Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Most Amazing Pianist...my Erin

Our Lil Piano
When I first met Erin, I knew that she played the piano, but what I did not know was how incredible her ability actually was. As I got to know here better at a conference in Texas, before we were courting...I was blown away! I can still remember the day that I watched her play, "The Love of God" and just marveled at her talent and finesse! She had never played the song before, yet she played that very day for a film crew! She completely captivated my attention and amazed me! She was absolutely incredible! As our relationship has grown, so has my admiration for her ability, her confidence, and her great humility and modesty when it comes to playing for others. She always strives to do it for the Lord's glory, whether it be for a handful of elderly folk at an assisted living facility or on stage with several thousand watching. She plays ultimately for Him...and I am so proud of her! I have not ceased to be amazed at the creativity that she comes up with as she pours her heart onto the keys. I enjoy hearing her play at our home on our Lil upright piano. She fills our home with music and I never cease to grow tired of hearing her play!
If you haven't heard her play you can find her Cd's online here. She has made two Cd's so far and I am encouraging her to make a third...we'll see! =)

PS...The above YouTube video was being filmed as I watched from a distance...little did I know that three years later I would be married to the girl that I was admiring that day!...and PSS....I also am slightly bias! =)
Erin's First CD
Erin's second CD

Sunday, April 6, 2014

...Spring...

As I stepped out onto our back porch this morning, I was greeted by the wonderful smell of Spring. The coolness of the morning made me appreciate the steaming cup of coffee that I held, as I listened to the birds sing their happy melody across the little valley that we live in. At the edge of our yard, a small stream flows by on it's stony bed, full of rain drops that we have been getting of late. Our little spring flows from the side of the mountain and pours into the stream further on down the valley. The flowers that are blooming around our little country house seem to exclaim that Spring is finally here. Everything is coming alive with a vigor that is nothing less than inspiring. Yes...I Love Springtime...and I LOVE spending it with my wonderful Erin.
 I just wanted to say thank you to all those who have commented on our last post. "Thank you" isn't big enough...and I really can't find any other words that would describe our gratefulness for the prayers, the encouragement, the songs, the unexpected cards...we are truly overwhelmed!! We love you all , and we are so grateful for the many friends that God has brought into our lives, even if we have never met you before! God is giving us grace through this time, and we are counting our blessings and choosing to look forward to the future with expectancy, for what He has in store for us.

~ hf ... Psalm 121:1-2

Monday, March 17, 2014

Our Little Angel

  There are many things that we will never understand this side of heaven. We have often asked God "Why?"...and yet there seems to be no answer. We have gone through heartaches and it doesn't make sense. We wonder why God allows circumstances that seem to have no profit and seem to only cause pain and we question God's goodness. I must admit that these questions have crossed my mind before. But I have come to find that when we don't understand, when we go through hard times, and when we have unanswered questions, and when we are experiencing pain there is only one thing that we can do, and that is simply trust Jesus. It's easy to say "Trust Jesus" when things are going well, when we think we understand what's going on in life...but it's so much harder to trust Him in the midst of pain and hardship.
These thoughts are fresh on mine and Erin's heart as we trust the Lord through the loss of a baby. We know that God knows what's best...and we are trusting Him for that even though it's hard, even through the tears, even through the questions...God is still good and He is still faithful. One day we will get to see our baby and maybe then we will understand God's plan more perfectly and more fully...but until then, we simply must trust Him!
Erin has a life verse in Psalm 62:8 that is very reassuring and gives us courage through this time.

"Trust in him at all times; ye people, 
pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

Erin and I after the D&C
He is a refuge from the pain, from the doubts, and fears. We can trust Him because He is good. Erin and I are looking forward to seeing our baby one day, until then we know that it is safe with Jesus. When asked by her younger siblings what happened to our baby, Erin said that Jesus needed a little angel in heaven to play for Him...and He chose ours. I like to imagine what our baby is doing, but I do know for sure that our little Angel is safe in the arms of Jesus! Please keep us in your prayers as we learn to trust the Lord more fully even when we don't understand! He is good and faithful...and He loves us for sure! I don't know if you are facing anything that is painful or hard right now, but I do know that Jesus is your answer to everything that you are facing. He alone is the source of comfort and strength. Be encouraged to seek Him as your refuge...You can trust Jesus.

