Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas From The Worthey's

Merry Christmas everyone...We hope you had as great a day as we did celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! We started last night with Tommy reading about the very first Christmas from Luke 2. It was a little different this year because it was just the 3 of us, but it was nice! We each opened one gift which is our usual tradition and Chase opened her present from Poppa DewBerry! Chase wanted to open presents at midnight last night, but Tommy and I convinced her she wanted to wait until morning:) Believe it or not I was the first one up this year, all you with small kids are going to hate us, I woke up about 9:30a and came downstairs and got breakfast started and then tried to do something with my hair because I knew we would be taking pictures:) About the time I was blow drying my hair Chase pops in all excited saying "Merry Christmas" I sent her up to wake Tommy and then the fun began!:) We opened presents while the Breakfast casserole and hashbrown casserole both baked! We had such a good time watching each other open presents - Tommy got usual daddy gifts underwear, 2 movies from our favorite comedian Brian Regan, and a Seinfeld Scene It game, which is really fun! I got 2 shirts from old navy, 2 movies from the Love Comes Softly series, a new set of dishes that I absolutely love!:) and I also got a Willow tree figurine! Chase was so excited she has been wanting a Wii and We (Tommy and I) didn't think it was in our budget and Chase understood! However, I found a really good deal online and we were able to get her a Wii...and let me tell you we, all of us, have had so much fun with it today...Neither Tommy nor I are big video game players, but I can see us having years of fun playing this one...Worth every penny:) Chase also got a new Kodak easy share camera and memory card, a game for her Wii, a couple of Webkinz, and some Project Runway's pretty cool, she can learn to draw and design:) All in all we had a wonderful day and we were blest with many things to enjoy this coming year!
If you have already seen this post you will notice I have changed it up just a little...I noticed that several people use these slideshows when they have lots of pictures instead of making the post so huge with pictures, so I thought I would try it out...I hope you enjoy!:)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Wonder of Wonders

This post is being written by Tommy. Heidi usually writes all the post for our blog, but today I have something that I would like to share with everyone. I assume that most people are like myself and enjoy listening to and singing Christmas songs. I like fun songs like Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman, but I especially like songs that are about Jesus and His birth. Songs like Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful are among my favorites. However, I believe that the song titled The Wonder of Wonders is my very favorite Christmas song of all time. I have this song on an old cassette tape by the Inspirations. I was looking on "YouTube" and actually found this song by the Inspirations. I am going to get Heidi to try to add the link here so you can hear it for yourself (I am not technically aware, so I will not try to do it myself). I am also putting the words here so you can at least read them.










Our pastor has been preaching from the first chapter of the Gospel of John for the past few weeks and this morning he preached on verse 14 which says, "The word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth"(HCSB). His message was about the amazement of the incarnation, the necessity of the incarnation, and the blessing of the incarnation. It truly is amazing, and necessary, and a blessing, that our Creator became flesh and died for us. There is another song on my tape by the Inspirations titled I Love to Spend Christmas at Calvary. The chorus of this song says:

The most beautiful gift there was given,
When God Himself in mercy, decorated a tree,
The most beautiful light there is shining,
I love to spend Christmas, at Calvary.

When I think about Christmas I think about the birth of Christ. When I think about the birth of Christ I think about His death and resurrection. I am amazed that God loved us so much that He gave the greatest gift ever given when He gave us His Son Jesus. My prayer is that you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and that you recognize that when God took on humanity it truly was a wonder of wonders. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and please fill free to contact me if you have any questions.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cal Farley- Update

I am sorry about not updating the blog sooner...I had a terrible headache yesterday and I went back to the hotel and went to bed! Of course we have spent all day today traveling home:) Anyway, to update you on what happened...We had a great interview...I think all went well...we were a little disappointed, to be quite honest we did not have that overwhelming feeling that this is the ministry that the Lord is leading us into. We do not however feel like it was a waste of our time. We needed to go and see for ourselves what it was all about, and they have a wonderful ministry at Cal Farley's and I can't even begin to know how many boys and girls they have helped over these 70 years, but we have talked it through and prayed about it as a family and we just don't feel at this time this is where the Lord is leading us to serve! We have not even officially been offered the position, but unless the Lord tells us differently we are pretty sure this is not the place for us right now! Thanks for all the prayers! We appreciate everything! :)

Please continue to pray for us that we will get a clear direction from the Lord about where we are to go from here! Until we know something for sure we will be here in Wake Forest...Tommy and I both have jobs, Chase is in a good school and we have a roof over our heads! :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cal Farley's - Girlstown USA

