Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"It's My Worship" [Haiti Part 1]

James 1: 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Isaiah 58:6-12  Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelterwhen you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruin  and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Romans 12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

I'm afraid I may have returned from Haiti with more questions than answers, but thankfully I believe our God welcomes questions. Haiti has created an opportunity for a dialog that wasn't present before, but is having a list of questions comforting? Not really. 

I feel a bit lost. 

I've consistently struggled in my adult life with the "what do I want to do with my life" question. What career would fulfill me? What success will make me feel important or worthwhile? Should I pursue this or that? After Haiti, I wonder if this constant desire for "more" or something bigger was less about a job that would somehow satisfy me and more about living life that truly reflects Christ. Has the void that I assumed needed to be filled with work, success or a career actually been about finding a way to serve my God all along? 

I've returned to "normal life" and I'm terrified that I'm going to slip back into the routine and Haiti won't have truly changed me. Will it all be for naught? Will God be able to use me in the States in a way that really makes an impact or will I only be fulfilled if serving in a third-world country? Will I be able to hear God's calling?

How do I offer my body as a living sacrifice, not just one week out of the year, but every single day? How do I watch after the orphans and the widows? How do I help clothe the naked, feed the hungry and shelter the wanderer? Am I capable of truly making a difference for God's kingdom? 


I would argue that we met the nicest man on the planet while in Haiti. Schera works with G.O. Ministries and helps get all the teams back and forth across the DR/Haiti  border. He speaks Creole, English and Spanish and is a smooth-talker in all three. Unfortunately, Haiti is a very corrupt country so although you may have all you need to get across the border, it is common to have to give small bribes to officials along the way. Luckily, Schera is an instant friend to everyone he meets making the team feel secure and travel easy. 

As you could imagine, constantly traveling from the Dominican Republic and Haiti with G.O. Ministries is not only time consuming, but tiring. During our trip, Schera traveled with us to Haiti then left a day or so later to go take a test back in the D.R. He then returned to Haiti for the last portion of our trip and led us back over the boarder just to get onto another team's bus and led them straight back into Haiti. I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like fun to me. Schera, however, does it with a huge, joyful smile on his face. 

Jeff, our G.O. Ministries team leader, told us about a conversation he had with Schera regarding his constant travel all the while attending school. Jeff basically asked, "how do you do it?" Schera's response to the question was beautiful and inspiring. He simply said, "It's my worship." 

Do you limit your worship to singing songs on Sunday mornings? Or a prayer at the end of your day? I'm afraid I do. But why?


I returned to Nashville overwhelmed with lots of questions, but I think they can all be summed up with this one simple question: 

What is my worship?

Until next time...

Hear about our trip from someone else's viewpoint. Check out Taelor's blog here. Learn about our G.O. Ministries hosts here

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Do a Little Good Today

I don't know much about the adoption process, but I do know that adoption is expensive. Really expensive. Brent and I have talked about whether we feel like adoption is something God is leading us to and honestly, I hope one day it will be clear that it is His desire. In the meantime, I love to support others in their efforts. What a beautiful way to grow your family!

Here's a adoption fundraiser I came across via Facebook. If you donate $5, you not only help this family towards their goal of adoption, but you also get a chance to win some amazing etsy prizes or if you blog, a chance to advertise your blog on other websites in November. Check out all the details below or visit the website at:

Do a little good today. Give $5 to help a family bring their child home.

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pinspiration Project: Chalk Paint Wine Glasses

There are probably hundreds of Pinterest projects on my list of to-dos and as you can imagine, I've completed none very few of them. However, I finally found some time to create one of my pinspiration projects last week. It's one you've probably seen posted all over the place, but it's easy, cute, inexpensive and great for any girl's night. I totally recommend you giving it a go!

Here's my version of the chalk painted wine glasses:

The only supplies you need are: Dollar Store wine glasses, black chalk board paint, a paint brush, painters tape & chalk. The one tip I learned as I went was that you definitely want to paint the bottom of the base as well otherwise you can't get an opaque look. Just flip them upside down to dry between coats. (Three thin coats should cover it for you.) Oh, and keep in mind these will be hand-wash only once you've added the paint. 

Here are some photos of the process:

Can't wait to use these at my next girls night! Now if I could just find some time for my next pinspiration project.

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Slik & Lace (and a bit of wine)

My little sister got married in Memphis this past weekend and it was wonderful! She looked absolutely beautiful. I'll be sure to share some photos later, but first I wanted to show you the decor from her lingerie shower I hosted last month. It was a blast and the decorations turned out perfectly. I based my decor choices on her overall wedding style which we referred to as "rustic casual". Check it out and let me know what you think.

(You can check out the party invitation here.)

I basically made all the decorations with a few purchased items like flowers, burlap and embroidery hoops mixed with items I already had in my home. I think I spent a total of $30 on craft/decoration supplies which allowed me to spend more on things like game prizes, food and gifts for the bride. 

Stay tuned for one last post which will show photos from throughout the night and I'll share the three games that I used to bring life to the party. They all went over surprisingly well and took little effort. 

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lingerie Shower Invitations

My little sister is getting married. Yep, that's super weird, but I'm excited. 
photo credit: B+R Photography
She's marrying this kid...
photo credit: B+R Photography
I know he looks a bit crazy, but he's not bad. We like him and Kelsey loves him so that's good. 
photo credit: B+R Photography
In celebration of their upcoming wedding, I'm hosting Kelsey's lingerie shower/girl's weekend in a couple weeks. I'm super excited to celebrate her and of course love getting all the decorations together. I'll be sure to share everything post party, but I can't give anything away yet other than the invitations I designed for the shower.
I was pretty proud of how they turned out and Kelsey loved them. Here's a couple photos of the final result once they were in the envelopes. (Sorry for the less than wonderful phone photos.)

Well there's your first peek. I'll have tons of goodies to share with you later so stay tuned. 

Until next time...

Friday, June 21, 2013

B+R Photography Update

Our photography business is going strong and I'm so proud of our work. As the "creative director", I've helped by coming up with some fun props, session ideas and I even made one of our friends/client's birth announcement. It has been a ton of fun. 

Here are some recent photos that I've just loved as well as the announcement I created. Visit our Facebook page at or our website at to see more. 

We've got more sessions around the corner so be sure to check in to see more. I'm so proud of Brent! This journey has been so much fun!

Until next time...