Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
We found these conch shells everywhere!
In the midst of all this beauty was some sadness. The hurricanes this year damaged 80% of all the houses. This little boy was sitting in front of his house. If you notice, his house is very damaged...the roof is missing many shingles and the door is gone.
These guys offered Brock some weed. He offered them Jesus.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The pool area
Our room on the boat
Brian, Stephanie, and me walking in the mall area of the boat
Us at dinner
Our dinner table minus Brandon Heath
Sadly, this was just dessert for the 4 of us...it's a good thing we're training for a marathon. It's going to take a marathon to burn off everything we ate!
One of our waiters...he's a magician!
Brian climbed over the balcony to get into his room.
This was a sign backstage. It happened to be the stage where Brock stood on a bunch of broken glass.
Brock got these kids up on stage and they were hilarious.
These girls stole the show this night.
Tonight we are beginning the Youth Pastor's Conclave in Atlanta, GA. We will be finished Saturday afternoon. Pray that it goes well. Then, Brock is going to do a half time show during the Super Bowl on brockgill.tv.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My birthday began for me at 3:20am last Thursday. I woke to the sounds of Brian snoring---very loudly! We split a room with Brian and Stephanie Wednesday night because the rooms were so expensive in Miami. To remedy the situation, I got out my ipod and my new noise cancelling headphones that mom and dad had given me for my birthday. I wanted to listen to something soft, so I listened to worship music.
I've got to tell you...it was one of the sweetest worship experiences that I've ever had. First of all, I could feel the Lord whispering, "Happy birthday," and telling me how special I am to Him. Second, I felt like I could imagine His kingdom and heaven more than ever before. I was in that state in between reality and dreamland. When the song stated, "This is my song to the King," I could picture myself standing there in front of the throne with nothing much to offer but a song of praise to my King. Still, I could feel the pleasure the Lord received from my puny little song at 3 something in the morning in a Miami hotel room.
My first birthday wish was from the King of Kings. What a special time!
Posted by AUNY at 7:42 AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We had a great time on the cruise. However, we didn't get much sleep. We performed late at night every night, so we were in bed at 1 or 2am and up at 7am or earlier. We got home at 1am this morning which was 2am in the time zone we woke up in at 6:30am. Needless to say, we were really tired this morning. I didn't wake up until 11 and Brock just woke up. I'm also still feeling like I'm rocking on a boat. It's going to be a dizzy day! I'll tell you more about the cruise and post pictures later.
Posted by AUNY at 11:58 AM
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"He will cover you with His feathers. Under His wings, you will find refuge. His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
Posted by AUNY at 7:48 AM
Friday, January 23, 2009
Recently, I had a conversation with some friends. We were talking about how the Lord speaks to us through nature. Remember my thing with butterflies? The Lord sends me butterflies to show me His presence. One of the other girls sees rainbows during significant times of her life. The Lord teaches Brock through trees.
I've always known that the Lord speaks through His Word, other people, and circumstances. I'm learning now that He speaks through nature as well. One of my friends commented that this conversation with the Lord is going on all the time, but we don't listen. We are conversing on myspace or whatever. This conversation requires quiet, peace, and most of all, awareness. It's that still, small voice. "Be still and know that He is God." Psalm 46:10.
How is the Lord speaking to you?
Posted by AUNY at 7:31 AM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Well, we begin a cruise today to Turks and Caicos. What a switch from last weekend! It will be about 85 degrees warmer. We are working the cruise. As Brock says, "It's not a vacation, but it's not a bad place to go to work." Plus, it's my birthday today. That's not a bad way to spend your birthday...on a cruise. I'll let you know how the cruise went when we get back on Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We need you to pray about something today. Here it is in Brock's words:
i have a friend who had a bad accident this weekend. he was racing motocross and took a really bad spill. he broke his neck in at least 3 places. he doesnt have any feeling yet in his body from the neck down. he is currently in surgery right now. i am praying that he will have a miraculous recovery. he is a new believer and has been traveling around sharing his faith in the motocross community. please pray for this guy as much as you can. i will give you an update as soon as i hear some news.
Posted by AUNY at 7:19 AM
Monday, January 19, 2009
It was a cold one this weekend. First, we had a show in Evansville, IN where it was a whopping 9 degrees. Then, we tried to sleep while Lucas drove us to Ohio. When we reached the Cleveland area at 8am on Saturday, it was 0 degrees. In fact, it was so cold, that the heater in our truck couldn't keep up. It was freezing in the back of the truck. That's one of the reasons that none of us got any sleep. However, the show must go on.
