Much Love & Blessings,
The 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest
We were supposed to host this year, but our house rented at the last minute just before Christmas and we had to be out the very next week so everything was in boxes.
My sweet sister and her (clearly very mature hubby) graciously hosted again and we had a blast!
Even Lily joined in on the fun - she doesn't do well with boxes, but that's another post for another day! Ha!
I decided to get creative and make a Circle K Gas Station!
The next week we spent all of our time packing ...
There were drawers filled with cords and cables (from my computer nerdy hubby)
As well as boxes that were a fun surprise to open!
But, we got it all done, all clean, and said a bittersweet goodby to our first home! Also, this marked the first of two full weeks of homelessness ... we couldn't move into our new place until Jan 3 SO we shacked up on my sister's couch, an air mattress with my parents and the guest room at my in-laws house. It was an adventure and we were definitely thankful for family in town!
At church we had a Birthday Party for Jesus - Have I told you lately that I love my job?! Well I DO! Seriously, who throws parties as work?!
We spent Christmas Day in Mt. Pleasant with my parents (still currently homeless, and on the 3rd wear of that outfit, haha) I love this low key fun day - has to be one of my all time favorite times!
Merry Christmas from Lily!
So, on New Year's Eve, David fell asleep around10pm with a belly full of chili and oysters, but don't worry, I woke him up to see the ball drop!
Happy New Year 2014! David's nice & rested - please ignore my sleepy eyes!
Finally, MOVE IN DAY - January 3rd we got our (oversized, lol) keys! It's so nice to be back in Mt. Pleasant and centrally located to a lot of great places. We can ride our bikes to Pitt St and even to church if we want! I only have a 5 minute commute now, and we're just loving it!
Yep - it's that color green. Pea Green. The inside colors aren't much better (insert a shocked noise when I say the bathroom counters are purple ... no joke!) but the layout is great, the location is greater, and the price is the best we could have hoped to find! God had a plan and this was it!
AAAND our wonderful first wedding/house gift from my sweet cousins Elizabeth & Ben made it through the move! This is the 3rd front door it's graced and I hope they can come visit sometime!
Then, as a slight break in unpacking, I went to Virginia! Not on vacation, per se, but with our Missions Coordinator, and we did have a lot of fun! We went to the International Mission Board (IMB) Missions College where we learned how to make global missions even better at our church. We learned some valuable information that we can apply to what we are currently doing ... which makes me pumped to go to Guatemala in the summer!!!!!!!
Working with native Spanish speakers about learning Bible stories and passing them along orally.
Their dedication was amazing - the guy in the beanie hat had brain surgery the week before we got there and still wanted to participate because of is love for the Lord! Amazed!
While I was in VA I got word that one of my Kids Village little boys met Franklin Graham - so proud of Joshua and his passion for Operation Christmas Child. He alone donated 50 boxes this year! Such an inspiration - I love the kids I work with!
Aaaannd ... this is what I do on Tuesday mornings! Childcare for the Girls of Grace Women's Bible Study. Yep, I'm a broken record, but I LOVE MY JOB! Not only are these the cutest, but I get to tell them about Jesus!
THEN... Snowmageddon 2014! Charleston shut down for a couple days with a very bad ice storm. We were more than fortunate to not have ever lost power. It was nice to have a Tuesday - Friday home alone with my husband. By the end of it, however, we were antsy to get outside and did manage to build an iceman. Seriously, it wasn't snow, just teeny tiny ice pebbles that were very hard to get to stick together. Twas fun though!
Twig arms, mini carrot noses and chocolate leftover from Christmas for the eyes!
don't forget that silly beanie baby penguin that David loves - he calls it the family mascot or something ... love him and his quirkiness!
DISNEY! Before the second round of icy mess hit, we took off! My 30th birthday happened this year and I chose Disney World. David thought I was crazy but obliged and planned a Thurs - Sat trip on Monday! We had a great time and even ate at Iron Chef Cat Cora's restaurant on Valentine's Day!
Sweet birthday present from a sweet husband - Come Thou Fount is one of my favorite hymns. He done good!
In Orlando traffic with only 20 min to go!
Apparently this is not only for cruises ... nice welcome in our room at Port Orleans French Quarter!
Waiting for Mickey's Philharmonic Orchestra 4D Show!
The Little Mermaid ride on Valentine's Day!
Fireworks at 11:00 pm with another 2 hours left to enjoy the park - open until 1:00pm for resort guests, eeek! Fun!
At the parade in the Animal Kingdom - the last stop before heading home! Best way to not feel old on your 30th birthday!
Came home to some sweet cards from my kiddos at church! I really really love them!
Last surprise birthday gift - necklaces were the theme and I just LOVE this one! Yall go get one on Etsy! (thanks for giving David the tip Courtney!!)
Got VBS in the mail ... so that's coming up! Join us if you can: July 7-11!
Also got a Thanks for Visiting print in the mail! It says come again and I think we just might ... when we have kids!
Last ... some great questions for Jesus from our preschoolers this past Sunday! I think it's safe to say I like what I'm doing here at church. I'm impressed with these kids and still get to see learning happening even though I'm not in a classroom everyday. Makes me think about what I'd ask Jesus. There's a lot I'd ask, but after counting my blessings this much, I think I'd like to say thank you first. He is so good. I hope you see that too. God loves us more than we know and far more than we deserve. What a comforting and encouraging thing!
Well friends ... Like I said before, I'm gonna post some wordier updates soon. In the meantime, have a great beginning of 2014! I love yall!!