Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mallory's Unique Senior Photo Location

She's waited a long time to choose her perfect senior photo shoot setting. 

When she announced to me where her heart desired I just melted. 

It was perfect!

The day of her shoot it was raining so we ended up indoors. 

Those photos were gorgeous, but she had chosen a location near to her heart so we rescheduled for another day. 

Mallory loves history, and lives to tour caves, creeks, trails, and older buildings. Even since she were young she would say, as we passed older buildings, "I just wonder about all the stories that happened in there..."

"Mom, I want to have my senior photos taken at Mamaw Deans house...where Mamaw Rhonda was raised," she exclaimed one afternoon.

This girl loves my mother, her Mamaw Rhonda. They talk often, and Mallory will drive to Caneyville at random times just to visit with her. 

I had looked for a unique  place in our county, considered other options out of county, but couldn't have been more excited when she came up with this perfect idea. 

It's so her...every piece of history my mothers family holds is framed behind this gorgeous girl. 

All of the stories I remember as a child with my cousins during the holidays, fighting over the washer & dryer to sit on as we ate our made-from-scratch holiday meals; grandchildren were made to sit in the bathroom/utility was rather large.  

I remember having to drawl water from this well, and using an outhouse until about the age of 6 or 8. 

The blanket Mallory is sitting on was hand-sewn by my Mamaw Dean...made from old clothes belonging to various family members. She's holding my Bible that I was given by my church as a graduation gift my senior year. 

Last March, Mamaw Dean went to be with the Lord at the age of 100. We miss her immensely. 

I love the uniqueness of this girl of mine!  

I couldn't have chosen a better location. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Here Are Your Answers About Saving Hope Charities

I am just overwhelmed at the response - POSTITIVE RESPONSE - I have received about Saving Hope Charities! (If you are confused then you can find my previous blog called 'Why I Quit My Job' and catch up.) I cannot wait to continue to share all of the stories of those involved who made this vision come to fruition, but to answer your immediate question of how you can help us, here is a list of the things we need the most. If you would like to make a cash donation to the center you can now do so through our secure giving site. We are a 501(c)(3) making your donation tax deductible.

To answer a few more of your questions:

We will start accepting families into our center as soon as we have the funding to hire staff, so please, please consider giving to this very worthy cause. Absolutely no amount it too small!

Yes, the women & children will live at the facility for at least six months, up to one year. Think of us as a life-training center to help these women learn all the things they will need to stand the storms of life, but now empowered to overcome. Our goal is to see lives changed through Christ, and women able to leave the system because they are now out-earning their previous situation. We will help these moms complete their GED, if needed, enroll in college, or receive the career training they desire. We want them working in a career that is rewarding for her and her family, and compliments the natural gifts & talents we believe God gave her. We want to help guide her in setting up a new home for her family, and obtaining a vehicle, and assist her in any other way she will need to manage on her own after she leaves our facility.

We do have applications for women with children, and our guidelines policy that you can pick up at the center to learn more about how we operate. We are located at 233 Commerce Drive, Leitchfield, KY 42754, or you can request by emailing: or by calling (270) 971-1460.

If you would rather purchase items on our behalf, here is a comprehensive list of our needs:

Saving Hope Charities is looking for people to be involved in the ongoing success of the facility. We are looking for women who would like to babysit for our moms while they are at work. We are looking for mentors for our families, and we are looking for women who would be able to take a shift in the morning, evening, overnight (weekdays and weekends) and volunteer to help cover the facility in our 24/7 staff coverage needs.

We will host a ribbon cutting with the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, November, 11th at 11:00 p.m. and we encourage you to come by and see the facility that day. We will be open until 5:00 p.m. to tour the facility.

If you think you would be interested in helping us with these needs, please call Misty Thomas or Sharon Puckett at (270) 971-1460.

