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The Roark Family
I grew up in Mobile, Alabama and learned how to cook at a very early age due. I met my husband in Mobile and we have been married 29 years. Jerry is in medical sales. Being married to a salesman, we have had the opportunity to live not only in Alabama but Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas. Each area of the south, has a twist on Southern Classic Foods and usually a specialty food that is unique to that state. I really do love to cook and will be featuring Southern Classic Foods from these states on my blog. I will feature Southern Restaurants Reviews and our Families Favorite Places to visit or vacation.
I am a Christian who tries to teach our children that God has a special plan for their lives. My husband and I have five great children. Our oldest daughter Carly is currently a junior in college studying pre-med. Continue Reading: About Roarks
The Perfect Picture Of What Surrender Means - After turning 16 years old, I got a job working in a fast food restaurant. One night when I was working, a man came in ten minutes before we closed. He aimed his gun at my head and told me to open the cash register. I was so nervous, remember I was only 16 years old, that I hit the wrong button on the cash register. The register kept making dinging noises. I could not get it to open. The robber told me to put my hands over my head (in the surrender position) and back up. He reached over the counter and opened the register and grabbed the money. He then told me to get under the counter and do not get up. He did not have to tell me again. I did not move a muscle until the police showed up. I am not completely sure how they found out.
Caleb’s Story: Our Special Needs Son- When our oldest daughter Carly was 4, she prayed constantly for twins. She wanted them to hold each end of her jump rope. I did not believe it was possible since I had a hard time getting pregnant with Carly. We really believed that Carly would be our only child unless we could adopt. We were thinking about adoption at this time. Several months later I went to the doctor to have a pregnancy test done. The doctor ordered an ultrasound. I had already told him that Carly had been praying for twins. Jerry and Carly were able to see the ultrasound with me. The tech called the doctor in. The doctor leaned down to where Carly was standing and told her first that she was going to be a big sister to twins. Carly looked at the doctor and told him as serious as she could “I know that, I have been praying for them.” I remember thinking then that I hope I always have the faith of a child like the Bible says we should have. Carly definitely had the faith that she would have siblings. When God showed up, God showed out! He gave us two sweet babies at one time. Continue Reading: Caleb’s Story
Caleb’s Comfort Cakes and Cookies- Comfort foods are the foods that remind us of the way our home smelled when momma or grandma had our favorite goodies in the oven. Caleb and I started baking cakes, cookies and candies together when he was just two years old. I would sit him on the counter to help me bake. He could not walk and did not remember many things but eventually memorized a pound cake recipe. To read more about Caleb’s story and about his wonderful cakes and cookies, please visit: Caleb’s Comfort Cakes and Cookies
Roark Family Adoption Story- God has given my family a heart for adoption. I just want to share with you how He has worked in us. To read our adoption story, please visit http: Roark Family Adoption
Sharing My Heart With My Readers – Struggles With Our Adopted Children - I do not have the perfect family situation like you may think I have. My family has struggles like most families have. Every day is a struggle to teach my children that they are loved and God loves them. This has been extremely difficult to teach two children that had never bonded with anyone, never experienced someone who cared for them, or experienced someone who loved them. When I write about trusting God and having Faith in God, I am living a life where I have to Trust and have Faith in God. Over the past several years, I have needed God’s help more than ever. I believe that all things work for the Glory of God. God has all of us in His hands. His promises are true. He will take care of His children. This does not mean that life will not be difficult. During these extremely challenging times in my life, I could deny God or I could draw closer to Him and believe in His promises to take care of me and my family. God really does have plans to prosper us and not to harm those who love Him.
I have written several post about Casey and his experiences recovering from knee surgery.
My Son’s Life Lessons-Knee Surgery- I tell my children all the time that God is in control and He will work things out. I also try to get them to learn something from both the good and the bad experiences they go through. My prayer is that if we learn something from the things we go through, that God will use these experiences to make us more like Him and to help others. Hopefully, we will be taking on more of the Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Football After Knee Surgery- After nine months, Casey is now ready to play football again. You may know from an earlier post that Casey hurt his ACL, MCL, and Meniscus last October during a football game. After surgery and months and months of therapy, he is now been released to play football again. He missed being able to play baseball the entire season.
How Sweep The Word Began- To read about how my other non-profit website that features a free children’s Bible game based on the story of Noah came to be, please visit http: SWEEP
Hurricane Katrina Was Another Opportunity To Trust God - Below are some of my journal entries during Hurricane Katrina. We lived on the North Shore of New Orleans, just one mile from Lake Pontchartrain. We were truly blessed. It was still an extremely emotional and difficult time. We lost an unbelievable amount of neighbors because they had lost their jobs. Most of them worked in New Orleans. The good news is that we gained such great new friends after Katrina. Most of them were from Chalmette, LA which was completely devastated by Katrina. Chalmette was completely flooded when the levee broke. Almost every house was under water. God sent us new friends to Mandeville. We love you all very much! God Bless You All!
Favorite Things About the South! - I recently could not get these words out of my mind “These are a Few of my Favorite Things!” I decided maybe I needed to give thanks to God for what I take for granted about living in the South. These are my favorite things that make the South unique. Maybe you can relate to me or maybe you would like to visit to find out more about the great southern states that I love so much. My favorite things were discovered over the years from living in most of these southern states or visiting them many, many times. I really enjoy living in the South and I hope you enjoy this light-hearted list about why I am so very thankful.