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I killed my blog

Don’t ask me what I did. A while ago, I moved over to – Anyway, a few weeks ago I was messing around behind the scenes and killed my blog. I have not the capacity to figure it out nor the desire to spend hours on it so I’m back over here…

I have a lot to say…so get ready! My reviews of Re:Create will be first on my list.

Hope you’ll stick around with me!



Prom Date

The lead singer in this little gem of a video is Joey, my prom date….

I haven’t seem him in yeeeaaaarrrrsss – but I found this and thought it was just hilarious and just like I remember him.


Who did you go to the prom with?


Dancing Machine

My brother is an idiot…I know, I know…. (not really…he’s the most amazing brother, pastor, husband, father, friend – but I have to give him a hard time b/c no one else will now that he’s senior pastor…)

But every once in a while he does something super cool like this. Our friend, Paige Strackman, has sponsored a project through American Express called “Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children.” Bryan agreed to shoot this video to help spread the word and our good friend, Millie, agreed to shoot the photography.

If you are an American Express card member, please go NOW and vote. If she wins it would mean 1.5 million dollars to help saves the lives of children in Haiti. Thanks for the help…



I was SO proud of the dancers from GAFA today! Riverfest took place downtown Wilmington this weekend and our Celebration Dance Company and GAFA Dance Teams performed in front of hundreds of people and they ROCKED it! Here are some pictures from the day – leave some comments and let the girls know how great they did!

Rylee got SO hot in her stroller, so we stripped off her pants and I handed her over to Mrs. Donna so I could take pictures. We didn’t want her little bald head to get sunburned so we covered her up with a burp cloth. This was her first dance outing and she was a trooper. In a couple of years she’ll be up there performing! I can’t wait!

Thanks to everyone who helped organize this event – and to all of our GAFA families who make my job a dream job – and to my AH-MA-ZING staff who always do more than I ask of them, you guys just make me happy!


Tuesday Morning Brain Dump

So, I haven’t done one of these in a long time – and I’ve been missing the chance to just unload all of the random stuff bouncing around in my brain….

  • Rylee is turning out to be a pretty good sleeper. If I can just get her to drop that darn 3:30am feeding!
  • Reagan told me that bananas have potassium in them. How does a three year old know that?
  • Don’s mom is coming for her first visit since Rylee was born. She hasn’t seen Reagan in over a year and has yet to meet the girlie girl. Can’t wait to see her!
  • I’m addicted to Banana Chocolate Vivano’s from Starbucks.
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brooke Fraser’s new live album – her voice is perfection.
  • As you can see from my previous post, don’t try an come at me with gossip – I’ve been trying to wash out my brain for days.
  • I talked with someone very special to me on Saturday – I hate that so many of my closest relationships are so far away. Pops, Mama Reba, Cindy, Stephanie, Mindy, Sarabess – I miss you all like I can’t even describe!
  • My friend, Rachel and her husband, Anthony, are talking about something very important over at her blog. Please go and read their story – you’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the first post and then read through them in order. I’m an sure that there are some of you who can relate and need to hear what they have to say.
  • Lisa Rinna’s lips are freaking huge! Good grief.
  • I’m excited about fall tv starting up next week.
  • David is doing an amazing job with the creative art’s team at Rock Church. I’m so thankful God sent him to us just at the right time!
  • Glory Academy is back up and running. We are everything that typical “church dance teams” are NOT. We exist to bring excellence and relevance back to the art of dance in the church. Help us spread the word! We have classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe and hip hop from ages 3-adult. All new students receive a FREE LEOTARD for their class. Amazing….I know…
  • I need to figure out a way to bring in some extra money – something that I can do from home. Any suggestions? (I am bracing myself for the inevitable sarcastic suggestions from this guy and probably her, too.)
  • That’s enough for now…but I’ll leave you with this picture. Can you guess what Rylee is doing in this shot?

Play Date

Reagan had a play date today…Karen came with Marty and Rachel came with Olivia and Jackson. The kids played so hard and we got to sit in the living room with some amazing coffee and have girl talk time! It was so fun and Reagan is worn out now – he’ll probably sleep for hours. 🙂

Here is the aftermath of the 2 1/2 hour play fest. This should be fun to clean up! 🙂


My Amazing Friend

Hi, everyone! Don and I have an amazing friend –

Most of you know Millie Holloman, one of the most incredible photographers on the planet…she consistently amazes me with her creativity, her energy and her commitment to excellence. We are thrilled to have her as our friend.

Yesterday, the family headed over to Millie’s office/studio for some pictures of Rylee. Of course, they turned out so beautifully. I won’t post any here, you have to go to her blog to see them. Be sure to leave her some comment love!


No news is not necessarily good news…

So – I had about three hours of contractions on Monday night – and then….. nothing….

Everyone who even halfway knows me knows that I am NOT a patient person – it’s one of my biggest faults – so this has been a difficult week for me. My due date is Sunday so I’m trying not to get too restless until then.

Anyway – stay tuned for more details! We’ll be sure to post pictures whenever she finally decides to make her entrance!


Baby Update

Hi, everyone! It may be a while before I can post anything again – although I will try my best to post a picture or two once Rylee decides she is ready to come out… 🙂

Reagan and I went to see the doctor this morning to see if we are making any progress – he is very interested in this whole process. The baby is head down – very LOW down – and I am one centimeter dilated. Hopefully we can get this girl moving soon!

We really appreciate all of your prayer during this time – we love our family and friends so much and are grateful for all of the support!

Abbye, Don and Reagan


Monday Morning Brain Dump on Tuesday…

Yea – this week is definitely not going like I thought it would. This is supposed to be my last week in the office and supposed to be shorter days at that….but, that’s not happening. There are way too many loose ends to tie up and an office to pack up – not to mention GAFA is starting back up today with our summer session. (which, by the way, registration has been amazing and we are going to have a fabulous time this summer!) BUT….next week I am NOT in the office at all…working from home some, but not in the office! 🙂

There is a lot to say right now – so many things going through my mind about this season of my life and the transition God has me in – I don’t know if I can get it down right now. Let me just say this –

I am so grateful for the past ten years of my life. I have many amazing memories of leading such an incredible team and I am a bit sad that this season is ending. Even though I will still be a part of the team – working together to bring glory to God through the arts – it is a bit weird to me right now. I will write more in the days to come about all of this, but to my wonderful team – I love you more than you know and have been honored beyond my ability to relate to you in words to have been given the opportunity to serve the Lord with you over the years. Thank you for your support and your respect, sometimes it was not deserved but definitely appreciated…

I am looking forward to this next season of ministry with you – I am changing roles but you can’t get rid of me that easily! 🙂

This Sunday we will make some exciting announcements about what God is doing in the Creative Art’s Department now that I am stepping aside as director. You don’t want to miss the news, so be sure to come check it out!

Love you all – Abbye

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