Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

It's Friday - but Sundays coming! (please watch)


Here is my sweet Harper - I got this flower band in the mail yesterday from Kristen and I had to put it on her!
It's hard to get a picture of her without her hand in her mouth! ha! This is Harper and both of her Easter baskets. She got these from both sets of grandparents (spoiled - I think so!)
This may put us on the list of bad parents - but we are not making her a basket. She's 12 weeks old (TODAY!) and she has more than any baby should have and her parents don't need to eat her candy. We will do Easter baskets from now on (I want to have a fun tradition with her) but this year we decided we would take the money we would spend and send it to the Ronald McDonald House in Tulsa in honor of her first Easter instead. I want to teach Harper the spirit of giving at at holidays (and all the time) instead of getting as she grows.

Today - Jesus is my Saviour!
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." Romans 10:9-10
Jesus did not die on the cross for no reason. He did it to take away our sins and be the sacrificial lamb so that we could accept him as our Saviour and have eternal life in Heaven.
Here is my bunny!

Our Choir sings this and it's just my favorite song - just makes me think of what Heaven will sound like with all of us singing. This is FBC Woodstock, GA. My very favorite part of the video is at the end - the pastor, Johnny Hunt, gets up and says "let's sing it again". Not many pastors would do that but sometimes when a song like that is so good - I just want to sing it again. And then if you find part 2 on you tube - he gets up and says "I learned a long time ago that when God shows up - you just get out of the way and let him work". AWESOME - that is worship!



We hope ya'll have a wonderful Easter! 

93 comments:

Rach@In His Hands said...

Praising the Savior with you today!!

Happy Easter to you, Scott, and your little Easter bunny! :-)

bp said...

I've enjoyed your posts this week with the Easter theme. I love your idea to make a donation in honor of Harper instead of doing another Easter basket. That is very special.

May God bless your family.

McFarland Family said...

What a cute little bunny:) Have a great Easter weekend!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Easter blessingt to you my friend!

The Stain Family said...

That is the cutest bunny I've ever seen! ;) And I LOOOVE!!! the tutu basket...so cute! Happy Easter...so much to be thankful for.

Sarah Robbins said...

Ok, so those bunny pictures are just THE cutest thing ever!

thejennings said...

It is so neat that you have a YouTube clip of FBC Woodstock - I grew up under the leadership of Pastor Johnny! Thank you for all of your Easter postings, they are such a blessing in my life! God bless you and your precious family!

Allisyn said...

I love the pictures with Harper in her bunny ears.. she is so very luck to have you as her mommy. Happy Easter to you and your family

Courtney said...

I love Harper's new flower headband and the bunny pics. I think donating the money is a wonderful idea. We did not do an Easter basket with my nephew last year, he was 4 months old and that is making this year really special because you can see the excitement in his face. It looks like Harper has some great loot from the grandparents! Enjoy this wonderful Easter weekend with your beautiful daughter.

Brittney said...

So neat to see you have FBC Woodstock on here. I live about 5-7 miles from there. It has been amazing to see it grow. Definitely seems like God is showing up there and they are great stewards of His love! I couldn't get the videos to work, but it is probably my computer right now :(

Happy Good Friday!

Kelli said...

Happy 1st Easter Harper!!! You're the cutest little bunny!

Josh and Kate said...

Precious pictures. You have a really cute bunny at your house! Thanks for sharing the song. Wonderful song! The Hunt family is good friends of ours. His son-in-law used to serve on our church staff a few years back. Their family blog is on my blog roll under Hixson family if your interested. Hope you have a great Easter!

Cathi said...

HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE HIS DEAR NAME!




Happy Easter Stamps Family!

Trina said...

Kelly, I just love your heart. Such a great post. And I love seeing all the pics of Harper, such a testiment to what GOD can do! She's a miracle. Don't stop sharing her pics with us :)

HE IS RISEN!

Todd and Courtney said...

Oh Kelly I used to go to First Baptist Church in Woodstock back in the 80s when Johnny Hunt started that tiny tiny church. I'm only about to turn 25 now so I was a baby. I then went on to college in Kennesaw, near Woodstock. You should see the church now. It's unbelievable, huge and def. not on the town square anymore! He's amazing. Sometimes I tear up because I would just love to go back there again - Im now living in Chattanooga, Tn. He's just wonderful. This made my day!

writing4612 said...

