Mid-Year Update!

My goodness, is it July already? Where is this year going? The year 2013 is proving to be a busy but big year for the Dills in many, many ways. Here, let me catch you up…

In January, Logan turned 19 years old. He is currently taking classes at Jackson State Community College with plans of transferring to Middle Tennessee State University in the fall to study Audio Engineering.

In March, Shawn turned the big 4-0 and we couldn’t let it slip by without a small party. We planned and schemed and enlisted the help of some dear, mischievous friends. In the end, they helped us create a memorable night full of food, memories and laughs for the “old man”.

In May, Kaela celebrated her 16th birthday and Ansleigh and Bryleigh turned 5. I have been busy this week getting school supplies and uniforms so the twins can start school August 2nd!!! I still have trouble processing that thought since it seems like yesterday we were bringing them home from the hospital. Kaela got her first vehicle, a Ford Escape, and is looking forward to passing her driving test so she’ll be “mobile”. Say a prayer for her since her test is this Friday!

In June, our little Macie turned 3 years old. She is lively, funny and a sheer joy to be around. We also all took some time out of our busy schedules in June for family vacations. Shawn, LeeAnn and their kids went with LeeAnn’s family to Gulf Shores, AL for a week away while Tim, the girls, my mom and I made our first trip to Disney World. We all had a blast!

Tim and Shawn just finished another church league softball season, without injury, for which we’re all thankful. By day Tim is a financial planner/investor and Shawn is a project manager for ServPro. In their spare time, they have been busy installing sound systems in several area churches and schools (–a hobby that has almost become a part-time job). LeeAnn is a nurse at the hospital and has been working anywhere between 3 to 6 days a week all year long. And me, I’m just trying my best to stay ahead of these girls of mine and do my best to teach them right from wrong… while not going insane.

And then we’ve been singing… We’ve slowed down a bit but we’ve by no means stopped. We are excited to be heading out to Virginia this weekend and we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. Check out our schedule and come see us if we’re close! God has been so good to us and we’re so honored that He would allow us to share the Gospel with the world through music. We’re having so much fun in concert sharing the new music from our latest project, “Before the Rain”! I love all of the songs on the project but one of my absolute favorites to sing is “This Is How We Know”. I hope you’ll take a chance to sample the project and purchase it if you don’t own it yet!

Well, that hits the majority of the highlights for now… I hope this newsletter finds you doing well. We love you all and count you among our greatest blessing! Pray for us and we’ll pray for you!

Because of Him,
Bridget

The Twins Save The Day

This weekend God taught us that even the littlest ones in His Kingdom are not without purpose in His grand scheme of things. We were also reminded that we are to do whatever we can for the kingdom, whether it’s a big job or small job, because it’s all important to God!

Sunday morning we were honored to once again lead worship at Munford Baptist Church in Munford, TN. At the conclusion the morning service, we set about our normal routine of “tearing down” the equipment and product table so we could head out for lunch and then home. Shawn went and changed his clothes, cranked the bus so the air bags could fill up and then came back in to start the loading process. A few minutes later Tim went to change and strangely found the bus door was locked! The odd thing was no one was on the bus to have locked it. After several minutes of investigating the situation, Tim realized the air lock on the door had malfunctioned and locked itself! We then realized we had NO WAY of getting on the bus! The windows weren’t an option since all of them were locked from the inside, so we scratched our heads and I whispered a desperate prayer! Without breaking a window, the only possible way into the bus was through the small 12″ x 12″ garbage chute located in the bay beneath the bus. We all looked at each other and snickered, and then Kaela suggested sending one of the twins through the garbage chute! It was a silly idea but it was our only hope! So after some slight persuasion, we finally convinced Ansleigh and Bryleigh to climb up through the small hole. Check out the photos here! Once inside the bus, they were able to open the driver’s window so Tim could reach in and disengage the lock. We were all extremely relieved and thankful to finally get on the bus and Ansleigh and Bryleigh were super excited to have saved the day!