Our immediate needs include:

Monetary Donations to Hire Staff, Purchase Security Cameras, & Chest of Drawers
Printer Paper
Cooking Utensils
Hand/Dish/Laundry Soaps
Dish Sets
White Dish Towels, Rags, Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Washcloths
Toothbrushes and Covers, Toothpaste, Floss
General Purpose Household Cleaners
Dryer Sheets
Laundry Basket
Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Facial Tissue
Shampoo & Conditioner
Nail Clippers
Sanitary Napkins
Cotton Swabs
Body Soap
Hair Mousse, Hair Spray
Disinfectant Wipes
Garbage Bags, small
Brush/Comb Set

Every woman will receive the following books to keep:

The Celebrate Recovery Bible

God’s Promises & Answers

Joyce Meyer Battlefield of the Mind Study Guide

Truly Free Study Guides

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why I Quit My Job

I have learned to draw-in you readers with my titles. However, this stunning title holds truth. I did quit my job, and I’m about to tell you why.

I am still working at K105, hosting the morning show “In The Know” and loving every single minute. I’ve continued to host the show even after leaving the station three years ago to take a position with Dan Powers GM Center. The general manager graciously allowed me to leave one hour each morning to continue my position with the show.

After three years of handling out-of-town customers for the dealership, I made a decision to leave Dan Powers GM Center at the end of September. I was approached, on June 17th, about serving as a Board of Directors member for a new women & children’s facility called Saving Hope Charities. After a few months of working to help setup this life changing facility, I was asked to consider working as the fund-raising coordinator and public relations manager. I recall that on Feb. 26th, the last day of my 30's, God said to me that he was going to use me to work with women this decade. I even said it on the show, so it's on a podcast somewhere...however, I had no idea what he meant when he told me that. After much prayer, God led me to take the next year of my life and set forth on an adventure to help breathe life into Saving Hope. Therefore, I told my guy pals at the dealership bye, and set forth to start educating the community about the vision of this center.

I just want to take a minute to frown about not spending everyday with this group of co-workers. They were just too much fun!

What is Saving Hope Charities? We are located at the old Country Side Inn Motel on Commerce Drive in Leitchfield. A friend of mine, Cindy Huff, was passing the motel one day when God showed her a vision of the facility. A year later, the first building has been remodeled and ready to open. Can I just say that I have completely cheated you out of the miraculous story of God’s hand in this by only telling you that much? The good news: I will share all of it with you…I’ll tell you how in a bit. It's her story to tell but it's so good I am dying to tell it all! Just know that this entire project has been paid for up to this date!

Think of us as a life-training center to help women build and prepare to be successful in life. We are looking to help reunite mothers with children who have been in foster care, expecting mothers who are homeless or in a dire situation, mothers who are stuck in the cycle of the system and need a time-out in life to recreate her situation. When they leave us, we want our families living a self-sustaining life that is rewarding for them.

The program is 6 – 12 months long and will teach a full array of curriculum that is Christ-centered. Our families will learn banking, cooking, nutrition, budgeting, child discipline methods, relationship skills, and life coping curriculum, to name a few. After working with the GC Extension Office this morning, I am excited to go through these classes, too!

I am completely skimming over the top of this in-depth training that will empower these women to become who Christ created them to be.

I am available to present Saving Hope to any civic, social, or church group who would like more information on who we help, what our needs are, and how volunteers can be involved.

We hope to have our first families living with us by the first of the year. But we need funding to hire employees for 24/7 coverage, or find qualified volunteers to help take shifts to cover the facility 24/7.

If you are interested in learning more about us please call or text me (270) 868-6271, and check out our website: If you would like to make a donation you can do so on the front page of the website.

If you didn’t hear this today, let me say: God is Good!

Please consider donating to this amazing amount is too small.

Remember this place? Look and see what the Lord has done!

I love this lady, she has become such a sweet friend to me, and I could not be happier to share office space with her at the center, and work along side her as we move forward to open this facility. If only I had half the heart and compassion that she exudes! Sharon Puckett also serves as one of our board members. You can read more about her story on our website!