My Purse…

In case you are curious about the fate of my purse…


happy bidding :)
****update**** I was notified by a sweet reader that I am not allowed to put an item up for “charity auction” unless I use their charities!!!! eek!!!!!! I had no idea!!!! I am in the midst of re-posting the item legally….if you already bid, please come back and do it all over again in a bit when I get the new link.  I will post it here ASAP!!!!! Thanks so much…
****another update….**** here is the new link, with some modifications so I won’t get in trouble with Ebay…just so you all know, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hope Clinic in Nashville.  Let’s try this again….good luck!!!!  
****and yet one more update…IM SO SORRY!!!!!! apparently, I can’t even have the word “charity” in the auction, so I have rewritten it (again!) and you will have to re-bid…..don’t give up on me!!!!! it’s for a good cause!!!! or, maybe God is telling me not to sell it……:) Nope, that’s not it…shucks.
Angie

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  • Anonymous

    So if nobody bids, do you get to keep it? ;-) lol

  • Jennifer Mullinax

    you are a good, good mom!! What an awesome lesson you are teaching your kiddos!!!

  • Mark and Rebekah

    love it! so great to see pictures of you and your girls having fun!

  • Mrs. MK

    WOW!!! What a way to make a memory, leave an impression on your kids….after all …. “God loves a cheerful giver”!!!

    Good for you!

  • MandieGirl

    You are TOO funny! Great idea-and very creative. :)

  • Anonymous

    As funny as this sounds, I’ve been bidding on Coach purses today (with no luck I might add!!!)
    I will keep my eye on this! ;)

    What a great sacrifice you are making as well as a great example. Plus feeding my desire for a Coach purse…coincidence? HMMMM….lol

  • Leanne

    Angie, your girls will remember this, you know? As small as it may seem, they will be shaped by the sacrifice you made.

    I’ve been diligently praying for your and for Nicol in this time of down seeming up and left seeming the new right, confusion and feeling like you’re on a roller coaster….

    I get it.

    Just wanted you to know.

    Leanne in longview
    http://mysupplications.blogspot.com

  • Sarah

    UGH! I want that bag so bad! I keep bidding, and someone keeps outbidding me! First time ever doing ebay bidding but I am now addicted. Thanks! :)

  • georgia tarheel

    I will “buy it” from you and then you can just keep it….tell them one of mommy’s readers regifted it to you…..

    I guess that doesn’t work in the overall lesson you are trying to teach. I applaud you though… I don’t know if I am strong enough to do that with my coach.

    I will watch it to see what it does on ebay. You are an amazing mom, Angie!

    Paige

  • weisskat

    Angie…brings a smile to my face to see you and your girls smiling my prayers continue to be with you and your family.

  • kpapa

    Good for you. You are a role model for your girls AND for me. That is a sacrifice that hurts my heart, too!

  • Kara

    I have read many blogs and have been so inspired and deeply moved through your journey and continue and constant reaching to God for strength. Thank you for sharing life and what God does in and through our lives.
    I found your blog via brandiandboys(nashville, crosspoint). I visit her hilarious blog almost daily. Blogging world is so fun as you get a glimpse of someone around the country whom you might not ever meet but get to enjoy life together. Thanks for sharing life.

  • Amanda

    I just found your blog, and I thank you for bringing some God perspective on the loss of a child to me. I struggle daily with the loss of my son and have a hard time finding God in it all, though I am a believer. Thank you for your words.
    *Amanda
    http://www.yussmantriplets.blogspot.com

  • Strawberry Blonde

    Angie, you’re so cool. I love that you are doing this. Your kids are so great to see what mommy will sacrifice for the sake of others. Way to go! Great lesson for them.

    – Brandi

    PS, does this mean that Todd will have to find you a new purse to replace the old one?? :)

  • Anonymous

    I love it! What a great lesson for your girls and for all of us! Good Luck!~

  • Anonymous

    HAHAHAHA…this CRACKS me up!!!!!!!
    You are FUNNY!!! :P Way to go Angie!

    Lots of love to you!!!
    Amy
    amy@philippians121.com

  • Julie

    That is just too funny!!! Some lessons are harder to teach! :)

  • Randie

    What a wonderful lesson to teach your little girls! They will remember this forever, especially when they get older and realize how much coach bags are! You are such a great mother.