Needless to say, the girls are having an extremely fun time telling everyone how “God made them just the right size on that day to make them fit through the garbage chute”! It’s definitely another memory we will add to our collection of “road stories” but even in the silliness of it all, God has challenged me! I’m reminded of the verse in 1 Timothy 4:12,Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.” The job they were called to perform Sunday wasn’t glamorous but it was necessary and we were all thankful that they were able and willing to answer “the call” to do what they could for us and for God. So I want to challenge you! No matter your age and no matter your calling, whether it’s taking out the trash or crawling up a garbage chute, be an example to other believers in the way you conduct yourself and do what you do for the glory of God!

Thanks again for your love, support and friendship!  We love and treasure you all!

Because of Him,

Bridget

PS… You can hear the girls’ singing debut on the “Before The Rain” CD as they provide the reprise on “As For Me And My House”!

Savannah Posey

Savannah PoseyEvery so often our paths cross with people that God has put there to make a mark on our lives. Several years ago in Muncie, Indiana, we met just such a family. Zach Posey made a public decision at East 16th Street Church of God where we were ministering and on that day we were privileged to meet the entire Posey family. Through the years, we’ve stayed friends with Greg, Angie and their children, following each other on Facebook, praying for Zach as he embarked upon his military journey and talking for hours after concerts when we can. Back in March we were blessed to see them at not one, but two of our concerts in the Muncie area. They are more than fans to us, they are family.

Last week on Tuesday, 16-year old Savannah Posey, sent us Facebook messages just checking in with us. This wasn’t surprising considering she was so thoughtful, caring and loving, but today it seems more than ordinary. The days following that message, Savannah quickly became very ill and when her family tried to wake her this morning they very unexpectedly found that she had passed away.

Our hearts are broken today and we mourn, but not as those who have no hope because we know where Savannah is… she’s at Home.  Our prayers go out to Greg, Angie, Zach, Corey, Skylar and all of the Posey family. We know difficult days lie ahead for them and we pray that God’s sufficient grace will be real and sustaining for them. We pray that God’s peace that passes all understanding will cradle them gently during this time of sorrow.

Though we don’t understand why such a sweet, beautiful, outgoing soul would be taken from us so quickly, we do know that the mark Savannah Posey left on us will stay with us forever.  It’s our prayer that the mark she has made on every person she’s had contact with at church, at school, wherever, will point souls to the open, loving arms of the Savior, Jesus Christ. That’s what she did in her life and I believe that’s what she will do even in her death…

You are loved and will be missed greatly but we’ll see you when we get HOME, Savannah!

 

Ponderings

Hello Friends!

We hope that your new year has started off well and with Christ! Just think… this could be the year of the coming of our LORD!!! How exciting it is to anticipate the possibilities 2012 holds!

In the last several days, I’ve been pondering the events of 2011 as a member of The Dills. There is a multitude of thoughts that come to my mind, however, the most obvious is “BLESSED”. We are so blessed to have family, friends, and home churches that believe in the reason we sing. Though these people may not minister on stage, they are very much a part of this ministry. These people may be found helping with our children, cleaning the bus, getting dirty with bus repairs, taking a driving shift on late night trips home, or a host of other things, but they are always there. Most importantly, they are continually praying for us. God has blessed us richly with an array of people to encourage, challenge, motivate and support us as we share the Gospel, and we are extremely grateful for each and every one.

Another word that comes to mind as I think about last year is “SUFFICIENT”. With all the blessings the year held, it also presented its challenges. There were health issues, scheduling conflicts, mechanical repairs, along with other uncertainties and trials, but over and over, God proved himself asEl Shaddai, The All Sufficient God. What we saw as “surprises” were not surprises to God but detours to blessings. Time after time, we observed the promise of 2 Corinthians 12:9 in action, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” In our trials, He reminded us that He is Sufficient; He has been, is and will always be more than enough for all of our needs.

Finally, I have to say I’ve been “HUMBLED” in reviewing the year 2011. I’m humbled at the fact that God has given us this platform to share about Him and His love. It’s an honor and privilege each time we are given the chance to stand and sing songs that tell the life-changing story of the hope found in Christ’s life, death and resurrection. I pray that we never take for granted the opportunity, responsibility or calling we have.

Tim, Shawn, LeeAnn and I are excited to see what 2012 holds in store. We are currently finalizing the vocals, graphics and details for our newest recording which is our take on some praise and worship, contemporary and original music. The events of this last year even inspired the words to the song, “Faithful”, written by Tim, that will be on the new cd. We’ll have more information coming soon on the new cd so be looking for it!