I'm so glad that you decided to give a basket to Ronald McDonald house. That place is near and dear to my heart because my family had to stay there a while.

Carrie said...

It is a good thing you posted the video at the end. As it is, I can't remember anything else you said or what Harper was wearing. That was stinkin' amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

julie & joe said...

I love the bunny ears and tu-tu!
Sending money to the Ronald McDonald house is such a wonderful idea, hopefully it is a tradition you will keep with Harper as she grows up.
We bought our son the Longaberger basket for his first easter with us last year and we will fill it this year. We are not doing much candy, we are putting change in his Easter eggs for him to fill his piggy bank with and soon we will roll his coins and have him deposit it in his savings account.

DebB said...

Kelly,
I read your blog often and LOVE the precious pics of your darling Harper! You guys are truly blessed! I have to say that I especially appreciate your posts this week as you have shared about what Jesus means to you. The videos have been awesome and have helped me worship and celebrate this week. God is using you - thank you for writing! I am 45 and my arms are empty after 4 miscarriages. But God is good and worthy to be praised!!! Thanks for sharing your life with us.
DebB

Krista Lynn said...

what a precious little bunny!!! I love it! and what a blessing she is this Easter!
what a GREAT idea about giving on holidays and especially to the RMH! What a cool tradition!
Blessings & prayers this Good Friday!
~Krista from Seattle

Lauren Kelly said...

precious, precious, precious! Happy Good Friday, Kelly :o)

Samantha said...

What a sweet little bunny!!

That is such a sweet gesture to donate the money you would spend!

I have really enjoyed your Easter posts!

Jennifer said...

Happy Easter! What a cutie Harper is with the bunny ears. :)

We just welcomed our nephew into the world very early this morning! Jory Liam is his name.

Jennifer Henry said...

My most favorite picture of Harper YET is of that 1st bunny picture!! Too precious for words!!!

Kelley said...

I got cold chills watching that link and I'm posting it on my blog and facebook...Praise God that Sunday is on its way!

Happy Easter!

Katie said...

I have a lot of girlfriends who go there in Woodstock! I love Harper's little dress today! So sweet, innocent, and pure-looking...just like her! Wow! She looks so much older in those last two pics with the bunny ears! It's so fun watching her grow.

Jacquie said...

Great videos. Your Easter bunny is adorable.

I love your Easter gift to the Ronald McDonald House. (Plus it won't end up on your hips.)

Ashley said...

Harper is so adorable! I love all the Easter outfits! She looks just like her daddy!


Please pray for April Rose. The latest doctor reports show that her heartrate is getting slower, and things do not look good right now. Please help us lift her mother up in prayer. Thank you.

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Taylor said...

You're such a wonderful mommy and that's got to be the cutest bunny I've ever seen!!!

JCWillow99@gmail.com..( Cassie) said...

she is getting so big. love the bunny ears.

Kristi said...

Oh, what a sweet example you are to give back to the Ronald Mcdonald house! Little Harper is so sweet :). Are these teeth already in the picture?! My youngest is six months and not a tooth in sight! Happy Easter!

Amanda said...

That headband has got to be the best so far! Definitely my favorite! She's a girl who can pull off turquoise with those baby blues!
Happy Good Friday and have a blessed Easter.

Heather said...

So so cute!! SHe is very spoiled and rightfully so!! She deserves it! Happy Easter to you and your family and I love this song!! Happy Good Friday!

Jess said...

What a wonderful idea sending money to the Ronald McD House is! I am so glad you shared that--you have given me great inspiration!

Donna said...

I love Harper's dresss in the first pictures. So sweet. But the bunny pictures are adorable. Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family.
Keeping you in my heart in GA.
Donna

Aunt Rhody said...

The song gave me chills! I want this on my blog too.
And, you are so wise to limit the getting and focus on the giving. Our baby twins will be three at the end of April. It is now a tradition to have a big cookout at their house for a party-complete with bouncy house for the kids. But the gifting is to the March of Dimes in their honor. In January I volunteer as the MOD fundraiser on my block. In May our daughter, husband, and twins march in the MOD march in Austin with their NICU buddies.
Ya'll have a blessed Easter too!

mommyto3 said...

Harper could seriously not be ANY cuter!!!! Enjoy your first Easter with your precious little girl!

