Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Good Friday ♥

We've been watching the Bible series on the history channel Sunday nights.
Have you seen it?
It's a mini series based on the old testament. I have loved seeing these stories from the bible acted out. It just gives so much more understanding and revelation of the words I've read and heard all my life.  Maybe I'm a dork but I seriously look forward to Sunday nights... snuggling up with Brandon and  some good popcorn...



Last week ended with Jesus being arrested and tried. This week will be the crucifixion. It's hard to watch. I mean you fall in love with this actor who plays Jesus and it just makes me think how much more loving and kind the real Jesus' was.

It's made this weekend even more real to me. Not that it hasn't been in the past, but watching the series sort of unfold leading up to this Easter weekend has prepared my heart in a way that has the reason we celebrate at the very forefront.   Honestly, Easter has never meant more to me than when I became a mom. That God would give his only son, to be hung on a cross and crucified for my sins? for our sickness, suffering, and pain? I just couldn't fathom ever doing the same.



He died for us. For you and for me. So that we could have everlasting life. So amazing the love He has for us. I hope you know it in a real way. And that you take some time to remember what He did for us on the cross. And that best of all, He rose again. He lives!

We have Easter celebrations planned the entire weekend. I am looking forward to spending the time with our family and friends. And watching my children enjoy everything Easter is about. I'm also hoping to not over load on candy....particularly cadbury eggs. Are you fan? I feel like you either love them or hate them....I'm a lover. 



Happy Easter sweet friends!
I truly hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this weekend.
I know I've been sort of absent here the last couple of weeks, but as I figure out some new changes in our routines, I'll be back! And while I have been absent here, I am usually pretty present on instagram {it's my favorite form of social media if you haven't gathered} So you can always find and connect with me there!


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Monday, March 18, 2013

{new} Winner of Favorite Things Giveaway



I posted the winner of the Favorite Things Giveaway a couple of weeks ago.
Unfortunately I never heard from the winner that was announced {even though the post was up for more than 2 weeks}
 So I did what I thought was only fair to the rest of you who entered and used Random.org again to draw a new winner....

The winner of the Favorite Things Giveaway is 
comment #56 
"EB"
Elizabeth Beesley

Contact me asap girlie so I can get these goodies sent your way!  ♥

Monday, March 11, 2013

a new season




I don't normally have it together enough on a monday morning to generate some thoughts into a post.
especially after a crazy busy weekend like we had and especially after a weekend that included a time change.

but, i woke up this morning with alot of things heavy on my mind and so i wanted to get it down in the books before i lose it.
time has a way of slipping right past us.
and thats ok, i mean time is meant to go on. im thankful for the "going on"....for the growing and moving, and changing.
but i want to do what i can to keep it fresh in my mind.
to capture the details so they are easy to remember later.

this weekend was a big one for us as a family.
I know I haven't talked in detail here about the church plant.
i find it's harder for me to open up about certain things than it is with other things.
it's like i feel sort of selective on what i want to let people in on. maybe even protective.
but im trying to get better.
i don't want to be one of those people who posts or gives too many details of her life, yet, so much of our life and what is happening in it right now, is a huge part of our story.
a huge part of what God has done in us over the last few years.
and i have found that in my being selective, im not really allowing the full story to be told.
The story is His after all. Not mine.



Years ago when I first met brandon he told me {more like warned me} that he would be in ministry all of his life. at the time I nodded and said I would support him in whatever he wanted to do and i meant it. 
but the road to where we are now hasn't always been easy.
we made a lot of rash decisions.
 we made a lot of bad decisions.
we tried to take things into our own hands a few times. 
we tried to speed up time.
we made some mistakes.

but more than anything we learned from those mistakes.

one thing i have found is that trials and hardships will come.
and sometimes, we bring them on ourselves.

i feel like it can best be described as two different roads ending in one place. one road is bumpy and hard to navigate but it seems shorter. 
the other is smoother and easy to get through, but it looks longer.

we go for the bumpy one because it seems like we'll get to where we want to go faster. but then it turns, and it gets hard, and it turns again and gets even harder, and we realize we're going in circles.
kind of like the israelites wandering the dessert for 40 years on a trip that should have taken 11 days. 
thats been us a time or two.

but sometimes, the hardships, the sorrow...they come no matter what we do or didn't do. those, are the ones that can really change a person. the ones that can challenge you and push you.

