FBC Hughes Springs

It's official!!! My husband is the new pastor of First Baptist Church, Hughes Springs, TX! This past weekend was completely exhausting, but amazing! We met just about everyone in the church, I think, and they were all so welcoming and kind. Daniel was constantly on the go, but he did an incredible job of answering all of their questions (and their were some difficult ones!) with a big smile the whole time. I was so proud to be with him! His first Sunday will be Valentine's Day, so we're packing as I type this and will be heading out of NOLA on Monday morning. We wanted about a week to get settled there before he started. We are both SO excited about where the Lord is leading us! We began seeking the Lord regarding what was "next" in October '08. We really had no clue then what we were praying for...we just wanted to go wherever He led. We didn't hear about FBC H.S. until this past September. The Lord made it clear pretty quickly that we needed to send in Daniel's resume, and the rest is history! :)

This is the sanctuary. The church takes up a block, with the sanctuary on the far left corner of the block. To the right of it is education space and the office, then there's the fellowship hall (old sanctuary), and then the Christian Life Center (gym). Behind the Christian Life Center is this...

Our house! I can't believe I just typed that...after living in apartments since I was 20, I can finally say that I'm going to be living in a real, live house! As you can tell, it has a good sized front yard, and there's also a pretty big back yard that is completely fenced in. It's 3 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths. Everyone at the church kept asking us what we thought...needless to say, we're elated! We're not going to know what to do with all of that space! :)

This is "downtown" :) Hughes Springs has a little over 1800 people in it. For those of you who don't know me as well, I grew up in Jacksonville, FL where there are over 1 million people. So, this will be a bit of an adjustment for me. I am very excited, though. The people take a lot of pride in their town (and their state...it IS Texas, after all!), so I think we'll really enjoy getting involved in town activities. Also, look what is only 2 blocks from the house...

SO dangerous!!! I'm going to have to give myself a Blizzard limit...1 a day should be good...JUST KIDDING! More like 1 every 3 months or something. :)

You may be wondering what this is...the town has a couple of parks, and in this particular park there is a large screen and amphitheater where they show movies outside during the summer! How fun is that?! I can just picture our family walking down the street to the park and enjoying movies with others.

I had to end with this one because I just love these two so much, and I am so thankful for what the Lord is doing in our family. He is such a faithful God! I'm not sure that I'll get a chance to blog again before we move, so the next time you hear from me may be from the large state of Texas! If you remember, we'd really appreciate your prayers this weekend as we finish packing and load the U-haul. We'll be pulling out Monday morning...a three-vehicle caravan (Daniel driving his truck, a friend, Michael, driving the U-haul, and Riley and I in the car). Please pray for safe travel, too! Thank you all so much, and I can't wait to tell you all about the trip and our new home! Many blessings!


  1. Congrats, Laura and Daniel!! We are VERY excited for you guys!! It's nice to have friends sharing in this journey of being a pastor and pastor's wife. Laura, there a website that's really been encouraging me as a minister's wife. It's clutchtalk.blogspot.com Hope you enjoy it as well =) Love yall!!

  2. So exciting!! I am so happy for you guys!! I will definitely be praying for all of you during this transition! The town looks so fun!

  3. Hey friend! Sorry I'm catching this a little late but it's great to see pics of the town and Dairy Queen! How sweet is that?! Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I'm thinking about you and praying for you, Daniel, and Riley as y'all go through this transition time. I'm sure there will be challenges that come along the way but we know who's strengthening us through it! I love you so much and look forward to hearing and seeing more!