I’ll Keep Holding On… So Tight

This weekend hasn’t gone exactly as planned. See, my plans were to vaporize into quiet rest… a bit of time with my girls… and then more rest.

He had a different assignment for me. Taking care of my 87-year-young auntie whose stomach went on the fritz Friday night.  We’ve been at St. Mary’s Hospital since then.

I also had my Momsy time yesterday. While giving mom her weekly hand and foot massage she made me both happy and sad by saying, “You know? You look like a Holt.” I said, “I sure hope so mom… because I’m half of one!”

Then as quick as the revelation came, it disappeared as we jammed & danced to Simply Red, “Holding Back the Years.”

I’ll keep holding on

I’ll keep holding on

I’ll keep holding on

I’ll keep holding on

So tight…

My plans may have changed, but I’m gratefully rocking the assignment given.

And, I’ll keep holding on. So Tight.


Is God Calling You to Consider Adoption?

What some people may not know is that I am an adoptive parent. My son is now 22-years-old and it hasn’t always been a bed of roses but I wouldn’t change my decision for the world.

National Adoption Month
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And since November is National Adoption Month, the question is, have you considered it?

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings and keeps families together. Currently, Bethany is seeking families for children who are waiting for their forever family. These children come from different countries, speak different languages, and have different needs and stories, yet they all have one thing in common…the desire to be a part of a loving family!

Here are some facts to consider:

  • Bethany offers domestic, foster care and international adoption services in addition to providing pregnancy support and other essential services surrounding child welfare.
  • According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, over 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting to be adopted, approximately 23% of those children are of African-American ethnicity.
  • The concept of adoption in the African-American community has been present for a number of years, particularly with familial adoption (where a family member takes in a relative’s child for various reasons).
  • BCS of Madison Heights recently opened an office in Detroit inside Fellowship Chapel specifically to recruit more Foster care families.

See: National Adoption Month: How God Restores & Willie Moore Jr. Everything You Need to Know About Adoption! [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

Bethany Christian Services new branch director for its Madison Heights location, Starr Allen-Pettway said,

Every child needs love and a place they can call home. God, at the center of it all, helps us connect with Christian families who are open and prepared to answer the call to comfort and care for ‘the least of these.

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For more information on how you can help serve the children and families in your community, visit Bethany.org.


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Your Family Is…

Crazy, So much fun, Loving… Yep, that’s us. I’m just catching up to all the comments about our 3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and the overwhelming response was how hilarious our family is. Thank you for all your votes and comments!

I Praise God for allowing us to shine His love through each of us. I Thank our Parents… especially our dad… for making sure we remain tight, band together for good, and work out our issues when things are not so good. We’ve had our fair share of arguments but at the end of the day, we work it out and we love.

We also know that family is not defined by being blood related. We are a family made of blood, friends, legally adopted and even God ordered adoption. Cool thing about it is, you don’t know the difference… we just seamlessly blend together. I honestly can’t remember a Christmas when we didn’t have someone or a whole clan of someones embraced into our bond. That’s also a trend that my parents instilled in us from the beginning. There’s no such thing as a lonely Christmas when it comes to us. If you’re there… You’re family.

The other day, I went to 7-Eleven and as I checked out asked the cashier would he be able to enjoy any of his holiday? He responded, “No, I’m working but I can’t stand my family anyway so I don’t mind.” I almost cried. I cannot imagine that. Before I pulled off I prayed for him. So what’s the point?

You’ve got to have a nucleus of people you care about. If it’s not blood, it’s friends, people you look up to, people you can bounce ideas off of, dream with and even people who keep you accountable… and the other way around. That’s what makes up a family. Please don’t spend another minute hurting alone. Get your family together… However blended it may be… and watch how easy it is to give and receive the love you’ve seen in us. The love the apostle Paul wrote about in Ephesians.

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. (Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG)

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Find out more about Randi Here ~~~> About.Me/randimyles2go