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Travelling Parry's

The where, why, and how's of our crazy adventures.

Updated: 2015-09-16T15:35:42.852-06:00


Finding Joy


Wow - it's been a while since I've added a post to Travelling Parry's. It's been a tough year losing my grandparents and my aunt, walking through the process of Liam being diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder, having Joelle's heart checked due to a murmur, as well as seeking God for the shift in seasons in our life. Through it all, however, we have found joy.Our pastor, Bruce Frank, just finished a series on Joy from the book of Philippians. Each of the messages were so relevant to my life at that very moment and gave me ample "food" to chew on during the week. Here are a few highlights...~ Phillipians 1:12-19 - Even though Paul was in chains, he counted it joy. I can safely say that most of us would find ourselves depressed and grumbling that we were bound and not able to experience freedom. Paul found a freedom in his chains and counted it joy. He rejoiced that each day he had a new audience in the form of guards to hear the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ. They couldn't go away, they had to stay with him, it was a captive ear. The point of this sermon was that no one can steal your joy, only you can give it away. And even when times are tough or look different that you thought they would, you can still choose joy. Romans 8:28 - and we know that ALL things work together for good for those who love God. The choice you have to make is that He will bring the situation to a conclusion that brings Him glory. Do I want to be part of that and find joy in the process?~ Phillipians 2:3-7 Do nothing with selfish ambition (building yourself up at the expense of someone else) for if you act like this it is a recipe for disaster! But, with humility of mind, let each esteem others better than himself. Some Level 5 leaders were interviewed and the greatest common thread between them all was that they didn't like attention towards themselves but wanted the good of the company to prevail. See, God's Plan A is humility (voluntarily) which unfortunately makes His Plan B is humiliation. It's so easy to become haughty and think that we deserve things or earned it. But if we look at the cross and really examine the fullness of what He did, how can we be so arrogant? We need to take off selfishness/arrogance and choose to pursue selflessness which produces joy. A great quote from the message is you are as deep theologically as the last person you served.~ Phillipians 4:2-8 Be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Is God or your circumstances bigger? In life, we need to take some steps, but leave the rest up to Him. There are just some things we can not control. A great prayer to pray is God I can't control this and I'm sorry I tried - casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Get away from the anxiety and run back to intimacy with Him.~ Phillipians 4:10-14 Learning to be content. In a world that teaches us to covet (wanting things bad enough in the wrong time and for the wrong reason, saying God's provision is not enough), it is challenging to be content (a satisfaction of God's adequate provision for my life right now). Learn to say I'm satisfied with God's provision for my life right now. Break the cycle of coveting and come to the realization that that you are a steward and not the owner. Be content."Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." -Henri Nouwen[...]

My Square Foot Garden


When i was in Bangladesh in 2000, I was told that the country was so poor due mostly to the fact that they don't have any exports. I was also told that they had plenty of land to plant, but they didn't cultivate the land very effectively. Since that time, I have wanted to learn how to garden. I don't have a very green thumb, but I'm going to give it my best effort. Plus, I just love fresh veggies and fresh herbs for cooking.

My friend, Tara, told me about the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. He uses a super mix of ingredients in the soil that enables you to plant in a smaller space. The ingredients are compost - to keep plants nourished, peat moss - to keep soil moist and vermiculite - to keep soil airy. So, the idea is that with these 3 components, roots don't need to go as deep. Therefore, the garden is only 6" deep! The garden can include a bottom which means it can be made anywhere (on a veranda, patio, deck, roof for those overseas or in cities, etc.) The other cool thing about this garden is that you can grow vine crops vertically saving heaps of room using a simple trellis.

I decided to construct the box out of plastic fencing due to the fact that I built it against the house (don't want termites!!). I'm doing a 2'x8' with 16 squares. Here is what I'm planting... tomatoes (round and roma), cucumbers, peppers (red and green), yellow squash, corn, oregano, basil, chives and some flowers to keep the bugs away. Pretty impressive, hey?!

I'm looking forward to seeing the garden grow and flourish. Maybe someday, I can use this design overseas. YUM!

The GO Concert/Alive Launch


Tonight we launched The GO Concert and Lucas' new album Alive. It was a great turn out and a huge success. We're so excited to be meshing music, media and production to bring forth the call to live a missional life.

To learn more about The GO Concert go to
Here are some pics of the event...

