Tuesday, April 15, 2014


For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Solomon 2:11-12

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderful Women and Water!

So we had a fun weekend!

We volunteered at the amazing Missional Women Conference representing Healing Waters.  It was such an honored opportunity!

Our set up and the awesome water filtration system to the right

The entire HWI representation was for women internationally!!  Yeah women!  Healing Waters is very soon going to pilot the new young women's curriculum in five communities in Latin America.  The curriculum is based on Proverbs 31, titled Clothed in Strength and Dignity.

HWI believes that women are the heartbeats of their communities and if we empower and educate women, we transform communities! 

So it was so appropriate that at this conference for women we were sharing about the needs and lives of other women around the world.  Such a gift!

Dang husband you look buff holding that water jug!

We even had an action experience where the woman attending the conference had to carry a 50 lb jug of water on a certain path to earn a water bottle prize.  It really opened up their eyes to the plights of people around the world who have to haul clean water for their families by hand each day.

Did you know the average woman in Bolivia will walk 3 miles per day to get clean water?  Insane right!  It is mind blowing that we have water at the turn of a tap or push of a button.

How neat!!! Check out www.HealingWaters.org/empowerWomen to join in on the movement!

Sweet friends-I've known and loved these ladies since college!  Myself, Hannah, and Byanka

This guy can explain every thing you ever wanted to know about water and development

We love getting to share about clean water, petitioning for women's empowerment and care, and being a part of this work.  Nothing is cooler!

For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.”

Mark 9:41

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Springtime Joy

What's up spring?!  We were literally SO bummed the other day when the weather reverted back to freezing cold, I think it was Monday??  We are spring/summer people!

 Since it's nice out we live on the back on the porch, bike, run, garden, yardwork, landscape, walk with Grumpies, and anything else we can do outside!  What have you been up to outside?

On my later mornings I have coffee on the rocking chairs out back and Ryan bikes his healthy butt to work every morning in the sunshine.  Praise Jesus!

  Do you remember the days when he couldn't even do a lap around the kitchen island from pain and weakness and all his ribs were sticking out?  

How overwhelmingly far we've come...

I was thinking about this blog and how the deeper thoughts or life lessons are a little on the lighter side lately.  There was SO much of that last year and the year before.  Struggles, challenges, hardship, etc.  And while we're still learning and growing it is nice to just record our daily adventures and see how good life is right now!

One thing I do want to remember is how I've been reading through scripture lately, and maybe it will encourage you too!

I pick one book of the Old Testament and one of the New Testament to work through simultaneously.  I read one chapter per day in each and after reading it several times and underlining/marking up what initially sticks out I ask these three questions:  

1.  Lord why did you bring this scripture to my attention today?
2.  What does it show me about your heart and character?
3.  How do you want me to apply it and take action today?

Awesome right?!  The wise Laura over at Missional Women suggested it and it's phenomenal.  It puts me in the scene of scripture and makes me responsible to not just read, but listen to God's voice and act.  

Try it out :)

Here are a few more things we've been up to...

Cardboard boat races!  We go to this every year.  The school Ryan graduated from, Colorado School of Mines, puts on this hilarious race where the participants can only use cardboard and duct tape.  The water is freezing and I secretly like when people sink, ha!

E-Days fireworks!  E is for "engineer".  This even is so special to us!  Our parents first met each other at these fireworks 5 years ago when we were dating.  We've got back every single year since!

This dude had great veins.  I started several IV's on his yesterday and not a peep of complaints!  Oh yeah, Nursing School just got real.

So these next few photos were my very last minute attempt to get decent, recent photos of us.  The Great Comeback committee needed some recent shots of our mugs for the award ceremonies and publications.  

So we obliged with this gorgeous shot...

JK we sent them a boring serious one...

DANG husband you are looking spectacular!

How can I not publish this picture?  Does Ryan not look like a dang stud here?  Yum.

So anywho, that is what's up party people!  I've got 50+ hours of studying, classes, clinicals, commuting, and labs to accomplish each week.  Pretty insane, no?  That's not even counting regular life.

I love the crap out of it but this quarter I'm in for a ride in terms of time management and seeing my people.  Oh well, God is good and we will figure it out.

Pray for Ryan's trip to Utah if you would that his speeches would go well, his flights would be safe, and that astounding purpose and connections related to Crohn's and ostomies would come of this trip.

Speaking of autoimmune diseases of the butt...check out Reaching For Fringe when you can...we've been publishing a lot lately and you'll see more product reviews, encouragement, and other goodies there in the new few weeks.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Jude 1:20-21

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Snow

This was the view as I walked Grumps yesterday morning through Golden.  Stunning!

Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Hosea 6:3

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello April!

I have to admit, having time off from school is amazing!  As much as I love my program (438 days to graduation), I needed 2 weeks off after such an intense quarter.

Basically after this week, things really pick up for us over the next 3 months.  Like I mentioned in my last post, we have so many travel plans, work plans, school schedule adjustments, and more.  Full and wonderful but we have to be mindful and prepared for busy!

For starters, Ryan and I are working the Missional Women Conference as Healing Waters is an official sponsor this year!  I went 2 years ago and it was the highlight of my April!  