  • amydc

    O my gosh!
    At least you got to enjoy the bag for a while!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Angie,

    You make me cry from laughter!!!!Your sharp wit is such a breath of fresh air. Toooo funny for words.

    Darlee

  • Anonymous

    I am a new mom – and you challenge me to LIVE out my love for Christ in front of my little boy in ways that are meaningful.

    When I think about some of my ‘prized possessions’ (which are really just ashes in the long run) I am embarrassed to say that it would be hard to let go of some of them. Why do we cling to earthly, material things so easily?

    Thank you for reminding me to let go of so much – physical and otherwise. Your blog is a blessing in my life.

  • wendy

    hey angie. after reading your other post, i KNEW it wouldn’t be long before we read about the fate of the purse LOL

    love you.

    i sent you a message through ebay that you need to read though.

    they have reeeeally strict rules about charity listings. so it’s most likely that they will pull your listing b/c it isn’t listed through their ‘endorsed’ charity regulations.

    so if and when it gets pulled, PLEASE KNOW YOU CAN RELIST IT…

    or you can pretend that it was GOD giving it back to you in honor of your sacrifice hee hee hee.

    seriously though, if you have any questions on HOW TO RELIST i’ll be happy to help…

    i sent you my contact info thru the ebay message sytem.

    LOVE THE PICS OF YOU AND THE GIRLS!!!!!

    xoxo.

  • Megan

    Angie,
    I love how real you are. What a great idea to auction it off and give the $ to a worthy cause. I will keep this idea in mind for later teachable moments!

    XOXO
    Megan in SoCal

  • Jessica

    omg – guess we will have to go shopping for a new purse for you. I normally get mine on clearance at Target (shocking, huh?!)

    Love you… and the girls’ hair. :)

  • Haley

    Is this bag going to be like the sistherhood pants? That would be neat if the person who got the purse held onto it for a while and then put it back up on ebay for more charity money!

    You are a wonderful mother and it is so great to see you smiling! You are all so beautiful!

  • connorcolesmom

    HEHE
    That is funny!
    How wonderful that you are modeling to your children that material things do not matter

    I wish I could bid on CoCo but my hubby would have a FIT – LOL
    God bless you sweet Angie
    Kim

  • Kelly

    Angie – you are taking being a Christian example to an all new level!!!! :-)
    (it is good to see you smile on here!)

  • Amy

    It’s amazing the things we will do for our kids. :) You are making a lasting impression on them and on me. Thanks for your inspiration. You are a strong woman. I love the picture of you with your girls. It is really wonderful to see you smile. Good luck…

  • Amy

    Angie, I found your blog through
    Whoolly Peaches blog who found it through someone else’s. WP had just done the broken vessel exercise you posted about and I was inspired to read your story. I have been “addicted” ever since – although this is my first comment!

    I want you to know that even these months since, when reading Audrey’s story, I’ve been a carrier of your family’s pain – without even knowing there was such a thing until reading your post for Nicol. I have cried for you, prayed for you, hugged my children tighter for you, and loved and appreciated my Godly husband more for you.

    Thank you for being so willing to share so much about your personal life. It has not gone in vain.

    P.S. Gotta love those teachable moments:)

  • Jen

    I just ried to leave you a comment on ebay, but it ended, just as I pressed send! You are the cutest thing that ever lived, and such a good mum. I could never have sold a purse that cost that much just becasue my girls mentioned it. Of course, I’m presuming God gave the all clear as well, but I’m pretty sure I probably would have thrown a little whining tantrum about it first. *grin*

  • Nancy

    GO girl! What a positive statement you are making for your girls. Blessings to you my friend that shares my bond of heavenly children.

  • The Anderson

    I just wanted to tell you that your name comes up at least once a day amongst me and my friends. “Did you see the thing about Angie’s purse?”….. like we know you so personally and all. Anyway, thank you for letting us treat you as a close friend! We can all relate to your posts –two of us have children and have lost children and one of us has no children yet….. but you are still so relavent to each one of us!

    Thanks again,
    Stephanie

  • Angie (Angelica Grace Designs)

    Love these pictures Angie. Thanks for including us in your departure ceremony of the coach purse. Too too fun! Love seeing you playing with the girls too. Great shots.
    So fun! :)
    Blessings, Angie Seaman
    http://www.angelicagracedesigns.com/blog/
    http://www.angelicagracedesigns.com

  • Jenn @ Munchkin Land

    Love the pictures! I would have a hard time parting with such a beautiful purse too. Good luck!

  • Nancy

    You are a great mom! It is so important for us to live what we teach. I love the photos!

    I am in the process of writing you a letter. I have read the blog from the beginning and can’t wait to tell you about the impact it has made in my life.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Awwww, I can’t get the link to work. I wanted to see what the auction said…

    Oh, well.

    Great idea Angie, and I loved the pic of you and the girls fighting over the purse.

  • Randie

    The new link worked for a few minutes and now it doesn’t work again?

  • Emily

    Angie – that is amazing! I hope I can be such a great example to my little girl!

    One day I will get the courage to meet you… it took me long enough to get the courage to post a comment1

  • Caitlin

    What a good momma! Way to lead by example. The lesson will mean so much more to your sweeties. :)

  • collybird

    It’s so wonderful to see you and your girls smiling Angie.

  • paige

    told my 15 year old daughter this story ( she’s the oldest of my 4 girls)–she flipped out when i told her what the twins did to you….ha!
    she feels your pain!
    you are amazing.
    xo

  • TressaMOMof3

    That is awesome that you are teaching your girls to do good things!! And a great way to make a memory for them. Good luck and I hope it goes high!!!

    Tressa

  • rusty’swife

    Angie,

    You wanna come clean Pamella’s closet..I have my eye on a hobo coach of hers that I can’t wait for her to get tired of, oh there’s several D&Bs that could use a good home.

    You are two funny..I just don’t understand why “ken and barbie on the block too.

    Love ya girl,
    Sallye

  • Anonymous

    you are just the cutest thing! You crack me up! :) I love that the proceeds are going to the Hope Clinic!!!! Angie, I just think you are amazing! I’m SO challenged by you! Way to go!

    Here’s to hoping your purse goes for a CRAZY amount!!!!!!! :)

    love you!
    Amy
    amy@philippians121.com

  • brandiandboys

    Girl – you’re the best!

    Love how you are showing your girls how giving is a sacrifice.

    You’re always doing such a great job teaching others.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Angie,
    This is great! I love what you are doing but just to hear and see your family having fun (I know for you to lose “Coco” is a little painful) is a very welcome site. Anyway good luck on your sell and I look forward to hearing how it goes. I considered bidding but let’s face it with my two sweet angels that purse would be demolished in a week!
    Thanks again for the laughs but more importantly for what you are doing for the Kingdom!
    TP from Brentwood, TN

  • Sheryl

    Okay, that’s hilarious! Good for you. But this is what I want to know… when Todd is the highest bidder on that purse and gives it back to you, are you going to tell us all about it???

  • Stacie K

    Looks like the bidding is doing GREAT!!! I am proud of you for being the BIG GIRL angie!!! Great Momma!

  • Hollie

    I am so impressed…good for you! I will just go ahead and say, I am not sure that I could do it (without some tears, anyway!). You are so good…way to show your girls by example…sniff, sniff! I am sure ‘ole Coco will have a fabulous new home!

  • Erin

    That’s so great!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, WAIT on the purse thing…fine, whatever….the purse is great, but I HAVE TO TELL YOU, Angie, and EVERYONE else……

    I got the cleaner, I got the cleaner. Yes, it smells great and cleans great and, did I mention, smells great?! I love it. And, girl, I don’t know who sells it to you for 5, but it is only 3.79 at my Richmond area Target (pronounced in its usual frenchy tone–Tar-jaaa).

    And, not to sound shallow, but I bought the pink grapefruit one too. :)

    The girls look cute–did you but their hair?

    Glad to hear you sounding better, Angie. Just on a more serious note….

    Total happiness,
    Becky Cain

    beckycain6@comcast.net

  • Michelle

    I am so proud of you!!!

  • Anonymous

    angie-you are an awesome example to so many!!! The Lord is going to continue to bless you and the lives of many others through you!

  • Adrienne and Jim

    Okay, so I am laughing out loud. Love the pictures!! You’ll never forget this lesson for the girls, will you?!?

    I love one of your commenters’ ideas for the one who wins the bag to repost it to sell to someone else for “charity” after gently using it a little like the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants.