~ Chad <3 Erin...Psalm 121:1-2

Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Lil' Home

Nestled in a little valley, is a place that Erin and I call home. A few months before getting married, the Lord led us to this cute, country cottage that we both fell in love with. The house needed a little work and we were able to make small repairs and decorate it together just the way we wanted it. It was so fun! A little paint, texture, and decoration goes a long way in making a house feel like a home. Erin and I are so happy where we are and we wanted to share some pictures! This lil’ house is the perfect place for us!


As I was preparing this post, a passage came to mind that has been very meaningful to me throughout our courtship and engagement. It’s the parable that Jesus gave about building a house upon the sand or building a house upon a rock. The Lord gave me that passage the day that I began courting Erin, over a year ago. I wanted this passage to guide our relationship and be the key focus in our preparation for marriage. The passage is found in Luke 6:46-48.


"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock."

 An amazing analogy can be drawn from this passage in relating it to building a marriage. A marriage that is founded upon Jesus Christ (truth) will prove to be a marriage that will not crumble when the storms of life arise. I know that a marriage is never “perfect,” just as we as individuals are never perfect. There is always something to work on and there is always something to build in our lives and in our marriages. Our
foundation is Jesus and His Word and we are continuing to build our marriage together. The Lord challenged me with the realization that I needed to focus more of my energies into building our marriage. One area that God has convicted me in is my prayer life. I get so caught up in business that I forget to bring those things that are on my heart before the Lord. This past Sunday, in Sunday school, one of the teachers shared how prayer unites believers. One of the best ways to unite as couples is to simply have times of praying together. This really spoke to my heart and has given me a new fervor to pray with Erin and to make sure my priorities are right as we continue to build our house together. =)

~ hf...Psalm 121:1-2




Our Guest Room





Our Room...and yes...it's PINK! =)




Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Saturday Together

Both Erin and I love the great outdoors. Being out in God's creation is peaceful and yet so exhilarating at the same time! Even in the so called "ordinary" or "simple" things of life, we can still be amazed by and learn something new from, if we would but take the time to do so.
Erin and I enjoyed spending time at a little park nearby. This winter has been a cold one here in Tennessee (it's been reminding me of Indiana and Michigan lately, LOL.. =), but this afternoon proved to be pleasantly warm. It reminded me of spring!
These past few weeks have been very full for both of us and we needed the time to just talk and share about the different things on our heart...work, school, running errands, and the different day-to-day things that come up can often become overwhelming and always compete with the greater priorities in life. Every day that passes, time is becoming more and more precious to me...especially when it's time spent with my Sweetheart. I am realizing that our time together is something I must, in a sense, fight for. There are so many things that are crying out
for my attention, but I know that most of those things are insignificant in comparison with my relationship with Erin.
I know that I say this often...maybe even in every post, but God is so good to us! We are truly blessed beyond measure! I love how David, in Psalm 8:3-4, is amazed at why God would care for someone like him!
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
God made all these amazing things around us and yet He cares for each of us individually! I can't help but simply be amazed at all that God has done and all that He continues to do! Be blessed in knowing that God cares for YOU!




Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our First Christmas

For our first Christmas together, Erin and I traveled to Okie to spend time with Dad and Mom Paine. =)
We had so much fun!!    It was so hard to leave!! It was so good to see the family and we were really happy to be all together once again with a wonderful addition! =) It was really hard to leave them after such a wonderful time of fellowship, rest, relaxation, food, fun and so much more!
God is so sooo good! It was really special to think back over this past year and remember all the things that have taken place in our lives! It's overwhelming to think about all the places we went, the things we did, the people we met...not to mention we're married! =) Soooo Happy! We hope and pray that your Christmas and New Years was as good as ours!! Blessings on ya'll!

~ Chad n Erin....xoxo