Tommy, Chase and I are in Lubbock, Texas tonight preparing for our interview tomorrow at Girlstown USA, a part of Cal Farley's...We have been praying together tonight as a family that the Lord will give us clear direction on what He would have us to do. We would like to ask you to pray for us as well. Tommy was reading some scripture to us tonight, where Paul was writing and praying for a church...I can't remember which one right now, but he was praying that they would have the knowledge of God's will for them and that is our prayer and our desire that we would have the knowledge of God's will for our lives. We don't know what exactly to expect tomorrow, we are going in with open minds and open hearts and praying the Lord will reveal to us if this is where He would have us serve! I copied this off the Cal Farley website to give you some idea of what Cal Farley's is about! Thanks for your prayers and we will update tomorrow to let you know how things go!!

Cal Farley's Girlstown, U.S.A. prepares adolescent girls, ages 10 to 18, to become responsible family members and successful adults by providing a family-style, Christ-centered environment supporting each girl's total development. Although needing structure and supervision, the residents function in an open environment and community without extended periods of intense individual supervision. All programs are designed to bring about a sense of balance to each girl's life. The staff works with each girl's entire family unit to develop healthy, positive relationships.
The girls attend Whiteface Consolidated Independent School District and enjoy the same opportunities as other area students to grow academically and socially.
Girls may remain at Girlstown for as short as one year or through high school graduation, depending on when goals she and her family have set are successfully achieved. Youths receive medical, optical, dental and emergency services as needed.
Cal Farley's Girlstown, U.S.A. is situated on 1,425 acres of land eight miles south of Whiteface, Texas, (west of Lubbock) on FM 1780.
The population generally ranges between 50-60 girls.
Girlstown graduates who choose to further their education may apply for assistance through organizational scholarships for academic or vocational training.

The house parent couple is the backbone of our programs at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Cal Farley’s Girlstown, U.S.A. House parenting is arguably the toughest job within the organization.
House parent couples provide daily supervision for up to 12 children in the home or cottage. The job includes serving as positive role models who teach life skills and offer guidance, discipline and spiritual development to the children. This takes a high level of energy and the capacity to meet the demands of a large family household.
At Cal Farley’s, successful house parents come from many walks of life, represent different age groups, and display different personalities. One common theme is that they see their role as a ministry to help hurting and troubled children.
Although it is not unusual for various staff members at Cal Farley’s to serve the organization for ten or even twenty years, it is seldom that a house parent couple reaches the 10-year-mark.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tommy's Graduation!! December 12, 2008

Jacob and Kinley made Granddaddy some cards to wish him a Happy Graduation day! Here they are giving him their cards! Thanks Jacob and Kinley these are wonderful keepsakes that Granddaddy will keep in his office for years to come! We love you!

Brian, Gerie, Billy, Nathan, Hester, Jacob, Kinley, Matthew, Sarah, Hannah, Kaleb, Chase and I are so proud of Tommy and all that he has accomplished these 2 1/2 years!! We had such a great time watching him walk across that stage and receive his diploma that he has worked so hard for!! We hate that Matthew and his family were unable to come and be with us, but we are very grateful that Brian and his family and Nathan and his family were here with us!! I know the boys and Chase are so proud of their dad for going back to school after all these years to follow God's leading in his life and go into full time ministry! I know I am!! I know we have alot of other family and friends that are so proud of Tommy as well! I am going to post a few pictures that we took at graduation and I am working on figuring out how to post a video, but for some is just not working for me, but I wanted everyone to see the pictures, so I will post them now and then get the video up as soon as I can! Hope you enjoy the pictures! :)
Here are a few pics from after graduation:

Here is one of the whole clan minus Matthew and his family!
We missed you guys, but we understand NC is a long way from Texas!

The graduate with 3 of his 4 kids!
Chase really wanted a picture with her daddy wearing his graduation cap! :)

So Tommy made me do it too :)

Tommy with Nathan, Hester, Jacob and Kinley!
Jacob is giving Granddaddy the thumbs up!
I think the graduation ceremony bored Kinley to sleep :)

Tommy with Brian, Gerie and Billy!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Grandchildren and Christmas - Life is Good!

