30 Days of Thankfulness: Momma & Daddy

I took two days off from the challenge so I could enjoy our time for Thanksgiving. It was such a beautiful day full of fun and food! Everyone came to our house and brought a little something with them. I prepared a few things and we all ate until our tummies were tight. We each took a turn sharing reasons we are thankful, we laughed together, cheered the Panthers together, and just had a good time. I loved making new memories with our family.

Wedding Day
With my parents (and my Grandma) on my wedding day!

In the spirit of family and togetherness, I wanted today’s post to be in honor of my parents. I call them “Momma” and “Daddy”, my girls call them “Nana” and “Pop Pop”, but everyone else knows them as John and Vicki. They are a fabulous pair and I love them both very much.


My daddy is a good man. As a little girl, I always looked up to him as my hero. I got into a few arguments with other children about my daddy being the best. He was my daddy, so he had to be the fastest, tallest, strongest, funniest guy out there. I looked up to him in every way. I treasured his advice and valued special time together. There are many who do not get to experience having a good earthly father, so as an adult I am extra grateful for the man who raised me.

First Birthday
First grand-baby on her first birthday!

One of my daddy’s favorite pastimes is music. I grew up in a home that loved the Lord, and every Sunday I got to see my daddy lead our church in praise and worship. Perhaps that’s why I fell in love with a worship leader? I have always enjoyed hearing my daddy sing. He has a beautiful voice and can often be found playing for special events at various venues. I am blessed to have a godly father who sought after the Lord and led by example.

I admire that my daddy is a hard worker and never gives up. He has been a salesman, a small business owner, and is now working for Derek Prince Ministries. I’m fascinated by all the things he has learned to do through his time working for this ministry. My daddy has taught himself how to design websites, he is in charge of all the social media, and works with people from all over the world to be able to share messages that encourage believers.

Daddy, I love you and I am so thankful that God chose you to be my daddy.


I wrote a letter for my Momma right around Mother’s Day this year. You can read it here. She was the first person I honored publicly on my blog because she is a special lady who has had great influence in my life.

Now with two grand-babies!

One of the things I didn’t talk about in that first post, was my momma’s love of health and fitness. Oh, how I wish she had passed this on to me! I have always struggled to enjoy the idea of exercise, and I’ve never been consistent with it. My momma, on the other hand, is a full-time pilates instructor. She teaches in her own studio out of her house and also works for other studios in her city. She has private and group classes. She does matt, reformer, and all kinds of other equipment. I would name them if I knew what they were.

Growing up, I had the opportunity to take dance lessons with my mom and be part of a dance ministry with her. I have so many fond memories of this experience! One year, we traveled to Kansas with our dance team to spread the love of Jesus. There was another year that the team went all the way to Germany! I was so blessed to have the connection of dance with my mom.

Momma, I loved being able to share time with you in the kitchen yesterday. You have been a huge blessing to me and I love you greatly!