Monday, March 29, 2010

Foster Care

Many of you may know that Tommy and I were foster parents here in GA from 1999-2002! We loved being foster parents and got such a blessing from the over 25 children that were in and out of our home during the 3 years that we were with DFACS as foster parents! Tommy and I both felt this was a ministry that we did as a family, even when Chase was still so young, she knew that we were taking care of those children because for whatever reason their parents couldn't and that sense of obligation to those children has stayed with her! So as a family we have decided to jump back into foster care! Tommy and I will start the IMPACT classes on April 6th...We attend 2 classes per week, every Tuesday and Thursday thru April 22nd...We will also have much paperwork to fill out and physicals to take as well as home studies done! Please pray for us as we go thru this process! We are not wealthy by any means, but we are rich in love and family and we fill this will be an extension of our ministry at the church. We will love these little ones if only for a little while and my prayer is that if it's only for a week, or a month, or God willing more...that they will know they were part of a family and they are loved!
These verses have always spoke to me and they are the driving force behind why I feel so passionate that we be involved in the foster care program!

Matthew 25:35-40(New American Standard Bible)

35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Sunday, March 14, 2010

He's Too Sexy for His Suit!!

I have been wanting to get Tommy at least one new suit since he graduated from Southeastern, but there always seemed to be things he wanted or needed more! Our friend and Pastor in Wake Forest, Jamie Dew suggested that I get Tommy a suit from Jos. A. Banks. This is where he buys his suits and has been very happy with them and as our Wake Forest friends can attest to Jamie is a very sharp dresser!! So obviously I took his advice and this past Christmas Chase and I gave Tommy a gift card to Jos. A. Banks! It just so happened they were having a great deal on suits, but my hubby wanted to wait and lose some weight before he got any new suits, so we waited...Then for his birthday the church gave him a love offering, so he decided since he had this money and the gift cards and since he hadn't lost any weight, the next sale they had he was going to get a suit! We finally went and he got 2 suits, 2 very nice dress shirts, suspenders, and a new tie! He is too sexy!!

Here he is today in one of his new suits!! Thanks Jamie for your suggestion!
Tommy almost looks as nice as you in the pulpit now!! LOL!

By the way...It's hard to tell in these pics, but this is a Brown "Window pane" Executive suit, and he has on his blue Travelers shirt with his suspenders! The Tie is not his new one he is saving the new one for Easter!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Aunt Chase and "Aunt" Mary meet Elyn Grace

We went to Cumming this past Friday to visit with Nathan, Hester, and the grandkids! Since Chase was in school when Elyn Grace was born this was her first time to meet her!! Elyn was 1 week old on Friday...Chase and Mary both fell in love with Elyn Grace at first sight! We had a great visit playing with Jacob and Kinley and loving on Elyn, when we could get her away from Aunt Chase and Mary!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

High School Registration!

Today is a bittersweet day for me! Chase is so excited, she has been counting down the days for high school registration... Teachers from Newnan High School will be coming to her middle school today to talk to them about the different classes they will be taking as well as what to expect from high school life! Then tonight Tommy and I join her at a special parent's night and we will get her teacher recommendations and then we make decision as to what classes will be best for Chase in her Freshman year of high school! I just can't believe my baby girl is going to be in high school!! In just a short few months she will be walking the halls at the same high school I attended! I am so proud of Chase and all she has accomplished thus far in her school career, she is a very smart girl and she puts much effort into the work she does and I couldn't be more proud of her!! It just seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital in her pretty pink bonnet!! They grow up so fast!!

