Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Wedding Day!

From this day forward, February 27 will be know as the wedding anniversary of Bradford and Dana Hedgepeth!!!

Brad is Todd's youngest brother, and one of my most favorite people in the world! I have watched, sometimes from afar, as Brad has grown to be the man he is today. He is kind and gentle. He is funny and fun loving. He is a real gentleman and master of conversation. He has a great sense of adventure. He is the favorite uncle...young enough to run with "the gang", old enough to offer sage advice.

How excited we were when "Uncle Brad" chose Charlotte, NC to start his adult life and teaching career. As a teacher and baseball coach, he has the opportunity to impact many lives. As a resident of Charlotte, he has the opportunity to impact our lives as well. We are grateful.

It is with great delight that we welcome Dana Clerico into our family and into our lives! Dana is also a teacher who has changed the world around her! And she is quite wonderful. In just the little while that we have known her, we have come to love her so dearly.

Together, this Dynamic Duo, is embarking on a Grand Adventure! We are thrilled to be joining them!

Congratulations! Happy Wedding Day to two of my favorite people on this earth!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh, time flies!

It's been over a month since I have posted. Let me assure you, it is not for lack of stories, let me tell you!

Listen, life has been full, more full than I would like, but full none the less. I really want to embrace each it to the fullest. With a few crazy things going on around me, I have found "refuge" in a task that has cleared my mind and been a sweet time with the Lord.

A few months ago, we discovered that we could save A LOT of money on our renovation by painting the siding ourselves...myself.

Todd did give it a go when I was out of town earlier this month. He called me to say, "We have had a religious experience at the house and I'm sure it is not Christian!" I asked him to explain. He went on to say, "I worship your painting skills. I am not worthy to hold your paint brush." Honey, please explain more...

He said that he was trying to paint the siding and found it to be so tedious! He did not know how I had been able to do what I had done so far.

Oh, appreciation goes a long way, Baby!

So, while I was away, Todd, our friend Del and Bill worked on the awnings, interior walls and other stuff.

Todd was happy to leave the painting to me! I was happy for him to leave the painting to me. It has been my place of solace. It has been the place where I have prayed for friends, for myself, reflected on times gone by and simply praised God for the works that He is doing in my life. And I do mean "works", plural.

It is amazing to me, how when my hands are engaged in a task, my mind is so free to engage in conversation with the Lord. What sweet conversations they have been. I will always look back on this home building process and see what a special time it has been, and remember all that the Lord has done...with the house and in my life.

The siding awaits skilled hands, for the next step.