What a fun week we have had. Our daughter in law Hester came up early for graduation for us to have a little extra time with our grand kids, Jacob and Kinley. We are so grateful to Hester for giving us that time with them! We can't begin to express how much it meant to us to spend this week with them! Since we have been here in NC, we don't get the chance to spend as much time with them as we would like, so we are so grateful for opportunities like this one! And we are so grateful to Hester for giving it to us! We had the best time! Jacob is almost 3 years old and is so inquisitive...Everything is "Why?" and when you answer that question he always has about 10 more for you! He is so cute! He gave us much to laugh about this week. Tommy, Chase and I are still quoting several of his comments! Kinley is 15 months and is so pretty and sweet...I don't think I will ever be able to have applesauce again without hearing her sweet little voice saying "appy sauce". We also made it out to Frankie's one night while they were here. We had loads of fun just following them around and watching the amazement in their eyes from all the games and lights they saw!

Kinley having fun @ Frankies

Jacob was really good at the Basketball game:)

Jacob and Kinley loved playing skeeball with Aunt Chase!

The balls were going everywhere!! We all had a blast! :)

We also had our Christmas time with the grandkids while they were here. Gerie and Billy arrived on Friday for Tommy's graduation, so we had 3 of the 5 grandchildren here with us. Although we missed Hannah and Kaleb being here, we were so thankful to spend time with Billy, Jacob and Kinley!

Jacob said that he wanted Mimi to get him a scooter for Christmas!

So Obviously Jacob got a scooter! :)
I am pretty sure he really liked the scooter...He rode it inside, he rode it outside, he stood on it while he watched TV! The only thing he didn't do when he was on the scooter was sleep :)

Aunt Chase provided all the safety gear...Helmet and knee pads! Kinley's gift from Granddaddy and Mimi was a shopping cart!

She looks happy :)

Aunt Chase got Kinley a baby doll to ride in her shopping cart!
So cute :)
Billy wanted a bike from Granddaddy and Mimi! He looks so big sitting on there!

Aunt Chase gave Billy a helmet as well...Here is Brian and Gerie helping Billy with the pedaling!!

We had a great time watching the grandkids enjoy their gifts!! And we are so thankful they were here to help celebrate Tommy's graduation too!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Graduation Gift - Thanks Tara!

Tommy and I often talk about how the Lord has provided for us the 2 1/2 years we have been here at Southeastern. One of the ways we truly feel blest is finding a church home at Stony Hill, Jamie Dew is a wonderful pastor and has been a great help to Tommy. Jamie also has the best wife ever. I don't know what I would have done without Tara...She is not only a shining example of a Christian wife and mother, but she is a great pastor's wife and friend! :) Thanks to Tara, Chase and I have a very special gift to give to Tommy next Friday for graduation!! Yes, that's right...Tommy will be graduating next Friday, December the 12th! Chase and I are so proud of him, he has worked so hard and has accomplished so much! So with Tara's expertise with the photography...Chase and I went to the seminary today with our Southeastern Tees and Tara got some really good pics of us at different locations around the campus...We can't wait to give these pictures to Tommy next Friday, he is really going to love having pictures of his two best girls...and to make it even more special, they were all taken around the seminary...He will have lots of fun photos to decorate his office with one day:) Tommy is so busy with going to class and preparing for and taking final exams that he will not see this blog, so sshhhh!! Don't say anything if you see him:)

These are a few of our favorites :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Downtown Raleigh - Museum of Natural Sciences

What a fun day:) Today was my first time in downtown Raleigh...Chase went on a field trip with her class to an IMAX theatre and Tommy has at least gone through there on his sweeping job and although we have lived here 2 1/2 years, I have never been downtown!! Anyway, Tommy had an assignment for his World Cultures and Religion class to do something cultural, so we decided to go to the Museum of Natural Sciences...We wanted to go and see the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it just was not in our budget this close to Christmas, but we had a great time anyway!
All the dinosaur exhibits were my favorite so as you can see I have lots of pictures from that part of the museum...I felt like I was in the movie Night at the Museum...It was great!! I love that movie:)

Like I said we did not get to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, but we did get some cool pics outside of the exhibit:)

Here is Chase with the head of the Terror of the South :)
Tommy and Chase standing in the dinosaur track...There feet are almost as big:)

I told you I really liked the dinosaur exhibits:)

Here's Chase in a tree trunk with Bats YIKES!! I knew she was a tree hugger, but this is going too far Chase:)

Here is Tommy and Chase being silly...There usual pass time!!

We hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our fun day at the museum!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

14 Years of Wedded Bliss!!

Tommy and I are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary today. We were married on November 25, 1994. That year November 25th fell on the day after Thanksgiving and I was so thankful to become Mrs. Tommy Worthey. I continue to thank God daily for giving me such a wonderful man of God to be my husband! Tommy and I did not have a big fairy tale wedding, but he will always be the man of my dreams. We did however have a fairy tale romance:) He literally swept me off my feet. We eloped to Gatlinburg, TN to get married in the "Chapel in the Valley". We went to Gatlinburg last year with some friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and found out that our little chapel had been torn down and replaced by the very resort where we were staying. I was very sad that Chase was not able to see the actual chapel where Tommy and I became husband and wife, but it was a beautiful resort and we had a great week with our friends!! I have to tell you Tommy has gotten alot more romantic than he was when we first started dating...I remember the night like it was yesterday that he told me that he was falling in love with me. He already had our entire life together planned out, and then he looked at me and said "I did ask you to marry me didn't I?" I said "No, you haven't", so he asked and of course I said "YES". When we went to pick out my engagement ring, we bought it and our wedding bands at the same time, so as we got back in the car, Tommy hands me the box and says "Did you want this now?" Of course I did...Like I said he has come along way since then!! I give him a hard time about how he proposed and how he gave me the engagement ring, but the truth is I remember every detail of that night, it was the most romantic day of my life and Tommy is and will always be the love of my life!! We didn't have a very long engagement and as I said we decided to elope, so the 5 months that we dated, he would leave sweet notes on my car windshield for me to find as I was leaving for work, and we had so many waiters and waitresses asking us if we were newly engaged...They could tell just by the way we looked at each other and the love in our eyes. I am so thankful that after 14 years, we still look at each other that way! He has done alot better these last 14 years, he even hired a quartet to come and sing for me, but I will save all those details for our 100th post blog. I am going to turn this over to Tommy now and let him write his comments on our anniversary, but first I would like to say one last thing:
Tommy, thank you for marrying me, thank you for being a wonderful husband and father, thank you for all the things you do for me, thank you for all the ways you make me a better person! I love you with all my heart now and forever! Happy Anniversary - Sugar Lips
Love ~Heidi

Well, I’m going to start off by making a strange statement. It’s hard to believe that Heidi and I have already been married for fourteen years and at the same time it is hard to believe that we have only been married for fourteen years. Now let me explain that statement before you misunderstand. Most of you know that I am a few years older than Heidi. I met her when I was 24 and she was only 12. I taught the youth in our Sunday school and Heidi was one of my students. She always stood out from the other kids because she was so cute, funny, sweet, kind, faithful, and mischievous. I guess you could say she was like the Sunday school teachers pet. Anyway, Heidi was 26 when I asked her to marry me, so we had known each other for 14 years before we got married. Heidi was always close to me and my family, so it just seems like we have been family for a lot more than 14 years.It would take too long to tell you all the details, so let me just make it brief and say that it was only two months after my first wife died that I asked Heidi to marry me. I knew people would not understand us getting engaged so soon after losing a spouse, so I told Heidi we would keep it quiet for a while. Well, I made it for about a week and then I told Heidi I can’t do this any longer. So we decided to tell the world and let them just deal with it. So we did, and as I guessed, people thought that I was either on the rebound or going through a midlife crisis or something. In reality I knew all along that God had placed Heidi in my life for this purpose.When Heidi and I got married I was surprised to see that she had a title of a song that we had claimed as ours engraved inside my wedding band. It is a song by George Strait called I Cross My Heart. Here are the lyrics:

Our love is unconditional
We knew it from the start
I can see it in your eyes
You can feel it from my heart
from here on after
Lets stay the way we are right now
And share all the love and laughter
That a lifetime will allow


I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I’ve got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You’ll never find
A love as true as mine

You will always be the miracle
That makes my life complete
And as long as there’s still breath in me
I’ll make yours just as sweet
As we look into the future
Its as far as we can see
So lets make each tomorrow
Be the best that it can be


And if along the way we find a day
It starts to storm
You’ve got the promise of my love
To keep you warm

The words to this song are still special to both of us and still just as meaningful. Heidi and I are still as in love as ever. On our first wedding anniversary I bought Heidi a wedding band to match mine. On hers I also had a song title engraved. I picked out a song that I felt suited the way I feel about Heidi. It is a song sung by John Michael Montgomery titled Heaven Sent Me You. Here are the lyrics:

I've never seen blue eyes filled with so much love
I never thought I'd find out what I found in your touch
Someone up there must like me 'cause I'm Lookin' at the proof there's no doubt about it
Heaven sent me you
Heaven sent me you to make my life complete
An angel from above to watch over me
What makes it even better
Is you feel the same way too
There's no doubt about it heaven sent me you
Every moment that we share will live forever in my mind
Every memory that we make
Are sure to outlast time
I know when I hold you close I'm holdin' Love that's true
There's no doubt about it
Heaven sent me you
Heaven sent me you to make my life complete
An angel from above to watch over me
What makes it even better
Is you feel the same way too
There's no doubt about it heaven sent me you
There's no doubt about it heaven sent me you

