Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you! We hope your day is filled with blessings and joy. I pray that your New Year is fantastic and I cannot wait to catch up at our annual Alumni Weekend in February.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm Overwhelmed

Abbey W. shared this with me in an email and I thought I would share with all of you. This is taken from Proverbs 31 Ministries:

OCTOBER 30, 2014
I'm Overwhelmed
"We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you." Psalm 39:6-7 (NLT)
Lysa TerKeurst
I was tired, teary and hungry. That's such a bad combination when you actually still want to be nice to people, especially those who call you Mommy.
I had such good intentions to stay calm that morning despite getting very little sleep the night before.
I'd been helping with an important school fundraiser project, but at that moment I was wondering why I agreed to do so much. Being in charge of a large part of the event sounded fun when I'd signed up. But the fun quickly turned to stress. I'd underestimated how much time it would realistically take. Plus I'd completely overestimated my capacity to have the necessary energy to carry this to completion.
Then two other volunteers backed out and there I was, once again, frantic and frazzled.
Chaos nipped at the edges of my frayed nerves.
Somewhere between the lost permission slip that had to be signed, the misplaced library book due the week before, and the only bread available for sandwiches having mold on it, calm eluded me.
I pinched off the edges of the bread and toasted it. Surely that would fix it, right?
Then my youngest marched into the kitchen announcing it was chapel day at school and she needed a Bible. I instructed her to go get the pink one Grandma had given her.
"I lost that last month and my teacher keeps telling me to remind you to get me a Bible. I have to bring one today no exceptions or excuses," she said in a tone I was afraid mimicked the way her teacher said it to her. Clearly, I was greatly impressing this teacher.
And clearly, this was yet another demonstration that I was failing as a mom. Her Bible had been lost for a month and I didn't have a clue. Awesome.
"Take mine from my nightstand. Just make sure you bring it back home today," I quipped, thankful to have a solution.
A few minutes later Bible girl came back, "I can't find yours either. It's not on your nightstand."
Quickly my brain darted this way and that way through all the possible reasons why my Bible wouldn't be on my nightstand. After tracing my steps and thinking through the last place I remembered having it, I realized I must have left it at church ... four days earlier.
Awesome. And yet another glaring reminder of my shortcomings.
I wrote a note to the teacher explaining we were apparently having Bible-location issues in our family and that I would absolutely make sure my daughter had a Bible for next week's chapel. Nothing humbles this Bible teacher quite like having to write a note like that.
Then I loaded up the kids in the van as the clock glared its reminder I would be late getting them to school again.
I imagine you might relate to this scenario even if the details are different.
I'm learning how important it is to be more realistic with assessing both how much time something is going to take and my capacity to fulfill that task. Knowing that I tend to underestimate time and overestimate my capacity, I must build in a buffer.
I've decided my time buffer should be 15 minutes. If I think something is going to take me an hour, I schedule one hour and 15 minutes. Anytime I make an exception to this, I regret it. And then if it takes me less time, I'm always grateful for the 15 minutes of breathing room.
Imagine how much more calm we'd all be with little spaces of breathing room tucked throughout our day!
Psalm 39: 6-7 reminds us, "We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you."
All this rushing will end in nothing. That's a sobering thought to a girl like me. A girl who is learning to be more honest about her time and her capacity. Why is it that the hardest person to be honest with sometimes is ourselves?
So today, let's commit to unrush.
To better use the two most powerful words, yes and no.
And to place our hope in the Lord's hands as we seek the Best Yes answers for our lives.
Dear Lord, help me to build buffer time into my schedule so I can have breathing room during my day. I want to honor You with the time I've been given. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day, ladies! I cannot believe it is September already.

Don't forget to send in your prayer requests and announcements for the September newsletter. They are due by September 15th.

Also, start thinking about our upcoming big events.
     February: Annual Alumni Weekend
     Fall 2015: Twenty Year Reunion!

At the Alumni Weekend, we will start planning the reunion. If you are interested in being on the committee to help plan and set-up, please let us know. The last reunion was a blast and we're hoping to make this one bigger and better!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Favorite things...

