Friday, January 24, 2014

A story with a personal connection: Terry Lang Jones

In the month of November, I got to do a story on someone that is very special to me... Terry Lang Jones. Many might know Terry as one of the founding members of the popular Christian group "Point of Grace" but I just knew Terry as one of my dear friends. I joined a bible study at Fellowship Bible church a few years after moving to Little Rock. That was about 8 years ago. Terry was in that group but to be honest, I had no idea who she was and I had never even heard of Point of Grace. Then Terry shared her story with us as a featured speaker. I was floored! She had sold more than 6 million albums!! She had been on talk shows, authored several books, and performed in front of sold-out arenas! I remember thinking... this girl is legit! There's a famous person in my bible study! :) But what struck me the most was that she walked away from the spotlight so that she could be a stay-at-home mom. She had three kids and when the oldest went to kindergarten she had a nanny at home taking care of him and a nanny on the tour bus taking care of the other two while she performed... it just got too crazy. She felt led to spend more time with her family. And as hard as it was to walk away, she did.

Fast forward several years, Terry was suddenly feeling compelled to write songs. Something she had never done before. Our bible study group actually read through the entire bible in a year in 2009 and her first song "O Great Mystery" came to her after that experience. It was so cool to watch her do her thing. And encourage her along the way. In a couple years she was recording her very first solo album. I was so excited for her and proud of her!! Talk about a God-given talent!!

I had always wanted to share Terry's story with our viewers but didn't have an opportunity until this album. So here's the story we shared... and some pics from her release party. Love these girls so much!!!



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Halloween 2013

When we went to Party City to look for Halloween costumes... it was like it was meant to be. Sydney knew she wanted to be a princess but wasn't sure which one. They had one "Sofia the First" dress (who Sydney LOVES!) and not only was it her size... it was on sale (which I LOVE!). Then Reagan saw a Minne Mouse costume that was also the last one and also on sale. Boom! How often does that actually happen? :) Needless to say we had a fabulous Halloween!!!

I was dressed up as a news anchor! (Just kidding, I was just on my dinner break...)

Sydney's 5th birthday!

Sydney's 5th birthday party was a huge success!! She had so much fun at River City Gymnastics!! And so did little sister, Reagan. :) Great friends to celebrate a great milestone!!!