Monday, March 7, 2011

Sister Weekend!

Sisters!! Jonna, Joy, Laura, Steph & Me!

My weekend was oh so lovely and filled with sister talks, times and laughs! We road tripped to Iowa and it was such a funny adventure. Our friends Beka, Rachel & Ruthann were putting on a mini-conference for women in their church/surrounding churches similar to our {em-pou-er} conference. It was a beautiful thing!


We started the adventure off with some lovely sister jumping fights. Ha! This photo is priceless! Iowa is such a cute place... we also noticed that there was hardly any snow on the ground. NOT. FAIR! It was windy, but no snow... I think I would take that :)

Here is sweet Beka leading worship... so fun seeing her in her "element". God was so glorified. It was so incredible to witness. It was a sweet time of worship, that is for sure!

Lovely Grace Johnson was the main speaker and shared her story of restoration. It also was a reminder that God wants to use all the broken things in our lives to "show us off".... for HIS glory!

Lovely Beka Boo!! She has a little Livia in her tummy. Liv is due in May... :-)

This is her firstborn, Tristian. Oh my word. He is such a sweetie. My niece Olivia would be a great match for him... we are already planning there wedding. Ha ;) Jk!

Our GORGEOUS friends (RuthAnn, Me, Rachel, Jonna, Joy, Steph, Beka & Laura)

We had such a fun time being together and being goofy. I am sure Steph will share about our funny gas station experience. Ha! This time we stopped for the bathroom and got the yummiest treats... have you heard of them? F'reals...? You pick your kind and put it in a machine that blends it to the thickness you want. So one of my favorite things. Ha!

The biggest lesson I was reminded of is that when things are going good, we need to believe and ask for God to build a strong foundation. Especially for Josh and I in marriage... my deepest desire is to have deep roots in GOD'S love. When testing, trials & the fire comes {which they will} we will be able to test and approve what God's will is ... his good, pleasing & perfect will. {Romans 12:2}

Blessings this week!! God's in control. Always. Forever. It's a promise!!!


Brittney Galloway said...

Looks like a great time! I saw one of those machines at a gas station up north once, and it mixed up your own milkshake-crazy!

Unknown said...

Ok - HOW FUN! And Grace Johnson - what an inspirational woman - seriosuly!

Jonna said...

It was a FUN FUN weekend!! Woo hoo! Praise Jesus for awesome SISTERS!! :)

Unknown said...

I'm from Iowa!

I got so excited when I read that you went there... I'm glad you think it's cute!

Jenny said...

Sounds like such a perfect sister weekend! So glad you girls were able to build new memories and honor God!

Allie @ said...

So fun!! I have 3 other sisters myself and we try to get together for a weekend once a year too, those moments are priceless. It makes me miss my sisters:) Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Thanks for coming!

Jamie Leigh said...

Sisters are the best!! It looks like you guys had an amazing time! So jealous you got to see Grace speak again!! :)

Mateya said...

Looks like such a fun time!

I've never heard of that F'reals thing!

Stephanie M. Page said...

I am so glad that you are a photographer! I love all the pics! Thanks for planning our mini getaway! sooo fun.

Truly His said...

AHHH!! I love those people! Ri, those were my favorite things in hs!! ;) Great minds thinks alike!

Kylie Marie said...

Ria... sounds like you had a WONDERFUL weekend! And what a wonderful reminder to trust in our Lord even when things are going good. That seems to be the easiest time to take his mercy and grace for granted. But what a wonderful thing to fall back on...something so sturdy, never failing and never ending!

Amy said...

Sister are truely the best :-) What a fun weekend you girls had :-)