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Before and After

This one is so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes! God is AMAZING! It's worth it to watch it all the way to the end! Love, Charlene♥

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Beautiful Love

"Beautiful Love"
by Charlene
June 16, 2008

I lay my crown at the feet of Jesus
I realize that I have been unworthy all along
And that it was only because of your beautiful love
That I inherited the kingdom above

Oh Beautiful love
Sent down from heaven like a dove
There's no greater love
Than the one that comes from above

For my redemption, you set me free
And for my pardon, you died for me
How can this be, My beautiful King,
That this is how much you love me?

Though unworthy, you loved me
Though unworthy, you never left me
Though unworthy, you stayed right by my side
How can I explain how I feel inside
I just know that
I'm gonna spend all my eternity
Loving you
I'm gonna spend all my eternity
Loving you

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Love
Oh, Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Love
Oh beautiful love from heaven above

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**note: these lyrics are protected under copyright**

Mother and Daughter Jewelries*

My mother and I started our own little jewelry business. Come and visit our website! It is so much fun to do this project with my mother. It gives me some quiet time and helps me be more creative. It also helps me explore the world of business and marketing! Wish me luck! Love, Charlene

A Silver Lining

What an amazing day.

I woke up early and frantically dressed my kids and fed them breakfast while making sure the house was spotless because my ex husband was coming today. It was awkward at first and the kids went to spend the day with him and his parents. I felt this compelling feeling prior to today that I should talk to him about custody arrangements. It just didn't feel like the right time so I prayed to God to lead me and tell me when. When he dropped the kids off home, I felt a door open in my heart and then I asked him if we could talk. He said okay and I wasn't sure what to expect. I asked my family to pray and I prayed too that it would go well.

We both agreed how we were tired of going in and out of court and never seeming to settle anything. I can't imagine doing this for the rest of our lives and battling for every tiny little thing. I am emotionally drained from worrying alone. All I want is for my children to have a home with me. All I want is to tuck them in bed at night, sing to them and see their messy hair and sleepy eyes when they wake up in the morning. I want them to have a real home and to have stability. I was willing to trade in anything to have this one thing.

He told me something and I couldn't believe I was hearing it. He told me he wasn't going to fight for physical custody. He told me that he only want joint legal and a visit every other weekend and holiday. I didn't mind that. I couldn't believe that we both wanted the same things. I kept trying to hold back tears because I didn't want to bawl all over him. Believe me, I was about to! You mean.. really? I get to keep my babies home with me and I don't have to worry anymore??

I can't describe the feeling of worrying that you could lose your own children. They are my heart and soul. It's already so hard just to be away from them overnight. We have been inseperatable since they were formed in my womb. I haven't slept a full night's sleep in two years. My mind has not rested from the worry. Now I can see a silver lining after a storm. I am still holding my breath until the court date in July. I am still waiting to exhale.

Right now I feel like a laundromat. I feel sadness, anger, love, hope, memories, loneliness and freedom all tumbled inside. Pretty soon, God will wash everything clean and wipe away my tears.

silver lining

*--Starting Traditions--*

Memories come from setting traditions. We may not remember all the little details in our lives as we grow older, but we will never forget our traditions. Now that I am home with my children, I am setting new traditions that they will never forget. A new one that I am starting with Landon is that every night, I will climb into the top bunk with him and teach him songs about Jesus. He looks forward to it now and reminds me! I am trying to think of daily and weekly traditions and we don't always have to wait until the holidays come! All I do know for sure is that time is fleeting and I want something that our family will cherish forever. I will also keep the traditions of never missing church on Sundays and Wednesdays as a family. I want my kids to grow up and remember us visiting Jesus at his house every week without fail. Let us make the most of the time that we have with our children and make these precious moments last forever.

*Professional Photo*

The professional photo from my graduation was finally emailed to me today! I thought I had blinked in the photo, but I didn't! Whew! ;)

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