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Tough day

3 years ago today, brians brother
Joey died diving into a lake. It’s a tough day for him and his family. I wish that I had met joey. I remember hearing stories about brian and joey growing up when brian and I first became friends. I remember that first summer at SBP watching brian as he was grieving and leading students all at the same time. That summer he became so much more than the goofy silly little brother type I had also pictured him. His character was becoming so attractive to me. I fell in love with him then. The past 3 years have been difficult for brian and his family. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a son/brother. I wish I met joey so I could share in the happy memories. Although brian doesn’t talk about it often, I know he thinks about joey a lot. So, I’m praying for my love & his family today.

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Decision made = relief

So we have officially made a decision about what the Lord has for us next year. A few weeks ago, we were approached with the opportunity to teach ESL in south Korea for 12 months. Originally, we thot that it was a great idea! We would get to travel together and save $$ to pay off school loans. However, the more we learned about the school and our responsibilities there, our excitment dwindled. The expected 10.5 hour days of teaching 5 days a week seemed too much. So, after seeking counsel from people we love and respect, we have
decided that although it would have been a wonderful adventure, it would be more prudent for us to spend another 8 months or so working hard to pay off debt while volunteering with CO and then start the process of possibly going on staff. I love having the decision made because I feel releaved.. And that is a conformation to me ūüėČ also… I love that we have a goal and a timeline to achieve that goal. I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us!!!

In other news, my best friend from growing up is having a lil girl in July! Little Halley Jane ūüėČ I thoroughly enjoyed buying some little newborn dresses at target today. Although brian often accuses me of it, I never really have baby fever- just baby clothes/shoes fever… With the occasional symptoms of pointing out every cute prego lady. But I don’t think I’m alone in this disease ūüėČ I can DEFINATELY hold off for a few more years (lord willing) especially after seeing pics of some friends who had babies last week… They look so tired! So yeah, loads of time in that department.

I am so excited for this summer and blog stalking all you at SBP & India!!!

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Adventure

After a coffee date with Maddy yesterday, I discovered that it is easier for me to get excited about someone elses adventure in the future more than my own possible excursion. Why? Because I lack faith. I don’t trust that Jesus can lead me into the unknown without the comforts that I love. I don’t trust that I can grow in foreign situation-even tho I have in the past. I know mads will grow so much in NYC and have a blast… Why do I wonder whether or not I will?

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Andrews wedding

So how sad am I? I had a lovely time in Atlanta at a dear friends wedding and I wore a dress that I made… And I forgot to take pics!!! Silly me. I have these 2 pics from my phone, but they don’t do it justice. It was so pretty. On a dock overlooking the lake. Ken currie married them under a arbor of lillies. Sara was gorgeous! Andrew cried when she walked toward him. A sweet tender moment. I got choked up listening to ken describe the relationship between the bride and the bridegoom like that of Christ and the church. I remembered our own wedding. Each wedding is like a vow renewel for brian and I as we hold hands and knowingly nudge eachother and smile. The reception was a couple blocks away at the home of the woman so wrote gone with the wind. So pretty. White twinkle lights and candles and flowers everywhere. We ate and danced under the stars.

I am so happy for them! I can’t wait to see how the lord will continue to use them in the lives of students in mn. Congrats andrew & sara!

(ha ha… i wrote this on my iphone while on the ride home… i just reread it! funny typos! i think i fixed them all now tho ūüôā

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spice things up

Brian and i have found ourselves doing the same old thing each night for a while now and we decided to spice things up a bit! (don’t worry… this will be G-rated ha ha). Anyways, poor Brian work long and hard 12-15 hours a day to provide for his lil wifey. Something that i respect him GREATLY for! anyways, he comes home hungry and tired so we usually eat dinner and watch a movie or play the wii or a board game. Needless to say, that gets olds fast. So we decided to arrange our “nightly activities” according to the days of the week.¬†

Monday- Movie night (thanks to the weekly free redbox code!!)

Tuesday- Reading night

Wednesday- BULL/ COWgirls/ Boys bible study

Thursday- Listen/watch a sermon online (right now, the peasant princess series by Mark Driscoll… SO GOOD!)

Friday- Hang out with friends. Sometimes a double date… sometimes a night to get away from each other and hang out with our buddies. A.K.A. call me and lets do something on a friday night!!!¬†

Saturday- Date night! 

Sunday- Family day. Work on World Ventures travel business. 

So far we’ve really enjoyed the variety! And it’s fun to have something to look forward to. For instance, i bet that many of you don’t know how¬†fascinated¬†i am by anything WWII or Holocaust related. I will watch ANY movie and read ANY book on the subject. I can’t really say that i LOVE WWII because then people say that i am a sicko… but i am oddly enticed by the subject. That being said, last night we watched “the boy in the striped pajamas” with my parents (i got my WWII obsession from my mom). i sobbed.

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i’m not going to reveal the ending, but i was shocked. My mom and i had to give each other a mini-counseling¬†session while we got¬†¬†dessert for our boys. I am really excited for reading night tonight because i picked up some WWII biographies from the library. i can’t wait to make some tea and snuggle under a blankey with the hubs and settle in for a night of reading!

The 4 books:

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(i won’t read WWII books EVERY reading night… cause i know i should read some “christian books” but sometimes they are hard to get into. ¬†i can’t read super theological books. Thats why i got married… so that Brian can read them, and then explain it to me! ha ha.¬†Any good book suggestions???

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Capernwray Bible School and Rio Vida

Rio Vida in Alicante, Spain. This was the Conference hall where we had our lectures.

Rio Vida in Alicante, Spain. This was the Conference hall where we had our lectures.

The mediterranean sea was only 2 blocks away! can't beat that!

The mediterranean sea was only 2 blocks away! can't beat that!

My school class of 2004. Im in the front right.

My school class of 2004. Im in the front right.

 

The castle from the air.

The castle from the air in England.

The courtyard of the Castle

The courtyard of the Castle

The sheep. When i got home i couldn't sleep for weeks because there were no sheep bleating me to sleep at night!

The sheep. When i got home i couldn't sleep for weeks because there were no sheep bleating me to sleep at night!

The Castle after the rain.

The Castle after the rain.

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This is an ode to a wonderful time in my life. When i was a junior i spent a sememster in Europe at two great bible schools. Rio Vida (the first 3 pics) was a bible school in Alicante, Spain. Then i spend a few months at another bible school in Carnforth, England. We lived in a castle! 

Both places are so great and beautiful, but what was so impactful was the way i learned who i was and who i was in christ. the friends and relationships i made will last for a lifetime. (a little blog shout out to mini and jumbo ūüôā i love and miss you girls!)¬†Basically, we lived together, played together, traveled together and learned about jesus together. so wonderful to have that kind of community.¬†It is hard to believe that it was 5 years ago! in some ways it seams like yesterday! but so much has happened since then too. i graduated college and grad school, got involved with a¬†life-changing¬†ministry, fell¬†in love and got married to a wonderful godly man (my bluejay). i guess i am just feeling¬†reminiscent. it’s been nearly a year since i was last in europe. that may be the longest time i’ve been away from that wonderful place in the past 6 years! i think i need to plan another trip. anyone want to come backpacking across europe with me????

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what will i see next year looking back?

well, NWC is no longer an option. They are going with more experienced applicants. but that is okay. better to know than to keep waiting. so we are still job hunting and prayerfully considering ministry options. can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us!!!!

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