Friday, September 28, 2012

And the Anticipation Builds...




I went for a run this morning, and when I run is when I do my "best" thinking. So I was going over my dreams from last night, and then I remembered this semi-weird dream I had about my sister-in-law. I won't go into too much boring detail, but basically I took my sister running with me, in hopes that it would help her go into labor. But who takes a 9 month pregnant woman running? Well anyways Summer started exploding water everywhere (sorry, gross) and so we knew it was time! Malachi my little nephew was on his way! It makes complete sense that I had this dream because us Moon's are on the edge of our seats waiting for this little man to come and meet us any day, and moment now! My poor sister is so very ready for him to be with us and not inside her, but she is such a trooper. We have been praying for this little mister for 9 months now, (and my mom has probably been praying since before my brother was even married).

Psalm 139:13 says that, "You made all of the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."

God is the creator, the artist, the great sculptor. We are the clay that needs constant re-shaping and remolding.

Malachi has been made so intricately and has been made so beautifully in Summer's womb. I cannot wait to see this little guy grow. See how he takes after each parent. Will he have Summer's nose, but Ben's bright blue eyes and long eye lashes? Will he be stubborn like the rest of us? An amazing athlete? Will he look forward to seeing me when I come over, and ask his mom and dad if he can go hang out with his auntie Kate? Will my dad write his first grandson lullabies, and sing them over him to the point that Malachi starts making requests when Grandpa and Grandma put him to sleep?

I even get a little emotional thinking about my brother as a dad. My brother and I grew up with a great example of a loving, caring father. We grew up with a dad we could always count on. A dad who never missed a ball game of ours, or a musical of mine. A dad who encouraged us, supported us and told us we were talented. A dad who fixed our cars, and paid for our college. A hard working dad, who didn't come from much, but worked his tail off to get to where he is today. My brother will be all of these things, and more. I get so excited about it!

Ben, I cannot wait to see you rock that little boy of yours in your arms. A first time dad, driving his car home from the hospital full of God's greatest gifts to him so slow because of his precious cargo. Teaching him about basketball before he can even walk. Watching your beloved duck games with him sleeping on your chest. So if I don't say it enough in the moments because I'm too busy trying to take my nephew from you so I can rock him for awhile, just know that I think you are great at being a dad. And I think we are so blessed to have grown up with a great example of what a mom looks like, and what a dad looks like so we can model after them and Christ.

So anyday now Malachi... we are awaiting your arrival sweet boy.

Love and Anticipation

-Auntie Kate

Friday, September 21, 2012

Okay Fall Time, I'm Ready Now

It's coming! The fall is coming for us! It has been a slow process, with the sun shining everyday it felt like an extended summer. But did you know that the fall is my favorite time of the year? I just think that Pinterest was first invented for the fall. The pumpkin recipes, the outfits that come forth are all so much fun in the fall. I had my first pumpkin spice late from SBucks the other morning, and I'm not certain this is possible but I'm pretty sure my heart was smiling. I didn't get to experience much of summer until September because I was in school so the sunshine was very much welcomed on my part. But now with my last and final term in college beginning this coming Monday I am feeling an overwhelming sense of encouragement for the leaves to turn colors. I'm ready for those chilly, bundled up early morning runs in the dark. I am ready for my leggings, boots and scarves to be displayed. I also just think it's high time I really get into my baking this fall. Anything and everything pumpkin I pin on Pinterest, I want to put in my oven. Plus my boyfriend has a bunch of great roommates that I can practice my skills on. Haha...lucky guys? Well this weekend I will work, but I will also be preparing for classes and with this, I like to make a list of the things I am excited for in the upcoming final term of my college career! So here it goes:

-My nephew Malachi could come at anytime now!!!!!!!! So excited to be an auntie, and hold that little handsome man in my arms. Rock him to sleep, sing over him, pray over him. He has no idea how much he already means to me!
- Discipleship with a woman from my church. I just sit and my pen never stops writing, she is so full of wisdom, my goodness.
- Outfits and Recipes! (What a girl thing to say)
- I am excited for classes, even though I complain about school and the time it takes up, I really do love being a student.
- HOOD RIVER!! Family vacation day, football game, pumpkin patch, lunch out. Such an amazing day, so excited for Michael to come and be apart of it this year.
- Halloween. I love Halloween, so sue me. It is fun! I love having reasons to watch scary movies.
-Football, love watching football, especially on lazy Sunday afternoons.

This is what I have so far, I'm sure I'm missing some things, but you should try making a list of the things you are excited for! Helps you count your blessings. I pray this Friday you find joy in all you do, and remember who you are serving today. I will try my best to remember this as I head into work in an hour.

