Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Little Ones I Love


My precious nieces and nephews. I love them too much. Jeremy has two younger sisters and these are their children. Amanda is pregnant with her second and finding out what she is having tomorrow! I can hardly wait! Enjoy these pics...


This is Kyle. Sarah's youngest.


Kenley, Cade, and Kyle all give each other an Easter hug!


Trinity and Kenley...sweet cousins!


I love this pic of Trinity. Such a serious soccer girl. :) Amanda said she was scared half to death at her first game! She wouldn't go out on the field!


Too cute!


The two princesses.


LOL! Cade posing as Batman.


A recent pic of Kyle. I can't believe he is already 4 months old.


Kenley in her Easter dress.


Go Trinity!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Weary Travelers



Whew...what a week! We were in six states this past week. Now, some of the states we were only there for brief moment, and in an airplane, but still...six states. Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, California, and back to Arizona. Our first stop was Houston, TX where we had a two hour lay over. Then, we were off to Birmingham, AL for the annual ARC conference. Mike was with us and we met up with Joey. It was motivating, inspiring, and life changing. I'm so glad we went. I feel recharged and energized. We saw some of our dear friends and listened to amazing speakers while we were there.

After that we hopped on a plane that went to Nashville, TN. Hopped off that plane and got on another one which went to Chicago, IL (I really want to go back there), then took off from there and landed in San Jose, CA at 10pm that night. We stayed in San Jose that night, then rented a mini van to gather up some donated church equipment. We drove from San Jose to the Fresno area (about 4 hours) and got some speakers, wedges, light thingamajig, snake (not a real one...the wire thing), and a lot of other techy stuff. We packed it all up and drove to Barstow, CA (another four hours) for the evening where we made camp. The next day (Friday) we drove it on home to Gilbert (about six hours). Here are some pics from our week...


This is Selina. She and Ryan, her hubby, are planting a church in Chattanooga, TN next January. We have really gotten close them. They are pregnant and due July 2nd. (My momma's bday) They are having a boy, Gannon!

This lovely couple is our sponsoring church for ARC! Peter and Carolyn are amazing! We love them so much and are so thankful for them. We went and visited their church, Substance Church in Minnesota, last September. We had an instant connection with them. They really keep us motivated!



Jeremy got us a fabulous deal through Hotwire at the Sheraton in Birmingham! I think he was a little excited when we crossed over the sky link into the grand hotel! Good job Babe!



Here are my boys on their laptops at the airport. What dorks.

The yellow sign in the background is the focus of this picture. Isn't that sad?


Ok, last August when we went through the ARC assessment these are the three others couples that made it out alive!!! We have a really cool bond with them. We have all been through the process of ARC together and are launching churches together across the country. It was like a family reunion! The couple next to me and Jeremy is Shane and Rachel who started Freedom Church in Indiana two months ago. Next to them are Dan and Stephanie who started a church in New Jersey a month ago. Then, Ryan and Selina will launch The Net Church in TN next January. Very cool.


Cheese.


I call this my Panera Bread masterpiece.



One of the many mountain ranges we drove through in California.


Another one.


Say it with me now...Awwwww


Workin' hard for the money.



I'm trying to get more artsy with my photos...don't really know if I accomplished that here...but, I'm trying.



When we were on our excursion through Cali, we came across hundreds of these giant propeller thingys. Don't know what they are or what they do, but they sure were interesting!


They were everywhere for about a mile on either side of the highway!


For a second I thought we had hit warp speed and were on another planet.


ATTACK OF THE BLADES!!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Website


Hey world...check out our website! Mike is doing an amazing job! Since we've gained control over it, I don't think he has slept. Seriously, he has been working on it day and night. Check out the staff page, photo page, and video page. Those are my favorites. :)





Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday Nights and a Cone



This blog is two fold. First it's about my Sunday night blues. I don't know what it is about Sunday nights. Well, maybe I have a little bit of a clue. We wake up at the crack of dawn, slave to set up a church in a movie theater, then I entertain kindergarten - 5th graders for an hour, and finally we pack it all back up in a 26 foot trailer that is returned to Public Storage. We come home and we are exhausted. My legs are usually aching. So, my therapy for the evening is an apple cinnamon candle, a venti white chocolate mocha frappicino with whip, a Reeses, and of course...US Weekly. Pathetic, I know. Jeremy usually watches something violent.



The next part is about Lilo. Most of you know that the vet burned her chest during a recent teeth cleaning (don't ask). This past week she wouldn't leave her wound alone and it was getting worse. So, the vet gave us a cone. Poor thing has to wear a cone. She hates it. When I first put it on her Stitch was scared half to death of it! It was really funny. She was scratching at it trying to get it off and he wouldn't go near her for about 30 minutes.



I think he's still a little scared.



:(

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Paradise


It felt like we were in Paradise this past week. Jeremy took me to the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak in Phoenix for a romantic getaway. We went down the lazy river and water slide. It was right up our alley...we love stuff like that. :) It definitely was relaxing, but we've been back in full swing with church work since we got back. :( I love my husband and I'm so thankful that he plans fun little vacations for us. We got a little silly and took some pics...here they are...




Bewildered...

Woo Hoo!!!

Yeah!!!

Grumpy...
Oh My Word!!!

Slurp...



Do you see the birdie?



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Go Speed Racer

Here is another video that Mike did from our series "30 Days to Live". Part of the skydiving video is on the beginning and the end is the race car. It's pretty stinkin' cool! Go Jeremy!










video

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pepin


Our friends, Carlos and Elizabeth, took us out to their favorite restaurant last Friday night. Pepin's has a lot of sentimental value to them...it was where they got married! The Spanish food was absolutely delicious! Jeremy and I have been raving about the tomato sauce to everyone we come in contact with! Then, during dinner, three flamingo dancers came out and strutted their stuff. They were so graceful, beautiful, and excellent dancers. After all that, the DJ started setting up for salsa dancing. This restaurant transformed to a salsa hot spot right before our eyes. Jeremy and I were a little gun shy at the salsa dancing. We watched Carlos and Elizabeth, though! They were amazing! Jeremy wants us to take lessons before we make a fool of ourselves on the dance floor. :)




Elizabeth and I got some romantic roses to finish off the perfect night!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Twins Separated at Birth


I had the honor to speak with Ashley during the beginning stages of PINC. It was a moment in my life that I will never forget. I can remember PINC getting started, the rehearsals, the sleepless nights, the tears, the laughter...oh the laughter! She has kept her dream alive and is still ministering to girls all over the country. I'm so proud of her.


Here's what freaky... When Jeremy and I moved to Gilbert I literally found her twin. Kacey came to shoot some photographs at one of our previews and we immediately hit it off. We talked about MAC make up, hair, she even cut my hair one time. We were instant friends. Now, Kacey has started a ministry for teenage girls, as well, called Pearls. Spooky and ironic, I know. Two girls, same heart, one Jamie.


Click on their links to read more about their heartfelt ministries. Love you girls!!!