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A Day of Discovery


This past Saturday, Lisa, Drew, Liam and I headed to Murfreesboro to explore the Discovery Center.

Enjoy these pics...


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Mary's Journey


"Mary's Prophetic Journey: The Dark Night of the Soul and Resurrection!"By Jill Austin"Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene." Luke 19:25The disciples fled to save their lives. Mary was kneeling in the shadow of the cross, weeping, screaming in anguish as her firstborn Son hung naked and bloody. The ominous thunder was crowded out by Jesus' agonizing cry, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"Mary sobs, "Why, God? Why? Why have You forsaken Him? Why have You forsaken me? He was supposed to deliver all of us. He was our salvation and now He's gone. If You really loved us why would You allow this?"Unable to See the Big PictureMary's anguished heart bled under the shadow of a Roman cross, powerless to intervene. Her Son and her prophetic promises were dying. She had no revelation of the resurrection. She couldn't see the raging demonic battle with Jesus, the mighty warrior, snatching the keys of death and hell by the power of His shed blood. After waiting for thirty-three years, everything was dying--it looked like complete and utter failure.With Jesus in the prime of His life and in the midst of a tremendous revival, He's dying on the cross--and so is Mary. She was in a crisis of faith, and the Father had turned His face away. She was devastated and felt abandoned and betrayed.Are you in a midlife crisis? Mary was in her late forties when her whole world caved in. We want to believe that the Lord will rescue us at the last moment, but often His plan is to crucify us. Everything dies at the cross: Your relationships, ministry, agendas, reputation, finances--stripped bare for all to see. No one dies gracefully.Persevering through the Fire to Come Out As GoldAs you hit bottom, you hear the tormenting voice of the enemy whispering, "Your life is almost over and you have nothing to show for it. Where is your God now?" But as God takes you through these hot, purifying fires, He works gold in the depth of your being. He gives you a love that can't be quenched by despairing circumstances. The challenge is to really believe in the goodness of God.If you cry out to be part of the Bride, then you need to be identified with the sufferings of the Cross. In the midst of great agony and pain, when no one is there, Jesus holds you. A deeper intimacy of bridal love takes place as you cling to Him during horrendous times of suffering. We all need to cry out in total surrender, "Lord, I've nowhere to go. You're my all in all."Resurrection"Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, 'Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?' So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together saying, 'The Lord is risen indeed...'" Luke 24:31-34Jumping up and down with ecstatic joy, Mary burst out, "He's alive! He's risen!""When I heard those words, my heart nearly burst as I ran to see for myself. I thought I cried all my tears on Golgotha, but when our eyes met, it was like a flood. As I ran into His open arms, He scooped me up and spun me around in joyous laughter."These times we shared were the most precious of my whole life. That made it easier to release Him--again. As I watched Him ascend, I prayed again, 'Lord, be it unto me as You will, for the rest of my life.'"Resurrection of Broken DreamsOut of great death, comes great life! Mary's prophetic promises were limited by her worldview. She saw Jesus as King of the Jews over the little nation of Israel during her life. In reality, He was King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all people and all time. At the Cross, He crucifies our limited view concerning the fulfillment of our prophetic destiny and resurrects it to His eternal view. The Lord revives broken dreams, but they rarely look like we expect them to."Explosions[...]

Who Is Happier?


UK Study Finds People Who Believe in God are Happier than Agnostics or Atheists
Teresa Neumann (March 19, 2008)

(United Kingdom)—Research conducted by a study led by Professor Andrew Clark and Dr. Orsolya Lelkes called "Deliver Us From Evil: Religion as Insurance" has found that people who believe in God are happier than agnostics or atheists. The statistics were presented this week at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference.

churchgoersAccording to a report in the Telegraph U.K., the report found that religious people were better able to cope with disappointments such as unemployment or divorce than non-believers; moreover, they become even happier the more they pray and go to church.

The study also reportedly found that less than a sixth of churchgoers in Britain believe it is better to divorce than stay in an unhappy marriage.

Said the authors of the study: "Religion tempers the impact of adverse life events."

St. Patty's Day


Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

Taken Prisoner By Irish Raiders

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

Guided By Visions
After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation-an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

Bonfires and Crosses
Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. (Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick's life became exaggerated over the centuries-spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life.)

Contrary to hope, in hope -- believe!


I saw this on the Elijah List and thought it was so good. Enjoy!!