One of my favorite things was listening to Brant and Sherri on Air1. They have since left the radio station, but they are still producing podcasts and a blog. If you have never heard of them, you are truly missing out. Air1 is a great contemporary Christian radio station. Brant and Sherri's shows were always hilarious and spiritually rich. They have a lot of insight into the Christian walk, but they don't take themselves too seriously. It's also a good show to share with people who may not be believers. Their shows were always welcoming to non-Christians, but they shared God's truth also.

Check out their website or iTunes for their shows!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Break

Our newsletter will take a break in July for the season. If you have any pressing prayer requests, please feel free to email us or post them on FB. You can submit for August's newsletter by August 15 via email or FB.

Enjoy your July!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Children With Hair Loss

Hey girlies,
I wanted to share my friend's video of her hair donation to Children With Hair Loss. I'm going to feature this organization in June's newsletter, but the video is so inspirational that I thought I would go ahead and share it.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Message Sharing

The Blessed Life Ever series continues with Part 3. Again, this series is a video message from a pastor in Texas. He is the author of The Blessed Life; I just finished reading the book and it was very convicting. It makes you think about your money and blessings in a new light. If you're struggling financially, I recommend reading this book.

Part 3

Friday, May 16, 2014

Update the Directory Contest!

Our directory and family trees have a lot of holes. Because of this I'm starting a new contest. Send your updates by July 1st to be entered! Receive an extra entry if you know of someone who is not listed in the directory but should be.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Message Sharing

The current series at my church is called Blessed Life Ever. It is going to be a little different than past series. My pastor spoke the first Sunday, but the following three messages are videos by Robert Morris, a pastor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. The series is based on Morris' book The Blessed Life. I started reading the book and am glad that I am. So far it is about tithing to the church and why it is such an amazing thing to do. It is something I have always been convicted of and I know this will encourage me to give more generously.

Part One: The Thing About Blessings

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Message Sharing

The Walking Dead series wrapped up on Easter Sunday. Since I have forgotten to share since week 2, I'll share them all today. Feel free to listen!

Dead Man Walking

Fighting for the Dead 

Breaking Death

I Am The Walking Dead

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Talk to us!

Don't forget to send in your prayer requests and announcements for the April newsletter. The deadline is April 15th. Tell us if you have recently gotten engaged, married or pregnant! We also love to hear about if you have started a new job or other happy news.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Message Sharing

Part two of my church's The Walking Dead series is online. This week's message was about how God can bring dead things back to life. And that doesn't just apply to dried out bones, as referenced in the message, but it also applies to our dead dreams or passions. Enjoy!

Bare Bones

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Support a Sister: Relay for Life

Another sister, Hallie F., is participating in Summerville's Relay for Life. You can support her and the cause by donating through her page.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Support a Sister

Our fellow sister, Jessica G., is participating in the 6th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival. Part of the fundraising will benefit Ground Zero and part will benefit Teach My People, an after-school program. You can donate to Jessica by April 26th through her Fundeasy page:
Teenagers need hope. Teenagers need adults to look up to. Teenagers need Christ. Teenagers need to be in the Church. Ground Zero gives teenagers hope in Truth. Ground Zero reaches teens through authentic relationships with positive role models. Ground Zero shares Christ with teenagers through relevant events and connects teenagers to with the local Church to be nurtured and discipled. Ground Zero exists to see teenagers' lives transformed.
Ground Zero is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and, as such, operates completely on fundraising and donations. The money raised through donations enables Ground Zero to communicate the vision of the ministry to the public and funds monthly Impact Worship events. At these events, national speakers come to share their message with students and youth groups in the community. So far this school year, over 1,800 students from at least 50 churches have attended these events and more than 150 students have made life changing decisions as a result. Since 1998 Ground Zero has reached over 128,000 teenagers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Message Sharing

My church started a new message series on Sunday. The title of the series is The Walking Dead. Part one was about death. It seems a little morbid, but it was a good message.

Dead End

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Message Sharing

This week my church had a pallet cleansing message in-between series. Sunday's message was about reputation and how people view you. It was a good reminder on how we are representing God.

