You’re on BASE! Take some time to catch your breath … you are safe.

I have been racking my brain trying to remember when we met. I have mentioned before that I have the worst memory every and things that happened yesterday or beyond can be pretty foggy.

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I remember this picture being taken at Campus Advance. I also remember you, Angie and I having our little group that met while we tried to grow as women. You guys were both such a help for me … I was never one to really open up to folks … but you helped me with that.

How could I ever forget our trip to Clovis? Not sure what we were thinking, but I’m glad we went. The tattoo I got on that little trip has always been a good reminder to me of just how big God is. When I struggled to believe in anything at all … that would at least give me a little hope.

I still check your blog regularly although it’s not been updated in a while  http://survivinginsearcy.blogspot.com/ . No problem with that as far as I’m concerned … if I had three kids I don’t know that I’d have time to do much of anything.

Flee thanks for being such a good friend to me. I pray that you are doing well and that your family is doing good. I appreciate the encouragement you have given to other “hot seaters” … that is a gift you have and you use it well.

I would love for you to make a comment and let us know what you have been up to lately … share some things about your children and husband … and I’d love to hear about a lesson you’ve learned in the last few years.

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Comments on: "Felicia … Flee … Felicia … Flee" (8)

  1. Michelle Harris said:

    Awwww! I think Flee is one neat lady…my first memory of her is during a youth trip at Placerville. I had just come home from Portugal and she was here ready for an exciting summer. I remember we were on the same team during Soul Quest and I was driving Phil Stroud’s red jeep and she was my co-pilot. Fun memories!

    THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MAGGIE!

  2. Well what nice surprise! And where in the world did you find that picture? I’ll email you a picture of my family. That picture reminds me of some great times!! Angie and I both have referenced our accountability group in several conversations since then. It was a blessing to me as well. It was a safe place. And I appreciated you and Angie letting me be a part of it.

    Wow Paige! I totally forgot about that Clovis trip. That guy “touched up” my tattoo. He made me look like a biker momma. I kinda liked it. That’s so amazing to me that your tattoo served that purpose at times for you. Wow. As far as my blog is concerned, well, I get on Facebook mostly now. I don’t really have time to keep up with the blog. You need to get a Facebook account! It’s alot easier for me and faster. Paige, you know how pumped I was to get to talk to you on the phone several months ago. I praise God often for bringing you home. I’m so thankful that you are there and doing well. The future is bright for you my dear!

    Well….for anyone that may not know, Todd and I live in Searcy, AR…he teaches at Harding….counseling classes for a grad program. He is also finishing up a doctorate. He is in his last semester of classes and will begin writing this summer and hopefully defend next spring. We had no idea what we were getting into and really, ignorance is bliss. I probably would’ve dragged my feet if I knew what “it” would involve. We’ve been here for over 3 years now. We like it now, but I had a hard time leaving TX. God has really blessed us here with friends and even ministry opportunities. This campus is in desperate need of mentors to these students. We are actually being considered for a “dorm parent” position in one of the boys’ dorms right now. So that could bring a new set of opportunities and challenges, but we are excited about the possibility.

    We have three kids, Asher is 7, Sienna is 5, and Sydney is almost 3. And nearly potty trained. That is a big deal for her! I can’t believe I’m almost to the point of no more diapers or pullups ever again. Asher is in the 1st grade and is doing wonderful! Sienna goes to school 3 days a week and next year will start Kindergarten. And Sydney is learning everyday how to keep up with the other two. She is the clown of our family. She always sings a song and is quick to make us laugh with her facial expressions. Yesterday, she was twirling in her dress up dress while listening to a song about how God takes care of those who trust in him. It was an incredible moment for me to witness the goodness, providence and grace of God right there in my baby’s delight. I never knew how much God would teach me thru my girls. I’m sure I have more lessons coming!!! Yikes!

    That’s about it for me. To some, my life might seem boring now, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I never knew how fulfilling being a mom would be. I guess that’s a lesson I’ve learned. It took me a while to get there. I’m so very thankful for my lot in life!

    Maggie…..I remember that summer as well like it was yesterday. It was a summer that changed my life and I know God had a huge hand in my coming there. The Stroud’s probably didn’t fully realize the significant impact that summer would have on the direction of my life at that time. I am forever grateful for Phil, Rene, Caleb and Josh and their hospitality. I LOVED that jeep. That was my first experience with a stick shift!! I also remember coming back for your wedding….so fun!!! It was so great seeing you and Jason last year and it’s been even greater peeking in on you guys via the internet. You have a beautiful family.

