Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 260 - First Grader and Well Update...

We started teaching Sunday school in the preschool area of our church when Hillary Ashton was a small baby. I vividly remember standing at the door of our class one Sunday, when Hillary Ashton was about 15 months old, watching a line of "older children" walking toward the sanctuary. I had no idea where they were going and didn't really think much about it. I just remember the impression that those kids sure looked old :o) I didn't know if they were first graders, third graders or fifth graders...I just knew they were WAY bigger than my baby :o) Haha!

Over the years, I have witnessed this tradition many more times, but we always seemed to be filling in for someone during the church service so I never knew where those "big kids" were going. A few years ago, we were sitting in church around this time of the year, after we sang a couple songs, in marched a line of kids...big kids. The pastor presented each child a bible with their name on the front. Those kids were in the first grade. You know, the big kids. I thought to myself, "I can't imagine having kids that old." Surely our kids would never be one of the big kids, right?


I CANNOT believe that my baby was one of those "big kids" this morning! Seriously, how in the world is my 15 month old baby girl already in the first grade? How is my child one of the "big kids" walking down the hallway to the sanctuary? Time goes by sooooooo quickly. Sniff, sniff.

I do have to add that although it makes me a little sad to see my kids grow so quickly, I am so proud of the little people they are becoming. Watching them grow and mature is truly an honor. I am blessed.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about my child. I have learned that she is her own person. I have learned that her ideas are not necessarily the same as my ideas. I have learned that I cannot always anticipate her actions. I have learned that she LOVES being in front of large audiences. All of these things lead me to the conversation I had with Hillary Ashton on the way to church this morning. I knew I wouldn't be able to cover all of my bases, but I did my best. I told her that I was so happy for her and proud of the person she is becoming. I told her that I would really appreciate it if she would not go on the stage, not climb the stairs to the where the choir sits, not break out in dance and not grab any microphones. Haha! Luckily, she listened! Whew!
Checking out her new bible...
Hillary Ashton with her sweet friend, AC
Could they be any cuter? LOVE those girls!

This picture is sweet AND ridiculous.
First the ridiculous part...Hillary Ashton is talking on my cell phone WHILE she is on the internet with her daddy's phone. The sweet part is that she wanted to check on the well fund after church and was so excited to see a new donation! She is calling to thank Ganny and Papa Texarkana for a big donation :o)

Because of their donation, our goal is within reach!!!
I remember the night I signed up for the Friends of Fanose Charity: Water campaign, I wondered if we would be able to raise $100!
I am so thankful to share with you that we are only $500 away from our goal!!!
Because of you guys, 225 people will have access to clean drinking water!!! I am blown away!

THANK YOU!!! We would LOVE for you to help us reach our goal in the next 10 days! Just spread the word to your friends and family. The great thing is that people WANT to help. No one wants children on the other side of the world drinking dirty water. No one wants Moms on the other side of the world hiking all day to gather dirty water from muddy puddles. Most people just don't know HOW to help. That is exactly why we started the Friends of Fanose well campaign! We want to help bring clean water to a village of people and we want you to be a part of this amazing project!

Join the Friends of Fanose Facebook page and invite your friends to join. Post about Friends of Fanose in your facebook status or on your blog. Tell your friends that you are helping to build a well in Africa and that you need their help! Tell your friends that one billion people in our world drink dirty water everyday and you want to change that. People want to help, give them the opportunity! I guarantee 250 people living on the other side of the world will be SO THANKFUL to YOU for helping raise money to build a well in their village!

Here is our Friends of Fanose Facebook page and HERE is our Friends of Fanose donation page.

Remember, 100% of your donation goes directly to building a well and 100% of your donation is tax deductible :o)

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