Monday, July 3, 2017

Drifting away from God

Our family is out of town on about 26-30 Sundays out of the year for our choice of work.  Because of this we are privileged to attend other church services all around the area.  One of our most favorite is Church in the Pines in Alexander City, AL.  This past weekend we heard a message about a young boy and his friend who were in a boat tied to the harbor.  When the dad got off the boat for a minute, the rope became unattached and the boys drifted away.  The guest speaker said his dad dove in and swam to get the boat and drag it back to the dock.  He suggested that life is a little like that.  We often drift away from God and what we know to be true.  Sometimes there is no reason and sometimes the reason it to fulfill selfish desires.  Sometimes it is what everyone else is doing and we believe them to be right. Sometimes….the list of reasons goes on and on.  Those two little boys’ boat was drifting away from the dock but the dock never moved.  God is also a constant in our lives.  He never moves away from us, we drift away from him.

Hebrew 2:1-3 says, “ 1 So we must be more careful to follow what we were taught. We must be careful so that we will not be pulled away from the true way.  2 The teaching that God spoke through angels was shown to be true.  And every time his people did something against that teaching, they were punished for what they did.  They were punished when they did not obey that teaching.  3 So surely we also will be punished if we don’t pay attention to the salvation we have that is so great.  It was the Lord Jesus who first told people about it.  And those who heard him proved to us that it is true.”

Such a simple sweet story was told, but I will remember it forever.  Living in a lake town it will be an ever present reminder that God is our constant every time you drive past a dock and see the boats coming in to harbor that we have the chance to grow closer to God if we so choose. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our summer vacation.

     This trip was one of a lifetime!!!! The Griffin Adventures started in December of 2002 when we received pictures of babies that would later be named Ian and Atlee. Ian came home at 15 months old in March of 2004 and Atlee came home in August of 2005 at 34 months old. We would be blessed inbetween with Brody who came home in March of 2005 at 22 months old. He came home with a diagnosis of Autism and would later add Fragile X, ADHD, hearing loss, vision loss and SPD to the list. We learned a lot about life while raising Brody. He moved to a group home when he was 12 in September of 2015. He has excelled and seems to love his life. He enjoys skypeing twice a week and our every two week visits. I continue to cut his hair and trim his fingernails. Even though he is non-verbal, he has never once suggested he wanted to come home with us. At first it was hard to understand, but now I get it. He thrives better in a routine with changing players rather than a changing routine and the same players. Because of his happiness, Ian and Atlee have been blessed abundantly. We no longer have to go through drive throughs, we get to eat inside. We no longer have to go places just with one parent, we all four are experiencing new things. Meanwhile Brody is happier than he has ever been. So if our Griffin Adventures seem a little over the top, please know that Ian and Atlee have "lived" more in their 14 years as a sibling to Brody than most do in a lifetime. He has taught us so much.  We are ALL better for knowing and loving him and having him in our lives.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Three Marriages, not your Ordinary Mother or Wife

The Perfect Wife

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 How hard it is to find the perfect wife.  She is worth far more than jewels.  11 Her husband depends on her.  He will never be poor.  12 She does good for her husband all her life.  She never causes him trouble.  13 She is always gathering wool and flax and enjoys making things with her hands.  14 She is like a ship from a faraway place.  She brings home food from everywhere.  15 She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and give the servants their share.  16 She looks at land and buys it.  She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard.  17 She works very hard.  She is strong and able to do all her work.  18 She works late into the night to make sure her business earns a profit.  19 She maker her own thread and weaves her own cloth.  20 She always give to the poor and helps those who need it.  21 She does not worry about her family when it snows.  She has given them all good, warm clothes.  22 She makes sheets and spreads for the beds, and she wears clothes of fine linen.  23 Her husband is a respected member of the city council, where he meets with the other leaders.  24 She makes clothes and belts and sells them to the merchants.  25 She is a strong person, and people respect her.  She looks to the future with confidence.  26 She speaks with wisdom and teaches others to be loving and kind.  27 She oversees the care of her house. She is never lazy.  28 Her children say good things about her.  Her husband brags about her and says, 29 "There are many good women, but you are the best."  30 Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.  31 Giver her the reward she deserves.  Praise her in public for what she has done. 