Our show on Saturday began at 11:30am. After trying to freshen up in the church bathroom, I began setting up immediately. We did the show although it was very difficult to concentrate on little to no sleep. Then, we ate a quick lunch and went to the hotel. After about a half hour nap, it was on to another show in the Cleveland area. Yesterday, we had a show in the afternoon. The only problem for me is that I woke up at 8:30am.
I learned something this weekend. I am a wimp when it comes to cold and no sleep. Why am I so affected? The shows went well considering.
Posted by AUNY at 12:52 PM
Friday, January 16, 2009
We leave this morning to go to Indiana. We do a show there tonight. Then, we drive to Ohio and do 3 shows there. The problem is that it's a 7 1/2 hour drive from the Indiana show and the first Ohio show. The other hiccup is that the Ohio show begins at 11:30am tomorrow. Therefore, we are taking our rig (the one that was towed the other day) and Lucas is going to drive us. However, it's still going to be cutting it close to drive all that way and set up for the show. Then, we have another show that night. Our final show is at 3pm on Sunday. Then, we will have an 8 1/2 hour drive home. That will put us home at around 4am. It's going to be a sleep deprived weekend. Pray that it all goes well. I'll fill you in sometime on Monday (don't know when I'll wake up on that day).
Posted by AUNY at 8:28 AM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Apparently after almost 10 years of marriage, I'm finally used to life with Brock Gill. It's not an average life or a normal life in any way. Since he's always doing things outside the box, there are many parts of our lives that are far from ordinary. Take yesterday for example. We were driving to Walmart to pick up something from our big truck and trailer. The bmx team uses that truck now, so we sometimes park it in Walmart parking lot next to all of the other buses and trailers for the bmx team's convenience.
I was talking on the phone with Shannon when we arrived in the parking lot. I glanced over and noticed that our truck wasn't there. I calmly asked Brock where the truck was. He calmly replied that he was trying to find out. After making a couple of calls, he realized that it was either stolen or towed or something. Because of our past history, I assumed that it was stolen. I finished my conversation with Shannon and then joined Brock at the customer service in Walmart where we found out that our truck had indeed been towed. Shannon said that she wondered how we could be so calm about such an occurrence.
Well, we've had a couple of trailers stolen, a truck catch on fire and burn up, and were almost carjacked, but we've never been towed. I guess there is a first for everything. One thing is true with Brock...life is never dull.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Last night, we had a "family" dinner with some of my closest friends. Stephanie is performing on the Winter Jam tour for a few months. Emily is going with her as her road manager. Lindsey is on the arenacross tour working the merch table. Lindsey Little is on her way to New Zealand to do missions. We are about to be out every weekend as well. Therefore, we aren't able to spend as much time together. So, I decided to do a family dinner every Monday night until the tours are over. Jacob came as well. We skyped Lindsey Little since she's already gone.
Brock grilled some chicken and some venison. It was delicious! Then, I made some garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans and almond slivers. Of course, we had some chocolate for dessert.
It was so wonderful to get together and share about our weekends. We talked about the things God is teaching us and some plans for the future. We also prayed together. We laughed and had a great time together. What a great dinner! I can't wait until next Monday!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Well, I'm at an arenacross with Brock this weekend. Lots of our friends are going to be out of town anyway, so we decided to go to Jackson, MS for the arenacross. It will be fun! I'll take pictures of Brock riding and video (I will share those with you next week). I'll help Lindsey with the merch. It's cool to be at an event where there is no pressure on me.
Friday, January 09, 2009
I want to share something that I've learned in the Bible study I'm in the middle of right now. It's a Beth Moore study about the original tabernacle. I think that I skipped over much of the book of Leviticus. However, there's some cool stuff in there. Lev 9:23-24 says, "Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown." The original altar was lit by the Lord Himself.
Lev 6:12 says, "The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it." I did not know this! They had to keep that fire going. Beth Moore says, "God lit the fire, but humans had to fuel it."
Now, 2 Timothy 1:6-7 says, "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." Another thing that Beth Moore says is "Power is up to God. Participation is up to us." You see, God lights the initial fire, but it's up to us to keep it burning.
This got me to thinking. Am I keeping the flame burning everyday of my life? Am I praying and spending time with the Lord in order to keep that flame ablaze? Am I developing my gifts for the Lord? Are you?
