Friday, December 4, 2009


After a hiatus of nearly a month, Emily returns to the blog world! And oh, am I happy to be back! What a crazy, action-packed period this has been!

Between 14 photo shoots, 2 weeks in California, and trying to get Christmas gifts ready to ship to our out-of-state family, I have had no time to blog. Oh, and did I mention that my computer bit the dust again, and if I want to get online, I have to wait until Matt brings his laptop home form work? Ugh...All I want for Christmas is a Mac. I am SO over my PC.

So I could go back and give you a play-by-play of the last month, but I don't think you would like that very much, and it would be the blog that never ends. Instead, I think I'll make now the time I reveal the big news for our family...

May I have a drumroll please...

I'm not pregnant...

Nope, we are moving! To Florida! This summer, Lord-willing.
We have been offered a job with a different ministry and have accepted. The new ministry still falls under the umbrella of our parent organization, so none of our support needs/info changes. The change for us will be the location, and the focus of our daily work. We'll be working on a project that is relatively new, and teaches children the attributes of God, and helps them put down deep roots to their faith at an early age. One of the things we have seen over and over in the last 4 years is that many adults who were raised in Christian homes turned away from their faith in their teen years, or when hard times came into their lives. It saddens us that these people did not have the depth in their faith necessary to trust God through the hard times. We want to help the kids of today to really know God so that when they encounter difficult times, they will be able to cling to Him instead of walking away and floundering on their own. Has our heart for marriage and family changed? Absolutely not! We believe that our new job will prepare a new generation of adults to experience healthy marriages, and raise children who love and know God. Our new job complements what we have been doing for the last 4 years, and we are SO EXCITED!

I am not excited about moving away from Arkansas and the precious friends I have here. I cry if I think very much about leaving. But God has called us, and who am I to refuse to obey? No way, Jose! If there is one thing I know with certainty, it is that God's way is ALWAYS the best way, even if I don't fully understand it. I know that He will provide a great place for us to live, a wonderful new church, and new friends.

There is so much more I could say, but my husband is patiently waiting for me to sign off so he can take his computer and go to work. So I must go. I hope you have a wonderful day today!

It is good to be back.


Kristin said...

Wow, congratulations Emily! Such exciting news. I'm sure you're a bundle of emotions about it all. But so much to look forward to!!

Laura said...

Fill me in on the details...Florida...what ministry?
I would love for you to take Courtney's senior pictures...maybe we could make that still happen? Will you be out this direction any time in the spring or summer?
I'm trying another blog too...A Snap Shot of Motherhood. The other one has more ministry stuff...this one will have similar posts but will be different too.
Love ya,


Smarshie said...

WOW!!! That is so exciting, Emily! What part of Florida are you moving to? I am looking forward to hearing how God uses you and your family out there.

Lori said...

Wow - that's exciting, Emily! Can't wait to learn more. Welcome back! :)

Southern Belle said...

Yeah! I am so glad your were missed!
I'll be praying for you as you prepare for your move to Florida and for an easy transition for you all.

~Christine = )

Lauren said...

Wow! We are really gonna miss y'all, but I am excited about what God is doing! I'm glad you had a good trip. Sorry about your computer...I definitely recommend a Mac! :)

Jenn said...

Wow..big news! Sounds like an exciting ministry! I've seen this happen so often..raised in Christian homes and then once they hit college turn from their faith. It's heartbreaking. I can't wait to hear more about this ministry!

myletterstoemily said...

good luck with your move and thank you for having such a heart for children.

i overheard my 19 year old daughter encouraging a friend to spend some time in the book of james...didn't catch the rest. but she was off to a good start. this same daughter made a few bad decisions in the past, and it blesses me to see her back on track!

i have a blog for young moms.