Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School

For the teens this year we wanted to give them a little surprise for back to school. Yes, its corny stuff, but with the help of Pinterest I was able to come up with some fun things to cheer them up for their first week. Included was:
-Take 5 candy bar: Take 5 and Pray
-Pencils: Stay sharp this year!
-Smarties Candy: Smarties for the Smartie
-Lollipop: Remember to "lick" any obstacles by sticking to the scriptures
-Witness bracelet: Be Bold and Witness (if you don't know what this is I have it pictured below, but it stands for He came, He died, He Arose, He ascended, He's coming back)

They thought it was pretty fun :)

*On another note: Its almost crunchy leaf season... which means fall is nearby... yay so excited!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Into A Book...

Robert and I ventured tonight into the wonderful world of Barnes and Nobles... only we brought our own books to read....we settled in the comfy cushions with our tasty Starbucks...oh wait, excuse me... B&N Cafe drinks (thank you Passion Tea Lemonade :). I'm happy Robert has become more interested in reading (a new thing for his life haha) because of course I'm crazy about books and love to get lost in the stories I read. This year alone I have read over 15 books (that may not seem like alot to you but hey I do have a full time job). After I read each of the Hunger Games books like twice (ok I read my favorite parts of the books like three times), I began to read the Circle Series again by Ted Dekker... also The Help, The Vow, Crazy Love by Francis Chan... followed by an obsession with my new favorite author Francine Rivers from whom I read Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion Series (three books that are based off of the Biblical times after Acts and into Romans, very awesome). I am now reading Rivers' A Lineage of Grace about five women in the Bible from Jesus lineage... I'm only 4 chapters in and I'm hooked already! But all the above books were read on my Kindle Fire because I like to read with light apparently and I can read while I'm on my eliptical while Robert is still sleeping in the mornings :)

Also, Robert got me Illusion by Frank Peretti (Who is by far my all-time favorite author... I thought I had read all his books already until Robert came home with this one) for our anniversary in June. Since I'm such a book crazy person I was delighted to find another book by Peretti. I haven't been able to start reading it as its not on my Kindle and thus hard to read when its low light. But I started it tonight and am highly intrigued  and excited as always. After I venture off my current books I'm looking for new suggestions... have any to offer? :)

What a wonderful way to spend time with my husband... reading and enjoying the peace and quiet together :) have a great week!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Refreshed and Renewed

Well hello again! I realize that I haven't written since April (thanks to Dr. Courtney for reminding me :) but things really have been busy with lots of changes so I needed a refresher break. I know there is 5 months I left out to cover so I'll make this update blog short and sweet (which if you know my other blogs does not really happen so it'll for sure be long :):

April: I have no idea what happened in this month haha! It seemed like so long ago... but what I do remember is that on the 27th Robert and I celebrated our 10th dating anniversary. 10 years ago I was a junior in high school going to the prom with a sophomore in high school (who had longer curly hair that he could whip up into a how time does fly and how time has been good to us. We are so blessed!... We also had a teen event (shocking I know) that included a 30 hour famine or fast. yes... we convinced our youth group to travel to Odessa, hang out with some other teens playing weird games and such, and to NOT EAT ANYTHING FOR 30 HOURS... somehow they participated and it worked out great... the event was to raise money and awareness for hunger in third world countries. We will be participating again :)
The 30th of the month also marked the first year anniversary without my precious Mema (grandma). I miss her still, but her memories will never be forgotten. 

May: My dad turned 50 this month so my mom, brother, and I planned a HUGE surprise party! I unfortunately wasn't able to take pictures at the event but it was themed "Oldies but Goodies" in honor of how much my dad loves music. He was definitely surprised too!
This month I had a terrible incident with my eyes... apparently I scratched my cornias and had a major infection in my left eye so I was unable to wear my contacts for 6 weeks. I never thought I could survive that long without them, but my glasses proved worthy enough and I was able to withstand the world without my contacts. 

June: Our 5th Wedding anniversary! We didn't get to take a trip because of course like every year we have youth camp to get ready for. But youth camp was great this year as we had 18 teens go (way more than last year) and a wonderful experience with worshiping Christ!

July: More youth activities! We had a very packed summer with several activities for our teens. We felt it best to provide them some great opportunities to bond with each other instead of getting into trouble elsewhere :) We took them to Dallas for fishing/shopping, Balmorhea state park, swimming, had a lock-in at the church where we played hide and go seek for literally 2 hours in the dark from midnight to 2 am, and then took them on the most killer of all road trips... Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Dallas, then back home. All in 4 days which included: horseback riding, eating at famous venues, spray painting cars, looking at one of the largest crosses in the USA, OK City bombing memorial, touring and staying at Southern Nazarene University, a Texas Rangers game, and Hurricane Harbor. Yes we are tired :) But we love them and we had a blast!

August: Rock the Desert and several special events for our church. We have had a sweet time getting to know Christ's plan for our lives more and in digging deeper into our full surrender of our lives and our marriage to His works.

Yes the summer was busy, but the biggest piece of news is that I am now the wife of a youth pastor!! Robert began full time with the church in June. I'm so happy for him and this new adventure with the teens. I mean they are like our children after all ;)

Oh I forgot to mention that Robert and I had to dye our hair for camp (Robert blue and I pink, but I only did some highlights because I mean I can't destroy my hair!!)

Till next time and I do mean it because I have much more to write about!