My story:

I first became a mother at the age of 25 when my first husband got a 15 year old girl pregnant.  I was able to watch him grow up from a distance.  In fact, he even spent a night in my home as a teenager.  He never met his dad.  His dad ended up passing away homeless with the cause of death bronchial pneumonia.  I waited until he was an adult to re-enter his life and share a little with him about his dad.  We share a special bond, as he tells me that I am the closest thing to a mom that he has. 

My second time to become a mother came when  I married an amazing dad to 2 children ages 12 and 13.  I treasure being their love mother.  We have enjoyed so many things together and they have both become wonderful adults with children of their own.. I am so happy that they chose to love me back when they didn't have to.  I was widowed and left to do life again in a different and unexpected way. 

Marriage number 3 was the addition of not only an amazing husband but three beautiful adopted children from Guatemala.  Being a wife and mother has been the most rewarding opportunity ever to be given to me.  My husband and I have had all our children come to us unconventionally but all on purpose.  We are a family and for that I am grateful.  I am married to my best friend and he is the most wonderful dad to our children.  We are so thankful for the journey we are on and the path ahead of us.  "Together we are better."

Here is my rendition of the Proverbs 31 woman:

I have a lot of work to do to become a Proverbs 31 woman, but I am trying in a conscious attempt to make a difference with God's help in the lives of those who are in my sphere of influence.  I love my life and those friends and family that are in it.  - 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hand tailored blessings

 I wanted to catch everyone up on the Griffin family.,... it has been awhile since I've written. I read in my Jesus Calling that God gives us "hand tailored blessings".  When we are down and out, we forget to look up and ask how can this situation can honor God? It's these perfectly timed events that make us stronger in our faith. 
I recently went to Chicago to see a surgeon that specializes in Achalasia. A friend went with me to share the expenses and lessen them for me which was appreciated. . When we arrived at our hotel, the clerk said she had upgraded us to a bigger room. The doctors office was within walking distance of our hotel and I didn't have to pay any copay at my appointment. I was worked in for a barium swallow and they treated me like the "stat" on my paperwork made me out to be a rockstar. 
The doctor himself walked me down to get a barium swallow and then said he would follow up in a week. 

I was so anxious about the trip until I realized everything was "hand tailored" for me. God's favor is real and he definitely shared it with me during that trip. I will get a call next week and then we will plan the manometry, endoscope and POEM surgery later this summer. We have to get insurance to approve. 

It was really quite an incredible day. I feel hope again....

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Hard to Witness When Your Head is Always Down

After spending a week in the big city of Chicago, my heart is so full and yet so sad.  I enjoyed every minute of our vacation, except the quiet time. There was a large usage of free and public wi-fi everywhere. It was all over the city. It was even in the buses, trains, and subways. I was reminded of it by the quietness on the public transportation systems. I made a conscious effort to stay off of my phone hoping to engage in conversation with someone from Chicago. I kept hoping that I would sit by someone who would talk to me. If you know me, you know I love to talk. It was very hard to sit quietly. I imagined what a ministry would be like on the public transportation system. 

I asked my children when we got home how they felt like we could have been a better witness for the Lord in Chicago. 
They said, "momma we prayed before every meal".  
They said, "momma we were nice to all the waiters at the restaurants and staff at the hotel." They said, "momma we can lead by example since we were too fearful to interact with strangers."

As an adult if I was honest, it was too intimidating to begin conversations as I was out of my comfort zone. I have always heard not to look for the right person, but to be the right person, and they will come to you. 

We did make a new friend on the trip named Nathan. His business is making hand made leather journals. He noticed that Ian worked his Rubik's cube very fast and came over to talk to us about it. He was I must say, very cool! We made fast friends and he wrote in his weekly blog (Tom Sawyer Tuesday) about meeting Ian. We left an impression on him and he certainly left one on us. His hashtag is #getlosttofindyourself. 

I have looked for scripture to accommodate my thoughts this week in my blog but I couldn't find the appropriate ones. I found some inspirational ones. The main thing I wanted to say was that we should keep our heads up and our eyes focused on Jesus. 

