Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Look at being on the Road...

Hey friends,
Well, Shay and I are officially off the road for 1 week...well, and I'm officially off the road till January b/c I'm too close to our due date. Girls, this baby is due in 4 weeks....AHHH!! (that's me screaming somewhat out of panic and mostly out of joy/excitement).

We have been on the road with Kay Holliday, Keith Chancey (you gotta check out the Kanakuk Institute) and Will & Cindy Cunningham. We have had a ball! Lots of laughter, prayer, great conversation, and deeper friendships. We have been able to see and meet Kanakuk families that have been just incredible to be with even just for a few hours.

I am back in the office soon and have lots to catch up on. I'm sorry if you have emailed and haven't heard from me. I promise to email soon.

Be awesome & love Jesus,

Keith Chancey sharing with mom's in one of the towns we were in...
Shay Robbins in his "Tommy" costume. We did a skit together where we have written the 2010 kamp theme song...
Shay and I in our outfits for "Tommy & Tina Meatballs." We were an italian couple who had the next kamp theme..."DON'T forget about it."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Memphis to Nashville...and more...

Hey friends,
Okay, I must admit my posts are not all that fun but I just have very very limited time while on the road to see you girls and families. I love traveling for Kamp and it is such a great time of adventure for Shay and I and whoever we happen to be with that week. This week we are with Will & Cindy Cunningham (the K-Kauai directors, that's our family kamp) and it has been a blast. At this moment Will is doing the Mom's Coffee and I am catching up on blogging...why not? Anyways, prayed for you girls today...prayed for your heart to love Jesus more each day.

We are in Memphis and headed to Nashville today. From there we are in Little Rock, AR Wednesday night and then Conway, AR (Kris Allen's hometown and Jordan Short's town) on Thursday. Woohoo! Then Shay and I are staying in Arkansas to get time with my parents and their church! It's going to be a crazy week with lots of fun people! Hope if you are in one of those towns that you will come by...all details for whens and wheres are HERE.
Be awesome & love Jesus,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am Second...

Hey Kanakuk friends,

I came across this "I am Second" videos. I posted some other videos from this series last year and heard about this one last weekend when I was at TX/OU Weekend in Dallas. Since I'm typing to mostly girls I will go ahead and tell you that the two guys are the two starting, unbelievable quarterbacks for Texas and Oklahoma. It's amazing how sold out these two are in such a culture that I am guessing is so hard to live for Christ. Yet compared to what Christ did for it really "that hard?" Just a thought...

Be awesome & love Jesus,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Liberty, Missouri or Bust...

Hey K2 Friends,
Well, I only have a second but we are on the road again. We headed out yesterday for Wichita, KS and we will leave after the Mom's coffee here to go to Liberty, MO. If you are a Liberty girl come on over. You can find details by clicking HERE. I would love to see you all! (Side Note: then I'll be in Lee's Summit (Wedneday night) and then Columbia (Thursday night).

The baby is growing and I have an appointment on Friday for our 2 weeks check ups as they start. Please continue to pray for health for our sweet little one. I would also love for you all to be praying for the Kamp Movie Tour. We are spending this year to simply travel to come visit/love/serve our kamp families. Our kamp families are just unbelievable! I feel humbled and blessed by them. Please pray that we continue to simply love/serve as we are on the road.

Be awesome & love Jesus,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ft. Worth to Houston...

Hey K2 Girls and Friends,
Well, I am in the back of the Ft. Worth K-Life as Joe is doing the Mom's Coffee event for these precious moms. It's been an awesome start to our week in Texas. We had the Ft. Worth KanakukLive last night and had a great time. It was such a great time to be with FAMILY. I love that about Kanakuk that all of us...from Joe, to precious 8 year olds, to moms, to directors and to dads are all a part of the FAMILY OF KANAKUK.

Anyways, we will grab lunch and be headed to Houston for KanakukLive tonight! All you Houston girls and guys we would love to see all of you! See my blog posts a couple down for details or click here. Please pray for safety for all 5 vans we have out and about this week. I awoke this morning to God's sweet reminder of faithfulness. I am so humbled by the KANAKUK FAMILY. Truly truly!