    Glad to see the smiling faces :) and hope the purse brings in a great donation for the Hope Clinic!!
    Adrienne

  • Jane-Jane

    beautiful purse…but I’m not a purse girl, and it has bid WAY out of my range. Praise God for your giving heart and the way you are training your girls (and your readers too!) You are such an encouragement to my heart and walk with Jesus.

    Still praying for your families…. I have no idea how much your hearts hurt, but Jesus does and I keep taking your family to the foot of the cross for you.

  • Mocha with Linda

    It did my heart good to see you and the girls with smiles on your faces in a moment of fun.

    Love your example for your girls and that you are not a “do as I say not as I do mom.”

    You rock!

  • Tish

    you are precious!

  • Anonymous

    Angie,

    I’m sure God is smiling down on you to think that you would give up Coco for the sake of the cause. I was so thrilled to see you smiling and your adorable girls. You are all in my prayers and thank you for showing me what a real sacrifice looks like.

    God Bless You,
    Lisa
    johnandlisaz@comcast.net

  • Anonymous

    Angie
    I can not tell you how GREAT it is to know that you all are still smiling and having fun. Seeing those pictures made my night. I’m sure that all your moments are not this great but just knowing that you have some is awesome.
    Thank you so much for sharing all your moments with us. The visual of Todd coming into the bathroom and then sitting down to clean with you was amazing (no wonder you fell in love with him as soon as you met).

    I am still praying for you all daily and will continue to do so.

    Sue

  • Anonymous

    Want the cleaner and need a house keeper. Anyway, it is so great to see your big smile and it looks like you are laughing. Even if for a moment. It looks great.

    God is so good. Just Tie a knot at the end of the rope and hold on.

    When I was younger and attended/worked at a summer camp, my councelor for the week “gave me” her big huge boulder to “keep” the thing weights like 1000 lbs and is tooo big to move without a bulldozeer or 2. When things get really tough or when I take the kids each year, I go to the ROCK and just sit as a reminder that NOTHING is moving this rock, just like nothing is able to move God. He is stuck by our sides even when we do not really want him around, or think we need him. HE IS STILL THE ROCK. SO find a rock near you and just sit, and be reminded that Jeus is the rock of our salvation and that rock goes no where it cannot be moved. It is solid, and un shakable.

  • Sara

    LOVE IT! I was wondering if we’d hear about the outcome of your cleaning endeavor! :) I just checked and it looks like you’ve already made more than you spent on it… don’t you hate it when twins are right?!?

    Thanks for the fun… praying for you every day.

    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Sun

    Love this post. I absolutely love the pictures and to read what you write. You are precious – your heart is precious – I went back last night and read some of the older posts and I cannot even tell you how I felt such sadness and such joy on your behalf. I LOVED the post about the fields in Ireland being so green because of the rain.

    I love Selah – absolutely love their ministry and their music. I had NO idea when I first read about your blog about a month or so ago and read a few entries who your husband was – he just looked REALLY familiar but I could not place it. (I know I am a little slow) – but everytime I hear a song now – it just means SO much more because of what God is calling you all to walk through. I am praying for you – and am SO thankful that you are sharing your heart. You and your entire family will remain in my prayers – Sunshine

  • Anonymous

    You are amazing. What a great lesson. Looks like the girls got a hair cut…. What great pics..

  • Julia

    You have “schoonheid” written on your shirt! That’s my language: Dutch :-) (I’m Julia from the Netherlands and I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now.)

    Awesome idea about the purse!

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be something if someone bidded on it, got it and mailed it back to you? hmmmmmmm :)

  • Teri

    I have been lurking here for quite some time but I thought it due time I left a comment! A few things came to my mind while reading this post.

    #1. You are making a HUGE impact on your girls with parting with Coco. They will never forget it! You are setting the standard in your home, it is truly beautiful.

    #2. In the midst of your tremendous grief, you are fully alive. You are aware. You are parenting your girls with integrity, you are going about living, even though part of you will never be the same. God’s faithfulness is pouring over you and through you. Is it hard? Heck yes, but you are doing this thing out loud, welcoming strangers into one of the most intimate things a person can go through, and handling it all with such grace. It is truly so beautiful Angie. Hard and tragic, yes. But all for the glory of the Lord.

    You inspire me.

  • Anonymous

    I love those moments that are not just for our children! I find myself saying things to them that just make my own ears perk up and my heart reflecting..who is this lesson for …them,or ME! God is so awesome that way. God bless your family in this storm Angie! I am praying for both families!

