Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Catching Up Before BLS

I am so thankful that Jon and I had a restful Easter weekend. Our family does not live close to us, so when it comes to holidays it usually means that we have a lot of traveling to do. This Easter we decided to take a break from everything and just relax!

Friday, I went with my friend Tabitha and we got pedicures! Look at how beautiful my toes came out.
The color I got is called, "Kinky in Helsinki".

Saturday, I had some online training to complete for Weight Watchers. It took me much longer than I anticipated. I was so frustrated at my computer. However, when it was all said and done I found out I got 100% on my test, so I passed!

After Jon got home and we were able to go shopping for our Easter baskets. Afterward, we cam home and watched Secretariant and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

This was such an incredible movie!

We really were blessed to have such a restful weekend!!

However, this week is kind of a crazy week in our home. Tomorrow morning I leave for BLS training in which I will learn how to become a Weight Watchers leader!

I am both excited and nervous, because this training is pass or fail. You go there without being guaranteed that you will leave a Weight Watchers leader. I have been praying all week that God would really bless my time at this training and help me to make some great connections.

Please pray for me as I am in meetings and pretending to lead my own Weight Watchers meeting.

While at BLS this week I will be posting updates and pictures onto my Facebook page. If you are not already a follower and want to be click the link below.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lessons from a Tornado Warning

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Yesterday afternoon, while I was at work, there was a tornado warning issued for this part of Texas. I received a text from university police asking me to go to the nearest shelter and stay away from doors and windows. The sky turned dark and you could see that the storm was on its way.

At first we were told to go to the bathroom, because it was the safest place in the building. However, after several minutes they let us go down to the lecture hall, so that we could sit in chairs while we waited out the weather.

We ended up waiting about thirty minutes before they let us leave. The storm had passed and we were finally allowed to go back to work. As I walked back to me office, I passed a wall of windows. The dark clouds had moved on and the light was shining through! There was no evidence that a storm had been brewing just a few minutes before.

This is true in my own life as well. When the storms of life come, I get so overwhelmed and frightened. However, as God provides and takes care of the situation it is almost like the storm never even existed in the first place!

I am learning how to put God first in my life. I am also learning to trust God. I am learning that He is the safest shelter I could seek in any storm that comes my way. I hope and pray that you have found this to be true too! If not, trust in the truth of God's word and learn to dwell in the shelter of the Most High!

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”"
- Psalm 91:1-2

I am so thankful that God used yesterday's tornado warning to get my attention, so that I could learn more about Him!

What is God teaching you this week?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen

Happy Easter!!

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He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!!

Here is the rest of the story about how Jesus was not in the tomb on the third day, because He has Risen!!

Luke 24
Jesus Has Risen
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.


9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.


17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”


They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”


19 “What things?” he asked.


“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”


25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.


28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.


30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”


37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”


40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.


44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”


45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flashback Friday: Good Friday

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Today I want to look all the way back to the cross on which Jesus died. I think that God's word describes what happened much better then I ever could. For more about the Gospel message please click here.

Please remember the reason for the season is Jesus.

Luke 23:1-56
1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”

3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”

18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”

and to the hills, “Cover us!”’

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Will Today Be The Day?

Today is Bobbi's due date!!


I am not sure whether or not today will be the day that Lucas decides to come into this world. Bobbi has an appointment with her doctor today and I am anxious to see what he has to say.

However, even if today is not going to be the day Lucas is born, I still think due dates are fun! They are probably much more fun for the people who are not pregnant, but that's okay.

Please keep my sister in your prayers as she gets ready to meet her son sometime soon.

Jon and I are so excited to be an Uncle and Aunt again! The Lord has truly blessed us!

I will be sure to post pictures of Lucas as soon as I get them.

Here are some pictures of Bobbi at her baby shower last month.
This is from Bobbi's baby shower. (L to R) Mom, Vivian, Kenneth, Grandma, and Bobbi

This is Bobbi and her friend Tressie who are due in the same week!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Japanese Birthday Surprise

This past Friday I posted on my Facebook that I was going through friend withdrawals. How sad is that? I was so discouraged and having a little bit of a pity party for myself. However, all weekend and even yesterday God has met that need for me!