Psalms 9:1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell about the wonderful things you have done. 

Psalms 30:12 You wanted me to praise you and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever!

Wendy Griffin

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time is flying by!!

  We have had two competitions. One was in February in Athens, GA and the other in Nashville, TN. Ian had a great time and did great!  He loved meeting new friends. Our next competition is in Huntsville, AL on April 8th. 
We also went to see Brody last night at his new group home. He is doing great!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Griffin Adventures take on Disney World 2016

 Before we left town, we visited with PaPa Jim at his assisted living home. He has dementia so we visit for us now more than we visit for him. We took him his gift and I think he was looking for the peanuts I always get him. Oops. I forgot. I will make it up to him. We plan on driving all day and getting as close as possible to Orlando. I will keep you posted on here about our journey. 

We went by nanny's house to see her before we left. I think she should have come with us:) I cut and colored her hair this week and I think she likes it! 

We are loaded down and ready to take on four parks this Christmas. The fifth day we will go back to our favorite park. We have never been. Two years ago a friend gave us a ten day trip and we took Brody. We made it to the gate and he grabbed a girl by the hair. It was not good. Security held us for two hours and it proved to break us. We left, got our money back and drove to the coast. 

As soon as we put it in park, Bubba got a phone call that his mom had cancer. We drove back to TN that night and started another journey. We lost her in February of the year. Needless to say, we are ready to try this again. Prayers have been said and we are off. 

Atlee is the photographer, Ian is the videographer , Bubba is the iPhone specialist and I am the writer. Well, we will see. 

I hope you enjoy our adventures!
 Here we go....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Lucky Buck Jewelry has had a great year and for that we are very thankful.  Please continue to watch our page as we upload one of a kinds in January and February.  Blessings to you and yours!

I have a friend...



Have you ever had a friend that you admired and wanted to be like? I have that friend and her name is Teresa.  Her mother taught her by example.  If I’m telling the story right, her mother worked a second job for 28 years and never spent the money on herself.  She spent it all on others who were in need.  What an incredible testimony!

My friend watched her mother give back all of her life.  I have always heard not to teach your children to share, but to give.  I have raised my children that way and just witnessed my son give away his favorite winter coat to a friend that liked it.  Sometimes that is hard to watch(when I just bought it)but so worth it for the recipients of the good will.  Your efforts are always rewarded.  Can you imagine how many people Teresa’s mom helped by her 28 years of giving back to the community?

The Bible tell us to help ease others’ burdens and to share our food and clothes…..


Isaiah 58:6-7 ERV “I will tell you the kind of day I want---a day to set people free.  I want a day that you take the burdens off others.  I want a day when you set troubled people free and you take the burdens from their shoulders.  I want you to share your food with the hungry.  I want you to find the poor who don’t have homes and bring them into your own homes.  When you see people you have no clothes, give them your clothes!  Don’t hide from your relatives when they need help.”


We have an opportunity today to minister to a family for Christmas.  Pulling together our resources, we took them out to eat at Cracker Barrel and then on to use their gift cards at WalMart.  My prayer is that the waitresses, the cashier at the store and the people standing in line felt the love of Jesus seeing someone making a difference.  To me the most wonderful gift of all, is spending time with one another.  Watching my daughter help one of the children at the store, cutting up pancakes, holding the baby, makes me wonder if she will be like Teresa’s mom giving so unselfishly her whole life.  My daughter posted on Facebook how thankful she was to spend the day with the family.  That filled up my love tank to the top.  The Bible tells us that we may never know when we are entertaining an angel.  I can’t get over the look on the lady’s face behind us in line at the store.  She thanked us three times for helping the family.  I know she was blessed by my friends generosity.  Not only did Teresa get the children gift cards, but she bought groceries as well.  Teresa is just like her momma and when I grow up, LOL, I want to be just like her.


Hebrews 13:1-3 ERV “Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home.  Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it.  Don’t forget those who are in prison.  Remember them as though you were in prison with them.  And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.”


When I’m around Teresa, I want to share the Good News and I hope people see God’s grace in me.


Acts 20:24 ERV “I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I finish my work.  I want to finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do---to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.”


Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help us to see past our own wants to help others’ needs.