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • Paul & Angela Jenkins

    That’s great. Did you see the current bid is greater than what you paid for the purse?

  • karen44

    Now THAT is a true sacrifice!! I know how attached I get to my cheepo purses, I’m sure I couldn’t part with a really good one!

    Good lesson for your girls. “Coco” will be proud to be used in this way!
    And your girls will remember this forever!
    -karen l.

  • Misty Baniewicz

    Every single day we as parents make deposits in our childrens memories!!!! This one will be a big one!

    I do the same thing with my 7 year old little boy. We clean out his room and we give things not to charity, but to kids we know that could never afford it.

    But every night when we say bedtime prayers, Hunter thanks GOD for charities to help out those in need.

    I love seeing the smile on your face, I love seeing GOD finding a moment for a little sunshine in your life.

    Thank you for sharing!

    PS; I check your blog every day, oh what will I (we) do if you should ever stop posting??? Please don’t stop anytime soon!!! :)

  • Misty Baniewicz

    Oh and the “secret” comment about what if someone bid on the purse and then mailed it back to you…. gave me goose bumps! I hope that happens, that would be so neat!!

  • Laurie

    Angie,

    Just as you said at the end of the Threshing Floor post, Your heart is still broke but your hands are busy. This is beautiful proof that God is getting you through the most difficult time with His Grace. These are the days that your girls will treasure and recall in their hearts as they grow. Prayers continue in my home for your families as you all walk this road.
    May your joy be full.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

  • Amanda

    Just last night I was reading in Luke 14 about Jesus calling us to leave what we have to follow him. My husband and I got into a conversation about our “stuff” and if we are truly using it for God. I argued that my new iPod was used for Christian music and podcasts, so it’s safe. I’m not sure about the DVD/home theater system. I’m guessing I haven’t been using that for God that much. It really made me think about the purpose of my stuff. Now, it looks like you are using your purse for His work. Cool!

  • The Miller Family

    you are one fabulous woman. for many reasons… the purse craziness being only one. :o )

  • Kim H.

    Angie,

    1st time commenter here….I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now. Im am completely blown away by your example of faith, strength and courage. You are truly a source of inspiration for many. Please know I am praying for you and your family. You surely have endured more in a short time than most people will ever have to in a lifetime.

    I really wanted to say I enjoyed Haley’s comment about your purse becoming like the “travelling pants” – wouldn’t it be awesome if your bag got passed around and the journey documented – like someone uses it for a month or two and then passes it on to some unsuspecting recipient who simply has to use it, share the story and then pass it on to someone else?…. :)

    I also wanted to say I am impressed with your charity selection. Thank you for saying “yes” to life in action and in deed.

    God bless you and your family.

  • Jess :)

    Angie,

    You have to be one of the absolute cutest moms/people/friends I know! How stinking cute are you?!? I love that Abby and Ellie were able to persuade you to do this! God truly does work in mysterious ways…huh?! ;) I’m sure you’ll be the first to agree with that. I also wish that I could afford to bid on your purse. I would love to own something you held so dearly and meant so much to you. I think you may have started a trend. Maybe you should take a quick walk through your house to see what other things you could possibly part with!! I believe you could raise quite a bit of money for the Hope Clinic. :)
    Anyways, thanks for the update and the pictures. I’ve been wanting so badly to see more pics of you and the family ~ so that was awesome. Keep more pictures coming! We ALL love to see them!

    Lots of love and hugs,
    Jess :)

  • Lee

    HOLY COW! That little diddy is up to $465! Unreal!
    I love the picture of the girls getting the purse from you. I am also glad to know I am not the only one who has named a purse. :)

  • Janna

    Oh goodness! That is so funny! But I applaud you for being consistent and proving to them that these forms of generosity don’t only apply to them, but to everyone. :)

    God bless!

  • Anonymous

    SWEET, PRECIOUS ANGIE,

    Dear One,

    I knew when I started reading the entry about you & the girls cleaning up the playroom…you would eventually give it up! I was not surprised because you have such a loving, giving heart.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of you & the girls….wow! I could definitely make a darling scrapbook page out of them! It was so good to see you & to see your sweet spirit coming out in the form of laughter & enjoyment of your little angels! I think we as Secret-Saintly-Sisters need to visually see that you are doing o.k.