Joni Ames:
"Contrary to Hope, IN HOPE--BELIEVE! God is on Your Side and He WILL See You Through"

joni ames"(Abraham) contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, 'So shall your descendants be.'" Romans 4:18

The enemy has launched a new version of an old "terrorist attack" on the Body of Christ in recent time, which contains a spirit of hopelessness for the future. This attack is to try and cause us to believe we don't even have a future. Well, the enemy is a liar. Contrary to whatever the enemy is trying to show you to hope for, believe in the God of all hope, for He is on your side! Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God knows the plans He has for us, to give us hope and a future!

If you are going through a crisis in your life or are just at a crossroads in your faith, you are not alone. Every human being goes through times of anxiety, fear and concern. But don't give up or give in to a spirit of depression or hopelessness. Like Abraham did, "CONTRARY to hope, in hope BELIEVE!"

The Lord is into miracles. Jesus ruined every funeral He came across! So even if you have received a "death sentence" of some sort, know that your hope is in the Lord--the God of all hope! "Now may the God of hope FILL you with all JOY and PEACE in BELIEVING, that you may abound in HOPE, by the power of the Holy Spirit!" (Romans 15:13)

Everyone's Sick


Last night, our whole family woke up violently ill. Let's just say, we had to get some buckets because it was coming out both ends. Thankfully Liam is still in diapers! YUCK! It was a 24 hour type bug - but I plead with you to stay away from anyone that might have this - it is not something you want to get. It felt like food poisening.

Above is a photo of Liam and daddy cuddling just before the sick storm hit.

The Wind of God


Recently, I was listening to a worship song that was talking about the wind of God. It leaned more towards the breezy type of wind from God - the gentle, refreshing wind. The kind of wind that is welcomed and soothing.

A few days ago, there were winds here in our town that were extreme. I believe the news said that the winds were up to 60 miles per hour.

We have a tree line behind our house. There are some dead bits that are still standing. One lady 2 doors down from us had been meaning to have the owners of the tree line come out to remove a dead tree. However, meaning to was not good enough for the winds. They took the tree right down and in the mean time, did some small damage to the house. The winds were gracious not to blow the tree right on top of her house to create even more damage.

I think this is often the type of wind of God that we don't want to think about or talk about. The kind of wind that has force and can be scary. The kind of wind that sweeps through our lives and says, this dead bit needs to be blown over - taken down. It doesn't belong here any more. It's not a peaceful wind, but there is peace in the wind. The peace that reminds us that God has it under control and He's not intending on doing damage to the good things that He's placed in our lives, but the things that we are holding onto that we need to let die - the things we've been meaning to get to in our lives that we haven't yet. This wind comes in force sometimes in our lives and takes down the old and the dead.

But after the winds, there is even another peace that says Thank You Lord for your grace and mercy and your willingness not to leave me as I am.

Let the winds blow...

Get Away


Ever feel like getting away from the chaos of life? Ever wanted to escape to a tropical place and feel the warm sand on your feet and the wind in your hair?

May I suggest the beaches of China??


I'm Home


It's official. Last Friday was my last day as a "Corporate America" girl. We took the step of faith, and I am now a stay at home mom/employee of Lucas Parry. It's quite exhilarating and also a bit scary, but with God's hand holding ours, we'll take this journey.

This morning we had our first business meeting with strategies, to dos, what nexts and budgets. I'm quite enjoying my new line of business. It's also great to take a break to wipe a snotty nose or dance to the Wiggles with my adorable little son.

Thank You, Lord, for this new venture. We look forward to what You have for us!!

Liam Walking


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Go Liam Go!!!
what a big boy!

Sick As


Well, the Parry's have not been well. As a matter of fact, all 3 of us have been sick.

It started last Wed for Liam. He had a little stuffy nose, so I took him home instead of going to youth group that night. I'm glad I did because he was a little cranky which really made me know that he wasn't well. Then Friday night, I had a bit of a sore throat that graduated into extreme chest congestion with an annoying "seal" cough. Sunday night, Lucas ends up feeling REALLY bad. The entire next day, Johny and him became great friends.

Update? Lucas was better within about 12 hours. Liam had a high fever Monday night which broke Tues night. I stayed home from work on Tues and Wed to try to fight my cough. I'm feeling a bit better now, but still on the mend.

Liam is having to take cold and cough medicine for the first time - poor tiger! Even though his fever is over, he is still fighting congestion.

