Yesterday the fam went to Eastman to celebrate Thanksgiving with Keith's parents, grandad, and sisters' families. We decided to each bring a dish and meat for the grill. It was all delicious! Kim is THE salad queen! She brought a yummy bowtie pasta salad and crunchy coleslaw - yummy! We had steak, chicken, sausage, beans, salads, buttery french bread and butterfinger cake for dessert. Mmmm...
The food was great, but the fellowship was even better! We had the sweetest prayer of thanks for an abundance of blessing this year! The kiddos rode 4wheelers and horses all day while the adults sat around the table sharing and catching up. A very enjoyable day!
We then headed back to Macon for Ivey's guitar lesson...she will be playing in church on the 14th with several others. Jonathan taught her a Drummer Boy solo! I can't wait to hear her play it.
Oh, and then we got a call from close friends giving us some spectacular news!!! (can't tell just yet) Woohoo, Superman!
Then we headed to my brother's house for Jared's 22nd birthday party. MY nephew is 22 and graduating from Tech this spring! AGH!! Charla fixed an Italian spread and a delicious red velvet cake...more yum!
When everybody headed for home, my brother took Ivey, Robby and Addi with him to the farm for the night. That made 2 adults and 4 kids in a four seater Toyota truck - sardines!
Ivey and Addi wanted to be up early riding the horse this morning. Robby and Seth were going to ride dirtbikes all day. Elijah and I slept late and enjoyed the warmth of inside the house. aahh!
oh, here is our favorite house...the first one I think we looked at downtown...it is still on the market (maybe for us??) Only the Lord knows which house He has for us! But this is the one we are hoping for...
On the 2nd floor, those door open up off of the master bedroom onto the "roof"!
My thoughts morning and night are on houses. I love, love looking at houses! (Ivey does too!)
I think the kiddos are really ready to move. I think the one who will miss our hood the most will be Robby. He has at least 5 boys here who he loves to hang out with. But God is tugging our hearts more and more to be in the city.
I think we have talked ourselves out of the houses I posted on the other day. The "mansion", even if the price is lowered would be more than we want to spend. Ya know on House Hunters there is always one house at the top of their budget...well, this house would put us over the top in more ways than one. So, unless God changes something or opens a door for that one...it is not "the one". The new ones we like, of course who doesn't like a new house, are just a tad small and not exactly our first choice of area downtown. So, we have 2 we want to see again that we looked at earlier this year and 2 more historic homes that have been total remodels.
AND we have to finish scraping and painting trim on our house, replace the kitchen floor and get it on the market...oh poo!
Ivey and I volunteered this morning at the house and had a great time! I love organizing, so I enjoyed doing some of that with T-shirts, donated items that needed to be put away and best of all the Panera Bread goodies that were delivered this morning!!! mmm...
I got tickled at Ivey when she heard our first assignment...help unload the dishwasher! ugh...her least favorite chore at home. But it was really quick with 3 of us. Thankfully there was only one of three that had clean dishes in it. I met several other volunteers and was excited to see older ladies volunteering their time. I hope to be able to do something like this when I am "retired". (whatever that means!)
Right now all of the rooms are filled with families, I guess that is the normal for the cold season.
Saturday, Ivey and I volunteered at the Plane Pull fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House here in Macon. We enjoyed watching teams pulling this FedEx plane 14 feet in 7.5 seconds! Ivey and I worked at the RMH store selling items, and we nearly froze from the blustery winds.
A friend of ours at church told us about volunteering at the house recently. I had no idea they needed volunteers! The house is a great ministry to people in surrounding communities who have sick babies or children and need a place to stay while they are in the hospital or having tests, chemo done. In fact, we knew a couple who had stayed there last year while their baby girl was in NNICU. Anyway, I can't say enough good things about the house and what they do. They are not fully funded by McDonalds and so they do fundraisers throughout the year. They have companies who donate supplies to the house, and Panera Bread and Starbucks bring in baked good everyday. And I know you have seen the change collection boxes in Mcd's where ALL of the change goes directly to the house in that area. In fact, I may be counting that change one day! Next month I will help bake cookies for a home tour and for the Christmas party at the house.
