- It's so exciting to finish a book, but so sad when you realize you've finished.
- I love that one of my best friends can just stop in on her way to and from Canada and the US. Even if it's just for 20 minutes.
- I love finding common bonds with new friends.
- We got a package in the mail yesterday. It was from our good friend, Faith. She crocheted us a beautiful ivory afghan with brown edging as our wedding gift. I was almost moved to tears. She said, "I couldn't bring myself to sen an 'ordinary' present to two people who are so special--so I made one instead." How cool is that?
- Is it weird that I'm so excited to be going to the town that I grew up in, then I grew to dislike, but now find comfort in? Maybe it's because I still call it "home." Is that bad? (I mean, I have moved on, I've left my parents to cleave unto my husband and all that. But that place is just know as "home" in my mind.)
- I actually pulled out one of my textbooks today to read. Well, actually I wanted to use it as a study guide alongside my Bible. It's funny how much I loved my classes and now I'm learning to love the textbooks too. Granted I had awesome textbooks. This one is a guide to the Prophets. I was reading Obadiah.
- What should we have for dinner?
- I wish I had money to spare on items found at an extremely oversized rummage sale.
- I can't think of anything else. If I do, I'll let you know.
July 31, 2008
July 30, 2008
The chocolate chip cookies are made are STILL soft. I can't believe it. I don't think I've ever had a recipe that keeps the cookies soft. I'm crazy excited about it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I cut the recipe in half (except for the vanilla...I love vanilla) but I just put the whole egg in...I figured it was too much hastle to cut an egg in half. Hee, hee.
My bike tire was pierced yesterday morning as I rode into the parking lot. A little tiny piece of brown glass had imbedded itself in the rubber and air was leaking rather quickly for such a small hole. Anyways, I didn't think (or rather Kevin advised against it) it would be a good idea to ride the bike to the bike shop (wow...), so I dropped Kevin off at work this morning and will load my bike in the car this afternoon to pick up him and get the tire fixed. (For hopefully as little money as necessary.)
That said, I decided to try my hand (or rather my legs) at running. I figured I would feel much safer if I ran while Kevin was still at home. So off I went. It was certainly muggy, and the route I took wasn't too bad, but I just don't think my heart is in it like it used to be. I'm not just a city runner. I'm jealous of those who are, but I much prefer calm suburbs and rolling country hills. And maybe one day (if and when we return to the Arbs.) I will find another married woman to be a running partner. Cause that would just be fun. Someone who's about the same fitness and speed as I am, but who will keep my challenged. (As well as good huffing and puffing conversation.) I realized this morning how much I took the little fitness center for granted. I hope to be back there one day and get to use it once again. And maybe by then, they will have taken my advice and expanded the room and the equipment. :)
[....wow....can anyone say "soapbox"]
July 29, 2008
I've had a message screaming to me from every book, every thought. It's finally sinking in I believe. God is in control. He's got an awesome plan for me, for my employment, for our future. Sure, I may have applied at every restaurant, office, and shopping center in the area...and sure, it may seem that any old someone can get a job like these...but I'm not. And there's a reason for that. God, you have my full and undivided attention. I will just wait for that mind-blowing opportunity, that perfect provision, the proof of your intimate care to reveal itself when you chose to bring it to my attention.
This is what I read yesterday concerning marriage during life's clouds and storms. "And true strength is found, not by drawing by some inner personal reserve nor by leaning too heavily on each other, but by sinking roots deeper and deeper into your trust in the promises of God, and together relying on Him to come through for you. A marriage thus secured will never be broken apart or uprooted."
Then, this morning I found the words from O. Chambers to be convicting in the same vein. "clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were no clouds, we should have no faith...Unless we can look the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God's character, we do not yet know Him...You must get to the place where there is 'no one any more save Jesus only'."
July 27, 2008
After a hot ride home, I decided to make use of the apartment complex pool. (I'm pretty sure I'm the only person to have been in that pool yet this summer!) I was kinda freaked out about using it and having people watch me from there windows, but the community was fairly quiet this Sunday afternoon, so I took the risk. :) I spent about a half hour cooling off and pacing the width of the pool while memorizing 3 Bible verses for church (January's - March's). It was a really good time actually. (I hate to admit that I must be a sort of a "pacer"-memorizer. It works.)
Have I told you lately that I love strawberry jam?
July 26, 2008
Our Comcast cable and internet went out this morning so we were without the "essentials" of life. But no fear, we made the best of it. :) Yup, you guessed it. We popped in a disc or two of Friends (a la Sara Luke). It was a good time. We decided when we watch Friends together we're going to work our way through the seasons chronologically...but if I'm home alone or whatever, I'll just pop in whatever I grab first. (Glad you know that now, aren't you?)