Linda said...

Harper is adorable as always. I have enjoyed your Theme week. Hope you have a Happy Easter!
Blessings,
Linda

Staci said...

What a great thing to teach Harper - giving to others! What a great way to celebrate Easter!

Tina said...

Kelly:

I LOVE your idea about giving back instead of doing the Easter basket for Harper. I love your blog and I read alot of popular blogs and I admire the way you inspire others through your compassion. You always try and reach out to others in need and encourage others to send prayers. Others could learn from you about playing it forward and giving back to others instead of using their blogs to try and make a quick buck just because they have a child in the hospital. Beleive me I know and have given to many who needed but I dislike seeing people who can afford expensive cars and lavish trips using their blogs to pad their pockets and bloggers are being taken advantage of.

You are an inspiration to every mother and a true "Sister in Christ". Thank you for always being REAL and HONEST!!!!

God gave Harper a GREAT MOMMY!!!!!!

Heather said...

Happy Easter, Kelly! Love your sweet little bunny! (and you, too!)

Yankee Mama said...

Great videos!

Happy Easter!

Could Harper be any cuter! Ahhh I just love her! Too Cute!!:)

tab said...

I used to attend FBC Woodstock when I lived in Atlanta. What an amazing church, pastor and experience that points right to God in all they do. I miss them. Your post reminded me (sad that I needed your post to do this... but) that Easter is when my hubby decided to follow Jesus and accept the gift of salvation! Praise God! We were dating and I dragged him to FBC Woodstock's Easter drama performance. At the alter call, he lept out of the pew and ran to the front to acknowledge his decision. It was an amazing day for me b/c this is when I learned that he was the one God had for me (I had been praying that if God wanted me to be with him, God would have to lead him to the cross!) I am so thankful for that and so thankful for you reminding me of it through your mention of that church. Happy Easter and Hallelujia for a risen Christ!

Jenny said...

I watched the "Sunday's Coming" video with MY blog music playing in the background- the song just happened to be "Famous One" by Chris Tomlin- it was an AWESOME combination!!!

Jess :) said...

Harper looks absolutely stinkin' precious in those pink bunny ears!!! Oh my goodness!

I hope you, Scott and Harper have a very wonderful and blessed Easter!

Love you

Suzie said...

Oh MY Harper is just the CUTEST BUNNY EVER!!

I LOVE the songs Kelly thanks for sharing!
and I hope you, Scott, Harper & Dawson have a Blessed Easter.

<3 Y'all!

Our Family said...

Thank you Kelly phew thank you needed that...work is not what I want to be focused on right now this day is a more powerful day then work isn't it?? It's the day our Lord gave his life for us. Thank you:)

HappyascanB said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome! Love that y'all are donating money in honor of a healthy Harper! Praise God! Happy Easter to you, Kelly. You are amazing, and I am one of many who admire you!!!!

Lauren said...

Harper can rock whatever decoration anyone puts on her head!
She's precious! Happy Easter!

Jenny said...

Kelly,

I have been reading your blog for many months now and have to comment today! FBCW is my home church and we love Pastor Johnny! We have an awesome church and we serve an Awesome God! I think it is awesome that you are donating to the Ronald McDonald house, my husband and I stayed there after our twins were born. They were 11 weeks early and spent 5 weeks in NICU. This was after I was told I had a 99% chance of miscarriage, but God healed me!

Your blog is such a blessing to me! I love all the pictures of Harper and enjoy reading about your family. Thank you for sharing!

Happy Easter!

Blessings,
Jenny Hodges

Sonya said...

I love the bunny outfit! That is way too cute.

We didn't do an Easter Basket our daughter's first year either. I love the idea of making a donation instead!!

KRISTEN'S PALACE said...

i love it!! :) it looks soo adorable on her. & i love the bunny pics. happy first easter harper

petrii said...

Kelly,
What version is that last vers you quoted in? I loved that!!!

Very powerful videos!!

Dawn

andrea said...

oh kelly what a beauty your sweet haper is!

i love love that song and i love fbcw!

my sister is actually in the choir in this video and she said that song was soo moving! God's presence was so there!!!

Dave and Jenn said...

I LOVE the bunny ears! Does Dawson have matching ones to wear? haha

Also, I think it's great that you are making a contribution instead of making an Easter basket. What a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday!

