Archive for January, 2010

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?

The Resolution Bandwagon


Well it’s that time of year again, and I like everyone else am reevaluating and making some changes.  I’ve spent some days looking over certain areas of my life, and measuring them up to a higher standard and figuring out where I’m falling short.  Jordan and I have had some great discussions and we’re ready to jump start the year and kick it in gear, and get some things done.  SO I figured writing it down and making it public, would keep me a little more accountable to actually getting it done.   Here’s the list:

1. Be a Christian–Don’t get me wrong here I mean I already am one, but I want to make sure my life and actions are showing it.  So it’s a matter of focusing on my spiritual core, and changing from the inside out.  Obviously there are a lot of steps that need to be taken to get there, a matter of chewing on the right things, ie: more Scripture, and other readings; meditating on things that are good and true–committing verses to memorization…I’m thinking 1 a week;  as well as exercising out the things which I’ve read. 

2.  Within the first goal, is more reading.  So I set the goal to read 12 books this year.   I don’t read.  I know I should.  In fact a good leader is a reader, right?  I haven’t come up with the exact 12 books yet, but when I do I’ll post the list.

3.  I know I’m with everyone else when i say lose weight and be more healthy.  The goal: 50 pounds.  That would put me at the lowest weight I have ever been in my adult life, which would make me quite excited.  I’ve been on a journey of losing weight for a while now, and it would be amazing to get there.  This is my year, I can feel it!

4.  Keep using my creativity.  No huge goals here.  Just to find ways to keep incorporating it into life and what I’m doing.  Guess I’m still thinkin through this one a little. 

5.  Not meant to be last, but pour more into my husband and our relationship.  I think we do a great job, but there’s always room to improve.  I won’t bore you with the gushy details, but he’s pretty amazing and deserves my best and I want to give it  to him. 

It’s not a huge list, but one I think is doable.  I could probably think of a million other things, but I do want this to be a successful year, so I think 5 is enough!  I feel good about 2010 and I’m excited for what this year will bring.  And we’re off!