Thursday, January 31, 2013

Single Ladies Pay Attention

Meet my cousin Nathan.

He is a soon to be 28 year old Christian man, whom I think is amazing.
He is a Pharmacy Tech at a Charlotte area hospital and is also a Building Engineer for a local company.
He graduated college and continues to work hard as he seeks God's will for what is next for him.
In the limited free time Nathan has he serves in the youth department at his local church.
 He has gone on a couple mission trips.(Greece 2005, Peru 2012)
Nathan is also a proud uncle and a wonderful cousin to my own children.
My kids adore him and I appreciate his influence in their lives.

He is conservative in politics.
He is knowledgeable.
A lover of sports, he may yell at the T.V. while watching games but he cannot help it.
Our whole family is that way.
He is funny in a dry, witty kind of way.
He is not only my cousin, he is my friend.
Q & A Time
1. What is your favorite place to visit and why?
The cabin because of the great memories and I love getting away anywhere peaceful. The mountains are beautiful.
2.What is your favorite meal?
Fresh snowcrab legs.
3.What are two things you would like to achieve this year?

I would like to be able to work one job this year and to solely fund my way on a mission trip.
4. All time favorite movie?
Top Gun
5. What is your DREAM vacation?
Renting a mountain top slope side mansion in the Rockies with some friends for a couple weeks.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Violet Francis Tutu Shop

The birth of my niece, Aubrey Dylan, began my love of tutu making.
What started out as a fun little hobby has turned into a small business adventure.
Here are a few of my latest creations. UNC Tarheels for baby Mia.

What Georgia Bulldog wouldn't look adorable in this?

Jillian Kate is going HAWG wild in this little number.

And Miss Lilah sporting the pink and zebra creation. Zebra print tulle is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen.

*I try to special order team ribbon whenever I see it.

*Holiday themes are also a hit.

*Special orders upon request.

Check out my shop by clicking the Violet Francis button to the left.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

When "thank you" doesn't quite cut it....

I love the whole week leading up to Easter.

Focusing on the price that was paid on my behalf by someone who did not deserve it.

Trying to wrap my mind around the love that held Jesus on the cross that day is impossible.

Listening to Scott talking to Luke about the significance of Good Friday

has been especially sweet this year.

Hearing Luke singing "Living He loved me, Die-N He saved me....." as loud as he can is adorable.

I am grateful that when Jesus was buried He carried my sins so far away.

Undeserving am I!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

funny kid

If you ask Luke to keep his eyes peeled for something
this will be his response,
"UGH I am NOT a banana!"
Yes he does a full eye roll with his UGH.
On a sad note.
Luke has informed us that he is no longer Lukester Boo.
He is JUST Luke Smith.
Sad, sad day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


"Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. "

Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108.

"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption."

James Garfield, "A Century of Congress" published in Atlantic, July 1877.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Can you imagine the impact?

A few weeks ago I heard my mom say how encouraged she has been to be in prayer
for the young dads we know.
It was very convicting to me.
It really made me face the fact that
I do not pray nearly enough for the father of my own children.
What a big job it is to be the spiritual leader of the home, the main example for two young boys. Truman is teaching my boys right now,
just with his own actions,
how to be a husband and a father.
That is huge.
It is not something to be taken lightly and I certainly have.
Not long after that conversation I was riding to work and heard this song.

It has had such an impact on me.
It has changed how I pray for my husband.
It has opened my eyes to areas I need to allow Truman to lead
instead of assuming he is too busy to deal with it.
It has reminded me to pray for my friends husbands.
I believe that lives will be changed.
God will move in a mighty way.
Wives will have better husbands.
Children will have better dads.
Husbands will be better leaders.
Humbled, encouraging, and loving LEADERS of their homes.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and LEAD ME along the path of everlasting life.
Psalms 139:23-24

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Luke's First Day

Luke had a great first day of school.
I was so proud of him.
His teacher did say he watches his hands more than any child she has ever seen.
If that is the biggest issue he has, I will be a very happy mommy.