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Gravity

A few nights ago I sat in the movie theater, 3D glasses and all, and watched Sandra Bullock on the big screen in her new movie, Gravity.  I must confess, I am not a fan of any movie that has to do with Space.  BUT, I love Sandra Bullock, movies that are not rated R, and any opportunity to sit in a theater and eat Raisenettes, hence, the selection of Gravity.  I will not say Gravity is my new favorite movie and has changed my life forever, but for the 2+ hours I sat in the theater, I was surprisingly entertained. As I watched Bullock be flung throughout outerspace and as I too dodged the 3D objects flying at my face throughout the film, I found myself holding my breath quite a bit wondering what was going to happen next!

After a series of intense struggle and difficulty, Bullock finds herself alone, trapped inside a small spacecraft hurtling towards Earth.  It is in this moment she begins to give herself a bit of a “pep talk.”

“In the next 10 minutes, I will either land on earth or I will blow up.” Said Bullock.

Note:  To all you movie goers. I promise I am not ruining the movie for you by sharing this small scene.

Not every day, but some days, I feel like I am Sandra Bullock being flung towards the Earth in lightning speed.  How have we found ourselves in situations that are simply out of our control?  Notice, I did not say out of control, but simply out of OUR control.  Do you ever feel like you are being hurled through life at lightning speed?  These past several months of pregnancy, working in Haiti, and travel to the U.S. have been out of my control.

In less than 8 weeks, our baby boy is expected to make his big arrival!  This is quick lightning speed!

Trey and I are going to be parents, and we are just now adjusting to the idea we are pregnant!  Quick lightning speed!

This weekend I will return to Haiti!  Quick lightning speed!

Almost 1 month of visits in the U.S. are coming to an end and there are so many more people I wish I could have seen!  Quick lightning speed!

What about you?  Where are you descending to in lightning speed today?  What are you grabbing towards, only to realize everything is out of YOUR control?  What do you wish would ‘slow down’ and give you just a minute to catch your breath and get a handle on things?

A few moments into Bullocks lightning speed descent, with eyes closed tight, she began to smile.  Seconds later, laughter came, and before you knew it she had accepted all her control was gone, she would enjoy the ride that Gravity had for her.

It was in that scene I too began to smile, as I thought about the lightning speed changes that are out of my current control, my heart swelled with satisfaction that I have something FAR better than Gravity in control of my decent.

The King of the Universe, my Heavenly Father, the Creator Himself has complete control on me!  This crazy speed, wish I had more time, everything out of my control lifestyle is not one that should lead to anxiety, but instead it should be enjoyed!  I may worry, shed a few tears, or have a few restless nights, all to no avail.  I find myself at a crossroads today…

Do I choose the anxious heart?  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil. 4:6)

Or, do I smile at what is to come?  She is clothed with strength and dignity;  she can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25)

The answer is clear, but the follow through is difficult.  Praise the Lord we are not flying at lightning speed with only gravity to decide our future.  Our Creator is at work, my needs and concerns are near and dear to His heart, it is for this reason alone I find myself with a smile on my face “laughing” at the days to come!  Will you join me?

Thankful for a day spent with my niece Annabel yesterday.  Her closed eyes and sweet smile in the picture above are the perfect example of what it should look like as we smile at those “out of our control” moments!

 

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Hometown Goodness

Colby Ellison,

Our precious little man!  We are officially in our 3rd trimester.  Can you believe it?  You are becoming quite the active little guy.  I love being able to carry you during this special time and feel all your little movements.  Your dad likes to talk to you and I always let him know when you’re moving around so he can get excited too!  Over the past week you have gotten to spend time with your Mimi and Pawpi in my hometown.

You have met so many family members and life time friends of our family.  Can I just tell you, EVERYONE is so excited to welcome you into the world.

Tuesday night we enjoyed a baby shower with the ladies from Central Baptist.  We were showered with gifts and encouragement from special women who have been a part of my life for a LONG time.

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Each of these ladies either changed my diaper in the nursery, helped me memorize the books of the Bible, or listened to me ramble on and on for many hours during my teenage years.  All of this to say, they love me, they love your daddy, and now they love you!  My favorite part of the shower was a time when the ladies “showered” us with blessings.  Several verses from Scripture were selected as we gathered together and prayed for you and your life to be.

