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Choosing Courage

Kimmy LaMee

Yesterday was hard, Like heart wrenching hard,  as I watched my sweet gal struggle to overcome her fear of the water.  I’ve gone back and forth in my mind since last summer about whether or not to even put her in swim lessons again this summer. We had a terrible experience last year but I’ll save that story for another day maybe. I knew I had to sign her up again though. I want Ivey to learn the basics of water safety and how to save herself if she should ever need to. Dan also can’t swim so he’s been pretty adamant that our girls learn!

So Monday she began and it was terrible!! Friends had all warned me it would probably be awful, but nothing prepares you for watching it all go down. The fear in her little heart was so evident - even her toes were curled under and her fists clinched. After the forty five minutes of pure “bliss” ended and we were heading home, she and I had the sweetest conversation about fear and courage and how God can give us courage if we just ask. So she asked God to give her courage.

Tuesday came and on the way, I made up a song about being brave and we prayed and asked God for courage again. It was still tough. While she didn’t scream, she sat on the side of the pool sobbing quietly still overcome with fear, yet obeying her teacher, reluctantly. I praised her on the way home for being a bit more brave, not running away, not screaming, and obeying. She said “mommy, I was a little bit brave today but I’ll be even more brave tomorrow!” 

And today - we prayed again, asking God to help her be brave again and to help her not give in to the fear that was holding her back. 

And HE did!  

As I sat pool-side, watching her begin to relax and actually have fun, I was reminded of a couple things. 

First, As a mama, it was tough watching her struggle. I wanted to rush in and rescue her. I wanted to share all the reasons why she couldn’t and maybe shouldn’t do it quite yet. It’s my “job” to protect her, right?!

But I didn’t rush in...

and today - she saw God working and answering her prayers and she felt the joy of overcoming her fears firsthand! If she would have stopped Monday, she wouldn’t have had today!  Sometimes we need to do tough stuff and we need to allow our kiddos to do tough stuff. And we need to allow those tough things to teach them and point them to a God who loves them and is for them, and of course cheer them on and encourage them along the way. 

Secondly, sadly I didn’t think today would happen... I was not looking forward to it, honestly. I was waiting for another day of screaming and tears and defeat.


As we were driving home, I asked her where she got her courage from and she said “mommy, God gave it to me!” (Like duh...)

That’s right Sweet girl....

May I be a mama who believes what she asks for in prayer just like my sweet four year old did today. She asked for courage and she expected God to give it to her, and He did! And she knew it! 

Yes, swim lessons may be a pretty small thing to you,  but to us, it’s not! So today We are celebrating overcoming fear, trusting a God who loves us and is for us, and believing that He hears us and answers us! I pray Ivey remembers this moment, even as a four year old, of choosing to trust God and choosing  courage over fear! 

Especially tomorrow when we go back!  

sobbing silently on the side, overcome by fear...

sobbing silently on the side, overcome by fear...

my brave girl, pushing past fear! 

my brave girl, pushing past fear! 

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Things We’re Loving this week!

Kimmy LaMee

It’s been a “fun” week around here filled with laughter at times and lots of discipline. My “precious” youngest has definetly learned the word “NO” and has used it multiple times just in the last hour...  Which leads me to share our favorite and probably most used book around here, after the Bible, of course!  

Shepherding a Child’s Heart  by Tedd Tripp

I’m re-reading it for like the third time in as many years and I’m continually reminded of the big kingdom picture when it comes to raising our gals. It is so hard some days in the minutes and hours to keep the bigger goals and kingdom picture in the front of my mind when it comes to parenting and discipline. If you are a mama, or a daddy, you need to read it! My prayer for our sweet girls is that we will lead them to love Jesus above all else and that their hearts will be drawn by Him and to Him. 

I also just got this book in the mail!!   


 Raising World Changers in a Changing World by Kristen Welch.

I'm only on chapter four and OUCH! This might be my new favorite book. This mama speaks straight to my heart! A question she raises has been turning in my heart since I read it, “in light of the superabundance you enjoy, what do you think is your minimal responsibility to the untold millions of lost and suffering in the world?”  How do I (we) begin to even answer that? I’m looking forward to reading more this coming week.


Sadly, there won’t be much reading this weekend, as we continue working on the screen porch. I have to admit that I’m so DONE! We are so close! The new screen is up and now we have to do the final touches like hang the new doors and put up new lath and touch up paint. Then it’s time to clean off all the yellow (polen) and reclaim my reading spot! My hubby is amazing and I’m so thankful that he not only loves to do this kind of stuff but is pretty great at it too!

And while there has been lots of discipline, there have been sweet memories made too around a simple little thing like strawberries! This week we’ve been learning about strawberries so of course we’ve read a few books, made some fun strawberry crafts, made playdough strawberries and strawberry smoothies. We even got to visit one of our favorite strawberry farms, McDowells,  to help PopPop pick up a load to sell. And we got to pick some strawberries from Green Acres Farm with our friends! What a fun adventure!! 


