Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ode to Marriage

1. Someone to laugh with over the silliest stuff
2. Someone to cry with when words just aren't enough
3. Someone to love you even with morning breath
4. Someone who thinks your beautiful when you feel like death
5. Someone who will stick around after a difficult fight
6. Someone who will help you fall asleep in the middle of the night
7. Someone to bow down with as you kneel and pray
8. Someone who will point you to the Lord each and every day
9. Someone to be a kid with as you run and play
10. Someone that is such a gift there aren't words to say

That girl in the pic will get to experience all the joys of marriage in 8 days!!! Doesn't she look pumped (as every bride-to-be should)!?  

I am the most blessed bride in the world. I love my hubby dearly. He is a gift I pray that I never take for granted! 


Sunday, January 15, 2012

The big ONE

My sister, bro-in-law, and nephew came to visit over New Years, and I hadn't seen little Easton since he was a few months old. Now that he just turned one, it's amazing how his charming little personality shines through. He the best kid in the world (well, I don't have any of my own yet, so there's really no contest)! We had a ball babysitting and hanging out with him. I wish they all lived closer!
His favorite part of his birthday and Christmas gifts was the tag on a UGA shirt.
Imagine that..... I hard piece of paper is the best toy out there!

This is his stud look for the camera
Aunt Katie makes the best yummy noises!
He's definitely a well-fed young man. 
I'm a little too excited, and Easton's pretty much done with the whole camera concept.
Who is cuter? I really can't judge this one!
I can't believe how much he's grown up already!

Happy First Birthday Easton!  Aunt Katie and Uncle Matt love you!!!!!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Being moved by service

God continues to amaze me. No matter how long I know my Savior, He truly gives me more pleasure than anything else on this earth. Matthew and I had the pure blessing of stumbling upon an awesome ministry called 7 Bridges this weekend. It basically works to bring Christ to people in downtown Atlanta in order to get them off the streets.
I have seen a lot of poverty in ATL, but I have never been to the neighborhoods and burbs with such hopeless-seeming poverty as I did today.
We caravanned through various neighborhoods bringing food to all sorts of strangers, yet after a moment of prayer and a hug of love, the word "stranger" didn't seem fitting.

There was one neighborhood that reminded me of the movie The Blindeside where we sung with kids, and passed out toys and food for mothers and their children. Nothing about our day was unmoving, and everything we did blessed us more than it blessed those we met.

I was especially moved by one man, Bobby, who was undoubtedly a seller of drugs. Rough, tough, and maintaining confidence in himself, Bobby talked about knowing who God was and once having a relationship with His son Jesus. However, complications in life have led him to live on the street, which he admitted was all because of his own choices. Once I expressed God's love and purpose for His life, he was moved to tears, as was I. How this exceedingly rough exterior could become so vulnerable, so quickly with a young white girl could only have been a reaction from the Holy Spirit's work. He really wanted the peace he believes comes from living for Christ, but he wasn't ready to make a move away from his life yet. But Bobby did say before I left, "Will I see you again soon Miss Katie?" I definitely believe you will Bobby!  And I can't wait!

I hope you know how blessed you are as you start 2012. Never underestimate what God has planned!