Well here it is, my first blog post ever. I have literally been working up the gumption (does anyone say that anymore?) for over 6 months to get this party started! It’s really much harder than I thought to write down something you think others will read. There are so many blogs out there with amazing and interesting stories and anecdotes. I found myself frozen and unable to decide how to begin. So, I thought I would start with something simple, something I know about. I’ll start with me.
My name is Stephany. I am 38 years old (You’ll have to ask my husband to verify). My husband’s name is James. We’ve been married for 5 years. I have two daughters. Aleecia is 15 (insert prayers for me here) and Ashlee is 12 (go ahead and pray here, too. I’ll need all I can get). I teach 1st grade (more praying). I love animals. We have 3 dogs and two cats. I enjoy cooking. And eating. I like sushi, Mexican food, Southern food, actually I just really like food. Especially chocolate. Mmm….chocolate.
OK, moving on! I love my God, my family, and my church. I enjoy spending time with people who make you feel like a better person just for knowing them. I believe that friendship is the key to a happy marriage. I understand that people will disappoint you. And you will become stronger because of it. I know my husband is my biggest fan. My girls are the greatest gift I have ever been given and I am trying not to mess it up. I’m happy, optimistic, and I’m grateful for everyday I am given. (OK, maybe not every day). Haha! I have a wonderful and very supportive family. My parents are truly a blessing. They have always been my rock and have gone above and beyond for me. I could never have made it through my divorce if it wasn’t for them. I cannot possibly thank them enough or do enough for them to repay the debt I owe. For me, they are the closest thing on Earth to the unconditional love Jesus showed for all of us when he gave everything on the cross. I love you Mom & Dad.
Finally, I love to sing. I mean I really love to sing. I love music of all kinds. I believe that music can reach some of the most unreachable parts of your soul. There are so many different ways to show and share emotions. Many people are amazing writers and can let the words flow like water. Others are talented artists and musicians, like my husband. His talents astound me. His creativity is unending. He captured my heart for many reasons but when I sit next to him while he plays his guitar I feel so blessed.
I never learned to play an instrument so I am very fortunate that God gave me my voice. I don’t really enjoy speaking in public. I worry about messing up, tripping over my words, not making sense. But when I sing, all those worries disappear. I lose myself in the words and the meaning of what I’m saying. This is my praise to God. Sermons can touch hearts. Beautiful instrumentals can touch hearts. Images can touch hearts. But my heart is touched when I’m lifting my voice to God. I feel such a closeness with Him. My heart is yearning to please and to praise Him. I want to make Him proud , just like a parent. I can only pray that He is using me as a vessel for His kingdom. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 100:1-2 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
I believe that every life has a song to sing. This is Steph’s Song, my song. I hope you like the tune…