You Made it Happen!

Mia experienced a lot as a young child. In her words, “Growing up I experienced things nobody, certainly no child, should ever have to experience. I needed my mother, but we all ended up separated.” Today Mia is the mother of a 1-year old bundle of joy, and a 5-year old determined and helpful Kindergartner. She is raising her children, working, and going to school to earn her diploma. It keeps her busy. 
 
Even though she has reconnected with her mother, she admits she needs someone to encourage her to keep going, to show her the way, and help her stay on track. Mia is experiencing loneliness and longing for connection. She would love to have a Mentor. With all she is handling she has found it hard to get to church and often prays that God would help her find a way to connect to Him.
 
One day an invitation to Grace’s Table showed up on her phone.

 
This was what Mia saw on her phone.

This was what Mia saw on her phone.

 

It talked about community and looked like something she might enjoy. She took a chance, accepted the invitation, and then bravely rang our doorbell. We helped her get acclimated to our space as we did a walk through. Her eyes lit up when she saw Room to Grow – our new area for kids and she questioned,

"who built this place?"

I shared with her that YOU made it happen. Because YOU believe in the power of community, teen mothers, their kiddos, and their futures YOU said yes to building a space where they could be empowered, educated, and encouraged in their faith. 

After her kiddos were settled in and playing, we headed to join the group for Bible study. After our time together, she shared the following, “I feel like this is an answer to my prayers. I’ve needed this and been asking God for something. Maybe this is it.” 

Maybe it is, Mia!

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Today, I want to thank YOU for being part of God's provision in Mia’s life. When you said YES to building Room to Grow at  Grace’s Table you invested in this young girl who would one day walk through the door and find something she had been looking for... a place to connect with God and community. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me!

Grace & Peace,
Lisa

P.S. Here is a tiny glimpse of a before and after picture of Room to Grow, but let's plan a time for you to visit and see it in all it's glory. 

What are the Chances?

This summer I had the opportunity to vacation with some of my family. I spent time reading, planning, connecting with loved ones, and enjoyed letting the waves wash over me (and take me out a couple times).
 
One evening my Dad shared stories from the PAC Tour he rode in 1996. This was ranked as one of the most difficult bicycling tours in the world! He rode his bike coast to coast, a total of 2,884 miles with 75,000 feet of climbing in 23 consecutive days. 
 
He told us that on the first day of the ride he was in trouble when the bearings in his front wheel began to make a lot of noise. Biking downhill at 45 mph was precarious at best. 
 
Can you imagine? 
 
His team leader wasn’t able to fix the issue because the parts needed were for an advanced wheel and not likely to be found in this tiny, remote town near the Mexican border. A Connecticut-based engineer from Spinergy, the manufacturer of my Dad’s wheel, happened to be checking in for the night and took interest in all the cyclists and learned of the issue at hand. 
 
What are the chances?!
 
The engineer happened to be waiting for an associate from a plant in Mexico, who would accompany him to a bicycle show in California the next day. He diagnosed the problem and called his associate who brought the parts from Mexico. The engineer went the extra mile to repair the wheel that night.
 
Again, what are the chances?!
 
22 years later my Dad was sharing this story with his Grandkids during our vacation, but this story wasn’t about chances. 
 
This story was about a God who provides before we know there is a need.
 
I often times find myself asking, “What are the chances?”, but listening to my Dad recount this experience reminded me of God’s provision, and encouraged me to be looking for it and being grateful.
 
There are so many stories of provision in the life of Grace’s Table, and I look forward to sharing them with you!

 
Have you seen God’s provision in your life this summer? Tell us about it!
 
Grace & Peace,
Lisa

P.S. Did you hear? Our family is growing!




An Unforgettable Gift

This Mother's Day, you can give one mother an unforgettable gift; sponsor her Mother's Day celebration

Last year Douglas' Mama began attending Bible Study at Grace's Table on Tuesday nights. She asked thoughtful questions about her budding relationship with God, and tender questions about her ever changing body and upcoming delivery. Last week, at just 34.5 weeks along, she delivered a 5 pound 8 ounce little guy - Douglas! The doctors and staff are making sure his lungs get good and strong before he heads home to find his new normal with his precious Mama. This birth will make Mother's Day all the sweeter for her and our community!

When you sponsor Mother's Day for Douglas' Mama, or one of her friends, she will experience an evening full of laughter, creativity, and fun! 

We keep our exact plans for Mother's Day "top secret" because we don't want to spoil the surprise for any Mamas. Check out the pictures below for a recap of last year's celebration!

Remember that your act of kindness can, and will, make her Mother's Day!

Will you join us this year by sponsoring our Mother's Day celebration?

Thank you for making this special experience possible!

Gracious Parenting - KIND & FIRM

Gracious Parenting is teaching us language and techniques that allow us to be both KIND & FIRM as we parent our kiddos.

Phrases like, "I can see you are angry; we can talk about this when we both feel better." Or redirecting our kiddos to an activity that provides a healthy outlet for emotions can be super helpful.

In one of our classes, a mama learned about making a stress ball to help her kiddo with some big emotions. 

