Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's a WIN!

One of the aspects of Student Ministry is tracking the numbers...not in a pat-yourself-on-the-back kinda of number counting, but in a are-we-reaching-students-for-Christ kinda of way.  One of my tasks in my new job was to come up with a way to visually see our progress and so was born the Win Wall.  The Student Ministry Team had used the term before, but never had a permanent display.

Until now!

I found these fantastic magnetic memo boards at Target and bought one for each month.  Using the cute little magnetic clips, each holds a form that lists some numbers we want to track- number of guests brought, salvations, etc.

Hobby Lobby (of course!) had the letters and reclaimed wood arrow.  It certainly is a statement wall when you walk into the office!

On another wall, I found rustic burlap message boards to hold tiny polaroids of our Student Ministry leaders.   Plus the wooden frames are almost exactly like the boards from Target.

Not only are the walls nice to look at but it helps us see how our daily, sometime-monotonous admin work makes an eternal difference.  I'd call that a win for sure!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Q & A

Q: How do I get rid of all my extra stuff?
A: Donate it to my sister's adoption-fundraising yard sale!

Abby & Nick are raising funds to adopt their first child and all your extra stuff could help make that possible.  If you have large items, they’d be happy to come pick it up....just shoot me a message if you don't have her number.

And don't forget to come shop the sale on Saturday, October 22 from 6am-12pm @ 8042 Lauderdale Road.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Progressive Dinner

After visiting since July when we moved back to Huntsville, Chris and I joined Calvary Baptist on Sunday.  We're so excited the Lord brought us to such friendly, solid church!  I jumped on in to my first ladies event- a progressive dinner on Monday night.  I signed up to bring Southwest Pepper Jack Salad...

...and Pumpkin Poke Cake.  Let's just say Chris had a hard time seeing that walk out the door!

The evening was pleasant, making new friends and hearing an encouraging devotion.

I hope this is the first of many memorable events at our new church!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

We Will Never Forget

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the attacks on America.  Like you all, I vividly remember that day.  It was a Tuesday.  I was in my sophomore year at Pensacola Christian College. My Beginning Sewing class was three hours- started at 8am, broke at 9:45am for chapel at 10, then back after chapel.  Abby caught up with me on our way chapel and told me a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center Towers.  

thought she meant a small prop plane.

I had no idea of the magnitude.

Dozens of us huddled around the TV in the Palms Grille to first see the footage.    

PCC set up an emergency center for students with families that lived and worked in NYC and at the Pentagon.

There was a solemnness that swept the campus.

The following day we had a quickly-put-together patriotic Student Body meeting.  That semester my chapel seat was in the Sports Center overflow so we watched on giant screens as the DHA (the main auditorium) was filled with red, white and blue balloons and streamers.  

My tears ran as we sang every verse of “America the Beautiful.”  Even 15 years later, I can barely get through:

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

The evening after the attacks Pastor Schettler preached out of Psalm 11:

1In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

I remember him saying to people who asked, "Where was God in all of this?  He was on His throne."

It was a horrific day that forever changed us all and we will never forget. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Vaca

We had the best Labor Day!  We hit the road at 7:30am and headed to Franklin, TN.  We took the scenic route through Admore and loved the beauty of the rolling hills and mountains.  Our first stop was Five Daughter's Bakery at The Factory in Franklin, TN.  I had seen it on Pinterest and their 100-Layer doughnuts beckoned us.

We were glad we go there early- apparently it's a really popular spot!

Just around the corner from the bakery was this fun surprise!  I love silly things!

Our next stop was McKay's Used Books in Nashville.  If you love books, you've gotta go!

It was Chris's first visit and he quickly got the hang of things, hauling in the books we were trading in for credit.

In the 2 hours we were there, we each found a few books that ranged from $0.25 to $10 but with the $20 store credit from the trade-ins, it was a pretty good haul!

Just down the road from McKay's is the famous Loveless Cafe that I've always wanted to try,  They told us the wait was 2 hours, but it "only" took an hour.

The cafe's original door looks just like the one Momall and Popall had except with a "B" in the middle.  Guess those were the doors to have in the 50's!

We really enjoyed our gigantic meal of their famous biscuits and true Southern favs...

This is Chris's response to the size of his sampler platter!  Needless to say, take-outs were in order!

After lunch, we hopped on the Natchez Trace Parkway for another beautiful drive.  In my research I had seen where the Double Arch Bridge was on our way.  The first view wasn't that great but the second...

,,,was totally worth the drive!  I couldn't believe something like this is so close to I-65 that we've driven dozens of times and yet I had never seen it!

Our next stop was Leiper's Fork and we LOVED that drive- not only the natural beauty but the massive homes!  We decided to retire to Leiper's Fork when we make our millions or one of us makes a hit country album.

We walked the main street but most of the shops were closed but we'd certainly go back for more exploration!

Our last stop was back to Franklin's downtown to visit the shops.  It was nice but more crowded and about 95 degrees.  Best find?  Alabama and Florida ornaments!

We found a Kilwin's for our last splurge of the day.  We had one in Jacksonville and didn't know they were anywhere else so that was a fun find.

Our day was so relaxing and makes up for our last two date night fails- how great to live just one and a half hours from such fun!