I was able to hangout with friends on Friday night, Sunday, and then I received my birthday package from Michelle yesterday!! God's timing is truly perfect. I am glad this did not come sooner, because I needed to know that I was loved by my friends this weekend.

This is a picture of Michelle and I in China this past Christmas 2010.

This is the birthday box I got in the mail yesterday.

It was filled with wonderful gifts!

I eat Veggie Straws all the time and I told Michelle that this snack reminded me of Veggie Straws, so she sent me some to try!

This is one of two bowls Michelle sent. Isn't it beautiful!?

This is a Japanese snack that Michelle enjoys and she sent me a bunch to enjoy myself.

Yummy!

Michelle had bought these to put in our stockings at Christmas and I really liked them, so she sent me a bunch!

These are two Japanese glasses that I think are beautiful!

That's everything!

Jon tried the heart-shaped chips first.

Then it was my turn!

This is me just looking silly while posing for the picture, but they were good!

Using my new cup for the first time!

I am just overwhelmed with the outpouring of love that God has shown me this weekend. I am so blessed to have friends that love me so much!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Supporting Eva

Jon and Eva in China, Christmas 2010

Jon's middle sister Eva has decided to become a midwife. She has been accepted to Newlife International School of Midwifery in the Philippines!!

We are so excited for her and the journey that she is about to begin in the Philippines. Eva is truly one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet. She loves the Lord with all her heart and her desire is to bring Him glory. We are excited to see how God will continue to work in her life through this experience.

Currently, Eva is living in Colorado, because she is taking prerequisite classes at a community college. She is also in the process of raising support in order to help her pay for school. The money collected will go towards her tuition fees at Newlife International.

If you are interested in partnering with Eva as she goes to the Philippines, please check out her GoFundMe website for details.

To follow Eva's journey, check out her blog called Bubble's News.

Please keep Eva in your prayers throughout this process.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Potential Hairstyles

I need a haircut!

Okay, so I am not sure if I should really be blogging about my need for a haircut, but that is what’s on my mind. Right now, my hair is the longest it has ever been in my whole entire life!!


It is so pretty. To be honest, I cannot believe that I have had the patience to let it get this long. I am unsure about what to do with my hair that I have just let it get longer and longer, it won’t be too much longer before I start looking like cousin it.

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Just kidding!

The other reason that I let my hair get really long is because I live in Texas. The humidity here is ridiculous and does not do anything good for my hair. I always end up looking like a Chiapet, because my hair just grows and grows the second I step outside.

It is slowly starting to warm up and before you know it summer will be here! I am not sure if I can have my hair this long all summer. I do not want to keep it this long if I will just end up wearing it up, because it is so hot. I feel like my hair has looked the same for the majority of my life and having it longer is something new for me. But, shouldn’t I just cut it? Oh!...I don't know!

I need a haircut, but do I get a trim and keep it longer? Or do I cut it off?

In anticipation that I would be getting my haircut soon, I looked all over the internet and found several hairstyles that I like. Please let me know what you think.

Which hairstyle do you like for me?

Hairstyle #1
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Hairstyle #2
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Hairstyle #3
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Hairstyle #4
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I will let you know what I finally decide on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Our Bookstore Date Night

Jon and I are on a tight budget, most of our money goes toward paying off school loans. We are willing to make sacrifices, because we believe that God has called us to the foreign mission field. When it comes to our date nights, I try to find creative ideas that I can recreate for very cheap. Having a date night together is important for us, especially as our schedule as been busy this year.

One of our very favorite things to do together is to go to the bookstore. We could spend hours in Barnes & Noble or any bookstore for that matter. We love books! So, when I found this bookstore date idea at The Dating Divas website I was so excited! I knew that this was going to be the perfect date for us!

I had made the invitations for this bookstore date in advance and have had everything ready for a few months now. However, it never felt like the right time to go on this date, so I have been waiting for the right time to put this plan into action.

Last Friday, Jon did not have to fly late and I was off work at 5pm. I was thinking it would be fun to do something extra special together. The bookstore date was the perfect idea, because I had already done the prep work weeks ago!

Jon picked me up from work and off on our date we went.

We decided that for dinner that we would go to McAlister's Deli. We split a salad and panini.