    Don’t forget that you are in our daily prayers & that we love you Precious Angie!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • Anonymous

    that’s awesome!!!

  • maggiemaeupdates

    i cant afford to bid but i just wanted to comment and say wow that is such a great idea! i also wanted to say that i am so sorry you and your family have had to go through all of this. my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Anonymous

    hillllllllllllllllllarious.

    love the photos. i love seeing GOOD TIMES at the smith household.

    great lesson… and great cause. you go girl.

    - Rachel in Kansas City

  • The Butler Family

    LOVE your personality! You are honest and real but also so witty and FUN! I wish I went to your church and could be around you. I think I’d have even worse smile lines than I already do! Not too mention the constant bellyache from laughing so hard! :) I read the best thing in a Gary Thomas book last night. He said that we all deserve hell – not just in eternity but TODAY – so every moment we have – no matter how good or bad – is a real treasure because it’s not hell! My kids were screaming before I put them down for their naps, and I just smiled to myself thinking, “At least it isn’t the real HELL!” :)

  • Amelia Elaine

    You are amazing…I am so proud of you :) This doesn’t mean you get to upgrade, does it?? hee, hee
    audra

  • Tara Marie

    Angie,

    This post makes me think of all the great stories from Ruth Graham’s book “It’s My Turn.” I highly recommend reading it. You will laugh, cry, and be encouraged!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Tara Monahan

  • justinjasonsmom

    Hi Angie, I have been following your story for about a month now. You are truely an inspiration to me.

    I just wanted to share with you that you have, through your blog and story, encouraged me to strangthen my relationship with God, by learning his Word. And being in his Word everyday. I want to thank you for that.

    And what a great mom you are by teaching your girls such a great lesson. I don’t know if I would have been able to give up my favorite Coach purse.

    Lots of Love,
    Fran

  • Thompson’s

    Angie, somebody needs you. Please go to http://www.dbkunz.blogspot.com. This family lost their little boy Monday. He strangled himself with the cord of his window blind while he was in his crib. They are mourning now and could use your help! Please!

  • georgia tarheel

    Girl! This is so awesome! You give God the glory in all of it and you make me want to be a better follower of Christ. I pray that God knocks your socks off with the bids Coco brings in!

    Still praying for you and Nicol and the heartbreak that you two are wading through. Love the blogs and hope you don’t quit anytime soon…or ever really!

    Paige Buckner

  • Dina

    It is refreshing to see a bit of the humorous side of life and it’s lessons after all the tragedy! I’m blown away that people are willing to pay more money for it than they could get one brand spanking new!! What hearts of charity others have! Thanks for the idea! Hmmm, what can I give away?!

  • Colleen Hastie

    You seriously crack me up – I do love that purse, but personally I’m a Brighton girl! I have followed your blog continually (and have told everyone I know about it)and learn more everyday. I hope my son has met Audrey – Heaven is that much dearer now…Because He Lives…Colleen

  • Dr. Erin and Mr. Heath

    I stumbled upon your blog through Google reader and just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are. I’ve spent the last few hours reading through your posts, watching the video on withoutwax.tv, and just crying for your loss. I hope you don’t mind, but I put the video on my blog. I am praying for your family and continually admiring your strength and love for the Lord.
    Erin

  • Carrie

    I just looked at the ebay auction and it already has 25 bidders and is over $500!!! I sell some of my daughters clothes on Ebay and I can tell you that this is a miracle in the making! God is leading people to bid on your precious Coco!

    I can only hope and pray that I will make such an impact for God on my daughter’s life! She’s six months old. Sometimes I wonder how I can be so blessed to get to keep her when you didn’t get to keep your Audrey.

    Praying for you!!!
    http://www.alwaysfriday-carrie.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Ebay is going to wonder what is going on with your auction since you have so many (over 5000) hits to the auction already! That just goes to show how many people you’ve impacted and who follow your story! What a blessing to raise this much money for such a great cause.

  • Marlene

    You are such an inspiration to me.

    So not only have you taught your daughters and important lesson about giving to others, you have taught me.

    I am glad to see you and your girls smiling. I’m sure that’s not always easy to do but Audrey would want you all to.

    I pray for you everyday. Hugs and prayers.

    Marlene

  • Bridget

    You’re a great example to your kids!
    It’s really great to see you having fun with your kids again.

