Tuesday, December 20, 2011

IPhone Backgrounds

My husband said it best... where is all this creativity coming from?!  I honestly dont know, but its fun!  I recently saw THIS post over at Life Sweet Life and thought... I can do that!  So...here is a couple things I have come up with!  Feel free to go HERE and download them for your own background!

Here is a screenshot of the one Im using!

If you want me to create one for you, let me know!  :) 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas DIY

Its almost here!!  I cannot believe that Christmas is less than a week away!  Saturday I was wrapping some presents and I realized that I did not have any gift tags, so I rummaged through the house trying to find the ones I was SURE that I had, and I only found some very um  UGLY ones... so... I put on my thinking cap and decided to make my own!  The front has the gift recipients name and the back is who the gift is from!  I just cut them out, glue them together, punch a hole to tie them on, wrap some yard around my box, tie a bow and its done!



Above is a blank one, you can download it Here and make your own!  :) 

What creative ways are you wrapping up your Christmas?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

From our Sweaters to yours!

This coming Sunday night, Nathan and I are going to our second Ugly Sweater Christmas party!  Two years ago our friends had one and we had a blast, so we decided to start the festivities off a little early and show off our awesome threads!

Our Christmas Card this year!

We had so much fun taking these pics, I just sat my tripod up and set the timer! 

Hope yall have a SILLY Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Open Doors

 In the past month, it seems that God has been opening some doors for Nathan and I in our music.  I've noticed that usually things like this happens in highs and lows.  A year ago we had a full band singing almost every weekend at various churches.  That dissipated because we felt the need for a church home and to be planted somewhere and thats when we found Bethlehem, became members and have been serving about once a month on the worship team there.  During that time, a whole year, we did not write one single song.  Why?  I have no idea.  We tried, but it just would not come.  Our style is pretty easy and if a song gets hard, we just put it aside.  This may be the "wrong" way to do it, but its our style.  We can usually have a song written in about 30 minutes or less.  Recently we have had the opportunity to help with the worship at Impact Community Church in Rock Hill.  This has been a blessing both financially and musically.  Playing in a different setting with different people stretches you as a musician and singer and we have enjoyed meeting the new people the past few weeks and making new connections as well.  At the same time that we are playing at another church, my heart is still at Bethlehem, our home church, but God has opened a huge door there because Bethlehem is starting a Friday night service in February!  I cannot wait to see how God uses this service to grow our church and reach out to the community!

On another note, I do not think that this is all coincidence.  In the past months, God has put giving on our hearts.  We have tried our best to be obedient to his calling and I truley believe that we are being blessed through our obedience. 

Giving is hard, it takes sacrifice and selflessness.  But it is vital to the Christian to give.  Not what is expected of you, but what is unexpected.  We are so blessed to have what we have and the root of Christianity is selflessness and giving. 

I want to challenge you not only this Christmas season, but every season in this next year, to give.  Pray about what God would have you give.  It doesnt always have to be money.  It could be your time, your tallent, your ear to some who needs you to listen, your prayers, your spare clothes, food... I could go on and on, but my point it, no matter where you are at in life, you can give SOMETHING!  That is the beauty of giving, is that everyone has something to give.  God has equipped you today to give something to someone else!  Thats the reason you have what you have!  So, take inventory today.  See what you've been blessed with.  Pray about what God would have you give.  Then bless someone else with it!  You will be amazed at the peace and blessings that will be poured back on you if you just make a little room!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Carrigans

This past Sunday I got to take some pics of my sweet sissy and her boys!  She is into photography too and has a 50mm lens so in my naivety, I used it for the shoot!  Some turned out great and some not so much, but these are my favorites from the evening! 

Notice anything different?  I played around with a little edditing on this one!  The one above is the finished product!

I also edited out the background on this one because my sissys face was hidden but this smile was too cute to pass up!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my beautiful family!  :)