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The Lord has BIG plans for you, Colby.  I am loving the fact that I am the only one who is able to carry you right now, because I know this time will be short.  I desire to cherish every minute of it.  Your daddy and I are learning A LOT about babies right now.  There are quite a few things we will need to be able to take care of you, but don’t worry, we are making sure we are as ready as possible for your arrival in December.

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We are oh so thankful for all the gifts we received at the shower Tuesday night.  While your dad and I opened gift after gift, your Great-Mamaw Peggy worked hard to write down all we received.  It was definitely a group effort!  As the party came to a close a great deal of advice was given to us for when you arrive, as well as several pictures taken with friends and family.  I cannot wait for you to meet everyone face to face here in Corbin!

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The picture above is your Mimi with one of her best friends Lisa Cleary, you will love Mrs. Cleary’s chocolate chip cookies!  Although we may not be close geographically with these special ladies, you definitely have many “honorary” Aunts.  You will be a Corbin Redhound in your own unique way.

We love you, Colby Ellison.  Keep growing and keep kicking so we can know you’re doing well.  Now your momma is going to go start her thank-you notes for all your special gifts.

-Mom

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BABYMOON

The term “Babymoon” has become a popular word over the past few years.  Believe it or not, New York Times had an article in 2007 discussing this new craze reaching parents-to-be everywhere.  In simple, a babymoon is just like taking a honeymoon except you’re pregnant… the purpose is to have one last ‘hurrah’ as a couple before baby arrives.  After we found out we were pregnant, this momma to be became so excited about the idea of a babymoon.  The thought of spending time with my man, just the two of us, away from “work mode” and other distractions, yes please!

Last week we were able do a few day get away, our “Babymoon” in South Carolina.  We had a FABULOUS time.  Here are a few snapshots from our get away:

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We arrived in S.C. Monday evening and instantly took the top off my Father-in-laws’ jeep and began the search for a local pizza restaurant.  Jeep, country music, pizza, all of these things are the perfect way to begin vacation!

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Tuesday, was a day to tour and explore.  My history guru hubs was chomping at the bits to head to Fort Sumter.  It was a gorgeous day!  I personally enjoyed the boat ride out to the fort while Trey loved all the cannons.

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Sunshine, Ocean, Beautiful Scenery...yes please!

Wednesday was our “Beach Day”.  Our hotel was located right next to the ocean.  We enjoyed a wonderful pancake breakfast, and then took off for a brisk power walk down the beach in an attempt to shake off some of the carbs.

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The rest of the morning was spent by the pool, enjoying a nice time of leisure reading.  Unfortunately our time at the water was cut a bit short due to cloudy skies and rain.  At the close of the day, our “classy” side came through as we had a huge desire for Chinese food and a $1 Redbox movie.  So, we located some Chinese take out and enjoyed an evening of fine dining by the poolside.  I’m not sure if the hotels fancy restaurant guests could fully appreciate our exquisite taste!

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Thursday, was our last full day of our Babymoon.  True confession, I was one sad momma to see our time coming to a close.  But, we finished the vacation strong and definitely did our fair share of walking and exploring.  In vacation tradition, we began with our morning beach walk.

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There was so much to see on this vacation, we took the afternoon to explore the U.S.S. Yorktown and other impressive pieces of U.S. history.  This prego enjoyed mastering the many stairs and climbing through the tight spaces.  I think it was good prep for becoming a momma to our little man!

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Huge ships, submarines, airplanes, and guns, our afternoon was a playground for boys and men from all different walks of life.  It was definitely fun to walk and talk, as we explored all the in’s and out’s of the machines.  Oh and of course I loved all the great photo ops with Trey and his toys.

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Thank You Trey for a wonderful “Babymoon”.  You are my best friend and love of my life.  You can drive me crazy and have me swooning over you one moment after the next.  I consider it an honor to be your bride and the mother of your son.  “Babymooning” or “regular life,” it’s all an adventure and I would not want to do it with anyone else!

 

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Words & Smiles

Can I just say, I am loving my pregnant days?!  Although it is impossible to lean over and touch my toes, my legs feel like they weigh 100 lbs. each, and I could pass out in the bed each day at 5 p.m.  Overall, pregnancy is treating me well!  We’ve been in the states a little more than a week now and I must confess, I am thoroughly enjoying the sweet comments and smiles this baby to be is bringing our way.