So that is the tale of the Parrys over the last few days - pretty pathetic I know. My word of advice, when you have a young family, don't all get sick at the same time and esp don't all get sick with 3 different things at the same time!!! Can anyone say Lysol?

Can't Sit Down


Tonight, I was able to get away with a dear friend, Tree, to go to a concert in this little place downtown Nashville called The Basement. It was a cozy little place and smoke free!! My friend Kevin at work told me about this fanominal band that his friend plays with. The guy had a great testimony of playing in rock bands and then one day getting saved. He now plays this New Orleans Jazz meets Southern Gospel Crusade music. It's quite different, but I really enjoyed it! I loved the style! But I think the thing I loved the most is that it wasn't typical Christian music that is out there today. Anyone could listen to it. He had such an anointing as well - at one point my friend Tree leaned over to me and said - I thought we were going to have church here tonight! He was just top notch and had tremendous stage presence. Thank you Lucas for sacrificing your Sat night to watch Liam while I was able to go out and enjoy such amazing musicianship that was really worshipful!

Check out Mike Farris.

Amazing Insight


I was reading through some folks blogs today and found some AMAZING motivational posters from Grace. Here is a sample of one. Go check them out!

Motivational Poster



Totally Radical


What do Billy Idol, Chicago, Tiffany, jelly shoes and big hair have in common? A fun night reminiscent of the 80s! My homefry, Theresa, and a few of her friends threw the event in a park near by. All week I have been stoked for the event. The night was Ace! The music was bangin'! Lucas' outfit was totally boss, and I was a hairbear with my bangs curled to the sky. When I was first buying the jewelry for my outfit - I was like, barf me out! But then I remembered back and I was like - this is totally awesome. Will I get the jewelry? Definitely! We had a totally bodacious night, fer sure.




Cousin Jeremy turned 30, Uncle Steve turned 40 and Granddad Hughes turned 80! What could be a better cause to celebrate??We got up extremely early on Friday morning to head to Chicago for a birthday bash/family reunion arranged by my Aunt Wendy. I just love getting together with my mom's side of the family. There are 14 cousins that have an age band between them of only 10 years. And now, the cousins are having second cousins! Needless to say - it is always fun and full of adventure. Friday night we celebrated the birthdays with a picnic in the park. The adults ate, talked and played Corn Hole (AKA Bags) in between chasing after their kids.The kids played in the park, chased each other and blew bubbles. Here's a shot of Liam with his Aunt Tricia and some of the many cousins.Elvis even even showed up (well, it was really Liam's Uncle Brian in disguise). Liam even got to have some alone time with BeBop and Great Mama.On Sat, we all went to Aunt Wendy's for a BBQ, more Corn Hole and heaps more fun. We even broke out the hacky sack! Oh Yeah! And then realized that we didn't have many of the sweet moves and mad skill that we once had. We also realized we were not as limber as we once were. Well, we'll just keep the hacky circle of cousins in our memories of ole and try not to break our bones next time.It's always good getting together with family, remembering where you came from, chat about where you're going and knowing that no matter what, we all stick together.[...]

Chi-Town Reunion


On Sunday, we received a call from Lucas' sister saying that her and her husband would be visiting us in TN. We were so excited... When will you be visiting??? Tomorrow! So, Monday night, Michelle and her pregnant belly arrived with Mike on our front door stoop. It was so good having them. We even got to teach them a game that we got them for Christmas - San Juan - good times.

Tomorrow morning bright and early, we head back to Chicago for a family reunion/birthday parties. There were four cousins (including me) that turned 30 this year. My uncle turned 40 and my Granddad turned 80! I think Liam is looking forward to playing with his cousin Hannah and his 2nd cousin twins.

I'll let you know how it goes and post photos on the flip side of the weekend.

