More than anything, I value peace. I live each day... moment by moment. I do not stress over things I cannot change nor have control of. As a Christian, I regularly, throughout the day, delightfully give every concern I have to God with the belief that I will receive peace in exchange (1 Peter 5:7).
My faith guides me in servant leadership. It commits me to be the best mom I am humanly capable of being for my girls. My prayer for all is to, " Receive the wisdom to achieve serenity in the storms of the day and the patience to listen actively to oneself and others in the midst of chaos." - Mesha Mainor
BEING OPEN TO DIVERSITY
We are not all the same, but we should accept each other all the same
SOCIAL EQUALITY & INCLUSIVITY
I tell the girls people will come & go in your life, but you will always remember the ones that make you laugh! Research shows that laughing extend life. My family is small, and are never in Atlanta for Thanksgiving. I got tired of seeing who was going to be visiting their in-laws, so I created my own Thanksgiving tradition.
Each year I pick a place to be thankful for nature. For years, I tried planning a ski trip, but the snow season starts in December.
As a result, we found a love of hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains and retreating to hot cocoa on a porch looking out onto the mountains. I also found that the northeast coast of the U.S. is a perfect place for apple picking. I never realized how many varieties of apples there are until we started our Thankful Trips.
I decided to travel west this particular Thanksgiving because we had a greater chance of catching the snow. And we did! We skied!
In Utah, there was so much to explore. The altitude made us delirious. We all had the giggles. Alexis kept falling, and Chloe passed out on the plane. She had to emergency oxygen. In this clip, I fell down these steps. The girls thought it was so funny! This was definitely a memorable trip. Especially because everyone walks with ice cream cones in the snow.
LEARNING NEW THINGS
I enjoy my profession which is a blessing. When I'm not working or with my family, I chop trees, mow the lawn, hang shelves, travel to other countries, hang ceiling fans, wire entertainment systems, and change electrical outlets. In high school, I built a nail salon table in woodshop class with castors and I covered it with Formica. My youngest, Alexis, likes to say, "Mommy... you think you can do everything!" And I replied, "You can too!"
My great great grandfather's war registration, 1884
I have a small family, but many many cousins. I love family reunions and I enjoy researching my family's heritage. Our family is from Dooly County, GA traced as far back as 1820. The Mainor's lineage is still farming in Dooly County today with the best muscadines, watermelons, and peaches.
The house my grandfather built
Historic Westside: Home of the Civil Rights Movement
I enjoy taking Chloe & Alexis on adventures! Sometimes, I don't tell them where we are going. I love surprising them! Our last trip together was to Utah for our 1st skiing trip.
Secret to Life
I've learned that children have a selective and short memory. Therefore, I try to create as many as I can. I know at least one will stick!
Living off the Land
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations - Isaiah 61:11