Friday, July 12, 2013

10 Years {and the giveaway winner}

It's my anniversary, but I'm gonna be nice and announce the giveaway winner before I go on and on about how much I love my husband!  

Thank you to everyone who entered . . . I loved seeing pieces of the Word that y'all are hiding in your hearts!  If this blog does anything, I want it to be used to spur others on in the faith and I feel like that has happened because of such a great response to this giveaway!  

But alas, there can only be one . . . and Keri Taylor is the big winner!

{I used to pick the winner.  Ava was with me to verify and she couldn't sit still she was so excited to see who won!  She loves surprises just like her mama!}

For those of you who didn't win, I can't encourage you enough to go get the supplies to create your own box.  I got it all at Office Depot because they have the dividers that are sturdy plastic . . . it costs a bit more {you'll need two packages of dividers to get all 36 tabs that you will write on the back of}, but it is a worthy investment and is still under $20!

Some other positives about this system that I didn't mention before . . .

When traveling, you can easily grab the note cards for the days you will be gone, throw them in a ziploc bag, and not miss any of your memorization.

This system allows you to use the translation you like best for each passage you choose.  Instead of only memorizing out of the translation you normally read, you are free to write whichever translation you prefer on your notecard since you will be learning and reviewing it from there.

This is a great gift idea!  I gave my mom and Chad's mom each a box for Mother's Day . . . what prize could be better than one that leads people into greater knowledge of the Word?!

You can use this system with kids.  I got Ava a smaller box {3x5} to use as we work on memorization for her.  Some kids might hate it, but my firstborn loves her some structure so I think it is going to work well!

I'll encourage you with the verse from Colossians 3 that is my hope and is what I wrote on the top of my box ...

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly!

Now I can gush about my hubby!

Seriously though . . . I am so blessed and there just aren't sufficient words to express it.  These 10 years have been an adventure in faith.  I couldn't have imagined as I put on my dress, walked down the aisle, wiped a tear from Chad's eye, and danced the night away all that the next ten years would hold . . .
  • a crazy first year at Doulos that taught us of God's provision & sustaining power
  • A master's degree for Chad
  • falling in love with the city we vowed to leave after graduation and begging God to plant us here
  • Hurricane Katrina . . . the loss and grief, but also the hope and restoration
  • Post Katrina New Orleans . . . you had to have experienced it to fully understand . . . those were some hard times, but also filled with some great memories with friends
  • The loss of our first baby Ashton
  • Chad becoming pastor of Edgewater . . . definitely a gift from God that we never dreamed would happen
  • Ava's birth . . . that month alone was crazy . . . heart condition for my baby girl, evacuating for Gustav, her birth in Shreveport, and the miraculous healing of her heart!
  • Learning {mostly by mistakes} what it means to be a pastor and a pastor's wife . . . thankfully with a faith family who is gracious and loves us so well
  • Our first mission trip together to East Asia . . . there is nothing greater than making disciples in all nations with your best friend
  • Grayson . . . what a joy this boy is to our family!
  • Obeying God's call to adopt our HIV + son from Africa. . . two years later we are still waiting to see Easton's face and bring him home from Ethiopia
  • A revival in our hearts and a deepened love for the Word . . . there is nothing I am more thankful for than God's grace in continuing to draw us to Himself.
  • Pouring into young couples through For Better, For Worse, For the Gospel and watching God refine us and take our marriage to new depths in the process
  • Chad donating part of his liver to his mom, which included a 4 week recovery.
And that just skims the surface!  It hasn't always been easy.  In fact, there has been plenty of hard. But God is Faithful and has not only sustained our marriage, but has made it into something stronger and more beautiful than we could have ever hoped!  

I can't wait to see what God has for us in the next 10!

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