Saturday, July 31, 2010

Full Moon (By Jason)

Heard a new song on the radio today by Chris August, Starry Night, and it got me thinking. One of the lyrics says ‘I’m giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun, on that Starry Night, He changed my life’. For whatever reason, picturing the moon in the sky at night made me think about our call as Christians and how I long to be a FULL MOON.

Think about the moon for a minute. While the moon is beautiful, it can only be truly appreciated when the light of the sun is reflected off of its surface. Also while the moon remains constant: it constantly rotates the earth, it has a consistent surface, it is always present, it is only when the sun shines on its face that the moon is used to its full potential. So while the moon may always be constantly around, it is not always as useful.

I think that we as Christians are moons in the sky of the world. Only when we are present in darkness can we make a real difference as this is when our ‘light’ is noticeable. While we can be seen in the sky during the day, we are merely another light that can be seen and we make little difference. The moon in the sky during the day is the picture that I see of Christians today that refuse to go out into the world. When Christians live within the confines of their church body and refuse to interact with non-believers, we are mere lights in a room of lights. God calls us to help shed His light on the rest of the world, so as ‘moons’ the best way to do that is to Reflect His Light in the darkness while at the same time trying with all of our power not to become part of the world.

Also, the moon cycles constantly, the same way we as Christians do (at least I do). Have you ever said to yourself ‘Man I had a great week/day with the Lord; I sure hope I can keep this hunger for his Word all the time’? And the next week your saying ‘how the heck did I get here, I haven’t prayed to God about this difficult decision at all?’ the list goes on and on. If not, maybe I’m the only one…... We cycle in and out of His light, all the while His light remains constant. All the while, he is waiting for us to peak around the corner of the world to be engulfed in His glorious light. That is why I Long to be a FULL MOON in the darkness. I long to shed His light on the sleeping world just to tell them ‘God is here, He loves you, just follow the light and find your Father waiting to bring you into His home once and for all.’

The other part of the lyric that struck me is the last part that says ‘on that starry night, HE changed my life’. This is the core of Christianity. God is The Light, and HE is the one that changes us. It is by his Grace and His love alone that we are saved and pulled out of darkness. I thank God for his Love, and I also thank God for the many, many moons he placed in my darkest nights to show me the way. I thank Him for seeking after me, even in my darkest moments. I pray for each of you reading this, that you would be the FULL MOON in someone’s night, and that they would see the One True God’s light reflected in your life.

Hope you all have a great/safe weekend. Please continue to pray for us as we have our first home study visit tomorrow. Pray not only that our inspection would go well, but also that any real safety concerns for a child would come to light during the visit tomorrow and that we can appropriately address those concerns to provide the safest home environment possible for our child. Thank you all for following along with our family on this journey that God has placed in our hearts!

Monday, July 26, 2010

We're Famous! :-)

Some of you may remember when I won a bunch of adoption t-shirts and an Ethiopia necklace a few months ago in a raffle... and I was SO excited!  (I never blogged about winning because it was before I even decided to start a blog... I actually found her blog while researching adoption agencies, countries, etc.)  Well, Kim is doing another raffle here on her blog.  They are raffling some really, really cute adoption shirts and since I won last time she included me and Jason in her blog post (hence my blog title "We're Famous").  Last time Kim did the raffle all of the proceeds went to her adoption, but this time there is more... this time some of the funds will be going to Korah, described below from an exert from Kim's blog, but you should go check it out yourself for ALL of the details (and of course to enter the raffle to win some awesome shirts!!!)

For those of you that don't know, much like myself a few months ago, "Korah" in Amharic means "cursed". Around 75 years ago, the Ethiopian government moved everyone with leprosy to this area of Addis Ababa . There are now approximately 100,000 people that live in the slums of Korah and are considered the "outcasts" The other thing that is located in Korah is the city dump. I have had friends say they could see parts of the dump moving and then realized it was people moving. People searching for food to eat and scrap metal to sell.

Please head over to Embracing the Least of These to read more!

