We experienced such a packed weekend full of blessings...
I thank God for one of the best birthday gifts ever... Shianne and I for our birthdays got to go to the "Becoming Girls Conference" at our church. Our birthdays are within 2 days of each other and my Mom gifted us with this amazing girls weekend. There are so many things I learned; and I know her eyes were opened up more to what our life here on earth is truly about. Most of all that she is valued- and her dreams matter to God. I read about this conference last year while I lived in Sacramento, and was really hoping we'd be back in Southern California this year so we'd be able to attend. Thank God we are back- this conference was everything I expected and more. Julianna Morlet; our worship leader at Rancho Community Church did such a beautiful job, along with her volunteers putting this together. There is so much heart that gets poured out into this conference; that was so evident the instant we walked in those doors, and the moment the worship team came on stage- down to hearing the speakers in the workshops. These girls are so blessed to have such awesome Jesus loving mentors; and I am so blessed as a Mother that these women love these girls so much; to walk with them through what can be one of the hardest, most confusing time periods in their life; and not only that but walk alongside the Mothers to help us at home build on what they learn at Becoming. God has blessed our family with an amazing church.
(Shiannes' decorated TOMS' Shoes... These were done at the conference as well. For every shoe purchased a pair of shoes gets sent out to a child in need...)
(I think Hailey Dog wants a pair too!) :)
We took Shianne and her friend on a shopping trip for her birthday... These girls cracked me up the entire time.
Then back home for a sleepover and Birthday Cake... HAPPY 12th BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!!!
Then Jimmy wanted to sing a song to Shianne- How Sweet is that?!
Meanwhile Brenden does a robot dance and gets the girls laughing...
Okay... Fast forward to the next morning. Jimmy is a huge fan of Bethany Hamilton- we received news via her newsletter that she would be visiting Vantage Point Church in Eastvale (a little past Corona) There was no way we were missing this. We got up early Sunday morning and drove out- The place was packed!!! The line was wrapped around the entire building. We got there for the 8:30 service; but didn't make it in until the 10:00 service. It was so neat to see a place packed to see such a positive role model. This is Jimmy waiting.
When it was time to go in we had a choice to go to the overflow room; where she would come in and say hello, or we could wait in another line and be guaranteed seating in the auditorium; but wait til the 11:30 service- we chose the overflow room- Here is Bethany coming in to say hello with the pastor of Vantage Point... Very Cool...
Her interview was awesome- this girl is so in Love with Jesus, He just radiates all around her. She had some awesome things to say- and YAY Vantage point posted a video of the interview...
She is such a wise girl. I am so happy we went; so worth the wait; even if it was in the overflow room ;)
Here are pictures that the church took of the service. There was so much energy, they had a cute little indo-board competition between the pastor of the church, and her. She is so talented on that thing- she was totally carrying on a casual conversation while on it, she made it look so easy, it required like no concentration on her part at all.- It was an awesome interview.
Jimmys Letter to Bethany Hamilton; inviting her to our church...
We'll be mailing this out today.
Meanwhile this little guy is home sick from school :(