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Chloe- Langham Creek Senior 2017

I had so much fun with Chloe. Her fun and spunky style was a blast to capture.  She will need to get used to wearing that burnt orange because she is heading for UT.  Congratulations, Chloe!

She is Engaged!

I have known sweet Tracy since she was in the 6th grade and she is one of my daughters closest friends!  This beautiful evening was deeply touching to be a part of.   It took place on a piece of property that is near and dear to my family’s heart.  Stillwaters Ranch is a place where my family serves twice a year and we have grown close to many of the people that are a part of Outback Texas.  My daughter actually invited Tracy to serve there one weekend and that is when she and Jake met.  They have been known as #outbacksweethearts ever since.

Jake planned this beautiful, surprise proposal which involved her whole family and closest friends.  Each person took turns walking with Tracy and spoke words of affirmation and encouragement to her.  It was an intimate time of celebrating love, relationships, and being blessed by the people who have walked alongside them throughout their dating years.  The final walk was with Jake to their special spot under the oak tree where Jake read a beautiful letter and proposed.  I can’t think of a more powerful gift than the gift of words.  They carry weight for years to come, call out goodness in us, and knit hearts together in tender ways.  These two hearts are being knit together in and I know this beautiful evening will carry on in their hearts for years to come.

I am so happy for you Jake and Tracy! xoxo

 

 

 

Ms. Beth Moore

Ms. Beth… that is what many call her.  She has authored countless bible studies, books, and is the founder of Living Proof Ministries.  She seeks hard after God and allows the world a front row seat at her redemption story, all while giving glory and fame where it is due, to God of course.  Never have I seen a woman walk out her faith journey in such a vulnerable, yet mighty way, which has spurred millions of women to seek the faithfulness of a good God for themselves.  I can tell you with all sincerity, if it weren’t for many of her studies, I would not be the person I am today.

Ms. Beth is every bit as genuine as you would think and she is an absolute joy to work with. It was an honor to spend a few hours with her and the team at Living Proof.  I am thrilled to know a few of these images are being used in her new study and first novel!  That is just a little bit of my own living proof that God can always do much more than we can imagine.  Thank you, Ms. Beth, for leading the way and setting a beautiful example for me and countless other women.

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Endurance

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Endurance.  This was the character quality awarded to this young man yesterday at our school awards ceremony.  If you knew him and his story you would well up with tears as they announced it.  I could hear his mom cheering him on in my mind and I was deeply proud.

I have loved having “B,” as we call him, in our lives the passed few years. He is incredibly funny, he inspires me, and he has taught me about hope.  He will never let you know anything phases him, but he has truly endured and persevered much in the past several years. When I met him three years ago, his beautiful and strong mother Karen, was walking through pancreatic cancer. I was introduced to them through one of my close friends, who has known and loved them deeply for years.  Shortly after meeting them, Brian and my son began to grow closer and he spent lots of time at our home. We were never short of laughter when he was around and he fit right in.  We also had the privilege of being with his mom Karen often. Despite the painful journey she was walking through, she was always the one who inspired me every time I was with her.  I NEVER saw her falter in her faith, never heard her complain about what she was facing, her faith only got stronger. She was a fighter. She loved fiercely and I wished I had known her years before. As the disease progressed, she continued to speak life and love into those she knew right up until the day she went to heaven.  This all took place when B was just beginning high school, and it wasn’t even their first trial.   Karen had been a single mother for years and she lost another son tragically and suddenly a few years before.  I truly learned so many lessons as I walked beside them, lessons I couldn’t put into words here.

Brian worked hard, even when he didn’t feel like it.  He continued on in his school work, went on to play competitive soccer, and served at church. Despite the grief and transition, he continued to walk in hope. He also recently made the decision to attend The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the fall and will play soccer for them!!! Tonight this special young man will walk across the stage and graduate, and we will celebrate along with those that have loved and supported him for years.

We are all incredibly proud of you, Brian. We believe in you, and we thank you for being such a joy in our lives!

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Romans 5:3-4

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Cypress Senior

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