As I close, I ask you to please join us in praying for the following over this coming year:

  • that we will seize the opportunities that God affords us to share the Gospel, on stage and off. We were privileged to witness the salvation of many lives last year and we pray that number multiplies this year!
  • that God will keep us in His will and continue to reveal Himself to us so we may know Him more and in turn, share more about Him with those we encounter.
  • that God will continue to protect us and our families as we travel.
  • that we will be efficient and effective in our delivery of the message of Christ.
  • that we would never take our eyes off of Jesus Christ! The world is full of distractions, decaying morals and selfishness. May we always be focused on worshiping our Savior as we evangelize the lost and encourage the saints.

We love you all and can’t wait to worship with you this year. Give us a call if you are planning a special service that you’d like us to be a part of! We’d love to worship with you and share with you what God is doing in us! Oh, by the way, take a second to check out the photos from our Christmas gatherings!

Until next time, be blessed, be a blessing and keep your eyes on the sky!

Bridget

Macie’s First Birthday

Gosh, things never seem to slow down around here so finding time to write posts has taken a backseat to other more demanding responsibilities… However, we celebrated a huge milestone recently and I had to take time to share!

Sweet Macie Hope celebrated her 1st birthday on June 28 and let me tell you, our world is much brighter because of her! She is definitely the “cherry on top” in our little family! The twins adore her and love to “mommy” her. She loves to ride the bus and go to the singings! You can always find her watching the action in the services and clapping along with the music. She did get a bit of my Irish temperament but hopefully, that will serve her well in her life. She sleeps well, eats well, LOVES her bath time and is just all-around a great baby!

To be honest, I questioned God’s timing when I found out I was pregnant with Macie because the twins had just turned 16 months old and I was very much running non-stop just to try to “look” like I was in control of them and the “situation”. I would have wanted to wait several more years to have any more children, (that is, if we were going to try to have any more at all), but sometimes God chooses to show us how “mediocre” our plans are, scaring us silly in the process! God, as I am finding out, excels in using the most overwhelming, out-of-control situations or scenarios in our lives to prove to us that He is able to provide what we need, when we need it, before we ever know we need it! Macie’s arrival was perfectly orchestrated by God, and though it seemed like an ill-timed pregnancy to me, it turned into the most impeccably timed blessing! Her precious smile keeps me sane when I’m feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with the twins or just with life in general and her sweet giggle has the power to make me melt! She’s taught the twins to share, love, and in a sense, be patience. And all these girls are teaching Tim lessons daily on what it means to trust and have faith that God is able to provide…

Needless to say, we are busy, but so bountifully blessed! We are exhausted but fulfilled! We are not sure how we are going to fund the needs of three growing little girls but we know the God that gave them to us will provide. We can trust Him with our tomorrows because He was faithful yesterday!

So just remember, sometimes those so-called “trials” are just God’s blessings in disguise!

This Sunday!

This Sunday morning we will be singing at my home church, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. I began attending this church with my mom at the age of 12 after my parents divorced. This church reached out to me in my time of need and brokenness and nurtured me with God’s Word. I remember eventually singing my first solo at Hillcrest. I was scared to death, but I wanted so badly to sing. These sweet people loved me, endured my nervous delivery and encouraged me to sing again. The kind words from my church family strengthened me to do that which God was preparing me to do. Little did I know what God had in store! I’m especially honored that I now have the opportunity, in turn, to reach out, nurture, strengthen and encourage these wonderful people that have so unselfishly blessed me. I love you, Hillcrest family and can’t wait to worship our God with you Sunday!

We also will be singing Sunday night at First Baptist Church at Adamsville, TN.  We are looking forward to wonderful day of worship and praise! Make plans now to join us at 10:30 am in Jackson or at 6:15 pm in Adamsville!

Blessings!
Bridget

Shawn’s Biggest Fan!

I thought this was cute and couldn’t help but share!

Mike and Tammy McMinn are some dear friends that we’ve known for many years. When the McMinns decided a few years ago to build a new home, they asked Shawn to do the electrical work. During the course of the process, Shawn and Corey McMinn (Mike & Tammy’s son) became close buddies. Tammy posted this picture of Corey on Facebook just a few days ago.

