Weekend Plans: Moving, Family Visits and a Half Marathon

We have quite a busy weekend ahead of us.  In our efforts to get everything moved in and moved out by Sunday, my parents are coming up to help move visit!  Bobby and I are trying our darnedest to get everything done before they get here (wishful thinking) so we have time to just hang out and enjoy each other's company.  I am SO excited to see them, you have no idea. 

Along with continuing to move.. tomorrow night is our team's spaghetti dinner in preparation for our first ever, half marathon we are running Saturday morning. Whoop whoop!

For those of you who don't know, Bobby and I are both Young Life leaders at our local high school. We've been walking with our group of guys and girls since they were freshmen. Each summer, high school kids get the chance to go to Young Life camp for a week and from what I've heard from both kids and leaders, it's the best week of your life. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to go and the last thing we want is for finances to get in the way of kids experiencing such a fun and spirit-filled week! So! That's why we are running the Music City half marathon this weekend along with other Williamson County YL leaders!

We are running to help raise support for Williamson County Young Life to help insure that each and every kid signed up has a chance to go to camp.

Like I just mentioned, we have been hanging out with these kids for almost two years now. It has been awesome serving in this ministry and so incredibly encouraging to see God work in and through the relationships that we are building with our high school friends. We are both so thankful for the heart that He has given us for this group of kids. The most amazing part though, is when one of them begins to understand just how much Jesus loves them and you begin to see their lives change right before your eyes.

If you would like to learn more about Young Life, click here.

If you'd like to see what what our Young Life group has been doing in our area, click here.

If you are interested, you can support our efforts by click here. ;) If you are not in the position to give, we would love your prayers!   Prayers that as leaders we would trust God's sovereignty that every kid who is meant to go to camp will be able to go.  Prayers that at camp we would get out of our way and allow the Holy Spirit to work and speak through us to our high school friends. And last but certainly not least, prayers for our high school friends that if they don't have a relationship with Christ that this week of hearing God's word and time away from so many distractions would change that and that if they do already have a relationship with Him, that it would deepen.

Camp isn't until June but I will most certainly keep you updated as we get closer to going, and let you know how fabulous it is after!  (And how the race goes!)


It has begun....

My house is officially a disaster zone...

For good reason of course.  We started moving yesterday and somehow in the midst of it all the explosion above happened.

Here is a sneak peak of our new place (the living room and bedroom).  I love it. =)

As we started moving yesterday, I ran into a small dilemma...

Both rooms have a door or slider to the porch, so, what do I do about curtains?!

In our old place I took down the ugly panels that come with slider doors and put up gorgeous curtains. I could do that again but then what would I do with the small window? Same with the bedroom... I'm thinking I will curtain the small window and leave the door alone.

Thoughts my friends???

I need all the help I can get!


Apartment Paroozing and Weekend Recap

I totally forgot how miserable apartment searching is.  If you've ever had to go through this process you know how deceiving the websites can be and how time consuming driving and touring all the complexes can be.  I feel so defeated... someone save me.  And poor Bobby.  He has been great but I do feel bad for him.  Moving turns me into a crazy person... there's something about being "in transition" that makes me completely slightly lose my mind.  There are some days when it is that bad that Bobby will point it out to me but most of the time he just acts loving as usual.  If that's not love, I don't know what is.

So, after I wrote the first part of this post last week expressing my disdain for moving, we found a place. Wahoo!!

Long story short, we have moved our move-out date up from June 1st to April 29th to save a month's worth of rent. Yes, as in this Sunday, April 29th. We are so excited because we have really been praying for all of this to work out just as it should, and it has, it's just going to be an extremely busy week!  As nuts as this week will be though, I feel extremely at peace and extremely pumped about it too.

Where are we moving to you ask?  Well, after looking in just about every area around Nashville, we decided to head back up to the Franklin/Brentwood area we lived in when we first got married (right now we are living on the east side of the city).  It will be a bit longer of a drive to work for the both of us, but we are up there at least 3 times a week (at least) for Young Life and church so it will put us back around our community and make it so much easier for us to hang out which I'm so happy about.

