I Want This!



There’s no I in TEAM


This week we got the incredible opportunity to meet up with our entire team (minus a few wives, and only the U.S. side–still waiting to meet all of the amazing Filipinos I’ve heard so much about).  It was a great few days to sit down with everyone and here about each person’s testimony and calling to the Philippines.  As well as a time for us to catch the vision for our future work in the Philippines and even the rest of the world.  God is using these people to do some pretty amazing things, and it’s humbling to be a part of it all.  I’m thankful for a team of men who dream big things, knowing we serve a God who cannot only accomplish those dreams, but do far more than we ever imagined.   Jordan and I are so excited to get there and jump right in, to all of the amazing works that are already happening.  Our minds are just spinning after this meeting, and we have some things we’re praying about to see happen…so stay tuned, because there is so much more to come.

Thank You


I think one of the most important things we do is say Thank You!  Our whole ministry revolves around people supporting us and helping us do what we do.  I don’t think we can ever tell people enough just how much they mean to us, and just how far their encouragement and giving goes.  So with that being said:

(This is the newest of my designs for thank you cards we send out. Jordan helped me perfect it in photoshop)

All the Good Stuff


I feel like everytime I post it’s about all of the good stuff.  We’ve done a lot of traveling.  We left in the middle of January and headed out West.  As you saw below, part of our time was spent in Southern California.  We then made our way up through California to Washington.  We spoke at a church in Spokane, and had a wonderful time with the people there.  We speedily headed back to the Midwest so Jordan could fly out to Savannah for the Fellowship Meeting there.  And I got to hang out in Kansas City with my mom and dad for a week.  Way fun! After that we headed to Springfield and things got scary.  I had this bump on my knee which turned out to be MRSA.  It’s starting to get better but I had some pretty bad days.  I would show you pictures of what it looked like, but it’s quite gross. 

We got to go to Tulsa and speak in our friends youth group and then hang out for a few days.  It was nice to be with our great friends and just share life together for a few days. 

The boys had a lot of fun, just bein boys:

And us girls had fun.  Of course there was crafting involved.

Here’s what we made:

This weekend will definitely keep me going for a while.  I’m thankful for my friends.

Life is Good


We’ve been on out the west coast again for the past week and we’re having a blast!  We got to go down to San Diego and enjoy some time with Jordan’s old college pastor and his family.  The day we got there he met us with beach chairs and kayak!  WHAT!?  Yeah…we knew we were in for a good experience.  So here we are kayaking through the San Diego Bay.

And enjoying Imperial Beach. 

We’ve gotten to do some cool things on deputation.  It’s been a fun ride.

Queen of the Road Take 2


Distance: 2.00 miles

Time: 25:12

Pace: 12:32 min/mile

Shredded 1:23 off previous time.

Nothing is Impossible


Attitude is everything, isn’t it?

It can totally determine the outcome of any situation;  whether you walk away thinking positively or negatively about something. 

And even missionaries can have bad attitudes.

We get asked all of the time about our worst experiences.  People want to know the gritty stories. 

It makes me nervous.  It makes me look at every situation and wonder if this is gonna be the one I tell people about.  And I don’t like it. 

Don’t get me wrong here.  I mean I have heard some bad stories, and it’s not just in the case of missionaries.  People can be cruel, and unfortunately sometimes we hurt each other.  And I’m sorry for the people who have experienced things that left some deep scars, but I’m more sorry for the people who did or said the nasty things

But I hope at the end of our deputation process we don’t have any bad stories.  Everyone keeps telling me you have to have at least one, but I’m still holding on to the hope that we don’t sit around and talk about all of the negative things that we saw and experienced, but all of the good, and all of the ways we saw God work and take care of us.   

Now I’m not perfect.  And this past week I had to have an attitude check of my own.  We were at a missions conference Wednesday through Sunday.  We were the only missionaries, and we had to drive 45 minutes there and back each day.  I got tired.  I needed lots of prayer.  And I called my mom and asked her to pray for me to have more love and more wisdom to see how to handle the week.  And I saw God provide that.  I love week-long missions conferences, because I think they give you more time for a lot of things: to know the people, to see what’s going on, to share your passion, to see what God wants to do, and to leave changed.  By Sunday it’s always hard to leave.  Throughout the whole week, we averaged about 15 people every night including me and Jordan. It’s easy for your thoughts to take you different places, but you have a choice on believing them.  We just continued to pray.  Sunday there was 25 people.  and we gave it all we had.  Jordan preached out of 1 Kings 17:7-16.  It was just as much of a message for us as it was for those people.  They collected a love offering at the end of the service.  We said our goodbyes after the service and went out to lunch with the Pastor’s family and then we headed home.  I had over heard how much they collected, and I asked Jordan if he had looked at the check.  He said no and asked me to open it.  I told him he was going to be shocked. I read it.  $668 dollars.  We were humbled.  We wouldn’t change our experience for anything.  God aligned all of it.  Jordan says in his message that when we’re dealing with God…it’s never business as usual.  How true.  God is good.  Praise Him for His sovereignty.  Bless those people for their sacrifice and giving.      

