Friday, November 21, 2008

The Holidays are Here

I thought I would say Hi and let you know that we are still alive here in good old Longview, even though it is freezing.  I have had to turn on the heater it is so cold.

Jon is trying to complete his flight instructor notebook, which has to be about 250 pages long.  He is also trying to study for all of these tests that he has to complete before finals week.  It doesn't make much sense to me to have tests two weeks before you have to take finals, but that's why I am simply the wife and not the educator.

I still love my job at LeTourneau and I feel blessed everyday that I get to work there and interactive with the people that God has put in my life right now.  I am constantly receiving positive feedback and encouragement so I know I am doing a great job.  I feel like we just do not deserve the things that the Lord is blessing us with, but God is good and knows what He is doing.  

Jon and I are also care group leaders for our Sunday school class and though I don't feel I have time to call the people in my group some weeks, God is continuing to give me a heart for the people in our class.  God has put some amazing people in our lives who love us more then we ever thought they would.  God is so good!!

The highlight of the season is that Jon's family is coming to visit us on December 12th!!  They are staying with us through Christmas until December 28th!!  We can't wait!  We already put up all of our Christmas decorations, because I knew we would not have time to do it until after they arrived.  I am the kind of person who wants everything ready when someone gets here and I want them to feel welcomed and right at we will see what happens.

This is our Christmas tree this year. Isn't it beautiful!?

It has been incredible to see how the Lord is providing the way for Jon's family to come and stay with us.  Not to mention that we have received numerous offers from people to help us with almost anything we will need that we don't have.  So other then food I will not have to go and buy anything extra for their stay.  I told you God was good.

This is me putting together our new DVD bookcase.

We rearranged, but doesn't it look good!?

We went with Bryan and Tabitha to ShoGun for Tabitha's birthday!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Oklahoma Trip

Hello Friends,

This will officially be my first blog, weird. I remember when I used to spend all my time on the computer talking with people and now I'm lucky if I get a couple minuets to check my email.

Anyway back to the original topic. I thought I would give a brief update on what I have been up too. This month my Advanced turbines class had the privilege of going up to Tulsa, OK and visiting the American Airlines (AA) maintenance facility. This was pretty amazing, it is really hard to get to visit these type of places for security and other reasons. 
The main purpose of the trip was to get to see how they monitored their engines while they we're in operation, engine tests/run-ups, and how they overhaul the big engines. 

It was pretty amazing we have an old CF6 on campus that AA donated to us a while back but to get to walk around a bunch of new engines and see how huge they were in comparison was pretty amazing. We had a great group of tour leaders as they took us through different sections of the facility. We even got a special tour to see their pulse-line, this is a facility where they bring their planes in for maintenance and pull everything apart to inspect it and put it back together in just 12 days I think is what the guide said. We got to step into an MD80 that had just come in that morning fully decked out to carry passengers and when we had gotten there the plane was stripped to its skin, so cool. 

Anyway that is probably one of the most interesting things I have done this semester other than my solo cross countries to different places. Last weekend I had the opportunity to fly all the way to St. Louis, Illinois.

Until my next long

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall Festival 2008

This past weekend Jon and I have been busy, as our blog clearly shows : ). Yesterday, our church had a Fall Festival. Because we do not have children we were encouraged to help out with a booth so that the parents with kids could enjoy time with their family. So I was taking people pictures with Tabitha, while Jon and Bryan were off running the bowling booth. It was a lot of fun and we were glad to be apart of it. Here are so pictures of the costumes we wore!! Don't we look great!

Apparently this is how the Chinese take their photos.

These are pictures of us at the festival!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkin Carving on Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!  Jon and I went to our Sunday school's "Pumpkin Carving Party" last night.  It was such a great time! We had tons of food, candy, and dessert.  I went there first with Tabitha and Bryan, because Jon was not home from a school field trip yet.  We talked and laughed and finally it became time for us to carve our pumpkins.  

My pumpkin was inspired by Courtney's copy of Southern Living, on the cover was a pumpkin that had flowers carved into it!  I knew that this was the perfect pumpkin for me.  Tabitha drew the flowers for me and Mark cut the top of my pumpkin off.  I clean the inside of the pumpkin out, as good as I could. As you can see below when Jon got there he finished emptying out the rest of my pumpkin.

I carved and carved until finally I was all done.  I think it is cute and one of the happiest pumpkins of the night!  I added some more pictures below of pumpkins that some other people did as well.  It was a great fun time and people stayed past 9:00 pm!!  God is good.


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