Friday, December 23, 2011

My First Christmas in Heaven

Someone sent this poem to me, and I wanted to share it with you.  I do not know the author, but I know they have a heart for the hurting.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees

around the world below

With tiny lights like Heaven's stairs,

reflecting in the snow.

The sight is so spectacular,

please wipe away the tear,

For I am spending Christmas

with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs

that people hold so dear,

But the sounds of music can't compare

with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you,

the joy their voices bring,

For it is beyond description,

to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me,

I see the pain inside your heart.

But I am not so far away,

We really aren't apart.

So be happy for me, dear ones,

You know I hold you dear.

And be glad I'm spending Christmas

with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift,

from my heavenly home above,

I sent you each a memory

of my undying love.

After all, love is a gift

more precious than pure gold.

It was always most important

in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other,

as my Father said to do.

For I can't count the blessings or love

He has for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas and

wipe away that tear.

Remember, I am spending Christmas

with Jesus Christ this year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Coming to a City Near You…The Vaughn Family Band

After we had so much fun shooting on Saturday night, Adam and Courtney introduced us to Rock Band.  Cade has been asking for this for Christmas, and we needed to see what all of the fuss was about. 

We had a blast and here is the video to prove it.  Notice SaraGrace in the back crying because she didn’t get to play the drums this time.  The video is several minutes long, but it is Oh So Funny!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oh Shoot!

Saturday afternoon, we hauled all of our guns to the Hamm’s and had a blast shooting.  Even the little ones got in on the action.

SaraGrace’s pink boo-boo gun is still bigger than she is. 


And goodness gracious at that get-up she has on.  I guess there’s nothing wrong with being fashionable at the shooting range.

Cade tried to show her how to lay down and shoot.

cade sg 

Of course, she cared nothing about that.  But he still wanted to show her how good he was.

Y’all!  He is a serious shooter now.  He says he is going to be a sniper when he gets older.

Now I had a turn shooting too.  Of course we didn’t get a picture of me actually shooting the gun, but after I made a shot on the target that would have for sure dropped this crazy looking deer, I had to take a picture of my target.

sb targetIf that crazy looking thing came to me in the woods, I would be scared poopless!  However, at least I can be confident that I can take him out before he gets too close!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wedding Day

The Lord has really been working on me with this post for a few days.  Rob and I have been listening to the Casting  Crowns CD, and this song “Wedding Day” has surely become one of our favorites.

This time of year is a joyous one for sure.  But there is part of us that is a little sad.  Satan tries to take our joy and just pile on the hurts we have experienced over this last year.  But as we have listened to this song, we have found PURE JOY in knowing that our future is one of AWESOMENESS!!!

This song talks about the wedding day of when we will meet JESUS face to face.  It says that we know we are undeserving, but that is not what He sees.  We will be what He adores, that’s what He made us for.  The most compelling part for me is “The hands that bear the only scars in Heaven touch her face, and the last tear she’ll ever cry, are finally wiped away.  As the clouds roll back and He takes her hand, and walks her through the gates…Forever we will reign!”

What a beautiful picture that is.  This is our future for those who have accepted His gift of salvation.  Though this earth is full of many hurts and disappointments, our future is full of hope and promise.  Our verse for Faith is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.  “Plans to prosper you, not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Y’all!  This is my future!  Our hurts seem so overwhelming at times, but when you know that this is what you get in the end, it is ALL WORTH IT!  Don’t wait another day to have a future with Jesus.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

We Be Jammin’

If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know by now that Rob got me an acoustic guitar for Christmas.  I did get it early so that I can start learning and I am having a BLAST with it.  But I am not the only musician in the family.  Cade is our rapper, I play the piano, Rob…well he wants to learn to play something, and then there’s the Grace!!!  She is our newest band member with her Paper Jamz guitar.  The kids got those for Christmas at a family get together, and they are the best things.  They like them even better than the cat!

Here is SaraGrace and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot!”

She really is destined to be a star!  That really concerns me…

Now Cade has one too, and he loves to jam.  I wanted to video him, but he had just gotten out of the shower and didn’t want to put anything on other than his underwear. He said he didn’t need any clothes on.  Well, I’m sure he would have rocked it like nobody’s business, but I convinced him to wait until he was clothed.  So stay tuned….maybe we can get the Streaker Jammer to get dressed and play for us.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Little SassyPants


This little girl knows she is sassy!  The problem is, sometimes she is so darn funny that it is hard to get on to her.  Here are some of the funniest things she has said this last week.

