Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Porterville Night


Many of you who follow my family on Instagram and Facebook are well aware of Porterville Night.
I've had so many ask what is Porterville Night?!
Where is Porterville?!
And my favorite....
I want to come to Porterville !!



Well, I'm gonna fill you in on a secret...
Porterville is a teensy little town in mississippi that is so small if you blink you will miss it.
We are officially in the Boon Docks.

There is no theme park here or any form of entertainment that would attract the masses.
(unless your form of entertaining is hunting... that's another story)

So what's all the fuss of Porterville Night?

Well for my family it's more of a state of mind than it is a place on the map.

Porterville Night represents contentment. 
It represents the fact that we have resolved to carve out time for being together.
It represents the fact that we have committed to make our time together a celebration.

You see, in recent years our family has evolved.
We have always been tight knit.  We've always done everything together.
And we like it that way.
But life has happened and kids have grown up, gotten married and moved away.
We can no longer all be together for ALL things that take place.

As a momma, I could box with God on this issue and stay miserable..
pining away about how it used to be.
But by His grace He's done such a work in my heart.  

Learning how to love what you do have instead of whining about what you don't have is a  freeing thing.  FREEDOM y'all. Liberty.  

So instead of being sad that we can't hang out all the time, I've chosen to be estatic over when we do get to hang out.  And that's what our Porterville Night is all about.

Now this is the season I'm in...having grown kids branching out..learning to do "family" a new way.
But so many of y'all  are dealing with the same stuff....just a different season.
like...
  • the momma who had to send off her little love to kindergarden and is learning to adjust to them being gone 6 hours a day, 5 days a week being shaped and molded by someone else when up to this point that sole person has been you.
  • or the one who is having to deal with their kid who has hit the teenage years and you as a mom, who was once their best friend that they wanted to do everything with, suddenly gets put on the back burner to new friends and new activities.
  • or the dear one whose older parents are now in poor health or have recently passed away and you are learning how to do life with the biggest void you've ever experienced.

When we find ourselves in these new seasons that honestly, we'd prefer the old way of doing things...
it's then we have a choice to make.
We have to choose to embrace the new way of doing things and discover the joy awaits.
We can waste precious time dreaming about what used to be or..
we can have ourselves a Porterville Night!

I hope you choose yourself a "Porterville Night"!




Here are some glimpses of the "crazy" that takes place  during our Porterville Nights..

 Dominos!


We get a little competitive.  Just a little.








We usually sing and dance...


We play with our food...




And we "make our own music"....



It's never fancy..
No make up..
No fixing of hair..
No getting dressed...

But we are making memories.
I couldn't ask  for anything more.

That old saying "Life is what you make of it" is truth.

Many that actually drive through Porterville, Mississippi will only see trees, cows and the houses of those who have lived here their entire lives...  
But for us, we see #funcity.
It's kinda like our Disneyland.  :)

Stephanie :)
ps. for the record, I do own other clothing besides the  green sweatshirt you see in all these pictures. But for some reason, it has unintentionally become my Porterville Night Outfit. 
 Classy.  


Go visit my dear friend Jami and soak up all the encourage you will find there.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you know how to appreciate every little minute with family when they are around. And Porterville sounds a lot like the "town" my daddy is from. They finally got a stop light a few years ago. They have pine straw festivals and such. ;)

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  2. So fun. I love how well you are holding it all together. You have got to be the coolest momma in Porterville.

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  3. OK, wait... so Porterville, GA? Huh? That would make you like 3 hours away... like 1.5 hours in the middle. What's in the middle? Oh this is exciting. Don't tell me you live in a different state. My excited heart won't be able to take it. :)

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  4. Y'all are the coolest ever! :)

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  5. Oh my, that is so super cool! I pray that I can give my son memories like that!!!

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  6. oh friend...Im still struggling with the whole kindergarten thing...thanks for this post!!!! I needed it :)

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  7. Oh my heavens! You are adorable! And that handwriting! My goodness it is gorgeous!

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  8. You guys are a hoot! Love it!!

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  9. Every Monday I wish I could come to Porterville Night!!!!
    Nicole
    Savage2547 on instagram

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  10. You know how much I love this! What is so inspiring is the time you and your Hubby spent building this foundation. Building relationships with your girls. What a legacy, what a blessing. Also, I'm gonna pray some of my kids stay close enough for us to do this when they are grown. love you!

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  11. "Learning how to love what you do have instead of whining about what you don't have is a freeing thing." Amen.

    Porterville night sounds like my kind of night, and something I would do with my family. I love quality time with them, a time of intentional laughter and making memories together is so my kind of thing.

    Btw- we have a Porterville a few hours from us in Ca. near the "armpit" of Ca.
    I think I'll name our night something a little less "armpitty."
    Speaking of armpits. Did any of you arm-fart "Jesus loves me?" My son Noah has it down!

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  12. I love all of this. and i'm so behind on your posts'. trying to catch up. love you.

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