Saturday, February 27, 2010


so excited about matt's first service!

here are his promo shots a great photographer i must say, his wife!

rɛl-ə-vənt/ [rel-uh-vuh nt] – connecting a changing world to an unchanging Word.

Something exciting is happening this Easter: It’s not foil-wrapped in a basket, or hopping about on two furry legs – it’s our newest worship experience here at River Hills Community Church, relevant and you’re invited to join the celebration! This new worship experience will be launched at 11 o’clock on Easter Sunday with a newly renovated Family Life Center. Come join the excitement, volunteer your time and energy, invite a friend, family member or neighbor to worship with us and hear an inspiring Easter message to breathe new life into the holiday.
When an egg cracks open, new life emerges. It's a fitting Easter symbol: On Easter morning, the tomb cracked open and out walked a newly alive Jesus, leaving behind an empty grave. So, if you aren’t sure relevant is all it’s cracked up to be, bring the family and come check us out this Easter. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to or just check out our website for additional information at

Thursday, February 25, 2010

erase this!

ephesians 4:32
be kind & compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
i found this giant eraser in beau's bookbag the other day. i had to take a picture to remember what he wrote on it. when i asked beau about it, he said that it would be gone soon because he makes a lot of big mistakes & has to use it often. my heart melted-
i want a giant eraser also. mine would have to be enormous. sometimes i fail.
fail as a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, mostly as a daughter of the greatest Father ever known. i make many big mistakes when it comes to my daughterhood to Him. i struggle with forgiveness for things that don't matter. when our kiddos argue or don't follow through, forget chores, make careless mistakes on school work or run in the house. if matt forgets silly things or libby claire peels her diaper off, once again, and i have to wash wet sheets, again. when i find gum wrappers under the cushions or i wash the capstick or DS game left in someone's pocket. those things drive me crazy. what small issues & mistakes that my loved one's make. i end up getting fed up & tired of the same one's repeated over & over.
when i saw the eraser & talked with beau it seemed that in that simple chunk of rubber with my precious beau's misspelled handwriting God was once again repeating His forgiveness to me. how quickly i judge, punish or fuss over the small things. if i only saw my big mistakes though His eyes & knew how quick He was to forgive me. His eraser is bigger than i can imagine & never runs out or gets used up. how badly i hurt His heart when i can't forgive. i am going from this day forward to extend the forgiveness i was given by the life of my Jesus. no longer will the small mistakes i hold onto mean so much.
i am using that giant eraser & know it will be gone very quickly & a new one will be needed for all my REALY BIG MISTAKES- & for the REALY BIG MISTAKES of others.
forgiveness is so simple an 8 year old explained it in a way i will not soon forget.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy valentine's day 2010

it was a little hard to get all 5 to smile & not blink at the same here are two of the best photos. beau & libby claire seem to never be smiling at the same time.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

welcome to the nut house!

our ashie lovin on finn-
ashleigh is libs therapist & we adore her.
meems & papa
maggie gets lots of kisses
pastor kenny came by to see some of his favorite kiddos

pops & meme

liza came for a visit to meet the newest mcgarity

hospital to home!

we enjoyed the snow from our room

the city was beautiful
our sweet boy has already started sucking his thumb

mr. bob came by on his way from the airport-braved the snow.

we only had a few visitors because of the icy roads but finn was happy to meet them all!
pops & meme

uncle b & aunt cole

aunt erin & uncle bill

ready to go home!

our girls were so excited to meet finn.
we got home around bedtime & all the other kiddos were so glad they got to stay up & see finn.
daddy & his girls

Monday, February 8, 2010

geat expectations-met!

james finley mcgarity



so you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. matthew 24: 43-44

the miracle conception, pregnancy & birth are amazing to me. only ordained & created by God-my relationship to our Father became so much more when i gave birth to our first child. all aspects baffled me, the creation, the whole process & then to fall so deeply in love with this little one you have only know for seconds. the love of a parent.

matt & i talked about the "waiting" on finn to be born as my due date creeped up on us. he compared it to the waiting on Christ to come back. how true that is. can you imagine if everyday we lived as though He was coming back. how different we would act, talk, live. as we prepared for our newest son we became ready to meet him. we decorated the nursery, bought diapers, planned our lives with him in mind. we spent months falling in love, reading about new babies, talking to our older children, going to the doctor, everything needed to be fully ready when he was born.
the waiting game-
as the last few weeks of my pregnancy slowly passed. we found ourselves packing our hospital bags, washing onsies and thinking each night as we went to bed "this could be the night." and then each morning waking saying "this could be the day." matt had his phone on at all times, i didn't venture to far from home- we were truly on alert. READY & waiting.

i am now preparing for my new waiting game. i am going to be ready. like the virgins with oil (matt 25) i have never correlated the two. waiting on the birth of our children to waiting on Christ to come back. now i look at it differently. i am preparing & planning that day. for i do not know when that day will be. i am going to set my life ready & waiting for His return.

if i only spent as much time yearning to meet our King as i did wanting to meet our son, wow! i had such great expectations of what our precious son would be like-great expectation met!

i now live in great expectation not of a son but a Father! planning & preparing for that great expectation to be met!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


welcome to our new baby finn. i begged our photo savvy friend corrie to brave the snow & come take some hospital photos of finn. so glad we did, so sweet, brand new hospital photos...

baby belly!

so 2 weeks ago corrie & i finally carved out sometime to go do belly photos. thankfully...because finn arrived the very next week! love, love, love them corrie. thank you so much.

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