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Buckle Up It’s the Law!!! October 31, 2008

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I was headed down the road minding my own business, when all of sudden. There he was. You know the old saying “watch out for that… cop”, oh well I think it actually says “George, George, George of the jungle watch out for that…..tree… not cop” but oh well you get the idea. Ooooppps it’s was too late he got me.

This cop has another car pulled over when he sees me coming. I noticed he looked at me funny and then got his radio and talked into it. I think what are you looking at me for I am not doing anything wrong so I kept going and I noticed another cop down the road. He gets behind me about 3 cars back. I keep my eye on him and then he turns around. I think whew he wasn’t after me after all. Wrong, the other cop comes up behind the 3 cars behind me and follows us. I get to Birth Choice where I was going and when I turned my signal light on he turns his blue lights on and pulls in behind me. I roll down my window and ask him what I did wrong. I said I was not speeding or anything. He said no you were not, but when I saw you down the road you did not have your seatbelt on. By the time he pulled me over I had my seatbelt on. I had put it on when I saw him looking at me funny…..tooo late. He gave me a $20 fine for not having my seatbelt on. All I can say is guilty.

The Bible tells us to be sure our sins will find us out. My husband has been trying to get me to remember to wear my seatbelt, but I just don’t do it. I told the officer he was going to get me in trouble with my husband, he just laughed. I was so embarrassed to be getting into trouble with the law. I have always considered myself a law abiding citizen. I hate the fact that I was found guilty of not buckling up. The Bible tells us to obey the laws of the land, and I didn’t, so I got caught. I was found guilty.

There are people today who think they are doing nothing wrong and are good enough to get to heaven on their own…wrong.  The Bible says, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that the wages of those sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life thru Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see we all break God’s law and need forgiveness. Just like my breaking the law by not having my seatbelt on means I am guilty, we are all guilty of breaking God’s law (the 10 commandments) and need to be forgiven for them. I can pay the $20 fine and be forgiven for breaking the law.  Jesus paid your penality for your sins when he died on the cross. All you have to do is have faith that Jesus is the only way to heaven and ask him to forgive all your sins and you can be saved.


Tanner my son has Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome October 29, 2008

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I just wanted to share a little about Tanner’s story. I won’t go into all the details you can check his early life story out on the Beckwith-Weidemann site

Tanner was in NICU at birth and had many problems. Even while I was pregnant they had discovered that something was wrong with his kidneys. Needless to say his first glimpse of life was a struggle. He was very sick and spent several days in the NICU. This was not a new experience for me since Cody my middle son had spent the first week of his life in the same NICU and was transported by the same Angel III ambulance and the same crew, should I say deja vu. The only difference was that when Cody came home he did not have any ongoing health issues to deal with.

Tanner on the other hand spent several days in and out of the hospital over the next few years. We saw many specialist trying to find out what was wrong with him. Final when he was 3 we were told he had Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome he also had Hemi-Hypertropy which meant one side of his body was bigger than the other. Now we know what to call his disorder. We try to learn all we can about it. We get involved with National Institute of Health’s research program. We even met Dr. Beckwith himself.

Tanner had many visits to specialist. He saw Nephrologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatricians, Lung Specialist, ENT’s, Oral Surgeons , Orthodontist, Chiropractor, and now we add Physical Therapy. You can read about his oral problems on my blog about the Orthodontist.

The main concern through the years was for his chance to develop wilms tumors. He had pre-cancerous tumors called Nephroblaustoma-Tossis. He had to have ultra sounds and CT’s every 3 months for several years to check for cancer. It was always so nerve wracking everytime we had another appointment to see if it was cancer. Thank the Lord so far it has not been. We still go once a year to make sure he is cancer free.

He has had many health problems through the years with his lungs, he was hospitalized over 8 times because of breathing problems, he has had his tonsils and adenoids out this was a big help with his breathing problems. He even went code blue one time when he was 1 year old. We spent many a night under a croup tent.  He had a breathing machine for years. He finally outgrew most of these problems by the time he was 5.

One of the main struggles has been in school with learning disabilities. Tanner has processing problems. Beckwith is considered to be a cousin to downs. He has struggled really hard in school. He had so much trouble with kids picking on him and not fitting in that we have homeschooled him for most of his life. He thrives in homeschool. He is a happy and full of life child. He loves NASCAR, Diesel trucks, tractors, and most things with a motor. He loves people and loves to talk. He usually has a big smile on his face.

He is now 16 and we have had a new problem. He is 6’4″ tall. He grew so fast that his bones grew faster than his muscles which has caused him to have so tight of muscles that he is slumped over and can not even bend his muscles. He can not even touch his knees not to even think about his toes. He can not turn his neck very much at all. So is what lead me to blog tonight. We have been taking him to AQUA Therapy and the physical therapist thinks she will be able to stretch his muscles to where he can get back to normal. He loves going to AQUA Therapy. He goes 3 days a week. Here are some pictures I took tonight while he was working out.


I believe God has great things in store for Tanner. He is such a joy and a blessing. He loves the Lord and can’t wait for Jesus to come back. Wherever he goes he brings sunshine and laughter.


No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead …

~ Philippians 3:13, NLT


“Mission Jackson” Having a blast on Tinker Hill!! October 28, 2008

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One of the mission projects I participate in at church is called “Mission Jackson”. What we do is go to the housing projects behind the church and have Backyard Bible Club with the kids each Sunday afternoon. This has been a rewarding project. Each Sunday I look forward to seeing the little kids run up to me and give me a big hug. I love to watch them run and play wanting to make sure that I am watching so I can praise them for how good they are doing.

We take the church bus and drive through the projects picking up kids. Some kids are ready and waiting on us, others want to come but their parents won’t let them. They always look so downcast when they can’t come, it just breaks my heart. Then we take them to the end of the street where we all gather together for games, crafts, Bible story and snack. We have almost 40 kids each Sunday. These kids come from some of the worst homes you could imagine, anywhere from poverty striken, to drug dealers, to prostitutes you name it and they have probably seen it. Some of the faces are so sad with little hope in their eyes, others are still so full of life you just want to take them home with you. We have ages ranging from 2 to teens, sometimes we even get a parent to come check us out, when they do we are ready to present the gospel to them.

These kids have a special place in my heart and in my prayers.

We also get lots of help from some Union University students. The kids love to hang out with these guys. I would like to say a special thanks to these guys for their hard work and dedication. Their presence is greatly appreciated by everyone, especially the kids.

 My son Tanner also goes and helps out.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

Rebecca with 2 sweet kids

Rebecca with 2 sweet kids


Tanner goes to Memphis Motor Speedway

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Tanner is a huge NASCAR fan. He was so excited when he got to go to a practice for the Nationwide series on Friday. Tanner and Randy went to Memphis to see the drivers practice for the big race on Saturday.

I will let Tanner tell you about the day…..

It was a fun trip. We got there at 1:00 pm. Then we got the tickets then we went to our seats and it started at 1:30. We got to watch the Practice. Then the 1st Practice was over. Then we got some food and watched the second practice. It was so exciting there were 6 – 8 wrecks. There was going to be an autograph session afterwards but you had to have Season Passes to go to the session. Dad asked a man if you could go to the autograph session without a pass. He said no… but I have two tickets that I am not using so you can have them. So, we got to go to the autograph session. I got 8 autographs from drivers. I even got Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, and Mike Bliss. I had so much fun seeing the drivers race and getting autographs and getting my picture taken with them. Here are some of my pictures.

Tanner and Mike Bliss
Tanner and Mike Bliss
Dad and Tanner chillin at the track!
Dad and Tanner chillin at the track!



Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1Corinthians 9:24

Dustin’s picture in the “Jackson Sun” October 27, 2008

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..Singers from the vocal ensemble, Proclamation, sing 'This Little Light of Mine,' on Tuesday morning during the dedication.

Singers from the vocal ensemble, Proclamation, sing ‘This Little Light of Mine,’ on Tuesday morning during the dedication.

This is the picture that was in the newspaper on Wednesday. Dustin is in the pink shirt.

Dustin is my 21 year old son who is a senior at Union University. He is majoring in music. He is a piano and composition major. He is also in the Union Singer Choir, Singers Choir, and this year he made the elite choir called Proclamation. You can listen to them on you tube sing “This Little Light of Mine”. Dustin is in the middle with the blue shirt.


Cody in the “Spotlight” October 16, 2008

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I have to share about my Cody playing bass guitar for a band that lead a big youth event last night. I couldn’t let Queenie be the only one bragging on her kids musical talents. Even though they are “AWESOME” kids. You can check her kids out at queenieslittlekingdom. For now I want to be the proud mom that brags on her kid.

The event was called “CityWide”. There were 600-700 people there. West Jackson Baptist church hosted it. They had several blow-up slides, baseball throw, etc. Outcast put on a BMX show that was awesome…one of the guys that did BMX tricks was 45 years old. I can bearly ride a bike at 40 and he could turn flips and do awesome tricks with his bike….unbelievable. The church served hotdogs and drinks for everyone. Then the band comes on stage and leads the group in worship before the speaker comes out to share the gospel. My son Cody was the one playing the bass guitar. He did an “AWESOME” job. It was a big night for him. It was his first big event. He has played in 2 different churches praise band, and he played for his high school praise band, and now he plays for the youth on Wednesday nights at Engelwood Baptist Church, but nothing has been this big. It was outside and the music was heard for up to 3 miles away. He was so excited to be able to play.

The speaker was “Ed” from Student Life Ministries. He did a great job presenting the gospel. He mainly shared his salvation experience in a powerful way. 12 youth gave their lives to Christ at the invitation. It was so exciting seeing people respond to Christ. It was a huge success.

Cody playing the bass

Cody playing the bass.



Dr. David Platt @ Union University October 9, 2008

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Today I went to chapel at Union University where my 2 oldest sons go to college. They were having their faith in practice week at Union. This is the week where they bring in dynamic speakers to challenge the students. David was there last year, the year before that was Vodie Baucham. It is an exciting time at Union. I love it that not only students get to go but everyone else is welcome too. I love to go and pretend I am a college student and just blend into the crowd…yeah right….me and my 40 year old self…hahahah who am I kidding….anyway I do love to get to hear these awesome speakers.

David is a young outstanding preacher, he is only 29-30 year old, but he can preach. He is the pastor of Brook Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. He is a powerful speaker. He challenged us today to live the commission set forth in Matthew 28: 18-20. He said that every saved person should be sharing, showing, teaching, and serving no matter what our career is. We are to be willing to risk our lives for the sake of the gospel. It is everyones responsibility to tell others about Christ and to teach them His truths. He said that we are to MAKE disciples for Christ. He was very convicting.

I had seen David speak at Student Life camp and what makes him so unique is that he not only reads and studies the Word of God, but he puts it to memory. He quoted ALL of Psalm 119. I mean every word. Look at Psalm 119 and just see how long it is. It was the most moving and powerful thing I have ever witnessed. The Spirit of God just began to move all over the room and people just started standing in awe as he quoted the Word of God. Last year my sons told me that he quoted Romans 1-8. That is chapters 1 – 8 not verses. They said the same moving of the Spirit happened at Union. I was so sad that I missed. I will miss it again this year because he usually quotes scripture on the last day and I will have to work. I am not sure why memorized scripture is so much more powerful than just read scripture, but it is. If you ever get a chance to hear David you need to go. He will challenge you to walk closer with the Lord. check out more about Dr. Platt