Best. Engagement. Ever. (Except mine, of course)

This past Sunday was a special day for a special couple. Our worship leader pulled me aside about a week ago, asking if I could bring my camera to church on Sunday. Of course! At the end of the service, he announced his girlfriend’s birthday (also in the praise band) and started singing, “I wanna grow old with you” from The Wedding Singer. By the time he got down on one knee, I’m pretty sure the entire congregation was in tears. I’m so happy I got to take part in such a memorable moment.





Project 52 Weeks 14-15: Easter Extravaganza

I told myself I would only post ONE photo per week for my Project 52 this year. But I just can’t help it. We were so busy spending time with my family and my in-laws, that I want to share a piece of that with you. So here’s a glimpse of our very busy Easter weekend. Which photo is your favorite?

As I was packing for the weekend, my cat Esme climbed into my drawer and made herself comfortable on top of my sports bras.
Mom broke out the china dishes for Easter this year ... and got creative with the food.
We looked at some old slides from a trip my mom took when she was about 12 years old. We're taking the same trip this summer. Can you tell where this is?
More nostalgia ... my nephew plays with some antique box cars.
Everyone congregates near the fire to keep warm at the Dennis United Methodist Easter Sunrise Service.
The sun begins to rise behind the grills at the Easter Sunrise Service.
My husband's family helps cook up some eggs, bacon, and toast at the Easter Sunrise Service.

Day 331: Seven Days of Thankfulness (Day 7)

Last but certainly not least in my seven days of thankfulness: I’m grateful for the Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins even when I don’t deserve it. It’s an important lesson to remember this time of year, a lesson that’s easily forgotten in the chaos of holiday shopping, meal planning, work parties, and family tiffs. Let’s not forget what it’s all about.

A stained glass reflection bounces off the pews at Dennis United Methodist Church, built in the 1800s.


Day 290: NEXT Worship Service

Yesterday our church, Platte Woods United Methodist, launched a new contemporary evening worship service. I’ve always enjoyed the organ and traditional hymns since that’s what I grew up with, but the rock band went above and beyond my expectations. This service is going to be a great place for believers, doubters, and everyone in between to come together to discuss and celebrate Christ. If you live in North KC and are looking for a church home, I invite you to give this service a try.

Guitarist and singer Micah leads the NEXT worship community in song.

Day 245-247: Laborious Days

Jerod and I went on a mission trip this weekend to Camp Wilderness. We helped with a lot of different projects, ate way too much food, and experienced great fellowship with our church friends and their kids. I power washed until I was sore … and Jerod cut down a few trees … just to name a couple projects. We may have missed a lot of the Labor Day weekend festivities, but I feel like we couldn’t have been in a better place this weekend.

The girls loved playing ping-pong with Jerod Friday night after we first arrived at Camp Wilderness.
Jay and his wife Shelly spend many, many hours cutting and splitting firewood.
Jordan had a great time painting with her friends, even if she did end up with more paint on her hands than anywhere else. 🙂
We had the perfect ending to a long weekend.

Day 114: A Full House

Platte Woods United Methodist Church had a packed house for Easter. They even added an extra service and offered shuttle rides to help with parking. What a great way to celebrate Christ!

Canon 60d
1/30 sec., f/4.0, ISO 800
18-200 mm lens (24 mm), ambient light