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Easter 2016

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We had such a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter! The Lord blessed us with getting to see Eli Williams (a dear child who continues to survive and fight the odds of his medical challenges) and his family after Saturday night service and allowing us to worship on Sunday at my hometown church as Kevin played the beautiful Gaither version of "Because He Lives" on the saxophone.

Christmas with The Daves - 2015

 

What a wonderful year this has been! The children have relished the sights and sounds of Christmas with love in their hearts and songs bursting forth in praise to our Lord and Saviour. One special memory was caroling to spread joy to some dear folks. Being able to minister to others is what the season is all about! We are so thankful to be home once again this year for Christmas, as we were able to visit my parents’ farm and to enjoy Kevin’s family. 

Thanksgiving 2015

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As I sit quietly on this beautiful Thanksgiving afternoon and soak in God's goodness, I am drawn to this promise in the bible...Lamentations 3:22–23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Shafer & Mom Receive Inspirational Leadership Award

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Saddened to hear the news of Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson's passing...Shafer and I were honored to share a special memory with him only a few short months ago. We received a prestigious inspirational leadership award from The University of the Cumberlands and met Senator Thompson as he was the keynote speaker for the event. It was an incredible blessing for me to address the attendees for the VIP Banquet held prior to the ceremony.

Christmas Memories - 2014

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Dear Friends & Family,

Once again on this blessed Christmas, our hearts are warmed by the outpouring of love and support you have shown our family. What a joy it has been to see the children relish the sights and sounds of the season! Our greatest gift this year is being home together as a family celebrating each other. We praise God for these precious memories and are so thankful that Shafer is doing well at this time.

Christmas Highlights 2013

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As the clock is ticking down the last few minutes until the day we are all so anxiously awaiting, I can think of no better way to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas than to share a few precious memories that highlight God's divine blessings in our lives. Shafer is doing remarkably well right now...he seems to have completely recovered from his difficult battle with viral meningitis. Thanks for your many prayers and continued concern.

A Busy, Exciting Summer

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After a very productive first year of homeschooling, we were all ready for an extended break over the summer. We kicked everything off with cleaning out closets and gathering items for our neighborhood’s annual yard sale. We used this as a time to clear out some clutter and raise funds for Shafer’s medical account. The kids got involved and wanted to help raise even more money, so they baked some homemade goodies and made some fresh squeezed lemonade. Shafer especially had lots of fun as he greeted customers, delivered product, and thanked them for their business. It was such a blessing to watch him hand out prayer cards and ask numerous people to “Please pray for me!”

The Joys of Being a Mom

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I L.O.V.E. being a mom! There is no greater blessing in my life than seeing my five children do anything and everything that children do. I love clipping a hundred little fingernails and toenails every couple of weeks. I love watching each one develop and grow. I love to hear them say their prayers before meals, at bedtime, and various times throughout the day, and I love being their homeschool teacher. I could go on for pages listing all the joys of being mom to Shayli, Sharayah, Shanel, Shaw, and Shafer, but I’ll just summarize by saying that it is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing about my life.

Mickey Mouse is in the House

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After several months of excited anticipation, on Monday, April 8th, Shafer cut the ribbon for his Make-A-Wish reveal party. His dream of having a Mickey Mouse Treehouse was now a beautiful reality. The weather was absolutely perfect for his special day. The East Tennessee chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation provided a Mickey cookie cake, balloons, and lots of decorations and surprises inside for Shafer to enjoy with his sisters and brother. It was one of the most memorable days of my life…filled with many tears…representing both the joy of the gift to our miracle child and sadness from the realization the he is in fact diagnosed with a medical condition that qualifies for a wish.

"Hoppy" Easter from Shafer

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This month was full of blessings, as Shafer enjoyed doing so many things he loves. We had a wonderful photo shoot at Barry Aslinger Photography with live bunnies and captured some amazing photos of the children. Shafer really likes rabbits, so we had a hard time getting him to leave the studio.

 

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