Monday, August 18, 2014

Erin's Hair Tutorial Part #2

Here's Part #2 of Erin's Hair Tutorial! Enjoy and God bless!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great Friends

   I have been trying to keep up a regular date-night with my girl, and we chose to visit a special place we really enjoy. It's romantic, and the scenery is absolutely incredible! (well...I guess the scenery is always incredible when I am with Erin... =). McCloud Mountain resort and restaurant is nestled atop the Cumberland Mountains at an elevation of 2700 feet. About a half mile from the resort is the Chimney Sky walk. The place will take your breath away...I couldn't wait to break out the camera to capture some shots!
   We decided to bring some really good friends along on our little adventure, Brett & Kelsey. Erin became friends with Kelsey while attending college. Brett and Kelsey were married a few months before us and happily settled down not far from where we live. We attend the same church, and they both have been a blessing and an encouragement! They are expecting a baby girl soon! We are thrilled for them!
   I have learned that the people you hang around are the people you tend to be like...and Brett and Kelsey challenge us in our walk with the Lord and our relationship as a married couple. We are truly blessed with these great friends!

~ Chad...Psalm 121:1-2
 (Always for Erin)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Erin's Hair Tutorial Part #1

Many people have asked me how I fix my hair and if I could some day make a short video clip of it. I thought this to be rather funny, since I am always looking for new ways to fix my hair! =)
So here's Part #1 of one of the ways I fix my hair. It's fast, easy, and healthy for your hair! I hope you enjoy this fun little clip! God bless!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Recital

   This past July, I held our 2014 Summer recital at Morning Pointe Assisted Living, in Clinton, Tennessee. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I was of my students. They have worked so hard, and I know all their effort paid off. Being a piano teacher is so rewarding in more than one aspect. It is always a joy to see everyone progress each year, but also, I have developed lasting friendships with the students. I am so grateful God has brought them across my path, and I pray I can challenge them not just in the musical aspect, but also in their Christian life.
Recitals usually bring butterflies, anxiousness, and out of control nerves for most people, and I'm sure everyone that participated could vouch for that, but after it's over, and they have sighed a sigh of relief, they all realize it was worth the sacrifice invested. 
  This year as I watched the elderly people from the assisted living, I was so encouraged and blessed, as they smiled, clapped, and cheered for the students. Many of them came up afterwards and expressed their deep appreciation for students coming. One sweet lady was just crying, as she told me how much they needed the encouragement, and how blessed she was by seeing the students play. It made me realize how lonely some of them were...most of them had lost their spouse, and their children lived far away.  A smile, hug, or just a simple conversation can mean the world to someone. Let someone know you care today; don't wait till it is too late!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Sunday at Lakeside Baptist Church

A couple weeks ago, we had the privilege of going with the Bates family down to Lakeside Baptist Church, in Clearwater, South Carolina. The church had requested that we share in music and testimony for several services during a weekend family conference. Mr. Bates preached some powerful messages and gave testimony of God’s provision in their lives. Erin and I were able to share with the young people how God had brought us together and some of the lessons that He taught us about waiting and trusting in Him for a future spouse. The church was so gracious and we were truly blessed by their encouragement and love for the Lord. We look forward to seeing how God is going to continue to use them in their outreach.

"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together."
Psalm 34:3

Freedom Ain't Free
Erin playing

Ellie is so cute

a kiss for me. =)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Spring and Summer Months

   It always amazes me at how fast time is slipping by. I am reminded of that fact as I look at the date of my last post! But regardless of the passing time and lack of posting on my part, I still thought it would be great to post a little update about Erin and I, and what's been taking place these Spring and Summer months. There is so much that could be shared, but here is just a few of the highlights and some pictures.
   Though there are only two of us, the days seem to be filled from morning till night! As newlyweds, we want to make the most of our time...making memories, going on adventures together, special dates, hikes, bike rides, reading marriage books, road trips, games, fishing, swimming, swinging on our little hammock, and just learning more about each other. I know I've heard
the more you learn about someone, the more you love them, and I think we have both definitely found that to be true. Erin graduated in early May and has been teaching around 30 piano students, cooking meals, running errands, keeping our little cottage in order, visiting me at work (yay!), planning our weekly adventures, working out, spending time with her sisters, playing the piano for our church and other events, and the list could go on and on. I have been working at Noble metals, managing the office, as well other side construction jobs. The Lord has blessed me with a great employer and I enjoy working with him.
Everyday brings new excitement.  One of the best things that Erin and I absolutely LOVE doing is...ANYTHING TOGETHER! =)
  This Spring, Erin and I were able to go with the Bates Family and share about what God was doing in our lives with Park Meadows Baptist Church in Illinois. Erin played the piano and sang with her sibling's ensemble and family. The previous pastor, Dr. S. M. Davis, had a great impact on Erin and my life as kids, and we both have been challenged by his messages! We were grateful for the opportunity to minister through music and testimony.
   Erin was the most beautiful bridesmaid in Alyssa's wedding this May (coming from her biased husband GRIN). We both had fun together doing a short engagement photo-shoot with John and Alyssa before they were married!  =)
   Both Erin and I traveled out to Arkansas for Derrick and Jill's wedding. Erin played the piano and
did an incredible job! I was so proud of her! I was second photographer for their wedding, which was a real honor (I hope to post some pictures of the wedding as soon as I am able). While in AR. we visited my family in good ole' Oklahoma and spent a few days with them before returning to Tennessee. It was too short of a visit, but it was really special to see them all.
   We spent the 4th of July with Papa Bill and Mama Jane in the Carolina's, and celebrated Papa Bill's birthday! It was such a blast, and it was so wonderful to relax on the farm and spend time with Uncle Greg and Aunt Casey and their family!
 This is just a glimpse of what's been taking place in our lives these past few months. The Lord has been teaching us so much through our church, His Word, and each other. We are learning more of what it means to trust in the Lord in daily decisions, finances, and future plans. God has been so good to us. Even though there are valley experiences, He still remains faithful. He will not change.

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."
Psalm 37:5

Chad & Erin
Always, Forever ~ Psalm 121:1-2