We were driving in the car on the way to school.  She decides to tell me,

“When someone is mean to me, I don’t trust them anymore.”  WHAT!?!  How does she know what trust is?  I said, “who is mean to you?”

She said, “You and Daddy.”

“How are we mean to you?”

“Sometimes you spank me.”

“SaraGrace, did you know that Jesus tells Mommy and Daddy in the Bible that they have to discipline their kids?”

“Jesus said that?”

“He sure did!”

“Then I don’t trust him anymore either.” 


Last night we went to Bethlehem Live in our little town.  SaraGrace was so excited to go to Bethlehem and see Mary and “Jofus” and Baby Jesus.  She said, “I can’t believe I am going to see the real Baby Jesus.”

I had to explain to her that they were going to be some people pretending to be Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  She was a little disappointed because she really wanted to hold Baby Jesus.  When we got ready to leave, she said, “Mommy.  I want to go tell all of the fake people bye.”

There is never a dull moment, that is for sure!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Little Christmas Cheer

I love Christmas, yet I know this one will be a little tough.  But the Lord has been so gracious to provide us with so many blessings this Christmas season.  I wanted to share with you a couple of fun and sweet things that have happened in the Vaughn house, lately.

The kids got their first Christmas gift.  They have been BEGGING for a pet, and Rob was not about to give in.  Then, I guess he got into the Christmas spirit and told the youngins they could have a hamster if Momma would take care of it. HECK TO THE NO!!!!!  I am not going to take care of a rat.  So I was the immediate villain because I had crushed their dream of having a pet.  In an effort to justify the pet, SG decided they should get a “penny pig”.  That is just an overgrown hamster.  I finally talked Rob into the unimaginable…

 Cade kitty1 SG kitty1

Here is…wait for it…..Miss Kitty!  I thought we should name her Jingle Bell, but Kitty won.  She has been a lot of fun, and has tried to wreak havoc on my Christmas tree.


On another note, SaraGrace had to write Santa a letter in class.  She told the teacher what to write.  I have to tell you she made me so proud!

SG Santa LEtter

I think she may be a little disappointed because I don’t think there is a horsey in her future:(  But how sweet is she!

Christmas has come to mean so much more to our family than just a family get-together and fun gifts.  I have always been taught the true meaning of Christmas, but to experience it is a different story.

Many people have asked how we are doing this season.  Honestly, we are doing very well.  Of course, there are moments when it’s hard to imagine Christmas without our child, but it is in those moments I am reminded that she wouldn’t leave Heaven to come be with us for one second!!!  She is well taken care of. 

Earlier this week, my dear friend Ashley brought something to me.  It was in a silver box.  She told me the story before I could open it, and it goes like this….

Ashley and her husband were in Lowes looking for some paint.  Spray paint to be exact.  As they were looking through the paint, the silver box caught her eye.  It was a Christmas ornament sitting ALL BY ITSELF.  Keep in mind that the paint section and the Christmas section at Lowes are in completely different locations.  When she looked at the ornament closely, she said her eyes filled with tears because she knew that it was a God Wink.

ornamentIt was no coincidence that this particular ornament sat all by it’s lonesome in the middle of the paint section.  I know it was Jesus reminding me that He is still here.  He still knows my heart.  He knows my hurts.  And He loves me so much! 

As we get closer to Christmas day, I find myself not dreading it.  This is because the Lord has spoken something so clearly to me.  Yes Christmas is a time that you spend with family, reading the Christmas story, exchanging gifts, and really counting your blessings.  It is particularly hard when you are missing a family member, and one of your greatest blessings is spending Christmas in Heaven.  But what makes Christmas so exciting for us this year, is knowing that because of Baby Jesus born in a manger, we have the hope of seeing Faith in Heaven.  That hope would not exist if Christmas didn’t exist.  So this year, I am so much more thankful for the gift of Jesus, because I know that my daughter has received the gift of eternal life in Heaven, and that I will one day join her.

