Mar 15, 2016

{Life Fusion} Event


Our county is honored that we have a First Coast Women's Service Center. Their mission statement is: to prevent the tragedy of abortion by offering truthful information, emotional support, and practical assistance to individuals who are facing unplanned pregnancies. They also offer sexual abstinence as a positive lifestyle for singles and provide opportunities for healing and restoration to those who have been hurt by abortion. Most importantly they share the love of Jesus in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Services are free and confidential. We are truly blessed to have FCWS in our community. Recently they had a wonderful event called Life-Fusion, a dinner and auction to benefit the Center. It was wonderful.


Each table was beautifully decorated.  


My kind of decor....



Different people offered their services by donating items that would be used for a silent auction. Choices consisted of but not limited to Baby Shower basket, Chocolate basket, Hair products basket, Beach theme, Yeti cooler, and so much more. Our ladies at my church opted to do a Chocolate lovers basket. I was thrilled with our choice as it held tons of chocolate including a 100$ bill and a $50 bill in the basket.


I wish I could show you all the pictures of the silent auction goods but decided to show a few of my favorites. Don't you just love the Beach theme? I should have bid on that one!!!


Yeti Cooler...WOWZERS!


 Hair products with a gift card.

The wreath was simply beautiful and the sign stole my heart. 


A group shot with some sweet friends.


Another shot of one of the many beautiful tables. 


I love this banner! It is actually HUGE and the whole banner is covered in the precious faces of little ones.


Here is a better view to actually show you how big this is.


 Look at this adorable little girl? I just wanted to grab her cute little cheeks and squeeze them.


Sweet moment captured. 


And of course who wouldn't WANT THIS?



So many Trips and Getaways was auctioned off and I'm not talking an average trip to the Zoo...LOL! I am talking exclusive package deals. 


They also had an auction with five specialty cakes that was donated. Last year I had the opportunity to bake a cake for them and I had that opportunity again this year. Here are the five cakes that was donated.

I cannot remember the exact name of this cake but I think it was a Hersey's chocolate cake. Either way...it looked YUMMY!



Humming bird cake. (on my list of favorite cakes to eat) and I have a SIL that makes one that will melt in your mouth!



Starbucks chocolate mounds cake. Ooh...it took all I had to not snitch a cookie off the top of this beautiful cake.



Strawberry white chocolate cake. (Isn't this cake just beautiful?)



And mine. A salted caramel peanut butter chocolate cake. The auctioneer was so fun to listen too and when he got to this cake he said, "One thing is for sure...this cake will stick to the roof of your mouth and last for days".


Each cake brought in money for the FCWS. And I'm not talking a little bit of money either and all for a great cause.

The event was laced with beautiful singing, good food and wonderful people. There was so much laughter shared....and a few tears.


The guest speaker was Gianna Jessen. (lady sitting down) You can go online and check her out for more of her testimony if interested. http://www.giannajessen.com/about.html  Gianna is a survivor of a burning saline solution abortion. The doctors said that she would never survive. She also has cerebral palsy. "The failed abortion had also provided the “gift” of cerebral palsy, as she calls it: Her words: “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”

Her message was loud of clear! No matter WHAT...finish the race that God has set before you! God was in the midst of well over 300 attenders for this event and I can assure you that His Word went forth!


My heart was deeply moved as I listened to the testimony of this young couple. Tears filled the room but then Victory rang loud and clear. 



As most of my blogging friends know I snapped a few maternity pictures of my daughter that is due with her first baby in April. Though I loved them all there was one picture that melted my heart and it was this one if you will recall. 



As soon as I looked at this picture my thoughts went to Psalm 139:13-14
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.


Last year while blogging I entered a contest for a FREE 16x20 canvas that Heather, from Our Life In A Click  was offering. http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com/ and I WON! I decided to redeem my win by doing a canvas piece of that particular picture and using the scripture (Psalm 139:13-14) All I could think about was that one day our little Adalynn (who is on her way) would treasure this picture of her mom carrying her inside of her mother's body and it would be a reminder to her that she is fearfully and wonderfully made...by the Master Designer Himself! 



Well, wouldn't you just know that the day after the First Coast Women's Event that the Canvas piece I ordered was delivered. Another sweet reminder that YES...we are wonderfully and fearfully made and that our life has purpose.
 




Jesus makes no mistakes. Life is precious to Him...My life and Your life is precious to our Lord. After all....He did CREATE us.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

37 comments:

  1. I don't know where to start. First, what an awesome organization. I can't even imagine sitting and listening to that dear lady's story, and I know I'd have been in tears, too. So glad that lots of money was raised for such a worthy cause. Next....that cake you made...wowsers!!! It looks soooo good! And, third...that picture of your baby girl carrying her baby girl....you picked such perfect Bible verse to go along with it. That will be cherished for many, many years. I'm so excited to finally get to "meet" Miss Adalynn....she's going to be a beauty just like all the rest of the Conner girls. ;-)

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    1. Awe thanks my friend. Yes the event was wonderful. My girl loved her canvas piece. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement always!

