new  gorgeous  Spring   2013  fashion  trends  are  fresh,  feminine  and   will  bring  liveliness  to  any  wardrobe. Black  &  White:  The  black  and  white  combo  

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is  one  of  the  hottest  trends  this  spring  season.     This  color  combo  has  been  around  for  generations.    Black  &  white  is  versatile,  classy,  timeless,   ]VQ^MZ[ITTaĂ&#x2020;I\\MZQVOIVLMI[a\W_MIZ5WZM than  likely  this  trend  is  already  in  your  closet   without  even  purchasing  any  new  pieces.  The   easiest  way  to  wear  this  combo  is  to  use  the   black   and   white  wardrobe  staples   you   already   own.  Pair  a  white  top  (bonus  if  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  striped)  with   a  black  pencil  skirt  or  accessorize  a  white  dress   with  black  pumps.  

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of  pastels  and  how  they  look  so  springy.  This   spring,  look  for  soft  green  (mint),  lavender,  pink,   yellow,  coral,  peach,  and  light  turquoise.  To   keep  this  trend  from  looking  too  juvenile,  pair   pastels  with  naturals  like  white  pants.  Pastels   arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  for  everyone,  but  a  little  color  never  hurts,   and  there  are  small  ways  you  can  make  this   trend   work   for   you.  Try   adding   a   pastel   stateUMV\VMKSTIKMIVLMIZZQVO[\WaW]ZW]\Ă&#x2026;\

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Bold  Stripes:  Stripes  are  a  classic  trend  and  

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are  easy  to  pull  off.  Whether  thin  or  thick,   black  or  white,  horizontal  or  vertical,  stripes   are  here  to  stay.  Pair  stripes  with  solids  or  with   IJZQOP\Ă&#x2020;WZITXI\\MZV1N aW]ÂźZM]VKMZ\IQV about  stripes,  why  not  try  this  trend  with  a  new   bag  or  bracelets.

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This year,  Mitchie  Kinney  has  once  again  taken  of  the  role   as  the  March  for  Babies  Chair.  Kenney  is  also  a  proud  March  of  Dimes   5Q[[QWV5WUSVW_QVOÅZ[\PIVL\PMRW]ZVMaWN PI^QVOIKPQTL_MMS[ early  and  weighing  only  1lb  and  14oz.  Her  commitment  to  the  good  health   of  moms  and  babies  is  personal  and  meaningful. March  for  Babies  is  the  largest  annual  fundraising  event  for  the  March   of  Dimes,  which  will  celebrate  its  75th  anniversary  in  2013.  More  than   4  million  babies  are  born  in  the  United  States  each  year,  and  the  March   of  Dimes  has  helped  each  and  every  one  of  them  through  research,  education,  vaccines  and  breakthroughs. As  March  for  Babies  Chair,  Kenney  will  play  an  integral  role  in  raising   I_IZMVM[[IVLN]VL[\WIL^IVKM\PM[KQMV\QÅKZM[MIZKPIVLML]KI\QWVIT programs  at  the  core  of  the  March  of  Dimes  efforts  to  prevent  preterm   birth  and  birth  defects.   3MVVMa [Ia[ ¹5a _WZS _Q\P \PM 5IZKP WN  ,QUM[ Q[ I ZMIT PWVWZ ·   especially  during  the  Foundation’s  milestone  75th  anniversary  year.  March   for  Babies  gives  everyone  in  our  community  the  chance  to  work  together   for  stronger,  healthier  babies  and  make  a  difference  in  the  lives  of  millions   of  babies.”  She  continues,  “I  can’t  think  of  a  more  important  cause  than   healthy  babies.  As  a  community  leader  in  education,  I  know  that  preventing   preterm  birth  can  help  our  bottom  line  by  lowering  health  care  costs.”   Kenney  explains,  “Premature  birth  is  the  leading  cause  of  newborn  death.   In  Angelina  County,  one  in  eight  babies  is  born  premature,  and  that’s  just   not   acceptable.   It   takes   leaders   in   our   community   working   together   to   ensure  moms  have  healthy  pregnancies.” Last  year,  the  Nacogdoches  March  for  Babies  raised  $55,000.   East  Texas  residents  can  sign  up  today  at  marchforbabies.org  and  start  a   team   with   co-workers,   family   and   friends.   Last   year,   more   than   500   people  attended  the  event  --  which  will  be  held  this  year  on  April  27  at   Pecan  Park  in  Nacogdoches.  If  you  would  like  to  volunteer  or  get  more   information,  please  contact  Mitchie  Kenney  @  462-3168  or  mitchie1125@ yahoo.com. For   the   latest   resources   and   information,   visit   marchofdimes.com   or     nacersano.org.  Find  us  on  Facebook  and  follow  us  on  Twitter.  The  March   for  Babies  is  sponsored  locally  by  Eastex  Glass  and  Mirror,  Nacogdoches   Dental  and  PineyWoods  Pediatrics.