Don’t miss out on this precious gift of Jesus.  He has done all of the work.  He was born in the flesh, endured much suffering and even death to offer us the greatest gift ever!  He is alive today and wants nothing more than for you to accept His gift of salvation.  Celebrate the REAL meaning of Christmas and give Him the gift of your heart!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Star Panda

It has happened!  SaraGrace has finally received the coveted “Star Panda” award in her class.  Now, she has been expecting this award for quite sometime.

You see, SaraGrace had a little bit of a hard time staying on “Green” the first part of school.  But, she has done a marvelous job and has been on GREEN every day for nearly the last 2 months.  Every day when we pick her up, she is so proud to show me the color she is on.

I was really bragging on her a couple of weeks ago.  I was telling her how proud we all were of her.  And she said, “Well, no one else is proud.  I haven’t even got the Star Panda.”  She named off EVERY child that had gotten it, and her frown got bigger with each kid’s name.

As Star Panda, you get to decorate a panda bear and fill out a little fact sheet about yourself.  She has worried me to death about decorating that panda, so without further ado, I present SaraGrace’s STAR PANDA:

photo Heaven help us with all that glitter! 

We are so very proud of her, but not quite as proud as she is of herself!

Friday, December 2, 2011

What Have the Vaughn’s Been Up To?

It seems as though it has been forever since I blogged.  There really is no good reason except that we have been SUPER busy.  This is a catch-up post with many random photos and a really funny video.

First things first:  Last weekend, we went to the Hun-Tin House.  I watched another 8-point walk by and then may have had a little “hunter’s remorse” because I didn’t see anything else until….

SB hogLate Sunday afternoon, I hunted ALL BY MYSELF.  No Rob, no kids.  Just me and my gun.  I was just a little proud!

We have also been decorating for Christmas!  This is the first year that we have had outside lights.  Partly because Rob doesn’t get real excited about them.  But the Lord did a great work in him, because he was so motivated to get them up.

 rob lights


This one cracks me up!  He is now remembering we need to trim the trees.

rob tree

But the finished product looks AMAZING!  Our kids  squealed with excitement, and Daddy was so proud:)

  house lights

Our Christmas Tree:

tree My favorite part is my new tree skirt.  Kiss had her mother in law make it.  It says “The Vaughn’s” and has all of our names on it…including Faith’s.  It is very special!!!

The stockings were hung…


Every Christmas, we each get an ornament that represents something from the past year.  We started making them a couple of years ago.  We aren’t finished, but this is what we have so far…

SaraGrace has fallen in love with cheerleading, so it was only PERFECT we made a cheerleader.  She said, “It looks just like me Mommy!”

sg cheer ornament


  Since Cade killed his first deer, he got a deer ornament.  I shaped it and baked it, but he painted it.

Cade deer ornament

His annual football ornament with the team and number.  He painted this one too.  He was really proud of it:)

Cade football ornament


Speaking of Cade, he has been getting breathing treatments the last  couple of days.  These things take FOREVER, and Cade just can’t sit still.  So, he has started singing to entertain himself.  I caught him rapping the other night.  Once he saw me recording, he really turned it on. 

He may not be Busta Rhymes, but he sure is BUSTA BREATHER!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I promise to be a better blogger next week.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Faith-filled Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving weekend was a great one.  I have some hunting stories and pictures to share, but I wanted to share about our first Thanksgiving after losing a child.

It’s no surprise that holidays bring a whole new dimension of grief.  It’s just a reminder of what could have been.  I can remember at every Thanksgiving as a child, we would go around the table and say what we were thankful for.  As I thought about what I would say this year, I had mixed emotions.  Of course I am thankful for Jesus, my family, and all of the other standard answers.  I am truly thankful for my husband and my children- all three of them.  I am thankful for the joy and the wonderful blessings that Jesus gave us through Faith’s life.  And I am being very honest when I say I am thankful for the heartbreak that came as well.  We have grown so much through every aspect of this experience, and I am so thankful for that. 

Part of me will be so thankful when 2011 is in the history books, yet the rest of me will be sad.  We will leave behind the only time we had with her, and that will be hard.  But I wanted to share a couple of ways that Faith was sprinkled through our Thanksgiving holiday.