Today we went house hunting...downtown. We are more than ever eager to movedowntown now. We looked at several homes, the first was built in 1870 and had 3bdrms and 1.5 baths. It is in a great location, here are a few pics...
We looked at 3 new homes downtown built as part of a revitalization of the area. They are really prettybut the living areas are smaller and there are only 3 bdrms. But they were pretty! Two of them have an option of making the upstairs garage area a studio apt. for a college student.
This one was built around 1885 and is HUGE! It is a foreclosure, and has too many rooms to count. It has been remodeled outside, and upstairs, and the downstairs partially. It looks like paint and stain are what is needed now. Plus the kitchen is bare bones. Anyway, it was so much fun to look at and roam about. It had like four or five rooms downstairs, a bath, laundry room and kitchen. Upstairs had like 5 bedrooms, 2 baths and the stairway to the cupola and 3rd floor room. This house has tons of character and is one Keith and I dream to own and fix up. Dream on!!
This is from a devotion I read today and I thought it was worth a post!
How many women have had these thoughts in their days of dreaming for a husband... I thought if you find "the one," you'll be happy, secure, and fulfilled.
It's good to have a list of standards that you look for in a spouse. However, it can never be with the expectation that if you find that special someone, he'll right all your wrongs and fill up all your insecurities. The problem with this thinking is the pressure it will eventually put on your spouse. To expect another person to make you feel happy, secure, and fulfilled will leave you disappointed at best and disillusioned at worst. Even a great husband makes a very poor God. Only God can settle those deep heart-needs. A man can never do this. If a husband could meet every need his wife had, we'd have no need for God.
Getting married doesn't instantly make you selfless... it makes you realize how very selfish you can be at times. Getting married doesn't make you feel loved... it makes you realize love is more of a decision you make than a feeling you feel. Getting married doesn't take away loneliness... it makes you realize true companionship comes not when you demand it but rather when you give it to another person.
So, what does marriage give? A beautiful chance to make the choice to ... Love even when you don't feel like it. Cheer him on through both failures and successes. Tell him he's a great man everyday. Thank God for the privilege of being his wife.
Dear Lord, only You can fill my heart, right my wrongs, and make me feel loved. I pray that You would show me how to keep my expectations of my husband in check. Help me to be the wife he desires. And help me to remember that marriage was never meant to make me happy all the time. Marriage is a decision to honor You by honoring the one you’ve entrusted to me to be my husband. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Okay, since the beginning of our church plant, people have been assuming all sort of things about New City Church downtown. For example: 1) "So, you're starting a church for the homeless"...ah, yeah...and for doctors and lawyers and students and all sorts of people. 2) "You can't start a church downtown, nobody will go to a church downtown" 3) Many churches here have moved OUT of the city, not into the city 4) The last thing Macon needs is ANOTHER church! We have more churches per capita than any other city. Anyway, Keith has been been preaching an awesome series on Jonah...We Are Jonah! was the title of the sermon series. God has so obviously called us into the city, to be IN the city, for the city. What does this mean? Here is a little of the heartbeat of our calling to be A church for the City...
And yes, we are moving to the city. We don't think it will be in the loft, maybe, but we think it will be in a house, on a street with many other neighbors who will most likely not be believers. Today we had lunch in the Washington park with music and lunch from Michaels. It is a community gathering downtown with all kinds of people. We had several friends with us, people from church, the Williams from B'ham, the mayor and his wife, homeless people, young with kids, gay couples, church folk, singles with their pets..it was a lot of fun. We will go back every 2nd Sunday of the month!! God wants us in the city!
I met Haley at the A29 Vail pastors' retreat in June...she is such a beautiful, glowing person. Please pray for her and her husband (and family) as they mourn the loss of their baby girl, Molly. My heart is heavy for them today...