On another note: last week, I took half a day Thursday and all day Friday off from work to get some painting done around the house.  My friend Julie came down to help (thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)  I don't think I would have ever finished if it wasn't for her.  Jason left Friday to go to Kentucky with his dad to look at some property we plan to hunt in the fall.  With saving for our adoption, we were unable to schedule any out of state hunts this year, but we are learning that God will always provide (yes, even hunting opportunities).  Not long after deciding to adopt and deciding to not go on any hunting trips this year, one of Jason's parent's friend's called him and insisted he come hunt his property because there are deer everywhere.  Wooo whooo!!  Anyways, while they were busy driving, hanging deer stands, putting corn out, setting up cameras, and more driving...  me and Julie were working hard.  Here are some before and after pictures... (the "before" pictures are from when we first bought the house, so they aren't great pics... also, ignore the bathroom rug under the armoire in the "after" pictures - we had to use it to scoot the furniture and Jason hasn't been home long enough to help me get it out :-)

Our home study agency called Saturday morning to schedule our first in-home visit and she asked if that afternoon would work.  Hahaha... umm... all of our furniture was sitting in the middle of the room, our downstairs bath hasn't been put back together since painting a couple weeks ago, and Jason was out of the state.  My stomach dropped, and I said, "Well, my husband is out of town, can we reschedule sometime next week?"  Thank goodness she agreed :)  So, now we have our first visit scheduled for this coming Saturday!  Hopefully everything will go well, and I'm sure we will learn a lot about being parents... yay!  Now I have to go finish the bathroom we started painting a couple weeks ago... ugh... it's never ending, but will be worth it once it is done... huh, sounds kind of the same way I feel about adoption right now.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Delayed Weekend Post

Not that anyone cares (and not much of this post has to do with our adoption), but when deciding to blog I told myself this would be a good way to keep a journal, so this post is just for me to document how busy I think my life is now, so that once I have children I can look back and laugh :-)

I get off work at 1pm on Fridays which is great because I usually use the afternoon to run most of my weekly errands.  This Friday I was on a tight time constraint because Jason made me promise I would be ready to leave the house at 5:40 to head out of town.  I'm terrible at being ready to leave on time... so that is why he made me repeatedly promise.  Well, I got off work at 1, went to the bank, then to the print shop that is printing our adoption t-shirts, next I went to Joann's fabric store (it opened Friday... and was so unbelievably packed it made me nervous, but besides that, it quickly became my new favorite store), next I went to Dick's sporting goods to see if they had corn because Jason asked me to go grab the memory card out of the trail camera and put some more corn out for the deer, but of course, my luck, they were sold out of bags of corn.  After leaving Dick's I realized my gas light was on, so I had to stop and fill up, during the time it took to fill up my car, I realized it was way past lunch time so I made a quick run through the Micky D's drive through (gotta love a $2.99 value meal).  Then it was onto Ace Hardware, because I knew they would have corn.  I ran in quickly, asked the ladies at the front where to find the corn and they pointed me in the right direction.  Well... I grabbed the 50lb bag of corn and threw it over my shoulder, after deciding to be stubborn and refuse the help that was offered (remember I'm still in my nice work clothes).  I was just thinking about how far I have carried bags of corn in the woods before in order to fill up feeders, so I just knew I could make it to the check out counter.  When I leaned over to put the corn down on the counter to be checked out, the bag tore open and corn went all over the counter and floor :-(  thank goodness the ladies were laughing rather than getting mad at me.  They were trying to help me pick it all up, and they were worried about getting me another bag of corn.  When I refused because I was the stubborn one who tore the bag in the first place, they insisted on picking up as much corn as possible and putting it in a little paper sack so I could take it with me.  Little did they know, I was way more worried about being ready to leave by the time Jason got off work than I was about collecting a small fraction of the corn I had just purchased.  Everyone then joked when I refused help again when asked if I needed help carrying the bag out to my car.  Well, I made it to my car without any more corn casualties.  I then ate my hamburger and french fries while headed to my next stop... the toy store.  I went to the cutest little toy store on Ingleside to grab a present for my newphew who was turning one on Saturday.  Finally, I was headed home.  It was now about 4:30, so I had one hour to do a load of laundry, change, pack, and get everything together to head out the door.  Needless to say, when Jason got home at 5:30, I still wasn't ready... but, he was very patient and understanding.  We left the house around 6:00 to head to Gainesville for a much needed trip to visit some of our best friends that we have gone way too long without seeing.  On our way out of Macon, we stopped to check the trail camera pictures and to put the corn out.  Jason can't help it... he loves checking out the deer pictures.  About half way to Gainesville, we drove through a drive through for dinner, McDonald's again, haha, I'm probably the least healthy person alive... two meals from McDonald's in less than 5 hours :-) ... I'm lovin it... get it... haha... okay, sorry...  once we finally made it to Gainesville we stayed up talking and making this for my nephew (I got directions on how to make it on Andrea's blog here):