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." ~ Psalm 62:1-2
Be awesome & love Jesus,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Humbled & Blessed...

Hey Kanakuk-ers,
Well, this morning I am so humbled and so very blessed! I sit here with a podcast playing of a sermon from Watermark Church, Rick's Bakery cookies (bakery in Fayetteville, AR), organization binders for Kanakuk Movie Tour (which starts this week), a belly moving from a little one growing, and pictures of a humbling day where I (and baby Robbins) felt so special and valued.

I wanted to remind each of you today that you are so special and valued. I was reminded this weekend with the baby shower of the AMAZING community here in silly Branson, MO. I pray that each of you have community that uplifts you and encourages you in being a young woman of the Lord, community that makes you laugh, and community that walks through trenches with you too. I hope, even if you don't, even if things feel lonely for you, that you know God is ENOUGH. He loves you and values you so much. I am teaching a Kay Arthur study to my 7th/8th grade small group about the names of God. We have learned 3 names thus far and I don't know if my small group girls are learning anything...but it is knocking me to my knees and face! We have learned: Elohim (Creator, John 9:2-3), El Elyon (Most High, He is Sovereign), and El Roi (God who Sees, Proverbs 15:3). Girls, God loves you and made you for his mighty works, He's in charge even when things are lonely or spinning out of control, and He sees all. So thankful for the many names of God.

Be awesome & love Jesus,

Here are some pics from the shower:

These are my sweet friends that hosted the little munchkin shower for me...The one on the far left should look familiar...

My friend Jane (please check out her site: Click HERE) did the decor and it was precious! She made the onesies and burp cloths.

K2 Holler! I think some of the other K2 girls had left but here is Brooke Roberts and Casie Hilton! 2 Awesome K2 Leadership gals! They are both doing the Kanakuk Institute this year.

A sweet Kamp family came in for the shower and got Baby Robbins her Baby Einstein jumper! Woohoo! Our daughter will be smart...right?

These cupcakes were made by Rachel (K-Kountry director) and they were delish! The white icing was a pumpkin spice cupcake with like cream cheese icing...ya'll seriously, yum-my!

Shout out to Term 1 Staff from 2009...this is what you all got me. I love it and can't wait for her to be in the B.O.B stroller as we walk and jog together! (I wondered for quite some time why it was called a BOB stroller but my friend revealed it probably means Baby On Board...I'm a blonde!)

Shout out to Term 3 staff from 2009...Thanks for the pack and play. I love it!!!!!! This is the print I picked out to be neutral for the many kids that Shay Robbins wants to have.

My friend Rachel (also made the cupcakes) made me a blanket that in the corner had this little patch and when I have the baby she will sew a little circle on it. PRESH!

This is one of my fav outfits I've gotten. It's from a dear Kamp family in KC and it is just too cute!

Okay, I'm realizing most of my friends are THE craftiest people in the world. My friend Stephanie made a prayer box for her room. Here is the inside of the box. She makes labels with subjects on them and then what God's Word says on that topic. This will be so awesome on the late night feeding times with our precious girl!

Friday, October 9, 2009

I'm coming to Texas...

Hey K2 Girls!
Okay, I thought I better do this today b/c I will be heading out of town on Tuesday for the following places: Ft. Worth, Houston, & Dallas. Check below if you are from those towns/around those towns and I'd love to see you! Joe, Shay, and I will all be there and we would love to see you, your parents, and friends! We will have crazy skits, our new Kanakuk video, and a message from Dr. Joe White. Here are the details:

10/13/2009, Tuesday
7:30 PM
Fort Worth, TX and Area Families
Christ Chapel Bible Church
3740 Birchman Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107

10/14/2009, Wednesday
7:30 PM
Houston, TX & Area Families
2nd Baptist Church
6400 Woodway
Houston, TX 77057

10/15/2009, Thursday
7:30 PM
Dallas, TX and Area Families
Watermark Church
7540 LBJ Frwy
Dallas, TX 75251

K2 Guys and Gals, come on over to Dallas for a fun night of fellowship with Kanakuk directors and staff. Click HERE for the link to the event page on Facebook. Don Ford, Shay, and I will be there!
Friday, October 16, 2009
7:00 pm - 11:00pm
@ Watermark Commnunity Church
7540 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX

Be awesome & love Jesus,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Favorite Things...

