My Mission Trip to France=$3800

I have raised $3,857.00 to date. My support raising is complete! Thank you!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

40 Days Left & A [HUGE] Launch

Ok friends, here it is!!!

In an effort to creatively gather donations for my upcoming TRIP TO FRANCE with Pioneers ministries I have:

1. Uploaded my support letter online. It's handmade and fun.

2. Created and LAUNCHED an ETSY account where I will be selling JOURNALS, CARDS, and so so much more.
Oh! A Pretty Pigeon is my etsy store. So excited!
The name is something James, my dear friend and travel companion this past fall, said while we were walking the streets of Paris. The timing, the day, everything was perfectly funny and we laughed about it for months...I could think of nothing better than such a fun memory for my etsy store name.

3. ANNOUNCED my BENEFIT SHOW. So excited for this.

"We Eat. We Play. We Listen." featuring the musical stylings of James Roquemore and Floodwork. I am making my infamous chili, cooking up some BBQ, and setting out a SLIP'N'SLIDE. Wrapping up the whole day with a night movie on the lawn.
Come out, be blessed by good food, good friends and good music.
May 15th. 2pm. My casa.

And so much more to come...can't wait!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I can't hold it back...

Friends, get excited for some new things that will be launching soon.

I am!

Ok, That's all.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Update! Update!

Hello dear friends!
It's about time for a little update, no?

Life has me so excited as I watch the Lord prepare my summer for me. Oh what a beautiful Jesus we have!
This Easter was a wonderful celebration of the redemption, hope, and JOY we all have in the promises of the Lord.

For Good Friday, I drove out to Winter Garden to go to a prayer experience hosted by Westwood Church. It was just lovely and I cherished the time I got to spend at each station of the cross.
While there, I ran across Sweet Traditions, a DELIGHTFUL French bakery and restaurant (that I will be frequenting, I am sure). I got a tarte aux framboises. While I savored every bite it reminded me of my sweet time this past fall and built excitement for the beautiful culture I will be able to minister to this summer.

I crossed the street and came across Lacey's music store, which was a vintage music treasure trove. I immediately connected with Lacey and we talked about life, love, and, of course, good music. I acquired a pristine record of Renee Lebas singing in French. It's called "Cherie, I Love You" and is filled with French classics and favorites from the 1950's.

That night I had a beautiful time with the Lord listening to Renee sing in French and praying over my summer in this wonderful country.

In addition, I have been learning the LANGUAGE through a podcast I discovered last year called Coffee Break French. These are 20-30 minute little snippets of language, culture, and grammar that have really been helping me learn French. I pair my time listening to this podcast with reading Harry Potter in French, a copy of which I picked up this autumn at a used bookstore in Paris' Latin Quarter.

Friends, as I grow more in love with this culture I become more moved to pray for them. PLEASE JOIN ME in praying.

As a FINANCIAL update, I wish I could tell you more of where I am with money. I am certain I have about $100 in, but Pioneers takes about two weeks or so to process money, so I am truly uncertain of where I am.

That being said, the deadline for $500 came and went yesterday, April 5th...I am sure I will definitely need all the help I can get because I don't think I am close to this amount yet.

If you have not received one of my support letters yet, please LET ME KNOW! I would love to send one to you. As always, if you feel so moved to partner with me financially, please follow the link at the top of the blog. I've made it super easy to give online!

More to come soon. Life is getting exciting and literally BLOSSOMING like the flowers around here. Until then, I will leave you by sharing a few things that have been blessing me as of late.

1. This Flickr Set of vintage Parisian pictures. Look at the passion of this culture. I can't wait to show these people the passion of our God. Oh France, I'm falling in love all over again...
2. The album Storyboards by Sleeping At Last, my hands down favorite band of the moment. Their music leads me to the Lord. AND THEIR ALBUM IS FREE FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS! JUST CLICK!
3. The phrase "Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'être aimé." Roughly translated: There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. Ahh oui, vraiment.

à bientôt! (see you soon!)