Kevin's folks arrived around 11:30 with Brian and Gpa & Gma in tow. They delivered our lovely set of bookshelves...which look just marvelous under the oversized wall-clock in our living room. (I spent the hour or so after they left toting crates of books from our upstairs closet to fill our shelves. And they look wonderful if I don't say so myself...so full of literature of all sorts [classics, childhood fiction, marriage topics, theology texts, and chemistry resources of course.]) Around noon we hopped back in the van and headed for Xochimilco...the best restaurant in Mexican Town. mmmmmm, mmmmm. I had the chicken chimichangas with rice and beans. (Well, I had one chimi...one's in the fridge for later. *smile*) We got quite the "tour" of Detroit trying to follow the GPS directions. ha, ha!
After stuffing ourselves, we rode into Eastern Market where I immediately spotted a great deal on strawberries=1lb. for $1.00! We bought 4 lbs. and his parents bought 8 for $7 and brought them home to make strawberry jam! (wow, I can't tell you how much I love homemade strawberry jam...and now we have 10 pints in our freezer!) Kevin and I also found 10lbs of potatoes for ONE dollar.
Oh, and we finally made our way into the Rocky Peanut Company right there beside the market. I was expecting barrels and barrels of peanuts everywhere and nothing else...but I was mistaken. This was a great bulk foods store...pasta, rice, chocolate, spices, baking products, candy, coffee, etc, etc...oh and Peanuts of course! We bought 2 lbs of long grain brown rice.
I'm hoping we might venture over to Comerica park tonight around 10pm after the baseball game to catch a close up of the fireworks. That would be fun, don't you think?
July 25, 2008
Last night after multiple phone calls and consultations with Google Earth, Stella and her mom made it into our apartment for an evening of great conversation, banana bread, tea, and coffee. (Have I mentioned how much I love hosting??) After they left, Kevin proceeded to pour the leftover coffee into an enormous root beer mug so we could refrigerate it. Pretty soon I heard, "Oh no!" The hot coffee had managed to crack the glass up one side, through the inch thick base, and up the other side, spilling the coffee out almost as fast as it was being poured. It was a sad day. Especially for Kevin who adored his oversized mug.
Speaking of Nerf guns, I have a love/hate relationship with this toys. I love to shoot them. I hate being shot. Seriously though, I get scared (or maybe just a little nervous) when the gun's barrel is aiming my way. Orrrrr if it's aimed at the ceiling. This became Kevin's favorite pastime yesterday evening as I was laying on the couch. He would shoot the nerf darts at our high vaulted ceilings and wait for the unknown moment when they would fall from their perch and land on me. Every time I managed to look up at the wrong moment finding a dart an inch from my face. *sigh* Boys....gotta love 'em.
I'm onto my fourth Rocky Mtn. Lori Wick book. Loving them.
So tonight is the apartment complex party--resident appreciation or something of the sort. There's going to be food, prizes, and of course the meeting of neighbors, so I'm looking forward to it being a good time. (And with free food alone...how could you go wrong??)
Tomorrow afternoon is exciting as well. Kevin's parents and grandparents are coming up around noon for a lunch in Mexican town. (Wayyyyy excited about that!) Then we're going to peruse Eastern Market and probably spend a bit of time back at our place...arranging our new bookshelves my mom found for us. It should be another blessed afternoon.
Still no word from the job market (or lack thereof.) Though today marks 2 weeks since I turned in my app to Old Navy...and I made a call into the store inquiring about the status of my application and they told me that the headquarters in New Mexico handles all of their hiring and contacts applicants no sooner than two weeks after receiving their information. So this is me praying. Oh, and I also turned in two applications to a local charter school system recommended to me by a good friend. I applied for a paraprofessional position as well as an office manager. We'll see if anything comes of that.
In closing I would like to share the words of Malachi 3:10 (which I discovered on my church memory verse cards.)