In the mean time - if you are having a bad day, visit my friend's blog - it's on the side there named Sunshine Schemozzle. It's titled "This Week @ the Rees Residence"



Found this on a friend's blog... I think if it were to be true to 2010, the girl would have said TNF (That's not funny) instead of shut up! : )

The Tale of Spontaneity


Well, we had our spontaneous trip and it went quite well. However, I still haven't quite figured out if spontaneity is a word and how to spell it! : )We started our journeys out to Murfreesboro for a blue grass festival. It was a great cultural experience! Not only were there fantastic musicians of all ages, there were also tap dancers and cloggers. It was a great stop!We then went to Don Pablos for dinner. That was very spontaneous! Our waiter got everything wrong the entire time. Very spontaneous waiter!Next we headed to The Arrington Vineyards. Arrington Vineyards actually opened to the public about 2 weeks ago. they grow their own grapes and bottle on the property. We even tasted a wine that was bottled the previous day. They let us taste about 10 different wines. I liked the whites better than the reds this time. However, there was a delicious raspberry dessert wine that was very tasty. I would definitely try that one again! By the time we were done tasting, I had reached my limits. The Krejcis and the Parrys each bought a bottle of white wine. Marc, Lisa and Lucas made a valiant effort at finishing one of them, but didn't quite make it all the way through. We brought our bottle home for another night. We then headed back to our house to watch a few episodes of Lost. (the Krejcis have finally turned to the dark side and decided to get into them! - suckers! : ) On our way home though, the spontanaity did not cease. We were almost about to turn into our development when Lucas said he was in the mood for pizza. Marc said that he was in the mood for ice cream. So we passed our place and headed for Guisseppis. Lucas got out of the car and ordered us a pizza. We then took the rest of the clan to Food Lion to get some ice cream. Lisa chose snickers and vanilla. Good choices.We went back to the house, watched Lost, ate pizza and ice cream and I fell asleep during the second episode. Everyone else was placing dibs that I would fall asleep in the first - so I made it though! : )And that was the end to a spontaneous day! Hope you enjoyed and are inspired to be spontaneous as well![...]



Tonight my dear friend called who just got a mini van (sucked into the new parenting trap). So, they want to take 'er for a ride. We decided it was time for a road trip. Where will we go??? We have no idea. But I can guarantee it will be fun! Horray for spontaneous! : )



I took this test and it is pretty dead on. Enjoy learning more about yourself! : )

Bibles Unbound


I stumbled across this great organization...Join with today's persecuted church in one of the most unique Bible distribution programs of our generation.What if you could help persecuted Christians reach out to their own communities?What if you could deliver Bibles to restricted nations right from your own home?What if you could help win to Christ those opposed to the gospel?Now you can do all of the above with The Voice of the Martyrs' Bibles Unbound program!Today, persecuted Christians around the world are quietly gathering names and addresses. These addresses are from their local communities, businesses, factories, universities and even government offices. Names and addresses are being gathered from China to Colombia and from Cuba to the Middle East and submitted to The Voice of the Martyrs for what could become one of the most significant ministry outreaches of our time.By becoming a member of Bibles Unbound, you will be able to mail New Testaments from your own home directly to communities where your persecuted brothers and sisters are now courageously witnessing.Simply sign up at, and commit to participate in one or more ministry operations. Each month you will receive five or more New Testaments in the appropriate language along with corresponding address labels, a description of the operation(s), packaging and the necessary postage to mail each Bible into the assigned restricted nation.You are then able to follow your Bible mailings online where you will be able to access an archive of all the individuals to whom you have mailed a New Testament, along with updated information and testimonies that are direct results of the mailings. An online map displays the nations to which you have sent Bibles, becoming a permanent reminder of your partnership in serving alongside today's persecuted church.For each donation of only $30.00 per month you will receive a package of five Bible mailings and everything you need to participate in the program. You can select your own operation or have The Voice of the Martyrs select one for you."Remember those in bonds as bound with them." -Hebrews 13:3Christians in today's hostile countries are frequently beaten or arrested for sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. However, they will not back down. They are ready to share their faith with curious neighbors, co-workers and even those opposed to the gospel. Until recently, all that most Christians in the free world could do was pray for their safety and courageous efforts. Now through Bibles Unbound, we can put actions to our prayers by partnering with them in the direct distribution of New Testaments."It is often difficult and dangerous to speak openly about my faith. That's why the Bibles Unbound program is so important to me. I know everyone in my village enjoys getting mail and loves to read, so when they get a New Testament in the mail, they are intrigued, and many will begin to read it. Then when I, or others from our church, speak to them about Christ, they will have questions because of the New Testament that was already sent to them. Thank you for this incredible program that helps us further the gospel of Jesus Christ."-Wu Xiong, a former prisoner for Christ and a leader of a Chinese house churchWould you like to be a part of this exciting program and assist your persecuted brothers and sisters as they boldly share their faith?Join Bibles Unbound today!www.biblesun[...]