Monday, September 8, 2014

Beautiful Jennifer

"Helping others is the reason I have to become a nurse.  It is my passion and what God meant for me to do.  My job in the E.R. has touched me in so many ways because of the people I have met and been able to help, even in small ways.  I am so glad that I lost my old job, because that experience helped me figure out what I really want to do!  I've had such a rough couple of years, but I know now where I'm headed and what I've endured to get to where I am.  I'm still standing after all I've been through, so I think I'm going to make it!  I am strong!"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful Jessica

  "What is your response when other people say, 'I could never be a foster parent!'?"  
  "That's what I used to say, but now I say no matter how difficult, heartbreaking, or inconvenient it may be, they're worth it. Imagine the heartbreak they are feeling...ours doesn't compare.  Kids in foster care are America's orphans, and the Bible has a lot to say about taking care of orphans. It's something we are commanded to do."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beautiful Friends, Danielle and Sarah

"How have the two of you stayed close friends, even though you live far apart?"

  Danielle:  "We are opposites, but complement each other so well.  No matter how long it's been since we saw each other, we fall back in like we haven't missed a day!  We know each other and all that we are and we're just cool with it."  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beautiful Rachel

  "My boss said my dress was too short and she didn't want men looking at me like I was a lamb chop."  

  What do y'all think?  Is it up to Rachel to make sure men don't look at her like she's a lambchop?  Or is it the responsibility of men to look at Rachel's face, get to know her, and invite her out for a lamb chop (or pizza, or steak) dinner?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beautiful Sarah

Me to Sarah:  "What do you think is beautiful about you?"

 Sarah: "I don't know, the last time you asked me that I said my eyes.  But I wasn't thinking on a deeper level at the time.  Now I need to try that again...What do you think is beautiful about me?"  

  Three of us stand, looking at Sarah for a moment and thinking how great we think she is, in so many ways, and I say, "You're a peacemaker," and the others nod in agreement.

  Sarah:  "That's funny you should say that, because that's what my family has always said about me.  I am a peacemaker."

  (She also has beautiful eyes.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rethinking the Beauty Blog

    Aubrianah will be starting college next month and I am starting a new job this week, so we will be doing a bit of reworking on Just the Girls: Real Beauty!  We aren't stopping, we LOVE this project, but the posts will be more streamlined and to-the-point and will come faster!  We hope you'll keep following, we think it's going to be beautiful!   

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beautiful Inspiration

 I love every Real Beauty we interview, and Candice is one of my favorites.  Candice's occupation is one I can't talk much about, but she has dedicated her life to the preservation and the cultivation of beautiful relationships.  She doesn't get to do a lot of dressing up or get to pay a lot of attention to her outward appearance on a daily basis in her job, but she is consistently becoming more inwardly beautiful.  

  A lot of Beautiful Girls credit their mothers as their inspirations, but Candice's mom is truly exceptional in her inspiration and has given us three inspirational women!  She raised her three girls on her own, with no shortage of trial and heartache.  I've met all three of them, and they are all amazingly Beautiful Girls who have been featured on this blog.  My next goal...get that momma in here for her shoot!