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The Woods  family:  Rusty,  Cooper,  Vicki   and  Rinley. Rinley’s  Journey: Rinley  Grace  Wood  was  born,  September   13,  2011,  weighing  7  lbs.  5  oz.  The  Woods   were  told  they  would  have  their  daughter   back   in   30   minutes.   Minutes   turned   into   hours  and  that’s  when  the  trouble  began.   It   was   reported   Rinley’s   heart   was   not   functioning   properly.   She   was   immediI\MTaIQZÆQOP\ML\W<@+PQTLZMV¼[0W[pital  in  Houston  and  admitted  to  a  special   cardiac   ICU   for   infants.   She   was   diagnosed  with  a  rare  congenital  heart  defect,   Ebstein’s  Abnomaly.  Other  complications   set  in.  Her  labored  breathing  caused  her   \WJ]Z[\IPWTMQVPMZZQOP\T]VO<PMÅZ[\ few  days  were  touch  and  go.  She  is  stable   for   now   but   will   require   an   open   heart   surgery  called  the  Cone  procedure  or  may   VMML IV IZ\QÅKQIT PMIZ\ ^IT^M \W KWZZMK\ \PMLMNMK\:QVTMa_I[ÅVITTa[\IJTMIVL released  to  go  home.   Today   she   is   closely   monitored   by   her   wonderful  pediatrician  Amy  Huggins  and     <@+PQTLZMV¼[0W[XQ\ITKIZLQWTWOQ[\<PM Woods  try  to  live  each  day  as  normal  as   possible  and  thank  God  for  the  blessings   of  their  two  children.


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JESSICA WILLIAMS   MOTHERSHED y   own   personal   story   of   life   trials   and   experiences   surrounds  struggling  with  being  overweight,  dealing   with  bullying  because  of  my  weight  and  overcoming   it  all  through  the  mercy  and  g race  of  Jesus  Christ.   Looking  from  the  outside  in,  you  would  see  a  young,   happily  married  woman  and  successful  hairstylist   who  seems  to  have  it  together,  but  there  are  major  struggles  who   have  made  me  the  person  I  am  today.

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order to  meet  new  potential  clients,  I  took  a  part  time  job  at  a  local   restaurant  as  a  waitress.  I  worked  there  only  a  few  months,  then   quit  as  my  planned  had  worked.