Here's what I'm not too terribly happy about.... we have to pack, move and clean our old place by Sunday, all while working 9 hours each day, OH and running the Country Music half marathon on Saturday morning... Whatttttt!??!

Yeah I know, we are crazy.

On a more exciting note, we traveled back to Atlanta this weekend for our friend's Matt and Sarah's wedding.

We got to hang out with the bride and groom the weekend prior, at Yazoo of course, to share in their excitement over their upcoming nuptials and then finished up our convo of all things wedding and marriage over some Mexican food.

Bobby headed down to Atlanta on Thursday with Matt and Sarah but I had to work Friday, so that afternoon my friend Julia and I packed up Marilyn (her Lexis) and headed out of town.  We had an awesome time life chatting basically the entire way, checking out some of the crazy cars on the road

and then changing for the rehearsal dinner in a Bojangles restroom. Gosh I love road trips. =)

Their rehearsal dinner was at the Whitlock Inn in Marietta and it was lovely.  The love and support from both sides of their families and all their friends was amazing and made my heart smile for them.

Here are a few photo's from the night:

the groom and his groomsmen

Then I got to see this girl right here:
which made my night because I haven't seen her in forever! We had a lot of time to catch up though and I am so excited about her and her husbands move to Chapel Hill!

And then the bride and groom practiced their cake cutting skills:

The next day was their beautiful wedding. My pictures from the church are awful because I was so far away. So sad.

Here are some pic's from the reception...

The Beta boys chanted as usual... but someone forgot to put their red wine down.
Poor Frank.

Then we saw them off...

with industrial sized sparklers...

 and things got a little crazy... and a little scary...

Beautiful wedding.
Amazing friends.
The. End.


Celebrating Easter

Bobby and I made a last minute decision to take a weekend trip down to Birmingham to celebrate Easter with our dear friends Eddie and Laura (and little miss Veda Jane).  We spent Easter with them a couple years ago and had so much fun we knew we needed to do it again before they moved.  This weekend proved to be maybe one of the best friend weekends we've had in a long long time.  Who knew mixing coffee and life talks with the entertainment of a 9 month old could create hours of fun.

As I sat down this morning to write this post I was looking through my camera at the pictures from the weekend to find a couple to add...

...I have a total of ten pictures from the whole weekend and every single picture is of their daughter, haha! That should clue you in on how cute she is (oh, and how she completely stole Bobby's heart because 9 out of the 10 pictures were taken by him...).  

cutie pie.
bff's for the weekend.

this one is my favorite.

With Laura being the amazing photographer (and writer) that she is, I'm not too concerned about my lack of pictures.  You can read her post about the weekend here if you'd like.

Service at their church never disappoints.  I love their preacher.  He is so passionate about his love for Christ and you can't help but see the Holy Spirit pouring out of him while he preaches the Good News.  He made 3 major points during the service about how you can't have Christianity without the Word, the Cross, and Christ's resurrection.  That really spoke volumes to me about my faith and why we as Christians believe what we believe.

I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend and were filled with thankfulness and joy for what Christ did for us on the Cross. His triumph over death has freed us from our sins and proves we too will one day be raised from our graves to spend eternity with Him.

Thanks be to God


Thoughts on Good Friday

I've taken it upon myself to enjoy the first hour of today to dive deep into the Easter story, the story of the Cross, and enjoy a sermon on it as well.

I never get tired of reading or hearing these critical chapters in scripture. It's like that one movie you've seen hundreds of times, you know, the one that you recite all the lines to. It's like watching that movie for that 101 time and still being moved to tears at the end even though you knew it was coming. Clearly, this is a very simplified comparison to the truth and reality of scripture, but, you get what I mean.

Every time I sit down to read it, I am moved to tears, overpowered with thankfulness and humility. My heart can't help but want to leap out of my chest exclaiming, "Truly this was the Son of God!!!" just like the centurion for everyone to hear and know.

When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:54

I also can't help be see my own sinfulness and selfishness as I read these chapters. I see my sinfulness in Judas' betrayal of Jesus (when I try to do things on my own instead of through the strength of the Spirit), in Peter's denial of knowing Christ (when I'm in an uncomfortable position), and in the disciples fleeing from Christ during his arrest (when I am consumed with fear).

Because of our sinful condition, God sent His only son to die in our place, to take on all of our sins, to restore our relationship with Him and to deepen our fellowship with Him.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6

The Lord was carrying OUR sins on the cross! Ours! He was wounded and crushed for our iniquity.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24

So, the question I am now sitting with and challenge you to dwell on as well is, do you really believe that? Not do you know this, but do you actually believe it and live it out? Do I truly believe in the deepest part of my soul, so much that it has changed how I live and act, that "the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all"?

As followers of Christ, we cannot believe that our sins have been nailed to the cross, and at the same time live in sin with unrepentant hearts. Christ did not die on the cross to remove sins penalty so we can still live in it. He died on the cross to remove sin from our life so we may live a righteous life.
Without Christ we don't have the ability to live righteously. Christ died so we can live righteously.
This doesn't mean we will always be perfect in being sinless. We are humans and cannot achieve that kind of perfection. The only one who was perfectly sinless was Jesus. Struggling with sin is different than living in sin. As Christians when we struggle with sin, we repent. We turn from that sin and turn to Him for strength to overcome that sin and to walk and live according to His will.

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
John 10:10

He died for us so we might live like Him.

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:1-3


Birthday Celebrations

We haven't exactly finished celebrating Bobby's birthday, but the cat's out of the bag about his "surprise" horseback riding outing {I'll explain more in a minute} so I figured I could probably go ahead with the post.

Backtracking a few weeks... we celebrated my birthday {it was on a Wednesday..boo} with some lovely flowers, yummy Gigi's cuppycakes and a delicious dinner made my mr. He really has turned into quite the chef over the last couple of years. I'm very impressed. We have been obsessed with asparagus lately, so he made shrimp scampi and asparagus. Yum!

Bobby's plan that Friday was to grab some sushi to-go and head up to the park near our house to watch the sunset over the city.  So sweet and romantic right?!  Well, I am so embarrassed to say that I was in a funky, funky mood that day and totally ruined the entire thing {by that I mean crying in the middle of the sushi restaurant}. =) Not my finest moment.  After I got over myself, we got our sushi, headed home {by this point the sun had already set...}, made some homemade pizza {we realized we didn't get nearly enough sushi for a meal} and ate our pizza and sushi as we watched a red box.  I say it still turned out to be a great little b-day celebration.

That weekend Bobby's parents came to visit for a dual birthday celebration.  We really had such a great time with them, they are so fun to hang out with.  We took them down Music Row to show them some of the big record labels, publishing companies and recording studios.  Before dinner we took them to a couple of the local brewery's in town. Yazoo and Jackalope. I talked a little about Yazzo here.  Jackalope is right down the road and is another Nashville brewery that just recently opened I believe within the last year or so. 

Oh!!! And while we were at the brewery, Bobby was ON THE RADIO! We were all freaking out with our ears as close to the phone as we could get so we could hear. It was awesome!!

A week later was Bobby's birthday.  We actually celebrated it a day early {his real birthday was on a Monday... boo again} with two of our friends during our "community group" night... basically we made our own bible study group out of the four of us instead of going to one of our church's community groups.  Anyway, I made Bobby's favorite dish growing up, Mexican Chicken casserole, as well as pound cake and whipped cream with strawberries {another of his fav's} and we all chowed down... and sang happy birthday of course.

So like I mentioned earlier, the real birthday celebration is next weekend when we go horseback riding, picnicking and swimming! Wahoo! We were actually supposed to do this the weekend of his birthday not just this year, but last year too. But it rained. BOTH YEARS! What are the chances!?! So this year I was bound and determined to do this and in doing so, I had to ruin the element of surprise and let him in on it. 

Anyway, clearly birthday's get less and less exciting as you age, and as you work... sorry this wasn't more eventful but we enjoyed ourselves and have been settling into 26 very nicely.  I'll be sure to let you know how horseback riding goes.. we are scheduled to go next weekend... we'll see if it actually works out.

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