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Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's Beginning!

Christmas around our house is officially here! Each year on December 1st we are blessed to celebrate the birth of my fantastic husband, and I am so thankful for that. It is the PERFECT way to begin our holiday festivities. This year for our first season as a married couple we are celebrating in a whole new way, living in our house together! When people ask me what the best thing is about being married I have to say it is unequivocally that we go to sleep and wake up each day with each other.

Being our first married Christmas we are keeping traditions we started last year, like giving each other a new ornament, and hopefully starting some new ones. I am definitely looking forward to spending many Christmas seasons with my love in the years to come and sharing our traditions with our family.

The last several months have brought several changes to our lives...obviously being married is a BIG change, but if you can believe it there is one that tops it. We have some dear friends from NewSpring who have felt the call of God to step out on faith and plant a church. At first I was hit with emotions of sadness for losing them, but clearly we know they are in God's will and this has not been entered into lightly. About this same time Adam and I began praying through what God had planned for us, and although we weren't exactly sure what was coming, we knew it was big. In September, about a month before our wedding, we announced to our family that we are going to help our friends plant this church.

Let's go back a little if you will...

If you know much about me at all, you know NewSpring has been a huge part of my life since I began attending in April of 2008. They did some amazing things for me on Mother's Day 2009, I have made some amazing friends, and it is where I met Adam in January of 2010. I absolutely love all that I have been able to be a part of through this church, and to be quite honest I NEVER in a million years thought I'd be called to leave it. So, when God started working on our heart in July and August of this year we merely thought we would be moving to a different campus or something of that nature, we had no clue we would be leaving the church we have called home for the last several years.

I've had people ask me what happened at NewSpring to cause this...and to be plain, the answer is Jesus. This has nothing to do with politics, hurt feelings, or differences of opinions; on the contrary this is the result of seeking Jesus and desiring to see lost people meet him. So in January we will be packing up our house and moving to Indianapolis. This is a move I never expected. I do not want to leave my family, especially my mom and my sister. We are very close, and our friendships have grown over the last few months of wedding planning and now move planning.

As we look upon the Christmas season we are beginning, I can't help but think this is the most fitting time to be thinking of these things. After all, Jesus is the reason for it all. We ask simply that you pray. For us. For our faith to grow. For Alexa to make friends. For hearts in Indy to be softened to us. For our pastor and his wife.

This year has been about new adventures for us, and this is going to be the best one yet. I hope to keep you updated here through words and pictures as our life there unfolds.

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