Sunday, September 25, 2011

48 Hours

What can you do with 48 hours and 1 weekend?

Well you can buy a house to start....

Pull up 1300 sq ft of orange and brown carpet.

Remove endless amounts of base boards and tack strips.

Paint white trim on a bunch of orangey oak windows.

Cover 5 rooms and 2 hallways with two coats of paint.

End up with SUPER sore feet, stiff hands, but a very high feeling of achievement!

Thank you to all our volunteers this weekend!! We had amazing helpers like my mom (who patched every hole and cleaned every window), Stacey & Jason (who"cut-in" every single piece of our unending trim!), Georgie & Y-lo (who painted so many rooms with TWO coats and installed lighting), Ross (who also did all our trim and helped me feel better about a bad choice called Safari yellow...ugh) and Ryan Decker who graciously bought the house, pulled up carpet, removed/labeled trim, painted, bought lunch, and had lots of patience with everyone.

Dang we are so loved and really appreciate all the help. We would still be there if it weren't for everyone.

Can't wait to show the before and after pictures...Right now it is still a mess but looks 100% better since just 2 days ago!!

Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.

It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Psalm 127:1-2

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weddings, Updates, Peach Sauce

 I wonder if the randomness of posts has anything to do with general life discombobulation?

(Caitlin, Rachelle, Kate, Carly at the Rehearsal)

Here are fun pictures from the Wood's Wedding rehearsal and dinner! Rachelle and Ross were married Sept 9 and it was gorgeous! Think aspens, gray/yellow, a red barn and homemade pies instead of cake. It was epic.

We were super honored to participate as a bridesmaid and usher which was just a blast. But beyond how fun their wedding was we were really pierced when the pastor charged those standing up with them as a major part of their support system and accountability.

It was just a cool reminder that we need godly support in our marriage OFTEN! We run to God daily and often others for prayers, support, and love. I was reminded and convicted that marriage is not even a "two way thing", but a three way triangle between God, Husband, Wife. We are not meant to do it alone and community is just one way the Lord knew to help us out. Rambling rambling but dang it is cool to be able participate in authentic community. Feeling grateful today.

Other random things:

A turkey/veggie farm share filled lasagna bakes away in the oven as I write this (obviously wrote this yesterday evening...) Makes me hungry for fall!

We close at 2:3o today!! Insert mild panic (but mostly excitement) for Ryan signing a document promising to pay a 6 figure number for the next 30 years. What a guy!

We are painting our lives away this weekend to be ready for floor installation. We're having dark chocolatey floors installed early Oct which thrills me to no end! It took some convincing but Ryan trusts my wild decorating visions. And can you even picture the paint color called Bright & Early? Well that is the color of our bedroom. So dreamy. How about Vapor Trails? That is for the living room/dining room/kitchen walls. But that is enough paint talk. Just so excited for a home!

On another note, my car was covered with confetti this morning. Errr...not sure why myself so no explanation.

Feeling like life is full and fast paced in September. We're remembering to slow it down so we have a date night calling our name: bike rides and a movie. Also try out our recipe for an ice cream topping below which is what we'll be enjoying for dessert. I always vote for Elf on movie date night but somehow I think I won't win...

Warm Honey Peach Sauce

3 organic peaches
2 tbsp raw honey

Peel the peaches and cut into large chunks. Place peach pieces into a small pot on medium-high heat. Use potato masher (or some other mashing utensil) to smash peaches until they are juicy and liquidy. While stirring, pour in 2 tbsp honey and heat until steaming.

Place sauce over creamy vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monkey + Bosses

"Update Tech Team photo before Ryan got his make up on..." -His Boss

Ryan's boss Jonathan (center) gives him a hard time every day and sent this awesome picture out to the whole office. Ha ha ha!! Ryan honestly works with the coolest people.

Good work Jon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heaven. Not just halos and clouds...

This post has no other purpose than to get your out of this blog and send you somewhere else!

Do you wonder what heaven will be like? What we will do there? Will it really be a place I want to be forever? Could it ever get boring? Will I dance on clouds all day? What happens there?

Laura Krokos over at Beholding Glory (click here!) rocks out what Heaven (and click here!) will be like!

And no we will not have on goofy halos and sit in church pews all day singing old hymns to an organ. God has adventure, purpose, and glory in store for eternity!

Randy Alcorn, a leading expert and theologian on the topic of heaven says:

Scripture gives us many images that are full of implications about heaven. Put them together, and these jigsaw pieces for a beautiful picture. For example, we’re told that heaven is a city (Heb. 11:10, 13:14). When we hear the word city, we shouldn’t scratch our heads and think, I wonder what that means? We understand cities. Cities have people, buildings activities, gatherings ,art, music, athletics, events of all kinds, and goods and services.

We will have real life bodies, just like Jesus after he rose from the dead. He ate, so will we. “When God speaks of having ‘new bodies,’ do we shrug our shoulders and say, ‘I can’t imagine what a new body would be like?’ Of course not. We know what a body is... In our resurrected bodies, we will be as physical as we are now… we will be forever physical but no longer subject to sin, death, suffering, and the curse.”