Corey dressed up as his buddy, Shawn.

A Quick Update…

Hey Friends…
Needless to say, it’s been a busy few months for all of us.  Macie Hope (now 9 wks old) is doing wonderful!  She is such a good baby and really loves her big sisters, Ansleigh & Bryleigh.  She has started smiling and cooing, and is just a joy!  I’m trying my best to stay ahead of the twins and keep a close eye on them.  They are quick and very sneaky so I have to stay on my toes constantly.  It’s quite challenging now trying to balance the responsibilites and demands of being a wife and mother of three, but it’s my life and I love it! 

Here’s a quick update on the rest of the family!  

–  Logan and Kaela just recently started a new school (Jackson Christian School) and both have been very busy with their studies and sports.  Logan is playing football again this year so he’s working out, practicing or playing in a game almost every day of the week now.  Kaela is playing softball for the school so she’s working hard at that. 

–  LeeAnn will be graduating from Union University with a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree in December so she has had a lot of long days, short nights and many, many cups of coffee this past year. 

–  Shawn has been occupied with his business, Dill Electric and keeping the roads hot traveling to all of Logan and Kaela’s ballgames.  He also plays ‘2nd base’ on the church league softball team when time permits. 

–  Tim, who plays ‘shortstop’ on the church softball team, has been in a transition mode with his business career.  On August 31, after working as a representative for MetLife Financial for 11 years, he established Dill Financial Services.  It’s been a scary, but exciting change for us.

Well, got to go pack…  Leaving tomorrow morning for singings this weekend in Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.  Takes me a while to pack for everyone now so I better get going.  Hope to see you soon! 

Love & blessings,
Bridget

Introducing… Macie Hope Dill!

We are so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our family and group!

Macie Hope Dill was born Monday, June 28th at 10:14 am, weighing in at 7 lbs and 20 inches long.  The twins, Ansleigh and Bryleigh (2 years old) have become quite the little helpers and are enjoying their new roles as big sisters.  Tim and I are taking turns feeding, burping and changing little Macie and just trying to take it all in.  We are so blessed to have been given this opportunity to parent these three little girls.  Thank you all so much for the kind words, cards and calls.  We covet your prayers as we strive to be the parents God wants us to be.  We’ve also posted some photos from Macie’s delivery and homecoming!

Macie Hope Dill

It’s Almost Time For Baby Dill!

I just wanted to let you all know that, unless things happen sooner, we will be celebrating the arrival of our 3rd little girl on Monday, June 28! To say the least, we were surprised 2 years ago when we discovered that we were having twins, but honestly, the discovery of this little one was the biggest surprise of our lives! Nonetheless, we are thrilled and so thankful that God has chosen to bless us again with a child.

We ask that you remember us in prayer as we prepare for the arrival of this new little life:

  • Pray for me, the baby, the doctors and nurses, that God’s hand would be upon us all during the delivery.
  • Also, my mom is in Durham, North Carolina with my brother, Brad and his wife, Jena-Marie who just gave birth to their first child, Calliah Grace O’Brien, on Thursday, June 17. Mom’s really hoping to make it back for the birth of our baby so pray that she gets back to Tennessee in time for all the excitement. (She hates flying!!!!)
  • And lastly, please pray that all goes well and we can return to the road Sunday, June 11 to be with our dear friends at Grace Baptist Church in Murray, Ky. It’s not easy traveling on the road with young children as there’s a lot of stress and planning involved, but we know that God has given us a testimony of hope and it’s our desire to continue sharing that message of encouragement and God’s faithfulness with others. Thank you all for your support and stay tuned!!!

A group shot taken Sunday night, June 20, after our singing at Macon Road Baptist Church in Arlington, TN, before the birth of Baby Dill.

  1. Sing To The King The Dills 3:42
  2. One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) The Dills 4:01
  3. In Christ Alone The Dills 4:33
  4. How Great Thou Art The Dills 4:45
  5. Your Grace Still Amazes Me The Dills 5:23
  6. 10000 Reasons The Dills 5:02
  7. Blessed Be Your Name The Dills 4:27
  8. Power Of The Cross The Dills 4:12
  9. Come Now Is The Time To Worship The Dills 4:42
  10. Great Is Thy Faithfulness The Dills 4:17