Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Love Story

 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.

  Unknown to our sweet, innocent, dedicated to the Lord, Dana, was that also on that same campus was a young man of great strength waiting to rescue her from all things common.  His name was Lane and little did he know but his life was about to change as well.

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
Loper Family
Moseley Family
 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.

Favorite Scripture:
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!

Links to previous and remaining posts in this series:
#1 Jean Anne Williams
Sally Cox
Dana Mosely
Margaret Williams Jones
Sharon Mabus


  1. Thank you for sharing this true love story! May God bless them as they continue on their journey. Our world sorely needs their examples of love and commitment.

  2. Thank you for sharing my daughter's story to date. I am a realistic mother who knows her children's bad, good and in between characteristics, and I must say everything you said is right on target. It's hard to imagine that someone else, not in the family, could know Dana and Lane so well as to describe them accurately as you have.

  3. Mama Libby, I am absolutely speechless. You have made me out to be more than I am, for sure. Thank you for your very kind and generous words and for telling my story. What a sweet part of that story YOU are!! I am blessed with some very special ladies in my life who have influenced me in so many ways--thank you for being one of them!!! I love you!!! Dana

  4. She IS beautiful that's for sure! Both inside and out! What a wonderful tribute to this gal. Love to hear stories like this!

  5. Awe, this made my heart smile! What a true lady and yes, she certainly is a perfect example of "beauty without and within." Thanks for sharing!

  6. I just met Dana a few weeks ago but fell in love with her family immediately. Her smile is so kind and her words reflected a pure heart. Her family is special, indeed! Great article!

  7. what an incredibly beautiful story! You did such an awesome job introducing us to her and her beautiful life and family! She is definitely beautiful without & within!


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