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The Real Life of Courtney

Princess Delynn

Princess Delynn

Courtney’s been a busy bee—make that, busy Yellow Jacket—since school started.
If you know Courtney, you know that her grades are high priority.  But she’s also busy with volleyball, her youth group, friends, her boyfriend, Aubrey, and this past weekend—Homecoming.  And dance has not yet started.

Volleyball season will wind down before the Thanksgiving holidays. (Give Him PRAISE! 😉 )  It’s been a blast watching Courtney and her team this season, as well as Sophie cheering her on.  It is, however, exhausting.  Because of this, I’m thankful that Courtney’s new dance studio has not yet opened.  Not just for me, but also for Courtney.  The girl runs in high speed most of the time. 

Courtney and three friends from volleyball have taken dance together the past couple of years.  This year, they made a switch.  The new company was in the middle of rebuilding.  As with most construction, they’ve had one delay after another.  The delay may be a blessing because of the hectic volleyball season. 

Courtney is blessed with many wonderful friends.  Her best friend, Mercy, spent the day with us yesterday as Courtney got her nails, hair, and make-up done for the dance.  This is the second year in a row for Mercy to share this experience with Courtney.  What a blessing to have a friend at her side until the moment she, Aubrey and the other couples drove off for the night—especially with Cammie gone.  Mercy did not attend the homecoming dance, yet she gave of herself in such a beautiful way and shared in Courtney’s joy.  Many blessings to you, Mercy!  You are so special to us and we love you!  I thank God for yours and Courtney’s friendship.  Your day will come, Mercy.  I can picture Courtney running around behind you before your wedding day, letting you bark out orders…  You owe her, Court. 😉


Courtney has also formed strong bonds with three girls on the volleyball team and in upcoming dance class—Katelyn, Kate, and Malayne.  These four girls have strong, but unique personalities.  Sophie named her new baby doll after Katelyn.  She totes baby Katelyn along with her most of where she goes.  I pray these girls remain good friends throughout the rest of high school and beyond.  Girls, lean on each other, find your strengths, learn your weaknesses.

Courtney has been dating Aubrey for more than seven months now.  Aubrey is a sweetheart and a joy to be around.  He treats Courtney like gold.  He’s great with Sophie, too.  We’ve been blessed having him in our lives.  His family has included Courtney on many outings as well as a trip to Orange Beach.  (LUCKY!)  They are blessings as well.  It’s been a pleasure getting to know them.

…Now for the good stuff!  Courtney, Aubrey, and friends—Denham Springs High School Homecoming 2008…

Heading out the door….


At Katelyns:




Aubrey & Courtney

Aubrey & Courtney

The couples:

The girls:

The guys:
The girls with Mercy:
Courtney & Aubrey:
Malayne, Kate, Katelyn, Courtney (someone’s shoulder, and someone’s head):
Courtney & Mercy (and someone texting):
Courtney & Mercy

Courtney & Mercy

Sweet memories!  I love, you, Courtney!  You will always be my Princess Delynn!  Sniff, sniff over not getting a pic with you! 
Your biggest fan,


  Rachel wrote @

I think I recognize that neighborhood! I think my BFF’s parents used to live there when they lived in Denham.

Courtney looks beautiful! I’m sure she had a blast! 🙂

  Laura wrote @

Sniff sniff – now, why’d you have to go and mention Mercy’s wedding day?! Thanks for letting Mercy hang out with y’all – she loves it. They all look so good.

I’m a Believer!

  Ginger wrote @

So beautiful, but you knew that! So Proud!

  Rebeckah wrote @

Courtney is too pretty for words! I love Aubrey (he looks like someone from high school musical), Sofia is adorable to the max! And Mercy, well, she just has the coolest name in America : ). I like your family!

  Lisa D wrote @

Thanks for stoping by my blog and saying Hi !yes that movie of the hens party was too cute! We got the hens party as a email and my hubby Gerald was lol for hrs after then he uploaded to my blog. well Im sure glad you enjoyed the cute movie Please stop by soon

  Lisa D wrote @

You been BOO-ed
stop by my blog and find out! heheeh

  A Damsel No Longer in Distress wrote @

Hello sister Rena!

I just saw your comment on our “A Wife’s Biblical Submission” online study.

I wanted to personally welcome you and also ask request that you read the Welcome & Instructions page (if you haven’t already). After you do that, please be sure to use Mr. Linky to link your first article re: the study on your blog so other sisters can read it and be blessed, as well as encourage and welcome you! 🙂

I will be posting an announcement tomorrow welcoming all the sisters who are our newest participants to the study!

Bless you dear sister,

P.S. Also, I’ve already added you to the Participants’ List since you indicated you wanted to join….oh, and don’t worry, there’s no need to “catch up”…’ll see that on the Welcome & Instructions page. 🙂

  Audra Krell wrote @

Oh your daughter is so beautiful! What incredible, fantastic memories. I love the way her friend so freely gave of herself, what a servant, beautiful heart.

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