Love and Autumn

-Kate

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The One Where She Became Mrs. Derrah


It is my great pleasure to announce to you that my best friend Adriana now holds the title of Mrs. Derrah, wife, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, ball and chain, The Misses, the homemaker.
Last Saturday the 15th, was Adriana and Ryan's Wedding out at a private property in Willsonville. Can I just tell you of the beauty I witnessed that day? I saw the beauty of her parents as they doted on Adriana, making her dream wedding a reality. I saw the way Adriana's father walked outside to see his baby girl in her wedding gown for the first time, break down in tears and hid his face because he couldn't keep his emotions together. I saw the way the flower girls stared at Adriana in complete awe, at the beauty we all knew she possessed. I saw Adriana walk toward me right after her gown had been tied up and I never felt so special as she made it a point to hug me before she left. With tears in both our eyes, I had the honor to look right at her, and tell her with the most sincerity I have ever held in my words how stunning this young woman was before me. I knew she would look beautiful, but not THIS beautiful. God created her with such beauty that I was brought to tears! Only the good Lord knows how Ryan felt when he first saw his Bride-to-be. This wedding was beautiful. The Bridesmaids were all so pretty, and the groomsmen so handsome. The wedding site was rustic, natural, and God's perfect gift of true artistry. This wedding pointed to God's artistry in every nook and cranny of the site. But I think the most beautiful moment for me, was when the Bridesmaids and I prayed over Adriana.We  prayed blessing and provision over the next moments, and over the next years of their marriage. I softly rested my face on her back when we got to hear the other bridesmaids speak of the ways Adriana has been used to show them God's mercy and His grace. It was then in those moments, when I knew Adriana had never been so beautiful. I lost it. I Katie Moon, was crying like a baby girl. I will never forget that day, but I will certainly never forget those precious minutes when Adriana has never been so beautiful
Here are some photos from the day that I wasn't able to get up on social media, please enjoy.






(We had to take some breaks while we set up to keep our sanity)


(Rehearsal Dinner... she's perfect)

(My boo and I at the rehearsal dinner)

(A limo picked us up in the morning to take us to the wedding site. #Royalty)

(As she was walking out to have a "first-look" with her dad)

(Cough Cough... Maid Of Honor)

(We kind of felt like dolls with all that makeup on...)



(After formal pictures, before the ceremony, getting some laughs in)
(Beauty)


Can't wait to see how the Lord will use these two as one! They have already impacted so many, and I am truly blessed to have both of these people in my life. I have loved being roommates with you Adriana, and you truly are my best friend. Love you with all my heart. You are beauty. 

Love and Announcing The Derrah's!!

-Kate

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Take Over Me

Now that summer school is done, I have been able to experience actual summer time fun activities. It started with  my trip to Redondo Beach, and now I get to have little day trips here and there, and focus on my best friend's wedding. But along with my fun day trips here and there, my ability to stay up a little later, and sleep in a tiny bit longer, I look most forward to my mornings with Jesus. The time when I wake up, turn the coffee pot on, and wait for the sun to poke out on my deck chair where I sit in quietness. I read through my devotional book, look up verses, and thanks to my handy i-phone I can turn Pandora on and worship my Jesus. Aaron Shust is my "go-to" Pandora station if you are looking for a good one, btw.
Just this morning I was sitting in the sunshine listening to the song by Aaron Shust called "Take Over." What a beautiful message. What a selfless message, for I instantly interpreted that as Jesus using my physicality to do good for his Kingdom. If Jesus steps in and speaks on my behalf, and places me with people and situations for a reason, then who would I rather have speaking for me? To live selflessly, with compassion, with intention, with love, respect and a heart to serve. That is how I want to live my life. But I know the only way I can do that is through Christ taking over for me. Alone: I am selfish, inconsiderate, bossy, stubborn, angry, ugly. With Christ I can do anything because it is through Him that I find my strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Friends, let us live lives in sacrifice for a better, everlasting dream that is focused and is taken over by our Heavenly Father! What better way is there to live? I know I can't do it alone. So my prayer today, and everyday would be that Christ would take over.

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day: Here are some photos of my Labor Day

 (Fair time Food)

 (My very first friend ever: Miss Lindsey, met when we were 4)
 (Oregon State Fair to see Jake Owen... YEEHAW)
(Me and Boyfriend at my families Labor Day BBQ)

Happy first day back to school all you youngins' I miss those days already. But maybe not that much, because I am off to go hiking with my dear friend Katie Campbell in the Gorge, so I guess I'm getting the better deal. Is that mean? I'm sorry? I didn't say I was perfect... just said I wanted Jesus to take over for me. Work in progress. 

Love and Hiking for the first time this Summer... ree-dic. 

-Kate