Ghosts of Halloweens Past

I know Halloween isn’t for everyone.  My family did not celebrate it growing up.  For us Halloween is about family and community and about sharing.  Whether you go to a trunk or treat or a trick or treat or a fall festival, it is a great time to be together and have fun.

When I put these pictures together, I suddenly felt very old and grown up and also very thankful for the family I have been blessed with.  The days are long but the years are short!

Happy Fall!

We are the Champions

   We had another amazing baseball season with our boys.  I never could have imagined how much I would love watching my children play sports!

Our boys played baseball every night last week ending at the coach pitch championship game.  They were ahead 7-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning (they only play 6 innings) only for the other team to come back and tie the game.  At the top of the 7th they did not score any runs.  In the bottom of the 7th they held them (not to mention Graham caught a tipped foul for the 3rd out).  Then our boys came out swinging and scored 7 runs (Elijah was one of them!).  The other team made a great effort with 4 runs but they couldn’t come back.

The Lake Monsters won!  It was one of the best sporting events I have ever attended.

And a bonus picture of the proud dad and the cheerleader…


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.


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.

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.

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 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.