If there were to be a theme to my post today it would be,
"This is What Love Looks Like!"
Dana Loper Moseley
Love at First Sight
I shall never forget the Sunday morning Dana and Lane walked into the Young Adult Sunday School class my husband and I were teaching. I thought they were the most attractive - no - beautiful couple I had seen. I guess you could say it was love at first sight for me.
Not too long afterward, Dana and I officially adopted each other. I became her "Mama Libby" and she was my adopted daughter. We even claimed that we might even look alike. Of course, that would be wishful thinking on my part.
But, let me tell you about the real love story.
Real Lasting Love at First Sight
Once upon a time there was a beautiful, petite princess who was gifted with all things sweet, simple, sentimental, and musical. She left her close family of six and went out into the world called Mississippi College to find her way in the field of music.
While there, she expanded her horizon and used her many talents as a cheerleader and a member of The Naturals Ensemble.
Lane was not just handsome, outgoing and also a Christian, but he was an outstanding Mississippi College Cheerleader, having been a member of the National High School Cheerleading Champions the year before.
On one pre-ordained morning, Dana entered the school cafeteria to be greeted by the only male member of the cheer leading squad. Lane leaned down, placed a lei around her neck and simply said, "Aloha!"
That was all it took. From that day forward, they shared breakfast together every morning and a wonderful friendship and love story began to develop.
With her BA degree in music in hand, the campus darlings, Lane and Dana were married in 1993.
And the Love Story Continues
It wasn't long before the blissful couple had completed their family of five with the births of Brittany, Brandon and Kalynn.
This is a family that loves deeply and appreciatively. One thing that has bonded this family is their strong family ties on each side
Perhaps the most important thing that ties this family so closely in love is their faith. They are very devout in their Christian beliefs and dedication to serve together. Dana and Lane have both worked very closely with the youth in their church and have lived a life of love and service before their children.
Another bond has been Homeschooling!
While on a college choir tour, Dana was exposed to this new concept of homeschooling. From that time on it became her goal. Even before she married or had children, she knew this was what she would do. She went into this with no training but was willing to learn. And learn she has! Right along with her children.
Dana explained that the most meaningful part of teaching her own children is that she has been able to provide a strong Christian foundation for her children. With a glisten in her beautiful eyes, she explained what a joy it was to teach them to love reading and to be able to open to them the world through books and provide many personal learning experiences.
Yes, our heroin has been successful! Both Brittany, 18 and Brandon 17 will graduate in 2014. Kalynn, 14 has mixed feelings about being her mom's only student.
Who is this person of great beauty?
What does she love to do?
Dana describes herself as being just a simple, old-fashioned girl who was probably born in the wrong era. She loves Victorian, country, western, and that long ago time when life was more simple and people really cared about each other.
She is a nurturer! She is a caregiver by nature and loves to spoil people, especially her family.
Dana loves to sew and do crafts and is learning to quilt.
She enjoys reading, singing, cooking when there's time, painting and repainting the inside of her home, but what is her very favorite activity of all?
Snuggling with Lane on the sofa while watching a Saturday night movie or a football game, or just about any time, for that matter.
Dana loves spending time with her friends. They all enjoy camping together which they do on a regular basis.
Dana loves sharing God's love however she can. A few years ago she and several of her friends led the young girls in their church to take on the project of making pillowcase dresses for little girls in another country. Yes, Dana loves.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Yes, this is truly a beautiful love story.
A story of love between a woman and her husband.
A story of love between a mother and her children.
A story of love between a woman and her friends.
A story of love between God and His children.
Thank you Dana for your example of what
Beauty Without Within
is all about.
And they lived happily ever after!