In 2003, while working in a local restaurant, I met the love of my life. Just a couple of kids at the time, our 8-month friendship blossomed into a love deeper than I had ever experienced. I adored him- every part of him, and when he asked me to marry him in June of 2004, I couldn't wait to start our life together. He was and still is my favorite person in the world and I am so thankful God chose John for me. Today, 14 years later, I still adore him- every part of him.
The Creator in Me
John and I started having children pretty much immediately. Hannah was born in 2005 and Emme came along in 2006. We were happy with our little family but I still felt like God wasn't finished building our crew. In 2009, we had our first boy, Sam. We were completely smitten with all of our children and felt so blessed! Still, sitting down to dinner one night, I felt like someone was missing, thus, Ben, our youngest, was born in 2012. I finally felt like our family was complete.
Rachel Cargile, Graphic Designer
We've never lived extravagantly but we have always been thankful for every blessing God has given us. Some people say having a big family is irresponsible but I don't buy that. We may not have the latest gadgets and we may have to budget differently than other families but if you come into our home, its full of love! I think it has always been my goal that our home is a retreat from the world; a place where my family feels loved and secure.
Ever since I was a little girl, there has always been a strong need in me to be artistically creative. My parents always encouraged me to walk in the gifts God has given me. Up until high school, drawing had been my main focus, however, I began painting my senior year and I was hooked! Now in my adulthood, I find myself constantly creating things for my home and soon, with my degree, I will be able to create professionally.
A few years ago, God really began stirring something inside of me. My graphic design degree: something I've always wanted to pursue but never had the time, money, or physical and emotional capacity to actually obtain. Like so many moms, I got lost in the crazy day to day work of tending to my family that my own ambitions got filed away with the other "maybe, someday" plans. As I am approaching my last year at Liberty, I'm so thankful that God keeps me dreaming.
My dad passed away in March. It was sudden and it has been almost unbearable here without him. If I've learned anything this year, its that we aren't promised tomorrow. So while I'm not sure what the future holds, I will continue to be a supportive and loving wife to my husband, the best mom I can be to my children, and to pursue God with my whole heart. In the end, what will matter most are the people we loved and the memories we made.