David and I were engaged 10 days after we met. I was only 19. There was a pink bikini involved…don’t judge. It worked.
I grew up as an only child, I had never babysat or changed a diaper, and now we have 16 kids at the breakfast table.
We have added to our family four times through the miracle of adoption.
We have three dogs. I love one of them, like the other, and the third is available…seriously.
We do sports. Triathlons, Cross Country, half-marathons, and marathons.
Our boys do football, and like any good Southerner, it’s part of our religion.
I am passionately patriotic, and can’t sing the Star Spangled Banner without bawling.
I’m just crazy enough to believe God will use your children and mine to be the change this world so desperately needs. Won’t you believe with me?
Having a newborn at age 21 drove me to a Savior I had accepted at age five but He and I hadn’t exactly been tight since I was 10. All I knew was I wanted to do this parenting job right. I prayed this simple but powerful prayer when Daly Kay was just six days old…
“Please God, Don’t Let Me Screw This Up!”
I think He smiled.
He finally had my heart and my attention.
Because that’s how He works. He grabs our hearts with what matters most to us and then uses that desire to bring Him glory. He got a hold of me through my children and then drew me near to Him because I was completely devoid of the ability to do this job “well enough” on my own.
From that point forward, I began to devour the Word and develop the idea that God could use my kids to change the world. Teaching parenting classes and ministering to families became something David and I enjoyed doing together. Over the last few years, it has become our mission to encourage and equip parents in their calling of raising up the next generation. We believe that God is going to do His greatest work yet… through the moms and dads of this generation who will raise up some planet-shaking prodigies.
We just might be a special kind of crazy…but what if we are right?
What if we are right that God wants to use those gremlins around your dining room table to squelch diseases, preach the Gospel in as-of-yet un-deciphered languages, or become the future President of the United States? What if your child could be “trained up in the way he should go” because you were just nuts enough to ask God for this kid’s purpose and then prepare them for it ahead of time? What if you could change the lineage in your family tree to include servant leaders who reach the height of all God created them to be and do? Because…maybe we are looney, but it’s more likely that He is a loving Heavenly Father who delights in giving us the desires of our heart.
Because I don’t just want you to survive parenting. I want you to thrive in it. Revel in it. Get up and take the world by storm with it. I want you to see your job as a parent as a mission from God to change the world one child at a time.
And with His help– that’s exactly what we’ll do.
Why Do You Blog?
The Internet is filled with mommy blogs. Mommies telling their stories, mommies complaining and commiserating, mommies doling out compassion and understanding, and even more moms just posing questions and begging for help.
There is a real need for moms to communicate. We are such social beings and at times parenting can be isolating. We need each other…that’s what has driven up this incredible panacea of available content.
But not all of these blogs are helpful and many of them lack real answers. You may find empathy but help is not out there in abundance. And that’s what makes TheRebacks.com so different.
I can empathize…but I’m here to offer hope too.
I can hear your challenges…and I can give you solutions.
I understand your complaints but I will not allow you to commiserate here. Soldier, we have a world to change and there ain’t no time for groaning!
You need compassion from someone who has walked in your adorable little flats but someone who will also strengthen you when your want for compassion becomes crippling to your mission and what you really need is a solid kick in the right direction.
By God’s amazing grace, I hope and pray that this is what you find in this ministry. Real help. Real hope. The kind of faith that gives you boldness and courage in the face of every parenting challenge you get thrown. I hope you find wisdom from His Word here and how applicable the Bible is to the demands of parenting.