Change my heart oh God.

Queen of the Road


Today the weather was forcasted for a high of 50.  Glorious news!  Seeing as the past few weeks have been nothing but below zero temperatures, I took the opportunity to get outside.  I’ve been doing some dvd workouts for the past few weeks, but nothing beats going for a jog outside if you ask me.  The sun was high and bright, and I got my i-pod in hand and hit the pavement.  Since it’s been quite a while since I’ve been for a run I decided to do a nice and easy 2 miles…right?  But I kept Jillian Michaels in the back of my head telling me I was strong, and when i felt weak it was just fear leaving the body.  I smiled a lot.  I pushed myself.  And I jogged two miles without stopping.  My time: 26:35.  Slow and steady, but I did it.  And I’m ready for Spring!

From the Kitchen


I love cooking, and I love trying new things.  It doesn’t matter if it’s healthy or totally loaded down with the works, I just enjoy food.  I’m a foody, and I come from a line of foodies.  I don’t pretend to know a lot about food and the science that goes into it all, I just know what I like.  It’s been fun traveling around on deputation and being in different parts of the country and trying the local flair, but I’m not gonna lie…it’s rough on my body.  I seem to gain weight just thinking about food.  Makes me wonder how all these Food Channel, and Travel Channel people do it…

So I’ve been taking a healthier approach lately and here are a few things I whipped up this week.

Homemade Applesauce

8 Golden Delicious Apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)

1 1/2 cups of water

2 teaspoons of 100% Stevia

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (though I didn’t measure…I just dumped it in)

Mix it all together in a pot, boil it on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, let it cool, and then mash it all up.  How easy is that!?  And I know some store brands may be convenient, cause all you have to do is open them, but I promise this is way better!

And secondly I was really craving this pizza I had with my friends Amanda and Jasen in Sacramento at a pizza place they took us to.  So I made my own version:

I don’t have a catchy title for it…any ideas?  But its Anjou Pear, Havarti Cheese, Walnuts, with Honey on a whole wheat crust. 

No real recipe here….Just for the crust, which I got from my friend Mindy

Pizza Crust

5 cups flour (I used a mixture of whole wheat with a little white flour to balance it out)

2 packages of yeast

2 Tablespoons of Sugar (I used 100% Stevia)

2 cups of hot water

1/4 cup of oil

 1 tsp. salt

Mix together and let rise about 20 minutes.  Seperate into 3 pieces.  Put on pizza pans and let rise again for about 5-10 minutes.  These can be frozen for later use or made ahead of time.  I made them the night before and put damp paper towles on them and wrapped them really well to keep them moist.

So This is the New Year, and I’m Starting to Feel Different


Thought I would share a few things that are helping me reach my goals for the new year. 

I started some reading.  First Jordan and I are reading through the New Testament, taking notes on things that we find…I think it’s gonna be a lot of notes (which is a good thing).  So much to think about. 

And my first verse to memorize is:

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ ”  Matthew 22:37

Seemed to be a good place to start. 

I also started some other reading.  The first book in my list of twelve is:

I’ve enjoyed the book so far. Some basic stuff, but I think it’s key to having those things fully developed in our lives.  I first heard about Christine Caine from my former boss Shannon.  She gave me a DVD from a women’s conference that she spoke at and I was definitely impressed.  I’m excited to see where the book goes, I think it will be a good read. 

I’ve also been working out, trying to keep at 6 days a week, and eating healthy.  Since I live in the midwest and it is currently below zero outside, (boy do I hate the cold) I got a few dvds to help me out.  Some of which make me want to cry, but I know the hard work will pay off.  If you’re looking for something to kick your butt into shape I definitely recommend getting these:

And last but not least…yesterday I enjoyed a wonderful day with my husband.  We just hung out around the house all day, I made some breakfast, we vegged out in front of the tv watching 30 Rock, worked on a puzzle, and had some good conversation.  I’m looking forward to more days together in the future!

So how are you doing on your resolutions?  Have you started incorporating some things into your life yet to get you to change?