My business  took  off  to  a  g reat  start!  While  I  was  thinking  I  worked   at  the  restaurant  to  grow  my  clientele,  God  had  bigger  plans  for   me   being   there.   Working   in   that   restaurant   for   those   few   short   months  had  led  me  to  someone  who  would  forever  change  my  life.   He  was  new  to  town,  had  moved  here  for  college  and  just  so  happens   I   have   dealt   with   weight   management   for   as   far   back   as   I   can     he  needed  a  hairstylist.    A  month  or  so  had  passed  after  leaving   remember.   Being   overweight   and   g rowing   up   in   today’s   society   is   the  restaurant,  and  he  contacted  me  in  regards  for  a  haircut.  He   not  easy.  I  have  always  felt  that  I  never  measured  up,  and  I  just   soon  became  a  regular  client.   wanted  to  be  normal.  Growing  up  in  a  family  like  mine,  with  all   of  the  love,  support,  guidance  and  attention  I  was  given,  it  would   Just  two  short  years  into  my  career,  I  took  a  big  step  and  started   take  a  lot  to  break  a  person.  During  my  elementary  school  days,  I   working  for  myself  at  a  local  hair  salon  where  I  am  still  working   attended  my  church’s  private  school.  With  the  classrooms  being  a   today.  I  have  made  some  g reat  friends  there  and  we  are  like  a  large   lower   number   of   students,   everyone   pretty   much   got   along.   In   family.  A  special  friend  I  work  with  jokingly  told  me,  “You  come   R]VQWZPQOP1\ZIV[NMZZMLQV\WX]JTQK[KPWWTIVL\PI\Q[_PMZM1ÅZ[\ to  work  here,  and  you  will  soon  get  married.  Not  to  mention  it  will   encountered   bullying   because   of   my   weight.   I   was   never   really   probably  be  one  of  your  clients!”  I  was  in  no  condition  to  fall  in   singled  out,  but  with  each  hurtful  word,  a  seed  was  planted  in  my   love.  I  did  not  like  myself;  I  still  had  all  of  the  baggage  weighing   mind.    I  knew  I  could  choose  to  ignore  it  or  believe  it,  but  the  more   me   down   emotionally   and   physically,   literally.   Another   friend   I   these  instances  happened,  the  larger  my  seed  grew.  I  lived  a  long   worked  with  encouraged  me  to  try  Zumba.  I  made  up  my  mind.  I   time  believing  lies  of  what  others  would  say  about  me  and  not  what   was  tired  of  living  like  I  did  and  feeling  the  way  I  felt.  I  owed  it  to   God  says  of  me.  My  teenage  years  were  spent  doubting  myself  and   myself  to  at  least  try  Zumba!  That  began  my  weight  loss  journey.   unhealthily  worrying  what  others  thought  of  me;  this  was  the  most   Through   it   all,   I   began   to   look   at   myself   differently   and,   most   importantly,   love   myself.   The   number   on   the   scale   continuously   painful  and  humiliating  time  in  my  life. went  down,  and  I  was  able  to  shop  at  stores  I  once  could  not.  I   I  waited  anxiously  for  high  school  g raduation.  During  this  time,  I   noticed  people  had  changed  their  attitudes  towards  me  when  all   wondered  when  it  would  all  end.  I  went  through  numerous  diets,   along  it  was  my  attitude  towards  myself  has  changed.  During  this   but  never  stuck  to  them.  I  would  take  diet  pills  and  lose  weight  but   time,  I  began  dating  that  special  client  of  mine  and  months  later   ÅVL Ua[MTN  OIQVQVO Q\ JIKS XT][ UWZM ?PMV JIL \PQVO[ _W]TL he  asked  me  to  marry  him!   happen,  I  would  look  to  food  for  comfort.  I  had  a  toxic  relationship   with  food  as  I  would  feel  better  eating  something  verses  dealing   God  sent  Lance  into  my  life  at  just  the  right  time.  Lance  has  taught   with  a  problem.  It  was  a  vicious  cycle.  I  did  not  love  nor  respect   me  to  love  myself,  he  has  been  the  friend  I  have  needed  and  has   myself,  so  why  should  others?  I  treated  every  relationship  in  my   supported  and  loved  me  just  the  same  along  the  way.  I  have  found   peace  with  my  past  and  have  learned  where  to  put  my  security.  I   life  as  people  were  against  me.     cannot  change  my  past.  I  thank  God  for  my  past  because  it  has  led   I  g raduated  cosmetology  school  and  began  working  as  a  hairstylist.   me  to  every  part  of  me  that  I  am  today!  Our  own  past  experiences   Hair  just  so  happened  to  be  something  I  was  g reat  at  and  I  found   and  hurts  are  for  our  own  growth.  In  life  I  believe  everything  we   great  satisfaction  with  making  others  feel  good  about  themselves.   go   through   is   to   help   build   someone   else.   I   am   thankful   that   God   1 _I[V¼\ KWUXTM\MTa KWVÅLMV\ IVL Ua KTQMV\MTM _I[ [UITT [W QV has  allowed  me  to  share  my  story  in  hoping  it  will  help  someone.

