Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Friday!!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

What is it about Fridays that makes them the best day of the week?

This Friday is extra special, because Jon got the night off, so that we could go to the Great Texas Balloon Race !! This is the first year that we are going to be in town for this event and I can't wait to go. It is a weekend long event. Tonight we are going with our friends Bryan and Tabitha, to watch the balloon glows.

I was so excited this morning when I saw some balloons on my way to work. I was like a kid in a candy store! I squealed and then proceeded to take pictures of the balloons while I was driving. This is not recommended and you should not follow my bad example…Drive Safe People! I posted one of the pictures I took below.

I look forward to sharing more pictures with you later!!

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


That's right we are going to China!! As many of you know Jon grew up in Chengdu, China. It is a large city in central China. If you look at a map of China go to the middle of the country and down a little bit, you can't miss it.

The last time Jon and I were in China was four years ago. We went for several weeks shortly after we were engaged in July 2006. Jon's Grandma Newsham was sick during that time and circumstances made it so that we were not able to spend anytime with Jon's family in China.

So, earlier this year, as Jon's graduation was approaching we began to talk about where Jon wanted to go to celebrate his accomplishment. We talked about several different options. We found out from Jon's family that everyone would be in China together for Christmas, except for the two of us. After much debate and prayer we decided that the best way for us to celebrate such a big occasion would be to take Jon home to China for Christmas.

We leave December 16th, 2010 and return home January 7th, 2011. We are beyond excited!! We will continue to give you updates as we prepare for our trip throughout the coming months.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Our Lazy Afternoon

I really enjoy taking pictures. I always have my camera on me, because I never know when I will want to commit a moment to film instead of trusting it to remain in my memory. There are times when I get in moods where I am slightly camera obsessed. My main subject usually ends up being Jon, because it is just him and I at home.

This past Saturday was great! We did not do anything special, just a nice day at home being lazy. For some reason, I decided that I to take pictures of my favorite subject, Jon. So, here are some of the pictures I took. You can see that as the afternoon went on the pictures got a little sillier, because Jon no longer wanted me to take his picture. However, I did not let that stop or slow me down.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Flying with Friends

This past Sunday, July 18th, Jon and I had the opportunity to fly to Shreveport, Louisiana with our friends Shane and Courtney Goswick. We met Shane and Courtney in our Sunday school class at church. Courtney and I have very similar personalities and it has been a joy to get to know them both over the last few years that we have been at church together.

Jon offered to take them flying sometime. Shane and Courtney were so excited to go flying with Jon that they jumped on the opportunity to fly with him and accepted his offer. We decided to go Sunday after church, so that we could fly to Shreveport get lunch and fly back. What a fun day it turned out to be!

We flew to Shreveport and at lunch at a Mexican Restaurant named Superior. It was so good. Then we made our way back to Longview, Texas. We flew through some rain. But the coolest part was flying over Shane and Courtney's home. They were so excited! We were so blessed to be able to go flying with friends and share our passion for flight with others.

Here are some pictures from our time together.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sharing a Meal

Our absolute favorite way to spend time with people we love is to share a meal with them. Jon and I really enjoy preparing food, eating, and talking with the people we love. One of our favorite meals that we can have with those people is Jon’s homemade Chinese food. It blesses us so much to be able to share such a hug piece of our hearts with those around us. This past Thursday, July 8th, 2010 we had the honor and privilege to make and eat Chinese food with our dear friends Bryan and Tabitha Hall.

Jon cooked up some of our favorite Chinese dishes for dinner and Mango Sticky Rice for dessert! We all tried eating with chopsticks and all of us, except for Jon, caved in and resorted to eating with our forks. It was such a fun time. Even Wyatt, their son, was up to trying new things and by the end of the night we discovered that he really loves Mango! There are some pictures below of our dinner together.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Memorial Stones

I posted this on my Weight Loss blog (Living a Changed Life) this morning, but decided to share it with you as well. I hope it encourages you.