 The next morning we woke up just to hit the road again to help my sister get ready for Landen's first birthday party.  We didn't leave as early as we wanted, but that's okay, we got some much needed visiting time with great friends!  Here are some pictures of Landen's birthday party which turned out wonderful (great job Chelsie!).  I have never seen so many people at a one year old's birthday party, but I do know that Landen loved it.
The Birthday Boy!
Check out his cute birthday shirt
      His yummy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake
Landen eating his very own smaller version of the Mickey cake
My favorite part of the party was how happy he got when we started singing Happy Birthday to him-I'd have to say he loved the attention!!!

Some help from Mommy and Daddy to blow out the candle

Happy 1st Birthday Landen! We love you!!

Now, a cute story about trying to explain our adoption plan to my seven year old nephew Taylor.  Here he is with a ring pop from Landen's party
I showed Taylor the little onesie I made Landen and I asked him if he knew what was on the shirt... he said, "America?" I then, in my head of course, questioned the Georgia public school system...j/k, I corrected him and told him it was Africa.  (Keep in mind this is my first time trying to explain adoption to a child.)  I told him there are a lot of babies and children in Africa who do not have a mommy or a daddy, and they are called orphans.  The completely devastated look on his face was so touching when he asked, "Why don't they have a mom or a dad?"  I told him that some people in Africa don't have much money and when they get sick they can't get to a hospital as easy as we can here, so the mom's and dad's get sick and can't always take care of their kids; then the children need someone to be their new mommy and daddy to love them and take care of them.  I told him that Jason and I are going to be one of those baby's new mommy and daddy.  His eyes got really big and he excitedly asked, "So... am I going to get another baby cousin?"  I told him yes, but that it would probably be a little while.  He said, "Well, if they need a mommy and daddy now, then why does it take so long?"  I explained to him that Jason and I have to talk to someone that will make sure we will be a good mommy and daddy, that we can take proper care of a baby, and that we have a safe house.  And then, he melted my heart.  He said, "But, I know you and Jason will be a good mom and dad!"  Oh man, if only I could use him as a reference on our home study paper work :-) 

After the party we headed home.  Spur of the moment, Jason decided to stop by his parent's house to talk to his dad for a minute.  While we were there it started storming so we decided to spend the night.  We woke up early Sunday morning to get home, get ready for church, and we were out the door again.  We had nursery duty at church, then went and ate lunch with some awesome NCCd folks.  When we got home we decided to work on painting our bathroom.  I painted until 6:30, then rushed to get all the paint cleaned up (Jason had already left with a friend), changed, and literally ran out the door to meet some girls for my friend Shelby's birthday dinner.
Then, I came home and crashed on the couch until Jason got home.
Sometimes it feels like all we do is drive, but weekends like this past one make it all so worth it!
So... what did you do this past weekend?   ;-)

An adoption update:  We mailed our initial home study packet on Tuesday, so we should hear back about that soon.  I don't exactly know what all is involved with a home study, but I am excited to learn.  The sooner we get that done, the sooner we can move along in the process!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Curve Ball (By Jason)

I intended to post a couple of days ago, but we have had an extremely busy weekend and sitting in front of a computer simply has not been an option.

It is funny sometimes how we see our lives playing out based on certain decisions that we make. Have you ever had an impending conflict and you sat around having the confrontation in your head: what you would say, what the other person would say, whether it would or wouldn’t escalate, etc., etc., etc.,? And when the conflict came to fruition, how many times has it actually worked out as you had envisioned? For me, things never seem to work out as I anticipate them working out.

I have, in many ways over my life, envisioned a particular dream working out in a particular way based on my own understanding and expectations at the time. I had expectations of how college would be, then working in the real world, then marriage, and most recently this adoption that Britney and I are pursuing. The funny thing is that every time I head in a direction I have expectations of how things will be and I am, for whatever reason, surprised when things don’t work out the way I had planned. Well just a few days ago I was surprised yet again when my ‘adoption situation’ took a turn that I hadn’t expected.

A friend of mine came to visit me the other day that I don’t get a chance to talk to very often. He said that he had heard we were looking to adopt and that he was 100% behind everything we were doing and everything that the adoption represented. I have know him for quite a few years now and he has seen me at my worst and now he sees me moving in a ‘good direction’ and he was glad to see the transformation that was taking place in my life. He is so much in support of our adoption that he actually made a contribution to what we are doing (for that I am extremely grateful!!). Up to this point in the conversation with my friend I was comfortable and the discussion sounded somewhat how I would have maybe scripted it. Then came the curve ball.

