Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Romancing the Home





I'm blogging this week over at Spirit 1059 about Romancing the Home. Yep. All about PDA and Mike and marriage. Check it out by clicking here!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

FREE Summer Bible Study!


SO CRAZY EXCITED!

With all the activities and travel and sunshine of summer, it can be a challenge to stay in the groove of staying in the Word. That's why I'm so, so, so excited to offer an online option for you for the summer.

And then this...

It's FREE!

It's called The Footnotes and it's fresh off the digital press!
Here's the deets.

I go to the grocery store. I answer the emails. I drop off the kids and then I pick them back up. I reload the washing machine. I finish a project at work just to begin another one. In the repetition and minutiae of it all, I sometimes have to wonder. Does it all count toward something? Will it make a difference? Can God use it? Over seven billion people currently live on this globe and an estimated one hundred eight billion people have passed this way over time. It's understandable that we would stand back on occasion and question if we will leave a legacy, if we really will be able to speak into future lives. Or will we be just a footnote in a list somewhere?

There are about thirty-three hundred specific people mentioned in the Bible and of those, many are just one-liners, anonymous or a passing mention. In our study Bibles, they're often just a footnote in the margin. And yet, if we're willing to look a little deeper, their lives have many lessons to teach. The Footnotes, my newest online, free Bible study, will take a closer look at some of the stories and people you may have breezed by in the past. The footnotes I call The Reputation, The Bridge, The Wrestler, The Messenger, The Heckler and The Career are people who didn't make a best-known list, but their lives still speak in to ours today. We'll cover some hidden history, take a look at fascinating facts and learn how to apply the lessons of The Footnotes to our lives today. Join me for a six week study that will sharpen your sleuthing skills and heighten your awareness of some of the 'smaller' stories of the Bible while gaining insight for living today.

Each week, you'll receive an email with the link for the newest video lesson and a pdf file with listening guide, discussion questions and guided journaling for the week. You can take it at your own pace, from wherever your summer plans take you. We'll also weave in some interesting local history as well.

We'll launch June 28th, 2015, and you'll have access to that week's video lesson and study guide pdf to do on your time, whether on the road, poolside or on the run. If you'd like to do it as a small group study with your friends, awesome! You can customize it to work with your summer schedule. Can't wait to show you some of the amazing people and hidden stories from the Bible, around the Austin area and even a little something from my ancestors. Sign up today!



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

live large. laugh loud. love hard. leave a lesson.



I've had this posted over in the sidebar but thought I would make it a bit easier to find. This was my Mother's Day message this year. Hope it speaks to you. live large. laugh loud. love hard. leave a lesson.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Choosing: Rachelle Dekker


Today's a big day.

Rachelle Dekker's novel is officially on the shelves.

The Choosing.

It's the first in a trilogy. And I have the feeling that I'll be engaging in some serious sleep procrastination to read into the wee hours. (You can order The Choosing here, both print and digital).

Rachelle got a pretty compelling guy to interview her about the development of the book and what the journey has been like. He's written a bit himself. And he's related to her. As in her dad, Ted Dekker. Check out the interview here.

Congrats, Rachelle. Can't wait to now get to take the reading journey you've been writing.



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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pick the Pic: #amwriting


All right, team, needing some help here. One of the interesting aspects of writing are all the components along the way that aren't writing. The contracts and marketing decisions and social media planning and on and on. It's fascinating, it's sort of like extended homework, and there are lots of decisions and calls to make right now for a book that won't be on the shelves for another year or so.

Like this decision.

Which pic to pick to put on the cover.

The amazing Shannon Lafayette lent her photography skills to the first part of this equation, but now I could use your help. Which picture should make the cover? We're a house divided over here, so I'd love to hear your input. Just vote in the poll below and let me know! Is it option #1...

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...or is it option #2?

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Monday, May 4, 2015

How?

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We've gone from the above...

To this...

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To somewhere here...

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Happy, happy birthday, Twinkies. You have provided craziness, mess, joy, more mess, more joy and all kinds of hilarious stories. We love you each like crazy. You'll always be our babies!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Senioritis

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So there's the student version of senioritis, that condition known as getting completely burned out on school with the graduation finish line in sight.

And then there's the mama version.

The mama version goes a little something like this...."I cannot, CANNOT, believe that my baby is wrapping up the whole high school thing."

With this possible adjunct as well: "How can my kid be graduating when I still pretty much feel like I was in high school last week?"

Denial comes in various levels...

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We headed downtown a few days ago for Justus's senior portrait session with the incredible Shannon Lafayette.

Side note: Austin, Texas, you make the most amazing backdrop for portraits. No, really. I mean it. You do.

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The homeschool senior experience is a little odd. Justus has been taking dual credit college classes the last two years. So he's a college sophomore finishing up his senior year of high school. Technically.

We of the Carr Tribe have a way of complexing things. Complexing. The verb form meaning to make complex. That would be us.

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No class rings, no letter jackets...but there is this. In this next shot, he's wearing the vintage RayBans his dad received as a high school graduation gifts a couple three decades ago...

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Legacy.

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Sheesh. Maybe it's just me. But I think my kid is pretty cute.



And a ham.

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And then there's this...

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All in all, it was a successful Essence of Justus capture...photographically speaking.

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Then there's that other phase of mama senioritis: the realization that your kid is not a kid.

He's a man.

Justus, so very proud of the man you are, of your compassion and humor and loyalty.

I love you, Baby Son.



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