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[PWXXQVO[]KKM[[N]TTa_Q\PaW]ZKPQTLZMV â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  a  big  shopper.  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  excited  shopping  for  clothes   or  shoes  or  food.  I  just  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  like  to  shop.  Period.  But  since  we   enjoy  eating  at  home,  we  occasionally  have  to  shop  for  groceries. And  hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  secret:  When  I  go  grocery  shopping,  I  usually   enjoy  bringing  my  3  kids.  Usually.  We  make  one  major  grocery   run  each  week  that  takes  about  an  hour  in  the  store.  When   our  kids  were  about  2  years  old,  we  began  letting  our  kids  walk  (out   WN \PMKIZ\_Q\P][WVOZWKMZa\ZQX[)\Ă&#x2026;Z[\Q\_I[W]\WN VMKM[[Q\a [QVKMJa\PM\QUMW]ZĂ&#x2026;Z[\JWZV_I[\PM[MKWVLKPQTL_I[[Q\\QVOIJW]\ well  enough  to  ride  in  the  front  seat  of  the  cart.  However,  we  soon   realized  we  enjoyed  it.  The  kids  have  more  fun  getting  to  explore  instead   of  being  cooped  up  in  the  cart.

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Gasp!  A  2  year  old  helping  you  shop  for  groceries?  Trying  to  buy   food  with  three  young  children  swarming  at  your  feet?  Never!  But  it   can  be  done. First  of  all,  prepare.  I  NEVER  walk  in  without  a  complete  grocery   list.   I   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   remember   what   I   need   if   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   without   the   kids,   so   it   sure   _WVÂź\PIXXMV_PMV1PI^MPQOPXQ\KPML_WZL[Ă&#x2020;aQVOI\UMNZWUM^MZa direction.  If  the  kids  are  old  enough  to  read,  give  them  a  small  list  of   their  own  with  a  pen  so  they  can  check  off  what  they  put  in  the  basket.   If  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not,  tell  them  about  how  many  items  you  expect  to  buy  and   they  can  try  to  count  it. Set  the  expectations  before  you  arrive  at  the  store,  and  BEFORE  you   pull  into  the  parking  lot.  This  goes  for  anytime  you  take  them  out  in   public.  Once  you  get  to  the  parking  lot,  the  excitement  (or  grumbling)   sets  in  and  they  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  hear  a  word  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  saying.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  found  it  helps  to   have  the  kids  share  what  they  think  are  good  â&#x20AC;&#x153;rulesâ&#x20AC;?  for  where  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   going.  And  some  are  quite  amusing.  I  make  sure  ones  like,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look  with   your  eyes,  not  your  hands,â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be  sure  you  can  always  see  me,â&#x20AC;?  and   š;\IaWVaW]ZNMM\6WKZI_TQVOWV\PMLQZ\aĂ&#x2020;WWZÂşIZMKW^MZML Getting  out  of  the  car  at  the  store  used  to  be  one  of  the  scariest  things   until  I  realized  the  parking  lot  already  has  these  great  yellow  lines   that  children  can  easily  see  and  stand  on.  All  3  of  my  children  pile   out  of  the  van  and  wait  for  me  on  the  yellow  line.  There  are  also   some   cool   handprint   magnets   you   can   buy   for   your   car   so   the   kids   have  somewhere  to  put  their  hand  while  they  wait  for  you  to  unload,   but  I  personally  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  need  any  more  handprints  on  my  car  and  the   yellow  lines  are  cheaper. Inside  the  store,  stick  to  your  list.  I  explain  to  the  kids  ahead  of  time   that  we  are  not  going  to  go  down  any  aisles  in  the  toy  section,  and   since  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  always  stuck  to  that,  they  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  ask  again. Make  them  feel  valued  the  whole  time.  When  one  of  my  children  is   making  poor  choices  in  the  store,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  usually  because  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bored,  so  I   give  him  something  to  do.  For  my  non-reader,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  point   to   the   exact   item  I  need  and  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  get  it  and  put  it  in  the  basket.  For  the  older  kids,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  tell  them  what  words  to  look  for  and  they  get  to  hunt  for  it.

