Holly Furtick

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!

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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…

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I love watching you play

Last night our boys team won the tournament for their coach pitch league this fall.  We had so much fun.  There is nothing like watching your child perform.  Whether it is in a sport or a performance of some type, it is so much fun.

It was a great night for baseball all around (yeah Boston!).

I read a blog (see here for full article) this week about how parents can best encourage their children in sports.  They surveyed college athletes and asked them what their parents said that made you feel great.  Their response was…

I love watching you play.

I said this so many times to my boys last night.  I don’t know what they will remember about their childhood when they grow up.  I don’t know if they will ever know how much work it is to have your children play an organized sport.  But I hope and pray they will remember how much we enjoyed watching them play.  And how proud we always are of them.

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A generation of generosity

Teaching kids kids to be generous is not easy.  It is against human nature to share.  Adults don’t like to share either, we just learn how to hide it better.

My husband and I teach our kids tithing like it isn’t an option.  It is just a matter of fact.  You give back to God 10% of everything He gives you.  But to get our kids to go beyond tithing and into generosity is not an easy task. Back this past winter, my sister’s oldest two kids had a joint birthday party and instead of receiving gifts, they collected items for kids in Africa.  I thought this was a great idea to rip off.

So when Elijah’s birthday rolled around this July,  I asked him if he would like to collect something at his birthday party instead of gifts.  He immediately said no.  I let it go and tried again a few days later.  This time I told him that he would still be getting gifts.  His dad and I as well as his grandparents, cousins, etc… would still give him gifts, just not the kids invited to his party.

He agreed and we selected Beds 4 Kids as his charity.  We thought it would be cool to have a huge pile of bedding to load up after his party.

Then this past September, Graham followed suit.  Graham collected stuffed animals for the kids at Levine Children’s Hospital.

I was so proud of my boys.  Once they made the decision, they never complained.  And they were still blessed with gifts and money from those closest to them.

I am not a perfect parent.  I do not seize every teachable moment and share bible verses with my kids daily.  And I don’t know that we will make this a birthday tradition.  (I hope we do but I want it to be their choice).  But I hope their generosity will inspire their friends to be generous (as their cousins did for my boys), and that maybe my kid’s generation will grow up to generous givers.

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Morning detour

I had every intention of posting an inspirational blog post for you today.  Alas, my morning did not go as planned.

I knew things were more serious than a minor injury this morning when I heard the boys playing downstairs.  Then I heard Graham crying, then I heard Elijah saying “Oh no! Oh no!  Oh Graham I am so sorry.  Oh no! Mommy!!!!”

The story involves a Minecraft reinactment.  Elijah was mining with his lunch box, Graham was a creeping (I am not 100% what that means), and I heard something about Zombies too.  Apparently the Creeper made a leap over the miner and his knee intersected with an open drawer corner which resulted in an Elevation logo shaped injury.

Graham was stitched up by a kind and so accommodating, orthopedist Elevator by 9 am and off to school.  This is his 4th set of stitches in his short life of less than 6 years. I have many things to be thankful.

Heads up.  Some of these pictures are a bit graphic.

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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 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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