Archive | December, 2011

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

from Luke chapter one in The Message 

   His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He..pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
 It’s exactly what he promised, 
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

Today is the day we celebrate God fulfilling his promise to send a savior. One who was anticipated for years, who’s mercy is overwhelming and who’s grace is beautiful.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope and pray you have a wonderful day with your loved ones.

if you’d like to download my Christmas card you can click the link below.

 Ruthanne Christmas Card 2011

Insta-Friday – 12-23-11

23 Dec

I’m back for another week of Insta-Friday!  Looking forward to linking up with liferearranged.com and sharing my snapshots with you!

I must preface my first picture with this….I can’t tell you how excited I am that I have this first picture. The possibilities of it’s use are endless. It’s of one of my favorite people in the world doing something so out of character for them…thus…making it HILARIOUS! Are you ready?

I told my dad he needed to fix his hat...so he did this. 😉

holiday lights at the botanical gardens

these trees and balls changed color to music that was playing. it was really cool!

My awesome friend Krista gave me this ring for Christmas! It makes my sausage fingers look a little less manish.

attempted to get some color in my hair yesterday....turned out to just be a $40 straightening...you can't even see the color. oh well.

Merry Christmas Friends!

Insta-Friday – 12-16-11

16 Dec

I’m linking up with liferearranged.com again! Hope you enjoy my instagrams from the week!

I got to see The Civil Wars play last weekend. An amazing show in a really pretty venue at Agnes Scott.

It was such a stripped down show but was soooo good.

I'd been on the hunt for some red twine for Christmas wrapping and couldn't find any....so i decided to dye my own using crystal light! 15 minutes later I had some very fruity smelly red twine!....and a red wooden spoon. But it turned out great and was super easy! .

I'm making a creepy face but I'm really excited that my new prayer cards came! Let me know if you want one!

Mitch and Seth were twins for the day...i think mitch was feeling the love a little more than seth was.

brown paper packages tied up with string! Love how my christmas wrapping turned out!

See ya next week!

December Update

15 Dec

Waiting in Anticipation.

I love the season of advent. It’s so fun to me to think about all the characters that where around when Jesus was born. The shepherds, wise men, Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary & Joseph. All waiting in anticipation of the arrival of someone. Their savior. What do we wait in anticipation for during this season? The parties, the time with friends and family, the presents? But are we living in anticipation of our Savior coming again? Our Savior came as a baby to die for us. And now we are waiting in anticipation of Him coming again! Shouldn’t everyday be advent? Waiting and longing for our savior to come again. When he is going to make all things new. Oh how I can’t wait for that!

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GYFM Retreat

December 1st found me on a plane heading to St. Louis and our first ever GYFM Team Retreat was on the books for that weekend. What a wonderful time we had. We spent some great times visiting, worshiping and vision-casting together. I count it a huge blessing that I can say I work with some of my best friends and brothers and sisters in

Christ. It was truly a joy to be there! We had a lot of fun and got some work done as well. 😉 One really exciting thing that came out of the retreat is we are “meeting” weekly as a team! Every Thursday morning at 7am (with coffee in hand) we are meeting via skype to pray with each other, encourage each other and work together to move the ministry of the GYFM forward. It’s really exciting and such an encouragement to me to gather with my team even as we are spread out over 7 states! Thank you Lord for Technology!

Mexico Project

Things are moving along well with the Mexico Missions Trip project. I’m looking forward to going to Mexico in January to see Merida for myself and iron out many of the details for the trip. If your church or your church’s youth group would be interested in serving in Mexico this summer please let me know! We have a great opportunity for you!

Taking a Breather

I’ll be taking a little break over the Christmas holiday. All of my mom’s sisters and their kids will be coming to the Atlanta area the week between Christmas and New Years and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone. I’m also looking forward to taking some time to rest after a really busy fall.

I got my Christmas Cards in the mail a week or so ago! So far only one has been returned! Hooray!! If you’d like one please send me your address. I’d love to send you one. You can also download a e-version of my Christmas Card here.

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Thank you to all of you for your love, prayers and support. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

By His Mercy,

Insta-Friday – GYFM Retreat Edition…and a little more.

9 Dec

I’m linking up with Life.Rearranged again! Last weekend I was in St. Louis for our first ever GYFM team. It was a wonderful retreat and was so fun to be with my awesome friends/”siblings”. I was with some of my favorite people (that i don’t see often) in the world so it was fun to snap some shots of them as we wandered around the midwest.

The weekend started off with dinner at some friends house....I was introduced to these delightful little treats. My world is forever changed.

On the way to the retreat we had to stop at this little gem.

Lindsey...trying on some of the merchandise...I think we have a winner.

The Lake of the Ozarks is pretty.

This was in the lobby of the hotel we were staying at....open firepace surrounded by couches. Every hotel needs one of these.

ummm....drew....i don't think you are supposed to eat that.

Our worship on sunday morning was beautiful!

Love panera's christmas marketing this year.

All the kids asleep in the van! you can call my mom from here on out.

Not the gum-drop buttons!

This was what I won in our white elephant gift exchange....so excited about my giant hand/finger pointer...it also made walking through the airport hilarious!

Here’s the two pics I’ve taken this week!

My GYFM family. love them!

Beautiful sunset last night...reminded me of the line from a song..."He paints the sky for me to see...His majesty is why I sing."

See ya next week!