We just got back from an amazing trip to London. Anytime my husband is going on a speaking trip to a cool city, I try to tag along. I love touring. I love audio guided tours and tourist gift shops and everything that goes along with it. My husband was a preaching machine, speaking 9 times in less than 4 days, and he still managed to see a few sights with me (Selfridges, Shakespeare’s globe there, and Windsor Castle). The whole trip culminated with him preaching at Royal Albert Hall. Probably the most beautiful venue he has ever spoken at.
Enjoy some of our pictures…
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.
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).
Today is officially the last day of summer for the Furtick family. I am truly sad to see it go. What fun we have had!
Since we were all dressed up for Easter, I could not let our family go undocumented. My husband was so gracious to come over to an outdoor area behind our Blakeney building between worship experiences on Saturday afternoon. He changed from a white shirt to a pink one just to match the kids. Now that is a great man. The very talented Cheyenne Schultz was so kind to take our picture, and thankfully, everyone cooperated. The shoot was short and sweet and Cheyenne got so many great pictures. Here are just a few…
PS. I am so flattered that several people have asked me where my skirt came from. I actually found it at Anthropologie (in store not online).
My baby turned 6 two weeks ago and boy did we celebrate. His current obsession is with Legos so we had a Lego Star Wars bash. We had lots of great treats to eat as well as some intense Jedi training. We played games like guess how many Legos are in the jar and I spy the Lego guy. We also had noodle light saber fights, and Lego stacking competitions. It was a blast. Enjoy the pictures!