Saturday, March 27, 2010

Welcome to Elgin

Welcome_to_elgin_7fwdWe have been hugely welcomed to Elgin.  We have been blessed to have so much help in getting unpacked and settled.  We are so grateful for this wonderful church family who have gone above and beyond to make us feel at home here. 

The boys arrived here yesterday and were excited to see their new rooms and love the big backyard.  However, this morning Connor said he didn't want to go potty at this house, but wanted to go home.  I had been wondering if he understood what was going on.  We explained it again and he decided he could go potty here.  Kids are so funny.  Cole seems to love it here already and well, Caleb, is Caleb and has fun playing anywhere and everywhere.  They all slept pretty good last night in their new rooms and I'm sure tonight will be even better.

We are mostly unpacked but haven't hung anything on the walls and such yet.  I know many have been asking me to post pictures of our new home and I will definitely get those shortly. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Going is easy. Leaving is hard.

We are so excited as we head to Elgin and cannot wait to get there tomorrow.  But leaving Borger is difficult. This is only our second move in ministry, but I realized something this time.  The going is the easy part.  Since I was a young girl, I've prayed "I'll go wherever You call me," and going with God somewhere is the most incredible journey in life. We are beyond delighted and blessed to start in this new place.

But leaving people we cherish is hard.  I remember a ministry friend telling Jason and I back when we were first starting out, "Ministry is awesome, but be prepared, leaving is the hardest part."  This is true. 

I would like to say to all of you at FBC Borger,

Thank you first and foremost for loving us.  You have affected me for the good.  You have challenged me to grow and go deeper. You have continuously pointed me to Christ.  I would not be on this  exciting journey without you.

Thank you for supporting and encouraging Jason.  Thank you for helping us care for our boys. You   truly have become family. 

I love you and am excited to see what God has in store for both us and you.  

Until we meet again,


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ebay sales were a great success! Subscription goes to...

The winner of the magazine subscription is post number 7, reyanna.

Looks amazing! And I would LOVE a subscription to Scrapbooks Etc. :D

I'll e-mail you to get your address to start the subscription.  Thanks so everyone who helped the word about the ebay sales.  I'm so glad my stuff is going to get some good use. :)The move is on full force and my house is upside-down.  We are getting there...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scrapbookers: Check This Out! Ebay Sales & Giveaway!

Kit 10 all With my love of digital scrapbooking and our impending move, I've decided to sale most all of my paper scrapbooking supplies.  To do this, I made several HUGE kits of my stuff.  This picture is an example of one of the kits.  Seriously, the boxes are stuffed full and I keep finding little things to add to them. 

Some my stuff will sale at our garage sale this weekend, but most of the kits are listed on ebay (seller name: tulsachick77).  To see these kits, click below,

Huge Scrapbooking Kits

In addition to these kits for sale and to help get the word out about these kits, I'm also giving  away a SE Mag subscription to Scrapbooks Etc. magazine to one blog reader.  This is my favorite scrapbooking magazine and I think appeals to both paper and digi scrappers.  To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment telling me whether you are a digi or paper scrapper or both.  You can earn extra entries by bidding on my kits or by getting the word out about this sale and giveaway.  If you bid on a kit, post here with your ebay username.  You can get one additional entry for each kit you bid on.  If you have a blog or can post about this on a message board, leave a comment here telling me how you are helping me get the word out and earn an additional entry as well.  I will draw a winner, one week from tonight when my last ebay sale ends.  Thanks for checking this out!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Moving and Overwhelmed with Emotions

My heart and mind overflow as I prepare for our move. Jason is the new pastor of FBC Elgin, and we couldn't be more excited about this new adventure God has called us to.  The people of FBC Elgin have already welcomed and blessed us so tremendously that we look eagerly ahead at getting to know each and every one of them. I am filled with peace and joy in starting at this wonderful new place.

Yet, I am also hit with the emotions of leaving this place.  Borger has been our home for 5 years now.  It is here that our literal and spiritual family has grown. We have been blessed beyond measure here.  I have made friendships that have deeply impacted who I am and am better person for these people in my life.  Some probably don't even know who they are, but I hope to tell them before we leave.  We wouldn't be where we are today without this place.  The people of First Baptist Borger have taught us so much and it is through them that God has affirmed and encouraged Jason that preaching is his calling and greatest passion.  We will forever be grateful for our time here.

I listened to some dear friends share this morning at their troubles in finding a good church home since they moved.  I think I sometimes forget how truly blessed I have been.  I don't know why God has allowed me to be a part of all these incredible church families.  I grew up in a church, Carbondale, that first planted in me a love for Christ and a passion for His people.  I was able to go back there last fall for an incredible time of reunion and loved every minute of it. 

Later, I met Jason at Heritage Park Baptist, where many of our friends and family still worship.  It was there that we were first called into full-time ministry and they took a risk on a young guy with absolutely no experience or education.  I cannot imagine where we would be without that time in our lives and I think in many ways, Heritage Park will always be "home".

I remember when we left Heritage Park to come here to Borger and felt many of the same emotions we are feeling today.  I am glad God is in control and holds our future in His hands, because following Him has been the greatest adventure and I am excited about the next journey.