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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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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Memories

The other night brian and I were snuggling as we watched a sermon by mark driscoll from the peasant princess series (so super great! ESPECIALLY if married or engaged). Anyways, when it was over, we closed the computer and went to sleep. The next morning brian opened the laptop to pay some bills and the only thing that showed in the screen was a file folder with a frowny face. That’s bad news bears! We took it in and the harddrive had crashed. We have tried almost everything to get the info back, but alas nothing has been successful 😦 what makes me most sad is the pictures I lost. I have some on facebook, but the quality is really bad when you print them. No more sbp pix. No first date pix. No goofy dating pix or engagement pix. No trip to Europe pix. No honeymoon pix. No first Christmas pix. So many fun memeories will no longer be aided with pictures. I was so sad at first, but brian reminded how blessed we are to even have done those things to have the memories! So we are going to try to recreate some just for fun… Like swing dancing on the night be asked me to be his girlfriend. Or our first date salsa dancing? Maybe we can even visit sbp this summer and relive memories there? We’ve even talked about going back to Mexico for our 1 year anniversary… Let’s just hope swine flu is done ;). So all that to say that I am glad I have gotten to spend the past few years with brian more than I liked having pictures of it. I love you bluejay!!!

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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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Guilty as charged

So in the last 2 days, 3 girls have either mentioned my blog, or mentioned my lack of posts lately. True. It has been a while. And there is no real reason why. I did get a new job as a nanny 2 days a week. I could complain for a bit about this job, but let’s just say it’s the most awkward experience I’ve ever had… Each time I go! I don’t know why they need a 9-5 nanny when the mom is home ALL day… Or she invites her friends and family over for lunch and we ALL eat lunch together… Awkward.

In other news, brian and I got iPhones! In fact… This whole post will be written from the phone… Oooooo πŸ˜‰

In sewing news, I made 2 yellow seersucker pillows for our couch. It really “springs” the place up πŸ˜‰ around easter, my sis and u were remembering how each year my mom took us shopping for Easter dresses. A fun tradition since we were kiddos. This year, we didn’t. Partly because my dad lost his job, but probably more cus I am old and married now. Boo. Once realizing this, I decided to get domestic once again and I made myself an easter dress. The funny thing is that I was so determined to make it and wear it to church on Easter, that even tho I am a procrastinator, I sewed the dress at 8am… 1 hour before church! Haha. But I wore it with pride πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to get some pics eventually. I’m also flipping stoked about my new camera. I got a canon eos 20d. And since I’m a dealmeister I have to share my deal. This camera was selling for 1200 when it first came out. Now… Even tho it’s a couple years old, we got it for 500 new-in-box cus the camera store is going out of buisness!! Yay! I’m so excited about it πŸ™‚

I know this is a long post this far, but 2 things I would love prayer about:
1). My parents are in Redlands,ca right now interviewing/candidating for an executive pastor job. I pray that the lord would make things clear for them and that they would follow HIS leadership. Selfishly, it would be hard for me to have them so far away… Especially since we buddies πŸ˜‰ we double date with my parents probably once a week!

2). Brian and I are praying about our future. Specifically for next year. A unique opportunity has presented itself. It would require a lot of faith and trust on my part (brian is a lot more easy going about change than I am). I’m not going to say a ton cus we are still in the begining stages of thinking/praying about this. But I will say it is a 12 month committment that would give us great insight about what the lord has for us in regards to co staff and other ministry in the future.

More posts to come… πŸ˜‰

These are pics of the pillow I made, the kids I nanny, our new camera, and my parents πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚

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Sunburn is always worth it

Brian and I had lunch at a cute outdoor restaurant near the park where the weding will be. I enjoyed to chance to wear a summer dress… And I got burned! But only on one side 😦 now I will look like a lobster at the wedding. I well. Still felt really good πŸ˜‰ I’ll both some wedding pics tonight!

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Spring

I forgot how much I love colores! Blue sky. Greed grass. Purple and yellow flowers. God is so creative and wonderful! I don’t think us minnesotans would be as thankful for spring and sunshine if it weren’t for the tough winters! These trees are in bloom all over Atlanta! I LOVE them!

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