Archive for August, 2009

The Art of Cooking


So as a wedding gift I received a book called Hello Cupcake.  I just now attempted to actually make something from it, and it was quite fun.  Not something I would do everday…I don’t think I have the patience…but it’s fun for special occasions.  Since we live in the Sunflower State now, I decided to make these for a party at church.

Close UpBouquetSunflowers


To 26


So this past weekend I celebrated my 26 Birthday.  This past year has been such a great one.  We got engaged and then married.  We lived in our first place together, which was just a studio apartment.  Worked, and lived out each day.  Celebrated holidays together for the first time.  Were recognized as missionaries.  Moved to Hutchinson.  And the journey is just beginning.  Isn’t life grand!  I’ve seend God move and work so much in this past year.  We’ve really learned to live by faith and put all of our hope and trust in Him.  And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  So here’s to 26 being the best year of all.  As we travel down this road looking forward and never back…to trust God more and more each day, come what may.  I’m thankful for the wonderful husband that I have walking next to me.  My best friend.  Who loves me enough to go on crazy rides that turn you all around and upside down.  To life! 

Kid’s Art?


Sometimes you do things in life that may not have been on your list, but then you find it’s not such a bad idea. Here in Hutch at Westside Baptist Church, they’ve been going through a remodel for the past year now. They’ve updated there whole children’s ministry and the workers are almost done. But there’s one last project…painting murals on all of the walls and decorating everything. And I’ve been recruited. I knew my degree wasn’t all for fun. Today I went in and talked to Jodie, the secretary, and got things all figured out for the big game plan. With a new goal in mind I went to Hobby Lobby, got some supplies and got to work. It was kind of an obsession. I couldn’t stop working on the painting. So i have one down and three more to go, but that’s just the canvases going up in the nursery. Here’s a sneak peak at our theme which is taken from The Land of Milk and Honey
Painting for the Nursery
So as Jordan and I were staring at it from the couch…we thought with his writing skills and my artistic abilities we should make children’s books. And I thought I didn’t even like kids. I’m kidding…mostly. Maybe it will be our goal to accomplish that in the next few years before we have our own.

Mega Post


So as you can see I’ve been a bit behind.  I’m calling this the mega post.  Which means, it’s a catch up of a lot of things, get ready!  

We finished up our time in Kansas City and it was great to get to be there.  Typically Jordan and I have been in and out, so it was a nice change being there for a little over a week.  I loved hanging out with my mom and dad, who today are celebrating 30 years together!  I’m so lucky to have parents like them.  They’ve definitely modeled well what a good marriage should look like.  So Congrats Mom and Dad!  I love you guys!

I also got to hang out with a friend from high school, whom I’ve only seen now for the second time in like the past 8 or 9 years.  She’s always an inspiration, and one of those people who no matter how long the time passes, you just get along.  She took me out to her families farm where we stopped at this amazing place to get a burger and onion rings, watered the flowers and fed the birds, and just enjoyed the afternoon. 



We also got to hang out with some of my great friends from the good ole BBC days Jill and Kaleb.  They too are people you can always just pick right back up with.  There are many great memories shared with these two, and I hope to call them life long friends.  They’re always quick to talk about God and life, and it’s so good to have people to share such deep things with so easily and freely.  We met up with them at a place downtown called ChefBurger, but I opted for the NY Dog…and talk about sweet potato fries!  YUM! 

After my parents loaded us up with stuff, thanks again guys!!!, we headed to Springfield.  What an amazing week we had there.  We made lots of new missionary friends, and got to hang out with some of our old friends in town.  Erica and Nick, Jordan’s sister and brother in law, were so kind to let us stay with them all week.  What troopers they are!  We learned a ton that week, being in classes everyday and hearing from everyone in the missions office.  It was great to just have a realness with them, and hear first hand about their time on the mission field.  The week definitely got me pumped, and we’ve got a ton to put into practice.  We really got to know a couple going to Korea who were just a few years younger than us, Bill and Anna Walton.  They’re awesome, and we can’t wait to see them again.  It’s great connecting with people so quickly and deeply.  We miss them already.  And of course, we got to hang out with the Lyons.  One of my favorite families ever.  Their whole family is such a blessing to be around.  Here’s a bunch of us playing Cranium, and I don’t want to brag, but Erica, CoaCoa and I won!

Ok…so then it was back to Hutch for a few days and off to Denver.  Hang in there…I told you it was going to be long but this is the last part.  The drive out there was actually quite enjoyable.  I say actually, because I used to loathe I-70.  Jordan is good about making you see beauty in just about anything.  We tried to see the beauty of the world’s largest Prairie Dog, but it was $8 a person!  WHAT!?  But we did get to see a giant Van Gough painting.  We had a great time at the church in Denver on Sunday.  Jordan presented our field in Sunday School, preached in the morning and in the evening!  He did great.  They all thought he was quite the professor type.  They had him pegged!  We got along great with the people there, and had a wonderful time getting to know them.  We visited a few other pastors in the area, and had such a good time with them.  One in particular had us laughing for two hours straight…I like guys like that.  It was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back there again.  We also got to see some cool things in our down time.

Thanks for reading, or at least looking at the pictures.  I promise I’ll do better next time.  Until then…