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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday's Letters....on Saturday

Dear Carolyn,
  Thank you for being you. For always praying for my family.  For specifically praying for Lauren's first day of college when you prayed for the offering last Sunday night.  You make me smile and I love you so much. 

 Dear Lucas,
  I'm so excited for what the Lord is up to these days in your life. Wow...getting your relationship in order with Jesus... Being obedient in getting a cold river taboot...  Getting married soon to Brittany, the girl our whole church thinks of as our own. I loved meeting your family and look forward to the days ahead.

Dear Hot Water Heater,
  I hope you got whatever it was worked out and you've decided not to break down on us anymore. I'm mean you're only a year old.  But I do appreciate the timing you chose this time way better than the last time you in the day before Lydia's wedding with a house full of company!   So yeah, I hope you got all your kinks worked out and you'll running for a while cuz I really enjoyed that hot bath that I was able to take after six days of cold water.

Dear last chick in our nest,
 Thank you for getting up early and making your parents breakfast on our anniversary.  You are one of the most thoughtful people I know.  I'm glad we have a little more time before you spread your wings for good.

Dear Mr Skunk,
  Sorry we had to exterminate you. You were getting a little too close for comfort coming up to the carport and stuff.  We think you stink and you had to go. Hate that for you... not really.

Dear Sherry,
 Thank you for texting me the pics of Alexis' Hunger Games Party.  They made my day and Rhonda totally nailed Effie. The only bad thing is the fact y'all didn't invite me.  I forgive y'all though. 
The other S.

Dear Guest Room,
  I can finally see you becoming you. And I really like you.  A lot. I still have lots of work to do hanging pics and stuff but you make me feel happy and comfortable when I hang out with you.  I think I may be falling in love with you in fact.

And to the other half of the room, my studio,
  I love you too.  You are  not as organized as I had hoped you would be but hey, we are making major strides.  We've been spending lots of time together lately and I must say..I like you much better than the kitchen table.

Dear Kim,
   Happy 2nd's to many many more years of Cuppa Kim and mug swaps. I love your cute lil self and your big ole heart for Jesus.  I love my Nebraska friend you hooked me up with.  Now I get me a daily dose of sugarmama every time I use my cup....and I love it. (and her! love. her.)  

To My Pastor,
  Thank you for teaching me the Word.  Thank you even more for living it out before me. Thank you for being one of the most genuine people I know.... you're the real deal and I'm blessed to sit under your preaching Sunday after Sunday after Sunday. 

Dear Fall,
  Hurry up and get here already.  I'm ready to pull out my cute boots and I've already started making stuff to wear with my favorite sweater.  Plus, my husband gets really frisky when you arrive. For him it means college football and the crank up of hunting season.  For me it means cute sweaters,  bonfires and smores with my family, caramel apples and Thanksgiving (which means family).  You  bring a bunch of good stuff so hurry up and get here already!!

To my shop, The Honey Pot,
   I'm enjoying getting back into the swing of things after the long break from you during the wedding. You and I have SO much work to do in the next couple of weeks.... baby shower corsages, flower girl headbands, wedding garters, custom jewelry..... I hope we get time to just "create" for the fun of it.  Like when we did these two little beauties together....   So thankful for all the work you and I do together and so blessed to get to be a small part of these special events.  So lets roll up our sleeves and get busy!

Dear Blakey-Poo,
  I'm so proud of you and your new bling-bling.  I mean, not everyone earns a state championship ring playing the game they love so much.  God is using you in such tremendous ways and I'm looking forward to seeing the journey He's taking you on.  So blessed that in His sovereignty He chose to connect you to the Holdens.  You encourage me daily with your life to not be afraid to stand out in the darkness.  love you.

Dear Mrs. Linton, my dear middle child,
   I'm super sad we don't see each other as much anymore. Both of us being pastor's wives and business owners now kind of keeps us both busy. BUT, I'm super glad when we do get to hang out like last night.  I love doing nothing with y'all. And what makes me even "gladder" is getting text like these 5 minutes after you pull out the driveway saying "Marcus just said, "you and your momma are just alike. Like just alike. In every way."  Oh boy.  yep. You may resemble me at times but you ACT like me most of the time....the good, the bad and the ugly.  Tell Marcus I'm sorry about the bad and the ugly part.  We can work on those together.

ps. In his words he said we are just alike. In every way.  SO...I got to thinking.  Y'all keep saying how much I'm just like Marvin lately....well.. what does that mean for you?!  Hmmmm..... just a thought.

Dear Baby Girl,
  You accomplished what you've been dreaming of for went and grew up and started college. I'm super proud of you and how disciplined you are to study.  Sorry you have to get up so early to get there on time since we live so far out in the country.  I can't wait for you to get your hands up in my hair and practice what you've been learning.  You're momma's waiting....

Dear Julia Rose,
  I'm so glad I just happened to be face timing your momma when you decided to pee pee on the potty for the very first time.  Your Honey loves it when she can be a part of such monumental milestones of y'alls.  I mean...just look at my face!  That right there is probably what scared the pee right out of you.  I'm so proud of you my sweet are so "independent" and when you got it in your head to do this thing...well... you are dominating the potty training.  Honey will be sending you some brand new big girl panties in the mail to you real soon!
ps.  I even got to be there when your momma took a picture of how proud your were of yourself.  Woo Hoo!!  Celebrating good times is #funcity!

Dear Little Nate Dog,
    I witnessed you take one little step and you haven't done it since...not for me anyway.  Apparently you like to walk best for your big sis, Rosalyn.  Your Honey will catch you again!  That's a promise you little ninja.  

Dear Elizabeth and Christopher,
  I know I tell you this all the time, but I'm so proud of your leap of faith and following through in obedience to what the Lord has called your family to.  Chris, you know how awesome you are in my book, but I will tell you again....thank you for leading my daughter and grand babies in the way that you do that leads them closer to Jesus.  I couldn't ask for anything more.  And Elizabeth, I'm like crazy proud of you with all your schedules and stuff...potty training youngins....hitting the gym...taking seminary classes... Wow.  You are amazing Babylady!

Dear Brand New Week that is coming,
 I'm looking forward to scratching off some more of my to-do list ok?   You know...stuff like actually mailing the thank you notes I've already written pertaining to the wedding that was 2 months ago.  And like unpacking my suitcase from the beach that's been sitting there in my room for a week now.  And if I get really get wild...I might actually walk in the mornings next week.  Hmmm...we shall see.

Stephanie :)



  1. dear stephanie, you are b.l.e.s.s.e.d.! thank you for making Him look radiant.

  2. I love the idea of writing the weekly letters! And it's so fun hearing about your daughters. You're family is loads of fun and a huge blessing to so many people. Thanks for sharing your life with us! (and thanks for the shout out... it was so fun putting together the package for you & being able to finally thank you for all of your helpful parenting advice).

  3. Dear Stephanie, this post is really cute and so are you. I am somhappymyou swapped and got paired with someone you love!!!!!! Here's to many many more!! Keep sipping'!!!

  4. these were the best friday letters!! {on a saturday :-]}

  5. Dear Stephanie,
    I love you.
    You are like a dear kindred that I have not had the privilege of meeting...YET! Lord willing...
    Bless your sweet soul, sister.
    Again, you radiate His light. A true vessel.

  6. I'm really glad to have 'met' you on the internet. You bless my socks off! :)

  7. You're so much fun! Wish I could meet you in person.

  8. you inspire me so much. i shed a tear :(
    love yall!

  9. I love these weekly letters...feeling a little inspired to do them myself!! SO fun!!

  10. OH wow! What a beautiful and full week. Hugs and hugs and hugs to your face.


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