Early Tuesday afternoon, I got a text from Christina with a picture of a turkey flower they took to Faith’s garden.  It touched me so much that they remembered her.  We went and visited her “garden” and this is what was there.

 Faith Turkey

While we were there, we ran into Mrs. Patti and some of her acteen girls.  She said that they were there to pray for the families that are grieving this Thanksgiving.  She was truly a God-send that day.  A God Wink that He still cares:)

Later Tuesday night, as we were putting up our Christmas lights (now that’s a post!!!), Cade wrote a letter he wanted me and his daddy to read.

 Cade letter

This kid amazes me by the way he shares his heart.  Yet my heart breaks for him because he is still trying to understand.

Thursday was hard, and Christmas shopping on Thursday night was really hard.  I thought about what we would be buying Faith for her first Christmas.  But I knew I couldn’t dwell on it.  I just prayed and asked the Lord to help me through the weekend, and He certainly did.

Saturday morning, I got this picture from my best friend, Amy.

Faith TreeShe had been to Faith’s garden and left a Christmas tree plant.  I truly have the BEST friends a girl could ask for.  And I know that they are a gift from my Heavenly Father.

Sunday morning, out of the blue, SaraGrace asked me, “Mommy, how did Faith get out of your arms?”  I looked at Rob with a puzzled look on my face, as I tried to understand exactly what she was asking.  After a little prodding, she was trying to understand how Faith left my arms and went to Heaven.  The whole earthly body/heavenly spirit concept is a little too deep for a four-year-old, so again, I asked the Lord to fill in the gaps here.  I just explained, “Well, Jesus took Faith’s heart to Heaven, and gave her a new body that was perfect, so now she doesn’t hurt anymore.”  She seemed satisfied with that answer, so we left it at that.

And finally, last night, Rob was talking to Cade about all of the things that  Jesus has done for us.  Cade told his daddy that one of the best things Jesus ever did for him, was to make his video game work even though it was scratched up really bad.  Rob asked him what was the BEST thing Jesus had ever done, and his response was nothing short of the Lord showing us that He is in control, and that Cade would one day understand why his sister went to Heaven.  He answered, “The best thing Jesus ever did was to take Faith to Heaven so nothing bad could ever happen to her.”  It was at that moment, that I was truly able to be thankful for all that had happened this past year.  To have my eight year old make peace with something that has hurt him so much over the last year was something to be truly thankful for!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Roundup

We had a busy, but fun weekend.  It started with SaraGrace’s Thanksgiving feast at school.  Her class dressed as Indians, and they were so cute!  Here is a video of a song they sang:

Here is our little Indian with her cute little Chief:

SG emory

These two are something else!

Then it was time to head to the Hun-Tin house. 

We got to hunt on Saturday morning.  I have nothing to report, other than seeing a bobcat.  However, I would like to show you how high class of a hunting camp we have.  In the woods, there are many trails.  I would get lost if Rob didn’t drive.  It all looks alike.  To solve this problem, my Dad came up with some jam-up trail markers.  This is how we roll:

tp 2

Literally!  We mark the trails with toilet paper.  What a marvel idea!tp 1 

Saturday afternoon, we had an exciting time.  We about got ambushed by some hogs walking to our stand.  When we finally made it there, these boys came out to keep us company.


They stayed for quite some time.  Then we saw a spike, a couple of does, and then….one ambitious little buck.  We didn’t even notice him until we heard something sniffing the leaves under our box.  Rob looked in the reflection of the window, and it was a 4 point.  He was looking for something.  He hit his horns on the outside, so it scared him.  Here he is walking away from the box.

4 pt

Bless his little heart, he tried all afternoon to get some attention from the ladies, but they would have nothing of it.  Give it some time, young man.  Your day will come!

It was a great weekend, and I can’t wait for this one.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011


Last night, Rob and I got to go to the Casting Crowns concert, and boy were we blessed!!!

The night started with the Afters, and I was toast when they sang “How Great is our God.”  I will never be able to hear that song and not think of Faith.  Then Sanctus Real took the stage.  They were AMAZING!  The lead singer has a son who has suffered a stroke, cardiac arrest and many other afflictions, and he just turned one.  They showed some video of Bowen, the little boy, and the water works turned on big time.  They have a website at if you would like to read more about him.

