too cute

We don't have many practical things for our little guy...I mean really, he basically has clothes and shoes, so you would think that we might want to start getting things that are needed, but no, we decided to get these ::could they be any cuter???


hard to believe...

...but it's true, TRU curriculum has officially been launched. Michelle presented it at CPC (children's pastors' conference) in Nashville. The response was incredible, and we are thrilled to see the excitement people have about the philosophy without even seeing a whole lot of the product. If you want to check it out, click here. Tru is something that I could talk about forever. I have yet to perfect the art of describing it in less than 20 minutes, but I'm working on it! Here are a few pieces of the philosophy straight off the website ::

"Through the process of spiritual formation, we desire children to open their hearts to God, learn to discern His voice, have a desire to obey Him, an
d to do so in the power that the Holy Spirit offers to each believer."

"God has given parents the incredible responsibility of impressing a love for God on the hearts of their children (Deut. 6:5–7). These impressions best occur as a natural overflow from the lives of parents who are seeking to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, and strength."

"As we teach the Bible in church and at home, we want to be true to content and context. We take a historical-literal approach to Bible interpretation; we investigate what Scripture meant to its original audience and draw out the corresponding biblical truth principle for application. Additionally, because we propose that the mind learns differently from the soul, our approach to Scripture is not only informational (analytical, linear, mastering the text—for the mind) but also formational (receptive, in-depth, letting the text master you—for the soul)."

We've seen transformation in our kids, parents, volunteers and staff. We watch God show up week after week and yet for some dumb reason, we are always surprised. I can't wait to see what God is going to do other in kids, parents, volunteers and church staffs!

Oh, and if you want to see what I specifically work on, check out Tru Wonder on the site...it looks like this ::



feeling very pregnant...

i am at 23 weeks, and loving being pregnant! i started feeling movement around 20 weeks, but didn't become consistent for a little while. Now I'm feeling him more and more and i love it! alex was able to feel a little tiny kick for the first time a couple of days ago which was also VERY exciting! we've been clearing out space and trying to make room for our little guy and hopefully will be getting the crib very soon. I finally tackled the registering yesterday with my mom and dad...alex opted out. Initially, he had wanted to be a part of every decision...well, there are a LOT of choices and being the crazy woman I am, I did a lot of research online before I ever stepped foot in the store. So of course as I was researching online, I was asking him a lot of questions about what his opinion was about certain things...he quickly tired of giving his opinion and suggested I go with my mom :)
We are registered at babiesrus, as well as amazon....I didn't even KNOW you could register on amazon!! We only have a few things there...most of the everyday things are at babiesrus, but there are some fun little things on amazon. Here's a preggo photo...honestly, we haven't been good at taking them...also keep in mind that we probably should taken this earlier in the day because my belly isn't THAT big all the time :)


so proud

Another one of Alex's shirts has been spotted in stores...this one is in Kohl's!! Not only was it spotted in stores, but it's online as well! We are so excited and think it's pretty awesome that Alex's designs are doing so well!

Needless to say, I am a very proud wife :)


better late than never...

we had a great Christmas...it was full of fun and family and celebrating the birth of our Lord...what could be better?! Here are some shots of our celebrations::

christmas eve with my side of the family...

christmas morning at our little home. just alex and i. can you tell it's early?! it's crazy to think that next christmas there will be three of us celebrating together!

christmas day/day after with the pavone side of the family::

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!