Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Case for Hope on Easter

The next word measures the entirety of a free, historically unique, and wildly outrageous gift; with your name on it:

Jesus.

The Righteous One.  God who put on skin.   Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins, our mess-ups and anytime we've been less than perfect .  Rising again, He triumphed over all his enemies, giving us the assurance that we are not condemned if we believe.  The sole thing waiting for us in knowing Jesus personally...is everlasting joy.

Consider it.  Take it.  Live it.

Happiest Easter to you today!  Rejoice!

God has not destined you for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for you so that whether you wake or sleep you will live with him. 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Denver Adventures

Happy Easter Eve! 

Last night we journeyed to Denver with our guests which was a great adventure and really let them see the city.  I won't lie...Denver is pretty rad if you ask me!

  We checked out Coors field, Tattered Cover Bookstore, walked 16th St. Mall, had dinner at BD's Mongolian BBQ.  And then the major win of the night...dessert!

We went to Peak's Lounge at the top of the Hyatt hotel.  Highlight of the evening for everyone!  There are INCREDIBLE views of the city lights and mountains up there.  Plus delicious dessert and drinks.  Ryan and I shared a smore's fondue that rocked our socks off!

Definitely a wonderful night out!   Plus I think it's fun to see the place you live through new perspective when you are touring someone else around.   

Grateful to live in such a neat place!

Coors Field!  Too bad it wasn't open but the outside was cool

Inside Tattered Cover loving the antique furniture, the books, and cozy atmosphere

The view!!  My camera does not do it justice.  It was breath-taking.

Dessert was phenomenal and the company was even better!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Woelbers

The Woelbers are in town!

Back in August I wrote about our new friends, Kyle and Tiffany, who could relate to all we experienced last year.  Kyle has Ulcerative Colitis and collectively they spent a solid month in hospitals last year dealing with GI horrible-ness and the hell that is IBD.  Tiffany is a wonderfully supportive wife and loves the Lord and Kyle battles his UC hardcore and praises Jesus doing it.

The best part is we had never met our friends until Tuesday when the arrived at DIA!  They live in Washington and we had only ever skyped them or talked on the phone.  A mutual friend here in Colorado shared Reaching For Fringe with them and connected us in the midst of our health battles.  

It's a major blessing to find a couple who we love and has such a similar story and life experience as us!

 
Hanging out with the statues in Golden

We are thrilled they chose a week of their vacation in Golden, CO.  It is a blessing!  There are lots of fun plans in the works this week.
Tiffany and I ejoying sweet chai and good time together 

SO far we have hung out at my favorite coffee shop, walked the shops and creek in Golden, adventured to Boulder for the Tea Tour and Pearl Street, bowled 6 games, and hung out tons.

And we had nachos at 9 pm last night.  They were delish.


More pictures to come!  

Ryan and Kyle enjoying Windy Saddle (aka my favorite place on Earth)

Welcome Woelbers!!
As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tunes and Spoons!

You guys.  Will someone please appreciate the beautifulness of this new blog???

Seriously!

I swoon.

All credit goes to the wonderful Rachel of Tunes and Spoons.  She is creative, sweet, uniquely talented, and does fabulous work.  Exhibit A:  This blog.

Check her out if you need a very affordable blog redesign by clicking here.

THANK YOU Rachel!

Loving the design so much!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Seder Dinner (+ Christian Haggadah)

Our Seder dinner was so meaningful and powerful.  It is a new favorite tradition and rhythm to our Easter celebration!  I just can't say enough good things about the experience.


One of our initial motivators in hosting this was to celebrate the rich tradition of Passover and to refocus our hearts on the depths to which Easter should run in our veins.  Easter is truly the celebration of the most immeasurable, unmatchable Gift of all time.  And we also initiated this yearly tradition to reject the commercialism that our culture forces on every Biblical holiday.

 So this was the absolutely perfect event.


A Seder Dinner is a traditional Jewish dinner marking the beginning of the Passover.

It's a meal that commemorates the events of Exodus and serves us with a rich and elaborate teaching experience.  Seder Dinner is a celebration and remembrance of what God did for Israel by rescuing them from Egypt.

 We remembered historical accounts in our faith of bitterness, sweetness, the coming of Jesus and all it means for us as present day Christ followers.



We encourage you to consider hosting a Seder of your own next year!  We were so filled up by the community, tradition, exploration of scripture, and a deeper meaning to our faith and Easter.



So, Happy early Easter all!  We pray this is a week not of bunnies and peeps, but of intentional focus on what the divine coming and radical resurrection of Jesus means for you and eternity.

Celebrate deeply--He is worth rejoicing over and commemorating!


To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Revelations 1:5-6 

P.S.  This is the adapted script from the Haggadah that we read from for the Seder.  Don't be scared of the 19 pages.  The document has narrow margins ;)  The entire meal was about 1 hour and it is interactive with actions, group recitations, and various other elements.  A truly wonderful tool that we are grateful to have in our archives now--feel free to print it off or make use of it as you need.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Still Time for an Update!

