Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Elevation '09: EKHO

This past week we did our summer camp that Seacoast has been doing for I think 8 years now! We packed up 8 school buses full of luggage and students and headed down to Camp Awanita in Marietta, SC! It was so awesome! We saw so many students come to know God for the first time, grow in their walk with Jesus, and fall more in love with Him! Words can't even describe how successful it was because we just wanted the students grow in their walk with Jesus!

This was also a cool experience for Mike and I on our marriage. If you don't go to Seacoast Church, one thing that I think is so cool is the response time at the end of the services. During the response time, there is a chance for everyone to come and take communion, and usually it is the pastor and their spouse giving the communion. Well, at Elevation this year Mike and I were able to give communion together to students. It was such a special thing to me that I was able to do it with Mike. Nothing is more beautiful than giving something away to these studnets that represents what Jesus has done on the cross for us. It was such a neat experience for Mike and I.

Also, We had the chance to baptize students together, and that was so amazing! The three pictures below were of three of the girls in my small group at Elevation. It was so cool to participate in this symbolic act of worship which celebrates a new life in Jesus Christ!

Right before the mega relay that we did amazing at! We beat the 6th graders!
We started out with the coolest team flag, and after a while another team stole it, took the banana off, and eventually it got left outside, and the inflatable monkey was destroyed, we bandaged him up for a little while, but he eventually died! It was fun though!
Zeke loves Pastor Mike!

No, those are definitely not cheetos girls! The boys hanging out!
We won the spirit stick and made it into a 7, but then it broke last minute, so the kids made a cross out of it! (We put glitter on it too!)
Our team was the Chiquita Bananas, 7th grade from LP campus!
Services were awesome, the band did such a great job! We sold over 100 goats to feed families in Africa! It was awesome, one they bought one, they could put it on the map!
Roxi and I needed a lot of sugar and caffeine to keep up with all the students, so we splurged at the concessions getting reeses and mountain dew!!!!

Me and my girls after the last night of service:
Having fun in the Lake:

My AMAZING 7th grade small group girls:
Talent Show between campuses: These were our Randy, Simon, and Paula (in that order):
Hummer Rides:

Allison and AJ's Wedding Day Pictures

Here are some pictures from Allison's wedding day: It was so beautiful, so ENJOY!

Allison made these cool panels that everyone walked out from behind as we walked down the isle! They looked so good!She is so beautiful and talented:

Before the wedding as people were being seated:

The reception tent, it looked so adorable, and totally Allison with the purple and pink!
Bridesmaids shoes:

All the girls having fun:

Sweet picture:
Cupcake tower!
Cute pic:
I just love this picture of Ella at the reception! She was so excited!:
Christina and my last picture taken together before she moved!
I already miss her and it's only been one week!
Stephanie and me:

Friday, June 5, 2009

Allison and AJ's rehearsal dinner!

Tonight was the rehearsal dinner for my lovely friend Allison! We call each other our "sunshine friends" because we bring sunshine in eachother's lives! I JUST LOVE HER! The rehearsal went really well, even though there was a TON of rain today in the Charleston area, but it cleared up just in time to do the rehearsal! Here's a few shots throughout the night!

All the bridesmaids:
Stephanie, me, Beth, Abbi, Michelle, Kristin, Kristi, Allison, and Alexa

The Beautiful Bride: Allison Marie

The Bride and me: Rainboots were a necessity!

Stephanie, Allison, and me

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Welcome to June!

- First of all, I just got done with my maymester class! (I got an A!) It was a great class, and I had a lot of fun! Now, just for the records, I have only one more semester, and I'm graduating in December! It's 191 days away!!!!! ijustcantevenwait! :)

- ELEVATION! This is the summer camp that Seacoast has done for many years, and this is my second time going as a leader, we leave next Wednesday, June 10 and we will be there until Sunday the 14th! I'm looking forward to the trip, I have the 7th grade LP girls! We haven't came up with a good name for our group yet, my creativity hasn't come out in me yet! I'm still working on it!

- As soon as we get back from Elevation, 5 days later it's MISSIONS TRIP time! This is the first missions trip that Mike and I are going on together, and we are very excited to help lead this trip! We are taking a group of students to Guatemala, and we have been having meetings for the past few months getting ready for this trip. At our meeting today we worked on some dramas to perform at schools and orphanages, and the students did great learning them!

- Well, I always know it's officially summer when I start working full-time at the school. My group this year is 2nd-4th grade. Every week we have a different theme and we do different crafts, activities and games that relate to the theme! This week was "eye spy" week, we did a scavenger hunt, made magnifying glasses, and kaleidoscopes. Tomorrow we are going to Chuck E. Cheese (I love the pizza)! It should be fun! Starting next week we will be going to the waterpark 3 times a week! It is going to be awesome! I will be getting sun, and getting paid for it! It's really fun, and the kids love it! (Oh, and after doing this 3 times a week, I'm a suncsreen expert of putting it on kids! haha) Also, each age group goes on another field trip once a week other than the water park, so we are gone 4 out of the 5 days of the week! It makes work go by fast!

- One other special event that happened these past 2 weeks was my little brother Jacoby's high school graduation! It was also Mike's sister Brittainy's graduation too! We went to the senior drive through and made posters, then to the senior breakfast, and senior chapel! It was a weekend full of events! Here are some pictures:

-My little stepsister Katelyn graduated from the 5th grade last week too, they had a special ceremony, and it was very sweet, I can't believe she is going to be in Middle School! She got most athletic girl in her class, and I was very proud of her! She is so cute! Here's a couple pictures:

- This weekend is Allison's wedding and I am very excited for her and AJ. Allison and I have known each other since we can remember, and we became really good friends in High School! Her and AJ are getting married this Saturday at Old Santee Canal State Park! It is going to be such a fun wedding, and It is all about Allison, and I love that! Anything to make her day more special is all I care about! Here is a picture from this past weekend, it was Allison's "bachelorette" weekend, and we did spa stuff at Allison's new apt and here are the results, I'm the one with the "chocolate face" in the middle, the rest of the girls, except for Alexa on the end have "pink" faces, they just look like the got sunburned really bad.

- This next thing I have saved for last, because it is such a sensitive subject! One of my very best friend's in the whole wide world, Christina is moving! It has all just happened really fast, but I am very happy for her and Kevin moving back to Tulsa! They are leaving On Tuesday, after Allison and AJ's weekend wedding. I don't think it has hit me yet, because I have been spending just about every day with her, getting as much time in as I can with them before they leave. I'll post more about them leaving later (I'm tearing up just thinking about it)....

This is me, Michelle(with a crazy face), and Christina at Fonduely Yours, with our chocolate pot! It was so good! :)
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