Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Exciting News!!!

What an awesome season we are in. I love celebrating Easter. I've been wanting to post since Easter morning but haven't had a chance until now. I don't know what Easter looks like for you, but for us, it's all about new life, new beginning and what the Lord has done for us.

Our Easter Sunday morning service was so amazing! Yvette, who just recently lost her Dad, signed this song; 'I Will Rise.' I couldn't find it on playlist so I took my Playlist songs off my blog so I could link you to this one. If you'd rather cut and past it, here is the address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yvfso4Q8xg
Either way, I would just encourage you to listen to the song right away. You will be so glad you did. It's so very, very moving. Here is a link where Chris Tomlin speaks about what inspired him to write the song. As I watched her sign the song, tears just streamed down my face as I sat in awe of what the hope we have been given through Jesus Christ.

After that, Arte delivered the sermon. It was pow.R.Ful! The the theme of the message was 'It's not over.' It was absolutely inspirational. I thank God for the new beginnings that He has given us through His mercy. This is one of the passages that speaks about this new life.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you." I Peter 1:3,4

We went on to have a very relaxing and fun Easter. It was a very rainy cold day and I had a hard time getting some shots inside but...had to get some Easter shots so here are the kiddos.

On Saturday we were able to dye some Easter eggs.

On Friday, Kelsey had her little concert at Preschool. She is never shy so it was so intersting to see her looking shy up there! Afterwards they had an Easter egg hunt because it was just barely nice enough. Here are a few shots.

Now, I have to share some extremely exciting news!! I'm working on this lil' projects that I was hoping to post today but I'm not quite done them yet. They are 20 little gifts that I'm taking on a big trip that I leave for tomorrow. Yup...Phoenix, here I come!!!!!!!!!! Spellbinders is sending their entire design team on an all expense paid retreat to Phoenix, Arizona where we are going to be trained not only with their tools but we also be certified with Copic. I'm entirely beside myself with excitement! I will also be receiving my new die cut machine from them and a ton of new dies. There are also several stamp companies that are sending in product for us to have and use. Too fun! It will feel like Christmas!Of course, it's always very hard for me to leave the kids. This time Kelsey who is not in school yet will be going to Grandpa and Grandma's so that makes it a little easier.

I leave early tomorrow morning and won't get back until Sunday night. I will be playing very hard and won't have access to a computer. I know that I will have much to tell when I return home though. Can't wait!!! My very good friend Janice who lives in Phoenix will be picking me up from the airport so I'm most excited to see her as well.

Have a fabulous week!


Susan Coish said...

Wow!!! What an awesome trip!! I know you'll have lots of fun and I can tell you are very excited!

Your children are beautiful too!

Have a blessed day!!

valken said...

Yes that song is amazing. You got some really good closeups of the kids. Don't play yourself out when your away but do Have Fun.

marla said...

Wow Julie what a wonderful opportunity. How lucky you are. You are very talented. I think design team work would be so fun but I am not there yet as far as quality of work. Have fun and learn lots.

Leigh said...

Great pictures, Julie!!
I completely forgot to dye Easter eggs with the kids this year... oops!
Congratulations on your trip with the Spellbinders DT! That is very exciting, indeed! Have a great time!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

Daniela said...

Wow, how fun and exciting! Have fun. Love all the photos!

Elizabeth Bailey said...

Great pictures of the kids! Congrats on the awesome opportunity!

Tona said...

Glad to hear you had a nice Easter.
Great news about your trip! Enjoy!!


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