Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 18, 2017

Lazy Days?

Experiencing the lazy days of summer yet?  Ummmm....I don't think so.  It seems like everyone is busier than ever this summer!

Kids' lives are being changed for eternity at summer camps!
Beach photos abound!
Fresh peaches and corn on the cob at road side stands!
VBS songs and themes etched in the hearts and minds of everyone!
Mission trips providing deep and priceless memories!
Softball, soccer, swimming, diving, and porch swings!
House and yard projects never ending!
Graduation, birthday, and wedding celebrations!
Sun, rain, wind, sun, and more rain!
And yet there are also injuries, doctor appointments, tests, and surgeries for many.  Trey was our Young Warrior, but there are other warriors out there who are still fighting their battles - yes, even in the summer.  Not very lazy days for them.

Let's rally together!  Embrace each other!  Share your story!  Drop your masks and offer some love!  Extend grace!  And make some time to celebrate!  :)

Today I choose to celebrate a very special icon in our family!  Trey's Great, Great Aunt Rosella - Someone who has lived every day of her life embracing, supporting, encouraging, loving, laughing, serving, giving, and playing poker until the wee hours of the morning!  Happy 97th birthday Aunt Rosella!  <3

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—"  Psalm 107:1,2 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 11, 2017


I love loving people. All kinds of people!

Trey's Grandma (my mom) had outpatient surgery today. (She was phenomenal, thank God!) Spending time in the waiting room was such an exercise in observation, appreciation, and self-control. (I can't narrate a hospital visit quite like Jay Mitlo, but oh my goodness, it was soooooo interesting!)

Some people are just, "Soooooo......"  They're just comfortable being who they are!  :) 
A group of women in the waiting room was enjoying a TV show - out loud!  Laughing and giggling and commenting - having sooooooo much fun!  Another man was napping and burping.....right beside me.  Soooooo comfortable!  And then there were the unremarkable people who were soooooooo peacefully and patiently waiting.....sooooooooooo peacefully doing nothing at all.  (That was NOT me!) :)

Mom and I told Trey stories today.  Trey was, "Sooooo...."  When Trey was happy - watch out!  He was sooooooo happy!  :)  When Trey was loud, he was soooooo loud!  :) And when Trey was got it....he was sooooooo determined!

Are you that comfortable with who God made you to be?

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving"  I Timothy 4:4

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 4, 2017

Hide and Seek

Oh, the endless games of Hide and Seek, filled with the adventure and mystery of finding the perfect spot to wait until being found by, "It."  Wasn't it great being in the hiding place that was the best?  You could crouch down in that spot for a long time before being found!  :)

How long did you wait until that exact right moment to reveal yourself?  You know, when almost everyone was found, they couldn't find you, and they were ready to give up.  What if you waited too long and they never found you?  What if one of the players quit and went home instead of being found?  How long can you hide before it's not a game anymore?

Trey was like most children.  When he was quiet you had to check on him to try and prevent (or minimize!)a disaster.  Children rarely clean their rooms or take naps in secret in order to try and surprise you!  :)

Since the very beginning of time, people have been trying to play Hide and Seek with God.
But it doesn't work.  God, the Creator and Author of life knows you and loves you so very much!  He's waiting for you to come out of hiding. 

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  John 3:17

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 27, 2017

Biker Down

I was on my way home the other day and I noticed something unusual on the side of the road.  A motorcycle was on its side and the driver was lying right beside it.
It didn't look like a medical emergency, so I, like dozens of others, drove right on past.

Not the bikers behind me, though.  They knew their "friend" needed them. They calmly did a u-turn and drove to meet the needs of the other biker.  There was no hesitation.  No rubbernecking.  No questions asked.  Just loyalty and unity.

Many of us came together to pray for Baby Trey.  It's easy to love on and support a child with a huge diagnosis.  How do you do when it's an older person?  With a not-so-huge/maybe-even-annoying need?  Let's be like those bikers and be an unspoken loyal team - believers supporting one another on the journey, fueled by love, extravagant with grace and mercy, encouraging each other in prayer.

“Jesus prayed, 'My prayer is not for My disciples alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You."  John 17:20,21

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 20, 2017


Wait!  Don't scroll past!
I just want to clear things up!

We've been doing this "Trey Tuesday" for a few years now and I need to make something clear.  This hasn't been all about Trey.  It hasn't been about Jay and Rachel.  It hasn't been about me writing.

Everything we have done is to give glory and respect to God.

It's that simple.  And that important.

"all things were created through Him and for Him."  Colossians 1:16

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 13, 2017

Your Legacy

Thank you for your faithfulness in reading and praying with us through Trey Tuesday.  Trey had no idea that his life, his story, would be used for years to tell of the love and power and glory of God.  Trey was just being the Trey that God made him to be.

What about you?  What is your legacy?  No, you don't need to amass prestige and wealth so that one day a library can be named after you.  You don't even need any money to leave a legacy.

What about you makes you undeniably YOU?

Talents?  Athletics?  Work ethic?  Extraordinary wit?  Ukelele playing?  Strength?  Honesty?  Lanky arms and legs?  Compassion?  Baking?  Letter writing?  Peace?  How are you using the gift of YOU to tell the story of our Extraordinary Creator?

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--His eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."  Romans 1:20

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 6, 2017


Go ahead!  Laugh!  Laugh hard!  Laugh until you cry!  :)

Last weekend we celebrated a high school graduation in our extended family.  This weekend we celebrate another one!  :)  Somewhere in the middle of all this, Grandma came down with symptoms resulting in a hospital stay.  How did we pass the time while we waited in the ER?

We watched videos of Trey!  :)  Oh, to see Grandma smile as we reminisced, was medicine for my soul!  Silly, sweet Trey still makes us smile and yes, laugh!  We later shared the videos with the extended family.  It was nothing short of God's grace and mercy overflowing to watch Jay and Rachel enjoy the videos...hearing Trey's voice, seeing his precious face, imagining him in their arms again.  We laughed out loud, although we cried inside.  Maybe I cried a little on the outside, too.

God provided soooooo much joy then, and yes, even now in our sweet little boy!  God's love, overflowing through family and friends, continues to bring us to tears.  Tears of grief.  Tears of joy.

Go ahead!  Enjoy the life God has given!  Laugh!  :)

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us,and we are filled with joy"  Psalm 126:2,3