3.24.2011

Beautiful One

I absolutely love singing this song in church and as it came on the radio this morning I couldn't help but smile as I felt captured by His beautiful love.  It really reved me up and set me straight for a postive and encouraging day today so I felt like sharing. Enjoy!


3.23.2011

Need Some Weekend Plans?

...Well, I've got the perfect remedy to your plan-less weekend.

Bobby is starting to make his mark in the Nashville country music scene and this weekend is the release of his first self-titled EP! [For those of you who are as clueless as I was, an EP (short for Extended Play) contains more music than a single, but is too short to be a full album].  I am so proud of him and so excited about Saturday I can barely contain myself! If you live in the Nashville area or are in the need of a weekend trip, come on out and join us!


If you'd like a sneak peak, you can check out the songs from his EP here:
http://www.bobbycoolmusic.com/fr_home.cfm

Songs will be available for purchase and download after Saturdays release party!

3.18.2011

Changing Seasons


Spring is upon us and oh how refreshing that is, especially because spring is one of my most favorite seasons!  I love the anticipation of spring time as you slowly enter into longer, sunnier days with warmer weather approaching. You can always tell this fabulous season is almost here when tree buds start to make their debut.  Watching them unfold into beautiful blooms makes me down right giddy because I know spring is right around the corner... not quite here yet, but almost... the preparations have begun.

Have you ever noticed how if you look back, you could probably identify all the spiritual season you have gone through; what kind of season, what was going on, etc.? Or maybe even while your in the middle of the season? I could tell you every one I've gone through in the last few years, easily.  I knew during the last few months that I was in the middle of a darker more difficult season; I knew God was doing work, but I couldn't see it and I felt very lost.  I like to think of it as being in a dark room, knowing the light switch is around there somewhere but you can't find it, so you continue to seek and seek until you do and the light is revealed.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan-- The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Isaiah 9:1-2

In the middle of the dark messages of gloom, doom and destruction, Isaiah sounds forth the hopeful call that the light is coming.

A few days ago I experienced something new to me, the anticipation of a new season approaching, that the light is coming.  As I was driving along doing some errands after work, I noticed the beautiful blooms on the trees starting to make their appearance.  It was still a little chilly, but at 6 o'clock in the evening, you could still feel the sun's warmth and all I thought was "ah, spring is almost here"!  At the same moment I felt my eyes just open up, like God had removed a veil that was over them and I could see clearly.  All of this struggling and searching I had endured was preparing me for this new season. I could literally feel myself taking the first step towards it, not completely there yet, but consumed with this anticipating feeling that, it's coming

I've never experience "entering" a season before and it is amazing. I feel so refreshed and overwhelming with peace.  I can hear God saying to me, just as you continued to seek me in those dark days, continue to do so, even more, through this bright new season. I know He uses these changing times to work out His character in us and bring us to maturity and I'm about to burst with excitement to see His plans begin to unfold.

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10

3.06.2011

Showering Baby Kingsbury

A couple of weekends ago was my older sister's baby shower.   If you missed the last post, Jenn and her husband Andrew's first baby is due June 9th,  Since they decided they didn't want to find out the sex of the baby, we have been referring to my future neice or nephew as Baby Kingsbury or the little peanut although I do believe they have either chosen Audrey Grace Kingsbury or John Anthony Kingsbury (aka Jack) as the baby's name. It was so much fun helping plan for the shower, spending hours looking at baby clothes and all the other bells and whistles that baby's need.  I hadn't seen her since Christmas when she was just starting to pop out, so you could imagine my reaction when I saw her a few months later!


I freaked out (in a joyful way of course)! Helloooo mama! Little Baby Kingsbury is a growing little peanut and has definitely made his/her's presence known and we aunt's couldn't be happier!



The theme of the baby shower was Build Baby's Library.  Jenn is a middle school English teacher and LOVES to read, so it was very fitting. =) We decided to go all out with the theme and decorate the entire house with books and some of Jenn's childhood friends!

We also made her a diaper cake like you do for any baby shower =), except this one was made with cloth diapers. YUP. Who knew they still made those? I sure didn't... shows how much I know about babies..  They are pretty easy to assemble, unfortunately I forgot to take pictures as we were putting it together but you can easily find directions on the web.  Here was our end result:


We asked for everyone who was attending to pick out their favorite children's book to bring along to help build Baby Kingsbury's library.  My mom is a kindergarten teacher and brought home some library slips from school for guests to write their name on with a little note to stick on the inside cover of the book.  Knowing we needed some way to display these, I found the cutest wooden book ends on etsy.com.

They arrived unfinished, screaming for some pastel paint.  My crafty little sister found the cutest gender neutral pattern she could find and with a little bit of paint we ended up with a lovely pair of bookends.


We decided to go all out with the theme and decorate the entire house with books and some of Jenn's childhood friends!







We stuffed our faces for a while and then it was ready for the baby momma to open her gifts! I've never eating so much food or seen such cute baby accessories in my life!  

Thank you Fancy Pantry for never failing to impress my taste buds.  As well as Alpine Bakery and Piece of Cake for delicious desserts!


















Only 3 short months left until we get to meet sweet little Audrey Grace or handsome John Anthony and I can't wait! I'm so excited for this new chapter of life to begin for Jenn and Andrew and I know without a doubt they will be amazing parents.  What an amazing story their journey has already been, I can only image what God has in his plans for them and their growing family.
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