Friday, August 17, 2007

All Things New

You spoke and made the sunrise, to light up the very first day
You breathed across the water, and started the very first wave

It was You

You introduced Your glory, to every living creature on earth

And they started singing, the first song to ever be heard

They sang for You

You make all things new

You make all things new

Then the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred

You took the hopeless, the life, wasted, ruined and marred

And made it new

You make all things new

You make all things new

You redeem and You transform

You renew and You restore

You make all things new

You make all things new

And forever we will watch and worship You

You turn winter into spring

You take every living thing

And You breathe Your breath of life into it over and over again

You make the sunrise, day after day after day

But there's a morning coming, when old things will all pass away

And everyone will see

You make all things new

You make all things new

Come redeem and come transform

Come renew and come restore

You make all things new

You make all things new

And forever we will watch and worship You

Now and forever You are making all things new

You're making all things new


Steven Curtis Chapman

Welcome to my new blog! When I thought about a name for this blog, I just kept coming back to wanting to share all that's new in my life. I feel like I've truly entered a new season of abundance in life - one I've waited for for so long. My friend Stacey always refers to the seasons life has, and I think that's a beautiful way to think about it. This is a new season. All things are new. Things are good, and good things come from God. There's always a song playing in my head, and this year more oftentimes than not, it has been All Things New by Steven Curtis Chapman. So, that's how I came to name this blog. I'll be working with the same person who designed my original blog's headers to come up with something fitting for the new header in a couple of weeks.

I feel very blessed to be enjoying this time of life. In the days to come I will share my wedding plans with you. I've found that planning a wedding is nearly a full-time job in itself! So many decisions to make. Wow! But it's a lot of fun as well. Michael and I just returned from the Sonoma Valley where we'll be married, and while we were there we met with all of our vendors to make the final decisions regarding flowers, the cake, and catering. I also had a trial run with the gal who will do my hair and makeup on the big day. I think she did a good job with what she had to work with - remember that bad haircut I got back in April? I'm hoping for a couple more inches in length before the big day.

It's all coming together.


Kayce said...

HOW EXCITING!!!! I absolutely love weddings! One piece of advice...Enjoy EVERY second of planning and of your day. There is absolutely NOTHING to stress about! Your wedding day is about no one but you and Michael.

Kristen said...

You look beautiful... and so very happy!! Have fun planning!

Yes, Minister... said...

Congratulations! Have so much fun planning your wedding! I know that it will be beautiful :D

Doris & Dan said...

So excited to share this journey to wedded bliss with you.

Loving the bridal look. Gorgeous gal!

Keep smilin!

new girl said...

Yay! You look beautiful, and I cannot wait to hear about all the plans. Sonoma will be a perfect place for a wedding (but you already knew that0!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

So excited for you and WOW---look how beautiful you are in your veil.

You look so happy.

Michelle said...


redmaryjanes said...

You look beautiful and I'm so happy for you.

David said...

This is going to be fun to watch...I am so excited for you!

Shelley said...

You are radiant! What a beautiful bride you make!

Kathy and Joel said...

Totally glowing, sweet girl!!

When will you share the proposal story with us?? Hmm???

Shannon S said...

So exciting! Knowing you, your wedding will be exquisitely gorgeous!!

Michelle said...

Hey Joannah!

Ok, first I have to say "Congratulations"!!! I was speechless when I checked in with your first blog and found out about the new and exciting path you're on. It sounds like the past 6 months have been incredibly busy, exciting, and emotional. I am very happy for you, but at the same time kind of bummed at having missed out on all the excitement as you were preparing for your big day. I would have loved to hear your plans and stories over lunch in the 4/5 pod!

I still really enjoy popping in and reading your blog. In fact, I finally began a blog of my own a few months ago. If you're curious about what in the world I might be blogging about, the URL is I am just getting familiar with the medium, but am quickly realizing how potentially addictive it is!

Hope you are enjoying married life (your husband is quite the handsome fellow, BTW). Please know that my fingers are crossed and you are in my prayers as far as the family thing goes. I know you're going to be an awesome mom here someday soon!

Take care and enjoy your weekend!