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
July 24, 2008
A. Attached or single ? Attached and loving it!
B. Best friend ? My lover (& more girls than I can list...)
C. Cake or Pie ? Pie...especially of the berry sort.
D. Day of Choice ? Friday or Sunday. Can't decide.
E. Essential Item ? Water Bottle
F. Favorite Color ? Blue
G. Gummy bears or worms ? Worms...the sour neon ones to be specific.
H. Hometown ? Ashtabula (sound it out...."ash-tah-beula"...not "ash-tah-boola")
I. Favorite indulgence ? Books. Or Chocolate. or Both.
J. January or July ? January. Yay snow!
K. Kids ? Ummm, some day...in the distant future...for sure.
L. Life isn't complete without ? Relationships:::with Jesus, husband, family, friends, etc.
M. Marriage date ? May 24th, 2008 (oh, hey...it's been 2 months today!)
N. Number of brothers & sisters ? One gorgeous sister (and one awesome brother-in-law.)
O. Oranges or apples ? Apple girl all the way (anything except red delicious. BORING.)
P. Phobias ? Pillows (or anything) covering my face. Bridges.
Q. Quotes ? "The glory of God is a man fully alive." (Irenaeus)
R. Reasons to smile ? This is a ridiculous question for someone like me who smiles all the live long day (except when I'm stressed, or ticked, or cranky)
S. Season of choice ? Winter (again I say, "Yay, snow!")
T. Tag 5 peeps ! Britt, Magan, Ash, Angie, Maria
U. Unknown fact about me ? *thinking, thinking...* I know more about golf and it's players then any other sport.
V. Vegetable ? Broccoli.
W. Worst habits ? Biting my fingernails. Worrying. (they're kinda tied together I think...)
X. X-ray or ultrasound ? Umm, what???
Y. Your favorite food ? FRUIT.
Z. Zodiac sign ? Scorpio (and so is my husband...makes life interesting don't you think? *wink*)
Stella is coming for a visit tonight around 9pm on her way to pick up a friend at the Detroit Metro Airport. I'm really excited to visit with her before she leaves for grad. school in Florida...especially since her car broke down on her way to our wedding. I think I shall whip up some banana bread and maybe have Kevin make some coffee (since I'm really not that great at it...)
This weather is my most favorite! The last three days have been cool, sunny, and breezy. Awww...basking in the glory of it!
And in closing, I'd like to share a prayer that a friend prayed over me a few days ago.
LORD we know that you are a provider. You have proved that time and time again in your word and in our lives as well. Remind Melanie and Kevin that You would not have made them, created them, and brought them together if You were not planning to and able to take care of them and give them what they need. Teach them what is a necessity and what is a want. I pray in this time they would draw nearer to You and nearer to each other. LORD I pray that you would provide a job for Melanie. God I just feel like you have something bigger than she might even be thinking of right now. I ask that you would open some doors that they might be able to continue forward in this time. LORD we ask for supernatural provision. I pray that when they need something it would arrive. LORD you are our shepherd and we lack for nothing. We claim that promise today. Amen.
July 23, 2008
The second weekend of camp, we stopped by for a visit yet again, and were pleasantly surprised to see how much the kittens had grown...and how they were actually learning to use their legs. :)
July 21, 2008
After a hot but very beautiful week, the weekend brought lots of rain and miserable humidity. I hated the feeling of sleeping in sheets that felt damp and yucky...but I loved having Kevin beside me once again (even if it was too hot to be near one another...). On Saturday we ventured into Jackson to spend some of our remaining gift cards. We had $100 for Best Buy which we put toward a new printer, ink, and paper--very exciting. And with our Kohl's money we found Kevin 4 great new shirts, and a skirt and 3 shirts for me. I'm trying to plan ahead for the job I might get at some point in the (prayerfully) VERY near future. Speaking of which, I still have not heard a peep from any of the places to which I've applied. I'm hoping to hear from Old Navy or Target because they both had "hiring" signs up, and it's nearing "back to school" shopping and college kids are going to be on their way out. So PLEASE pick me!
During the week at camp I was actually able to get to know some of my new church family better. Many of them were camping and would spend the afternoons on the beach just like I would so conversations and new introductions were many. Emily's mom brought up a great idea for a job opportunity for me...a paraprofessional position she knows of in one of the area schools. The prospect of being a teacher's assistant, working part time and having weekends and holidays off would be perfect for me I think. But really, Kevin and I are praying harder each day that God will provide...it's so hard to trust sometimes.
We have been so blessed by our families. Remembering how difficult is was just "starting out" our parents have all been more than willing to help us financially, take us out to a dinner treat, or even just send us home with lots of food leftovers. It's quite amazing. Thanks.
I can't stop talking about the great church services, missions updates, and bible studies that I attended this week at camp. I think I've been in church enough times to "cover me" for the next few months. Ha,ha! (just kidding...) But seriously, all the messages were so challenging, such a blessing, full of conviction, and overflowing with encouragements to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Though I don't believe I have a call to full time missions, my heart has been pricked many times for many years to get involved in international ministry in some way...whether it be going for a short term trip, connecting with established missionaries, or one day supporting them financially. Hearing the need for any form of assistance down in Haiti where the Snyders are ministering really sprung up a hope to one day fill a need in that corner of the world. I love the way my heart has been moved to dream for as Kevin's grandma said yesterday, without dreams nothing would ever be accomplished.
July 17, 2008
Anyways, in a nutshell (that I will probably expand on later) the days have been great. I run each morning at 7am (it's been tough getting my muscles to cooperate like they did only a few weeks ago...), I eat breakfast, read, go to the morning missionary sharing and Bible teaching from 9:45-11:45, eat lunch, then spend the afternoons sunning myself on the beach with my new interest in literature...Lori Wick's Rocky Mtn. Memory Series. After dinner we go to the evening worship service, and in between everything I have great fellowship with my new family and so many friends...both old and new. :)
The beach is calling my name.