A Few People I Love…

Hey all! I just wanted to fill you in on a few exciting things going on in the world of those I love :) I’ll start off with our sweet nanny Kelsey. She has been in Haiti for the last week and will return tomorrow. We have been so blessed to have another pair of hands in the dishwater and another heart that loves us as a family and I can’t say how proud I am of her love for the Lord. I have prayed and prayed for this trip and can’t wait for her to return…please pray that she will be home safe tomorrow, with no complications in travel (there were some glitches on the way there).

Second, one of our Pastors at Cross Point is Blake Bergstrom, who I happen to think is one of the coolest guys you will ever meet. He loves people with an intensity that is so rare and infectious that you just want to spend time with him. Blake, his wife Ally, and their four girls are some of our dear friends and I would love to ask for your prayer for him as well. He is currently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a great cause. Also, please pray for Ally, Madison, Moriah, Montana, and Mercy as he is gone. I am so proud of you Blake!!!

Lastly, I want to introduce you to an amazing new etsy site. If you have little girls, you are going to HAVE to check this out. Remember when I told you I was teaching Audra to sew? WEEELLLLLL. She has found an amazing love for it and you will honestly not believe her creations. She has a background in art and she is able to make the most unique, precious dresses and kid’s clothes, and I wanted to introduce you all to her site. Here is her etsy site and here is her blog if you want to take a peek (please do! I know how encouraged she would be). I think her prices are really good given the detail and quality of the dresses…if you order one, I promise you won’t be disappointed :) Love you, friend. SO proud to be your best, best, best, best… :)

I don’t think Audra will mind me sharing this, and I know how many of you can relate. It is such a dramatic shift to go from working to full time, stay at home mom, and as much of a blessing as it is, it can be really difficult. Sewing has proved to be a passion that is therapeutic to her, and I am ecstatic every time I go over and see her glowing with excitement, rows of new creations hanging in her laundry room.  And I am here to tell you, she is incredible. I’m obviously biased, but I know you’ll agree :)

We are also going to be announcing our next Bloom book this weekend, and I think it’s one that all of us could use right about now…:) We are planning on doing it Sunday night so check back in on the Bloom site. You should go on ahead and join our facebook site if you haven’t yet, so we can all chit-chat.

Okay, and since this is all over the place, I wanted to mention that our taping at the Crystal Cathedral (Hour of Power) will air this Sunday (if you follow me on twitter you know about my little, umm, dress mishap :) ). I have been all over the place doing promo (I also did Celebration with Daystar…what a sweet couple) and will be heading to Focus on the Family, 100 Huntley Street in Canada, Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and a couple other things. I’ll keep you posted on those when I hear about air dates…I don’t quite have the energy to hyperlink these, but if you’re really interested I’m sure you can track them down with Google :)

I don’t know if I mentioned this either, but if not I hope you all will join us for this amazing event…It is really going to be special! And I have no idea what my face is doing up there with these other ladies, but wow. What an honor :) Come join us!!!

I don’t love to go on and on about this kind of stuff because I don’t want to sound like an ego-maniac who just wants to talk about me, me, me…blech.  Please know I just want to share in case you are interested :)

Sorry about the hyper-link festival!!!

Hope you all are having a beautiful week…I’ll be back over here soon!

Love to all,

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  • http://carolinaribbons.blogspot.com Michele

    I would love to collaborate with Audra by making bows to coordinate with her adorable dresses. Have her check out my blog if she’s interested. carolinaribbons.blogspot.com

  • Southern Gal

    Wow. Audra is doing an amazing job and you must be a great teacher! Love her girly things. I’m sewing for my granddaughter now…trying to get a smocked bishop ready for Christmas. Thanks for the links. Can’t wait to see what the new Bloom book will be.

  • Franchesca Cox

    missed reading your blog!!! :) off to visit the links xo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N66ZTZ3VU43ILPF7CGZYW3JALA Traci L

    Can’t wait to check out all the wonderful LINKS! Thanks Angie. Can’t wait to meet you next month @ Relevant! It was great to meet your hubby and the Selah group. What a blessing they (and you) are!


    Love, Traci

  • Naomi

    Can you tell us how Adrienne and her baby are doing? I know there have been ups and downs, but maybe you can let us know of a specific prayer need? Thanks so much!

  • http://julesmpg.blogspot.com Julesmpg

    Sounds very busy! God is good and doing great things in your life.

  • Jdaniel4smom

    It sounds like you have a lot of you plate. Glad Kelsey will be back soon.

  • http://www.vibrant-designs.blogspot.com B2j2fitz

    I just wanted to tell you about a website that your friend might be interested in. It is called artfire.com which is much like etsy. It is all things handcrafted and you can buy or sell there. When I was looking to sell on etsy, I didn’t have much money and I really didn’t want to pay for it. I heard about artfire which has two options. Their regular account is FREE. You can list as much as you want. There is a pro account as well. Usually it is $15 a month, flat rate. On etsy, you pay per item and it can only stay up for 3 months before you have to repost (and pay) for it again. On artfire, until October 1, they are offering a pro account for $5.95 a month for as long as you stay pro. There are no other fees! Just something I thought I’d share. She could always run an account at both websites. :) If she’d like to see what a shop looks like, here’s a link to mine. (I’m not pro yet…those accounts look different.)

    Either way, I’m off to go see what she’s up to! I love sewing myself…specifically bags! So I completely understand where she’s coming from. Praying for all your friends…

    • bethany

      That sounds wonderful! I’m going to head over there to check it out. :)

  • Livesay Haiti

    I am anxious to hear about your nanny and where she was visiting in Haiti … we are temporarily displaced from there.

    I have been unable to stop by for a long time but came today to see your newest gift. Congratulations on the safe arrival of Charlotte! We missed Todd/Selah in Okoboji, Iowa in August by one night … were super bummed about that!

  • Sarah of Handbags*N*Pigtails

    What beautiful dresses she’s making! Someday Id love to be able to start making them for the girls but right now theres just no extra time.
    I still owe you a bag, by the way! We need to hook up so I can get something sent to you girl!
    Have a blessed weekend!

  • Kaye

    I will be praying for a safe trip for your Nanny, and a safe climb for your Pastor and friend. I will also pray for Audra to continue to be encouraged with her work. You taught her well, my friend!
    Blessings to you and your family, today and every day,
    Matthew 21:22

  • Reese

    I have been praying for all mentioned as well as for you and your family, Angie.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    btw, your post before this one Rrrocked!

  • http://www.mvbhchronicles.blogspot.com/ Val

    you are so sweet… your little disclaimer at the end made me smile.

  • Reese

    not saying this post doesn’t Rock; maybe, “Rocked” without the little r’s. :-)

  • Connie L Amato-Mahle

    Hey there, Angie!

    Sewing is truly an artform – a way to get lost in a whirlwind of creativity. I would love to get back to all things creative, with sewing and painting being at the top of my list. Eventually. ; )

    Thinking and praying for all of your friends – may God place His hands on their shoulders and His grace into their hearts!!

    Enjoy the sunshine on your shoulders!!

    In friendship,
    Connie Amato-Mahle
    Clarion, Pennsylvania

  • Searching for Grace

    It’s like a scrapbook brought to life! Lovely!

  • Bridgemacd

    No WAY did that woman just learn how to sew! Absolutely amazing! Your ladies are just too much, such great models. Thanks!

  • Emsmum24

    You’re coming to Canada!!! That is so exciting!! Let us know the dates that you will be taping, I am so excited that you are visiting us in “the great white north”!! (although there is no “white” right now…!!)

  • April

    I just wanted you to know I first heard of Audrey’s story this morning from a friend’s post on facebook. It is truly and inspirational story and after having experienced several losses recently it is touching to hear how God has changed your view of “trust” I can relate to that. My father died of cancer several years ago and we prayed and prayed for a healing, then about a year later we were keeping my nephew and my husband layed him down for a nap and he died of SIDS at 14 months. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • Anonymous

    Audra’s stuff is so cute! It is so important for mommas to have an outlet!

  • http://www.houseofhudspeth.blogspot.com Nancy

    I ordered the Owl dress from Audra yesterday ~ I don’t know either of you, but I think I feel like I do! Have a great weekend!