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“What we take for granted, others are praying for. “

‘My first Annual Conference has been this week. I didn’t really have any expectations of what it was going to be like. Now that I’m here I find that the sessions are boring, but fellowshipping with other Christians from this great Peach State has been one of the best experiences of my life.
Our theme for the conference has been Bridges to Missions. We heard from people from Portugal,Russia, the Bahamas, the Philippines, El Salvador, and East Africa- Kenya. Out of all the presentations I saw, the one bout Kenya meant the most to me.
The slideshow was so moving. It showed the poverty of Kenya, their “houses” if you can call them that. They were just sticks with tarps over them. And the water they did have carried diseases.
The title of this post, ” What we take for granted, people are praying for.” I heard that quote during a sermon at church, and got me to thinking. Things we take for granted like a warm bed, a roof over our heads, a loving family, and clean water others are praying/working for.
In Kenya, to get water they walk about 4 miles to get water and back to their village with a 50pounds of water on their head!!!
In America, we have to walk about 6feet to get water from the kitchen faucet.

At their table, I got a bracelet. That I will wear to remind me of two things:
1. To pray for the people of Kenya.

2. That’s it not easy for everyone to get water.

Please pray for the people of Kenya!!!

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Family, Friends, and Freedom

In this life, we are given so many blessings. Blessings can come in all shapes and sizes. Three of my most abundant blessings are family, friends, and freedom.
FAMILY
My family is one of a kind. I would be surprised if you could find another family like mine. We are a more close knit family than what you find today. I have 3 siblings and we were all homeschooled together, ’til my sister graduated and older brother went to private school. Maybe that’s why we are as close as we are. The size of my family doesn’t stop there; I have 5 uncles, 4 aunts, and 12 first cousins. Its easy to say i come from a big family. Family gathering are anything, but boring. I love my big family; there is no place I would rather be than hanging out with my family. It’s there love and support that gets me through. They’re awesome!!
FRIENDS
My friends are people I can be totally crazy with and they will still love me for me. If my Facebook friend list has anything to do with it, I have over 100 friends!! I have narrowed the list down from 100 to 3. Aren’t you happy?
KELLEY
is also my accountability partner. We share just about everything I trust her completely and she with me. Kelley and I were in the nursery at church and have been friends ever since. There was a time when our friendship was put on the back burner, but soon rekindled! Kelley is a blessing in her own crazy way. She is a year old than me, so she gives me advice about what’s going on in my life ’cause she’s been there too.
MORGAN
is another one of those friends I met in the nursery at church. Morgan and I are 4 days apart so we can talk about what’s going on in our lives. Morgan and I will go to lunch together to just catch up on what’s going on in our lives. Life happens, we don’t go to the same church and she goes to private school. Catching up with Morgan is such a blessing, I don’t know where I would be without being able to vent to her!! You’re always there with a listening ear.
NIKKI
is one of my best friends, who is younger than me, but that doesn’t hinder our friendship. Nikki is 3 years younger than me, but to friendship age doesn’t matter. I have known Nikki all her life. I’ve been there through the ups and downs. Our favorite thing to do is have sleepovers and talk. We talk about everything under the sun. Boys, Church, and whatever else we want. Having sleepovers is another venting session for me. Nikki is an awesome friend, who always listens to me.
FREEDOM
A blessing we all Americans share is our freedom. I don’t think people understand all the freedoms we do have. If you would like to read all of them look up the Bill of Rights. Two of the biggest freedoms we have are freedom of speech and freedom of religion. That’s not the only freedom, we have. Right now where ever you are, there are men and women fighting to defend our freedom. Those people have sacrificed so much. In my book, they are already heroes. Even if you haven’t fought, it takes a hero to say ‘I am joining the United States Military.’ To all past, present, and future soldiers, I thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you for all you do to keep this nation free.
Without my freedom, I wouldn’t be able to post this blog, Thank you!!
Thanks for reading,
MH

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“This could be the start of something new…”

For the past five days, I have been nannying in Boulder, Colorado, it has been the adventure of a lifetime!!!! The trip has held a lot of first for me.
First of all, I’m from Georgia so to get to Colorado we had to fly. Can you image riding in the car for 72+hours with two kids under 5??? So it was my first time fly in my life!!! And it is not that big a deal as you think. And will have my 2nd time tomorrow at 1;15, but this time I’ll be riding solo.
Also a first was sharing a one bedroom apartment and one bathroom, it wasn’t as bad as you think. It was the first time is shared that space with 4 people, not 6!!!
Second, it was the first time I’ve been to Boulder. I’ve been to Colorado, but never Boulder. It is so pretty here. I would recommend it to anyone,who like beauty scenery or rock climbing. Talking about rock climbing brings to my next first.
For the first time in my life, I went rock climbing. We to Boulder Canyon and found a boulder to climb. I didn’t get very far but loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to go again.
After we went climbing we got Thai food. I’d never had Thai before and I loved it can’t wait!!! It is now my favorite kind of food.
Thirdly, it was the first time I’d ever seen the Rockies. I’ve seen the Smokies so many times, I can’t even try to put a number on it. The Rockies are so pretty!! Talking about the Rockies, it was the first time I saw the Rocky Flat Irons!!! Talk about cool!!!
This trip has given me enough memories to last a lifetime!!!
Thanks for reading,
Mary Hannah