Beauty Will Rise

In my prior post, I closed with a few lyrics of the following song. In the situation my family is going through, I am anchoring on hope that despite the devastation we’re facing, beauty will rise. This song was written by Steven Curtis Chapman. For those of you who aren’t aware, he lost his youngest daughter when she had just turned 5 years old, 10 days earlier. Her teenage brother hit her while behind the wheel of an SUV. Although many family members witnessed the accident, he didn’t see her. It isn’t the same situation my brother is facing but it’s similar.  Chapman has since, written a book and a few songs. This being one of them. I just wanted to share the video and lyrics with you incase you or someone you know is facing a similar type of devastation.

“Beauty Will Rise”
Steven Curtis Chapman

It was the day the world went wrong
I screamed till my voice was gone
And watched through the tears
As everything came crashing down

Slowly panic turns to pain
As we awake to what remains
And sift through the ashes
That are left behind

But buried deep beneath all our broken dreams
We have this hope

Out of the ashes
Beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see it with our own eyes
Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
For we know joy is coming
In the morning

In the morning
Beauty will rise

So take another breath for now
And let the tears come washing down
And if you can’t believe
I will believe for you

‘Cause I have seen the signs of spring
Just watch and see

Out of these ashes,
Beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see it with our own eyes

Out of this darkness
New life will shine
And we’ll know joy is coming in the morning

In the morning,
I can hear it in the distance
And it’s not too far away
It’s the music
And the laughter of a wedding and a feast

I can almost feel the hand of God
Reaching for my face to wipe the tears away
You say “It’s time to make everything new
Making it all new”

This is our hope
This is a promise
This is our hope
This is a promise

It will take our breath away
To see the beauty that’s been made
Out of the ashes
Out of the ashes

It will take our breath
To see the beauty that He’s made out of the ashes
Out of the ashes
Out of the ashes

Feeling Numb

As I finished up work my phone began to rang. When I looked down and saw that it was my brother I got excited. You see, I don’t get to chat with him often since he’s in the Army and stationed half way across the country from home. So when he does get a chance to call, even if only for 5 minutes, I am thankful for those 5 minutes. Now, Let me preface this post by saying, I cannot remember one single time I’ve heard him cry in his adulthood. Until today.

As soon as I answered the phone I asked what he was up to and he told me he was out in the field, I could hear the cracking in his voice. I asked him what was wrong and he broke down preceding to tell me that he and his wife lost their unborn child. My heart sank, I had no words for him and all I could do was hang my head. I found myself telling him I’m sorry. Granted, I didn’t do anything and don’t have a reason to apologize but I was and am so sorry that he’s having to go through that.

He was out working a good drive away from home while she went to her 8 week checkup like normal only to get the most devastating news an expectant mother could receive. You are so excited to hear how much your baby has grown and that he/she is healthy only to face the situation a heartbeat isn’t detected. I cannot begin to imagine how she feels, how he feels, and how they are going to make it through. However, I am a firm believer that God has a far greater purpose and one day they will be reunited with their child. That still doesn’t take away the sting, that still doesn’t remove the void, that still doesn’t mask the pain they must be going through. Still, though I’ve had hours to process it, I still just feel numb.

If you are the praying type, please say an extra little prayer for my brother, his wife, her family, and our family as what seems like a nightmare at the time becomes more of a reality in the days, weeks, months to come.

Out of these ashes, beauty will rise.
– Steven Curtis Chapman

What’s Going On?

It’s so hard sometimes trying to keep up with the many events/festivals/carnivals that take place this time of year. I have looked through a few lists and picked out some that I felt would peek the interest of my readers, you! So, here is my list of family friendly events happening around our neck of the woods.
Note: This will not be a full complete list of all the events but just a handful.

-SATURDAY 10/25-
Lewisville Library Halloween Party: Lewisville, N.C.
10:30am-11:30am. Learn some tricks for your treats and act out some spooky fun. Kids of all ages welcome and costumes encouraged.
Boo at the Zoo: North Carolina Zoo
Trick or treat games, magic, story telling, and more! More information on this event can be found on their website: http://www.nczoo.org
Pumpkin Patch Palooza: Maple Springs United Methodist Church
From 4:00pm-6:00pm free admission and parking. Donations of canned goods accepted. Free food, live music, inflatables, trunk or treating, prizes, and more. Check out their website for more information: http://maplesprings.org/news–events/pumpkin-patch
31st Annual Barbecue Festival: Lexington, N.C.
Free admission 8:30am-6:00pm. A few of the scheduled entertainment include 2014 American Idol winner Caleb Johnson and RaeLynn. Games, barbecue galore, rides for the kids, and more!
Trick or Treat Event: SciWorks
From 2pm-4pm with museum admission, your costumed kids can collect goodies throughout the museum. For more information on this event, visit their webpage: http://www.sciworks.org. Other Halloween events at this location listed as well.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving: Old Salem, Salem Square
From 10:00am-4:00pm you can carve a pumpkin to be placed around the Salem Square fence and be judged in a pumpkin contest on Sunday. Your pumpkin can be taken home Sunday after 7:30pm. There is no cost for this event but you must supply your own carving tools as Old Salem will be providing the pumpkins. Find more information on their website: http://www.oldsalem.org/halloween-pumpkin-carving

-SUNDAY 10/26-
Truck or Treat: Children’s Museum of Winston Salem
$5 for members and nonmembers. Live music, trick or treating with more than 25 vehicles, fun activities, crafts, and more. Costumes encouraged. For more information on this event visit their webpage: http://childrensmuseumofws.org
Masquerade on Trade: Arts District, Trade Street Winston Salem, N.C.
Costume contest for adults, teens, kids, and pets from 1-5pm as part of the “Arts on Sundays” series. Visit http://www.theafasgroup.com for more information.
Trick or Treat Night: Old Salem
Trick or treat between Main Street and Salem Square from 6:00pm-7:30pm. No ticket required. More information can be found on their website: http://www.oldsalem.org/trick-or-treat-in-old-salem.html