Battle in the Mind

Friday, March 7, 2014

Message Sharing

The final part of the "Is This Love?" series from my church was all about agape love. He refers to it as The 'God' Kind of Love. One interesting tidbit that I took away from the message is that sometimes we get so wrapped up in one kind of relationship or kind of love. For example, we may focus all our energy on our relationship with our husband/boyfriend and neglect our family or friend relationships. Or sometimes we focus so much on our children and neglect our spouse. My pastor really encouraged everyone to be balanced in our love.

The "God" Kind of Love

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Message Sharing

I finally listened to part 3 of the "Is This Love?" series that I missed while in town for the alumni weekend. This part is called "The 'Brady Bunch' Kind of Love" and focuses on parenthood. Even though I am not a parent, it was a good message to listen to. It makes you think about how your parents raised you and causes you to consider how you might raise a family.

The "Brady Bunch" Kind of Love

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time for another contest!

Our New Year's Resolution photo contest has come to an end. Liz Beth M. won with the most likes!

We are now on to our next contest. This one should be a lot of fun! It is our Cutest Pet Contest. You can submit or email a photo of your pet(s) to be included. The winner receives bragging rights on having the most adorable pet.

If you do not have a pet or time to submit a photo for the contest, please visit the Facebook page and Like the photo that you think should win. The contest goes through the end of March.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Message Sharing

While I was in town for the Alumni Weekend, I attended Cheryl's church. She attends Transformation Church. They are doing a series called Sabotaged and this year's message was about your past.

Have a listen!

Sabotaged by our past

Monday, February 24, 2014

Alumni Weekend Recap

Thank you so much to all the ladies that were able to make it to the alumni weekend (whether in person or in spirit)! We had a blast!

If you missed out on dinner, everyone raved about their meal. Next time you're in Rock Hill, I definitely recommend visiting Five & Dine.

Bowling was a hoot! We broke up into two teams and had a little contest. The losing team had to sing and dance to a song of the winning team's choice at some point during the Alumni Brunch. The chosen song was Roar by Katy Perry.

The Alumni Brunch was great and opened with a ice breaker so we could get to know the current sisters. There are so many cool ladies! It was a good time of fellowship and I loved catching up with everyone.

The chapter meeting was short and sweet. You can read the minutes by visiting the Alumni Chapter's Facebook page and clicking on Files. If you have problems accessing that, we can email you a copy.

If you were not able to make it this year, I hope you'll be able to come to next year's alumni weekend. It is always a good time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

One Day until the Alumni Weekend!

The annual Alumni Weekend starts TOMORROW! Who else is excited! If you have not gotten a chance to RSVP for the dinner and bowling, it is not too late. Just let Kristen know so we can squeeze you in.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Message Sharing

Hello friends! The message given at my church this past Sunday was definitely worth sharing with the Alumni Weekend coming up. The message is the second part of the "Is This Love?" series and it was about "The 'I Pick You' Kind of Love," aka friendship.

I highly recommend listening to the message. It gave me a lot to think about, not just in relation to Alpha Omega, but also to friendships in all other areas of my life.

One thing that I keep thinking about is he said friendship requires sacrifice. John 15:13 says "There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends." We know Jesus said this in reference to giving his life for all of us when he died on the cross. But the pastor believes (and I agree) that it doesn't always have to mean dying for your friends. You can sacrifice other parts of your life for your friends.

With the Alpha Omega Alumni Chapter, we do not all know each other. We went to school at different times and may never cross paths. But we did share a similar life experience and there is something that binds us together. New friends can be made through this and friendships strengthened. I hope that if you haven't given the group a chance that you will in the future. Maybe even start this weekend!
- Kristen

The "I Pick You" Kind of Love

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A few reminders

First, the monthly newsletter is coming out tomorrow or Monday. You can still submit prayer requests, announcements and the like through the end of today. You can post them on the Facebook group page, message them through the Facebook page or email us.

We have our annual Alumni Weekend coming up. I don't know about you, but I am excited!