What  happens  when  they  do  misbehave?  Because  they  will.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the   same  thing  that  happens  at  home  when  they  disobey.  I  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  leave  the   store  right  then,  because  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  probably  what  they  want.  We  are  shopping   for  the  family,  and  they  are  all  expected  to  help  by  being  respectful.  If   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  something  minor  like  my  son  having  trouble  keeping  hands  off  the   groceries  (or  off  his  siblings),I  have  him  hold  onto  the  basket  until  I   see  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  regained  control  of  himself,  which  means  he  walks  with  us   and  stops  with  us  but  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  quite  get  the  freedom  the  other  2  get.  If   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  more  serious  offense,  I  take  the  children  to  a  restroom  stall  and   correct  the  behavior  as  we  would  at  home.  I  remember  one  time  my   \PMVaMIZWTL\PZM_IVITTW]\Ă&#x2026;\WV\PMĂ&#x2020;WWZQV?IT5IZ\0M_I[ TaQVOWV\PMĂ&#x2020;WWZWVPQ[[\WUIKP_Q\PPQ[JIKSIZKPMLIVLPMILIVL legs  high  in  the  air  and  his  voice  grunting  and  screaming.  I  ignored   the   behavior   till   he   stopped   (boy   were   people   staring   by   then!),   then   we  went  to  the  restroom  to  talk  about  it. Be  familiar  with  Code  Adam.  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  probably  seen  the  big  blue  stickers   on  the  entrances  to  buildings.  Code  Adam  is  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;missing  childâ&#x20AC;?  safety   program  in  which  employees  are  trained  to  follow  6  steps  when  a  child   is  missing  in  a  store.  When  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  got  a  few  small  children  tailing  you   in  a  busy  store,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  possible  for  them  to  lose  sight  of  you.  I  remember   a  scary  day  in  Wal-Mart  when  my  middle  child  followed  a  different   cart  out  of  the  produce  section.  He  was  gone  many  minutes.  I  had   enough  time  to  tell  a  bakery  worker,  walk  the  entire  grocery  department   twice,  and  go  to  the  front  Customer  Service  booth  and  back  to  produce   before  someone  found  him.  When  I  explained  what  my  son  looked   like   to   the   worker   at   the   front   of   the   store,   he   said   heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   just   keep   an   eye  out.  Only  when  I  got  back  to  the  produce  section  where  a  friendly   UW\PMZ_I[_I\KPQVOUaW\PMZKPQTLZMVLQL\PMaĂ&#x2026;VLUa[WVQV\PM clothing  department.  The  store  should  have  immediately  locked  the   exterior  doors,  and  I  shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  known  to  insist. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   pretty   sure   my   kids   most   look   forward   to   playing   with   the   small   toys  in  the  checkout  lines. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  been  good,  and  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  done  their  jobs,  so  I  usually  give  them   a  choice  to  either  play  with  those  little  trinkets  or  go  sit  on  the  bench   if  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  one  nearby.  By  now  in  the  checkout  line  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  all  tired,  so  I   usually  pick  up  a  small  pack  of  gum.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  why  my  kids  look  happy   when  we  leave  the  store. Your  job  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  end  when  you  get  into  the  car,  and  neither  should   theirs.  Let  the  children  know  ahead  of  time  that  they  need  to  help  the   family  by  unloading  the  grocery  bags.  As  I  pull  the  bags  out  of  the  car   at  home,  I  set  the  lighter  ones  to  the  side  for  the  youngest  child  to  bring   in.  She  can  make  her  own  trips  in  and  out  and  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  to  wait  on   PMZMIKP\QUM)VLĂ&#x2026;VITTa\PIVS\PMU 1_WZSNWZXZIQ[MIVLUaSQL[ do,  too.  If  they  get  a  special  hug  and  recognition  in  front  of  Dad  for   being  good  in  the  store,  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  do  it  again  and  again. Happy  shopping!  

