serving & leading and now a big congratulations!

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we’re half way through savannah’s junior year at UGA.  she’s in a cute little rented home. she buys her own groceries and drinks coffee like an adult. wardrobes have changed a little bit. talks about the future, jobs & careers, are beginning.

savannah has been an independent soul and always seemed much older than her actual age. i’ve shared here before about when her daddy passed away. she was a ten year old in the body of a three & a half year old. we never had to ask if she was caught up on school responsibilities. we never have to ask if she’s planned & thought thoroughly through any decision. whether it’s about finances or how she’ll spend spring break, where she’ll go to college or who her friends are, we always have trusted her wisdom in decision making.

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summer of her freshman year at college, she spent her summer interning with our church. she spent the summer with middle schoolers, planned events, studied scripture, taught & loved on refugee kiddos on wednesday evenings. her leaders told me she was amazing. a few times i tagged along, with camera in hand, to capture her doing what she does well.

summer of her sophmore year she spent the entire summer in an intense discipleship/leadership program. the kids were given the opportunity to choose through a handful of jobs as they would work full time during the day & then have their training & study time at night. smart kids working servant type jobs.

i remember telling dan my concerns. she’s a super smart girl. straight A’s…even knocking down a 4.0 in the honors program at Georgia- a very competitive school. i’ll never forget our conversation upstairs one evening. i expressed my concerns that “bright successful college kids with grades & leadership qualities like her are all applying for corporate internships. what if she waits too long & misses opportunities….what if….well….”. honestly i’m too embarrassed to tell you the rest of what i said. something about her making no money was involved.

dan said the following & i’ll never forget it. “paige. i realize she’s in the terry business college and that she’s a marketing major. but right now she’s majoring in jesus. and she’s gonna be fine”.

now hear me. please hear me clearly. i FULLY believe there is NO greater joy than knowing my children love jesus. no greater joy.but i’m just a real person. and sure ‘nuf, i have faulty thinking. i’m just a real person who likes to think big picture-wise. wanting my children to grow up and use gifts and talents the lord has given them. wanting them to walk in him. but i’d be lying if i told you i wasn’t concerned about their financial future.

savannah has wisely & prayerfully chosen how she has spent her summers. i fully believe she’s been exactly where He wanted her, molding her for exactly who He wants her to continue to be & who she’ll become. she has learned to serve. she has learned how to make wise future focused decisions. He has helped her find favor with her leaders-which has been exactly my prayer for her.

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earlier this fall she began the process of applying to corporate Chick-fil-A for an undergrad internship in their marketing department. it’s an arduous process. hundreds of college kids apply for less than a handful of spots. the tuesday before thanksgiving she spent about eight hours in six interviews that entire day.

last night she received the call was offered the job!! paid internship that will begin this summer. in atlanta! ( thank you lord). it’s a big deal. i could not be any more excited for her than i am right now.

and the cool thing is, whether she spent another summer serving or spent it working in her “field” i know that i know that i know He has her exactly where He wants her to be. He always has.

congratulations sweet girl!! mom & dad love you so and love watching you shine, whether you’re in a long cotton skirt sitting outside on a hot dirty day loving on & serving kiddos or wearing that new conservative business suit working for a company known for excellence and service. congratulations!!!

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January 14, 2014 - 9:28 am

Jill Johnson - So excited! She is a very impressive lady. No surprise to me that she was chosen out of hundreds! Thankful to know her!

January 14, 2014 - 9:34 am

simone - This is just so incredible Paige, so happy reading this, congratulations to your beautiful girl. Since I’ve been reading your blog it’s been clear that Savannah has been destined for great things, this sounds like an amazing opportunity, how exciting for her. And well done to you & Dan too for giving her such a solid foundation & allowing her to shine in so many ways, you must be so proud Xx

January 14, 2014 - 9:42 am

Lori H - What great news. I have followed your blog for quite a while and have been so interested to see what God is going to do in your girls’ lives.

January 14, 2014 - 10:12 am

Lynne - What our world needs are more stars like Savannah!
This post makes my heart sing!
Congratulations, Savannah!
Well done, Paige and Dan!
w/L

January 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

Beth - Paige,
What a great opportunity and experience for your daughter. You must be so proud of her! All of her hard work and dedication paying off; I’m sure it’s a reflection of how you have raised her, even though you might not take that credit. There’s no better feeling than seeing our kids succeed.. Enjoy this time!

January 14, 2014 - 10:31 am

Dori - What a beautiful post! Everything you write inspires me. Not a surprise your girls shine too!

January 14, 2014 - 10:32 am

giosmama2626 - That is awesome! I actually got chills when I read the part about her getting the job. Way to go for her! All this time reading your blog I KNOW that your daughters will be something amazing and do amazing for our world. They already do! Have no fear. God is always on your side. My now ten year old wants to be an Engineer of some sort. He can build and design like nobody’s business. I just tell him “reach for the stars and he can and will become whatever his heart desires with good education and drive.” I’d much rather prefer a NFL player or something so Dad and I can retire early. LOL. kidding.

