Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In other news, our good friends are hosting a yard sale while we are away. Our small group all pitched in and donated items for the sale. All the proceeds are going towards our support "quota". We are just so blessed that we have friends that are willing to help us in such a BIG way. (Shout out to the Westfall's, Toomey's, Ertel's, Matzer's, Enzor's and Simpson's).
Busy, busy week-end...
As you know, we were in training in Charlotte for the month of August. As you can probably glean, Ben began "school" when we returned. He is in a Parent's Morning Out class which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-12:30. On Wednesdays, I am in a women's Bible study, and Ben gets to play with all his friends from 9:30-11:30. Basically, we wake up, eat breakfast, go to PMO or church, come home, eat lunch, Ben goes down for a nap, Ben wakes up from his nap about 3, and then Caleb is home about 3:20. It really is a good set-up. While Ben is in PMO, I work on "going overseas" stuff and/or scrapbook with my new bestest of best friends, Amy! Mondays and Fridays are reserved for cleaning the house or doing laundry. I am NOT complaining. I actually feel like a fake stay at home mom. The whole "Caleb getting home by 3:30" thing makes me feel like an imposter.
So, that's our schedule. On top of that, Caleb has started playing indoor soccer again. The timing could not be better. The season will end before we leave in January. I have also started the training to become a Stephen Minister. That meets every Tuesday night. My heart hurts for people, and this is a ministry that provides presence for people going through a myriad of things. I am so looking forward to this training. It will give me invaluable skills for the field, but also will give me something to transition back into when we return to the states.
Guess that is the best recap for now...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I paid $9.00 thanks to a little bit of super easy organizing and Harris Teeter triple coupon day! My receipt says I saved over $70.00.
Our friends, Kerry & David, recently moved to Portland. We know them through church, have watched thier dogs in the past and have become good friends! Kerry just received her PH-freakin'-D. She is a super smart speech pathologist. She accepted a position teaching at PSU, thus the move. Just wanted to post this to tell them how much we all already miss them! Ben, also, obviously misses furry friends who actually let him pet them!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
For some reason, our flowers never last....I used to joke that the only reason I am good with dogs and kids is because they remind you they are there.
Sigh....is something wrong with me??
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
As sad as this is for me (Caleb has not stopped jumping for joy since we got the news), I think it is best. MeeMom and PopPop buy him dog toys he can destroy and feed him well and my brother Andrew lets him sleep in his bed. Kirk now has a sister named Sandy who is a beautiful, big golden retriever.
Hopefully my mom will send pictures so I can post them soon.
Thank you SO much, MeeMom and PopPop and Uncle Andrew. This frees us up to travel more as we try to build our partnership team in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Doesn't he look so grown up??
In other news, Ben had his follow-up appointment regarding his surgery. Without going into too much detail, I was afraid he was going to have to have another surgery. Turns out that his belly button is just fine and still healing. I did not realize that the stitches take 6-8 months to dissolve. This was a huge answer to prayer...
I like Limos!
Then....I have pictures of the reception. I will have to bug Loria when she settles back into life for pictures of the ceremony (which was beautiful).
Brad and Loria had orchids everywhere and their cake does a beautiful job of capturing the color scheme of the night:
My best friend Dawn (who flew in from FL) and her boyfriend Chris:
Notice: they cut the cake with an engraved sword. Long story, but really cool idea:
Loria made such a beautiful bride. Here is a picture of Rindi learning how to put on and take off her veil. I can't believe Loria is married....sniff sniff!
By the way, these two men were fabulous. Not only did they do a great job on our hair and make-up, but they were handing out all sorts of free tips and up and coming styles to watch for. I learned that I need to go long.....so I am growing my hair out again. I'm thinking collarbone length.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
My feet practically froze on the flight to CA, so this was a welcoming surprise.
On Thursday night, we all ventured to Tommy's Mexican Restaurant to start the Bachelorette Party off right! Loria and her "festive" balloons:
Catching up with high school friends was one of the high-lights of the trip! Pictured below:
(Me, Rindi and Dawn)
Then, we headed to a Dueling Piano Bar for the "real embarrassing fun":
Inside the Bachelorette Party Box, Loria had a die. When she rolled it, some of the things she had to do were as follows:
Bust a Move
BYOB- Bring Your Own Buddy-
which meant she had to get a picture with someone she didn't know and the blow up doll we brought had to be in it, too.
(Think Truth or Dare)
Pick a Card-
This is where the real fun began. Each card had something silly for her to do. One said she had to convince a guy to call her fiance and leave a voicemail message saying how lucky he was that he was marrying Loria.
Good Times, as you can see from the pictures below...