Creative Gifts Of Love
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
We hear stories every day of how a God has used this recent pandemic to bring families closer together; to love bigger, learn new things and create fun ways to just BE together. The Harris family has definitely used this time to grow the gifts God has blessed them with to increase their family’s bond and love for each other.
Crystal and Robert Harris have been married seven years and lived in Paulding for four. Crystal majored in Psychology at the University of West Georgia before deciding to pursue her passion for hair. She has been in the beauty industry for 10 years, and has been the owner of New Serenity Hair Salon in Marietta for the last six. Robert attended Gordon College majoring in Theatre, then debuting in the 2004 Tally Award and Best Drama Award at NYIIFV Festival film, True Adversity. For the past 10 years, he has worked for Wellpath as an IT Clinical Support Specialist.
Robert and Crystal are also the Young Adult Ministry leaders at Destiny World Church in Austell. Crystal shares, “Our ministry focuses in spreading the Gospel through who we are, as we are. As we serve, we also understand the importance of keeping our family foundation solid by learning and teaching healthy ways to go through everyday life, whether it’s laughing, praying, creating memories, showing love, eating healthier, letting go of negative vibes, and the importance of giving.”
The couple have three beautiful children. Son Robert, age 11 is tech savvy and analytical. He won 2nd place for Starry Starry Night at the Paulding County Science Olympiad this year, is a Lego Master in the making, enjoys video games, and is known as the “old soul” of their three. Daughter Gabrielle, age 7 is also creative with a silly side to her (like her parents). She loves to dance and her talent shines through as a company dancer at Studio Dance. Youngest son Aaron, age 3 has an adventurous spirit and LOVES Spider-man. Once things open up, he wants to play either soccer or baseball.
The Harris’ enjoy game nights with UNO and Family Feud being a couple of their favorites. They all share a LOVE for the Arts, whether it’s acting, drawing, painting, and especially dancing; so using creativity is their “go to” for fun. In fact, creating fun video content for Tiktok and Instagram has become a new hobby for their family during quarantine.
Their changing life patterns and adjusting to this new normal have been a “roller coaster.” For seven years, Robert traveled with his company and Crystal as a Mom-preneur (mom and entrepreneur), worked and transported their children to various activities. Staying home has required discipline, but Robert and Crystal have seen what a gift it has been for their family. She says,
“In light of kids annoying each other, it was a much needed rest to evaluate and revamp along with Free Spirited Fun to ease all confusion, worries, and huge changes due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Prayer has definitely been our foundation through our quarantine experience as well. One of the greatest aspects is that we have been able to love on each other and really dive into the family’s creativity to the FULLEST.”
Though their normal planned summer trip to the beach or to visit family may have to wait, that’s okay. Their plans now are to continue to be creative in spending time with each other, growing closer together and learning new ways to have FUN!