Elevated Mom's Newsletter

June 2016

it's a beautiful life!

What defines who you are on a daily basis? Other than the good Lord, what keeps you grounded and continuously going? Is it your family, friends, children, spouse, job, your past, life in general? What makes (or made) you, you?

I think about things like this often. I reflect quite a bit on my past and losing my dad when I was 12 and how that made me feel as a young girl. The emptiness that I dealt with. The biggest part of that time in my life was that it forced me into maturity way before I was ready. I took on a completely different role, but was still a child. I became my mom’s shoulder to lean on. Over the next so many years, I was there for her as I helped her to get back to living and finding her happy place again and even helping to raise my sister.

During this time, we made a huge move from the north to the south suburbs of Chicago so that we could be closer to family. I dealt with saying good bye to my closest friends (at the time) and starting over with finding new ones and dealing with the joys of high school. This is when life started to take off in a million different direction.

During the course of this time, my mom was diagnosed with skin cancer and went through remission and it returned, I graduated from high school and traveled to Australia for 3 weeks, became a mom at the age of 19, and then lost my mom 10 days after I turned 21.

Again, I was left feeling empty, very angry, and also completely confused. But this time it was different then when I lost my dad. Now I was a young adult and a parent of a 1 year old. I had to take the time to realize that I wouldn’t have my mom around anymore to argue with, or to turn to for parenting advice. Who would walk me down the aisle when I get married? Some of life’s biggest decisions were plaguing me.

Well, many years have passed since those two or even three life altering events and because of my beliefs, my heart, my never give in nor give up attitude, and all of the wisdom that I have soaked up after all of this time has essentially defined me. It’s all an essential part of my past but an even bigger part of my HISTORY. All of the memories that were created from each situation has helped to mold me into the woman that I am.

People used to ask me, “how were you able to go thru so much pain and loss and yet you never turned to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism? How are you still here on this earth, thriving well beyond the average?” My response was always, “because I have to. I have too much to live for. Too many things that I’d like to accomplish in life, in honor of my parents. What good would it do me to stop living my life because of what I went through?” The looks were always priceless. Truly baffled and in awe as though I may have been a little off but at the same time, destined for so much more. Just like you are girlfriend.

Now when things happen that I’m not too happy with, I just brush it off and find the positive in that negative situation. Smiling and laughter are my medication and coping mechanisms. I am blessed and highly favored.

There is always going to be a light at the end of a very long hallway or tunnel. Sure, turning around and heading in the opposite direction is always an option but I’d never recommend it. Once you’ve past that negative up, you never know how it may attempt to affect you if you try to go back to it.

Life is sweeter and more beautiful the harder you push yourself to break past your past and start realizing that it all happened for such a time as this. To define you. To help you realize you’re living on the Beautiful side of life.

Psalm 23:1-6

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

I love you ladies-



It's A Beautiful Life by stevecollom

mommy moment with Rosalie Coburn - mentor mom

As I reflect back on 38 years of being a mom, I am flooded with many emotions. Joy, sorrow, peace, agony, frustration and accomplishments. What could I have done better, why didn't I do this, why was I given 3 children with special needs? But when I gave my life to Jesus, the answers came. He knew what I could and could not handle even before I surrendered my life to Him. I know now with all my heart and soul, He had a plan. A journey a road that I had to travel so that He could receive the glory and He would so graciously allow me to encourage other moms. With 4 children with 4 different personalities, He very much stretched me!

Your children never stop being your babies. Adult children need you just as much now as when they are little but in different ways. And only with Christ as my foundation, with constant non stop prayers, and right alignments am I able to give this testimony! Some of you know my son's testimony. Some of you know about Angelina and what happened to her that caused her to have Cerebral palsy. If not I would love to tell you those testimonies. And now He has given me 3 grandbabies that I so love and adore, as I get to watch my children be parents.

Mommas, let me encourage you. Never stop praying for your babies even when you want to throw in the towel! I know, I've been there! I honor you as the next generation of mommies bringing up your children in a world flooded with secular ways. You are strong, you are beautiful and you have a purpose! God blessed you with precious babies to love and care for. Not an easy task however just remember He loves you and will equip you to be the mommie YOU were called to be.

Psalm 3:5-6

5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

Love Rosalie


upcoming events

Please be sure to check our Facebook events and update your RSVP as dates and times sometimes change. And keep in mind that we no longer use Meetup.com.

Bowling at Strikz

Friday, June 3rd, 11am

8789 Lebanon Road

Frisco, TX

Grab your free coupons for summer bowling at Strikz and lets go bowling!! If you haven't signed up to bowl free all summer, you can sign up here:https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5751. The only cost is for shoe rentals, so don't forget your socks!!

Playdate at Stacy's Home

Saturday, June 11th, 10:30am

1420 Augusta Drive

Aubrey, TX

Let's play!! Stacy Espinoza will be hosting a playdate at her home in Savannah on Saturday, June 11 @ 10:30 am!! If you haven't been able to join us for a play date during the week due to your work schedule, this would be a great opportunity to come and join us!! Hope to see you there!! Thank you so much, Stacy, for hosting!!

Celebration Park Splash Pad

Tuesday, June 14th, 10am

701 Angel Parkway

Allen, TX

Let's cool off at the splash pad at Celebration Park in Allen! Feel free to pack snacks or a lunch and we can have a picnic as well!

Pajama Party - Game Night, Mom's Night In

Tuesday, June 14th, 7pm

948 Foxgrove Lane


Let's get together for a fun, casual evening and play some games. Feel free to bring your favorite game and show up In your pj's/ comfy clothes.

Summer Movie!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 9:30am

921 SH 121

Allen, TX

Let's go watch The Peanuts Movie! Tickets are only $1 through the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse! Several different locations are playing this movie, so I'm open to another location if preferred!

CooCoos Playdate!

Tuesday, June 28th, 10am

6505 West Park Boulevard

Plano, TX

Let's play at CooCoos!! They have lots of fun bounce houses for all ages and a train ride!
All day admission (open-close):
• 4 and Older: $8.00 Per Person
• 3 and Under: $5 Per Person

July ICE Night

Sunday, July 17th, 7pm

2621 Tradewinds Drive

Little Elm, TX

NO childcare provided. Adventure Kids is an option. Raffle prizes given away. Bring a summer inspired snack to share. Drinks provided.

More details to come.

Happy Birthday to our Amazing Moms!

June Birthdays

26 – Arci Alviar

27 – Kari Burkhardt

27 – Magan Kasper

30 – April Anderson

Welcome to our New Moms!

Brittany Mejia

Playdate Fun

Leadership Team

Renee' Carroll - 469-605-6514/ touchdowngo@gmail.com (Group Leader)

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

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