Christian Veterinary Fellowship Weekend

We spent the weekend in Athens, GA for the annual Christian Veterinary Fellowship/Missions conference, Real Life Real Impact, and it was nothing short of amazing as always.
This year Brandon and some of our closest friends were asked to speak, so it was a special year.
What made it even more special was that the University of Georgia hosted this year, so going back to our Alma mater was the icing on the cake. 
One of the best parts about the conference is listening to Dr. Leroy Dorminy, founder of Christian Veterinary Missions, speak. He is 88 years old and is from Ocilla, a small town in South Georgia. He was in the very first graduating class at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1950. He has spent his life serving the Lord through veterinary medicine. I strongly encourage you to click on his name and read his story. It's quite profound.
Drs. Brandon Pinson, Phil Carey, and Sarah Walters spoke on a panel about "Finding Refuge in Your First Year Out of Veterinary School." They did a wonderful job and answered many questions from students and veterinarians. I was so proud of my husband!!
Phil and Brandon were in the same class in vet school, and he and Brandon are close friends! In fact, he is the father of our Godsons!
Speaking of our Godsons, can you believe this little man turned 1 on January 20th?! Those of you who have been reading for a while might remember that I was there the day he was born and spent about 2 weeks helping out afterward.
Sam is seriously one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen, but of course I am biased. :)
He loves his Uncle Brandon!
Big Brother Charlie is growing so fast, too! He will be 5 in April. I can't believe how fast time is passing by. We celebrated a late Christmas with the boys-we got Charlie a giant Bumble Bee Transformer. He loved it!
Uncle Brandon helped Sam open his gift. We got him a precious little Mud Pie outfit and a James Herriot book for children.
Of course I got in lots of time with the baby! I could just eat him with a spoon. He is seriously the most precious thing ever!
Aunt Cherish loves her boys!!
On Sunday we visited lots of veterinary friends. The Moore's, who have 4 precious children were so gracious and hosted a group of us for brunch at their house. This is their youngest baby, Selah Faith, playing with Sam.
After we left the Moore's we went over to the Groover's to meet their precious new bundle of joy, Christian Thomas. He was born 4 weeks early and is the sweetest, tiniest little man!
I told Brandon to enjoy holding a baby that small because the chances of us ever having a baby that size are slim to none!
I also got to give Christian his baby gift: A Carriage Boutique smocked puppy dog outfit and a James Herriot book.
Dr. Andrew and Rebekah Verdin were there for the weekend, too, and they enjoyed holding baby Christian.
 They look like naturals!!
We are so thankful to the Verdin's for letting us and the Carey's stay at their house in Athens.
We also feel immensely blessed to have such a strong Christian veterinary community of friends and mentors. I could not think of a better profession to be married into. This profession values the Christian life, time with family and friends, and serving. I thank God every day for Christian Veterinary Mission, and for the vision that Dr. Dorminy had in founding it back in the 1970s.
I am so happy and grateful that my husband is in a profession where he can share his Christian values freely and run a business in a Christian manner.
This organization has afforded us the incredible opportunity to serve on 3 veterinary missions trips and we look forward to serving on many more.
If any of you are looking for a wonderful and credible place to donate money, please consider donating to Christian Veterinary Missions!
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise...And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:15, 16.


  1. Ya'll are so blessed to be a part of such a great community of folks! It is such a great place to be in anytime you can use your relationship with the Almight as an establishment for the rest of what you do in life. Oh and I love James Herriot books!

  2. What are great organization! I had never heard of it before! Also--your Godson is just adorable! My first Goddaughter was born last week.....what an amazing think this is!


  3. Aww those little babies are just the sweetest most cutest things ever Cherish! I am sure that you & Brandon enjoyed them to the moon & back :) & have you all ever thought of having a surrogate to carry your children? I don't know the whole story I am sure that you have wrote it on here perhaps before I started following you. I am sorry for you both. I could not imagine the pain it must be for you all to not be able to have children.


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