* (read while singing along with Julie Andrews)
"I simply remember my favorite things & then I don't feel so bad"...let's all sing along! I love the Sound of Music and thought today as it's a little grey and rainy outside that I would share some of my "favorite things" right now...
1. FALL: I love Summer because of Kanakuk but I love the Ozarks when leaves start changing and the colors burst forth (did I just type burst forth?) that are just beautiful!

2. WHEEL OF FORTUNE: I love this game show. I have been watching it more the past couple of weeks and I think if they had a couples show that Shay and I could have won it all! Shay always starts just saying random words with the sounds of the letters on screen...hysterical!

3. VICKI COURTNEY'S BLOG: I totally don't know Vicki Courtney but parents she is great. Her blog is very current and relevant with a sassy biblical mom's tone. Click HERE to check it out.

4. PLAINLY JANE ON ETSY: One of my dearest friends is by far the craftiest person I know. Not weird crafts, cute amazing crafts! She has her own little business on Etsy is this awesome site of homeade, vintage, anything you want site. It's awesome and unique. Click HERE to see Jane's stuff. (*MOMS: she has splat mats, welcome mats, and time out mats that are just precious!)

5. HGTV: I just love anything on this station! Well, not some shows, but mostly all of them. Shay and I live in our little loveshack but someday when we have a house I hope to use all these ideas...and by me using them, I actually mean all my friends that are talented at house stuff!

6. GIRL TUTUS: Well, since Shay and I are having a little girl I have discovered these easy to make no-sew tutus. They are awesome. I have already bought tool (not sure if that is how you spell it...tull?) and hopefully will have some craft time soon! I'll call my friend can see more HERE.

7. CARAMEL APPLE CIDER: Girls, I had the most amazing caramel apple cider at this place in Chicago this weekend at a place called LePeep. DELISH! It was so great! Now, I'll have to find a good recipe or find a place that has it in Branson, MO.

8. SAY YES TO THE DRESS: This show is on TLC. I have seen it during my lunch break and it just makes me laugh. The pressure of the sell and the consultants...oh, and some of the brides crack me up! It feels so intense as they try and close the sell. So fun!

9. SIMPLE SHOES: I love simple shoes. My friend Callie has a pair and I told her yesterday I might be copying her soon! I have to save up some money and ask the hubby but maybe they can be my "I'm about to go on Kanakuk Tour for 3 weeks" gift...we'll see! Click HERE to see my favorite pair.

9. BETH MOORE STUDIES: Any of her studies I just love but I am doing the Esther study and it is just great! She is one of my favorite authors as she draws you to God's Word and makes your heart pulled into even the hardest of scriptures. It's awesome. I have done 4-5 of her studies and all have been awesome!

10. CROCHET EAR WARMERS: Okay, this is another find from Chicago. We found this precious boutique and it had these crochet ear warmers with big flowers on them. I bought one in red and my girlfriends did too. They are so cute!

11. SOCK/SHOES FOR BABIES: I am obsessed! I love these socks. At they have all different colors and designs...some look like Mary Jane's and others like sneakers, crocs, ballerina shoes, etc. They are awesome!
12. PLAID LONG SHIRTS: I am rather addicted to plaid long shirts for the can wear with jeans or leggings, flats or boots...I just love them.
Well, there are a few of my favorite things. This is a totally random post (I seem to be the queen of randomness these days) and I hope it makes you laugh or just ponder your favorite things right now. So today, go out and drink some caramel apple cider and know that I would love to be there with ya!
Be awesome & love Jesus,

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Why NOT post about Pot-Roast...

