Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend of Fun

What a fun weekend it's been! The sun actually made an appearance yesterday (and then promptly went back into hiding today...BOOOO!).

You've read things I've written about my friend Beverley Staunton Chitwood.

Bev and I go waaay back. We were principal singers on a cruise ship together years ago for Jean Ann Ryan Productions on Norwegian Cruise Line. Bev and Audra (one of the dancers in our cast) and I have stayed in touch all the through the years. In fact, God has woven our lives together in so many neat ways. Beverley has been performing on ABC's Dancing With the Stars for the last 6 years or so. She's a fixture on that show...and what a great gig! New music every week on LIVE TV! She and I have shared some funny text messages as events have occurred. She's seen it all. Listen for her every week. Her voice is smooth as silk and you'll see her each week as the singers are shown on camera.

Last fall Bev told me she was getting ready to put together a country record and demo some stuff. I immediately thought of my friend Brad Crisler who is a maniac producer and song writer with songs performed by Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts and many other country stars.

Brad and Beverley make a great duo. Bev flew in and Brad recorded her...keep your eyes and ears open for this one!

So, Saturday we got to enjoy a nice long lunch together laughing and catching up. Her husband, Jeremy, was also here.

Maddie, Jeremy. Beverley, me, Sheryl, Ella and Sam (thank you, Brad, for taking the pic!)

Jeremy and Beverley are so great together. I have been anxious to meet him for the last few years. He's awesome and Sam's new best friend. We all had a blast catching up. I'm so thankful for the years of friendship we share and the way God has brought things around full circle.

Yesterday afternoon we went home and had some fun outside. Sheryl painted the kids' playhouse and the girls have turned it into a drive through complete with a chalkboard menu nailed to the tree out side. I love their creativity. Here are a few pictures of "drive-through" service!

Thanks to Kevin and Kiki, Ella has graduated up to her "grown-up" bed. Sheryl painted the frame hot pink just for Ella. She was so very proud and excited to sleep in it for the first time last night!

The pictures on the wall behind her bed are original pastels painted by my father. She loves having "Poppy's" art work in her room!

This morning was great at Fellowship and this afternoon Nonnie treated us all to a movie..."Diary of a Wimpy Kid". Wow...middle school. Don't wanna ever go back. Maddie loves the books. She has devoured every single one of them. I must say, the books are hilarious. The movie was pretty funny too. It just made me dread what's coming in the next few years as we will have 2 middle schoolers at once. May God help us!


annie said...

My husband had a heart attack last week, & bypass surgery. This Sunday morning was rainy, cold & dreary, but he & I had the best worship time, listening to a couple of your Zoe CD's. We both commented what beautiful, soothing harmonies you guys produce, & what a great gift of ministry God has blessed you all with! We love every song on every CD---we think of the times we've been to the Zoe worship conference, & hearing you at Pepperdine Lectures.....familiar voices we've come to love. Thank you again, for all the hard work & time you take out of your busy, busy lives to make these CDs. God is being glorified through each & every song!

Brandon Scott Thomas said...

I still remember the very encouraging conversation you and I had at Pepperdine in front of the fountain. I don't say enough how much your affirmation and encouragment means to me. Thank you for every message you leave. Even when I can't respond, just know how much they mean to us. Hope you are well!

judy thomas said...

Blessing on your husband in his recovery, Annie--and thank you for your encouraging words to Brandon and Zoe.

Melissa said...

Cannot wait to see you guys in Midland. The worship is going to be beautiful.

annie said...

Thank you, Brandon & Judy.....y'all are west Texan through & through, despite living in middle Tennessee! :) I'll look forward to saying "hi" to you when we're out at Pepperdine in May, & going to one of your evening events. Don't you think you could just sing "Seasons of Love" off the cuff for me? :)