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what i have been up to.

well it has been a while since my last post- we have had just a “little bit” of stuff going on. we were in haiti for a week which was amazing! i am so thankful to be able to go and love on those people & in return them love on me. i have made long lasting friendships and consider most of them family. when i have a moment to collect all my thoughts & feelings about the trip i will write a more detailed blog, for any of you who have been on a mission trip before you can relate that sometimes it is hard to put all those emotions into words especially when you are sitting at your desk at work. so… here are some pictures!

me & my girls at village kanes

 

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this sweet little girl would not let cory put her down.

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tiboyo & i. love this little guy!

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makinglove and i. she is so funny- always trying to make the same faces as me.

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billy & i. he is the nicest & helps our teams out so much!

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this is my sweet sweet wilderson. i was looking forward to seeing him since i left the last time. if i could adopt him i would in a second.

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this drink was good.

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me, edner & wilderson.

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wilderson. so handsome & so so so sweet.

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this is ritchamy. he is so sweet, sincere and loves jesus so much. love spending time with him.

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i am already planning our next trip there. i miss it everyday & cannot wait to be back.

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self-image.

i feel like sharing some things that are on my heart about this subject. 1 because it breaks my heart that women struggle with this so bad & 2 because i feel like i have been having this conversation with so many people lately.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

— we need to wake up people. this is a battle people fight everyday. the media throws so many things in our faces about what we are “supposed” to look like or who we are “supposed” to  be. every where we go there are images jumping out at us saying, “hey, you need to look this” “hey, you are not good enough”. our little girls are walking through the malls and society is shaping their beautiful little minds into something it should never be. an image that is false. we are turning on the tv and every commercial is about weight loss, another diet, or a model showing us what we “should” look like. the world has this standard that we measure ourselves with & it ends in heart break, a poor body image, we tell ourselves we are not good enough, we don’t measure up, it ends up with children in the hospital from depression & self harming. it breaks my heart. we all struggle with it. i just want women to step up and show these girls the truth. every single one of you are beautiful. don’t get me wrong, i don’t have a problem with people working out, eating healthy, doing your cross-fit, or the women that are naturally thin. what i am saying is when what you look like becomes who you are, when your self-image is found in what you look like instead of who God has made you to be.

God new us before we were ever made. he planned for each of us to be here. he made us all different. how amazing that we are so thought out. that every action led to each and every one of us. i want to encourage every person that is effected by the world standards and speak good things into one another. speak like into each other. surround yourself with positive people and read the word of God over your life. you are not who the world says you are, you are so much more.

check out this video that amy poehler made here

this breaks my heart

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this world is sad, but it doesn’t have to be. lets stand up for each other. we need to support each other & remind each other of who we truly are. lets not focus on what we view as negative- lets speak the positive. lets not speak bad about each other & complain. the cup is always more full than we think. we are so blessed to have every thing that we do. don’t take it for granted. lets love each other. lets love ourselves. lets not be a statistic, lets break the strongholds that are so prevalent in this world. lets truly believe what the word says about us & lets step into who the lord has called each one of us to be. we are all different & unique lets be that person.

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”


― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

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what i always like to say. “be true to you”

cheers,

E

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11 days.

today marks 11 days until i will be in haiti again. what? the time has flown by. i am driving to carrollton today to turn in the last part of our money.

cannot wait to see this little guy.

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want to pray about our trip? here is what you can pray about.

1. for rain. they need it in a really bad way.

2. for our team- that the lord would work through us in whatever way he needs too.

3 that i don’t cry my eyes out when i leave- i did a really really great job last time holding it back. when i got home i spent the next few days crying in the shower. my heart was exploding. so many thoughts and emotions.

4. that whatever we do and say there show them jesus.

 

those are just a few.

ok- so here are some new things.

i got a jeep. really excited about that one.

the day we were leaving for our mini vacation to the mountains i cracked a tooth on a scooby snack. literally in the jeep fixing to back up and ate a scooby snack and bam. cracked. so. since we do not have dental insurance i found a doctor in carrollton that i am making an appointment with to see that has this plan called “complete smile”. you pay $250 and get exams, x rays, 2 teeth cleanings, and 20% off anything you need. which would mean getting my tooth fixed.

it is finally spring. which means more of this.

sandals.