Friday night will include the Alumni Dinner and Bowling. Check the events page for details on location and times. The restaurant is fairly new, but their menu looks amazing! The chicken and waffle is calling my name. :)

The weekend continues with the Alumni Brunch on Saturday. This year's theme is all about hats! Check out our earlier post with some hat inspiration. If you don't have a hat, don't let that stop you! You are welcome with or without some head fashion.

Following the Alumni Brunch we will gather for the Alumni Chapter meeting. The meeting should not take too long since there is not a whole lot to discuss. But one thing on the table for discussion will be the upcoming twenty year reunion. We will start looking for volunteers to plan the reunion festivities.

After the chapter meeting, the weekend is all yours. Enjoy a walk around campus, grab some coffee or dinner with sisters you have not seen in a while or visit another Rock Hill/Charlotte hot spot.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Message Sharing

My church has started a new series called "Is This Love?" The first message was a great reminder for us married folks. It is also a good message for those of you who are not yet married, divorced or widowed. I hope you enjoy!
- Kristen

The 'Lionel Richie' Kind of Love

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hats, hats, hats

The Alumni Weekend is fast approaching. We have just about 11 days! Alpha Omega announced the theme for this year's Brunch. It is all about hats! Wear your biggest, prettiest, most outlandish, and best hat to be festive. In the spirit, I thought I would share some pictures to inspire you.

You could make a mini hat to wear with a pin or on a headband

Thursday, February 6, 2014

RAFFLE time!

We are doing a raffle for this beautiful Alpha Omega necklace. The winner will be picked at the Alumni Chapter Meeting on February 22. Tickets can be purchased during all Alumni Weekend activities or in advance by mailing your money to the treasurer, Cheryl F. by February 21.

Tickets are $1 each or 10 tickets for $5.
The money will go towards the Twenty Year Reunion which will be held in 2015.

Plus, if you pay your 2014 Alumni Chapter dues you will receive 5 FREE tickets! Dues are only $10.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Message Sharing

The last two parts on the Dream message series are just as great as the first two. I highly recommend listening to them. It will really open your eyes about what God has in store for your future.

Part 3: Dreaming in the Dungeon

Part 4: Jumpstarting my Dreams

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jam session

Here are some songs that I have really been into lately. I hope you enjoy!
- Kristen

Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham

Oceans (where feet my fail) by United

Alive by Young & Free

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Are you on LinkedIn? So is the Alpha Omega Alumni Chapter! Please join our group. It is called Alpha Omega Alumni (Winthrop University). It is just one more way that you can stay connected to your sisters.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Message Sharing

I shared the first part of a series at my church. I was a little slack and did not attend for parts 2 and 3, but I finally listened to Part 2 yesterday. It was very good and I thought I would share.

- Kristen

Heritage Church: Dream On Part 2

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blog, blog, blog!

Our members have some great blogs! You can check them out by visiting the links to your left. There are crafty projects, recipes and more. It is a great way to learn more about sisters that you may not know very well.

If you have a blog that is not listed, please email us and we will happily add it. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Newsletter!

The January Newsletter has been emailed. We will also post to the Newsletter Highlights page. If you did not receive a newsletter in your email and would like to, please email us at

This month's newsletter showcases the upcoming Alumni Weekend! Please make plans to attend as it will be a lot of fun. We will also start discussing the twenty year reunion.

Lastly, there are lots of congratulations in the newsletter. Check them out and celebrate with our fellow sisters!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Message sharing

The new church I am attending is currently doing a series about Dreams. I really enjoyed the first part of the series. I thought I would share it with all of you! Enjoy!

Heritage Church, Dare to Dream

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year's Resolution Photo Contest

If you stay current on our Facebook group page, you know we are having a little contest! Since so many people use the New Year to set goals, we decided to have a New Year's Resolution Photo Contest! You can submit a photo representing your New Year's Resolution anytime before the Alumni Weekend next month. The photo with the most likes will win! The winner will receive free dues for one year. If you do not want to submit a photo, please go to the page and like the New Year's Resolution you think should win.

New page!

We just added a page that gives links to our fellow sisters' businesses. We have some talented, creative and awesome sisters! If you have a business that you would like listed, please email a link to