Archive for November, 2007



Over the past couple of weeks I have shopped for and purchased 40 costumes, 8 LED stand lights, 17 pairs of eyelashes, blue, white and black fabric, two orange buckets to make a tree stump out of, various branches, twigs and shiny silver things, 8 72″ balloons, glitter spray paint, TONS of plywood, screws and paint. There may be more but my brain is clouded with the toxic overload of flourescent lights and fabric dye…eeek.

It takes a lot of resource and time to put together something like Imagine Christmas. Some people may ask if all of this is really worth it – is this just some frivolous pursuit of entertainment? Well…I’m glad you asked –

There are thousands of people in this city who do not know the amazing message of salvation – thousands who do not attend church on a regular basis – thousands who are lost in their sin and need freedom in their lives. They probably have the attitude that church is an old fashioned, boring, overly religious, judgemental place to spend a couple of hours every week. The truth is, they are right if you look at most examples of “church” these days. It is our responsibility to change these assumptions.

We can do this by shattering the stereotypical perceptions of the church – not an easy thing to do. We DO NOT accomplish this by maintaining the “usual” methods that have not served us well over the years. The secular entertainment industry has put us in a position where we MUST up the anty significantly or loose our target audience – the unchurched and unsaved.

Let me just say this… you do not want to miss December 16th at the The Rock. What we are able to do when we pull together for a common cause is going to amaze you – it is going to ignite something in this city that has been dormant for a very long time – the passionate pursuit of God and of those that are lost. It’s not all about what we can get out of church – it’s all about what we give to this city through the church. Once we are saved and have a solid relationship with our creator, it is our responsibility and our privaledge to reach out to our sphere of influence and make a difference in the Kingdom of God.

I hope you are all inviting your friends, family and co-workers like crazy people. Get a big stack of invitation cards this Sunday and give them all away – go here and e-mail invitations to all of your peeps.


Family Pictures


Our good friend Millie did a photo session for us yesterday. She is amazing – thanks for the great pictures, Mills! So – go to her blog and check them all out – She is one of the creative crazies that inspires me to continually work at my craft.

Love you, Millie!


How Did This Happen?




Monday Morning Again

So this morning in our staff meeting, Bryan mentioned that we have three Sundays left until Imagine Christmas and I almost spontaneously threw up. For real… if any of you have some time today or tomorrow and want to come help with some detail stuff for the show, please let me know!

On a happier note….Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love it more than Christmas because it’s less stressful and the food is just amazing. I’ll start my turkey prep on Wednesday morning – it’s a two day process for me but man is it worth it! Don’s making his famous Pumpkin Cheesecake and yankee stuffing and I’ll make a big fat dish of mac and cheese per Jennifer’s request. We’ll go see a movie after naps Thursday afternoon and then go back to Bryan and Jen’s for leftovers. Yummm…

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Which dishes make you absolutely salivate and has everyone begging for every year?

Let’s hear it, people!


What Do You Think?


Should I cut it all off or not?


I Need…

  • 2 men’s blue tunics for Don and Matthew – they’re my angels in Imagine Christmas and they need something to wear so they won’t come out on stage with their bareness hanging out
  • Winter outerwear for 30+ kids in coordinating colors
  • A quite snow machine…dang it!
  • An army of volunteers to do our Imagine Christmas bulk mail next week
  • More backstage people
  • low rolling fog that doesn’t make the stage slippery and cause injury to my amazing dancers (sorry, Sarah!)
  • to not get sick every time I think about food
  • to finish my volunteer schedule…eeeek

If any of you wonderful people out there would like to help me with any of this, feel free! I welcome help in any form it may come! I am not above begging or groveling but I would prefer to do this with my dignity still in tact. 🙂


Monday Morning Brain Dump

This one could be a doozy…

  • My brother went swimming with sharks last week while he was in the Bahamas – I think he’s an idiot and just asking for trouble. What do you all think?
  • Yesterday was hard for me. Leading worship in the service yesterday morning felt like wading through a big pond filled with oatmeal. (don’t ask me about food references…I’m pregnant for Pete’s sake!) I think – I know, rather – that a lot of the struggle is in me right now and not about the people. I’m distracted and sometimes feel inadequate to do this thing I’m doing. Ever feel like your time is just about up – that the grace has lifted for what your hands are doing? I’m sure it’s just the mommy in me wanting to give my undivided attention to my babies – I’m sure that’s all it is…
  • Pastor Chris Phillips from River of Life Church in Jacksonville, NC brought an amazing message yesterday. You can download the MP3 of the message here later today.
  • We had a really great rehearsal last night for Imagine Christmas. The violinist, Carrie Jackson, came and completely rocked this music. (my regular guys did a pretty fabulous job themselves!) I can not wait for Wilmington to experience this event. December 16th – 10am and 6pm at The Rock – DON’T MISS IT!
  • My husband is amazing – he has really stepped it up and is taking great care of me. He hasn’t said one word about my mood swings or lack of desire to clean -anything– he’s the best and would probably appreciate your prayers for him over the next 7 months. 🙂
  • We go for our first ultrasound this Friday! (there better only be one little fish down there in that aquarium…)
  • Pad Thai with chicken for lunch sounded better in theory…

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