Many people think and have thought that we are just simply crazy for giving up the big city life in Nashville where we could have made a lot more money as well as enjoyed the perks of being in a big city to move to Henderson, TN. However, when Laura Beth was born 6 years ago, we realized we wanted to live a different life and have our children grow up in a different atmosphere, so Damon applied for a job in Admissions with FHU and, in July of 2002, we moved to Henderson, TN. Many people still do not understand why we are doing this, but, to me, this picture (small as it may be) says it all. We are here to make a difference. This picture was taken at Makin' Music Saturday night at intermission. Three of the girls did not have parents who were in the audience and, after giving an amazing performance, wanted to have an adult/parent figure to share it with - they immediately found us. They came running up to us in tears saying we knew you would be here for us when our parents could not be and we need a momma hug!! I immediately thought of all those who had and do question us. I thought wouldn't they want someone to be there for their children in a time like this? That is what we are doing. I would not give up the relationships we have these college students. We have been able to share happiness in engagements, victories, employment and achievements as well as being there to share disappointments in break ups, broken engagements, loses and just down days. We have been called first thing in the morning to be told of a late night engagement where they wanted us to hear from them instead of others as well as staying up late at night trying to figure out the good in a bad situation. We are here because sometimes parents cannot be. I know that one day my children will be away from me and I pray that they have someone who will take them in and care for them the way we have enjoyed doing for so many. This is why we do what we do. Damon and I believe we are on a mission field. While it is not overseas, we are with tender souls who are trying to do what God would have them to as they learn more about Him and His word. We are here to guide, cheer, listen, cry and just be - just in case. Would I love to be making more money? Yes. Would I love a huge house (where I could fit more of these precious souls)? Yes. Would I trade what I have now though? No. My family and I have been blessed beyond measure to have such wonderful friends in these college students. We learn so much from them and pray that we can be even half of a blessing to them as they have been to us. So, for those of you who do not think we should be doing what we are doing or have ever wondered what made us chose to do what we do . . . . . I hope you now understand.