We began talking about the implications of the adoption and somehow the conversation turned to how I expected people to react to our decision. Let’s be honest, I didn’t expect everyone I know to be 100% supportive of our decision, in fact I expect some people to tell me that I have lost my mind. Honestly, a few years ago I would have thought someone was crazy for doing what we are doing, so I can understand why people may feel the way they do. The curve ball came when my friend shattered a lot of my preconceived notions about certain people around me. I hadn’t (up to that point) considered the fact that maybe, just maybe, people are better than I give them credit for. Sounds crazy right? But, how many times have you been blindsided with kindness from the most unexpected places? How many times have you been wrong about someone and realized that you were the one that needed to change or that you need to change your way of thinking?

Time and time again I am humbled and realize that I am the one whose eyes need to be opened. You see, up until this point the only thing that I have considered is the impact that my decisions may have on others, not the impact it would have on me. I have considered things such as: how will our adoption depict the gospel in the world, or how will adopting this child into our home and family change people’s view of interracial/multicultural families, or how many conversations will this adoption spark with people about Christ? Never for a minute did I question how I would be changed or impacted. My questions are quickly changing from: what am I doing right, to what have I been doing wrong this whole time, or who’s eyes will be opened by my actions to how will my eyes be opened by the goodness and generosity of another. These are all questions that I have been asking myself a lot over the past couple of days, and what I am realizing is that I have a long way to go (a work in progress to say the least).

I have continually had my world turned upside down over the last six months and this was just another on an ever growing list of twists and turns. One thing that I can say is that through it all I am simply more grateful for the friends and family that I have. I am more grateful of the God whom I serve on a daily basis, and more assured of my need for His Grace in my life. I simply could not do this thing called life without Him. I wish you all a wonderful week and we THANK YOU ALL for your continued prayers and support.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Miraculous Conception

Not immaculate… miraculous :-)

One night last week while lying in bed I began thinking of our adoption, which got me pondering how remarkable God really is: a thought which I cannot let go of… that I don’t ever want to let go of. I started praying for my child’s birth mom just like I have been doing for the last few months. I know our child is not born yet, maybe not even conceived yet, but that is my point. God knows exactly which child He will place in our family. He knows the exact, PERFECT timing for that baby to be conceived, and He knows the exact day the baby will be born in order for us to be able to be that specific child’s forever family. He has already picked out a birthmother for our baby, He knows the struggles the birth family will face while deciding to place that baby in an orphanage. He knows whether or not the birthmother will have enough food to eat while pregnant, how she will be treated by our baby’s birth father, her health throughout her pregnancy and after child birth. He knows ALL of these things… and it is simply amazing. So even though we don’t have a picture or a name for our child yet, we will be praying diligently for him or her and for the birth family God has selected for our baby, because that is the family that will love our child before we even know our baby has been born.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Keeping Things in Perspective & Prayer Needed!! (by Jason)

We are at the lake this weekend helping my parents look after my brother’s four children, getting a little taste of what he and his wife’s lives look like every day. I am steadily gaining a new respect for the responsibilities parents have on a daily basis. On top of the endless activity related to the ‘babysitting’ we are doing my mom asked me to help her ‘move’ a sand box. Great idea, right? Well, I shoveled the sand out of the box, got ready to move it and that’s when she tells me that the sand box is going ON the porch. 300lbs of sand in a trash can, up those steps??? How does that sound like a good idea? About two buckets full onto the porch it hit me and I remembered an email I got the other day. See below.

That got me to thinking about just how good we all have it. I wasn’t real thrilled to be ‘moving’ a sand box (I mean who moves a sand box anyways), but just how often do we lose sight of how good we as American’s really have it? On the same note, how often do we lose sight of how good we have it as citizens of God’s Kingdom? How nice is it to know that Jesus has already done ALL the work for each and every one of us and all that we have to do is accept it? Just how often do we REALLY keep things in perspective? If you are anything like I am, it is probably not very often (or at least not as often as it should be).

