Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Walk in the Park

For the last few days Jon and I have both been off of work! It's been so nice to be able to hangout with one another and do whatever we want. We've been playing games, watching movies, doing puzzles, and more!

Yesterday, we decided to get out of the house. We drove to a nearby park so that we could take a walk and be outside during such wonderful winter weather! I took my camera along, because I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me to practice using my new camera.

Jon before we started our walk.

Thankfully, the sun was out and it was warmer than it has been the last few days.

This is the path that we walked on! Isn't the scenery beautiful!?

Along the path there were different exercise machines that we had to try out.

We made it all the way back to the car! What a fun afternoon we had at the park!

Oops! I was zoomed in too far.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Joy to the World

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend!! This year it was just Jon and I at home for Christmas. We have never had a Christmas with just the two of us. We decided not to travel anywhere to visit family, because we had done so much traveling in the last year. It was nice to be on our own schedule.

On Christmas Eve, I had to get up early and work for Weight Watchers. Thankfully, there were about 20 people who came to my meeting so it wasn't as slow as I thought it would be. After I got home, Jon and I watched football. We also spent the day Skyping with our family and loved ones who live far away.

We Skyped with my family in Washington. This is my Mom and our nephews.

We also Skyped with Jon's family in China. This is Hannah, Josh, Bella, and Lisa.

Because it was just the two of us we could open presents whenever we wanted to! So we opened one present on Christmas Eve!

I got Jon a Lego Star Wars Christmas Ornament.

Jon got me Chip & Dale Recuse Rangers.

Christmas Eve we were up very late talking with Jon's family on Skype. As a result we almost missed church on Christmas morning! We woke up with no time to have Christmas morning breakfast, so we just rushed off to church as fast as we could.

Church was great! It was such a blessing to be able to go to church on Christmas! It was such a wonderful reminder about what Christmas is really about...Jesus.

Our Sunday school teacher, Janet, invited us to join her and her family for Christmas day. She did not want us to spend the day alone and we were so thankful to them for having us over like that. We enjoyed a mexican Christmas dinner which was so good! We had so much fun hanging out with their family. We even got to watch some of their home movies!

Eventually Jon and I made our way home, so that we could open up our Christmas presents that we had neglected earlier that morning.

Turns out Jon and I bought each other the same present!

Jon also got me DuckTales.

Father of the Bride 1 & 2! I love these movies!

Inheritance for Jon!

Jon knows how much I love these, so he bought them for me to enjoy all next year!

Jon's sister made us gifts that say, "I'm an Uncle."

This is mine, "I'm an Auntie."

After opening Christmas presents we tried taking pictures of the two of us on Christmas day! It took a while before we got some good pictures of ourselves.

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas weekend too!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Celebrating Our Anniversary

This past weekend, Jon and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary!! I cannot believe that we have already been married for 5 years!! Where did the time go!?

We have learned a lot over these last 5 years. Here are just a few things that God has taught us so far. God has shown us that we need to depend on one another when life gets hard. God has taught us that going to church is a priority, because we will not make it in this life without God. God has shown us that He will provide for our every need. God has also taught us that His timing and plans are much more perfect than ours.

To really celebrate such a big milestone in our lives we are taking a trip after the first of the year. We will be attending the Passion 2012 conference. There is no better way that we could celebrate than to attend a conference that helps to teach us more about the Lord!!

On, Saturday, our actual anniversary we spent the day resting and relaxing! We watched movies and hung out at home! This was perfect, because recently our schedules have been so hectic. Here are so pictures from our anniversary.

Jon and I ready to go out to dinner!

We went to Genghis Grill, it's one of our favorite places to eat!

Jon bowl was spicy as usual.

I tried something new and got noodles!

We went to Starbucks after dinner.

After Starbucks we headed to the bookstore, another one of our favorite places to hang out!

Click here to read more about our love story!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Trusting God Anyway


Preface: Two posts in one day! I know that this rarely happens, but I have a lot on my mind.