    -Bridget
    http://petsaretalking.typepad.com

  • Cheryl

    It’s up to $510!!!!!
    That is awesome! I watching it on my ebay but don’t think I’ll bid!

  • Sal Gal

    What a great example you are to your kids! You are so cute! Way to be a “doer of the word”

  • Anonymous

    Great example for not just your daughters, but everyone!!

    jennifer

  • lori

    Who knew!!! What a hassle to do a good thing, but I love that you keep at it, until it works..

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Rebecca & Sam

    one word!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that picture is priceless!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if it would violate Ebay regulations if you added your blog website address to the bottom of your listing. You could say, “If you want to know more about the story of the purse, check out my blog . . .” It would be so neat for people/non-Christians who are just randomly shopping on Ebay to click onto your blog and read your testimony and hear about Audrey’s story. I’m sure there will be many people just clicking to see why your purse is is going for so much more than the other’s that are listed! Just a thought of how to continue getting your story out . . .

  • Anonymous

    Good idea about putting a link on Ebay (above), but it is prohibited. I just checked for Angie. Sorry!

  • Anonymous

    Angie, the world is a beter place with you in it.
    That’s for sure.
    And you have good taste in purses:)

  • Anonymous

    Angie, the world is a better place with you in it.
    That’s for sure.
    And you have good taste in purses:)

  • Jennifer L. Griffith

    Too fun. Way to set the example for your children…again!

  • Brooke

    My daughter’s name is Madeline. I wonder if that is a sign that I really need that purse??? :) )

  • Marla Taviano

    You are so awesome. I’m not a purse girl, but I think you’re FABULOUS!!!

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Jen & Her Crew

    How sad you had to rewrite the description because you couldn’t use “charity”, so silly. Angie, you continue to be a woman of faith that I look up to and I thank you for inspiring me to do a better job of living my life to please my Father. Even though we are “strangers” I am thankful that you continue to share your story including the bumps and bruises. I cannot thank you enough, your family remains in my prayers.

  • Lisa

    Hi Angie! What a wonderful example you’re being to your girls! This is the first comment I’ve left. I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now, You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love a fellow mom of redheads,
    Lisa

  • Darlene R.

    I love the pictures!

  • Anonymous

    Remember For every coach you sell there is a dooney & Burke waiting to take its place!!!

  • Anonymous

    As a grandmother, you are amazing mom, woman, and lady. It is hard for people to understand that raising girls can be complicated. You have made this venture so interesting and the love of giving to someone elses needs is so much more. Just tonight, my husband and I were discussing “need” and “want” by holding out your hands. Many times people think that “want” is greater than “need”. In my situation, losing my father 8 years ago any item means nothing to me when I would give everything up for 24 hours to be with my father. I was the only child of 6 children that did not get to say goodbye when my Dad passed. Of coarse, God makes our plans when we leave this Earth for his heavenly place. God took my Dad when he was leaving the hospital after a heart attack. He did die due to natural causes. So I learned alot between material things and my father’s special time. People need to learn that materials things are material things. Things can be replaced however love ones cannot be replaced. I am glad to see you and your girls find time to laugh and play. You display that your purse can be shared with someone else and your children will remember and cherish the valuable lesson. God does love you so much! The words that you write to all of us is valuable and important. Take care of yourself. God does Bless you many times over.

    Always,
    Jean

  • Stef

    I can’t believe how much your purse is going for! You must be famous. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Wow…it is a great lesson of sacrifice you are teaching your girls, but….who has a $300+ purse in the first place? Sacrifice might be buying a more reasonably priced purse in the first place and donating the extra money to charitiy.

  • Precious Blessings

    What a great post! I just got a Coach for my b-day and I must admit, I am not sure I could give it up, not just yet anyway. What a great thing you are teaching your girls AND us. :)

    Also I wanted to let you know how happy I am to see this picture of you and your girlies! Looks like fun! Still praying.

  • Rebekah Walker

    Glad to see a funny, happy post from you! I hope more funny, happy things happen so you can blog more about the good.

