Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hello to everyone on Kelsie's blog! This is Melanie, the oldest sister, posting a blog taken from my blog, The Swinson Adventures. Enjoy the beautiful pictures, most of which were taken by the third sister, Stefanie, and join me in congratulating Kelsie and Taylor on starting their new life together!

Taylor proposed to Kelsie. My little sister, Kelsie, is engaged to be married. Taylor asked Kelsie to be his wife. As many ways as I say it, it still sounds crazy! I am so excited for both of them, and I am thankful I was able to be in Alabama to celebrate with them.

Taylor proposed to Kelsie Friday night in Birmingham after the NeedtoBreathe concert at the Alabama Theatre. Once they finish their Knot site, I will post it so you can read the story from their point of view. After Kelsie said yes (of course!), they headed back to my parents' house to tell them, where, unknown to Kelsie, many family and friends were gathered to celebrate with them.

One of Kelsie's friends took a video for us with our flip camera.
The quality isn't the best, but Kelsie's reaction is priceless!

The pictures below are evidence of the celebration. It was great to have everyone there to share in the special, albeit overwhelming, night with them. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for hosting everyone!

Right when Kelsie and Taylor walked into my parents' house.

Can you tell my mom was excited?

The sign we had made for them! We had it in the entry way when they walked in.

Compliments of their friends and Taylor's mom.

The soon-to-be Borders!

Everyone likes the ring!

Kelsie has the sweetest friends!

Kelsie's best friends--Haley, Kelsie, Amy, and Shelly.

Three weddings this summer--Haley, then Shelly, then Kelsie!

The table set up sans bruschetta and L.A. Caviar.

Cute glasses--filled with Dr. Pepper and Coke Zero, of course--from my parents.

Taylor's "little" brother, Brett.

Rockin' the sisters picture.

The Dew Zoo girls and parents.
Are you sure, Taylor? Really sure?

Kelsie with her new in-laws, Leisa and Larry.

We had everyone sign a frame for Kelsie and Taylor.

Kelsie's friend, Haley.

The new MIL, Leisa.

And, in case you couldn't see it in the pictures--the ROCK.

Compliments of Stefanie Dewhurst Photography.

Kelsie and Taylor, we are so excited for the two of you!! This Thanksgiving, we are extra thankful for the two of you, the love you share, and the new life on which you are about to embark! Love you!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Give to Give.

This year the Lord has placed a new definition of giving on my heart. He has challenged me to give so that others will be benefited. The Lord has challenged me to give to adoptive families. Many families are having fundraisers to help raise money to bring home their child. The Lord has really pressed on my heart that these orphans aren't numbers; they are living, breathing, hurting, innocent children without parents.

Here are some blogs with some wonderful ideas for gifts. I have already started shopping and I challenge you to as well :)

Monday, November 8, 2010


2 Corinthians 8 & 9 are letters written to churches of Corinth discussing the churches of Macedonia and their generosity.
A little background of the Macedonian churches: They were suffering economically, much more than the Corinthian churches. They were described, as facing "severe affliction" and "extreme poverty" (2 Cor. 8:2). But is also described as having "overflowing joy". The Macedonian churches were the exemplary church in generosity.

I don't know about you but this doesn't really make sense to me. How can a church that is suffering so severely be so generous with the little they have. So why did the Macedonians do something so "out of this world"? Paul says, "They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will" (v. 5). They did it in service to the Lord. Their sacrifice was to him first and foremost. It was a work of grace, of God working in their lives, and they found themselves happy to do it. Responding to the Holy Spirit in them, they knew and believed and acted as if life is not measured by the abundance of material things. Wow.

I believe we as believers need to realize that we are not the owners of our money. We are merely stewards. God has entrusted us with things so we can distribute them to others. God calls us to love people & use money to do that. Not to love money & use people.

"Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity" (v. 2).

"The point is not simply to meet a temporary need or change a startling statistic; the point is to exalt the flory of Christ as we express the gospel of Christ through the radical generosity of our lives." -Radical:David Platt

1. The most unlikely tithers & givers are people under the age of 25, single adults and liberals.
2. More than 1 out of every 4 American Protestants give away no money at all.
3. Jesus talks about money about 25% of the time so it is obviously something he doesn't want us to take lightly.

Lord, my prayer is that you would open my eyes to the needs that surround me. That I would surrender the things of this world and that you would reveal to me things that I can live without for your glory.