It almost seems like an oxymoron to use the name of God and Sin City in the same sentence; but if this past few days has shown me anything, you can’t keep God out of any place where He is being glorified, praised and honored.
I honestly don’t even know where to begin…..I don’t want this blog post to get too long-winded but I want you to get a glimpse that God is sill a God of grace, love, mercy and HEALING!
As most of you know, three weeks from Thursday I became a Brand Partner with Vasayo. If you read my blog post entitled “My Why” you know the story. If not, go back and read it before you continue here; so you get the full picture. What I hadn’t blogged about as of yet was that the day after I wrote that blog post, our Founder of Vasayo, Dallin Larsen called me personally just to acknowledge me and my story…..MY WHY, if you will. I was honored, shocked and humbled by his phone call. Ricky Untermeyer (who is the Diamond in my upline) was on that call with Dallin. When Dallin hung up the phone Ricky and I had a long talk…..then we had CHURCH! Ricky prayed, spoke God’s truths into me and then said……”Tamara….your struggle is your investment.” WOW, that hit me……that hit me hard. For 4 years we have struggled. For 4 years we have cried, pleaded and begged God through many tears to send us a miracle and now that miracle is my message. Years of struggle, years of barely breathing, years of barely (at times) getting through the day has led to what I am fixing to share with you now…….
About 2 hours after hanging up the phone with Ricky, I received a call from John Soud, my sponsor in Vasayo and my friend. He said, “Tamara, do you and Dennis want to go to Vegas for the Vasayo Grand Opening.” I replied, “I don’t know how we can make that happen with Dennis’ work schedule, care for Hannah and financially it just isn’t in the budget.” BUT GOD……God took those hurdles and made them all non-issues. Dennis got off work, we found 2 people (and a village of others willing to pitch in) to care for Hannah and then the greatest hurdle of all……He worked out the finances (to this day I don’t know how He did that, but He did). But, the story doesn’t end there. Last Tuesday, I received a call from one of the most amazing ladies I have had the honor of meeting….Holly Roush. Holly and her husband Corbin are amazing, God-honoring leaders in Vasayo. Holly asked me if I would be willing to give a brief testimony to open the Grand Opening of our company in Vegas. I was honored and floored to have been asked. Of course, I said yes. Little did I know at that time that about 7,000 people had signed up to be at that Grand Opening.
This past Sunday, Dennis and I flew to Vegas. Now…..let me say, I have been to Vegas 5 times. I love Vegas, but I love big cities with lots of hustle and bustle, shows, good food and great shopping…..you know, the list goes on. Dennis on the other hand is a country boy and this was his first time ever to Vegas…..needless to say, he was not impressed with Vegas AT ALL! He really struggled paying $20 for a hamburger! HA! But, it was something he could check off his bucket list and he wanted to be there to support me. I am so blessed to have him on this journey with me, not just with Vasayo, but in life. What neither he nor I expected was what was to come.
We stayed at the Paris Hotel on the Strip! It was beautiful!
Monday morning came and I was…….SCARED TO DEATH! I couldn’t eat, I felt sick, I don’t think I have ever been so nervous. I was to speak somewhere between 1pm-2pm and all I could think about was…..”I can’t wait until it is over!” But, I have to stop here. I have to share with you what happened when the Grand Opening started……it will give you a glimpse into our company, our leaders and what they hold dear……..GOD and FAITH! Dallin and Karree (his wife) opened our first meeting with PRAYER! They truly epitomize Godliness. They have a deep grounded faith in our Lord and Savior. Dallin said that it is God first…..ALWAYS AND IN ALL THINGS. I love that you can be in a BUSINESS and God is glorified, His name is lifted high and He is honored and kept first always. Then, being that it was Memorial Day, Dallin honored all of our first responders and military. He asked all of those who had served in the military or who were first responders to come forward……Oh, my heart almost exploded (y’all know how much I love our military and first responders)! Not too long after that I hit the stage to give my testimony of all the wonderful results we have seen using the Vasayo products with Hannah. I was given 3 minutes and those were the longest 3 minutes of my life! HA! After it was over, I was relieved and was able to sit down, enjoy and soak up the many speakers who each and every one of them gave glory to God for all they had, for all they had accomplished and for all they were going to accomplish. Speaker after speaker giving praise to our Heavenly Father! If I hadn’t already known I was where I was supposed to be I knew it after hearing each and every speaker both on Monday and Tuesday.