For me, as you can well imagine, my ‘perspectives’ on life are changing by the day. My perspectives on family life, finances, sleepless nights, sand shoveling, and what it means to be a Christian husband, son, employee, and father (someday). To say the least my world has been rocked the last few months, but Good Lord willing I will continue shoveling my way through this life I have been given; prayerfully anticipating the Revelation of Christ.

I wrote the above post late last night and don’t really know how the internet part of the Blog works so I didn’t post it (Britney usually handles that). We went to bed, and around 11:45 we got a call confirming the fact that one of Britney’s friends Mathew Elliot from GC&SU was in a bad car accident Friday and is in Critical Care at the Med Center. Mathew is a 25 year old accountant that works for another local accounting firm here in Macon, so I can relate to him personally to say the least. That call got me to thinking about what I had just written. Talk about keeping things in perspective. We take life for granted each and every day, acting like we are invincible. We move along through life with the thought that everything we have planned will work out like we want it to without regard to the reality that we are all mere mortals who live only for a short time. So PLEASE, each of you reading this take a few minutes to pray for Mathew and his recovery and also for his entire family. If you have time right now, please pray now! There is never any time to lose when someone needs prayers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

God IS good!! (by Jason)

I know that a lot of you are probably singing in your head ‘God is Good, All the Time. All the time, God is Good’… Every time I hear ‘God is Good’ I can’t help but finish that line out. Well today God has been very good to our family. I want to start this post by giving a little look inside our lives to set the stage, and then I will get into today’s blessing.

As many of you know, we had our first ‘Orientation Call’ with the agency yesterday evening which went well. We discussed time frames, money deadlines, background checks, home studies, child referrals, visits to Ethiopia, the whole works. We also nailed down the date that the orientation paperwork, home-study, etc. is due which is September 29th. This means that we have approximately 80 days to do quite a lot of paperwork and get together a great deal of money (roughly about $9,000 between our agency’s orientation fees, home-study agency fee, federal background checks, etc.).

While all of this information is good to know, and while I am very used to deadlines from the line of work I am in (I am an Accountant – April 15th holds a special place in my heart), all of this information definitely puts some stress on me and Britney both. We have a plan of how we are going to raise the money, but we continually fall back on the realization that we will HAVE to have faith that God will provide as the numbers just don’t add up for us doing this adoption on our own.

We are planning to have a Yard Sale some time in September (probably early September) to raise money. A good number of people who have heard that we are having the sale have already given us some really great items to sell and we REALLY appreciate all that people are doing to lend us a hand. We have gotten a four wheeler, refrigerators, a washer dryer set, freezer, speakers, etc. from a number of people and we appreciate all that everyone is doing. Without a doubt we have some of the best friends and family on the planet! You guys rock.

Well, today I got a call after work from a friend; we will call my friend ‘Carl’. Well, Carl called and we made small talk for a few minutes. Normal guy stuff you know: the weather, trucks, work, the list goes on and on. Then he hit me with ‘So if someone was to want to help you guys out, just who would he make the check out too?’ A little speechless and not quite sure if he was serious or not, I explained that we have not worked anything out where someone could make donations through the Church etc. so any funds someone was to give would have to come through us personally (seems a little awkward to say the least). After explaining all of that he said ‘well if your free RIGHT NOW, you might should swing by my house and get this check, before I change my mind….’. I stopped what I was doing and managed to get to his house before he changed his mind. Let me just tell you, Carl and Carl-ette (his wife) are two of the most generous people I have ever met.

Turns out that God really laid on their hearts to lend us a hand. He explained that generally speaking, he doesn’t consider himself to be a very giving person and is anything but generous. But God really impressed upon he and his wife to give us some money to help with our process. I didn’t look at the check until after I had left his house, but those Crazy folks gave us $500 towards our adoption!!! I nearly ran off the road. The only request was that we use it towards our adoption and that they would get the first two Cannon adoption shirts when they came available. By the time I got home to tell Britney, I was pushing back tears (much like I am at this moment).

Anyone reading this that has ever felt led to do something risky for God, or has ever tried even for a minute to live on a little faith will know what a struggle it really is to try and REALLY rely on God to provide. Well ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you that God DOES provide. He makes good on his promises even when we do not. He is always faithful, always strong and steadfast in his love for each and every one of his chosen people. Today, through the generosity of a friend, I have felt the love of the Lord and have gotten that extra little nudge of encouragement that God wants this adoption to go through and that he is behind us 100%. I want to encourage each of you reading this to hold fast to God’s word, to Love Jesus with all of your hearts, to try and love each other as Christ loves us, and to hold on tightly to the calling that the Lord has put on your heart because as they say ‘God is Good, All the Time; and All the Time, God is Good.’

