Wednesday, May 29, 2013

8 Years

Yesterday Eric and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary.  And the best part was it was just an ordinary day.  We aren't fancy celebraters, and we don't do gifts.  Not that any of that is bad, and actually Eric did bring me Starbucks, put that one down in the record books.  Yesterday was nice because we just lived life with a little spring in our step.  Molly was off school for the holiday {a very extended holiday}, so I got to spend some extra time with her, and Lucy, well she is just too darn funny and cute for her own good.  Eric went off to the gym and work like normal, when he got home we were rushing around like normal because we have our church small group on Tuesday nights over at our house, and last night Molly had a mini-soccer boot camp thing we signed her up for months ago.

So although it was hectic and we forfeited eating dinner together, I wouldn't have traded it for anything else in the world.  I get to do life with my best friend every single day.  Some days are better than others, but on those not so great days, I look forward to going to bed and laying beside my best friend all night and that makes it a great day.

Here is the verse I am meditating on for year 8...
"And don't be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. 
 Where you are right now is God's place for you.  
Live and obey and love and believe right there..." 1 Corinthians 7:17 

8 is going to be great :)    

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hello, May!

Well, as you can see I took most of the month of April off.  Whoops...

My intentions were to write more, post more, share more pictures, but obviously that did not happen.  But what did happen was more play time with my girls, more time spent with friends, reading just one more book before bedtime.  I also wrestled a lot spiritually and emotionally, and when the snow was still falling during the month of April, I struggled mentally.  This week the sun has been shining and it has been therapy to my soul.  I spent last week in Florida with Eric attending a conference and the first day my poor pale skin and soul felt the sun, I felt alive again.  I hate the heat, trust me, I complained 2 days ago about it being too hot, but I love the sunshine.

So now that I feel re-invigorated, I feel more motivated to share what has been going on...personally, spiritually, emotionally, and our every day crazy life.

Who knew buying and renovating an old Walmart in 72 days would take such a toll on your family?!  Well it has in exhausting but wonderful ways.  Overnight our attendance has almost tripled.  Seriously, and new people keep coming each week.  God has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams, and it has been amazing seeing people find God for the first time.  We are packed out to the brim in the kids area.  At times it can be challenging, but seeing kids learn about God and his love for them never gets old.  What's funny is our building is neat, but not fancy, we don't have a cross or stained glass, or anything that even remotely resembles a church building, but people are so intrigued by this church that meets in an old Walmart.  We had some lady come one week looking for the shoe department, no joke!

Eric and I have never worked for a church that has had a building, so it's odd to us to not set-up and tear down.  Trust me, I know we are crazy!  All our portable church friends hate me right now!

Speaking of portable church friends, last week Eric and I attended a church conference in Orlando, and we got to see our best friends, Eric and Kim.  And my best friend, Adrienne, picked me up from the airport.  It was so good to see her.  Something else my soul needed, seeing my best friend.  We have been best friends since kindergarten, and we can pick up right where we left off with no awkward pauses.  Eric and I flew separately to FL, so I had extra time to spend with Adrienne.  The girls had fun staying in Ohio with my in-laws.  They were busy, busy little girls each day!

The week in Florida was filled with great speakers, catching up with old and new friends, and soaking in all the good God is doing through the church {big C church, not just ours}.  I also got to hear my girl, Jen Hatmaker, what, what!  She brought it and made some funny jokes about pleated khakis :)

Now it's May, we are home, Spring is trying to peak out from the darkness of winter, and our plants are trying to bud up from the ground.  Lots of changes and big steps of faith are happening all around us.  I covet your prayers for our family.    

Happy May!