Local Teen’s Life Ended Prior to Mission Trip — Hope during Tragedy

As you can imagine, our north Alabama community is crushed over the loss of Sparkman High School’s Sarah Harmening in the bus crash that took her life yesterday afternoon.

Even though I didn’t know the family, this just hurts.

A lot.

As a mom, I can’t fathom the pain her mother must be going through.


Why did this have to happen to a young girl who was going to help children in Botswana…who was going to do the Lord’s work and make an impact on her world?

I think Mrs. Harmening answered my question in the press meeting here.

Yes, it’s true that Sarah’s life ended tragically. And like me, you may wonder why God allowed it to happen.

This I do know:

The Bible says in Romans 8:28 that God causes all things to happen for the good for those who love Him and who are called for His purpose.

It doesn’t say that God causes all things to be good for His children, but God can turn around the worst circumstance and use it for the good.

Perhaps in sweet Sarah’s case, God is using her young life of service to teach others about Jesus. These were my thoughts when I listened to her mom bravely speak at the press release. People all over the world who see the release will be impacted by the Harmening’s faith. And young Sarah’s life.

See, Sarah can’t come back to her parents. But they can go to her. (2 Samuel 12:23)

May this bring them peace.

Matthew 19:14
Psalm 34:18
Matthew 5:4
1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
Proverbs 12:28

Happy Southerners Share Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants.

I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow.

My friend told me that the Privet is actually kind of costly. I looked it up, and it was almost $50 for a 5-gallon container. Ouch! So, I’m hoping it does well from a cutting.

She gave me a rooting of a weeping willow that should be h-u-g-e in 3 years, if I take good care of it at the start. (Fingers crossed.)

Okay, so I know that it’s not just a southern thing to share plants. I’m sure the generosity occurs throughout the world.

What about you? Do you plant share?

(And by the way: That isn’t my friend’s house. It’s just a pretty home from the Madison historical district. I just liked all of their plants out front!!) 😉


Young Entrepreneur takes on Fashion Passion

Meet Courtney!

Good afternoon, Everyone!

I want you to meet an amazing young entrepreneur, Courtney Kimbraugh, who opened up a cute, trendy little shop in Madison on May 2, 2017.

The 20-something majored in journalism but found a passion in fashion merchandising after taking a post-college job at a Florence, Alabama boutique. She later became a manager of the store.

Courtney named her new boutique Mill Clothing Company after her grandfather, Milton, who passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2017.

“I named the store, actually, before I even had the location, and it just kind of worked out that it was at the end of Mill Road,” says Courtney.

She sells clothing for teens and up (sizes 0-2XL), jewelry, and gifts.

Courtney says, “I want you to be able to come in and find a complete outfit here: your shoes, your jewelry, your clothes, so you’re not having to hop from one place to another to find bits and pieces of your outfit…I want it to be affordable for everybody, and I want everybody to be stylish in their own way but not breaking the bank.”

Courtney’s family is a big help with her business venture. If she needs extra help with the store, her family makes the short drive to Madison.<

She gets her inventory from different vendors when she goes to market in Atlanta. “I look for good quality but with reasonable prices.”

Courtney tries to buy local and support small businesses. For example, she has some shirts made by a lady in Florence, Alabama. The necklace that I bought was made from Lucy’s Inspired in Birmingham, and I bought some cards to use as thank-you notes from Never Lose Hope Designs out of Douglasville, GA.

Jewelry and note cards.

“I’ve been really welcomed into the community, here,” she says. “I appreciate that a lot. People have stopped by and been very supportive–even though they don’t know who I am…I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people, and I look forward to continuing to get to know people and having them shop here.”

Be sure to stop by and visit Courtney at Facebook or their website: www.millclothingcompany.com.