Check out their creation below. Isn't it awesome?!?! All you need are a few balloons and some flour.

Would a stress ball be something helpful for you or your kiddos? Check out these instructions to make your very own. 

If you make a stress ball be sure to post it to instagram and tag us @aroundgracestable and use our hashtag #GraciousParentingGT.

TIPS: Use three balloons for durability, and make sure you get as much air out of the balloon as possible.

We love seeing our families take the information they are learning and put it into practice. This family shared, "The stress ball has been very helpful. He loves it! Sometimes to much and it popped (laughter). We added three balloons now to make it stronger, but we love this and it works!"

Leave a comment with encouragement or ideas that have worked for you to be both Kind & Firm.

 

 

 

Our Room To Grow Build Out Is Complete - How did that happen?

Hey Friends! It's Lisa here. Will you go on a little journey with me? Grace's Table is having a Dedication Open House tonight for Room to Grow, but I would love to give you a little bit of the back-story.

It was July 2016, when I gathered with women from all over the Metro-Detroit Area to share the vision I had for Grace's Table. I shared how some of this would impact my personal journey, and some steps of faith that I knew I needed to take.

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On this incredible night, I took a leap of faith and shared two life changing things:

I was going to leave 20 years of incredible opportunities in finance to work full time in the non-profit world. Whew! That was faith talking, but I had peace about this being the next step I needed to take. In January 2017, I left an amazing career with Bank of America and haven't looked back since. I am grateful for the way the Bank infused life into my passion for teen mamas and our community, and for the many friendships I maintain from all those years!

Next up was regarding Grace's Table. I shared about a need for space to meet the current demands of serving teen mamas and their littles, but also that the space would provide room for growth. I asked this group of women to pray with me as I boldly walked into this journey of taking a 1923 basement and making it into a space that would be inviting to serve young families. Check out the space in it's raw state below. Trust me, this story gets WAY better if you keep reading.

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Bruce Heys Builders and Lorenz & Co. heard about what we wanted to do and the plans were drawn up and we needed to raise $50,000 to convert this space. This is where we invited you all to pray with us, and pray we did! 

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Next up, was was participating in a documentary with Our Daily Bread. Phillip Palacios asked if he could film me sharing intimate details of my journey of learning more about who I am in Christ. The film debuted at the Celebration Cinema North and the theatre was filled as people watched Sons & Daughters a thirst for belonging. After the viewing, those of us in the documentary came on stage and fielded questions from the audience. Again, I shared of my plans to launch this building project. 

Fun little fact: This shot is in the entryway of Grace's Table. On this night my Dad happened to be in town and was making dinner for all of the families who would gather. Now he's a pretty good chef, but even the best chefs can smoke up the house. Phillip used the "great smoke out" to get this sweet shot! I love this memory!

Fun little fact: This shot is in the entryway of Grace's Table. On this night my Dad happened to be in town and was making dinner for all of the families who would gather. Now he's a pretty good chef, but even the best chefs can smoke up the house. Phillip used the "great smoke out" to get this sweet shot! I love this memory!

Fast forward to March 2017...Dare to Be was in town for an incredible night of worship and learning. In every town they go to they honor regular people like you and me, but someone fills out a nomination form about why they think you should be nominated. Unbeknownst to me, two friends did just that! I'll let you in on a little secret...Natalie and Charlotte, the Dare to Be masterminds, make women ugly cry in the best possible way! I am comfortable to say this with confidence because it happened to me! Proof below...

 

I was nominated you guys! That's me covering my mouth, ugly crying as they tell me they are going to invest in Room to Grow at Grace's Table.

I was nominated you guys! That's me covering my mouth, ugly crying as they tell me they are going to invest in Room to Grow at Grace's Table.

That night, Dare to Be honored a woman by the name of Kristina Fairchild who runs a group called Kind Like Katie. Kind Like Katie operates in the spirit of Kristina's daughter Katie who passed away in 2015. They are doing amazing things in our community and paying forward kindness the way Katie always did. Well, to be Kind Like Katie, the Dare to Be Team decided they were going to pay it forward and they made a significant investment in our expansion project, Room to Grow. I was blown away!!!

Fast forward one year...trust me a lot has happened during this time. We  transformed that 1923 basement into one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Now the kiddos of Grace's Table cry when they have to leave, and the mamas wept in disbelief that, "someone did all of this for us?". Yes, Sweet Ones. This is for you and your littles because you need a safe place where you can build community, learn, and grow.

We affectionately call this space ROOM TO GROW, and we hope you will join us tonight, March 22 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. There are a bunch of very special people who financially invested in this project to ensure it came to life. We want to thank them! 

This was the sped up version of highlights. There are so many things that made Room to Grow possible, and I would love to share a story or two with you in person. I sure would love to see you at the Open House tonight! We hope you'll load the family into car and head our way anytime between 5-8 PM. There will be a special dedication at 6:30.

P.S. There are a boat load of amazing give aways, but you have to enter to win at the event. Thank you to these local companies for the truly incredible give aways - Adored Boutique, Posh Petals, Global Infusion, Horrocks Market, Capelli Salon, Allegro Coaching, and more.

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