Friday, January 28, 2011

Erick Baker - Live Performances

Hopefully this works... never posted a video on here before! Two of my favorites.

dates are the best

I love getting to spend alone time with my hubby, especially when we get to do something a little out of the norm. Last night, we dropped the kiddos off at my parents house to spend the night, and John and I went to dinner at Brio's and then headed downtown. I got John tickets to see the Edwin McCain Band with Erick Baker for Christmas. The concert was last night @ Workplay Theatre which is an awesome and intimate venue. Edwin McCain was really great. I only really knew a couple of songs of his from back in the day- "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask For More" but I have to say, the rest of his music was awesome and a lot of fun. He is a real musician- not someone who is just all about a performance. He was also hilarious, which i didn't expect. The highlight of the night though, was Erick Baker. He is fairly new on the music seen and he is a new favorite of mine. Go to his website and check him out. SOOOOO GOOD! We met him after the show and bought a c.d., which he signed for us. He was super cool, and again a fantastic musician, who you can tell, is super passionate about what he does. (Man, I'm really bad at writing music reviews- no career ahead of me there.)

I was so thankful to have a night out with John last night. The past couple of weeks have been super stressful, trying to get our home ready and keeping it that way. I feel a little overwhelmed and exhausted, but I'm doing my best to fully trust that the Lord will work all of this out. It was great to get a chance to relax, eat, hear great music, and just BE together.
I can already tell that this new adventure is doing great things for our marriage, which is exciting and very encouraging.

If you want to kick it old school for 4 minutes, head over to my facebook page and check out the video of "I could not ask for more" that i uploaded. I have to admit that it was a highschool boyfriend of mine's and my "song". Pretty funny :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Check this out. Nebraska is the happiest state in U.S.
I'm thankful for little things like this that make leaving home even the tiniest bit easier.

On the home-front... John and I completed our last project. We had to install a new door for Noah's room. The previous one had a hole in it. I won't mention how it got there :). So, with the help of a great and handy friend, the new door went up and John and I painted it, in place, last night. It would have been much easier to do it off the hinges, but we knew Noah would have trouble sleeping with a missing door. We painted one side just before bed, and painted the other, as quietly as possible, while he was sleeping. Now it's as good as new!

Now, we just need to keep everything clean, which may prove to be a difficult task with 2 toddlers. We'll see how it goes!

Keep praying for a quick sale!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Buy Our House!

Today is the BIG day. Yesterday the sign went up, today our house is listed on bhamMLS. Here is the link if you want to check it out! Pass it along if you know of anyone that needs our home!

*Click Here*

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's almost official...

The sign was placed in the yard this morning. Wednesday, our house will officially be listed online. My emotions are mixed. I'm excited, yet scared. I'm at peace, yet I'm grieving.

Please pray with us that our house sales quickly!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

We've waited long enough to tell you...

We are moving to the MidWest.

Omaha, Nebraska to be exact.

I (Misty) have lived in Birmingham my whole life. I love it here, and I've never seen myself living anywhere else. I just knew that I would grow up, meet the man of my dreams, have beautiful children, and we would live our lives happily ever after in Birmingham Alabama. We would spend lots of time with my parents, who we absolutely adore, and my sister, who is one of my best friends, and her awesome husband, who i'm still very much enjoying getting to know. I also have a huge extended family, most of whom live in the Birmingham area. We are close and see each other often, for birthdays, holidays, and random get-togethers. And we also have some of the greatest friends in the world that we enjoy doing life with. My vision included lots of regular time with all of these very special people in my life. So, my heart is hurting knowing that for a period of time, or possibly the rest of my life, i will live pretty far away from them. This was, at one time, a VERY HARD decision to wrestle with.
John and I have been praying about, thinking about, and wrestling with this possibility for a long time. Probably a year and a half. We have actually made the decision to go before, and I couldn't bare it, so we put it to rest for the time being. But on Christmas Eve something happened. The Lord did something in me. He gave me exactly what i needed to make the decision to GO. He gave me an absolute peace. And once I knew with 100% certainty that the Lord wanted my little family in Omaha, Nebraska, the decision to go was easy. My heart hurts to move away from my dear dear family and my awesome friends, but now that i know that the Lord is calling us elsewhere, I can go. Because above all, I want to follow Him.

Now from John...

As Misty said, this has been a decision that we've been wrestling with for over a year. Why are we moving, and why to Omaha? The short answer is that we feel like God continually has put this on our hearts. It just keeps coming back up. I had actually put the decision to rest this fall, only to have my wife give me the greatest Christmas present ever by saying out of the blue, "I think we should move to Omaha."

The reason we are moving to Omaha is mainly due to a job opportunity. There is a young, thriving church up there called Relevant Community Church, pastored by our good friend Ronnie Rothe. We helped Ronnie plant a short-lived church here in Pelham, AL a few years ago. The job title is Program Director. In short, I'll be responsible for directing all the elements of the Sunday Service. This includes leading a team of talented, creative people to create an environment that is conducive to worship and helps drive home the main point of the sermon. I'll be doing tons of design, video, and creative thinking with, as I said, some really talented people. This is my passion, using my creative gifts to communicate God's Truth. This job fits my gifts and passions like a glove. I couldn't be more excited. And what's more, it's a 30 hour/week job, meaning I'll still have a fair amount of time to put towards my recently launched business, Kingdom Project Creative, which helps Christ-centered ministries understand and implement creative media.

There's another reason for this big move. I feel like we need a change as a family. Our life is actually really blessed. But there's been something eating at me. There's this feeling that we're too comfortable. That sounds kind of ridiculous because that's what a lot of us are chasing: security, stability, comfort. The thing is, I want my life, and my family members' lives to be lived by faith. I guess I don't see a whole lot of opportunities to trust God in our current state. So this opportunity of moving to Omaha...starting over, making a change, doing something risky...has always represented an adventure for our family. It's something that I hope and pray will bring our family closer and something that I firmly believe will draw our hearts closer to Christ in a genuine way. Because that's how people learn to trust God, through our experiences. Back in October, when I was intently praying about this decision one morning, my mind was flooding with questions of how and why and what if. Suddenly it seems like all those worries were cleared and I felt God say, "John, just step out on the waves and see what I can do." That's the only time in my life I can confidently say that I felt God speaking to me. Anyway, this move is about a job opportunity, and I'm excited about that. But even more, I'm excited to see what God does in and through our family. Because I/we have NO IDEA what's going to happen. We're being obedient and trusting that God knows what's best. So fun.

Misty again. So, here we go! Our adventure begins. Our home goes on the market Monday. (So if you know of anyone looking for a 3 bdrm/2 bath home in great condition in the Pelham area, point them in our direction!) As of right now, our plan is to get to Omaha by the end of April so that we can get settled and John start his job @ Relevant by the 1st of May.

We would appreciate your prayers as we prepare to leave our home. I think this may be the most difficult thing i ever do, but I'm still excited to see what the Lord is going to do!

Our plan is to keep you updated through out this journey, and we definitely want to keep our family and friends informed once we get to Omaha. This means lots of pictures of the boys! (I promise now that John is joining my blogging venture there will be lots of pictures!)

Monday, January 3, 2011

it's been a while

Well hello there! I realize it has been forever since i last posted. 8 whole months! I'm a slacker ...i know. Anyways, we have some big big big news to share, so John and I are going to sit down together and write a post. This change in our lives will lead us to blog a lot more, John and I both. So, keep a look out for our upcoming post as well as a lot more posts from both John and I. Hope you all had a great 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year! :)

Oh yeah, hope you like the new header!