Happy Birthday, love!

Birthday CollageBabe!!!!

Thirty-seven years ago today you were born!!!!!  You arrived!!!! And somewhere else in the world I was playing and being the silly 6 year old that I was – totally oblivious to the fact that our paths would cross and we’d be here today.  {{insert the cradle-robbing jokes here, people}}

Crazy, isn’t it? Crazy that God saw it all.  Crazy that every moment in our lives has meant something and not been in vain.  Crazy that you and I would walk the paths that we did, only to have them intersect at His perfect timing.

Just. Crazy.

And yet, not crazy at all.  Indeed, He wasn’t taken by surprise.  He wasn’t thrown off course because of our journeys.  No.  He used every moment – every curve, every mountain, every valley, every dark night, every bright day to get you here – to get us here.

In your 37th year of life, we will be embarking on the craziest journey yet.  Stepping into our destiny with Papa leading the way.  We get to do this together!

Isn’t that amazing?!  You know what? I’m glad it’s you.  I’m glad you’re you.  I’m glad He made you, you.

Your heart is so tender, so very pure.  You love with a depth that I haven’t even been able to reach yet, but I want to.  Your ability to forgive and give second chances still astounds me.  You have the Father’s heart.  Not a day of my life will pass without my thinking about your graciousness, your willingness to rise above, your heart for restoration and reconciliation, your ability to love.

You are amazing, babe.  Simply amazing.

So today, I am so thankful you were born.  I am thankful that God decided you needed to be in the world.  Because if for no other reason, I needed you.  I still need you.  I’ll never stop needing you.

Happy birthday, my love.  Here’s to many, many more.

x YW

The Hesses are moving . . . to plant a church!

What?!  Yep.  Come January 2015, we will be moving! Selling the house, loading up a moving truck and headed off on our next adventure in Waynesville, North Carolina (about 30 minutes west of Asheville).  We believe God has called us to plant a New Day Community Church and replicate the DNA we have become a part of here in Summerville, SC.  We’ll be making a video soon to add to the site and tell you more about our new endeavor.  But for now, you can click the picture below to read all about it on our website.


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You can visit our Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account or Instagram feed to stay up to date on all the latest info!  We are so excited to see what God has planned for us in this next season of life.  We’re sure it’s going to be even more than we can imagine!  Thanks for coming along on the ride.

~ Shannon, Mary, Haley & Zoe