Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a great thanksgiving with our families this past week! Here is a picture from our day...
Friday mom & I went shopping together.  It was just the two of us and I must say I REALLY enjoyed it.  Being with the woman who you love and call mom is such a blessing.  We got to catch up and I have already told her we need to do that again...SOON!  
After church this morning we headed home and have been cleaning (a thorough cleaning I might add).  I just love a clean & organized place!  Hope all of you had a great weekend and reflected on what you are thankful for...I know we did!
until next time...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


After driving 20 hours straight (through the night) we finally made it back! We were exhausted but glad to be back. After much rest, we are getting back into the grove of things. Thankfully all of our clothes were clean, so we spent much of the weekend unpacking them and are glad to NOT be living out of a suitcase. I never realized how much i disliked living out of a suitcase until I did it for 6 weeks. I will miss A LOT from our trip to Colorado, but that I won't miss!!!

Lets see...

Thanksgiving is on Thursday and I am UBER excited!! I love the food & time off from work but most of all I like to reflect on what I am thankful for while spending time with the family I love so dearly. God has been so good to Daniel & I this year!

Since we're not in our own place this Christmas, Daniel thought it was better for us not to put up our REALLY big tree (ok it's only like 6 ft but it just seems big). So we have this very cute & petite tree my MIL let us borrow. I am really looking forward to decorating it and putting out some other christmasy things!!

I have a new favorite thing...
That's right it is Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice hot tea. It is so nice to have a cup when it's chilly makes me feel warm all over :). You see while we were in Colorado, I (magen) got to tour the celestial seasoning factory and now I am drinking their tea!

A week from tomorrow we find out if we're going to have a little niece or nephew!! So excited for them...and I know they are just thrilled!!

I have already started my Christmas shopping...over half way done I might add which is pretty good for me since it isn't even December yet.

Oh my mom went to Christmas village while we were gone, and when I got home she had sweet (and very cute) surprises for me!
An apron with my initials on it...

And a precious sign that is hanging on our door

Madie has been sleeping a lot...oh but what's new. She always does that! She did seem to miss us while we were gone, and boy did we miss her! Here she is singing to us...

I am glad to be eating "regular" food now. We have had cafeteria style food for the last 5 weeks and although it looks yummy (and I am sure taste yummy) if i ate it I'm sure it would do a number on my tummy. So i opted to eat salad for most of my meals, which in the beginning is not bad but after the 3rd week...well it gets kind of old.

I am back into knitting :) I left all my supplies at home so it has been over 6 weeks of knitting.  Glad to be back in it!

We are going to take our Christmas card picture soon, so all you who receive things from us in the mail...make sure you look for it! Oh and if you want to receive it just let me know and I can send you one!!

Well that is enough updating for now...I will put up more recent pictures soon. 
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
until next time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What is YOUR will Lord?

How many of us have asked this question? Ok i know that was a stupid question for all those who read this blog that are followers of Christ. This is where Daniel & I are right now. MANY people (pretty much all our friends, family & just people who hear our story) ask us the questions, "SO what are y'all doing after your training out in Colorado." Well that is the million $$ question we are asking right now. "when do we leave?" is another one people ask often (oh and don't think if you are reading this that we don't want you to ask us because we do!). We have half of our support raised right now. We are praying to be overseas by March 2009. We hope to have more direction on our support status when we get home this weekend, but as for now that is where we are. If you want to know how to pray for us here is a little direction:
1. God would continue to move in others hearts to partner with us so that we can get to France by March!
2. Pray for discernment on what to do for jobs when we get home.
3. Pray for patience :) I think we all need this.

Thanks to all those who have been praying for us! Your prayers have been felt. I leave you with a picture of Daniel & I out west!

until i write again...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

random...i know!

This past week has been a bit overwhelming (but in a good way). We have made sounds come out of our mouth that I thought was never possible. It's hard not to giggle at some of the sounds they ask us to make. Even though it is both physically & mentally exhausting, I honestly think that it is working because Daniel & I have been catching sounds here and there outside of class.

Last weekend we went to the Air Force Academy. It was really chilly & windy outside so we didn't want to do much walking. We did go in the chapel which is pretty neat.

Also last weekend I got to visit with a group of girl friends.  We went to the celestial seasonings factory.  The boys went climbing and then met up with us later for dinner at Jim-N-Nick...ya they have one out here in Colorado!

Yesterday was pretty exciting for us because it snowed here...A LOT!

This morning when we woke up it was 9 degrees...the coldest weather I have ever been in :).  Ok that's all the updating for now.  Hope you are having a great weekend!


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

beautiful Maker

Over the past few weeks while in class, many things I have heard have in some way or another pierced my heart.  One that comes to mind is this excerpt from a book that was read...

In Prince Caspian, part of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles, the children Peter, Susan, Edmund, & Lucy all find themselves in Narnia after a long absence. Aslan, the great king and lion, is nowhere to be seen. Lucy, the youngest of the children, particularly aches to see him. One night she wakes to a great stirring in the forest, and to a voice calling her. While the other children sleep, she ventures forth through the woods and into a clearing. Here’s what happens:

A circle of grass, smooth as a lawn, met her eyes, with dark trees dancing all around it. And then—oh joy! For he was there: the huge Lion, shinning white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him.
But for the movement of his tail he might have been a stone lion, but Lucy never thought of that. She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.
“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,” sobbed Lucy. “At last.”
The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all round her. She gazed up into the large wise face.
“Welcome, child” he said.
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”