Show and Tell Tuesday: Let's Name Baby Harrison

Let's talk names today for Show and Tell Tuesday.  Thanks Andrea for hosting this fun series! 

Obviously, we are now on the hunt for baby names.  Greg and I both have ideas for baby names but we are desperately needing some help.  Let's help name Baby #1.  Currently Baby #1 is referred to as Peanut or Baby Harrison.

Greg is not into naming the baby after him if it is a boy.  He's not ready for a Jr.  

We have talked about incorporating some family names.  Here are some of our boy family names...

We have noticed that we like older names.  We also do not want to give Baby Harrison a name that takes them forever to learn how to spell.  

What do you think Baby Harrison should be if it is a boy?  Or what should Baby Girl Harrison be named?

Here are some of my past Show and Tell Tuesday posts

Thank You

Thank you!  I was blown away on Thursday night and following with all of the sweet comments and likes on Facebook and Instagram as well as all of the texts and phone calls.  My phone has been constantly lighting up with notifications.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  

These last few weeks have been so exciting for us and we were so ready to share our news with everyone.  I promise you that there have been lots of smiles, laughs, tears and every emotion there is reading each one of the messages.  This is such a sweet time for Greg, myself and our entire family.  We are blessed to have friends and family who love us and love well.  

There have already been several students that have called dibs on babysitting.  We love our church and know that our church is behind us and praying for us often.  Baby Harrison is already loved and cared for.  He/She is one special little person.  

Again, thank you for loving our family of three. 

Friday Favorites: Best Week Yet

As always, I'm linking up with the wonderful hosts of Friday Favorites: Andrea, Erika and Narci.  I hope all of you read their blogs.  I love reading them as well as the many other blogs that are linked up each week.  The blog community is wonderful!

Friends of ours are moving to Haiti today!

Please keep them in your prayers as they transition and settle into life in Haiti.  Pray for their ministry as well.  There is lots to be done in Haiti and lots of people who are hurting.

I LOVE Peanut Butter.  I think it should have its very own food group.  This past week, the Mix and Match Mama released her new bar and it was a Peanut Butter Neiman Marcus Bar.  It has been on my to make list all week.  I know you are going to want to make it ASAP too!

 I told you that you would be drooling.  You can get the recipe here and thank me later. 
Finally, Greg and I are going to be parents.  We are so excited.

Have a great weekend!

Meet Peanut

Dear world, Greg and I would like to introduce you all to Peanut!  

We are over the moon!  We are so excited to become a family of three.  We are also nervous, terrified, and every single emotion that first time parents probably have.  We know that you are never fully prepared to become parents and that is the beauty of all of this.  We are ready to learn and to trust in the Lord completely to equip us in every way possible.  

Please pray for us and this is all so incredibly new to us.  We are in brand new territory.  
Pray for a healthy pregnancy and for rest. 
Most importantly, pray that this little person and their faith journey.  We are praying now that Peanut would know Jesus at a young age and would live their life in a way that brings honor to Christ. 

April 15th

I think many people have a love hate relationship with this day.  Translation, Happy Tax Day people.  

Most years I could have cared less about the fact that April 15th was Tax Day.  Why?  Because the few years that I thought about it, I had already filed my taxes and in some cases even received my return before Tax Day came.  That makes for a Happy Emily.  

This year, I was very aware of April 15th.  We owed for the first time and I learned that when you owe taxes typically you wait as close as you can to that day to avoid money leaving your account any sooner than it has to.  

We sent everything off and I probably had one of the worst expressions of my life on my face.  I despised what I was doing.  Within seconds, I began rethinking my expression.  Part of mine and Greg's pre-marital counseling was to take Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  Ladies and gentleman, we have an emergency fund.  The security that has come with that little amount of funds is indescribable.  I HATED that we had to use some of those funds for our taxes but I realized very quickly that it could have been much worse.  

Many, many people in this country do not have emergency funds.  Many people live paycheck to paycheck with crazy amounts of debt.  Greg and I have worked very hard to think through our financial decisions together.  It is tough.  However, we know that the more intentional we are now with our funds the better we will be in the future.  

We are so thankful that we had people tell us how important it was for us to take FPU early on and we are even more thankful to have people who still want to help us along the road to financial freedom.  It is not easy, but it is possible. 

Spring at the Harrisons

We have been working on the house a lot lately.  We love our little house and really do enjoy finding new little projects for it.

Our main goal for the last few months I mean since we moved in has been to get grass to grow in certain spots.  It is trying, it just takes time.  That is hard for someone who is not patient.  Greg has done a great job working on it.  

This weekend we found these little lights to line our walkway.  We did have some but they did not work out.  We found these at Home Depot

  No, that is not my actual yard although I would love it if it were.  

We do plan to get some stones soon to line the walkway.  I like the little flowers on the side of this picture too.  We will see what my lack of a green thumb allows to work at our house.  

I did hang up my hummingbird feeders this weekend.  I've seen a few each day getting their yummy sugar water.  Lots of people put red food coloring in the water, I'm curious how many people do that.  

We also saw some turkeys in our front yard Monday morning.  That was fun.  Life in the country.  

We will let Gnomeo continue to be our lookout for now.

Kari Jobe

Saturday night, Kari Jobe came to Southeastern!  I have been excited about this night for months.  My friend Emily and I went together and we loved it. 

We thought we got to the seminary at a good time and then we saw this...

I have no idea when people started getting there, we missed that memo.  The weather was great so it was okay.  

Emily and I kept commenting on how much Kari Jobe moves while she sings and how her voice just stays constant the whole time.  That girl bounces and is all over the stage.  

Kari is so talented!  I mean the girl sang in Spanish for one song.  She ended the night with Forever.  I did not video her singing but I thought I would share that song for all of you.  It is great!

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!! 

It is that time, time to link up with Andrea, Erika and Narci for this weeks Friday Favorites.

This has been a great week.  Here are some highlights.

If you know me at all, you know at least one thing about me.  I love my sleep.  I'm in bed by 9 or 9:30 almost every night.  I do not like to be up past my bedtime.  I do not like to make exceptions for that but sometimes you have to and Monday night was one of those times that I had to.  Greg and I wanted to watch the NCAA Mens Championship Game.  We were in our Duke blue and we cheered for our team.  If you do not know, tip off was not until 9:18.  Do not ask me why it was 9:18, I do not know.  Regardless it was a late night in the Harrison Home.  We didn't care because our team won!  We may have watched the last few minutes in our pajamas, in the bed, watching the game on our iPhones.  Don't judge me.

Wednesday, I was able to hear one of my favorite speakers.  I really enjoy listening to Kelly Minter and I'm always challenged by her.  She has 5 Bible Studies that have been published by Lifeway and I have done a couple of them.  They are great.  I posted a little more about Kelly earlier in the week.  One thing that she said that stood out to me was this...
"We lack joy when the Word of Life ceases to be central in our lives."

I so enjoyed that she spoke but that she also led us in worship in the beginning.  

If you want to watch what Kelly shared, click below.  I love that Southeastern posts their chapel messages so quickly. 

 Wednesday night was crazy for us!  We were driving home from church and the sky was so bright from all of the lightning.  In Greg's words, our faithful weatherman, there was intense cloud-to-ground lightning.  Sure.  Then this crazy sound started happening.  We had hail!  It was so loud.  My car has a few dents, but nothing compared to what some people experienced. 

Yes, Greg measured it.  Who is surprised by that?  Not me.

Spring severe weather is picking up.  This is the part that I do not miss about living in Oklahoma.  Please do not think this is normal North Carolina. 

There is a lot of excitement in our house because baseball season is here.  We have a divided house.  We have a Braves fan and a Yankees fan.  My Braves swept their first series!  Greg's Yankees can not make the same claim.  We will see what this year holds. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

4000 Steps

I've talked a little about the walk that Greg and I are taking part in this coming Saturday.  This is our 3rd year walking for the 4000Steps Walkathon that is put on by First Choice Pregnancy Solutions in Wake Forest.  

We are so thankful for what all this ministry does for the women and families in the Triangle area.  

Each year at the walk they show some statistics about abortion and women with unplanned pregnancies.  

43% of American women will have an abortion by age 45
81% of women said they would not have had an abortion if the father was supportive
Wake County experienced 6,325 abortions in 2013
The average woman will have an abortion within 9 days of finding out she is pregnant
21% of all US pregnancies end in abortion

These statistics can't be just that.  There are women all over our community and our country that need our help.  Many of them believe that abortion is their only option.  Help us help First Choice and show these women that they do have another option. 

To learn more about First Choice Pregnancy Solutions, click here.

You can support Greg and I by visiting our FundEasy page here.  

We thank each of you for your help and your support! 

Kelly Minter at Southeastern

I am so excited that Kelly Minter will be in chapel today.  I have had this day marked in my calendar for a while. 

My last year at OBU, I was a part of the Senior Women's Bible Study and we used Kelly's Ruth study.  I absolutely loved it.  

I know that everyone there will greatly enjoy listening to Kelly and be ministered to.  

If you are interested in learning more about Kelly, check out her blog here.

Her other studies can all be purchased at Lifeway

Two I would recommend are her No Other Gods study and her study on Nehemiah

Show and Tell Tuesday: Favorite Vacation

I'm linking up with Andrea today for Show and Tell Tuesday!  Today is all about our Favorite Vacation.  It took me all of 5 seconds to decide mine.  My honeymoon is by far my favorite vacation.  Greg and I went to Charleston, South Carolina, for our honeymoon.  We loved it!  The temperatures were great, we were right by the water, we were so relaxed and we were married!  

So pretty!  We loved walking to look at the water each day.  We even saw dolphins jumping around one day.  

Hands down, my favorite picture of us!

He was excited to tour Fort Sumter.  

Watch out!  Emily is by a really old cannon.

Do you like the Pineapple Fountain?

We loved touring Fort Sumter, but holy cow it was so windy!

In case you have not caught on, there are a lot of cannons in Charleston.  

There is a lot to do in Charleston.  We loved it.  It is a great historical city.  You can go to Fort Sumter, we walked down to The Battery a lot, walked by the water, and of course enjoyed some pralines.  We think everyone would love to see Charleston. 

 Here is the schedule for the upcoming Show and Tell Tuesdays!

Friday Favorites: Easter Edition

Happy Good Friday Everyone!  I'm once again joining Andrea and Erika's Friday Favorites party.  

I still am in shock that it is April already.  This year is going so fast and now it is Easter Weekend.  

My church, Richland Creek Community Church, has so much going on this weekend to celebrate Easter.  We have a Good Friday Communion Service, a Easter Block Party and 5 Easter Services.  It is going to be a busy weekend but a great one. 

If you are in the Raleigh area, we would love for you to visit The Creek!

Greg and I haven't had that busy of a week.  We both have been so tired that we have tried to stay home a lot this week.   I know our weekend will be filled with Easter activities and cheering on Duke in the Final Four.  

If you have kids and are looking for a great way to explain Easter to them, I recommend Resurrection Rolls.  They have a marshmallow that is buried in the tomb and as it bakes the marshmallow disappears. 

Happy Friday and Happy Easter Everyone!


She Reads Truth

For many many years I have tried different plans to read the Bible in a year.  I always start really well and then after about a month or so I stop.  As terrible as it sounds, this is the first year that I have made it past three months.  It is not easy but I am so glad that I am doing this.  I do not for a second believe that simply reading the Bible in a year should be the only Bible study you do.  I think this is a great addition to a persons current Bible study plan.  

I have been using the She Reads Truth plan.  There are many many plans on how to read the Bible in a year.  This is just the one that I chose and the one that has stuck.  There is a print out guide and you can also follow the plan on their app.  Each day they have you read a little from the Old Testament and a little from the New Testament.  Each Sunday you read a few Psalms.  

I encourage you to get in the Word every day.  I am thankful to have a copy of God's Word and to be able to read it.  

What Bible study plans and Bible in a Year plans have you used?

Seamless Launch Day

This is no April Fools Joke, but Angie Smith's Seamless study comes out today!  

I am so excited about this study.  I know this is going to be a great resource for people of all walks.  Angie takes 7 weeks to cover the overall Story of Scripture.  She is very clear that she is going to leave things out.  Obviously there is a lot to cover in Scripture.  Her goal is for everyone who does this study to understand some key things about the people, places and promises in Scripture.  

I hope you will check out this study.  I know you will be blessed by it.  If you want to order the study you can check out the materials here.  

Lifeway posted the ENTIRE first session on Vimeo and you can see that here.   There are also some sneak peaks of other sessions as well on Vimeo.