Finally, it was time for Casting Crowns.  They never disappoint.  Of course they talked about the well, and blessed us all with their message.  All of their songs have amazing stories behind them.  They sang some of their new songs, but they also sang some oldies.  The one that stood out the most for me last night was Life Song.  Mark said it’s so easy to talk about praising God in the storms, but it’s a lot harder to actually do it.  I sat and thought about my Life Song.  Who does it sing to?  It’s really easy to talk about my faith in Christ, but do I really live it out every day?

As a Christian, I screw up daily.  Just when I think I have it all figured out, Satan so quickly reminds me that I don’t.  But my heart’s desire is that my Life Song sing to Jesus Christ.  That I may be a light for Him to all of those around me.  As the song says, “May the words I say, and the things I do, make my life song sing, bring a smile to you.”  “I want to sign your name, to the end of this day, knowing that my heart is true!”  I want Jesus to look down at me and smile:)  Isn’t that an awesome picture?

What does your life song sing?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, life as we knew it changed forever.  We sat in a tiny office at Shands and heard  the news that no parent should ever have to hear.  I went back and read the blog I posted about that appointment, and I had to smile because the first thing that caught my attention was the fact that our baby was first thought to be a boy.  This was just the first of many opportunities that the Lord used to prove that He was in control, not the doctors or Rob and me.

I have many mixed emotions today.  Of course, I am sad.  I am sad that life had to change so drastically.  I am sad  that the only earthly part of my daughter is a concrete slab sitting in Newnansville  Cemetery.  I am sad that I am the only one, other than Jesus, who truly knew everything about her.  I am sad that every time my children see a pregnant lady, they ask if that baby is going to Heaven. 

But in many ways, I feel honored.  I feel honored that the God of the Universe CHOSE us to be Faith’s parents.  He had pure confidence in us that we would be obedient to His calling in our lives.  He chose to bless us with an intimacy with Him that we’ve never known before.  He chose to give us the greatest gift of life, and to show us what it means to truly give your children to Him.

I feel proud.  I am proud of the difference my daughter has made in my life, and many lives around us.  She has truly left a footprint on the hearts of many people.  She has done more to show the love of Jesus than I ever will in my lifetime.  I am proud of Cade and SaraGrace, and how they love her so much and talk about her all of the time.  I am proud that Cade has become so bold to share Jesus with everyone around him.  I am proud of Rob and I will never forget what a loving Daddy he was to Faith.

I am thankful.  I am thankful that Jesus has renewed our faith in Him.  He has renewed our daughter in Heaven.  He has renewed our relationship with one another.  He has restored my marriage, when Satan wanted nothing more than to claim victory in Faith’s life and death.  He has blessed me with a wonderful husband who has held me up when I was too weak to stand.  He has blessed me with friends who have dried up tears, listened to my grumbling, and just simply held my hand every step of the way.  He has blessed me with a family that loves unconditionally, even in the tough times.

There is no remnant of the life that existed before November 15, 2010.  It is all very different.  Though there have been many tears, heart aches, heart breaks and disappointments, there have been even more blessings.   My God is so good.  All of the time!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Good, The Bad and The Mad

We spent another weekend at the Hun-Tin house, and boy do I have some stories to tell.  We got to hunt Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. 

Since we had so many opportunities to hunt, I had multiple hunting partners and each has a story. 

We will start with The Good…

Cade was my hunting buddy Saturday afternoon.

sb cade

He always does a great job of spotting the animals, and he is really still.  He is a really good hunting buddy.  The funniest moment of that hunt was when he had to pee.  I had to empty out my water bottle so he could use it.  He had held it for so long, that he ended up peeing all over my leg.  That is a story neither of us will ever forget!

We weren’t by ourselves, though.  Daddy was in the tree next to us. 

  rob tree

Saturday was a long day….we hunted a total of 9 HOURS!!! That is the longest I have ever been that still or that quiet.  Does that make me a serious hunter? 

That night, we had to walk back to our buggy.  It was a scene that could have come from the Blair Witch Project.  Momma is scared to be in the woods at dark.  I have seen what roams around in there.  Here is the full moon on the way back.

full moon

Now…The Bad.