Hey Girls,
Well, I am headed out to go check on our crock-pot that is simmering at home as I type. One of Shay's fav meals is pot roast with carrots and potatoes. YUMMY! Shay and I are eating it for supper (our fridge is pretty bare but I had a roast!). We put it all in at lunch and we can't wait!

p.s. Can you tell that my life has for the most part been uneventful today...but I still love my life! I'm laughing at my own post...seriously, my co-worker Mollye just walked by and I'm like cracking myself up that I'm posting about PotRoast!

p.s.s. More exciting posts to come...I will cover the following:
1. Baby appointment tomorrow...I'll let you know how the little squirt is doing.
2. Some post that is very encouraging and inspiring...working on this one.
3. My sweet friends are throwing Baby Robbins Baby Shower on Sunday! Woohooo! I love being with other moms so their wisdom can just osmosis-ly come into my brain.
4. KanakukLive is coming to Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Houston next week! More details to come!

Be Awesome & Love Jesus,

Monday, October 5, 2009

Got a Date?...

Hey Kanakuk Friends,
I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a total girls weekend with 3 great friends as we headed to Chicago for lots of shopping! It was such a blessing to be with them and just have great fellowship time. It made me miss summer because of the fellowship we are all surrounded by in the summer with you all! I just love kamp friendships!

Okay, so you might be wondering about the picture...I did a post on this last year and got a lot of emails back so I guess I wanted to post again on the same type of subject. The subject being: not being asked to Homecoming/Prom (spring)/or any other dance/event that a boy typically asks a girl. Oh, my sweet friend, I know this can be a hard deal. All your friends have been asked or have boyfriends and then there's YOU. You keep hoping for a certain boy to ask only to find out he asked another girl in your math class. You keep thinking you'll just go with a group of your girl friends but then as weeks pass the "group" of them is only you because they all decided to go with dates. I know right now it seems so hard and so HUGE that you didn't get asked but I promise someday (hopefully sooner than later) it will not feel as HUGE as you thought. The picture above is of Shay and I from the summer (Amigos, Amigos, Amigos Party night) and I love this picture simply because of his hand on my back. In junior high I was so not the girl that ever got asked to dances. I was pretty awkward, braces, and crazy 80's bangs...well, let's be honest, all that continued through high school too. I just was never THAT girl that guys asked on dates. I "dated" (if you can call it that) only 1 boy in high school (quite a comical story now) and I asked both prom dates to prom (both as friends but still I asked them). I don't tell that to "woah is me" your heart...I tell you that to say that God is so cool because the whole time in my awkward 80's hair day days was writing my journey to, first, Himself and then second, to my husband. He knew the Friday nights when I was kicking it at the Medlin household in Cabot, AR with my mom and dad! He knew the college years when I was the dateless girl at the sorority functions. HE KNEW. So my sweet dateless girls...hang in there. Don't be discouraged. God is writing your journey and your mighty works that He has planned for you. I wish I could call Zac Efron and have him be all of your dates for your Homecoming Dance (if only Zac loved Jesus...not that he doesn't, I just don't know if he does?) and you could dance like he and Gabriela did in HSM3 on the rooftop...innocently and preciously (not a word but go with it). So summary: It's okay if you don't have a date for the 9th grade Homecoming dance...or any other grade for that matter. You are the apple of God's eye and he is enthralled with your beauty.

* If you do have a date, that's so great too! Just so you know...just wanted to write about not having one b/c that tends to be harder.

Be awesome & Love Jesus,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Johnny & ChaChi...

At church this past Sunday they played a clip on these guys. It was a song about marriage but I found this on youtube. The blonde wige guy is actually the youth director at Watermark and used to work for Kanakuk. From what I have heard he is a legend around here and is doing awesome things for Watermark/Dallas youth. They just make me laugh. Hope you enjoy!

p.s. I am headed on a girls weekend from this afternoon - Sunday so I won't be posting but I'll be back on Monday!

Be awesome & Love Jesus,