The skies are cloudy. Rain comes and goes. Many of us are probably home-bound today with a little extra time to browse the web. In light of this dreary Thursday, I’d like to share some awesome resources for your perusing pleasure. Not only have each of these resources impacted my life personally but they are all provided by solid-to-the-core, incredible people. So click away, blogging friends. All of these resources will bless your life and by using them, you will be supporting some amazing families. Seriously.
Nathan Lawrenson Photography – Nate began delving into the world of photography during his extensive stay at Duke Hopsital while his wife recovered from a double-lung transplant, was then treated for cancer and while his daughter (born at 24 weeks gestation) spent the first several months of her life in the NICU. To say he knows how to capture precious moments on film is a stark understatement. He took all the pictures seen on our blog banner. His work is artistic, capturing both the beauty and spirit of the families he photographs. To learn more about Nate and his inspiring family, visit Confessions of a CF Husband.
So Much Bigger Than The Bunny – Tasha is a mom of 3 (soon-to-be 4) who is absolutely committed to the spiritual growth of her kids. She is one of the most humble people I know, with capabilities far beyond anything she would ever say herself. She wrote an innovative 7-week devotional for kids and families about the true meaning of Easter. Fun, practical and applicable to all ages. Proceeds from the book go towards funding their Uganda adoption. I’m telling you – these people are amazing!
Resurrection Songs – Josh is our worship pastor and hands-down, one of the most talented song writers/musicians/vocalists I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. For real. He is producing a kids rock album to make Scripture memory easy and fun for kids. The album compliments So Much Bigger Than The Bunny (written by his wife, Tasha), putting each week’s memory verse verbatim into songs that stick with you. Jordan has been working with Josh on this project, playing drums and keys for each track. It has been an absolute blast for him! This isn’t your typical kids album. Adults will want to rock out to these tunes as well! Non-cheesy kids music. Love it! Proceeds also go towards their adoption from Uganda.
Tellefsen Custom Portraits – Cathy is like the big sister I never had. She came into my life at just the perfect season and has since been a source of encouragement, much laughter, and solid advice. Cathy studied art at Wake Forest University and is an accomplished painter. Their family traveled the road of child loss nearly 13 years ago when their second daughter, Sarah, fell ill with cancer at 4 months old and passed 5 months later. During their time at Duke, a photographer from Time magazine captured an intimate picture of Cathy holding her daughter in the cancer unit – a picture she did not receive until after Sarah’s passing. The image made such a profound impact on my friend that she dedicated herself to capturing such moments of children on canvas for their families. Her portraits are exquisite, excellently painted with genuine love poured into every brush stroke. The perfect gift!
From Glimpses To Glory – Beverly was recently described as a combination of Beth Moore and Paula Dean. So true! This southern woman oozes love and joy from every pore while having a vibrant, humble walk with God and passionate love for His Word. From Glimpses To Glory is Beverly’s first book, taking the reader from getting a glimpse of who God made them to be through the journey of seeing the vision fulfilled. Jam-packed with Biblical truth, eloquence and wisdom, this is an excellent resource for women of all ages who want to grow in their walk with Christ towards being all they were created to be.
Radically Obedient: The Joshua Study – This 9-week study of the Book of Joshua rocked my world last year! Ailene’s approach to studying the Bible is both refreshing and equipping, sharing valuable insights but leaving much room for God voice to speak to the individual simply through the Word itself. Radically Obedient equips the reader in how to meditate on Scripture while teaching life-changing lessons from the life of Joshua. No matter what season of life you are in, this study has something for you!
Happy reading/listening/image-capturing/web-perusing/growing/smiling-despite-this-dreary-weather, everyone!