February 2016

The BEAUTY of who YOU are!!!!

I'm always so amazed when I look into my granddaughters eyes, just in conversation. The beauty that I get to witness within and through her, based upon my past. It's incredible that she is a complete duplicate of my daughter. But what's truly profound to me, is that my daughter is a duplicate of my mom; who I lost many years ago. The beauty and reflection of what used to be for me is truly now right in front of me. It truly gives me chills. I honestly catch myself just staring at these two beautiful creations that are a living testimony and legacy of how I came to be.

It's sometimes hard for me to have others tell me that I am beautiful because of what I lost with my mom. But it's not due to the appreciation of what others see in me. It's more of what I'm missing from her. See, my mom to me was truly one of the most beautiful women that I've ever seen. She had a heart of gold and it showed from the inside - out. She took the time to fully do for others in such a way that proved in my eyes, perfection. Then when she left this earth, I fought hard to become the woman that she was. Trying to display that same heart and beauty. That same sort of perfection. In time, I realized that what I was doing was trying to become someone that I could never be, and for a reason. My mom was just that. My mom. And I am ME. I am beautiful in my own ways that are far different from how she was and that's exactly how it's supposed to be. I was created in the image of God's eye, not mom's eyes. The good Lord didn't make me to be just like someone else. He created me, just like YOU, and everyone else to embrace our own beauty and exactly what we have to give to others in this world.

I love that if we just take the time to notice, we will see the BEAUTY in all things and everyone. But what truly will most likely prove to be our own personal challenge, is fully seeing and then embracing the true BEAUTY that's within ourselves.


1 Peter 3:4

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Love, Renee'

Brash Music

Gungor - Beautiful Things by Brash Music

Mommy Moment with Sandra Mercado

Hello, my name is Sandra Mercado and my husband's name is Ray, whom I met in church at the age of 17. We have been married for 13 years and have three beautiful daughters, Jalyssa (11), Elyse (8), and Alayna (2). I have been a stay at home mom for 9 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. While being at home and taking care of my three girls has it's challenges, I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. We recently moved from Chicago, IL to Frisco, TX this past June and by the Grace of God we are all adjusting well.

Being new to the area and not having any of my extended family here made it extremely important that I get involved and establish new relationships with others. I want to encourage all the moms to plug into this amazing mommy group it will bless your lives! I have never been part of a group like this in the past, and I am extremely grateful for having been welcomed with open arms. ELC and my mommies group have helped make this transition much easier for us. I am looking forward to more exciting and new experiences with our family of choice!


Please be sure to check our Facebook events and update

your RSVP as dates and times sometimes change.

Story Time at Frisco Library

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 11am

6101 Frisco Square Boulevard

Frisco, TX

Lets meet at the Frisco Library for story time, then grab some lunch afterwards. Story time is on the 2nd Floor in the Children's Program Room. We'll need to get our free tickets at the 2nd Floor "Ask Us" desk the day of the class. Space is limited, so lets get there early!

Footprint Craft - Home playdate

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 10:15am

1420 Augusta Dr., Savannah, TX 76227

Lets get together for a fun craft at Stacey's home in Savannah! We'll be making footprint artwork with your little one's footprint! There are many adorable options available from race cars and dumptrucks, to hearts and Valentine designs. This will make a great Valentine's gift or keepsake!

Play Street Museum (McKinney)

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 9am

3851 South Stonebridge Drive

McKinney, TX

Lets check out the new Play Street Museum that just opened in McKinney! This location features a farm theme! The cost is $11 for each child ages 1-8. Admission price includes one wooden dollar that can be used to purchase one healthy snack. I'll be there at 9 am, but feel free to come when you can!

Jump Zone

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 10am

9200 Lebanon Road

Frisco, TX

Let's play at Jump Zone! Preschool playtime is only $5 per child. Every paid admission child gets Free-Play on the gigantic, themed Inflatables and on all the Arcade Games! No charge for Parents or babies under age 2 with one paid admission. Don't forget to wear your socks!

Mom's Night In - Movie Night

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7:30pm

318 Equine Lane

Celina, TX

Join us at Jennifer's house to watch the movie "Mom's Night Out." Show up in your sweats/ comfy clothes and bring a snack to share and get ready to enjoy some girlfriend time.

McDonald's Snack and Play

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 2:15pm

8888 Teel Parkway

Frisco, TX

Lets meet at McDonald's by the church, grab a snack, let the kids play, and enjoy some time together!
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Happy Birthday to our Amazing Mamas!!!

February Birthdays

7th – Ashley Etheridge

8th – Ashley Milton

11th – Tasha Wrona

16th – Nellie Moreno

17th – Tara Helwig

22nd – Nali Miller

22nd – Angela Schreck

27th – Jordan Palmer

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Welcome To Our New Mamas

Corina Conyne

Christina Hoefler

Lindsay Hatley

Leadership Team

Dolores Maldonado - 972-992-8038/ doloresmaldo@gmail.com (Prayer Leader)

Angela Bynum - 214-215-9215/ abynum8@yahoo.com (Communication/Play Date Leader)

Renee' Carroll - 469-605-6514/ touchdowngo@gmail.com

(Group Leader)