They were so good!

After dinner, we headed to Books-a-Million. I gave Jon two task cards and asked him to pick which one we would do. We also decided to do these tasks together which was fun, because I like spending as much time with Jon as possible.

Jon chose the Bookstore Tasks Set #1

We went to the cookbook section to find recipes for each other. I picked the grilled porterhouse steak for Jon.

Jon loves to grill and eat steak, so he was excited about the recipe I chose for him.

For me, Jon chose a not Weight Watchers friendly recipe of Fettuccine Alfredo. Yum! I hope he makes this for me soon!

The next task we did was to try and find a magazine quiz for each of us to take. We searched high and low before finding the right quiz for us. Our quiz was called, "Which workout is right for you?" The quiz said that the right workout for Jon was yoga and I should do strength training. That was funny, because Jon just does not strike me as the yoga kind of guy.

Next, we went to the children's section, where we were supposed to find our favorite books from our childhood and read them out loud to one another. Mine was, "The MONSTER at the end of this book", I really love this book! Grover is so funny!

Jon's favorite was, "The Berenstain Bears and TOO MUCH TV". This was a great book and I had forgotten how many great lessons are in those Berenstain Bears books. 

Jon and I had so much fun on our bookstore date! We still have task card #2, which means we get to do this date again! I cannot wait!

This date was fun, inexpensive, and the perfect way to spend time together after a long week.

For those of you who are wondering, if you do not count gas, we only spent $4.00 on our date! Thank the Lord for the McAlister's Deli gift card I got for Christmas!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Receiving Our Quarterly Newsletters


Our desire is to keep people updated on what God is doing in our lives. We appreciate your prayers as we are trying to pay off our school debt, so that we can be free to go on the foreign mission field. We do not live close to the majority of our family, which is why I started blogging in the first place. We are also good to send out Christmas cards and a letter once a year.

Our hope has been that we would be able to give you quarterly updates about our life, but so far that has not happened. We are looking to change this in 2011!!

This month I was able to successfully write our newsletter for the first quarter of 2011. Praise the Lord!

So, why am I blogging about it? I want to make sure that everyone who wants our newsletter is getting it.

Do you receive our newsletter?

Would you like to receive our newsletter?

If you do not receive our (now quarterly) newsletter and you would like to, let me know.

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To see our Christmas Newsletter for 2010, click here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Flashback Friday: My Sister Bobbi

Sometime in the next two weeks, my sister Bobbi is going to become a Mommy!! I am so excited for her and I cannot wait for her to meet her son Lucas James!! Bobbi is going to make such a wonderful mother. She has such a kind and tender heart. Lucas is a very lucky kid to have Bobbi as his Mommy.

For today’s flashback, I just wanted to share with you about my sister, Bobbi.

Bobbi and I did not have the smoothest of relationships growing up. She and I are very different and I got frustrated with her very easily. I wish that we had not gotten off to such a rocky start, because I think we wasted a lot of good sister time together.

As we got older, things between us began to improve. I started to learn that I could talk to Bobbi about anything and she would not judge me. She is a great listener. She was even the first person I called to tell that Jon and I were going to start dating!

I love this girl! She holds a special place in my heart, like each of my siblings do. I would not trade her for anything. I love talking to her and really miss living close to her. I cherish the times that we do get to be together.

Please keep Bobbi in your prayers as she transitions into motherhood.

This is my Dad, Bobbi, and Me is the summer of 1994. Bobbi was about 5 and I was 10. I am sure that we are holding an animal of some kind.

This is Bobbi and I in the summer of 2007. This was the first summer I came home to visit after Jon and I moved to Texas.

This picture was taken the last time I saw Bobbi in July 2009. I miss my sisters!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WOW God Wednesday: Following the Leader


Guess what!? I have now been hired as a Weight Watchers leader!

I am trying to piece this blog post together and all I can think is, “WOW God! You are seriously awesome!”

Ever since I reached my weight loss goal in November 2009, I have wanted to be a Weight Watchers leader. I was never really interested in being a receptionist, I just wanted to be able to be a leader for my very own meeting. I applied for the leader position in February 2010 and after going through the process decided that it was not a good fit for me at the time.

For months, I have been praying that God would show me what His will is for my life. Should I go back to school? Should we move? Should I get more involved at church? Most of the time I feel like it is an endless search. I open one door to see if this is where God wants me to go, only to find that it is locked and I cannot get in. Or I would try something new and realize that I just did not have peace about what I was doing.

There is so much I want to do and be that more often than not my plans are the only thing on my mind. Did I even pray and ask God what He thinks is best for me?

When I came home from China in January, I was surprised to find an email from Weight Watchers. The email was asking if I would be interested in applying to be a receptionist with Weight Watchers. I have to admit that at first I was not very excited. I was hesitant to go down this road again. However, God humbled me and showed me that I could encourage women from behind a table just as much as I could leading their meeting.

I have been working as a receptionist for several weeks now and I love it! It is so great to be able to work for a company that God has used to change my life.

I was content being a receptionist and had given up what I wanted, being a leader, for what God had instead.

However, God changed all of that!

This past weekend one of our Weight Watchers leaders quit. As a result Weight Watchers was now looking for someone to take her place. On Monday, I received an email from my Weight Watchers territory manager, Jan. She explained that my leader, Amanda had recommended that Jan interview me for the position of Weight Watchers leader!

What? Was this really happening? This job with Weight Watchers is something I surrendered to God over and over again and now it almost feels like they are pursuing me! Normally, I am the one chasing after what I want.

Tuesday, I interview with Jan and she thinks I am going to make a great leader! She said that I am going to go to Weight Watchers leader training at the end of this month. That’s it I was hired!

God sure doesn’t waste any time at all once He gets moving!

Please pray for me as I go through this training and mentor sessions.
Please pray that above all else that God would be glorified.
Please pray that Jon and I will be able to adapt to me new role as a leader that comes with more responsibilities.
Please pray that I will be a light to the people who attend my meetings.

I will continue to keep you posted!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We have the BEST HUSBANDS IN THE WORLD

During the month of February my friends and I planned a group date for our husbands. Do you remember me talking about it? If not check it out our Choose Your Own Adventure Date.

This past month our husbands decided to plan a group date for us!! They made it like our choose your own adventure date with their own fun twists! This was such a great surprise, because we never expected that they would do anything like this for us.

On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Elise, Becky, and I received invitations to join, "THE BEST HUSBANDS IN THE WORLD" on a group date to the Jeremy Camp concert. We love that this is what they called themselves and it became a joke throughout the night of our date. We knew that our husbands had been up to something and this was a pleasant surprise!!

Saturday afternoon, we all met at our house to receive further instructions about our group date. Each of us ladies got all dressed up and could not wait to see what our husbands had planned for us. Here is Elise looking beautiful before our date!

Becky all dressed up and waiting for our date to begin.

I came home from Weight Watchers training to find everyone waiting for me! I ran in my room, changed, ate a snack, and was ready to go on our group date.

The guys gave us a few choices about where we could eat. We could either do "fast food" or "fine dining". We of course picked fine dining! We didn't get dressed up for nothing you know. We finally settled on the Texas Roadhouse!

At the restaurant the guys had three different things for each lady to do. Elise had to make ten different animal noises throughout dinner. Becky had to be really annoying and change her order several times...our poor waiter. We are sorry!

I had to talk about Michael Jackson ten times! I had no problem bring up Michael Jackson to everyone, including our waiter.

Michael and Becky

Jon and Jen

John and Elise

After dinner the guys took us the the Jeremy Camp concert!!

At the concert we had to do some more silly things like getting so many people's autographs, taking pictures with a friend, and screaming at the top of our lungs, "WE LOVE YOU JEREMY!". We had such a great time. After the concert we headed to McDonald's for some ice cream.

At McDonald's we all decided that we could not end our night before we played our new favorite game, Shadows Over Camelot.

We ended up playing two games and staying up until 2am! Church came very early the next morning, but that's why God invented the Sunday afternoon nap!

We had such an amazing time with our husbands! They made us feel so special by taking some time to plan a special night for us. We are looking forward to more group dates together. I guess it is our turn next!

The best part is that during our date our husbands were even talking about next time...as in they would be planning another date for us in the future!!

We truly have...
THE BEST HUSBANDS IN THE WORLD!!

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