During the two day Grand Opening there were some things being given away; iPads and a new Vasayo car! I will be honest, I was just thrilled to be there. To be a part of this amazing business and to soak up each and every word that was spoken so I could come home and build my business; one of which I want to #1 honor Christ and #2 be able to give back to so many who are walking journey’s similar to mine. Just having the opportunity to go, meet so many new friends and be there with dear friends was amazing to me.
Tuesday afternoon was a day I will hold in my memory forever……around 5pm Dallin decided it was time to draw the name for the person to win the Vasayo car….a 2017 Chevy Volt. I was sitting there so excited to see who won. I mean, who wouldn’t want to win a car. I had zero expectations and I was just was so excited to celebrate someone else’s blessing. Karree, Dallin’s wife, drew the name and handed it to Dallin. Dallin looked at the name and was silent for a few seconds and said, “I am going to cry.” He went on to explain how helping children is his passion. He went on to talk about mother’s who want to help their children be healthier and then talked about a mom who was willing to get on stage and share about her love for her daughter Hannah and how Vasayo has helped her. I was STUNNED when he called my name that I had WON THE CAR! In fact, I think it took me a little too long to stand up and get to the stage as I sat there shocked! I have never won anything in my life and my name was just called to win a CAR! I am still stunned and in awe as I sit here and type that. I immediately felt undeserving. I mean I have literally been in this business for not even 3 weeks yet and I won a car! How crazy is that? But, can I share something that meant more to me than winning the car? THE PEOPLE……THE GODLY, GRACIOUS, GIVING, LOVING, KIND and AUTHENTIC people that God has placed in my life because of Vasayo! This product is LIFE-CHANGING! This business is LIFE-CHANGING! The people from the very top of this business to the “lumps of coal” as Dennis refers to he and I in this business (until my lump of coal is chiseled away to create a DIAMOND) are incredible and amazing! I am honored, humbled and touched by the out-pouring of love we have been given and the kindness we have been shown. I could sit here and name person after person who have poured their lives into mine for the past 3 weeks…….Dallin and Karree, Holly and Corbin, Ricky and Francoise, Rob and Jessica, Sandra, Clayton and Angela, Sebastian Castelli (this gentleman right here is a whole other blog post in itself) and John and Kerri (who were so willing to invest in Hannah, Dennis and me). The people I have met on this trip who I will be on this journey with for years to come……I am so grateful…..so absolutely grateful. My life is so much fuller. Dennis’ life is so much fuller and most importanly HANNAH’S life is so much fuller because of Vasayo!
My new car!
Dennis, Karree, me, Dallin and John
Dennis, Holly and me
Rob, Jessica, Dennis, Me, Sandra and John
Clayton, John, Dennis, me, Kerri, Angela and Sandra
UCREW NATION! My Vasayo Family!
Dinner our last night in Vegas at Prime Steak in the Bellagio! So yummy!
My sweetie and me. We are at the Bellagio overlooking the Paris hotel!
I am sitting here at 12:18am in awe and so very grateful for my struggle that is my investment and my miracle that is my message. I am so thankful that God showed up in Sin City and that these precious people I have surrounded myself with in this business are God-fearing, God-honoring and God-loving. Oh, if I could just express in words what is in my heart for my Vasayo family……but my words fall short……I am deeply touched. I am deeply moved. I am deeply grateful to each and everyone of you!
Until next time…….