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Deon's Birthday and Our Day Off

A quick post... I'm on my lunch break :-)
What were we up to on the beautiful July 4th weekend?  Well, I told Jason Saturday night, "Let's not make plans since we seem to always be SO busy, and this is the first holiday we have had in a while where we can just sit relax and enjoy our time alone."  Hahaha... who was I kidding?  We cannot stay home if our lives depended on it.  We just love being around people!!  So, Sunday after church we were sitting on the couch getting antsy because we didn't have plans, when... I got a message from a friend asking if we wanted to come over and grill out with a few other families.  Boy were we excited... so we rushed to the grocery store to grab a few items needed for the cookout and we were on our way to enjoy our 4th of July evening with some great New City people!  We stayed up talking until the wee hours of the morning, then went to Wal-Mart and then to see a friends new house.... we didn't go to bed until 4:00 AM.  I felt like I was in college again... until the next day :-)
Monday we enjoyed a day at the lake for Jason's mom's birthday!  Here are some pictures, mainly of Jason's brother's beautiful family (they have four kids under five!)
Opening presents with a little help:

And... multitasking at its finest! Yes, she has a fish on each line while Ryan went to get pliers :-)

The cuttest family fishing picture I've EVER seen:

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ugh, Which way do we go George, Which way do we go???? (By Jason)

We made our decision to adopt, chose an agency, applied to and were ACCEPTED by the agency of our choice!! So what now? Which way do we go George?

What now = prayer + paper work + saving + prayer + more paper work + … you get the idea. As it stands right now, we have received our orientation packet which includes paperwork that will make us official ‘clients’ of the agency. It spells out the terms and conditions of our adoption process including: their duties and responsibilities, our duties and responsibilities, time line for each step in the process, the list goes on and on. We are in the process of reading through the packet and we have our very first conference call with the agency on Wednesday!! Please everyone be praying for our teleconference to go well and that we will ask the right questions. Thus far, all of our contact with the agency has been very professional and gives me great confidence in our decision to move forward with All God’s Children International. I am confident in our partnership with them and in their ability to safely see our child home when the time comes.

We are also filling out a great deal of paperwork for our home-study that must be done within the next 90 days (make that 85). Home-studies are a big deal, they will evaluate not only the living conditions of our home, but also make an evaluation of us individually to determine whether or not they consider us to be ‘fit parents’. It is quite a remarkable process that one must go through ‘just’ to adopt, but highly understandable. We will be parenting this child for the rest of our lives, so it is important to want to get to know us up front. I would certainly want to have confidence in the home where I was sending my child to grow up, and the agency feels the same way. The home-study company will be making house visits, asking questions, conducting interviews, basically getting to know every minute detail about us. To be honest, many of the questions on the paperwork really make one evaluate the way that they grew up, how their relationships have been with family and friends, what one really believes about their religion, and on and on. It makes me very grateful for the loving environment in which I was raised. An environment, I hope in many ways, I will be able to mimic as a parent.

On top of all this, we are also in the process designing a couple ‘must-have’ adoption shirts. We should hopefully (fingers crossed) have our shirts available within the next two weeks for anyone who may be interested. Once we finalize our design we will be sure and post it on here to give you guys a sneak peak of this year’s HOTTEST summer shirt on the market…….

As always, for anyone that is following along, we very much appreciate all of the support and prayers. We have gotten SO many words of encouragement from family and friends that have been able to follow along so far and it means a great deal to Britney and me both that you take your time to read about our journey. I hope that everyone has a safe and joyous July 4th!

Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday, so Happy 21st Birthday Mom!!! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Friday, July 2, 2010

First Friday!

First Friday in Macon means a party in the downtown area.  Lots of bands play at all of the downtown restaurants, and some even start playing in the streets.  Its just a fun event to get people downtown which helps the businesses in that area.  So, we joined in tonight for our first First Friday.  Our friends Josh and Justin were playing at the Greek Corner Deli so we went to watch, listen and just hang out.  I'm now extremely tired, but it was worth it... I had fun with some of my best Macon friends!

Josh and Justin jamin' out
Elijah thriving on the attention received after making ridiculously funny faces after eating a lemon
And Robby hanging out with the Keno man... hilarious!!!
Now we have some weekend reading to do because we received this...         in the mail today!