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BIRTHDAY BASH

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MELANIE RUSHING-­SALDAÑA or  stirred  the  brownies  with  their  toes.  My  boys  bring  out  the   best  in  me.  They  bring  out  the  best  in  us,  which  brings  me  to   a  very  important  point.  I  am  so  fortunate  to  have   a   husband   that  goes  above  and  beyond  to  also  be  a  wonderful  dad.  I  am   so  thankful  to  him  and  to  Miss  Maggie  Carlin,  Sladen  and   Sloan’s   “other   mom”   while   I   am   at   work.   I   could   not   do   my   Monday  through  Wednesday  gig  if  it  was  not  for  her.  And  as   far  as  being  a  good  mom  is  concerned,  I  had  a  wonderful  role   Jerry  and  I  were  very  happy  as  newlyweds  and  young  profes- UWLMTUa[MTN1IU_PW1IU\WLIaJMKI][MWN \PM[IKZQÅKM[ sionals  in  Lufkin.  We  could  and  would  leave  in  a  moment’s   my  mom  (and  dad)  made  for  me.   VW\QKM\WPWXIÆQOP\\WUMM\]X_Q\PNZQMVL[?M_W]TL[TMMX until  noon  on  Saturday  mornings  and  still  may  never  leave  the   Thanks  to  God  for  a  fascinating  husband,  two  wonderful  kids,   house.  Sometimes  the  hardest  decision  that  we  had  to  make   and  this  opportunity  to  be  called  “mommy!”  There  is  no  place   was  where  we  would  go  for  dinner.  Little  did  we  know  how   that  I  would  rather  be  right  now  than  where  I  am.  Like  I  said   much  our  lives  would  change  (for  the  better)  with  the  birth  of   earlier,  I  love  my  boys—all  three  of  them. Sladen  in  January  2009. hen  I  married  my  husband,  Jerry,  eight  years   ago,  we  both  knew  that  we  wanted  children.   We  didn’t  really  know  when,  but  he  knew  he   wanted  four  and  me,  well,  two.  However,   after  several  visits  and  dinners  with  my  best   friend  who  has  three  kids,  he  quickly  decided  that  two  wasn’t   such  a  bad  number  after  all.

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Wow! The  love  that  I  had  for  that  baby  is  indescribable.  How   can  someone  love  someone  so  much  in  such  a  short  amount   WN \QUM';]ZM1_I[VMZ^W][IVLY]M[\QWV[[]LLMVTaÆWWLML my  mind:  Could  I  do  it?  Could  I  be  a  good  mom  and  still  keep   my  work  schedule  of  four  days  per  week?  Could  I  show  my   baby  just  how  much  I  loved  him  after  5:30  during  the  week   and  on  the  weekends?  Would  I  be  a  good  wife  and  mother? )LUQ\\MLTa\PMÅZ[\NM_UWV\P[_MZMZW]OP 1_I[[KIZMLWN  M^MZa\PQVO 1TQSMUW[\ÅZ[\\QUMUWU[TIQLI_ISMI\VQOP\ listening  to  my  baby  breathe.  I  had  to  hold  him  just  right,  feed   him  as  close  to  a  schedule  as  I  could,  and  let  him  sleep  in  his   own   bed   (beside   me)   without   any   blankets   just   as   Dr.   Fidone   had  asked  me  to  do.  Doing  all  of  this  while  hardly  closing  my   eyes  throughout  the  day  or  night.  (Hey,  nobody  ever  told  me   about  all  of  that!)  This  is  someone  who  thrived  on  10  hours  of   sleep   each   night.   I   was   slightly   overwhelmed   to   say   the   least.   )[1ZMÆMK\WV\PQ[\QUM1ZMITQbM\PI\1_W]TLVW\PI^MUILM it  without  a  few  of  my  close  friends,  family,  and  coworkers. When  Sloan  came  in  October  2011,  things  were  so  much  more   natural  for  me.  Now,  that  is  something  that  I  do  recall  hearing:   “Things  are  so  much  easier  with  the  second  one”.  I  suppose   with  a  newborn  and  a  2    year  old,  I  was  too  tired  to  lay  awake   at  night  and  listen  to  every  breath  sound.  And  so  what  if  the   XIKQÅMZPQ\\PMÆWWZ1_W]TL_QXMQ\WNN WVUa\[PQZ\IVLUW^M on.  And,  hey,  if  Sloan  actually  tee-teed  twice  in  his  diaper  instead  of  once,  he  lived.  I  learned  to  “let  go”  a  little,  and  I  think   that  it  allowed  me  to  be  a  better  mom  to  both  of  my  children.   (Oh,  and  no,  I  will  never  know  just  how  easy  that  third  “girl”   would  be!) I   love   every   minute   that   I   have   with   my   boys.   I   look   forward   to  the  morning  hugs  and  giggles,  and  I  eagerly  anticipate  the   afternoon  kisses.  I  would  not  trade  in  my  taste-testers  in  the   kitchen  for  anything.  Besides,  the  people  that  I  am  baking  for   never  even  know  that  my  kids  have  double-dipped  the  beaters   50ŒTHE  JOURNEY  ŒAPR2013

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