I look forward to reading about her adventures.

P.S. You and Dan have done an amazing job with your girls. You truly are an inspiration.

January 14, 2014 - 11:08 am

Katherine @ Grass Stains - That’s HUGE! Congratulations to Savannah … what an amazing opportunity. I majored in journalism with an emphasis on PR, and I spent a week at CFA HQ in Atlanta during a summer PR intensive one year. It was so neat, and I know she will love it. Way to go, Savannah!

January 14, 2014 - 11:19 am

Jill - So thrilled! And she will shine!

January 14, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Marcy Norman Cox - Congrats to Savannah!!!

January 14, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Susan - SO proud of her, Paige! What an incredible honor and opportunity. The Scripture that is resonating with me right now is “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Looking forward to seeing how He will continue to use that sweet girl for His glory.

xoxo

January 14, 2014 - 3:21 pm

angela - OHHH I rejoice with you! That is BIG BIG BIG! Beauty and Brains and a BIG Jesus!!!!

January 14, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Amy Avery - I am so thrilled for Savannah in being awarded this wonderful opportunity!!!! They are blessed to be getting her as an intern and I feel certain that those who are working with her will learn as much from her as she learns from them. She has a servant’s heart and servant leadership will take her to all the places where the Lord wants her to go and be his hands and feet in the world. Congratulations Savannah!

January 14, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Sandy - Congratulations to you, too. What a testimony her life is to serving The Lord. He always knows where our paths lead. Sometimes it is hard to let our children find those paths. What wisdom Dan spoke as you had doubts. I have loved reading your story and know that you touch many with your words.

January 14, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Mickey - Congratulations to your daughter, what an honor and opportunity to be chosen for the internship. Every mom wants the best for their children, I feel blessed, my 2 girls both have great careers and wonderful and caring husbands. I can feel your happiness all the way up here in northwestern Pennslyvania. Mickey

January 14, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Susan W - Wonderful news! Congratulations! The journey continues in her walk of greatness.
Just ate there today with some family members. Happy for you Savannah!!

January 14, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Sophie - YOu are one lucky mama, the Lord has blessed you with a precious gem, God bless her in all she does!

January 14, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Juliette Mariano-Carlson - Congratulations to your sweet girl!! CHEERS and blessings always!!

January 15, 2014 - 8:06 am

Lindsey - I’ve read this post more than a few times and each time I run the gamut of emotions. To this day I still remember where I was when I got the call that I had been selected to be a marketing intern at chick-fil-a. She will be poured into professionally, personally and spiritually. She will meet friends and mentors that will be lifelong. Getting a little weepy as I type this just remembering. Congratulations, Savannah! Can’t wait for some of the stories this summer!!

January 15, 2014 - 9:37 am

Julia - Congratulations to Savannah! My niece got the same internship a couple years ago. She’s in Chicago and graduated a year early. She’s still working for them now and loves it! If she has any questions I’m sure my niece would be happy to answer any. She’s very out going and fun.

January 15, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I’m not even related to you all for reals… but I am so PROUD of her! Seriously my heart leaped for joy when I saw that come out on Instagram. Girl now matter how you look back over your concerns and conversations behind the scenes (and we all do that of course) you are doing things right and you are such an encouragement to ME. Love you for sharing even the stuff you are ashamed to admit.

January 15, 2014 - 1:40 pm

tara - She’s top notch in every regard.
Spending any amount of time with her is rewarding and refreshing.

I knew when she first sat with me and told me about the internship that she would get it. I just knew it.

She’s a gem, Paige. God’s taking her to the moon and back!

January 15, 2014 - 2:20 pm

chrissi - huge congratulations to savannah. what a great company to intern with. they are one of our faves. savannah you are lovely be it on the beach or in a formal, but the shots with the kids are just the best. you face just lights up with love. how special you are.♥

January 15, 2014 - 3:42 pm

LLH Designs - My mama’s heart is swelling with pride and joy for you both. I love the way you celebrate your girls, Paige. It’s beautiful. Love you!

January 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Mimi - Woohoo! Congrats to y’all !

January 17, 2014 - 2:33 pm

JuliaW - Congratulations to Savannah! As another UGA mom (of my 4 sons, the oldest 2 are UGA grads, the third is a sophomore, and the youngest will start this fall!), I know how challenging the honors program is, and how she must be a true achiever in many areas to be chosen by Chick-fil-a. I also relate so much to your struggles as our children grow and change. May they always be right where the Lord wants them!

January 27, 2014 - 9:18 am

the large principal - I’ve told Dan numerous times…I hope my kids grow up to be like your kids, and by golly it won’t be from a lack of effort on our part if they don’t!