We got to the woods around 3:30 Friday afternoon.  We were discussing the hunting arrangements, and it was decided that now that I have my own gun, I am a big girl.  I can hunt by myself (without Rob.)  So….since SaraGrace was such a wonderful hunting buddy last weekend, I thought it would be great if she went with me.


NOT!!!!  She had not had a nap, so that was mistake #1.  It started out great, until she started banging all over the metal chair in the box.  I got on to her, and then “Sassy Pants” invaded my daughter and took over.  She threw an all-out temper tantrum.  Once we recovered from that, I gave her my phone to play a game.  I had put my phone on “silent.”  Note: Silent does not work on Ipod mode.  Needless to say, we blessed all of the animals with Casting Crowns for several minutes.  Once I wrestled the phone away from her, she started yelling at the top of her lungs because we hadn’t seen anything.  Gee…I wonder why.  In all seriousness, we didn’t see anything, and she wasn’t the angel for me that she was for her daddy, but we did  get to spend some time together, which is what counts!

And finally….The Mad.

It is no secret that the main reason I love to hunt is because Rob and I enjoy hunting together.  He is always really great about letting me take the shot.  On Saturday morning, I woke up around 5:15 am (hence the dark, puffy eyes).  Woods and Water Barbie I am not!!!

rob sb 

We got dressed, and trekked in the 28 degree weather to the stand.  And…we even sat in a tree, not a box.  Around 8:00 am, an 8-point walked within 30 yards of us, stopping directly in front of us.  Rob begged me to shoot it, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted for my first buck.  It was nice, but nothing to write home about.  Rob was so aggravated with me.  He couldn’t believe I passed it up.  His words to me were “Oh, now I have a trophy hunter for a wife.  A regular 8-point won’t do.”  If you know me, I am very competitive.  I am waiting for the perfect one!!!  Now that makes me a serious hunter:)

We had a great time spending time together as a family.  I am so thankful for my husband who takes the time to let his wife go hunting with him.  I’m sure I cramp his hunting style a tad, but he is always so gracious to finish last:)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Toenails, Hoarding and Memories

This is a post filled with the random things that happened this week.

We begin with toenails:

Rob had an ingrown toenail that he tried to nurse back to health for almost 2 months.  He finally gave in and went to the doctor.  He HATES going to the doctor, but I had to document it:)

Here he is reading a magazine trying to take his mind off of that needle they were fixin’ to stick him with.

Rob toe

Then he realized I was taking pictures of him, and he knew that undoubtedly he would end up on my blog.

Rob toe faceNeedless to say, the toe is on the road to recovery, thank goodness.

Next we have hoarding:

I have raised a mini-hoarder.  SaraGrace’ s room is always a disaster, because she just has too much stuff.  I decided it was time to clean out.  She is just like me, in that she remembers who gave her each and every thing and she finds sentimental value in it all.

How did I convince her to throw away her stuff?  I told her that if we didn’t make room, we couldn’t get any toys for Christmas.  I know that bribing a child isn’t always the best thing, but desperate times call for desperate measures!  Here is the finished product:

SG Clean room  

I didn’t take a before picture, but just trust me when I say it looks AMAZING now.

See that Annie doll on her bed?  That is a special memory for me.  I got this doll for Christmas in 1982.  I was 3 1/2. 

Sb annie 

And here she sits on SaraGrace’s bed where she keeps her company every night.

annie sg bed Now, Annie looks like she has taken a beatin’, and to tell you the truth, she has.  Just look at that hair?  SaraGrace told me the last little girl that played with her did that, not her:)

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I am crossing my fingers for a FUN post on Monday. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Well

Casting Crowns just came out with their new album, “Come to the Well.”  I first heard a couple of these songs at Rock the Universe, and the song “The Well” hit me right where it counts.

The message of the song is that we create our own wells, and we want them to work.  We want Jesus to make our plans, our wells, whatever WE want to work.  And we tire ourselves, because let’s face it….we are not capable on our own!

The song says “I have what you need, but you keep on searching.  I’ve done all the work, but you keep on working. “

How true is that?  Jesus has it all figured out.  He’s done it all, but we find ourselves trusting in our plans even more than His.  We use him as a last resort.

I have had a hard couple of weeks, and a lot on my mind.  I have found myself asking God why He thinks I can handle so much?  But then I hear this song and I am reminded that I can do it, as long as I am drinking from His well.  He’s done all the work!!!  I need to quit trying to do life on my own, and just come to the Well.

