Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A New Journey to...

South Carolina!!!

Eight and a half years ago, we began our life as newly weds here in Pensacola.  We lived in our little one bedroom apartment and pretty much had a kitchen table, 2 couches and mattress!  Jeremy was in seminary and teaching music lessons and I was beginning my teaching career.  As I reflect on these past 8 years, tears well up in my eyes...a foreign city has become home, a community where I knew no one has now become family, a home that was tiny and sparse is now filled to the rim with babies, furniture, toys and lots of memories!!!  After moving here, the Lord soon opened up the opportunity for Jeremy to serve at Olive Baptist as the Middle School Minister.  The Lord stretched him and grew him in so many ways...preaching, teaching, leading worship and "pastoring" the 120+ middle school students.  Over the years, we grew so close to those precious students.  Countless sleepovers, weeks at camp, pizza dinners, lock-ins, beach trips, mission trips.....lesson after lesson and Bible study after Bible study...we became attached very quickly.  In 2008, the Lord opened up the door for Jeremy to step in as the high school minister.  Such a neat privilege to be able to walk through high school with the students we started with in 6th grade. =)  We walked through some of the toughest times of our marriage while leading those students...as we experienced the 2 miscarriages.  And, we were able to share in the most exciting times of our lives as we introduced baby Bella and then a few years later baby Jackson to the students!  Throughout our time at Olive, the Lord has given Jeremy such amazing opportunities through leading students but also outside of student ministry.  He's had the opportunity to preach on Sunday mornings, lead worship services in our church and beyond.  All through the years, we continued to love our church family and truly ceased every opportunity to invest where the Lord had planted us.  Over the past several months, the Lord began stirring in our hearts...we weren't quite sure where or what the Lord may call us to...but we prayed that we would be diligent where we were serving here...until the Lord led us elsewhere.  

About 2 months ago, Jeremy received a call from a church outside of Columbia, South Carolina.  This pastor had "accidentally" stumbled upon Jeremy's brother's name while pursuing to fill a Worship Pastor position.  Jeremy's brother did not feel God leading him from his church but just mentioned that Jeremy loves music and leads worship while serving in ministry.  So, that pastor contacted Jeremy.  Things have moved quickly since that first phone conversation...many skype dates, phone interviews and 2 plane trips later...Jeremy accepted the position as the Worship Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo, South Carolina!  God's timing in our lives could not have been more perfect.  They have been without a Worship Pastor for nearly 2 years now BUT if they had contacted us earlier, we would not have been at the place in our lives to be able to leave.   With Jeremy's dad passing away last fall and my pregnancy, the timing would not have worked.  We continue to be amazed at the Lord's perfect, sovereign hand who is working in the details of our every day life.  He is a great God!  The Lord has continued to confirm His calling to South Carolina in our lives through His Word, our prayers and through the Godly people He has surrounded us with the past few months.  So...in 3 weeks a chapter in our lives will close and new chapter will begin! 

I'm sure there will be more blogging about our new adventure...but for now I just wanted to share the news! =)

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, it was our turn to spend Thanksgiving with my family!  So, we loaded up and headed to Franklin to celebrate Turkey Day! =)

It sure is a fun and busy house with all three of us girls, husbands and babies!  We had a blast!  Bella is 2.5, Sadie is 1.5, Jackson is 6 mo. and Houston is 2 mo!  Fun...fun!  

Linz, Bella, Sadie and Jackson giving each welcome hugs!

We had so much fun at Monkey's Treehouse!  For those of you who aren't familiar it is heaven for toddlers and moms!  Pretty much it's a huge room filled with a playground (treehouse), toys, kitchen sets, legos, coloring table....and more!  The girls loved it and us moms enjoyed relaxing on the comfy chairs! =)
Mimi happily volunteered to help the girls down the slides!  Good ole Mimi!
Jackson just loved all the extra attention!  Auntie Linz is full of cuddles. =)

A Boyd holiday would not be a true holiday if we didn't all wake up early and head out to run a race together!  So, we all enjoyed the local Franklin Turkey Trot 5k!  Once again, Mimi cheered on the side with the babies while Dad, Jer, John, Linz and I ran!  
My sweet boy was full of hugs as soon as I crossed the finish line! =)

Yay!!!  Linz and I were proud of ourselves...no record times (although I think we both PR'd for 5k times since birthing children!)...we both felt strong and healthy!  Lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! =)
Love this handsome boy....and his Mimi!!!

Here's the crew!  We'll get to drag out the Moore clan next year...we gave them the year off since baby Houston is just 2 months old! =)

Cheering with Mimi!

Lots of smiles for such an early morning! =)

Sweet girl!

My cute little turkeys!  Best cheerleaders there!

Quick little nap before enjoying the festivities of  Thanksgiving Day!

The handsome "boy" cousins...

My precious babies!  Blessings overflow...

Wearing Pappa's "helmick" (helmet)...

Practicing riding her tricycle...

Handsome boys cuddlin'...

Cute little nephew Houston...

We all loved preparing Thanksgiving dinner together!  Many, many memories are made in the kitchen together!

We celebrated my Grandma's 88th birthday!  Family all piled in town...20 of us total to celebrate sweet Grandma's birthday!  This picture captures four generations =)

So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving....God is good and His love endures forever!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pappa the Ironman...

Is headed to KONA, Hawaii!!!

 We had a blast cheering for my dad, "Pappa", in the Florida Ironman a few weeks ago!  He had his fastest ironman swim yet, a speedy bike ride and a strong marathon finish!  He placed 2nd in his age group which landed him a qualifying placement for the World Championship Ironman race in Kona, Hawaii!  Here are some sweet memories I captured throughout the weekend!

Playing w/Pappa and Mimi

Jackson loves his Mimi...

Full of giggles!

Special dinner at Chick-fil-A with Mimi =)

And face painting!

Dinner w/Pappa =)

All ready to cheer for Pappa!

Loving the beach!

I love this boy!

Sweet babies!

Go Pappa Go!

And he's off!

Go Pappa!

Cheering is hard work...

Run Pappa!

Cheering w/my girl...

GO Pappa!

13 more miles to go...

Pappa Qualified for Kona!

2nd place in age group =)

Happy Halloween!

This year I searched and searched for something cute that Isabella and Jackson could dress as for our fall festivals.  I finally landed on....
The Princess and The Pea! =)

We also ventured out to Chick-fil-A family night and joined all the other Pirates and Princesses...

Bella went to a fall festival with She-She and got to ride a horse...she insisted on doing it all by her self!)
 Fall is soo much fun!!!