Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sunny January

Sound like an oxymoron? That's what I thought too until I met today. Hello sunny and 60 degrees with a little breeze. Where have you been the past couple of months?

Needless to say, I spent a plethora of time out of doors with a couple of the most adorable kids I know.

Evening on the trampoline.

Booty bump. It's a twin thing. :)
Mid sentence.

Mid Air.

Mid Splash.

"Hey Audrey, can I just sit on this bench with you for a while?"

She does profile well.

GLARE. but cute.

Friday, January 21, 2011

First Sunday in the New Church Building

We had our first sunday in the new church building a couple of weeks ago. I blogged about our church's mission and the vision of church planting a little while ago, if you missed it. Last Sunday was in many ways wonderful and in many ways very hard. All of the children who I babysit are staying at the other church location as well as several of my mentors. But the Kingdom is coming. Mourning will not endure. Feasting and worship absolutely will. This is just part of the work we are called to do. Since when is mission work easy?

Directing traffic. One of our deacons wears a kilt on Sundays. Isn't that just the most fantastic thing you ever saw? He never fails to make my morning. :)

Lela Grace (in the cloak) helping out in Michael and Julia's class. As you can see, most of the kids stayed in the other location.


Dad, Michael, and Julia walking in.


I wish I could say I was responsible for documenting all of this, but actually I stole the photos from my pastor's facebook. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Facebook Status

Today got a new ring for free, lunch for two dollars, a new shirt for 99 cents, dinner for free, and made 20$ in an hour and a half.

Just call me Miss Thrifty.

(I am taking a break from posting facebook satuses or I would have posted this there. I obviously just couldn't resist posting it somewhere. :)


Do you ever think about praying? Like what praying really is?

This is what I mean. A couple of days ago I wrote a fan letter to a band. (I know, I know, I'm a dork. My family scoffed. Feel free to do the same.) But really, they have genuine talent and craftsmanship, I love their sound, I appreciate that their lyrics aren't crude or explicit, I like it when they cover a song that was crass or (in my opinion) just hideous. They aren't a Christian band, but they started small, and they have a big emphasis on family. .....and I may or may not be a teesy bit in love with the lead singer. I'll leave that to your discretion.

But this morning, when I work up, I started praying. There are a couple of people that I try to pray for everyday (more on that another time). I was just lifting them up and talking to God about my day when this idea hit me. I was currently standing in a castle. A palace. The palace. And not just anywhere, I was literally standing before the golden throne of the Father Himself. I don't mean this just figuratively either. I truly believe that in a very real sense I was there. And we are all there every time we pray.

Suddenly an obession with a band is a little lame, right? Compared to conversing with the Lord who loves me?

Thats what I thought to.

Just if you're curious here is a song they did. He wrote it for his wife whenever he meets her- so sweet. And I love acoustic.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Both eyes...

Are fully functioning this morning. If you were wondering.

Which I'm sure you all were. :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Not me Monday

I do not sometimes iritate my younger siblings.

And they do not ever retaliate.

Because of this, my eyeball was not subject to all the force of an angry five year old fingernail earlier this morning.

And finally, I most




...look a little like a pirate today.

And I do not still love all twenty five year old fingernails in this house just the same.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Movie Night

We watched "Despicable Me" as a family tonight.
I didn't have high hopes but, not gonna lie, I really enjoyed it.

Cute, clever, funny, and pro-adoption. :)

You should see it.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I live in Faerie Land

You may not believe it, but I do.

A world where the most strange an unexpected advenutres pursue me at every corner.

A world where the nature of things demands that pride goes before a fall. Its the strangest magic, but unfailingly true. No one ever escapes it.

A world where feasting and fasting is a part of the natural order. I belong to a race of of peculiar creatures who perish without structured and frequent feasting.

A story where the conquering Hero and a white horse slays the dragon for His love.

The magic of my country breaks stones in half and makes them sing.

A world where love never fails. Never ends.

A country where the victory is certain, despite the most absurd odds.

A land where captivating beauty waits around every bend.

A land where the story ends at a wedding feast around the Party Tree.

If you're not sure of the way to Faerie Country, I must beg you to begin looking more earnestly. For in truth, this is the only reality.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

1 Corinthians

But in fact Christ has been raise from the dead,
the Firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.
But each in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits,
then at His comming those who belong to Christ.
Then comes the end,
when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying
every rule and
every authority
and power.
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is Death.
~1 Corinthians 15:20-26~
Death is about to be destroyed, folks.
Start rejoicing.
He is coming soon.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hair cut for Michael!!

Must be nice to still look this cute after somebody shaves 2/3 of your hair off. But he does. He looks awesome.
And it was my idea..... just sayin'. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011


I have giggle giggle Yipee Jesus news! (To steal a phrase from this blog).

Unfortunately, it will probably be a while before I can share it.

Just an update to say that Jesus is still ALIVE, MOVING, and WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE ORPHAN. praise Him!!!!!!!!!!

(no, we are not adopting. I wish.)

Hailing the New Year

It's 2011 folks.