Please pray for Chase that she will remain the wonderful young lady she is today!! Pray that she will continue to put God first in her life and that she will continue to be a bold witness for Him! :) And pray for Tommy and I that we will be able to handle our baby going to high school!! LOL!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Chase's Poems and Musical Instrument Project

We went to Expo night at Chase's school this past Tuesday night February 23rd. It was a night that all the parents could come in at their own pace and see different things the students have been doing academically as well as hearing the chorus and band both perform! Tommy and I were going to obviously support Chase and to hear her sing in the chorus! But we came away with alot more than just a chorus concert! As we talked with each of Chase's teachers they bragged on what a great student Chase is and how dedicated she is to her work, not that this came as a big surprise to us, but it is so nice to hear! (As a side note...We were at jump2it celebrating Jacob's birthday over winter break and ran into a teacher of Chase's from last school year and he made a point to come up to me and Tommy and tell us that he thinks Chase is amazing and that we have a great kid! I was so overwhelmed...I mean I know I have a great kid, but it's so nice when other people see that in your child as well!) Anyway, 2 special projects we got to see at Expo night was Chase's poem book from Literature class and her musical instrument from Science class...I was really blown away by Chase's poems...I had no idea that she could write as well as she does! Her poems were amazing! So I wanted to share them with you as well as her teachers comments about each poem...I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :)

Center of Attention
by: Chase Worthey

musiC has always been in my life
I listen to music all tHE time
The sAltwater room is my favorite song
I love muSic, it completes me
Family force fivE is one of my favorite bands

oWl city is amazing
I lOve my ipod
I'm Ready to sing
I don't Think I could survive without music
Music Has been a big part in my life
I Enjoy music
Crunk is mY favorite genre of music

This poem should be centered so you see Chase Worthey down the center, and I had it all lined up when I wrote the blog, but everytime I would did this!! Anyway you get the idea!!
(Teachers comments - 100% excellent - You did a great job with this acrostic)

Newnan, Georgia
by: Chase Worthey

Newnan is a fun place to come see
Everything is here
We range in tons of different stores
Nothing should stop you from coming
Ashley Park is so much fun (:
Newnan has many tourist places

Gorgeous sites
Extravagant restaurants
Outrageous, crazy things to do
Radical experiences
Gorgeous homes
Interactive fun
Awesome times, come visit soon.

(Teacher comments 96% - Good!)

Growing Pains
by: Chase Worthey

Playing with Barbies
4 Selling Lemonade with friends
We had so much fun

We are in 5th grade
10 I have so many new friends
I miss my old school

It's the big 1-3
13 Finally a teenager
Ending Middle School!

(Teacher Comments - 99%)

The Pretty Princess
by: Chase Worthey

The pretty princess' palace was perfect
She was a super salon stylist
And her jewerly made her look so joyous
Her lovely laugh was loud and sweet

The spectacular salon styler princess was punctual and prepared
The beauty queen loved the beach
And went all day everyday
She was tan and loved to tango

The princess' name was Paula
And she loved designing
Her delicious designs were fancy and fabulous
Princess Paula has the perfect life and her proper palace.

(Teacher comments - ha ha! - this is great! 100%)

My Best Friend
by: Chase Worthey

You're awesome
My best friend
More like a sister
I can tell you anything
You are always by my side
I love how you make me smile
I love you and that will never change

(Teacher comments - 99% Very Good!)

Tommy Worthey
by: Chase Worthey

Tommy Worthey
Son of Betty and James Worthey
Graduated from the College at Southeastern
He earned a degree in biblical studies and graduated with a 3.7 GPA
Before going back to school at the age of 50 he worked for Delta for 29 years
He is very kind, caring, and humble
My dad loves his family and God
He never talks bad about people
He will always be remembered for being a great dad
And for always loving and serving God!

(Teacher comments -100% excellent - Very good tribute to your dad!)

About Him...
by: Chase Worthey

Brown Hair
Beautiful eyes
Very sweet
Super tall
Really funny
So kind
Always texting
Dresses nice
Football player
Seventh grade
Caring heart
Funny laughs
Priceless memories
Immature moments
Sweet, caring,
gentle, kind,
country, tough
Precious thoughts
Always cherished!

(Teacher comments - 100% excellent)

Chase in the Spotlight
by: Chase Worthey

When the spotlight shines down
What will people say?