How interesting and totally mind-boggling is that?! Just get over to Laura's post asap! God just blows my expectations out of the water everyday. He is so dang cool.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

Colossians 3:1

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn Update

(Picture: 2010 China Autumn!)

Well people, we have a house! A real house, with a real closing date with real loans being closed on.

This. is. HUGE.

We've been at the house hunt for over 19 weeks and not because of a shortage of houses but because of crazy loans and jumping through hoops. But a hooping we shall jump if it means we can be done with transition!

We close Sept 23 at 2:30 pm and after flooring installation we should be moved in by mid-October. Dang the Lord is so good to us. This has been a season of testing (beyond just house stuff), dying to ourselves, and depending fully on the Lord

To sum up this summer/time in our lives I'll refer to someone older and wiser. I heard a talk yesterday from John Lamb and he said two profound things. He asked of us,

"What will sustain a heart for God?"

Here is what WON'T:

1. Enthusiasm-a good attitude or excitement about Christ, people, life, work, ministry etc will not sustain you
2. Knowledge will not sustain you. In the Western Christian world we have gained more knowledge than ever but impact our culture significantly less.
3. Success will not sustain you. Success financially, relationally, in work, or ministry will not sustain your heart for God.
4. Lastly, giftedness will not sustain you. You and I are good at a lot of things but skills and talents will not sustain a heart for God.

So, that begs the question...What WILL? John Lamb says this:

1. A conviction that God is good
2. Friends/family that love me, but aren't impressed with me and help encourage my walk

Dang that is a sweet truth that I needed. I couldn't articulate a few weeks ago how some things I was relying on weren't "sustainable" but now I can see how true that was. I depend on the Lord alone but those two things will certainly just spur me on to a sustained heart for God. Sufferings and hardship, disappointments and challenges are absolutely certain. But if I believe God is good and I have people to encourage my walk then I am in a better position to sustaining a heart for the Lord.

Amen and Amen John Lamb.

Sooo....that was a lengthy rambling about something that hits home for us. We were (and sort of still are) in a tired, not-got-it-together season but looking forward to the next with anticipation and eagerness.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Other random stuff...

Ryan and I both got sunburned at the very belated Father's Day Rockies game celebration. So fun to see family and squish cutie Rilyn :)

Ministry at Mines is a new and stretching challenge that we LOVE. The students are fantastic and we look forward to hosting events at our NEW home soon!

Ryan (sort of) tried out for the worship team at our church! The worship pastor doesn't do try-outs but jam sessions and really believes in having several leaders which is so legit! Ryan really enjoys music and it is super life giving to him so this is a great outlet for leadership and serving at church. Maybe if he plays soon you can come enjoy!

Oh and I DIG fall! I am crazy about it. Cool weather, crisp leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and baking. Anyone want to bake this recipe with me? Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Bread. Oh have mercy.

I think that is all for now! We have a packed week of house clean up, painting, time with people, and autumn goodness.

Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.

Joel 2:23

Awesome picture source
[Thanks to Tyler Decker for the random and assorted format inspiration of a post such as this...]

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chocolatey Afternoon

Remember how we manage Melting Pot Events once in a while? And how we have to bring a HUGE amount of melted, gooey, milk chocolate in a big ole pot?

Well with that in mind picture about a gallon of chocolate not secured in the back of a certain red 4-Runner. Now picture a certain husband hitting his brakes to not miss his exit...

Anyone picturing what could happen?????

Yes indeed. We had over a gallon of chocolate dumped ALL over the back of our poor vehicle. It took over 4 hours of intense clean up and we resorted to ripping up the back interior completely. Dang it was a M-to-the-ESS.

I learned how to remain patient and graceful even when I didn't feel like it at all. Ryan probably learned something from google about "how to clean up melted chocolate" ha ha ha! It is funny only now!

Lesson of the day? Secure large pots of chocolate tightly. And then double check. And then don't hit the brakes for any reason other than small children and old pedestrians.

I love you Ryan Decker and your driving!

Happy Monday to you!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Stay Away From Jesus

This song just might sum up all our thoughts about the radical crazy Jesus we follow. Stay away from Him if you want comfy, safe, or good enough. Dang he rocks our world...

Stay Away From Jesus
Matt 5:44, 6:24, 7:13-14, 10:39, 19:14, Luke 14:26, 33, 9:23, James 2:17, 4:6, Ex 15:3, Rev 3:15-16, John 6:53, 8:32, 14:6

You won't ever hear this song on Christian radio
Cause the Jesus that I serve is not safe
He'll say take Your cross and die
So if you want a comfy life
Stay away from Jesus

He says narrow is the gate and hard is the way
Hate the ones you love and love the ones you hate
Eat my flesh and drink my blood
But if your works are good enough
Stay away from Jesus

O let the children come
O let the prideful run The Lord, The Lord is His name
He has died the world to save
But to believe is to obey
So come or stay away

He says be either hot or cold, you can't serve God and gold
Indifference is the road that leads to hell
So if you're happy in your stuff and if 10%'s enough
Stay away from Jesus

He says come follow me
lose your life and be free
you must die to believe
like a child come and see

He draws every line in love, He is good and He is just
And the words He speaks are meant to set you free
But if you think you are the Way
And in control you have to stay
Then stay away from Jesus


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