A LOT is going to happen this year. I feel like for the last, well, I guess 17 years I have at least sort of know what life is going to be like for me in the coming year. This year is different, God is doing some crazy things in the lives of my family.
This post is really more of a journal than anything but in this year I plan to:

*Graduate from highschool.* Oh. My. Word. In some ways I am so ready and in other ways it seems surreal and terrifying.

*Go somewhere away from my hometown to work over the summer.* (I love my town--love it. But the college I plan to attend is in the same town I've grown up in, so I need to get away in the summers.)

*Start college.* ahhhhhhhhhhh.

*Begin attending a new church.* Okay, this is the biggy. And the real reason I started this post. I have talked a little about the church we are currently attending. My pastor and worhship leader and several others had had this vision of planting a church together for many years. Four years ago, they planted a daughter church out of my old church, and our family was one of several who left the old church to be a part of the new one. It was difficult for me at first, but after a few months I was happier than I'd ever been in my life, had more and better friends than I'd ever had in my life, had a totally new understanding and appreciation for worship, was learning more about the Word than I ever had in my life, and was entirely surrounded by wonderful, wise, missions-minded, people. And its been fantastic. The ways in which my family has grown and the Lord has enirched our lives are truly mind boggling.
Before the church began God called our congregation to be peculiar in that, instead of growing and building a huge building, to plant other churches. We just never anticipated it to be this soon. We probably have about 300 or 400 members, and the Lord has made a way for us to fufill the vision He called us to. He has provided us with a second location as well as the most amazing pastor for the plant. It's time.
My pastor was speaking yesterday about how much harder it is to do missions when we are comfortable and content. And boy, are we content. Everyone of us is mourning what we are losing, because we are so happy. I literally don't think there was a dry eye at church yesterday. But he went on to explain how perfect it was that God had chosen this time for us, just after advent, because the incarnation of Christ truly is the Lord going on mission. Christ left home- a perfect home. He left fellowship and communion- a perfect communion with the Trinity. He was content, but He came. For us. That we might be like Him.

He also explained that missions work is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions will come to an end, when the trumpet sounds mission work will be over. But Worship is eternal. We go on mission to make worshipers. Just as Christ did.

I have never been a part of a body, school, church or otherwise where the entire aim was missional. Literally everything about the philosophy and identity of the church is centered around spreading the gospel. Bringing darkness to light. Advancing the kingdom. Because we aren't stopping with one church plant. Now there are two churches who are intent on planting churches as soon as God provides the opportunity. Its a multiplication concept. Its a world vision concept, because the first two churches will be in suburbia in the Bible belt. But the next will hopefully be in the inner city. And then maybe in a muslim community. And maybe all over our state. And our country. And maybe in Ethiopia.

I know church planting isn't a new concept- The Lord is stirring this same vision in many churches across the globe today- maybe in your own. But it isn't new. The concept of church planting goes back to the early churches in the new testament. I'm just zealous about it because I'm watching the Lord's promises come to life. Its painful. Its hard. And it is the work of the Lord.
"I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
~Matthew 16:18~

I am really going to miss this place.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


The Christmas Eve service was as wonderful as anticipated-- I have never had more respect for our pastor as he managed to deliver a powerful message in the midst of pretty much non-stop child-wailing. I honestly think somebody or other's baby was crying all night. But it was still lovely. Afterwords we came home andddddddddd...
Made Christmas cookies! My wonderful Mother made me that apron- it was my 'open on Christmas Eve' gift.

Festive yumminess.
Daddy makin' breakfast, which was delicious!

Joseph and Michael looking at Mez's new coloring book.

Julia inherited LG's bike for Christmas, she was SO excited.
Five Stockings. (which had already been emptied by the time I took the picture).

I got this awesome candle lantern... and felt fierce in the morning snow with it... mwahaha.

As well as a sewing machine! I have been blessed this year by several women endeavoring to teach me how to sew (let me tell you, not an easy undertaking, precision is not really my thing), in particular the girl who I wrote about a couple posts ago. I am so excited to have my own machine! So far I've made a headband and a book mark...okay, don't jude, I'm learning!

Michael LOVES dinosaurs. And he LOVES coloring. This book made his Christmas.

Awkward angle- but on Christmas day the snow flakes that fell were so amazing. They weren't just normal balls of fluff-- I mean, we don't get much snow, but I've only seen it like this once or twice ever, every little flake was so intricate and deltailed. The perfect little crystals were orderly and unique, and tiiiiny! It was a beautiful reminder of the craftsmanship and love of the our Creator and definitely one of my favorite gifts of the day. It was also the first white Christmas I have ever seen!

Lela Grace age 11.

Cheesy smile.

You can kind of see the detail of the snowflakes more here. Seriously, it was breathtaking. (I am a teensy proud of this picture, I am NOT a photographer, but I like the way it turned out. 'Course, I had a pretty awesome subject to capture:)
Merry Christmas! Have a blessed Epiphany Season as Christmas draws to a close on the sixth.
"For God so loved the COSMOS that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
~John 3:16~