What's Up Wednesday

Flashback To Easter!

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As promised… 🙂

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Pier’s brother, Paul 🙂

There you have it – our long-awaited Easter 2014 pictures! 🙂 What a GORGEOUS day God gave us to celebrate His resurrection!

If you didn’t have the opportunity to read our blog and watch our vlog yesterday (since it was uploaded SO late!), click here to do so – and we urge you to do so. Don’t just read the text – Watch the video! Much to satan’s chagrin, I finally was able to record and upload our amazing story and it’s one you will not want to miss. Share it with your friends and family. God is powerful and awesome and good, and we must not keep His Goodness to ourselves!

Until tomorrow, have a wonderful evening!

xoxo

My Choice Monday

Faux-ah: Not The Story You Think

Monday

Happy Monday!

What did y’all do this weekend? Anything exciting?

We kicked things off on Saturday with a matinee showing of “Noah”. And after reading all of the hellacious reviews about it, I was not expecting much…

However, we were pleasantly surprised!

While this movie did NOT follow the story of Noah, Biblically, word-for-word, scene-for-scene, it did a few other things I speculate were completely unintentional of Hollywood in their making of this epic film:

  1. It showed the infinite power of God. Within the storyline of Faux-ah (Fake Noah 🙂 ), we see Noah realizes he is to build an ark, but the world is dead. There are no trees around. Nothing at all to build a vessel of any kind with is in sight. Once Noah turns and follows God’s instruction regardless of the lack of HOW to accomplish His will, God provides a forest for Noah. With the quickness of the snap of a finger. There, in the blink of an eye, is every piece of wood Noah could ever possibly need to build his ark. All because he had FAITH in the power of God. Did it happen exactly this way in the Bible story of Noah? Perhaps not, but it could have. Without meaning to, Hollywood showed the infinite, insurmountable power of the God we serve.
  2.  It showed that God provides. Perhaps this one and the preceding point are interchangeable, they are both noteworthy! In the movie **spoiler alert**, only 1 of Noah’s 3 sons has a wife. The other two are single and very concerned for how they will replenish the earth without wives of their own. The answer given them? God will provide. And boy, does He! That’s all I’ll say!
  3. It showed the deep flaw we have to doubt and to misunderstand as humans. Throughout much of the film, Noah misunderstands God’s direction, and even prior to that, he seems to doubt that God could have called him. He isn’t possibly good enough to take on such a task. And while many critics of this movie have pointed out that the Bible never says Noah doubted or misunderstood anything, (and they are correct) take yourself into account, in this situation. If God called you to build a boat. In the middle of what was basically a drought-ridden desert. Would you have to think on it for a moment or would you simply pick up your toolbox and get to work? Has He ever asked you to do something you just felt you weren’t good enough for? Has He ever spoken to you, and you thought, Wellllll…..maybe what He actually meant was…. ?

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

I suppose it’s up to you, ultimately. We felt that, while the movie was by no means Biblically literal, the film certainly presented a good story with a lot of Christian themes. If you go into the theatre with that in mind, perhaps you won’t leave disappointed. We definitely didn’t.

Have you seen Faux-ah Noah? What were your thoughts?

Wait, before I go today, I wanted to share this with you. I was reading my New Yorker at lunch and came across this column/article… It gave me a laugh so I thought it might bring a smile to your face, as well. 🙂 All about a girl’s “conversations” with her mobile banking app… Enjoy!

New Yorker: Mobile Banking App

Click Me – Might Be Easier To Read

Have a beautiful night, y’all!

xoxo

What's Up Wednesday

More Ice, Winter Jam, Work & A Challenge Met!

Wednesday

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So, what’s up in your neck of the woods? Here in Georgia, we are shut down once more – but this time, it’s due to an unprecedented ice storm – a storm that woke me up in the wee hours of the morning.

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It doesn’t look bad, but even the poor doggies were slipping around when I have taken them out to potty in our backyard. I can’t imagine the roads…They are expecting up to 1″ of ice. Yikes.

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Our back deck…That’s one of Lucy’s HUGE bones – buried in ice!