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& of course sunday is easter. what an amazing celebration. behind the cotton ball tail and chocolate easter bunnies and egg hunts there is so much more. jesus.

i cannot say i don’t like the easter baskets & chocolate.  my mom was always good with these things. we had homemade baskets, she made the best peanut butter eggs, she would use all her fancy molds and make chocolate suckers, ect. my nanny would also get those little plastic grocery buggies and fill it with candy & everything else you could imagine. i miss her. holidays are never the same & will never be the same since she is no longer here.

cheers,

E

 

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Haiti Part #2

i have many favorite memories in haiti like meeting all the HCM staff, all my talks with the girls, worship on the roof, going to village of faith and doing worship at night in the complete darkness, taking cold showers and not really caring bc your so excited to wake up another day in such a beautiful country, their coffee, their food- i really crave rice & beans, trying to scare megan on the porch, hanging out with all the kids, getting some of the best hugs, visiting all the orphanages and seeing all those sweet kids i wish i could bring home with me or stay there and hang out with them everyday.. you get the point. i loved all of it.

sarah & megan- loved getting to know these sweet girls.

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billy- one of our interpreters

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some kids from CAD (orphanage)

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they love love love to have their photo taken- or look at your photos you already have, or completely take over your phone and play all the games you have

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cory & three kids- it was so funny bc all the kids would call him jezi which means jesus.

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thanks to donations we were able to give CAD stuff they really needed!!

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Haiti Part 1

i have been back for a minute now, & have had time to collect some thoughts. every one says your life changes when you go on a mission trip & they were correct. they also say you go into it thinking your are going to help the people and make their lives better- & then you realize your life was made better by them. my heart left a piece of itself in haiti & i cannot wait to go back. i have been trying to put into words to describe to people what it was like & i can talk about the driving, the people, learning the language, all the wonderful kids, but when i try to talk about the deep stuff, matters of the heart it is really hard. i would say you would have to go yourself and have your own experience. here are some of the pictures- i took so many so i am going to break this up into a couple of posts.

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Christmas Wish List

i am one of those people that love to give. not just at christmas but all year around! i have been ordering my husband christmas gifts for months now and they have been wrapped up for a while. we have not gotten our tree yet, mainly bc it is 70 degrees outside and it really does not put this ga girl in the mood for tree shopping, but the other reason is we leave on the 14th which is next saturday and we will be gone on our mission trip. this year, however i have a wish list. the main thing is a dutch oven. i have hit another one of my house wife phases and have been buying cookbooks and dreaming up recipes in my little head all day at work. last week i bought this cook book called The Little Paris Kitchen – Rachel Khoo — i flipped through the pages at work dreaming of making all these wonderful things i cannot even pronounce. i even thought about learning french. so lets get to it!

#1- Dutch Oven- why? bc it is amazing for everything from soup to bread. 

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#2 Doughnut Pan- Why? bc i need one= i have been seeing all these recipes for cute and healthy doughnuts- yes healthy and i want a pan super bad. you can see my “sweet tooth” pinterest board here

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#3 clothes- any of the ones on  my pinterest board. literally, but for all you guys out there that love pictures here are examples

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#4- anything to do with baking/cooking/eating- bc i want to make dishes like these below

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i know christmas is not about gifts and material things- it is about Jesus Birth and celebrating that. Celebrating family and what the word “family” truly means. I have been really struggling with family lately- so say a prayer that the Lord shows up. a lot of sad things happening in my family and i could use your prayers.

 

xoxo,

Mrs. Estes

 

 

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Excitement!

i have so many things going on. so many exciting things. i know i have already talked about our beach trip, & this saturday we are finally leaving for it. hilton head- we are coming for you!

last night we drove to carrollton for a meeting regarding our mission trip to haiti in december. so happy to have met all the people that are going & cannot wait to share this journey with them. we are taking up donations for socks and underwear to take with us and donate! so many things we take for granted and one of them is having our socks and underwear stolen. cannot even imagine, and i also plan on rounding up as many as i can to take to these amazing people.

ronda wanted us all to read this book, “kingdom journey’s” and i have about 6 pages left. it is such an incredible book & really puts so many things into perspective. if you are going, have gone, coming back from a mission trip i really would encourage you to read it. seth barnes who wrote the book started adventures in missions— they send groups out for short term mission trips. check out his site and see how he is sharing his calling with the world. we need more people like him.

if you would like to donate for our trip, pray for us, a letter of encouragement, or if you know of anywhere we can set up boxes for socks and underwear donations please email me at evanda.estes@gmail.com.

thanks!

xoxo

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Off to Haiti we go

well after many years of thinking and wanting and almost going- it is finally time. cory & I are going to Haiti in December. i have always had a heart for missions & i am really excited we are doing this together. when i was a kid i would spend hours planning a way to get an airplane to take food  to all the hungry kids. i would plan to have lemonade stands, sell my toys whatever idea i came up with to help people in need. i still feel the same way today- you get busy in your everyday life at your everyday job and forget about the passions and desires God places on your hearts. when i hear my friend Ronda talk about her trips to Haiti and her heart about the country i almost feel like crying. that excited feeling you get when you can just burst into tears at any moment. i get happy at the thought of going anywhere to help people. part of what we do at the church we work at is manage a mission house for when kids come to atlanta to do mission work here. i have never been out of the country and everyone i talk to about going tells me, “your life will be forever changed”. i reallly am ready for this & i am so happy my husband is going along with me. together both of our lives will be changed and i cannot wait. 

we will be raising money to go & of course it is a tax write off if you donate! i will also be selling pies and goodies and i am planning a couple of things regarding music. please keep us in your prayers- pray for open hearts and that we can bring the love of Christ to a country i feel alot of people forget about.

 

xoxo

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Take Heart

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spent some time with some of our very best friends last night & every time i leave them i feel refreshed. i love when you can be real with people and just share your hearts with one another. i was reading a bunch of new blogs and today i stumbled upon Take Heart. i always read the “about me” before i start following a blog- gives me a little idea of who the person is. i immediately fell in love with her blog. the verse that she had in the first part of her about me really struck home– seeing as though last night we had a convo with our friends about life and how its full of “stuff” that happens. learning to trust God.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

i feel like i know alot of people that are in this place- me and the hubster as well. life happens. bad things good things and so often we throw our fist up in the air at God like he did it all. this verse brings peace to me. he has already overcome the world- why worry.

xox

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Easter & Maroon 5

EASTER! One of my favorite Holidays. So thankful for this day & what it means to me. My Father surprised a lot of people getting out of that tomb! It is overwhelming to know he gave his life for me so I can choose him. I am so glad I did.
Easter is usually spent with my Mom and step-dad & the in laws but my mom has been really sick so we had to move it to two weeks from now. Hubster played at church & then we headed to his parents. They had quite a spread there– including my favorite food group of Holidays- HAM. Mmm! After lunch we went to our good friends house & stayed really late. It was so good to see them. Their little man is growing so fast and we love them oh so much.
I am already thinking of when we have kids and what Easter will be like then. Will we get up & make breakfast or go out to the same place every year. Who knows! Here are some pictures I took on Easter.

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Now. Since I am still looking for a job we don’t go out much. So last Wednesday Cory & I were talking about how bored we were. Cory said he prayed but I was napping so I didn’t hear it. Around 4:00 our friend Danny called and gave us two tickets to see Owl City ( he is their light guy ) Neon Trees & Maroon 5… Um YES! We walked to Phillips — about 2 miles and hung out with him for a bit & then watched the shows. So much talent that night & I was blown away at how amazing Maroon 5 was live. Adam Levine can freakin play the guitar! We were so thankful for that little treat we got blessed with. The Lord always comes through, even in the smallest of ways. Here are some pictures from the show.

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