What wells are you drinking from?  If it isn’t Jesus’ well, then I pray you will open your hearts and listen to this song…

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend at the Hun-Tin House

Rob and I packed up the kids early Friday afternoon, and hitched a ride with Papa to Georgia.  We were so excited to finally have a full weekend of hunting.  I’m so thankful that our ENTIRE family enjoys it so much. 

Here are our little hunting buddies!  Aren’t they so cute?


We made it to our stand around 5:00 that afternoon.  We were hunting a new location, so we were excited to see what was there.

Rob must not have been too excited.  He just needed a nap:)

rob sleep

SaraGrace is all business when her Daddy wakes up.  Give that girl some “noculars” and she is good to go.

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Friday afternoon, we had a lot of action.  We saw 10 turkeys, a raccoon in the tree right next to us, a 3-point, another turkey, and then we finally shot a coyote.

Saturday brought even better luck.  We hunted a different location again, and this is what we came home with…

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We each got a hog.   This was my first kill with my new gun, and  I was so proud of myself.  But I think Rob may have been even more proud.  Especially since it only took one shot! 

As far as progress on the Hun-Tin house goes, this is the latest addition.  This fireplace is slap dab in the middle of the great room. 


Things are moving slowly with the house, so we will not be in by Thanksgiving.  But to tell you the truth, we wouldn’t trade the memories of being all cooped up in that little ole’ trailer.  Good times, y’all!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Weekend Bull

Last weekend was the FL/GA game.  We went with my family and some great friends, the Hamms.  We got to our parking spot around 9:30, and realized we had beaten everyone else in our group by a long shot.  Now if you know my Dad, you know that YOU better not be late.  But it’s always okay if HE’s late:)

When they finally got there we unloaded all of the grub, and got busy with all of the activities.  But first things first, I had to take a picture of the kids:

381666_10150367127571598_645231597_8057581_292771914_n (2)SG looks so happy doesn’t she?  Probably because she had just changed into her second outfit, because her first one got soaking wet when she wallered in the water puddles.

Once we got everything set up, it was time to see what was happening.

The first thing that caught our eye was the mechanical bull.  EVERYONE had to take a turn and ride it.

Here we go:

First up was Cade.  He rode a total of 4 times.

Then Daddy had to do it:

Papa was next:

And then…SaraGrace put in to ride.  Unfortunately for me, the only way she could ride is if I rode with her. I have to tell you I knew it was not going to be good when I fell face first trying to get in the ring with the bull.  Thank the Lord Rob wasn’t videoing yet:)

**WARNING:  Posting this video is against my better judgment, but in fairness to all the others I have posted, I promised I would post mine:

Once the bull riding was complete, we made our way over to the fan area.  We found a dancing video game and the kids had a blast:

Cade was really good at it.  But SaraGrace proved she is much better at freestyle.

But then it was time to show everyone where those kids got their moves:

Just Kidding!!!

After we had done everything there was to do, we went back to the parking lot where we ate and ate and ate.  Our friend, Javier came to visit us.  We haven’t seen him in a while, so it was good to see him.  He used to work for my dad, and lucky for SaraGrace, he also used to be a Gator Cheerleader.  When we told her that, she wanted to do a “stump.” 

386615_10150361070551598_645231597_8014061_747187254_n (2)She quickly got over her fear of boy cheerleaders, because  she didn’t seem to mind a bit.  Just look at that face!!!

There was a lot of bull on Saturday, including the actual game.  Even though we didn’t win, we had a blast!  Can’t wait until next year!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011


I had planned on posting some videos from the weekend today (they are hilarious!!!  How about some mechanical bull riding?), but the Lord had different plans for my post.

When I spoke at the WRMC banquet a couple of weeks ago, I really prayed about what to share.  Of course I wanted to share all about our daughter, but I also wanted to share how AWESOME our  God is, even in such a trial.  The Lord laid it on my heart to talk about plans.

The verse we cling to for Faith’s life is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.  “Plans to proper you, not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.”