Healing Waters actually has some incredible new curriculum that is implemented with every water project targeted at empowering, educating, and investing in young women.  HWI believes women are the heartbeats of their homes, families, and communities.  So what better way to raise awareness and jumpstart action for justice than representing women internationally at a women's conference?!  

How studly is my husband for doing this by the way??  It's takes a solid, legit man to represent and care about women around the world, that is for sure.

Missional Women Conference
P.S.  There is still time to sign up!  It's a 2 day conference in Lone Tree and literally is one of the best I've ever attended

Ryan heads to Utah shortly with my mom for a quick two day trip to receive his regional Great Comebacks award.  I am so bummed to miss out but school just won't let me get away.

 I am pretty jelly because he gets to hang with some my favorite people-Linny, Justin, and mom.

At least I have Grumps...

As May approaches I'll share more about that month's travel plants to New York, North Carolina, and Haiti (see??  insanely crazy few weeks ahead!)

Our time off together has been really life giving too.  Of course it's not all butterflies and sprinkles, because we have to navigate the realities of marriage/communication/conflict, but on the whole--a great week!

Most nights we "ride run" where Ryan runs to train for his half marathon in June and I bike alongside.  It's the best quality time after work and we both get a workout in-score!

Ryan runs some more...
Yes!!!  Don't you love how this guy values health and doesn't let his ostomy hold him back??

We got our garden beds ready for spring planting...

Left: pre-clean up from my fall laziness garden prep and Right: Lots of fresh alpaca manure added and waiting to be stirred in the garden.

My hardcore husband is going to build us even more garden beds to go in the yard that will be perfect for large viney plants like pumpkins, winter squash, watermelon, and more!  I love those types of plants because they are easy to maintain and you get major return on your investment.

I cannot describe what a blessing it is to see our backyard becoming more a space of life and enjoyment--it was just a junky space for so long!

 Also, Mr. Grumples has been working on his majestic, nonchalant poses...

And other than that it's just been a wonderful week of family time, friend dinner, coffee dates, yoga, coffee drinking, and quiet times.

Breaks are the best!

...But one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Philippians 3:13-15 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Break to Redstone

If all the people of the universe don't yet believe that my husband is the deal-finder of the world...well then you don't know very much!

He scored us a sweet Groupon deal for three nights at a historic mountain inn.  This sweet little place was in Redstone which is right outside of Glenwood Springs so just a 3 hour drive from home.  It was gorgeous, out in the boonies with no cell service, and entirely charming.

Ryan is good at what he does!  So grateful for a husband that saves us money and still spoils me rotten.

We soaked in the egg-smelling hot springs, read books, played board games, ate in bed while we watched movies, and just enjoyed quality time with each other.  Much to our utter shock (and cheapness) the admission to the Glenwood hot springs was $18.75 O.M.G.  Anyone????  

So the next day we found a sketchy free hot springs right off the highway that was hilariously awesome and way more authentic.  We felt like hippies soaking in those ones!

It was a restful, lovely week that I am so grateful we could take.  Here are the pictures!

Oh hey husband!  This was his self proclaimed "sexy pose". Sketch. 

 A little peek into our hotel room and the antique boot shining chair in the hallway

 Loved this old staircase. And this is the only picture I got of the two of us...selfie style

Does it not look like a German chalet in the European mountains??   

The scenery was too gorgeous.  And the weather matched it-perfection! 

And baby Grumps had a fun week!  He stayed with our friends who have two other dogs.  They sent us a few pictures of Grumples and Austin chasing each other all over the yard so he obviously didn't miss us too much :)

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:40

Monday, March 24, 2014

On To Quarter 3...

I'm going to be a 3rd quarter nursing student!  Only 5 more quarters to go until graduation in June 2015.  Boom!

These first few months of school have literally flown by me.  I've learned SO much about so many things and am amazed daily at the new skills I get to be equipped with.  I know about 0.0004847% of all nursing knowledge so I'm a a pretty huge newb but hey, I can give you an intramuscular injection and not too many people can do that ;)

Quarter 2 finished Friday morning after my final check off that was over medications and injections.  Phew!  It feels so great to be done.  This program is hard work, balance, and some major dedication.  I absolutely love it.  Not one complaint.

Sweet friends!  Nate, myself, Ashey (aka Smash), and Laurel

Wednesday after most of our written finals and big tests, our cohort went out for drinks at the Viewhouse.  It was a gorgeous afternoon for being with friends on a Denver rooftop celebrating.  

I don't think it's super common that other cohorts at school get along like all of us do.  There is such little drama and we all enjoy each other so much.  It's such a gift!  The Lord placed some amazing people in this group at DSN.

Quarter 3 also brings some new adventures!  I start clinicals at a long term care facility in early April.  This is a chance to practice all the skills I've been learning in the past 6 months of lab like assessment, medication administration, injections, catheters, etc. 

It will be deeply challenging to work with real patients and heartbreaking at times.  I anticipate it to be rewarding to help aid people in gaining back their health and very tiring.  On top of school and studying I spend over 24 hours in clincals each week.  Dang!!

So that is what's up with school!!  My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for this opportunity, the relationships, the education, and the opportunities before me.

Updates to come as the adventure unfolds...

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Jeremiah 10:23


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