    Well….I’ve put my girls off long enough. Thanks again Paige for the “hot seat”!!

    FLEE … YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO SO MANY … PLEASE DON’T EVER FORGET THAT.

  3. WOW! I remember Flee but she may not remember me. Jack Hardcastle had introduced us one time and then I found out she was an aimer. I was one of Jack’s interns for the summer with the youth(girls). I had just come back from the field( I think). Anyway, her and I had gone to the children’s home a few times with a group to minister to kids. She was always full of joy and lots of laughs. I remember we liked to laugh. Plus, she can sing!! WOW! I am glad I got to meet her even if it was for a short while.

    shellie hale

    YOU ARE RIGHT … SHE’S FULL OF JOYS, LAUGHS, AND SHE CAN SING. THREE OF HER BEST TRAITS. I’M GLAD THAT YOU WERE TOUCHED BY HER SPIRIT IF ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME. IT SEEMS TO HAVE MADE AN IMPRESSION.

  4. I love Flee!!! So glad she made it to the hotseat! Miss you girl! One of my favorite memories is of you and Angie talkin’ ghetto to each other! I also remember us getting kicked out of the pool at the Heritage! Remember hide and seek after Angie’s birthday in Pioneer Park, when Benji put that leotard on that he found in the clothing room? Good times, girl, good times!

    HOW COULD YOU GET KICKED OUT OF THE POOL AT THE HERITAGE … LET’S SEE I KNEW PEOPLE WHO, JUMPED THE FENCE TO SWIM WHEN IT WAS CLOSED, AND BATHED IN IT WHEN WE HAD NO WATER … I DON’T THINK ANY OF THEM EVER GOT KICKED OUT SO YOU GUYS MUST HAVE REALLY MESSED UP.

  5. I found Paige and was going to say hello to her ,and my timing is great and I get to pick on Flee. I am only kidding. I wish I could post my picture of gangster Felicia, Tim Rush, and Dennis Knight. I have so many fun stories, I can not even pick a favorite. I have boxes of pictures and notes and memories. Felicia and I traveled with each other for several seasons of life. I have had amazing journeys with you.
    Much Love Amy G

    AMY … THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. FLEE IS ONE OF A KIND ISN’T SHE?!

  6. I remember that gangsta photo. Dennis and Flea were nice to let me play along… I was the whitest gangster ever!

    That is a truth about Flea… she could fit into ANY setting and not miss a beat. And no matter what, she made you feel like you fit in too, even if the opposite was obvious.

    IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON TO DO THAT … THANK GOD FOR FLEE.

  7. Soooo much do I remember about Flee and wonderful times we had together! The Germany retreat was a fantastic trip. The bus and train ride from Vienna to Kosice. You came to meet my family at the airport and looked after me on that trip while my parents got to ride in the car. You taught me some Slovak phrases and sent me down to the shop BY MYSELF to buy tomatoes. I borrowed your clothes to wear to Peter and Mariana’s wedding, which you filmed and expressed your horror that she was kissing all her guests on the mouth! I remember your children coming in and out of the office at Children’s Home, watching Asher become more animated and verbal and being enchanted by Sienna’s infant face . . . she just seemed to “know”. I remember you made chicken soup and gave me some when I was sick. You said you didn’t know why, but it would help me get better and it did! I remember you singing and hearing your voice through sometimes hundreds of others (on our AIM trips). I love every memory I have of you, Felicia, and would not trade a one. You are kind friend, devoted mom and wife, and I miss having you around. I look forward to seeing you again, as I’m sure it will come around, laughing and making some more great memories! Love you!

    I’M GLAD YOU HAVE SUCH GOOD MEMORIES … IT’S NICE TO HAVE GOOD MEMORIES IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU CAN DRAW STRENGTH FROM ON ROUGH DAYS.

  8. Sharon Fox said:

    I love Flee. She has been a sounding board for me here in Searcy where there is a severe lack of that for me. I am thankful for her spirit and her sweet smile on Sunday mornings. We may not get to do next to anything together even though we are right here together, but I do know that she is there if I need her. I will always be thankful for that!

    I’M SO GLAD THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAVE EACH OTHER. EVEN WHEN YOU MAY NOT GET TO SPEND THE KIND-OF TIME YOU MIGHT LIKE. IT HELPS TO KNOW THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK AND YOU’LL HAVE SOMEONE RIGHT THERE.

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