At the beginning of each new school year, before students return to campus, LeTourneau has a university-wide address for all staff and faculty. Before the address begins a slideshow is played with names and pictures of all the new employees. My name and picture were displayed in all their glory on a slideshow in August of 2008, shortly after I had started working at LeTourneau. I had almost forgotten about it until this morning. I received an email from my co-worker which included the picture of myself that was displayed in that slideshow.

It is reminders like this one that has helped me succeed in my weight loss efforts. I am surrounded by constant reminders of who I was before I began Weight Watchers. For me, remembering how far I have come is critical to my weight loss success. I have pictures and a pair of my old pants that help to motivate me to continue to make good choices. As I look back and see how much weight I have lost, I begin to see how much of myself I have gained back. I do not know about you, but I do not want to lose myself again.

In the book of Joshua, the Lord was very intentional to have Israel make for themselves a reminder of the His faithfulness to bring them across the Jordan river. Israel brought twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan and carried them over to the other side. Joshua told these men that, “In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:6-7)

The people of Israel had memorial stones to remind them of God’s faithfulness to bring them into the promised land. Just like the nation of Israel we should have memorial stones of our own. It does not have to be a stone, for me and my weight loss it is before pictures of myself. Whatever form your stones come in let them help to remind you of how far God has brought you in your journey with Him.

These stones were also set up to encourage the next generation. Joshua said, “when your children ask you”, he wanted parents to tell their children this story of what God had done in their lives. God wanted them to share about how He had brought them into the land that He promised them. This memorial was set up to give hope to the future nation of Israel. Our stones should be a source of hope for us as well. I know that there have been circumstances in my life that I am sure God will get me through, because I look back and see how He has brought me through other trails in the past.

What are some of your Memorial Stones? If you do not have memorial stones in your life, this might be a great time to start collecting them. You will need those stones for the journey ahead. Take some time to remember how far the Lord has brought you and thank Him for His ever present faithfulness in your life.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Subscribe Now

In order to make it easier on you all I went ahead and added two new sections to my blog called, "Followers" and "Subscribe To". They are located right above the Blog Archive. Please feel free to sign up to become a Follower or Subscribe to Blog Posts and/or Comments. If you choose to Subscribe you will be notified everytime a new blog is posted.

There is also a new opportunity to become a Follower and/or Subscribe to my Living a Changed Life blog.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Six Flags Over Texas

Jon and I recently had a three day weekend over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Jon's family wanted us to meet them in Dallas on Monday night so that we could have dinner with them, before they left to return to China that Thursday, July 8th. So instead of just going up for the day we decided to make a weekend out of it.

Sunday we went to some of our favorite stores and resturants in Dallas that you cannot find here in Longview. We stayed the night in Arlington, Tx and got up Monday, July 5th and went to Six Flags Over Texas.

The only Six Flags that I have ever been to is in Denver, CO and it is not a Six Flags anymore. We were both very excited to have a fun day at the park. Our objective was to ride all the thrill rides in the park, which we almost rode them all, except for the rides that were closed. We had so much fun and the lines were not that bad at all. The weather was much warm then I had anticipated and I ended up getting a pretty bad sunburn.

Jon's family ended up being delayed by a storm and did not arrive in Dallas, Tx until 11pm. We were exhausted from our day at the park and decided to stay another night at Jon's Aunt and Uncle's house so that we rest and spend time with the family. We got up Tuesday morning had breakfast and then were on our way back to Longview before lunch.

We had such a great time and it was so good to see our family. I hope you enjoy the pictures below.

Pictures from Six Flags.

Jen's Co-Workers

A few weeks ago we had a going away party for one of my co-workers. We decided to take some group pictures! I posted them so that you could see the ladies that I work with. I am truly blessed to be able to work with such incredible women.

The Assessment Team

The Assessment Team Being Silly!

The Assessment Team Even More Silly!


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