My hair is blonde like the wheat growing in the plains
My eyes are blue like the ocean
My arms reach out for hugs
My hands love to write
My heart is sad when people are mean
I always laugh, always smile, and never cuss
I love meeting new people
My friends make my life special
I live my life with no regrets
I hope for a better future
I live for God and I love my life!
Chase Worthey, that's me!

(Teacher comments - 100% excellent - You sound like the star that you are!)

Unforgettable Memories
by: Chase Worthey

Moving away, such a sad day
I missed my house, my friends, my family
It was so different, I was like a lost child in the night
Honestly I was depressed, but I held my head high!
My parents said they felt the same, but they wouldn't understand my pain.
I was sad there, but after I would think about it, I mean REALLY think about it
I was being selfish, and I wasn't acting myself. Now that I'm back home, where I belong, I look back on my memories and smile at the fun times and I forget the bad memories.

(Teacher comments - 100% excellent)

I Remember....
by: Chase Worthey

THE eighth day of August
FIRST day of school
TIME for talking
I talked to her about everything
MET her in the eighth grade
MY best friend is Jessica Yarbrough
BEST person in the world (:
FRIEND, sister, always we will be together!

(Teacher comments - 100% excellent)

The History of My Life
by : Chase Worthey

Just being born, "Hello World", I look around,
opening my eyes for the first time. This place looks so different, what's going on?
One year....Two years....Three years....
I'm turning 3 today, such a great age. I love Playing with toys and running around the house.
One year....Two years....Three years....
6 years, such a great life, I'm in the first grade, and I'm learning how to read and write!
One year....Two years....Three years....
WOW, 9 years old, I like my new school, I'm fitting in just fine, my new home is great!
One year....Two years....Three years....
12 years old, not that great no one really treats me that great. I feel like a little kid again...what a waste!

(Teacher comments - 100% excellent - I love your repetetion refrain)

Yellow Flowers
by: Chase Worthey born in it's own unique way, glowing throughout the world
...makes me feel so warm and happy and joyous
...gets mad when the clouds try to cover it's brightness
...looks like a great ball of fire my friend because it is nice and playful
...smells like a warm vanilla candle lit all day
...behaves like an untamed dog, jumping around everywhere
...knows that it can be uplifting and happy
...tastes like vanilla, peppermint, or cotton candy happy when the sun shines down on it
...lives on in peoples' lives when joyous moments occur
...sounds like the great ocean waves crashing on the shore sad when people are cruel and full of hate
...dies when people's spirits are down
(Teachers comments - 98% excellent - your words in this poem are wonderful!)

by: Chase Worthey

Happiness is a good friend
Someone you can count on
Through thick and thin
Friends make you laugh
When you are feeling blue
They help you make decisions
When you don't know what to do

Happiness is a small child
Hugging your neck
Happiness is lying in the sun
Out on the deck
Getting a tan from the big, bright sun
Listening to the birds sing
Like they're having such fun

Happiness is summer
When school is all through
Sleeping late in the morning
Then going to the pool
Going out of town
Is so much fun
It gives me a chance to see everyone
Happiness is music
I love to dance and sing
Expressing myself
What joy it brings
I wish that everyone
Could feel the happiness I feel
Because it is so real
(Teacher comments - 100% excellent)

Chase's teacher also made a comment on the entire poem book it read-

Chase- You truly have the gift of words. I could not sit and try to pick the poem I liked the best because you did a good job on all your poems! I love how you personlized your poems with pictures.

Super Work!! - Mrs. Archibald

As I mentioned Chase also did a homemade musical instrument project for Science...Chase choose to make Bottle pipes! Here are a few pictures of that project!

Just in case you can't tell the two brown bottles are Root Beer bottles and the middle bottle is a Sobe Energy drink...Just for clarification!! LOL!

We are very proud of Chase and all the effort she puts into her school work!!

Great job Chase!!