  • Charlie

    I have been reading your blog and catching up on your story this whole week while I’m at work. I have cried sobs at work… a co-worker thinks I’m too emotional. I told her that you are an wonderful women and if she read it she would cry too. Audrey’s story is not only amazing, but what your family has gotten out of your loss is phenomenal. I am amazed at your strength and in awe of your will and faith in God. Your faith in God brought me to tears so many times. You have given me new perspective on life, God, and my family. You have inspired me and motivated me and I go home each day with a completely new outlook. I’ll keep praying for you. I think about your family all the time. It was very nice to see everyone laughing and playing. Good for yall!

    Amy
    http://letstakearest.blogspot.com/

  • Misi

    OK. Angie?
    I’m going to say something that you should have but since you are such a sweet-tender person you would never it.
    TO ANON: “Why would anyone spend 300+ on a purse in the first place”.
    ANSWER= It’s really none of your business is it?
    In case you haven’t noticed this family leads a ministry that has called upon them: giving and giving until sometimes I am sure they have felt like there was nothing left…
    Who in the world are you to judge?
    SHEESH.
    Have you NOT been reading this woman’s blog?????
    I would have a Coach bag in a second if I could afford it but do you think for one minute I am going to judge someone b-cuz of the PURSE they carry.
    “Oh Lord, please remove the bitterness embedded in this ANON’s heart so that they can feel your love. Lord, something or someone has caused them to want to hurt such a beautiful family.
    Thank you Sweet Jesus that it didn’t hit it’s mark.”
    To ANON: Your “VEILED” comment was very offensive to me. I’m glad Angie and her family did not give you a second thought, except to pray that you understand them. How sad and awful you would even say something like that.
    Shame,SHAME ON YOU. And not even leaving a track-back…..

  • blessedwith5

    Angie you ROCK! How unselfish of you – and a great lesson for your girls! I learned a long time ago – people judge other people all of the time – blow it off. Opinions of others are just that opinions – no right and no wrong. Besides who are they to tell anyone how to spend their money. I think you are an awesome person that adores God!

  • christi28

    this is awesome! what a great lesson for your girls!

    love and blessings~

  • Anonymous

    You are constantly teaching, and in such a beautiful way! Your children are lucky to have you as well as all of us in the blogger world. Thank you for being you and letting us into your precious families life.

  • Anonymous

    You are truely one of the most inspiring people I have never met! What a awesome lesson you are not only teaching your kids, but countless others. Thank you so much for sharing your touching story. God Bless.

  • 3 Furballs

    God wants the best for all His Children. He will even let you have your desires and even give you more blessings to give more to others. That is how much our Daddy God loves us.

    I’m sure God is smiling down on you and your family:D You’re sure a great inspiration.

    Glad you’re not discouraged by what someone said about getting the coach bag in the 1st place. Our God is rich enough to supply us with all our needs and wants.

  • Darlene

    You crack me up!!!!!!!!!! How stinking cool! sell, baby, sell!!

  • Jenn

    Angie, I’m so glad that the bids are going higher and higher! Still in our constant thoughts and prayers!! Hugs!

  • wendy

    regarding adding a link to the auction…a previous commenter is right, that’s prohibited.

    but if you wanted to, you COULD create an ‘about me’ page where you can share your link to your blog there.

    i’m sure there are lots of people out there wondering what’s so special about THIS coach bag. everyone HERE knows the answer to that! :)

    sooooooo excited to see it climbing! YEAH GOD!

    xoxo.

    and LOL because the word verification that it’s showing right below this comment box is

    “igivap”

    :) and so you have. and he is pleased!

  • Laurie and the rest of ‘em

    I agree with the other folks…it is good to see you smile…you have a lovely smile…you, in fact, are such a beautiful chicklet.
    I shared your blog and Audrey slideshow with my sis…and we sat and bawled.
    Your story is so encouraging!
    God Bless you today, Angie!
    Laurie Young
    Indiana

  • Anonymous

    you look so GREAT in this picture and i am still praying for you! :) May God be wiff you and your family

  • Courtney

    Wow! I can’t believe the bidding on this thing! Isn’t it amazing what God can do with a little sacrifice?! Way to go, girl!

  • Kelsey

    These pictures are great! I love it! And I love the example your setting, not only for you adorable girls, but also for me.

    Thank you.

  • wendy

    wahoooooo!

    brings a whole new meaning to ebay’s slogan “SHOP VICTORIOUSLY.”

    hooray for hope clinic!

    hooray for the things you are instilling in your girls!

    hooray for the high bidder who has just touched so many lives!

    xoxo.