The Invisible Children Screening went really well this past Friday night. We had a great turn out and lives were changed because of the event. Everyone worked so hard to put the event on and it was a major success. Big thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come. Here is a photo of Chad and I with the IC team- they were an amazing group to work with and I am honored to know them.
Here is my Week 34 photo. I am now 36 weeks and hope to get caught up soon on the posts.
This Friday night, April 15th, the organization Invisible Children will be at our church, Brentwood Church of the Nazarene, at 7:00pm and will be showing their newest documentary about the work they are doing in Uganda. After the documentary, Evelynn will be sharing her story of how Invisible Children impacted her life while growing up in Uganda. Our good freind Caleb Maitland will be playing a concert later on that evening. Childcare will be provided.
This organization is dear to my heart and they are really changing the world. I would love it if you would come out this Friday night and support this great mission and the children of Uganda.
Friday, April 15th
Free event, free childcare, free Starbucks coffee and snacks.
______________________WHO IS INVISIBLE CHILDREN? _____________________
We are story tellers. We make documentaries about war-affected children in east Africa and tour them around the world.
We use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Our model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through our films and the volunteers that tour them.
We are made up of a tireless staff, hundreds of full time volunteers, and thousands of students and supporters. We are young, we are citizens of the world, we are artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. This fall, we are using our voice to ask President Obama to spearhead efforts to bring peace to Northern Uganda. We are mobilizing a generation to capture the attention of the international community, and make a stand for justice in the wake of genocide.
But our work extends far beyond storytelling.
With the support we receive from our tours and young supporters, we are able to implement cutting edge programs on the ground in Uganda. To prioritize and understand the needs of the community, our Uganda staff is 95% Ugandan. We focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-effected areas. We rebuild schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power. We provide 690 scholarships to specifically chosen secondary students and 180 full ride scholarships to University. We employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for our students. We have also implemented micro-economic initiatives that are impacting 360 Ugandan’s in transition from internally displaced camps to their original homes as well as 13 formerly abducted child mothers who are now self-sufficient through our tailoring center that provides training in savings, investment, numeracy, literacy and health. These savings-and-loans initiatives have allowed villagers to save money and earn interest for the first time, freeing them to start their own businesses and provide for their families like never before.
We believe that the problems of central Africa need to be tackled comprehensively, from peace to education. Solving them is no easy task, and it will take all of us doing all that we can to ensure it. Join us in the race for peace.
_________________________FOR MORE INFORMATION_____________________
Brentwood Church of the Nazarene
584 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37069
Watch the trailer for the Documentary Invisible Children will be showing.
Invisible Children Website
Chad and I had the best time in Destin. It was so nice to get away and just be by ourselves for a few days. Our friends Josh, Annie, and Simon ended up coming down the same time we were down there so we also had a blast meeting up a few times to hang out. I’ll post a few photos from our trip later. Here is the anticipated (late) belly shot.
Wow My stomach is looking large! It’s really crazy. We are heading to the beach after church today. Can’t wait. Next week’s photos should be fun. I think we are going to spice things up and take them on the beach. We will see if it works.
We had an appointment with our midwife this week. Everything was great and right on track. The baby is also in the right position for birth. Hopefully she will stay like that- we are trying really hard to keep her it the right position to prevent back labor. Who knew there were stretches and ways to sit to keep your baby in the optimal fetal position to prevent back labor. It was also good to figure out where her head, feet, and butt were. That way when I see a strange bump poking out of my belly I know it’s her little butt sticking out. We have gone to a couple birthing classes now and are really learning a lot. Chad is getting really into it. It’s exciting for us to both be on the same page and be so passionate about something together. It’s our new hobby. In other news, we are going to the beach next week- and I can’t wait. I have been longing for the beach since we left it in July. It’s been too long.
Willow made another appearance this week. She just cant stay away from the camera. It’s really funny to see her slowly make her way closer and closer to me while we are taking the photos. She craves attention- she is in for a rude awakening.
I was looking through some old photos and came across this one. It was fall 2008 when we first got Willow. We took her to our nephew’s birthday party. Man we all look so young.
So the big news this week was that we got new carpet. Not a fun process at all but thankfully I have great friends and family that came over to help us pack up everything which made everything so easy and fast. I didn’t realize how amazing new carpet is. It’s like getting into bed with clean sheets multiplied by 100. Now there is no excuse for me- I have to get started working on the baby’s room. No more procrastination. Paint is done. Carpet is complete. Now I need some good ideas.
Here is Week 29.
Here are a few photos I have found online for some inspiration. What do you guys think?
I cant remember where I found the photos above but my sis sent me this blog and it provides some great home decorating inspiration. That’s where I found the photos below.
Every week seems to be a whirlwind. This one was no different. Chad and I did go as sponsors on our youth group’s ski trip. I was looking forward to having a lot of fun with them and getting to know the youth group better, but I was a little anxious about the 8 hour van ride and hanging out with 30 teens all weekend. We had a blast and I was reminded how awesome our youth group is. They are great kids and have huge hearts. I love being apart of their lives and am so thankful I felt good enough to hang out with them this trip. Who knows how many trips like this I will be able to go on in the next couple years.
Chad and I in West Virginia on the ski trip
Our awesome youth group
This past week our little one, who is the size of cauliflower, has been kicking so much it is starting to hurt. I think I am going to be blessed with a very spunky, active, little lady. Even when we were having our ultrasound at 20 weeks she was moving so much it took 2 hours to measure everything and figure out the sex. I can foresee that come May I will have 3 “wild childs” in the house. Our new little one, our dog Willow, and my lovely husband Chad. At least we won’t have a boring home.
Man, time is going by so fast. I can’t believe it. My belly feels so huge and then when I look at these photos I feel like I am being a little dramatic about my belly size. But it really does feel huge. Besides getting out of breath when I walk up steps and the big ball in my stomach that makes it hard to bend over I still feel great. Fingers crossed that I keep feeling this good.
I just finished another crazy week of directing video shoots all week. I am so thankful that I have been feeling so good. I definitely am exhausted by the end of everyday but I am so lucky that I am able to keep up with the hard work load. I also finished up editing my last wedding from this past year. I am officially caught up on all photography work. Yeah!
In other news, I have been having a hard time cutting back on my photography shoots. I have so many friends and great clients that want me to capture their family or their special day. I have had a really hard time saying no, and still can’t say no sometimes- but I have to slow down and take a break with my photography until August. It’s one of my goals and something that must happen. I just love working with my friends and past clients so much it’s hard to say no and recommend someone else. I think making myself write this will hold me accountable- hopefully.
This weekend we begin the process of decorating the nursery. Big thanks to my mom for making me not procrastinate any longer. If it were up to me the room and the curtains would stay the same and we would just take out the guest bed and add a crib. I want to get excited about decorating the nursery but I just feel like I don’t have the time or energy to put effort into it. The baby won’t know what the nursery looks like. So anyways we are painting this weekend. A nice non-girly light Grey.
On to the anticipated Week 25 shot.