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  2. I got chills seeing the photo canvas!! I love the photo you picked! Looks like a great party and that YETI cooler looks amazing!! Yummy food too!

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    1. I knew you would love the canvas piece! I loved it too! The quality was amazing! I will be ordering from them again. Thanks again Heather.

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  3. Cindy, such a beautiful post sharing this wonderful event. I can see it was a special time. Great photos!! I love your daughters photo and it looks fabulous on the large canvas. A true keepsake to treasure. Blessings xo

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    1. Thanks friend for stopping by to visit me.

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  4. What a great event. The canvas piece of your daughter is amazing. I must admit my bid would have been on the beach assembly because I am longing to go to the beach with the warmer weather now.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, I would like to be sitting at the beach right about now with my coffee!

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  5. Such a wonderful event Cindy, thank you for sharing and the canvas of your daughter is truly a treasured keepsake :)

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  6. AMEN!!!!!!! Where to begin (not even going to try)...thank you Cindy...beautiful and I agree with your thoughts 100%. Many Blessings to you and your missionary heart.

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  7. This post just warms my heart and I appreciate the goodness of your heart and the work that you do in honoring Him. What a beautiful example you are to your family and your true spirit of goodness graces your smile.
    Just love this all so much-and those cakes!! Oh my:)
    Your daughter is beautiful and will be presenting you with your new beautiful angel soon!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Jemma, you are always such wonderful encouragement to me. We're counting down weeks now till the little one arrives. Can't wait!

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  8. What a wonderful event. Saving the unborn is a cause very close to my heart. Thank you for sharing your photos and for all the work that you do.

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful event. Love, love the canvas photo of your daughter with the Psalm, that will be a treasured keepsake for sure! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos.

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  10. Oh, my, what a wonderful post, Cindy! This organization sounds like a true blessing in your community and what fabulous support it has. And what a treasure your picture is!! I know Adalyn and her parents will cherish it forever! Blessing, my friend. Zenda

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    1. Thanks Zenda. Yes it was indeed a wonderful event and we are counting weeks now til the new one gets here. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  11. Hi Cindy! Oh, I adore the beautiful snap of your daughter and what a lovely scripture to put with it! The ladies event sounds and looks wonderful! What a special time and you look so pretty too!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. This post is so beautiful and a pleasure to view with all the photos of prizes, cakes and women! You are an inspiration, Cindy. May God bless you for all that you do for others. So glad you won the canvas piece. It's adorable.

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    1. I was thrilled to win the canvas piece. My daughter loved it as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this with us. I enjoyed seeing it all! Your daughter's canvas picture is beautiful with the perfect verse! Looking forward to meeting little Adalynn!

    Katherine

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    1. It won't be too many more weeks and I'll be parading pictures of sweet Adalynn. Thanks for stopping by Katherine. I always look forward to visiting you on your blog.

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  14. Girlfreind!!!!! What a GREAT recap of and glimpse into this AWESOME event .... I was BEYOND awed by this GOD centered evening .... EVERYTHING was FIRST CLASS and God ordained ... GOD was PRAISED and LIFTED HIGH .... I can assure you that the EXTENT of all that God has and will do THROUGH it we will never be completely known till we see the AUTHOR and Creator of the multitudes of babies and families that will be FOREVER altered by HIS LOVING hand.... because of "IT" and
    "THOSE HE USED" to bring it about <3 I was HONORED to even be in the same ROOM where HE was so MIGHTILY at work!!!! I also want to say how honored I was to see and be in a picture of ladies labeled "some of YOUR FRIENDS" YOU are SUCH a GIFT to SO MANY and I thank God ... I'm one of them <3 Can't wait to see the pictures that will celebrate and journal the day that God Gifts your sweet family with another of HIS precious children to raise for HIS GLORY ..... He could not have picked a more PRECIOUS family on this EARTH to do so ..... Love You My Sweet Friend ....Alisa

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  15. Alisa, you always make my day sister. Thanks so much for your sweet words but most of all your precious friendship.

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  16. Oh, that canvas of your daughter is just beautiful, what a treasure. How wonderful that such a great organization was blessed with such a great event. The tables looked beautiful and the auction items were marvelous!! A great time for a great cause!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this, Cindy, and your photos are beautiful! I also wish to thank you for your kind comment on my blog when I was going through my depression, it really means a lot to me. Hugs.

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    1. Glad you stopped by Linda. Have had you on my mind and in my heart.

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  18. Oh Cindy, what a beautiful post, thanks for sharing this wonderful organization, amazing event with us to see.
    You have a beautiful family and your DD is gorgeous! The tables are just what I like too, so sweet and feminine. All those cakes have me drooling.
    Have a blessed week ahead.
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you Fabby. I too loved the table decor.

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  19. Oh.. and much blessings to your dear daughter and may her delivery be very smooth by the hand of God our Lord.
    FABBY

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  20. What a ownderful event for you to be involved in!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!
    Thanks for dropping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy