What do you think…

…of the new look?

Sneak Peek: The Dining Room

The house is slowly but surely coming together. I am really trying to do a good job of organizing as we are settling in so that everything can have a home from the very beginning. No more piles of mail on the kitchen counter! I’m planning on doing a full house tour of all the rooms when they are completed, but for now, I’ll just show you my small victories…

Like the dining room table…

The Living Room Tour

My parents took the girls to visit my grandmother on Sunday afternoon, so Matt and I had the whole afternoon to work on the house, kid-free. I really, really wish I took “before” pictures, but here is a tour of our living room after we completed it Sunday night.

A new little red chair...needs something behind it.

A view from the foyer.

The recliners.

The TV...with new sconces.

View from the recliners into the foyer.

With the exception of the the two new chairs, pillows and sconces, we had everything else already. We haven’t figured out the lighting situation yet. Some of our lamps just don’t seem to go. Any ideas?

The room is kind long and has lots of windows. It can get a little hot from all of the sun, so there are TWO ceiling fans. It’s a little odd, but we have really enjoyed it!

So what do you think? Any ideas for the room? I’ll take some better pictures today with better light. Sometimes, the iphone camera is a little too convenient:)

 

Another Step for PCM

Yesterday was another milestone for our little-church-that-could. We had our first Sunday morning meeting in a public place. We had met a few times on Sunday mornings before, but always in a home (we usually meet on Sunday nights). It was time for us to establish a little more structure, so we set up shop at a local community center and had a practice-run in our new temporary home.

Our Sound Team

Quavonn got up to start us off with Scripture and prayer, and our mics were picking up a church across the street. It was pretty funny, but we had to go mic-less for the rest of the service.

 

Q and the Mic

Q and the Mic

We only had our kids and the Williams’ kids (co-planters with us) so we kept all the kids in the service. We’ve done this a lot before so the kids are used to it and do pretty well. We are planning on having childcare for ages birth-8 years, but we want families to feel comfortable to have their kids in the service if they would like. We want kids to feel like they are part of the family too, not a distraction.

James with Kylen and Delaney

We are so blessed with a core group that loves children. Even our young single men love the kids. Delaney sat with Mr. James for part of the service.

The service was pretty informal. Derek (usually leads the songs) couldn’t be there, so we sang a few songs a cappella. Matt preached and did a great job. Delaney even wandered up there a few times:)

Brotha Matt

Sorry all these pics are so bad! I was just clicking away with my phone.

All in all, it was a successful first Sunday! It was extremely encouraging. We will be meeting again on Sunday, September 11 at 10:30am at the Marion Hale Community Center. Come on out!


The Help. Lord help me.

I am in a bookclub. It is by far one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. It is a remarkably diverse group of women (ethnically, culturally, maritally, religiously, etc.) that I just love. We read one book a month and gather together at a house to discuss over a meal. This month’s book was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

If you have not read this book, please stop right now and go read it. Seriously, it is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Stockett has a true talent with storytelling, and a real creative voice. I do not have enough positive things to say about it. I think everyone should read this book, but especially if you are southern.

We went to see the movie together on Sunday afternoon and oh my goodness. I think I was crying within the first five minutes and did not stop for the entire movie. It was incredibly true to the story (with the exception of a few bits) and just a fantastic movie. It was so nice to put a face to the characters that I had come to love through the book.  I don’t want to give anything away, so just go see it.

P.S. After Easy A, Crazy, Stupid Love and The Help, Emma Stone is my new favorite actress. She is fantastic!

Church Planting is Hard.

People ask me a lot what I think about church planting. My answer? It is by far the hardest, most trying thing that we have ever done as a family. It is filled with heartbreak, testing of patience, tears and questions. 98% of the time, we feel like we have no idea what we are doing. That’s the honest truth. I got to meet some sweet new wives at seminary a few weeks ago, and they looked at me like a superhero because my husband is a church planter. “When we graduate from seminary, we are planning on doing the same thing!” they would say with twinkling eyes. “Do you have any other options?” I asked them, “because church planting is the hardest thing you will ever do.”

With that said, there is remarkable peace and joy that comes with a clear vision that the Lord has given. Matt has questioned that vision so many times along this bumpy road, but we always come back to the fact that the Lord has given us this vision, and it needs to be seen until completion.  The Lord has been faithful to encourage us along this road, sending us people and circumstances that reinforce the vision and mission of the church. One of those instances happened this past Sunday at Faith Baptist Church.

Matt, Mondonico and Pastor Danny Sinquefield

Faith is a big church in terms of members. They are supporters of our little church that could, Pursuit Church Memphis. They invited us out to tell their congregation about the church and give anyone who would like to be involved, a chance to hear a little more. I have to say, I really don’t like  going to big, Southern Baptist churches. They usually seem really cheesy. Faith Baptist totally made me eat my words. I was totally blown away by their fully-robed HUGE choir and orchestra. The music was absolutely focused on Jesus and it was just amazing. They even had an interpretive movement!!! My cynical self was fully prepared to mock them on the inside, but when they were finished I was on my feet! It was fantastic and I was so blessed to be a part of it. What a jerk I was for having those preconceived ideas.

Pastor Sinquefield and Pastor Ryan were so gracious and friendly to our little core group that came. We are so thankful for such a wonderful, Christ centered church to partner with. Thanks Faith!!

Well we did it.

We did it. We moved.

Beginning Friday afternoon, we took load after load to our new house. I didn’t start getting stressed until about mid-day Saturday when I realized there was no turning back. Both houses were in total disarray and there was nothing to do but press forward. Thank the Lord for our families. Seriously. I do no know what we would do without them. My in-laws helped us Friday, and then kept the girls for us Saturday morning so we could get the big stuff without worrying about loosing a kid. My parents painted Delaney’s room Friday night, and helped us move all day Saturday and Sunday. My grandparents built shelves in Delaney’s room to store all of her toys, and are going to help us tile a backsplash in the kitchen this week. They are awesome and we are so grateful for them.

We are getting things settled room by room. Today, my goal is to finish the kitchen. I’m planning on posting finished photos of everything in a few weeks. The girls did great going to sleep in their new rooms, but at 3:15am, Delaney came to my room asking me to turn off the light outside. I went to her room and she was talking about a street light outside her window. She was adamant that it needed to be turned off! I tried to explain to her that I couldn’t turn it off, but I was so tired, I ended up laying at the end of her bed until she fell asleep. It’s 8:50am right now, and she is still sleeping:)

After a full day of moving, we walked around the corner to a neighbor’s house for the annual neighborhood ice cream social on Saturday night. We were so sweaty, hungry and tired, but we had the best time meeting all of our neighbors! The hardest thing about leaving our old house is leaving our dear friends, the Miller’s, who live across the street (I am diligently looking for a house for them to buy in our current neighborhood). But it was so nice to see the community in our new neighborhood. They get together several times a year (one time being their HUGE 4th of July parade) and really seem to look after each other.  Some of our new friends even brought us some amazing bran muffins and brownies yesterday. The neighbors have definitely made us feel welcome.

Off to work in the kitchen!

 

Moving Day

Well, tomorrow is the big day. We are moving again! I’m really excited to be in a place that is a little more permanent, with a little more space. I will try to take some before and after pics and show the finished project in a few weeks. We have some fun things planned for it! I might take a few days off of the blog next week while we get settled, but I’ll be back soon…with pictures!

If you want to help us move, please email me at erinleamoore@gmail.com. Thanks!

Back to School

Delaney started back to school this week. She goes to a local parent’s day out program two days a week. Last week at orientation, we found out that pastors’ families get half off!! Score! We had no idea!

Thankfully, there are lots of the same kids in her class as last year. Plus, her favorite teacher, Ms. Bess, got to move up with her. Score again!

In preparation for school, Mimi took us shoe shopping yesterday. I don’t know about your kids, but by the end of the summer, Delaney’s shoes are ready to be thrown away. Just nasty. We didn’t want her to be the stinky feet kid at school, so off we went to get some new kicks.

We’ve gotten 90% of Delaney’s shoes from the same store. They have a great selection and really make sure the shoes fit well. I could not get over how big the shoes looked. We got three pairs of shoes ranging in size from 9-10. She specifically requested some purple tennis shoes, and we found some!

New purple kicks!

We also got some white t-strap Keds and some brown dressier shoes. Thanks Mimi!

The girls have been waking up super early this week for some reason. They usually sleep until 7:30-8, or even later, but this week it’s been more like 6:30-7. It has made for some very grumpy girls by the end of the day. Delaney got to swim yesterday, so swimming combined with waking up early, meant she crashed…

I got all of her stuff ready for school. She got to wear her new shoes. Here’s the big girl before her first day…

She definitely looks more excited than she actually was. She was a little nervous, and cried when Matt dropped her off, but I know she will be fine. She has so much fun when she is actually there. Plus, she gets a sucker when she leaves:)

 

 

Remember that time I got a letter from Oprah?

I was cleaning out everything a few weeks ago in preparation for our big moving sale  and came across this…

While I am not a big fan of her’s anymore, I used to LOVE Oprah. I would watch her show nearly everyday with my mom or grandmother. I have no idea why I wrote her, or what I asked her, but she (or someone in her communications department) wrote me back. Pretty cool, huh?