Memorial Day 2011

Happy Memorial Day! (one day late...we've been moving so I didn't have time until today to post this). =)

Anyway, I thought it would be appropriate on this patriotic day to say a big thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to my brother-in-law Andrew, a United States Marine.

Thank you so much for what you and the rest of the US military do to keep us safe!


Spring Has Sprung

So, I'm a little late with this post.. things have been kind of hectic here between some job interviews, traveling for Easter and trying to find a new home.  It's been absolute craziness, good craziness, but none the less, we've been busy, so this is going to be somewhat of a hodge-podge shmorgishborg post.  

This Easter, God really did quite a number in my heart and I found all of my senses awaken to the work he has been doing in my life and in the lives around me.  We went to church with our friends Frank and Cara on Easter morning and I was so awesome to fellowship with other believers (and good friends) on such an amazing day.  They are members at a lovely PCA church in Atlanta and I absolutely loved their pastor's sermon discussing the reality and invitation of the resurrection through the teaching of Romans 6:1-13.  The main focus he was driving home was that all of us who have been baptized into Christ were baptized into his death, and because of that and the fact that our Savior was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we can now walk in newness of life (Romans 6: 3-4).  

Christ's resurrection is an invitation for us to celebrate new life, hope and above all, an invitation for a real and personal, one-on-one relationship with our Father.  It is an invitation to us as believers to live for God.  To awaken our faith to God's invitation, through his Son's resurrection, for a life worth living. A life with, for and through God. To be completely and utterly consumed with Him and His love.  The mere thought of that makes my heart smile. =)

Christ Has Died,
Christ Is Risen,
Christ Will Come Again.

A week later we were able to witness two of our friends, and fellow Young Life leaders say I do!  We also had Eddie and Laura as house guests for the weekend which always means we're in for a good time. The wedding was beautiful, I cried like a baby through almost the whole thing (as usual), and the reception was a blast!

Meet the Painters:

... and us Cool's
and the Rowe's... (practicing their parent-style dance moves)
See ya later!

So the biggest news, following the Painter nuptials obviously, is that we finally found a house! YAY! A house to rent that is. But none the less, we have a home and we are so excited! We'll be heading out of Franklin and downtown to East Nashville moving ourselves in a super cute 1920's bungalow!  I don't have a picture of the house yet, but here are a few pictures from the inside.  One of the things that really sold me was how the owner preserved the original wood molding around the door ways and windows through her renovations to keep its charm and character.
Here's a quick tour of our new home:

Front room/ living area with fireplace

Second living area

Breakfast "nook" right off the kitchen that's not really a nook.. it's quite large.


So whats the catch you ask to rent such a beautifully renovated bungalow in this adorable area? The catch is that there is only 1 closet in the entire home. That's right folks, 1 closet... we are going from having 2 walk in closets, 2 linen closets, 1 coat closet and a pantry to ONE small coat closet. Insert slight nervousness here... my mind has already been going a mile a minute as I try to figure out how we will store everything in this 1 closet we will have (and 2 armoires). So, stay tuned...this should be pretty interesting.  Oh, and I gladly welcome any suggestions!!

Aside from that one minor issue... we really are very excited to move into this area.  East Nashville has become the urban, eclectic neighborhood of Nashville with parks, coffee shops and yummy restaurants around almost every corner, and not to mention the Titan's stadium just couple of miles down the road. We are really looking forward to this new season and I will for sure keep you updated on all our moving happenings over the next 2 weeks and the fun things we find around town!


Mother's Day

As I sat in church on Sunday listening to one of our pastors pray for Mother's Day I was consumed with a flood of thoughts and emotions about the day.  I immediately began thinking of my own mom and how much I love her, how blessed I feel she is my mom and how wished I could be there on this special day with her. The pastor mentioned gratitude and I think that is something we so easily forget. To be grateful for our godly mothers and their influence on us to trust our God, even just through their actions. Grace. I can't think of a more graceful woman than my mom.  Through dealing with 4 crazy kids, 4 moves and life in between, looking back I can say she has always carried herself with the utmost grace and patience.  Unconditional love.  My mom has been such a picture of God's unconditional love for us through the unconditional love she has always showed me, my siblings and my dad.  Her and I have had many ups and downs through my rebellious adolescent years all the way through college (God bless her) and through God's grace and her unconditional love, it has evolved into the beautiful relationship we share now. I praise and thank God for her and our special relationship everyday.  I'm not a mother yet, but when that day comes, as long as I look to God for guidance and use what I've learned from watching her all these year, I pray that I may be half the mother she has been to me.

Our pastor continued on praying for mothers who have or are dealing with sorrow and loss, especially the loss of a child.  In Sunday school that morning we watched a video of Jesus' crucifixion and the picture of His mother raced back into my mind.  The picture of her screaming out in extreme sorrow and distress with tears streaming down her face as she watched her child being nailed to a cross and later dying before her eyes.   Now, we know the glory that came from our Savior dying for our sins but in that very moment, for a mother, that thought pains my heart and makes my stomach drop.  And so, my heart an prayers go out to those mother's who have suffered the loss of a child as Mary did.  He continued on from there praying for any child dealing with the heartache of a mother who has passed.  For anyone in either of these situations, I pray that you find comfort in the Lord knowing that He hears every prayer, He is sovereign, and He has you wrapped up in His arms.

A few months back, one of mine and Bobby's high school friends lost his mom to cancer.  As we sat and talked about the heartache that must come from a loss like that, thoughts and feelings began to stir in Bobby and not long after, he ended up with the song below. I cannot even fathom how our friend and his family feel, but I pray with all my heart they find comfort in our Lord.

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