November 19, 2009


I love magazines.  LOVE them.  I currently have at least 5 subscriptions that were given to me as gifts.  And I love them.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about the many magazines that celebrate the sin of our culture.  There are too many to name that wrongfully worship sex, gossip, and materialism, to name a few.  No, thank you.  But oh, the magazines that celebrate homemaking, entertaining, cooking and decorating (Southern Living, anyone?)!  I can devour them.  And I do...when I get the chance. 

Recently Clint and I were in Richmond, VA for a marriage retreat.  After dinner we went to the local Barnes and Noble to browse.  We were perusing the Christian living section when something caught my eye.  It appeared to be a Martha Stewart Living type of magazine....but at the top, above the title, was written "Faith for your journey."  Could it be?  A Christian homemaking magazine??  YES!  Hooray!!  And lo and behold...its as amazing as it sounds.

life:beautiful is indeed a Christian homemaking magazine.  I was hesitant at first that it may be just a homemaking magazine with some Bible verses strategically placed in there to market to the Christian world.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  It delivers in both creativity, and sound biblical teaching.  I especially love the secion on how to make your holidays more Christ-centered and God-honoring.   I have reaped tons of both creative, fun, ideas, and spiritual nourishment from it...and I'm only halfway through! 

It is an up and coming magazine that I hope gains much ground!  Consequently, its pricey for a subscription.  $18.95 for just 4 issues!  Ouch.  As I continue to deliberate about getting this for myself, and every other woman I know,  I hope you enjoy! 

November 17, 2009

So...we're moving!

 But you know that...

What you don't know is that we will be moving in less than two weeks!!  The Lord, again, gave to us in abundance!  We went house hunting last week and were set up to see about 10 houses.  We saw three on Tuesday and found two that we liked alot.  We left very encouraged and excited to see if there were any who would win us over on Wednesday.  Tuesday night we were staying with our friends Dave and Carrie who live in Greensboro.  They were giving us advice on what were the best neighborhoods close to campus, church, etc.  While talking Clint took one last look on Craigs List and found one house we hadn't noticed before.  The reason we had not noticed it was because of the rather out of our price range rent.  We decided to leave the window open on the computer just in case we were desperate on Wednesday.

The next morning we had an appointment at 8:30 to see a 3 BR house in Lake Daniel.  This house seemed perfect to us.  Walking distance to campus, overlooking a park, 3 BR/2 Bath.  Great!  We decided we wanted it, but wanted to see a few more just in case.  There was one other house that may be perfect, but it was scheduled for the end of our day.  Our realtor called and canceled on us as a result of sickness and so we opened the computer to find the address and phone number to the other house that seemed promising.  And then we remembered....the pricey, too good to be true house!
We called about it "just to see" and went to pick up the key.  When we walked in the "too good to be trueness" grew.  It was big, nice, with tons of living space (living room, dining, breakfast room, sunroom!).  We loved it (minus the incredibly small, PINK bathroom)!  We left, hopeful but trying to guard our hearts, and went to see the last house. 

It was a great house, but was 2 BR (we really feel like we need three for visitors...we love visitors!). So we left and went back to the Realty place and threw out an offer for the amazing house.


They said yes!  This offer was a little bit ridiculous.  They came down 150 dollars a month for us!  The realtor told us that she had showed it to tons of people who loved it, but that the onwer wasnt willing to come down on the price.....until that very day!

And so...the Lord does it again!  We are so thankful to receive such a sweet gift from Him in this season of transition and newness!  Thank you for your prayers!  He indeed answered graciously! 


November 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Miss Eden!

Sweet Miss Eden, we cant believe it has been a year since the Lord blessed us with your petite little self!  The Lord has brought us more grace through you than we ever thought possible.  The lessons He has used you to teach us are ones that have changed us forever.  He has brought so much redemption to our hearts, our marriage and our family as a result of your arrival.  We will be much more patient, long-suffering, loving and hopeful people because of your influence on us.  It is amazing that the Lord could use such a tiny life to change those around her.  His sovereignty is overwhelming!  He truly does make the weak to shame the strong. 

"But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong" 1 Corinthians 1:27      

I pray this would be the theme of your life.  That you would bring such redemption to everyone you meet, that the sovereignty and grace of the Lord would be undeniable.  This year has been one of the most amazing of our lives.  We can not fathom life without your silly sounds, great dancing, hide-and-seek, cheese loving self!  You are such a good and perfect gift to us from the Lord.  Happy Birthday Sugapie!  We love you so much!

November 3, 2009

If it seems too good to be true...

It probably is...  The house I posted about yesterday is indeed amazing.  After more researching we found out its is a $500,000 house in one of the most desired neighborhoods in Greensboro.  Great!  And that it is HUGE!  Great!  So whats not to love?

The person who posted this house responded to our email this morning.  He said he had to move his family to Africa and needed someone to take care of his house as their own.  He said he needed an honest person to trust and that he was a man of his word.  He closed the email with this. "We are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words, you know that we do not see yet and only putting every thing into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this."  Broken English...yes.   Scam....yep!  He has used a Greensboro realtor's name to create an email address in order to scam people into them sending their deposit for these homes.  And...on top of it all he is using the Lords name (in response to our email about being in ministry) to aid his scam! 

We have contacted the realtor and are hoping that he finds this guy and gets some justice.  Thank you for praying!  Please continue to do so as we search for the next place we will do ministry and life!

November 2, 2009

If you are reading this today....

Please Pray!!!  

Our search for homes has been a little more difficult than we anticipated.  A few weeks ago we took a trip to Greensboro to look at a few houses.  We found one we loved and made an offer to rent it.  We found out a few days later that they gave it to someone else...who was ready to move in ASAP.  

This morning Clint was randomly looking on Craigslist and found the MOST perfect home!  It's a little on the pricey side for what we would like to invest in rent, but otherwise....WOW!!

We have emailed the owner and are now waiting!  Please pray that the Lord would allow the owner to have favor on us and lower the price of rent and allow us to live in this great location!!

Thank you!!