Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Adam and I all dazzled up for our night out at the Nutcracker
6th annual(?) Quad Pod Christmas-- we dressed up and headed to J.Alexanders for a feast. The best present was Lindsay's little box that held a picture of her latest sonogram...she's pregnant again!
I had to put a picture of Sienna on here:-)
Emily Evans had a huge get-together at her cabin on the lake. It was great to see old friends from high school and especially great to be at the cabin. I will be so sad to see it go!
Breakfast with LeeAnna at Panera
I am so thankful that even though we live far away, I have been able to spend every Christmas in Cleveland. I can't wait until next year!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
First of all, this is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. If you really think about the words and put yourself in the context of the song, it kinda sends chills up your spine. I wish so badly sometimes that I could live back in biblical times to be around for the birth of Jesus (or anytime around Jesus). I suggest googling the lyrics:-)
Secondly, "Do You See What I See?" has been our theme at Cornerstone for the past few monthes. It's all about making God's dream your vision. It's really crazy to think about how the world could be such a different place if everyone made God's vison our priority and died to our selfish hearts and lives. The advent booklet that the church puts out for Christmas has daily examples of real God-given dreams that people in our church have; and it has been so inspiring to read these. They include everything from starting ministries, mission trips, raising Godly families, outreaches, businesses, adoption, etc. But I also know that you can't just pray one time and expect an overnight vision statement from God for your life (usually:-)). This journey of faith isn't a one stop shop- It's a continuous and never ending process. Adapting this from Pastor Wayne, there are 4 different types of people and how we look at our relationship from God:
1. Exploring Jesus- This person believes in God, but is not sure about Jesus. Faith is not a significant part of their life.
2. Growing in Jesus- This person believs in Jesus and is working on what it means to get to know him.
3. Close to Jesus- This person feels really close to Jesus and depends on Him for daily guidance.
4. Jesus-Centered- This person believes that God is all they need in their life. Everything they do is a reflection of Jesus.
As for Adam and I, I want us to be Jesus-Centered. I want everything that we do on this earth to be for the purpose of God. As for my vision, I see myself working with young girls and healthcare. Adam wants to continue leading the youth group according to God's plans, not his. Together, we have the vision to hopefully adopt a child one day. My dream for anyone reading this is that they would continue to strive to be Jesus-centered and ask God for His vision for their life....It will totally rearrange the way you think.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Adam really just looked like an Abercrombie kid
Hannah and Brandon
DJ Aaron spinning it up (I wish you could see the ornaments hanging in his hair)
1st & 2nd place winners- Joy & Phil Brock
A glimpse of the dance party winding down
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I am soooo excited that Christmas time is finally here! The weather is starting to get really cold (cold enough to snow anyways), shopping is at it's peak, parties are beginning, Christmas music is on 24/7 and holiday baking is underway! Could life GET any better:-) We put up our tree Thursday night for our 2nd Christmas together and our 1st in our new house. Much to Adam's disappointment, the artificial tree made it's way up again this year. I've also realized that it takes a whole lot more decorations than I have to fill an entire house and make it Christmas-y. I now have new respect for all those moms and grandmothers out there:-) Now with all the things I love about Christmas, I do feel the need to make some Christmas recommendations for anyone deciding to read this:-) 1. Don't get a job where you have to work holidays (ie. anything in healthcare) 2. Sing your little hearts out to Christmas music. My all-time favorite Christmas CD's are Amy Grant and Mariah Carey (although I will give honorable shout-outs to Elliot Yamin's CD and the one from Starbucks last year) 3. Bake all the best cookies you know how and feel free to bring them to me:-) 4. Please don't put giant blow up things in your front yard and 5. Don't forget that Christmas is really about celebrating the birth of our Savior! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas season!!