Archive for November, 2008
Yesterday was thanksgiving and what more to be thankful for then the gift of life? Wednesday morning at 8:20 am, Lucy Christopher Laurie was born to Britney Laurie, weighing in at 7lbs. If you would like to keep up with Baby Lucy visit:
Stella, Chris and Britney’s other daughter also has a website that her dad put together for her: I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families yesterday, being thankful for our Savior, our Families, our Friends, and our Lives!
I received a text from Jonna this morning saying that Britney Laurie had given birth to a beautiful girl! For those of you that know, Christopher Laurie was my pastor Greg Laurie’s son. He was killed in a car accident just this summer on his was to work at his father’s church Harvest Christian Fellowship. This accident was made even more devestating by the fact that his daughter Stella’s birthday was that following Saturday and that his wife was pregnant with their second daughter. Christopher was 33 years old and at the prime of his life. Now his legacy and love for Christ will love on through his beautiful daughter named for him, Lucy Christopher Laurie.
Congratulations to Britney for pulling through what I’m sure was a difficult delivery. Congratulations to the proud grandparents, Greg and Cathy. Congratulations to Unlce Jonathan and Congratulations to Christopher who I’m sure was right by Britney’s side in spirit. Keep them all in your prayers and praise God!
This blog post is so overdue I don’t even remember when we did it. Trying to catch the last rays of summer, Alex and I headed to the beach with our friends Diana and Brett.
Here are a few pictures from our adventures that day. I wish I had pictures from dinner; we went to the Rockin’ Baja Bar and Grill… my favorite beach place to eat and had a huge dinner.
So this is about a week over due, but last Monday was my Dad’s birthday… he turned forty-something (you’re welcome dad). He’s a completely incredible guy. I can’t tell you of a time I ever doubted if he would be there for me or love me. He’s worked so very hard, holding down three jobs to help pay for high school activities including band gigs, dances, dresses, and Starbucks. Throughout my childhood (my dad is shaking his head now, because to him I’m still like 8 years old) he provided for my family and sacrificed time doing other things for himself and sometimes even spending time with us so we could do everything we wanted. It’s weird that while I do wish I had more time with him when I was little, I know he loved me because he worked so hard for us all to experience so much. I would have never been able to do all those trips, buy those midwinter dresses, or be in so many clubs if he hadn’t worked so hard. Even though he was busy, he still managed to make time to come to our events, make breakfast every holiday, and get us Del Taco for breakfast every saturday (when we were little my sis and I would go with him to get donuts – they were called “Daddy Daughter Donut Dates”). He’s touched many lives with his work at the county, his church, and his private practice at home… most of all he touched our lives with his prayers at bed time ending with “I love you with all my heart.” So, here’s to you Dad! Happy Birthday.
This word of the day is brought to you by Jonna. During our lulls at work (shhhh) we sometimes gander at Anthropologie and gaze at it’s magnificity! This particular word came from looking at an awesome owl-somether-or-other.
cutedorable (cute*dorable) adj. : Cute and adorable in equal parts… but greater than the sum of; extraordinarily cute and adorable x10
Thank you Jonna and anthropologie!
There is a blog on my daily reads that never fails to impress… ohjoy! She is a graphic designer who lives in Chicago but is soon to be moving to Sunny California. She often posts some of her own creations as well as other’s she shares as inspiration. This week she posted this beautiful artwork by Dirk Rees and I just had to share it with you. Stunning.
She also posted this quite whiscial art piece by yuken teruya. Now, I’m a resourceful person, so the idea of this I think, is genius!
This weekend we celebrated Wil & Debbie’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Chris, Amber, Alex & I planned an entire day where Debbie and Wil never had to open their wallets. We went to a Car Museum, Seaport Village, and a beautiful modern restaurant in San Diego. I think it’s safe to say, they had a blast! And we all had fun planning it. Here are a few pictures from the day.
We love you guys. Congratulations on 25 years together. Here’s to 25 more!
I’ve inherited by Mother’s ability to make up words. My mother got it from her mother. I’ve recently learned that many of my friends have the same ability and I’ve thought many times about writing some of them down. While I might not remember all of them right now, I’m hoping to periodically post some random sayings or words from my adventures.
This word of the day was sparked by a conversation with Jonna yesterday regarding Anthropologie:
fwah (prounced just how it looks) adj. : an exclamatory phrase, best utilized for the astronomically high prices of Antrhopologie.
Pastory Greg posted an amazing blog today that I thought you all should partake in:
“The election is over and America has decided. We have a new President-elect, Barack Obama.
So what should be the posture of believers at this point? Scripture commands us to pray for those who rule over us.
BTW, this is something we should do, whether we voted for them or not!
Pray that the Lord will give our future President wisdom in the decisions he will make. And remember this, God is in control. Things will fall into their proper place as God brings about the events He said would transpire before His return.
Remember, history is “His story.”
A new administration
In the book of Daniel, we read about a transition of power where one administration was passing and a new one was arriving. In Daniel’s case, Darius was the new ruler over Babylon.
So what did the prophet do? Daniel studied the Scripture and prayed. But what is interesting is that Daniel prayed for himself and repented of his personal sin, as we read in Daniel 9:
It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, was studying the writings of the prophets. I learned from the word of the LORD, as recorded by Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I wore rough sackcloth and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and keep your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. (NLT)
You can read the rest of Daniel 9 to see what else the prophet prayed for. But that is what we need to be doing right now as Christians, praying. The election is over, the voting is done, and the decision has been made.
Sometimes, believers can go too far one of two directions when it comes to elections, voting, and even politics in general.
One extreme is to not participate at all, and thus miss the opportunity to make a real difference with your vote and be the best influence you can be for godly principles. I’m glad enough people voted to say “Yes” to Proposition 8 here in California, because we believe in God’s order for marriage!
America has voted for change
The other extreme is to make politics your passion instead of Christ! Where you become more focused on these things instead of your primary mission, which is to preach the gospel.
America has voted for change. What that change will be remains to be seen. But the only way to bring lasting change is when it happens in the heart. And government cannot do that for us, only Christ can.
One day, He will come back and take “The government upon His shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6). But for now, we have mankind doing the job, and it will always disappoint, regardless of your party affiliation.”
Wow. If you want to hear more, come on Sunday to Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA