Harrison Allen

I realize that this blog is called “Preaching in Pumps,” but, truth be told, I haven’t done a whole lot of preaching or pump-wearing lately.

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Harrison Allen Weaver was born on June 2, 2017 at 3:30PM. He was 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces and 21 inches long. To say that Bruce and I are completely captivated and in love is a total understatement.

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I have to admit, the whole concept of maternity leave is a little bit strange to me. Every now and then I have to stop myself from trying to be productive and remember that my only job right now is to take care of my precious little boy who is only going to be this little once. Everything else – chores, emails, texts – can wait.

I have no idea how I am going to balance this whole mom and pastor thing.  The thought of going back to work already breaks my heart.  But the thought of sharing the church with Harrison – the church that loves him so much already, the church that is a living, breathing and grace-filled expression of God’s love, the church that is my family away from family – makes my heart swell.  I am so grateful for a job that is a calling, one that I have the privilege of sharing with my family.

But for now, I will attempt to settle into my new role as mom, temporarily stashing my pumps in the back of the closet and happily existing in spit-up and milk covered workout clothes.

And who knows?  Maybe I’ll write about it along the way …

Onto the next adventure, friends! <3

Podcast Lovers, Unite!

So I did a super geeky thing this week and part of me still can’t believe I actually figured out how to do it:  I created a podcast feed for sermons that is subscribe-able on iTunes!

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Because I have been uploading my sermons to Liberated Syndication for last last year or two, all of my old old sermons loaded into the feed.  Part of me is nervous is putting those out there, because eek – I’m probably breaking all the podcasting rules in the book!  Oh well – moving forward I am going to try to have intros and include the scripture.  Oh!  And a friend of mine told me I should have Jordan record me a theme song, so I’ll work on that as well, too!

I told my church in our weekly e-newsletter that I’m excited about this because it will make my sermons more easily accessible online – BUT I don’t want people to use that as an excuse not to come!  My colleagues and I go back and forth one whether posting sermons is a good idea.  On the one hand, I love the fact that people can stay connected on weeks when they have to miss church.  I love the idea that someone might be thinking about checking out the church and getting to “listen in” was the push they needed.  But I also think that worshipping in community is SUCH a critical piece to faith formation.  So I would encourage you all (RCC people and friends from afar!) to make a commitment to get to church when you can!  If you aren’t local and looking for a church, feel free to reach out!  I have some pretty awesome clergy networks I can reach out to.

Anyway – rambling over.  You can subscribe here!

First Day of School (Church School, that is!)

It is safe to say that these back to school pics parents have been posting for weeks are killing me.  Cuteness.  Overload.  The smiles, the pinterest-y signs, the side-by-side “last year’s pic compared to this year’s” – I’ve used the “love” button on Facebook more since the middle of August than I have since it first came out.

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So then this happened.

I couldn’t help myself – I love a good photo prompt.

I actually ordered it through Staples.  They have a “pick up today” option that I discovered last year when we were Trotting for Bella and I decided 18 hours before the race that I wanted a banner..  This was about $25 (it was originally $30 but I googled for a coupon code) and the quality was perfect for what I needed it for!

A couple of people asked me why I put a date on it, because now we can’t use it next year.  I thought about ordering one without a date but, honestly – this cost less than what we spend on altar flowers every week.  In the grand scheme of things, I thought it was nice to have a banner that tied into what I was doing this year.  I designed it specifically using the color scheme of our Rally Day flyers …

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… and the colors were pulled from the RCCSTRONG group photo that we took on Children’s Day that we obviously wouldn’t use again.  And who knows if first day sign pictures will even be a trend next year?  People might be taking pictures with an entirely different inanimate object.

Anyway, no one got out of the pancake breakfast without a photo on Sunday.

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I encouraged everyone to post their photos and tag them #RCCSTRONG.  I honestly think the best way for people looking for a church to find out about your church is through the friends and family so I am constantly harping on our people to use their social media to talk about the church!

Oh … and this is really the shot that I wanted:

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Ready for a new year!

It’s so wonderful to be back in the swing of things and to start implementing some semblance of a routine again.  You never know what a new program year is going to bring and right now I think we are all just open to see where God takes us next on our journey!

Happy first day, friends!