I’m also excited about the opportunity that On Mission Moms has been given this week. We were asked to plan and prepare the family prayer room at The Bridge, a community ministry center in the Northside that is led by FBS. It’s holds such a special place in my heart. Dan and I (with the help of a friend to finish up the painting) set up one of the other rooms as a private prayer room and I’ve been able to get up there a few times to simply pray and it’s just a special place. There are several other private prayer rooms and the Prayer Center is always open and available for anyone to just come and pray! I’m excited about leading the effort to get a room that is suitable for families to come and pray together. A room where our little ones can learn to pray, and play and pray. So send me your ideas!!! And if you’re an On Mission Mama you can join us for a sweet prayer time and planning time on May 23rd. 


How has God been showing off in your life this week? Maybe the hard and ugly or maybe the sweet and simple!  

Things we’re Loving this week!

Kimmy LaMee

We had such a fun week and we have much to be thankful for and lots of things that we absolutely loved! 


We took a fun trip to Riverbanks Zoo to meet up with dear friends and learn all about the animals. We got to feed the birds and giraffes, pet a snake and lion’s fur, ride a pony and train... whew, it was a fun filled day! It’s been a couple years since we had been to Riverbanks and they have done an incredible job with all of the new improvements!! If you live close by, you should totally take some time to go! But give yourself all day - I felt rushed to get it all packed in before we had to head out early! And it was fun to be on a scavenger hunt looking for animals. 


Speaking of fun NEW things... the Spartanburg Airport Park is amazing! We visited on opening day and had a blast! There are two separate great playgrounds for the bigs and the littles. There is also just lots of space to run and even pretend you’re an airplane taking off for a fun adventure. When we ask Ivey where she is traveling or going, she always say New York. Our child loves that city and has never even been - one day sweet girl! Way to go City of Spartanburg!!! This park is GREAT! 


A while back, during “P” week, we were studying at home about patience and planted lettuce seeds with our cousin Pierce, who was visiting from Kentucky. They have been growing like crazy and we have really enjoyed the “fruit” of our labor... There is nothing like walking out your backdoor and picking your lettuce that you need for a salad that night. I’m dreaming of one day having space for vegetable gardens! 


We started following Dave Ramsey a while back and we are so close... like two months away from FREEDOM! No credit card debt. No car payments... and it really does feel like freedom! Now we are on to the next baby step as soon as our car drives to the end of the road! 


I can’t wait for our new book to arrive! I posted about it over on my On Mission Moms blog! It looks super fun and I’ve been loving Barefoot books lately and it reminds us to pray for our dear friend Kellee and her family.  Barefoot books has a great international line.   And speaking of On Mission Moms, I would love for you to join our fun group on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or get and/or share some fun ideas over on the blog! It’s such a fun space to connect with other mamas who are intentionallly trying to live on Mission in this world. 

What are things you are loving this week? Let’s rejoice and celebrate those things together!  

Things We’re Loving This Week!

Kimmy LaMee


We’ve been adding flowers to the yard and having this “princess” helping me was super fun this week. She loves to get her hands dirty while wearing her crown and black Sunday shoes! But hey, at least she wasn’t wearing her tutu...  and now we wait to see if they grow!! 


We built a “boat” out of a cardboard box a while back and it continues to bring lots and lots of fun, even for our sweet neighbors!

Our sweet friend, Ms. Norma Lynn, made us a Gingerbread House two Christmases ago but it’s put away for now, of course. It will probably make its last appearance next Christmas.

What fun have you created out of cardboard boxes?  I found all kinds of fun things on Pinterest! 


We had a blast and made quite the mess making our bird feeders!   Its super simple! 

Just take an empty toilet paper roll, tie a string so it will hang, roll it in peanut butter, then roll it in bird seed and hang it!  

Now I must confess I’ve not seen one bird there yet... but we won’t tell the girls that! Haha  


We had the sweet opportunity to host three Korean girls over this past weekend. They were here to sing at our church on Sunday so we got to show them around and spend Saturday with them. Ivey and Nora of course fell in love with their new friends and didn’t seem to mind or even really notice the language barrier and cultural differences. 

You can see their performance and worship along with them on the FBS Facebook page. 



A friend sent this to me this week and it was so timely and a great encouragement for this mama’s heart! I pray you are reminded today that you are exactly who your kiddos need! 



And we have our first On Mission Moms Service Project together tomorrow morning! On Mission Moms is something that God laid on my heart right over a year ago and to see how it’s coming together is simply amazing! I’m excited to see how God blesses us as we serve alongside of our little ones! Be sure to follow along @onmissionmoms or on the blog, On Mission Moms  or if you’re a mom of little ones, join us!! 

In His Time...

Kimmy LaMee


As a little child, I remember singing the song,  

In His Time, 

In His Time,  

  He makes all things beautiful in His Time

Lord, please show me every day  

As you’re teaching me your ways 

That you do just what you say

In your time. 

I love the beginning of a new season, especially Spring. It’s in this “newness”, when the blossoms are bursting forth that I can’t forget how beautifully faithful and on time my God is...

what seemed dead or dormant,

what seemed quiet and still,

what seemed hopeless and dark,

is opening to NEW life again - at just the right time...

As we have begun a “new season” in our life and home, we are seeing how God is taking all things and making them beautiful, reminding us that He will do exactly as He says -  even in the midst of the hard and the yucky like toddler tantrums, balancing budgets, broken crowns...

All of it Beautiful, in His Time... 

maybe not beautiful or fun or easy in the moment, my moment, but in His Time... 


 “He has made everything beautiful in His Time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11