Showing posts from August, 2015

And the winner is ...

Lauren - congratulations on winning this beautiful wristlet clutch!!!!!!!!

If you will contact me as soon as possible, I'll get you in touch with the shop owner :)

T O   E V E R Y O N E   E L S E  :

Stay tuned for a VBS recap post + a Friday night fellowship postAnd 

In HIS grace, Alisha

Rhey's surprise party

This past Saturday, my parents and I threw Rhey a surprise party in honor of her 14th birthday!  We all had a fantastic time of fellowship!  Nooow ... here are the pictures from the party :)

Rhey loves bright & cheery colors, so mom thought that the tie-die decorations would be perfect!!
Rhey loved the flowers I bought her :D

The guest of honor has arrived ;)

Most of the adults talkin' L-R: Mr. B, Larry, Mrs. B, Mr. L, Mrs. L
Most of the kiddos - Rhey is MIA lol L-R: Matt, Sarah, D.J, Beth
Mom getting instruction from Mrs. B in how to make garden mint tea L-R: Mom, Mrs. L, Mrs. B
These three could affectionately be referred to the Three Musketeers ;) L-R: Sarah, Rhey, D.J
Mom & Dad got her a Bible L-R: Matt, Sarah, Rhey, D.J
Rhey loves chocolate - can't you tell by her face??? ;)
"Now I didn't know what to get you, but I figured you'd like what I decided to give you" - D.J L-R: Matt, Sarah, Rhey, D.J
D.J painted Rhey a scenic picture - she loves it :D L-R: …

Practicing hospitality

Mom loves being hospitable – and this summer, God has given her plenty of opportunities to open our home up.

For two weeks in July we hosted a grand total of three missionaries – one steady (Kevin), two temporary (Pastor Gabriel and Arvin) – from the Philippines.
We all had such a good time of fellowship, making a joyful shout to our Lord (there was lots of music those two weeks), and eating Filipino food (Kevin, Arvin, and Mom were the chefs).

 So without further rambling here are some pictures from the two weeks :)
When the guys arrived, the four of us played an intense game of Super Scrabble :)  L – R : Pastor Gabriel, Kevin, Rhey
Pastor Gabriel and Kevin were able to join us when we sang at the local nursing home  L – R: Pastor Gabriel, Kevin, Pastor Fred, Rhey, Miss Reba
We treated Pastor Gabriel and Kevin to Sonic :) L – R : Kevin, Pastor Gabriel, Mom, Daddy, Rhey yeeeah I don't know these craaazzy people haha
L – R : Me, Kevin, Rhey, Pastor Gabriel there we go, now those thre…

I need YOUR photos!

At nine years old, the Lord called my parents into the mission field – and that mission field was foster care. For 11 years now, orphans have a special place in my heart – a place I didn't know existed! Sadly our family is no longer doing foster care, due to changing seasons of life! However, that doesn't change the fact that I want to help out fatherless children – in some shape, way, or form.
Which leads me to the point of this post!
Do you remember the photography contest announcement that I made??
I would love to use the winning photos in a 2016 calendar – and all proceeds from selling the calendars will be going to Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman's ministry Show Hope!
The ending date will be October 7th, 2015 – I want to have the calendars done and ready to be sold by December 1st (they will make perfect Christmas gifts!).
What is Show Hope??
Here is the bio from the website:
“ Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans, restoring the hope of a family to orphans in …

Being Mission Minded << giveaway - Sweet Pea Totes wristlet clutch >>

I am so thankful that Mary agreed to do a giveaway for the blog party this year :)

The lucky winner will receive beautifully made wristlet clutch from Sweet Pea Totes!
So ... what are you waiting for???
Here's how to enter to win :
- comment telling how you minister to your siblings (1 entry) - post about this giveaway on your blog and email me the link (2 entries) - post this on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and email me the link (2 entries) - share this on Google+ and email me the link (2 entries) - sign my guestbook [ if you haven't already done so] (3 entries) - follow my blog [ if you haven't already done so] (4 entries) - follow Mary's shop  (4 entries) - like Mary's shop (4 entries) - purchase something from Sweet Pea Totes (20 entries)
The winner of this giveaway will be announced Thursday, August 13th, 2015!!

And the winner is ...

Toria - congratulations on winning this beautiful leather Bible!!!!!!!!

Being that I already have your address, I will try to get this out to you as soon as I possibly can :)

T O   E V E R Y O N E   E L S E  :

Stay tuned for a giveaway + a review!!

In HIS grace, Alisha

Are you married to God or the church?

In today's culture you have a diversity of people, and therefore have a diversity of beliefs on church attendance.
Some believe you shouldn't go to church at all
Some believe you should only go to church for the Christmas Eve and Easter services
Some believe you should only go to church on Sunday morning (excluding Sunday school)
Some believe you should only go to church on Sunday morning (including Sunday school)
Some believe you should only go to church for Sunday morning and Wednesday night
Some believe you should go to church for Sunday school + Sunday morning + Sunday night + Wednesday night + go soul winning every Thursday night + all the fellowships + bus ministry.

It baffles me that the last four are so different!  I mean, we all read the same Book and notice how the early church (in Acts) met for worship (which should be the way we do it today), but yet we bend the views to fit whatever we want to do.

Just the other day, a friend asked me what my view of church attendance i…

Coming soon!

This new series will give you a fun / somewhat crazy glimpse into my life - a small-town girl gone farm girl.

Some things to expect are :
* farm life photography * recipes * tips on farm life                        ... and much more!
So stay tuned :)
In HIS grace, Alisha

July goals + recap

Yeeeah so I haven't been keeping up with posting the goals + recaps like I used to, buuut I plan to start doing them again :)

Here were my July goals (recap is included)

*Blog more - so glad I can knock this off the list ;)
*Journal more - yeah this month I have not written in my journal AT. ALL :(
*Read Proverbs- Yeah I know I finish it every month, buuut hey - Proverbs is full of "hidden treasures"!!!
*Help in VBS - complete - served as the VBS photographer {pictures coming soon!}
*Take more pictures - I will try to post the pictures I've taken as soon as I can
*Write 1-2 letters a week. I actually got really behind in this ... totally forgot this one was even on the list ... I'm caught up now though lol :P

*Do some reading - I haven't read as much as I'd like, but I have read a couple books.
Hey, not bad - I knocked more off this list than my past list!!!

So now for my August goals :
* Plan an event
*Read two books
*Journal more
*Blog more
*Take more pictures

The Problem With Churchianity

I have had the hardest time in figuring out how to start this post, so I'm just going to begin with a warning:

The past three weeks have been p.r.e.t.t.y tough on my family me, so I really need to pour my heart out!
It all started four years ago … when we moved from Texas to Virginia.  You see, we had read that Virginia was a wonderful place to live!  It was beautiful … it had all four seasons … it had mountains … it wasn't too humid.  For our family – Virginia sounded fantabulous (don't get me wrong – I love it here in VA).  However, the one itty bitty detail on Virginia that wasn't mentioned was this:

“If you're a very conservative family whose mostly Anabaptist (with some Baptist and Charismatic sprinkled throughout) good luck finding a church!”

The past four years, my family and I have had the most difficult time in finding a church home – no joke!  When we think we've found “the one” we find out one of the following:

:: they don't mind women in leadershi…