Through every bit of it God has been so gracious and so good. and more than enough when we needed so much.
i don't pretend to think that we have arrived.
or that all of the hardships and trials are over.
i know that isn't the case. but i also know we have learned how to navigate...how to trust, how to rest, and when to move.
because of those trials and hardships. 

As I sat in our last church service yesterday I thought about what we have walked through over the last few years and where we are now and in my heart, thinking back on the heart ache, the worry, the fear...all of it. I wouldn't trade what came out of it for anything.
because a truer knowledge of joy and a deeper level of faith has resulted.



I am not the same girl I was 5 years ago. I am not the same girl I was 1 year ago.
God's timing is always right.
It's never late and it's never early.

So here we are, on the Monday after our last Sunday at the church Brandon has been a part of since his parents started it 15 years ago. and the church I have been a part of since I met Brandon nearly 11 years ago.

That many years ago, I walked into this tiny building with about 30 people and knew God would use me there. But I had no idea how much I would grow right along side it.
Both spiritually and physically I have grown up there.
It was bittersweet to leave knowing that it wouldn't be the same to come back again.
Even though it is our parents church, and even though they send us off with blessings and support, it won't ever be the same.
That's hard to think about. 

This is a new season for Brandon and I.

I find myself more excited than anything.
1 year ago I would find myself more scared than anything.
change can be a scary thing. but here i am, excited for it.
no one could know the time was right, but God.
He knew when we would be ready.

and do you know what i am most excited about?
the people we will reach, connect, partner in life with.
spreading hope...
thats my heart. my passion.
God has allowed our trials and hardships to filter into joy, faith, hope...
and we get to share it.




next sunday we meet for the first time as a South Hills Northwest San Antonio campus.
we will meet with a small core group of people, and the hope/plan is to grow from there.
we move into a more official location and will have our first church service in September.


this monday of all mondays feels different.
like sweet new baby nephews, fresh rain, and spring flowers...
a new season has come

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

currently.

Ashley did a post like this a few weeks ago and I thought it was fun, so here we go...
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 Listening to: Asher and Bella playing upstairs, Mia coloring and talking next to me and Brandon drilling in the backyard....he's making me a pergola for our backyard patio. 
I have wanted one for so long {probably since we moved in our home 6 years ago!} but it's such a big project. 
I am so excited it's actually happening. 
He must really love me.

Planning: New designs for the shop.
I've been at a stand still as far as new stuff and have just been focusing on custom orders. but I'm ready to jump back in full force and get to creating some new things again. 


Wishing For: Summer! I can't wait for pools, popsicles, and tans.  
and sitting on our patio under the lights in the evenings! 


 Thinking about: So many things. My brain never stops and never settles on one subject. It'd be hard to narrow it down. No really I just tried to think about what I'm thinking about and about 6 things popped into my head. I can't do it.

Craving: Fire crackers. Have you ever had them?! So good. And easy!--saltine crackers, oil, red pepper flakes and hidden valley ranch seasoning...bake in the oven and done. I especially love them in the summer time.



 Looking forward to: My run in the morning. Haven't been in a few days and I am really needing it.

Working on: Everything. I am in full on clean, organize, project mode.

Reading: I will Carry You by Angie Smith. So so good. If you've ever lost a baby I highly recommend it. I really could have used her words a couple of years ago especially. But it's been good for me to process back through some emotions and feelings as I read her own story of loss. I get a lot of emails from women asking if I have any resources for women who have lost a baby and this is high up on my list for sure. 

   
Feeling:  Excited, happy, and a tiny bit anxious.... Sunday will be our last at our current church, and then Brandon and I begin the process of planting a church here on our side of town. Sort of hard to believe it's happening.
Exciting...humbling....overwhelming---all in the best way.
It's an ending to one season and the beginning of another.

Making me happy: Fresh flowers in my kitchen and the evening sun that streams in through our windows. 
It's my favorite time of day.


So what are you looking forward to? Whats making you happy? What are you planning? Wishing?

Monday, March 4, 2013

$200 Anthropolgie GIVEAWAY


Fourteen of us bloggers have gotten together to bless one of you with a special treat!
We're giving away a

$200 Gift Card to Anthropologie!!!

There is only one mandatory entry.
We just want you to let us know what you would spend the gift card on!

And the other entries are bonus entries to up your chances of winning!
Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. It is really easy!

The giveaway ends on March 15th.