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I don't know if you know Lindsey's story, but it's a good one. Part of her story is on her blog entitled "I Saw the Sign." She came to this area Thanksgiving a year ago. Brock had been praying for a fire eater (he has some strange prayer requests, that boy). While we were sitting around our bonfire one night, she ate a marshmallow while it was on fire, a trick she'd learned while in college. Brock asked her if she wanted to learn how to eat fire and she did. She travels around with us a lot and does a fire eating routine. It's really cool! Go here to watch a video of her on the news in IL (click on the small video that says M for Montecello).
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Yesterday, Brock's birthday went perfectly. First, he went to his weekly meeting with a group of guys. There, he had some multi-grain pancakes. Then, we stopped by a friend's office downtown. After that, we went to lunch at Brock's favorite place in Franklin, Genie's Persian Palace. The owner of the place, Mo, is great. He's the nicest man ever...so welcoming. Brock loves this one kind of dessert he makes called Halvah. Mo had just made some for his father-in-law. However, when he heard it was Brock's birthday, he gave it to Brock instead.
After that, Brock had an hour and a half massage. He said that it was the best ever. We then went to see the movie "Yes Man." It was fun. All day, I kept telling Brock that I was excited about where I was taking him for dinner. Also, he was under the impression that everyone was going to be out of town. So, next, I made him close his eyes and took him to the Cocoa Tree. The funny part was that, usually, the street of the Cocoa Tree is very quiet on a Tuesday night. Last night, they happened to be filming a Taylor Swift video. With Brock's eyes closed, I led him down the street (a good ways because you couldn't park on the street like you usually could). As we passed the crew working on the video, Brock could hear people talking and he said, "Shhh!" It was funny.
I led him into the Cocoa Tree and told him to open his eyes. There stood about 15 of our friends. So, we had dessert first. We hung out, and Brock opened gifts, and we played games right there in the Cocoa Tree. When it closed at 8pm, everyone had to leave to get ready to go, because in fact, they are all leaving town today. Brock and I ate at a wonderful restaurant that we'd never tried before. Then, we came home and sat by the fire. What a wonderful day!
Posted by AUNY at 8:49 AM
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
It's Brock's birthday today. I wanted to give him a wonderful birthday, so I decided to celebrate with him all day long. I have everything planned out. I will let you know if it all goes according to plan tomorrow. Today, go and wish him a happy birthday on his blog here.
Posted by AUNY at 7:58 AM
Monday, January 05, 2009
Brock went to the arenacross this weekend to race his dirt bike. I stayed home which was really good for me. Brock can be with people 24/7. I can be with people for weeks at a time, but I have my limits. After being with family all week and then doing several shows in a row, a little alone time was perfect.
So, I had my whole weekend planned. I would just veg out for two days. However, (I always do this) by 3pm on Friday, I was missing people. Therefore, I decided to go into town and go to my friend, Lindey's, art show. She was raising money for her 6 month mission trip that she is about to go on. That was great to go there. Plus, I stayed at my friends' house Saturday night. It was just right...alone time and girl time.
I'm so glad that Brock is home now, though. I missed that boy.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
You may remember that we had a party with a purpose for our missionary friends in Brazil, Joel and Michawn. They were able to purchase some evangelism tools with the money we raised. Joel flies missionaries into the Amazon in order to reach people that have never heard of Jesus. Here's a video of when Joel delivered the EvaneCubes to the missionary organization:
You can read more about it on Michawn's blog.
Posted by AUNY at 6:47 AM
Friday, January 02, 2009
Jacob had this on his blog and I just loved it! It gives me chills. I want to share it with you:
Posted by AUNY at 7:48 AM
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I used to make so many New Year's Resolutions when I was a teenager. I never kept them. There were too many to remember much less do. Most of it had to do with exercising. However, if you make too many or they are too optimistic for you, you won't succeed and you'll be discouraged.
Last year around this time, I heard a preacher speak about little by little. He said that you should have a long term goal, and by doing a little at a time, you can reach it. I've really seen evidence of this with my running. The marathon is a massive goal. When you think about running 26.2 miles, you think that it's impossible. The more I train, the more attainable it sounds. A couple of weeks ago, I ran over 10 miles. I didn't think that was possible a month ago.
My other goal for this year is to go to Hawaii for our tenth wedding anniversary. This is a huge goal because it will be the last state in all of the 50 states that we have been to. This was a goal that I set when I was in about 5th grade. This is another little by little thing. We started out just going to TX and the surrounding states. Then, we went to the midwest and the east coast. Then, well, you get the idea. I have 2 goals this year, but they are BIG ones. I've been working on the marathon for several months now. The states thing I've been working on for the last 10 years. Do you have any New Year's Resolutions?
Posted by AUNY at 6:19 AM