Mabry's gamma said...

Kelly,

You, Scott and Harper have a wonderful Easter. Thanks for sharing all the pics with us this week, she is darling and I love her pic with the bunny ears.

Oh, I stopped by your mom's blog, Kelly love the hair. LOL

Rebecca Powell said...

Thank you for being REAL yet bold with the Gospel! So many people read your blog and SO many people are hearing TRUTH...some for the first time ever! Have a blessed Easter with that beautiful Harper!

Laurie said...

Everything about this post is fabulous! Amen Sista girl!

Lauren said...

I think Harper becomes more beautiful everyday, and the cutest easter bunny out there! What a wonderful idea to give instead of making Harper a third basket,what a thoughtful momma you are Kelly!

Mary Avery said...

I'm so glad you posted this video! I've been looking for it since the choir did it for Easter last year! Happy, Happy Easter to you and yours!

Paige said...

Happy Easter to you and your family! He is Lord and has risen from the dead.

~the mccrarys~ said...

i LOVE that turqoise flower clip!! so pretty! i also love that song "unto the lamb"
what a great idea sending easter money to an organization! sometimes people need to be reminded to give more!

Laura said...

Kelly--i LOVE the pictures of Harper in the bunny ears--that is SO precious! ALSO i dont know if you've ever seen the short video called "Thats My King!" (words by Dr. S.M. Lockrigde and put together by ignitermedia.com) I think they may have also done the video you posted today, anyways if you havent seen it--you should it is SO powerful! (and only about 3 1/2 minutes!)! here's a link on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upGCMl_b0n4

Curlyqfun said...

AMAZING videos. Both gave me the chills.

Thanks for posting!!

Jenna said...

I love every single word, picture, and song in this post. Girl, you are the REAL deal and that God of ours has and continues to bless me big time through your writing. Love ya girl!

Happy Easter!

Colleen said...

Happy Easter to your precious family. Harper looks adorable as always.

Karyn said...

Love Harper's outfit!

Ashley said...

YAY! Harper looks precious! ;) I loved the video clip, they show that at church a lot and I just get chills!

Saw you posted on Melissa site today about lunch, lets do it!!!! I would love that. Send me your personal e-mail address if you get time.. Mine is Sunshne7750@yahoo.com! ;)

Madre Elisa said...

How power is this post?!!! So many times we are in the depths of despair and can't see out. But just as the video said, "Sundays' a coming". Out of these depths, God will be glorified. I am going to send this video to all my friends. The narrator is so effective. Thank you for the blessing. Sundays' a coming...

PaisleyJade said...

Cute bunny pics... and awesome songs! Thanks for sharing.

Meredith said...

Oh, I love the video about how Sunday's coming! Yes, it is! Aww Harper looked so cute with her bunny ears! I love that! Oh and the song, "Unto the Lamb" has always been one of my favorites! Hope you have a blessed Easter weekend!

Jo said...

WOW! What a treat to see my church on your blog. My family and I have been members of FBCW for 20 plus years. Johnny is just an amazing preacher of God's word. We are spoiled by our choir and Johnny every Sunday.

I am so thrilled that Harper is doing so well. She is just precious and she should be spoiled rotten.

I have been following you from the beginning. What a testimony you have and you have shared it so beautifully. If you are ever in Woodstock I would love for you to be our guest at church. I pray you and your family have a blessed Easter. I hope you continue your ministry in blogging.

Waiting on Him,

Jo

Becky said...

Love your little bunny. Happy Easter!

Hil said...

I read your blog every day and I've never commented before, but after seeing that video I had to share this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upGCMl_b0n4
I'm sure you've seen it, but if not, enjoy!
Harper is adorable. Maybe in about 25 years we can introduce her to my 10 month old, Landon! (I think that's the soonest I will allow him to date, lol!)

Hilary

Katie said...

I have been reading your blog for a few months now, found it through another blog. I am also amazed to read the comments and all the people who follow you as well here in Woodstock, GA. I have been born and raised in Woodstock now for 30 years, grew up and attended FBCW until about a year ago when my children and I found another church to attend. I am friends with the girl singing on the video, Kristi. She too has a CD out. Thank you for your posting and Happy Easter to you and your family!

Katie

The Kelley Family said...

I really enjoyed that Sunday is coming video. It made me smile at the end.

