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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chills and Chimps

Winter is approaching PTC fast, and we are all for late fall layering!  Miles is a pro at grabbing the end of his long sleeve tee, and punching through his jacket so he will have extra warm arms!  And Jasper has a variety of cozy jackets, hoodies, and sweaters to choose from since I found the 18-24m box of Miles' old clothes a few weeks ago.  We love the cool air, and I absolutely love that the air is far less humid than in the summer time.  Most days are pretty mild though, so we get outside every day!  My favorite days are the ones we can pull layers back off because the sun has warmed the air up enough to get hot!

I also love this season because of all the hot dinners I can make!  I love cooking sausage skillets, soups, chili, chicken pot pie, and all of the crock pot fun that are delicious when it's cold out.  Last night I tried a chicken tortilla soup recipe I found on Pinterest that turned out really delicious!  I was so excited to have a fun girls' night in with some of the wonderful women from CrossPointe.  We knitted scarves on our arms, ate Jordan's tasty pumpkin coffee cake, and more cookies and snacks too!  I love how the scarves turned out!  It was such a hilarious and exciting night because none of us had tried 'arm knitting' before, so we laughed our way through the entire instructional video!!!

On a side note, I just counted, and I have 40 Pinterest boards.  Not counting the two 'secret' boards you're allowed to have.  40.

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So I sent out our very first MailChimp newsletter last month.  For some reason, I was so anxious about clicking send, wanting to contact the right people, and not make it sound like the only reason I was sending it was "give us money."  I am really praying that it gave the truth of what we are working toward in our ministry here.  James and I both have a few really great ideas that we are excited to see the Lord develop over the next few months.  The thing we really need the most is prayer!  And funding.  I mean, it would be really great to not worry about late bills/rent for once, but God has been faithful to provide and extend times and above all, provide peace about what this endeavor includes.

I guess in all honesty, I had never heard of stateside fundraising for church planters.  It especially surprised me moving here - I mean we are in the Bible belt!  Who knew there were churches still being planted?  But that was part of Josiah's passion in planting CPPTC - ensuring that the gospel be preached every Sunday, remembering Christ's life, death, and resurrection through communion weekly, and moving as the Lord moves to see Jesus transform lives here!  Still, being part of the staff of a church plant means that we are not fully funded.  So here we are!

It's exciting really.  I love how open the idea of 'artist's community' is, especially with the creativity that is brewing in James, myself, and so many wonderful people in our congregation.  I mean, I'm not sure what to expect when we band together to make much of Jesus in our community!  I am confident that as the Lord continues to provide for our family and our community, we will be equipped to move forward with lots of fun, new ideas!

My primary ministry is my boys.  I have the unique privilege of raising them to know the truth of Christ's transformative power through our everyday interactions, prayers, and time spent playing together.
duck, duck, goose is goin' on!

Sheriff Bubs is back in town

little fox kit

bright fall blooms

autumn sandbox

The last thing that is new is the button at the top of the blog - you can subscribe to JB & my newsletter.  It will be sent out about 6 times a year.  The first of which is already drafted for this fall!  James plans on writing a quarterly update, and I will add two myself at some point in the year.  I suppose my updates on here will suffice if I have any specifics or kiddo-oriented posts.  :)

But please click and add your name!  I already had people unsubscribe from the support letter I sent out, and honestly, I wasn't planning on sending it more than once.  But I can't let discouragement stop me from doing what God has called us to here:  To be open to the adventure the Holy Spirit calls us to every single day!  One click or email or specific request to 'not be added to your list' shouldn't make me feel any less excited about what we are doing here.  I love Jesus, and no amount of unopened email or unsub clicks will change His redeeming grace and power in my life - or in theirs!

So again, I'm going to request that you join me in praying for our city.  There is something amazing on the horizon, and I am willing to be part of it.  My question for you is, are you?

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