I shared with the audience that even though the plans WE had made for her life did not come to be, the plans that HE had for her life did.  Although her life was short, she made an impact on many people both near and far.  She showed the world that if we just allow God the opportunity to reveal the plans He has for us, what kind of impact can we make?  The impact she made was HUGE for only living 9 months and 42 minutes.  What kind of impact can we have in a lifetime if we choose to follow the plans He has for us?

This morning, our daily Bible verse was Jeremiah 29:13: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Are you seeking Him with all of your heart?  What is standing in the way His plans for you?

As Rob and I continue to seek God’s plans for our family, I ask you to please be in prayer for us tomorrow.  We have a meeting to discuss a possible opportunity, and we are just asking that His will be done.  We are open and willing if that is what He wants.

I pray that each of you know that the Lord has great plans for you. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Colors, Costumes and Cutting a Rug

Last week, my dear friend Courtney invited me to a painting class at Corks & Colors.  She had been several times, and her work was AMAZING!  I did tell her I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, but it would be a great time.

This is the best my canvas looked all night!

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Here is a picture of the sample…in other words, what my art is supposed to look like.

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And here we are with our finished pieces.

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When we got home, I showed it to Rob.  His response was “It’s not that bad.”  He was pretty impressed.  In fact, he was so impressed he hung it in our kitchen. 

Last night, we went to a fall festival at a church just down the road from us.  Some friends had invited us to join them, so we dressed the kids up, and had a great time.

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Notice the princess has on a tutu!  Her kitty costume was at Gamma’s, so Ariel was her only choice.  And Cade chose to wear his ghillie suit, and boy was he a hit!  Everyone asked us where we got it from, and he was so proud.

And finally, if you need a good laugh today, you have come to the right place.  SG was jacked up on candy, and decided to have a dance session with Elmo.

Even Cade makes a cameo in his underwear.  I hope you all have a happy Thursday!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

BIG Weekend

This weekend proved to be HUGE in the Vaughn household.  It was busy, but oh so fun.

The weekend started on Friday night at the Women’s Resource and Medical Clinic’s Annual Banquet.  This is a pro-life organization that my family has supported for years.  It has come to mean a lot more to me in the past year.  I was asked to speak and share about Faith.  I have never been more nervous, but once I got up there, the Lord blessed me with a peace and I overflowed with pride as I shared what my daughter has meant to us and many others.

We left from there and drove until 1:30 am to get to the hunting woods.  It was opening rifle season in GA, and heaven forbid we miss it!  Remember this?

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Rob was so excited for me to finally be able to shoot it.  But I am sad to report that it served as nothing more than an accessory because we didn’t see anything we could shoot.  But guess who did?

deer 1Cade shot his first deer and he was so proud of himself.  I think Papa was even more proud (but not as proud as Momma and Daddy!).  Rob and I had to leave Saturday afternoon for a Sunday School party, so Cade stayed with Gamma and Papa.  He had to use Papa’s BIG gun to shoot it because it was so far away.

Sunday, SaraGrace had a big day.  She got to do this:

Gator Cheerleaders 003Aunt Amy arranged a special meeting for SG and the Gator cheerleaders.  There was a volleyball game, and the girls (and boys) cheered for them.  They practiced earlier and SG got to be in the middle of the action.

But she wasn’t the only one.  Brooke and Hayley got to go too.  They were so good to SG and she just loves them!

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Aunt Amy and Hayley.

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Then SaraGrace wanted to play like she was shy.

Gator Cheerleaders 005It was breast cancer awareness day, so the girls had pink pompoms.  Our girl was loving that!  Gator Cheerleaders 008

Everyone was so sweet to make SG feel like part of the team.  They even taught her the Gator Bait cheer.

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I hate that this picture is blurry, but she and SG both had red hair:)

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  SaraGrace got all excited when they started doing “junaxtix” and “stumps.”Gator Cheerleaders 006

She thought she wanted them to put her up in a stump.  So Mr. Josh asked some of the guys to come and put her up.  Because she was so scared of the fact that there were boy cheerleaders (she kept saying they weren’t real cheerleaders, but they were SO SWEET to her,) they got this young lady to stump with SG.

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  After practice, it was time for the volleyball game.  SG thought the girls (and guys) were the coolest, until Alberta came around in a pink dress.  This is one of my favorite pictures of the day. 

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well.  Happy Monday!