Hope you. Scott, and Harper have a great Easter!

Also, I live in TN and am near where the tornados hit today. I have lots of friends in that area and everyone is okay, but a lot was destroyed today. So far only 2 deaths - a young mother and her 3 month old, which breaks my heart). Can you please keep all everyone here in your prayers. They really need it. Thanks a million!!

Alicia

Jenny said...

Great videos.. Harper looks so adorable in her new bow and bunny ears.

Janai Rogers said...

I totally agree about the Easter basket. Our sweet boys are 13 months and have very eager grandparents that take up my slack with the gifts. I get to buy fun stuff...diapers, food, milk! Happy Easter!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that song! We have sung that at church before and it's such an awesome song. If only I could sing like her!

Thanks for sharing this week! I have enjoyed your Easter posts so much! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday with Harper at church!! Yay!!!

Lynn said...

This is very long but on this day of all days it's worth reading in it's entirety. Know that I'm always praying!
Isaiah 53:1-12 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
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KinaBolina said...

Amen!
I think it's wonderful that you chose to donate in lieu of giving her a basket for this Easter. Blessings have a way of circling their way around and around. Sweet Harper will surely find favor in your decision.
The bunny photos are so adorable! You should make a Harper Calendar for the grandparents next year and include that one for April.
Happy almost Easter...HE IS RISEN!
xoxo KB

Christy said...

Kelly,
I'm a faithful reader of your blog, but haven't posted much. My favorite Easter basket tradition is that my three kids all have the same baskets that they have had since their very 1st Easter. It's so fun, and they love it! My boys who are 18 and 16 have baskets with stuffed bunnies and ducks on them! Our princess, the baby, is 9 and has a longaberger Easter basket. So, I thought I'd let you know, so maybe you can be on the hunt for that special basket for next year.

Burns10rs said...

Kelly, thank you so much for remembering Ronald McDonald House! A group of our bloggers prepared and served supper for the families at the RMD House in St. Louis last night, and what a fulfilling experience! Part of counting our blessings means remembering that others may not have those same blessing, and trying to help them through tough times. Easter is a wonderful time to do that. Bless you for your contribution!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Love your bunny!

And great idea to donate to Ronald McDonald House. They mean a lot to us too...when my sister was a kid and had her heart surgeries, we lived at the one in Houston. Such a ministry.

Erin said...

Praise God for sending his son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins!

This church, FBC Woodstock is literally 10 minutes from my sister's house AND it is where my niece goes to preschool! TOO FUNNY!

Shelley said...

Ooh, like your new border and web page design!

Lori said...

I have really enjoyed your posts on Easter and all of Harpers Easter outfits! Happy Easter to your beautiful family!

The Monogrammed Mrs. said...

Love the new design/layout!

Tara said...

Love the new layout! Super cute and fun colors!! Have a BLESSED Easter celebrating our wonderful merciful Savior and your sweet girl!

redsoxmom said...

Happy Easter Stamps family! I love your idea of sending money to the RM House instead--maybe that's something I'll do when my kids get too big for baskets. Hope you get to enjoy at least a little bit of the service tomorrow!

By the way--I love, love the song. I'm actually singing it tomorrow at church. Pray for me, if you get a chance. I really want to do a good job and show those who are unsaved (and saved!) how amazing and powerful our God is. It's all about Him and that's what I want folks to see.

Blessings,
Linda

Ashley McWhorter said...

Love your little bunny! My little man is sportin' them, too! Have a blessed Easter!!! :)

pretty said...

Happy Easter to your family. Thanks so much for posting the videos, I've watched that first one countless times. Very touching. Harper is adorable!

Laura White Photography said...

Hey Kelly,
HAPPY EASTER!!! He IS RISEN!!!! Praise God for his sacrifice. The video "Unto the Lamb" is great. My church choir sang this song this morning at both our Easter services. Some of our youth group did a drama as we sang and it was GREAT!!!
I'm blessed enough to have a wonderful pastor and music who have the same idea about Getting out of the was of the Holy Spirit so he can "do his thang". I don't know about you but music ministers to my soul like nothing else. I love songs like this one because the message is so powerful.
Thanks for sharing it with the world. You are a blessing!!
I realy like the new look to your page.

Blessings to You, Scott, Harper, and Dawson!!