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Three!!

She’s 3!

Yesterday was Abbey’s 3rd birthday.  After a near tragedy with the birthday candles (see @pastorsteven on Instagram), and after we got her brothers off to school, I told her I would take her to the Disney store.  She asked several times if we were going to Disney World.  I told her no.  When we pulled up to the mall she asked if Cinderella’s castle would be there. Good thing she has never been to Disney World because she had the best time at the store.  She kept asking me if she was still 3.  Like suddenly she was going to go back to age 2 so she needed to check.  The day was perfect.  I am a blessed woman.

 

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Elijah, Graham and Abbey’s thoughts on Easter

My kids made a welcome video for our Easter worship experiences. I couldn’t not share it here.

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Happy Spring from the Furtick family

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A party for my Hunny

Winnie the Pooh stopped by Abbey’s birthday party and I had to share a few pictures with you.

For months I’d been telling Abbey that Winnie was coming to her party.  Honestly, I did not know if she would be scared when he showed up but she was elated to meet Winnie.  She kept saying, “He’s here!  Winnie is here!  Hi Winnie!!”  It was a great time of celebration for all our friends and family.  And even if Abbey does not remember her 2nd birthday, I will and I will have the pictures to prove it.

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A special day

 

 

Today is a special day in the Furtick household.  It is Steven Furtick’s 33 birthday. These pictures were taken this past Sunday morning before he left for church. He knew the snow would be gone when we got home.  I wish you could know him the way we do.  You would love and respect him even more.  He is an incredible husband, an amazing father, a brilliant leader and a man of God.

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My little hearts

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone

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Kids serving kids

Right before Christmas we had the opportunity to make boxes for Operation Christmas Child along with a few other Elevation staff children.  I love serving with my kids.  I love teaching them to care about others.  They had such a great time picking out toys for their boxes and then assembling their boxes.

Did you know that this year, Operation Christmas Child expects to hit 100 Million boxes this year?  And, did you know that you don’t have to wait until Christmas time to make a box?  The boxes that we made will be distributed in Panama this March and you can still contribute to the stack (contact outreach@elevationchurch.org for more information).

And don’t forget, you can always visit Elevation Outreach for more information about how you, your family, or your small group can get involved.

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12 from 12

I hope you had a wonderful new year and a very merry Christmas!  I have certainly enjoyed a break from blogging but also excited to be back.  2012 was an incredible year for us.  Our ministry and our family has never had a bigger year than we did in 2012.  Here are my 12 favorite events from 2012 (in no particular order)…

1.  Code Orange Revival.  Although it feels like a lifetime ago, this did, in fact, occur in 2012.  It was a whirlwind 2 weeks that had a significant impact on my life personally and on the life of our church.

 

 

 

 

2.  Elijah’s baptism.  There is nothing like seeing your firstborn express their own belief in Jesus.  What an incredible moment.

 

 

 

 

3.  Trip to Hillsong Australia.  I was so proud to accompany my husband to Australia and hear him preach at not only one of the most influential churches in the world, but also one that has impacted my life personally.

 

 

 

 

4.  Banner Years.  Elevation is filled with moments where God came through.  Banner Years is one of those moments for me.  Our church believed God for something big.  My husband and I gave sacrificially along with the people of our church and God multiplied it.  My faith grew yet again.

 

 

 

5.  Greater, a NY Times bestseller.  When my husband released his 2nd book this fall we had no idea how it would be received.  We were blown away at the response it got as the book made it’s way to the New York Times bestseller list.

 

 

 

6.  An incredible vacation.  Halfway through this crazy ride, we took a family vacation.  The trip was a breath of fresh air for all of us.

 

 

 

 

7.  Abbey turned 1.  The first birthday is significant because you realize that you made it and if you can make it through the first year, you can make it through the next 17.

 

 

 

 

8.  7 Mile Miracle.  Our team wove the most unbelievable Easter worship experience and many people came to know Christ.

 

 

 

 

9.  Graham’s birthday trip.  Our Graham Graham turned 5 this year.  We snuck away for three nights with just him and had a blast.  It is always so special to spend time alone with one of our kids!

 

 

 

 

10.  Best Christmas ever.  Because of our amazing weekend support team, I was able to sit and hear my husband present the gospel 10 times that added up to 34 worship experiences city wide (plus one in Toronto!) and I got to do fun stuff with my children in between.  There is nothing like watching people stand and give their lives to Christ and there is nothing like doing church as a family.

 

 

 

11.  10 year wedding anniversary.  My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage this June and we can honestly say we not only still love each other but we also still like each other.

 

 

 

 

12.  I officially took up tennis.  I began taking lessons this summer for the 2nd summer in a row, only this year, I kept it up.  I have played tennis almost every week since July and am loving it.  If you know anything about me, you know this is huge for me as it is the longest I have ever played a sport (and actually the only sport I have ever learned).

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Abbey joins the worship team

This past weekend we sang Abbey’s favorite worship song at church. My husband decided to bring her on the stage. And although I have heard her sing this song many times, I didn’t know what she would do. Well, lets just say I am in danger of becoming a stage mom. Enjoy! Happy Black Friday.

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Trick or Treat!


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