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fair + friendship = fun

I haven’t been to the fair in years!! So, not only did I get to go this year, but I got to go with one of my best friends, Heather, and serve as a chaplain. Our job was to walk around and see if there was anything we could do to serve the fair workers. Heather and I had such a good time together. It was such a joy to serve together because it reminded us of our time in Scotland where we served together many years ago. God brought Heather into my life as my roommate in 2000, and we were roommates until I got married. I learned so much from her, and am so thankful that God brought us together. We served overseas for 6 months in Scotland, traveled Europe together, went to seminary together… oh, the memories, laughs, and stories! Now we don’t get to see each other as often as we like, so when our busy lives can collide, it’s such a joy!  Thanks for an awesome day at the fair, Heather!

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Life at a standstill

…or should I say ‘blogging at a standstill’? This past week as been has been one of those weeks where life just gets put in perspective things seem to stand still. Last weekend one of my dear friends lost her baby boy. She was 8 months pregnant, and it was a shock to us all. But through this extremely difficult time we have seen the comfort, grace, and strength that God gives to His children when the most difficult things of life happen. Through the pain, God is here. And we know that my friend’s sweet baby boy is with our God. He will never know the pain and sorrow of this life; He’ll only know the joys of heaven! He is already beholding the face of Christ!… and we look forward to the day that we will join him and the other precious ones that have gone before us!

“There Will be a Day” by Jeremy Camp-

I try to hold on to this world with everything I have
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that trys to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth,
that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always

I know the journey seems so long
You feel your walking on your own
But there has never been a step
Where you’ve walked out all alone

Troubled soul don’t lose your heart
Cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store
Outweighs the hurt of life’s sting

I can’t wait until that day where the very one I’ve lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I’ve faced
To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why this is why I sing….

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face

There will be a day, He’ll wipe away the stains, He’ll wipe away the tears, He’ll wipe away the tears…..there will be a day.

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my husband, the teacher

Wesley has taken on a new part time job with North Raleigh Christian Academy! Doesn’t he look like a teacher already?! I know, he’s so cute! 🙂 This week has been ‘teacher in-service,’ and next week he starts teaching. He will teach two classes in the morning- Honors British Literature, and 7th gr. Latin. He is quite excited about these, and the opportunity to teach. He is a gifted teacher, and desires to be used by God to help these students learn and grow. It is a blessing to teach at a school that is committed to a Christian worldview, so he can openly express his beliefs.  As this is a part time position, he will continue to work/serve at our church, Open Door. We love our church! I am very proud of him. Both of these jobs are wonderful opportunities for him to use his gifts and talents in a way that honors God and serves others. So, here we are at a new stage in our adventure in life!

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great gain

Last night I visited asher’s graveside with his aunt and uncle, Bradley and Brittany. It was such a sweet and special time. We were able to remember his life, and celebrate his birthday as his “one year anniversary in heaven” (as Brittany called it). Another dear friend, Kristin, called this day his “great gain day”! What a true and joyful perspective! Though we miss him so much, we know that the day asher went to be with Jesus was the day he gained life to the fullest and pleasures forevermore.

Ps. 16.11- “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”– Praise God!!

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remembering asher

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Today is Asher’s first birthday. Asher is the firstborn son of my best friend, Casey. This weekend is filled with both sorrow and joy. It is filled with sorrow and pain because his life on earth was very short; he went to be with Jesus only seconds after he was born. But it is filled with joy because we celebrate his life. And though his life on earth was short, we know that he is alive now and forever. He actually knows and experiences life more fully than even we know and experience it here on earth. He is living in perfect fullness of joy with his Creator. He knows a life without pain, sorrow, fear, or death. And he knows it forever. We have hope this weekend, as we know that we will see him again because one day we will share that heavenly home. We will also dwell in perfection, knowing the fullness of life as it was meant to be, dwelling with our God and Savior, Jesus.

Casey and her husband, Dan, have been amazing testimonies of God’s grace this past year. Through the pain, they have been faithful and shown the goodness of God to those around them. I have learned so much from them, and am so thankful to be in their lives. This year God has blessed them with the most sweetest, adorable little girl. Zoe Elizabeth stole my heart from day one, and I know she stole her parents’ hearts too (and grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc.)! If you want to know more of their story, check out Casey’s blog.

Asher was one of the most beautiful baby boys ever born. I was so blessed to be there the night he was born. I got to hold him, touch him, and cry with him. I cherish those moments where I got to look at his precious face and hold his long fingers. He had the cutest nose and just adorable little features! I am so proud to be his “aunt angey” – and I’ll always consider myself so :0).

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These photos are of the beautiful program from his memorial service. It tells you of Asher’s life and shows you his parents’ hearts.

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A&W at Creed

This is what Wes and I have been up to this week. We’re hanging out w/ our youth at Creed Camp- photography and videography! Thanks to Lauren Jones for the picture of us 🙂 Since it was raining, we had to crawl into the trunk and let the hatch protect our gear so we could capture the youth sliding down a giant slip and slide! wesangcreed

Here’s some of the action! 🙂

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richmond ’09

Wesley and I love to go to Richmond! We spent part of our honeymoon there, so it’s a very special place for us. There’s lots of little shops and restaurants that we enjoy. Last week we had a little two day get away, and it was so much fun. We didn’t take tons of pictures, but we did capture a few of our favorite things in Richmond (to see more pics, check out last year’s visit). We stayed at the Linden Row Inn, which is a great little hotel. They converted a block of row houses into an inn. There is a sweet little outdoor garden area in the center of the inn. We definitely recommend it.

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We always have to visit our favorite coffee shop, Shockoe Espresso & Roastery. It’s in the Shockoe Slip area of downtown, a quaint little area with cobblestone streets, shops, and restaurants. They have great coffee, really cool atmosphere, and our favorite breakfast sandwiches.

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Our other favorite part of Richmond is Cary Town. There is a long street full of fun and eclectic shops, with Cary Court in the middle.

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It’s cool to see the ‘then’ and ‘now’…

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I had my first ever macaroon from a sweet local bakery. It was so good! Though I could live without the chocolate one.

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My favorite person 🙂 So handsome!

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Cary town is filled with character- fun doors, textures, and colors.  🙂

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