I have yet to go to the grocery where the cashier did not ask me when I was due and if we were having a boy or girl.  The airlines allow us to cut in line at security and the stewardess sneaks me extra cookies because I am “eating for two”!  Mommies of little ones smile knowingly in my direction as they chase their toddlers.  The list goes on and on, for lack of any other way to put this, people are noticing my condition, sharing smiles and speaking words of encouragement in my direction and I LOVE it.  In the midst of all the smiles and encouragement my heart has been highly convicted.

How often do I go about my day and fail to notice those around me?  How many times do I miss the opportunity to share a word of encouragement to someone I pass, or simply provide a knowing smile?

I am in a season of life where people cannot help but notice there is a big change happening in our life and any little smile or word is appreciated.

The needs and changes of most of those around me cannot be seen through their stomachs (this would be a little awkward).  But, that doesn’t mean the needs do not exist.  I have begun to wonder, how many needs would I notice if I simply took the time to look?  I’m not talking HUGE problems that will take years to change, but the “little” daily things the Lord wants me to see, so that I may be a small ounce of encouragement.

Perhaps it’s a mom struggling to get her kids through the grocery store and all she needs is a smile and a gentle reminder that she is indeed doing a good job and making a difference.  Maybe it’s the young waitress at the restaurant who looks worn out from being a full-time student and simply needs someone to acknowledge her hard work and let her know it will one day pay off.  Maybe it’s the elderly couple in the mall who need to hear that their commitment to one another is an encouragement to Trey and I.  The list could go on and on.

Countless times throughout scripture we see believers being an encouragement to brothers and sisters in the faith.  Good days or bad days, we have been blessed with the hope of Christ!

1 Thess. 5:10 – He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

The sweet little lady at Publix will never know how I encouraged I was by her simply asking about our little man to be.  We too, can be a part of sharing words that enable others to walk a little bit taller in their day.  Look up, you never know who needs your smile or a simple word today.

*These are practical and natural ways of being able to share the love of Christ, as well as opening doors to share the gospel.

In the midst of a post about being an encourager, I wanted to say a special thanks to my Mother-in-Love and other family and friends who played a part in showering Trey and I this past weekend.  What a precious example of taking the time to encourage and build up.  Thank you Georgia ladies and our sweet family for loving us.  Here are a few pictures from the shower:

Some of the ladies sharing words of wisdom for the momma to be.
Some of the ladies sharing words of wisdom for the momma to be.

Terri, Trey, and I taking a moment to cheese it up before the shower.
Terri, Trey, and I taking a moment to cheese it up before the shower.
Present time!  Thank you ladies for all your special gifts.
Present time! Thank you ladies for all your special gifts.
My personal favorite!  Can't wait to meet our little guy!
My personal favorite, the bib says “I love mommy.”  We Can’t wait to meet our little guy!

 

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Update U.S.A

We are four days into our family time in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. and enjoying every minute of it!  This first week in the states is being spent with the Salter side of the family in Georgia.  We arrived Saturday night and hit the ground running Sunday morning by attending Church followed by an afternoon meeting with a group who will be coming to serve with us in Haiti in just a few short weeks.  It is always a pleasure to meet team members before they arrive in Haiti.  At the close of the weekend I was beyond excited about our Monday plans…

For you “southern” folk, you know Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday, but you can bet this chick was there and ready for some good eats Monday afternoon!  Strawberry Milk-Shakes from Chick-Fil-A have been my pregnancy craving.  I have had 3 dreams which included these lovely shakes, I only wish I could say I was kidding.  I’m pleased to say, Monday afternoon, this craving was satisfied!

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I think our little man enjoyed it too, so for the sake of our child I’ll probably have to have another milk shake before our return to Haiti.  You know, I’d just hate to dissapoint our little guy.

Tuesday, in true Salter fashion, the home renovations began.  Trey and his dad are working on a new patio area in the backyard.  They have been excited to hit the ground running and are using all the necessary tools to get the job done.  My mother-in-love and I are assuming the role of “spectator” in this project.

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There you have a quick update & can know that all is well!  I look forward to sharing more pictures and stories soon.  Hope you are having a blessed and wonderful Wednesday.

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