In other news, this past week, as you know, we attended Winter Jam 2014:

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No rain & not a cloud in the sky…But there were definitely beautiful rainbows peering down on us as we waited in line!

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Every different genre of music was represented…There were amazing stories and testimonies shared… Georgia Bulldogs’ Coach Mark Richt spoke; Nik Wallenda walked across the Dome on a tightrope; A youth pastor from Minneapolis shared a wonderful sermon…We were SO blessed by the experience! God definitely led us to the Georgia Dome. There is no doubt.

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On a lighter note, Monday was my first day as a permanent and ‘official’ employee with CHEP. It’s very exciting – This company is AWESOME and I am so happy to be a part of it!

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Oh, and with Craig’s encouragement and expert driving ability during our last icy mess, in January, I completed Pure Barre’s 21 Day Challenge! Yay! Yep, that means, in one month, I completed 21 classes on 21 different days! I won’t say it wasn’t TOUGH (IT WAS!!!!), but it was so worth it!

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xoxo

Food For Thought Friday

Free-For-All Friday!

Friday2Happy Friday!

Look what we’ve got to start the weekend right!

As you probably know, TOMS is a wonderful company that provides one pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair of their shoes sold. How GREAT is that?!? Plus, TOMS are super comfortable, which makes your purchase of them all that much better! Here is a great coupon we came across via (one of my favorite savings sites) Passionate Penny Pincher:

Enter the code NEWSPRING at checkout to receive Free Shipping (yay!)!

Another little something to make you smile? How about a FREE SAMPLE of Burberry Brit Rhythm For Women? Just click the picture below!

And now for one more freebie to make your Friday:

Click the image above for a free delicious waffle Monday through Friday, until Valentine’s Day – so guys, NO, you cannot take your significant other out for a Free Waffle Valentine’s Day Date! 🙂

Hopefully, these deals bring a smile to your face this Friday! If you’re in the Atlanta area, don’t forget about Winter Jam 2014! It begins tomorrow and entry is only $10! You can get more information by clicking the image below.

You’ll also find links to free music downloads and books! 🙂 If you’re not in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out the other locations of the tour to see when the Winter Jam Tour might be in your neck of the woods!

One final thing and then we’ll let you enjoy the rest of your Friday: Please continue to send up your prayers of healing – for us, for a couple very dear to us, for a certain girl close to my heart suffering through issues with her daughter, for all of us trying to conceive… Prayer is the only road to miracles.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Have a fabulous weekend all of you!!!!

xoxo

What's Up Wednesday

Happy New Year!

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As we make the short drive back from celebrating a belated Christmas & New Year’s Day with my parents, Craig and I wish you and your families a blessed 2014, full of health and happiness!

All Our Love,
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TTC Tuesday

It’s Almost Here…2014!

TuesdayHappy New Year’s Eve!!!

Can you believe it’s almost 2014?!?! Less than 24 hours to go! It must be especially hard to believe in our household because I discovered this last night:

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Yes, that’s the envelope from the Christmas card I gave Craig this year… I was apparently so confident in the fact it was Christmas 2012 I went the extra length to date even the envelope. So, maybe we aren’t ready for 2014…but like it or not, it’s on the way!

One thing we are definitely ready for is a child, and on this Trying to Conceive Tuesday we ask for your prayers as we discern how to face this coming year with the many choices in front of us…We have an upcoming appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist this month, along with a call with an adoption agency we met with early in 2013. We need God to lead us and guide us to make a decision in this. Your prayers are very appreciated – as always. 🙂

What upcoming things in 2014 have you on your knees in prayer? First and foremost, let’s all remember to celebrate the amazing gifts with which God has already blessed us, and thank Him constantly for those. And to get us in the spirit of celebration, here’s a little something Craig and I have been collaborating on with that new software and recording system he bought me for Christmas. It isn’t edited – this is raw ‘footage’ – but here I am, singing the 1940’s Traditional Jazz Song, “What Are You Doin’ New Year’s Eve?”

Happy New Year’s Eve!

With Love,
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