Part One: A Big Decision

All week, I have been praying for wisdom and clarity. I have been asking the Lord to show me what He wants me to do with my life. You see I have to make several big decisions. The first decision I have to make is about whether or not I want to pursue my Master’s degree at this time. I was accepted into the Master of Psychology program and even registered for classes. Earning my Master’s degree has always been a part of “the plan”…my plan, but is it God’s will for my life? The timing seems perfect, because everything has fallen into place so neatly. Well, if it is so perfect why have I doubting whether or not this is what God really wants me to do?

Yesterday, I had a bad afternoon which came on top of a stressful week. I ended up crying a lot. It got to the point where I was not sure if I would ever stop. I did my best to pull myself together before choir even though my heart was still heavy. Later that night I asked my friend Meagan to pray for me and that I would have wisdom and clarity. I feel like I’ve been praying and praying, but not really getting anywhere this week. Last night, I didn’t feel any closer to making this decision than I did the night before. Why wouldn’t God answer me!?

Part Two: An Encouraging Blog Post

As it turns out, my prayer request inspired my friend Meagan to write a blog post titled “for when the clarity never come”. Please take a moment to read it now and then come back for part three.

Part Three: My Response

Thank you Meagan for writing that blog post because it was just what I needed to hear!

I did not have the “aha” moment that I was hoping for, but apparently I did not need it. I now understand and know the answer to my prayer. In fact I think that I have known the answer all along that I should not go to school right now. However, I do not understand why the Lord is leading me away from my very well thought out plan.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6

Even though I do not understand what is going on right now, I am trying my best to trust God anyway. I wanted clarity, so that I could be confident in the decision I made. If God were to give me the clarity I desired, I would not have to trust Him and walk by faith. God wants me to take a risk, step out in faith and trust Him to lead me in the right direction.

I need to be willing to trust Him even if I don’t understand what He is doing. Deep down inside I know that God’s plans are the better than mine and I have to trust that He has equipped me to make the right decision. I guess God has other plans for me that I do not know about. Until God tells me otherwise, I am going to rest in the truth that HE KNOWS.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The David Crowder Band Concert

This past Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, The David Crowder Band performed in concert at LeTourneau University's Belcher Center. This was the first time that Jon and I had seen The David Crowder band perform in concert! It was such a great concert!

Last week, I was blogging a lot about our busy schedule. I was not looking forward to this concert, because if felt like just another thing on our list that we have to get done. However, the concert was more like a worship service! They had the words up on the screen so that you could sing along with the songs.

This concert helped remind me about what this time of year is really about...JESUS!! I am so thankful for this time that we were able to set aside to worship our Lord and Savior.

Here are some pictures that I took at the concert.

The David Crowder Band

David Crowder

I just love the lyrics to their songs.

They also played some of their new bluegrass songs.

Their final song of the night.

I have shared David Crowder's music with you before. To listen to Shine, click here. If you have never listened to The David Crowder Band, please watch this video of "How He Loves".

Friday, December 2, 2011

Decorating for Christmas

Last night Jon and I finally had time to put up our Christmas tree!! I told you that we are busy throughout the month of December and I was not lying. Last night was one of the only free nights that we had open to decorate our Christmas tree.

While I was at work my amazing husband did everything he could to help get the house ready to decorate. He vacuumed, moved furniture, washed the dishes, and he even put up the tree so it would be ready for us to decorate when we got home from work! I am so thankful to have a husband who is willing to help me with things around the house!!

After Jon and I got back from work we ate Taco Junk for dinner, which was prepared by Jon! After dinner we got to work decorating our home for Christmas. Here are some pictures that I took last night.

Jon had set up the tree while I was at work.

I wrapped my picture frames, so that they would look like presents. I got this idea from Pinterest.

Don't they look good!?

Jon was tired from work, so he decided to take a break before we even started.

These picture frames look so good!

I went a little crazy with this idea and wrapped all the picture frames in the living room and dining room.

This is our Haitian nativity. Thanks Michelle!

Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus

Our tree skirt

These are our Christmas stockings

This is the angel that sits on top of our tree.

Jon's parents gave us this ornament. Jon and I spent our first married Christmas together in 2006.

There is our Christmas tree!!

Every year Jon and I take pictures like this in front of our tree.

I love this guy!

We are all ready for Christmas!!


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