-HALLOWEEN DAY/NIGHT 10/31-
“Not So Spooky Family-O-Ween Spectacular!: Marketplace Cinemas
See Hotel Transylvania (Rated PG) for free at 10:00am and bring a camera to capture a snapshot with BigFoot.
Festival 31: Calvary Baptist Church Winston Salem, N.C.
First ever event with free admission from 6-8pm. Enjoy food, trick or treating, and games. Costumes welcome. For more information on this new event, visit their website at: http://www.calvarynow.com/festival31
Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat: Reynolda Church, Winston Salem N.C.
From 5:30pm-8:00pm enjoy this family friendly event with free hayrides, marshmallow roasting, food, and trunk or treating.
20th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat: Main Street Kernersville, N.C.
From 6-8pm enjoy games, trick or treating, and more. For more information visit: http://toknc.com/events/eventdetails.aspx?eid=7GmV3rFMovA=
Fall Festival: The Village at Robinhood Shopping Center (off Meadowlark and Robinhood Road)
Free event from 2pm-6pm including live music, inflatables, face painting, trick or treating, and funnel cakes.
Fall Festival: Miller Park Winston Salem, N.C.
From 6:00pm-8:00pm enjoy games, prizes and candy with a canned food donation for admission.

-MULTIPLE DATES-
Field of Fears: BB&T Ballpark
This is the first year for this fun, family friendly event. Features a “Face Your Fears Walk”, Dash inflatables, hayrides, spiderweb maze and the opportunity to build scarecrows and paint pumpkins. Admission is $11 in advance, $14 the day of, and children 2 and under are free. More information on this event can be found on their website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t580
Kersey Valley Spookywoods: Archdale, N.C.
Voted #1 Scream Park in America by Haunt World Magazine, this haunted attraction has lots to offer and I would definitely say is more geared toward the older kids and adults rather than the wee little ones. More information regarding opening times and dates other than Saturday can be found on their website: http://spookywoods.com/index.htm
Pumpkin Pick Hayrides: Tanglewood Park
Available during the month of October, reservations made by calling the stables at (336) 766-9450. Admission is $9 per person or you can rent the entire wagon for $200. More information found on their website: http://www.forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/?StoryID=19667
Tweetsie Railroad’s Annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival: Blowing Rock, N.C.
Admission is $31 per person, children 2 and under are free. Admission includes the haunted attractions including the ghost train, trick or treating, haunted house, and more. Visit their website for more information: http://tweetsie.com/special-events/2013-ghost-train-faqs/
Family Friendly Halloween Fun at Carowinds: Charlotte, N.C.
This daytime Halloween themed fun includes The Great Pumpkin Fest (available during Saturday and Sundays in October) and all the loved attractions in the famous Planet Snoopy area. More information on this event can be found on their website: https://www.carowinds.com/daytime/things-to-do

There ya have it folks, a decent list of events going on around the area. Hope you can find something for you and your family to enjoy this fall season.
Happy Fall, y’all!

Feverishly Fall

Pumpkin everything, beautiful mountain scenery, falling leaves, bonfires, roasting marshmallows by campfire, oversized sweaters and boots. Anyone else totally obsessing over the fact that fall has finally arrived? It’s by far my favorite season of them all. Not to even mention the fact that with fall comes FOOTBALL!! Yes, I love me some NFL football. I won’t mention who I pull for, and have my whole life, only to keep you reading for a little while longer. I’ll save that for the end.

What about the fall television lineup? Any favorite shows out there? I am impressed by Red Band Society, hooked us from the first episode. Not really into Dancing with the Stars this season like in past seasons, but most definitely still my favorite is Parenthood. I have so many episodes on our DVR box, I would have to take a day off and watch them back to back in order to catch up. Not complaining though, when I get to sit down and watch them, it’ll be like a Parenthood marathon.

Speaking of fall, tomorrow night I’m doing a photo booth at a fall festival. I’m pretty excited about my setup and hope to get lots of traffic and potential future customers. It should be lots of fun! I’ll add that to the list of posts I will be sharing in the future. Until then, enjoy the crisp fall air and all things pumpkin. Oh! and about my favorite NFL team.. Dallas Cowboys! 🙂

Breather

Hey y’all!

Whew, it’s been over a month since I’ve taken time out of my busy schedule to sit down and type something up for you. About that, please accept my apology and know it has not been my intent. However, I am determined to not only take time to post more but to get caught up on other posts that I have currently sitting in my drafts folder (i.e.. Frozen party follow-ups).

What has been taking up so much of my crazy life these days? Let’s see.. work, work, more work, 3rd grade homework, cheerleading and tumbling practices, photography sessions, and did I mention work? I am so incredibly thankful for my sweet man who reminds me when things seem so hectic, it’s all going to work out and get taken care of in due time. He really steps up to the plate when I need someone to run my girl to and from practice so I can get in my hours for the day. I appreciate him and need to figure out just the right way to show him, outside of some cheesy card. I think a Garth Brooks concert will do it! No lie, this gal scored two floor seats to one of five shows scheduled for our area when they sold out the day they went on sale. Not to mention, I just took him to see his all time favorite band, Coheed and Cambria. He was totally shocked and I couldn’t have been more happy that my surprise was just that, a huge surprise.

So there ya have it, folks. My schedule has been a tad on the crazy side. I haven’t forgotten you and I’m not going anywhere, just needed to focus on the craziness for awhile. Look forward to seeing more posts coming your way, pronto!