This song still rings true to me today. I never had any doubt and I still never doubt the fact that God sent Heidi to me. She is like an angel sent from heaven to love me and encourage me and support me. She is my cheerleader and greatest fan. I don’t know what my life would have been like without her, but I know it has been like a piece of heaven here on earth with her.
Heidi, thank you for marrying me and putting up with me all these years. I love you with all my heart and I will love you for all eternity. You are the love of my life and my dream come true.
Happy anniversary cookie-face.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

We are doing Operation Christmas Child at our church, as I am sure that many of you are...This is such a great program from the Samaritan Purse!! It shows the love of Christ to so many children around the world, who would otherwise probably never experience Christmas or get to hear the good news of Jesus Christ!! We have done this in the past, but this year was particularly fun because Chase is older and understands so much more about how much she has, and how much others do not have!! She was so excited to fill a box for a girl her age with all kinds of "girly" things...from a hairbrush, and headbands to notepads and cool pens!! We also got her a toothbrush and toothpaste, candy, chapstick, and a word search book. We had so much fun shopping for them...We also did a box for a boy in the age range of our grandchildren which is 1 to 5 years old. We got him a small football, a stuffed animal, a cute toothbrush with toothpaste, playdoh, and a slinky!!
While we were shopping Jacob (our 2 year old grandson) called me, he asked me what I was doing, so I told him that I was shopping for kids that didn't have any toys and that we were going to buy things to send to them!! As I am telling him all this I am thinking he probably doesn't understand what I am talking about, but he was so cute! He just said "that sounds like fun Mimi"
Apparently he did know what I was talking about :)

As part of the process you can add a note and picture to your box, Chase wanted to write her own note and put her picture in the girl box. We had her to pray for the child that would receive this box as well.

Chase with her box and all the goodies!!

Chase adding all her goodies to the box!!

Chase praying for the children who receive these gift boxes!!

I wanted to thank Tara Dew for giving me the idea to post about Operation Christmas Child on our blog...It has been such a blessing for us to be involved in this process and we hope that by sharing our experience it might be a blessing to others!! Thanks Tara for the great idea!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ministry Update...Exciting Days!!

I have been planning to wait until we know something definite before I posted anything, but we are just so excited about what the Lord has been doing these last few weeks! As many of you know we started sending out Tommy's resume around August. We haven't really gotten much response, questions here or there, also one church emailed and asked for a tape then nothing. It has been a frustrating process to say the least. We also sent applications for a house parenting job in Texas at a privately-funded, Christ-centered, child care facility. We looked over the website and it just sounded like something that we would love. Anyway, we sent those in and again heard nothing.

As Tommy's graduation is drawing closer and closer...I have to admit I have been getting alittle worried...I am sure just like the disciples on the boat when they woke up Jesus because the storm was raging and the waves were crashing in the boat...Jesus is asking me "where is your faith" because He knows I have seen Him perform miracles in our lives, I have seen Him provide for our every need. And He continues to provide...

Two weeks ago we received an email from a church just an hour away from Newnan, we had sent Tommy's resume to them and they were responding to tell us alittle about the town and about the church and wanted Tommy to respond if he was still interested, of course we were and he replied. We received a call from them today (Nov. 13th), requesting a tape of Tommy preaching, so we are getting all that together to send to them tomorrow. We are so excited about the possibilities...And before that we received a call from the child care facility in Texas and we have an interview with them in December. They are flying the three of us out for the interview, so we will have a chance to check out the town and the facilities. We are so excited about both possibilities...please pray that the Lord will give us clear direction, especially if it comes down to making a choice between these two ministry opportunities!!

God is so good!!

We are just in awe of what the Lord is doing in our lives...Please keep Tommy in your prayers as he only has a few more weeks of school. He is finishing up his final papers and preparing for final exams.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Praise the Lord!!

In Deuteronomy 6 it says: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deut. 6:4-9)

This has always been and is our prayer for our children and our grandchildren!!

We even have the privilege of teaching the love of Christ to the little ones left in our care, here is a picture of Isabelle praising the Lord!!

She is so cute...without fail when I say Praise the Lord her sweet little hands go straight towards Heaven!!

Isabelle has been so cute today, here are a couple of pics of her playing with Tommy...she will stare him's so cute!! They both end up laughing so hard!!