My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just clowning around.

It was misty and rainy the morning of my party. I can handle the rain, but I would not be able to handle the cold. We can't afford to get sick right now. So the mud wrestling was off, I was disappointed. I have been gearing up for this for months. But if I have learned anything from this BIG LIFE CHANGE, is that there is a reason for everything. God uses everything if we let Him. So here I am with people coming over and a boat load of enchiladas and I am like what are we going to do? I had promised a slip n slide for the kiddos, well that was out.  Luckily I spoke with one of the ladies of my church who does a clown ministry and she was able to bring her ballooning kit and teach me how to make balloon animals and shapes.

My friend Leah arrived with her sweet daughter Bekah, who is Joslyn's age and they had a blast dancing and chasing each other around.And of course she had her new baby Tom with her. He is so cute!

 We had 2 new babies here and I got John to hold both of them not an easy task I tell you. Soon others started arriving. Sharon, my dear card playing friend, the only one who usually shows up on game night. Of course Julia (or Flower) and her 3 children showed up and we ate lunch. Then she started showing me how to make one by one the balloon animals that she could make. First she taught me about the different types of balloons. The quality of the balloons is important. She uses Qualatex balloons and they are specifically for making balloon animals with. These come in many shapes and sizes. There are of course the long ones that you normally see to make giraffes and dogs. Then there are heart shapes. And then the most interesting to me was the balloons called the Bee bodys. They are of course used to make bees and apples and pumpkins.

First I learned to make apples. This should be easy but you have to push the tied end of the balloon through to the other side and then grab it and twist. But when done it looks like an apple or a pumpkin.

Next I learned to make a bee. You use a bee body to make the bee body (hehehehe). Then you use a long balloon to make the wings. This one was easy.

The hardest and coolest balloon animal I got to make was the dog or giraffe. It took a little coaching and I hope that I can remember to make that one again. We did make a video of it but of course it won't let me upload it. I also learned to make a flower and a sword. Thank you again so much Julia for taking your time to teach me. I don't know how God will use this in the future, but I am sure that he will.

After the lesson was over more people showed up. Including the family that was buying our big couch. So we got out the white chairs after they carried out the last of my big couch. It does seem a little sad around here without that couch, we have had it for a long time. But new places and new adventures are coming, so getting rid of old furniture and baggage is important to make room in my new place and heart. We had a great time just catching up with friends and family and talking about old and new adventures. I am not one bit concerned about the mud wrestling. We will get it accomplished and then God can use it to reach others.

I just wanted to say thank you to all my friends and family that have been supportive about my adventure list. This list is not only important to get me out of my comfort zone and to move past my fears; but God is using it to reach people through their fears and comforts. I also can add a fourth person to my adventure of inspiring others to do an adventure list. Congrats Julia, I hope that your adventure list is just as inspiring as mine has been.

Everyday can be an adventure with the Lord by your side or it can be a chore. Find those things in life that you really want to do, ask God for His guidance to accomplish them and hold on for the wild ride. We have nothing to fear with Him guiding our steps. Please remind me of this when I get to the sky diving part. LOL
Some of the sweetest moments in life have been with you guys!

Love you all, Teresa


  1. My father-in-law, Ron, touched me one day when he said, "Abby, there is no such thing as a bad day, some just might be better than others." And you live like this! You find beauty and strength in all places, and you touch people and inspire them every day, including me. Love you, Brown!

  2. When I was in high school, my school has some portables/trailers/classrooms at the bottom of a dirt hill consisting of some of that nasty red Georgia clay. One day, it rained harder than I can remember it raining in the Atlanta area. It may have been the result of a hurricane that had moved inland. But, whatever. It rained super hard. We still had class. Several of us had class at the bottom of the muddy hill. The super slippery, muddy hill. I'm sure you can guess what happened. Yup. We all ended up falling and slipping down this hill. It was like a mix between mud wrestling and a mud slip n slide. So fun and so worth being covered in mud for the rest of the school day. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! :)

    Please teach me what you learned about making balloon animals! Please please please! Pretty please with a cherry on top!

  3. Beth- when you come to town I will teach you. It was much easier than I expected it to be!

  4. Yes!

    Sorry for such a long story in your comments section. lol