Importantly:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mom!!  We can't wait to celebrate you tonight (and yes, I will call her in person, that is just a formal blogging duty to shout out to your mother on her day of birth)

#414 I miss blogging.   I like classes, but too many midterm/labs/classes/regular tests/homework etc and only 24 hours in a day = blog neglect.  But somehow all the school to-do's will get done-praise Jesus and this little blog will come back swinging soon.

#3  I submitted my very first Nursing School application on Tuesday!  It's a little scary to share that in case they don't accept me... (Lord willing, they do!).  But it feels empowering and surreal to be taking more steps toward this dream.  It was just 5 or 6 months ago that the entire Nursing idea was even coming up, so this feels like a major accomplishment.  Please pray for that application to find favor in someone's eyes at the school!

A.  When you have a busy week this is how you unwind in the evening:  cups of tea and Bananagrams.  Legit.

#76  As I've been filling my brain with knowledge about the appendicular skeleton (among other things) Ryan has been rebuilding and revamping our mantel.  Can't wait to show you "After" pictures because it's going to look really good!  

Ryan is good at too many things I tell ya.

Plus it gives him something to do when I study.


#39  We still eat--deliciously, I might add--even when we're hustling through the week.  Here is my FAVORITE granola recipe of life (though the post is outdated and needs some help.  It was my pre-legit-blogging days).


S.  I have to brag about how blessed we are in community.  Earlier this week we enjoyed incredible company with our friends Lauren and Matt (I went to high school with them) and new friends Chris and Emily.  Lauren and Matt sent a very intentional invitation to get a community group started and it BLESSES us!  We eat delicious food, share life, talk for hours, and go through a book of the Bible together.  Bliss.  I would challenge anyone reading to be intentional to start something similar people around you--our hearts are full because of it!

C.  What would a Decker blog post be without food?  This was dinner on Monday.  Strawberry, sunflower seed salads and bunless feta turkey burgers.  YUM!  And this is what's for dinner tonight.


#1  Have you checked out my good friend Beth's blogMore Fun, Mom!  is a fantastic site she recently started.  But she's so legit that it's already bursting at the seams with creative kid activities, intentionality in every aspect of life, and too many other fun things to list.  Go say hello!

That should do it.  Deckers out.

P.S.  I almost forgot!!  We are hosting Seder dinner on Saturday (Google it).  I am certain that Easter is my favorite holiday and this is a traditional, meaningful way to set our hearts up for the celebration.  Pictures to come!

P.P.S.  Only 4.36574 days until Kyle and Tiffany arrive (can't wait for you guys to get here!!!!)

Ok now we're really out.

P.P.P.S.  Seriously last thing.  We got 3rd place in our bowling league.  Impressed?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sunrise on Thursday

This was the sky-fire view from our back porch at 6:59 this morning.   Burnt oranges, tangerines, golds.  Amazing!  Hope you are having a fantastic early morning and sweet week so far.


The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

1 Timothy 1:15

Monday, March 18, 2013

Giveaway over at Missional Women!

I contribute to another site called Missional Women when I'm not posting here or on Reaching For Fringe.  MW is such en encouraging resource and full of inspiring, Jesus-loving writers and posts!

  And it just so happens that my most recent article reviews a new cookbook: A Recipe For Survival

Head on over to Missional Women to read about the cookbook, enter for a chance to win a dreamy food-lovers giveaway and learn more about chronic illness and health battles!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Hello

Hi! 

We are busy Deckers around here lately...

Easter plans, upcoming Seder dinner, friends coming into town soon (!!!), midterms, house projects, nursing school applications, work, bowling league, community group, and more.

I'm thankful our schedule is full of exciting, life giving activities and we don't feel TOO busy, just so much that the blog is quieter than normal.  I'll be back full swing in April though!
 

These two spend Sunday afternoon building something amazing for our house--pictures to come.  Ryan was the mastermind genius of this and it really spruced up our home :)


Have the best of weeks  :)


We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:4

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Truth About Easter Candy

I spoke too soon.  No sooner had I said that this blog would be quiet for a few days but the Lord threw some craziness into my reading agenda!   I not only read a startling article yesterday morning, but then had it sent to me by two people!

That has to be the Lord saying read and pass it on, right?

Plus it's Easter-related so you'll like it.

Actually "like" is a very strong word.  Maybe you'll just get pissed, nauseated, and ready for action like I did...

Either way READ THIS article as soon as your eyeballs will let you...


 via

Thoughts?  Please share.

I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek for wisdom...

Ecclesiastes 7:25 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Remicade, Studying, and More

#1  We are at Remicade this morning for Ryan and he is rocking it!  Took his IV like a champion (the nurse graciously let me watch the whole process-so cool) and we are almost done here.  Isn't he so incredible for coming to the doctor's office every 8 weeks to get his immune system shut off?  Insane!

#2 It's been a little quiet here on the blog lately, and probably will be for the next few weeks because studying, midterms, labs, and tests have officially taken over my life.  It's not a bad thing though.  I am not sad about it at all.

I LOVE my classes.  Especially Anatomy.  I told Ryan that last night I literally dreamed I wrote an A & P Test with my own questions...errr.  That that CANNOT be normal, or healthy.  Very terribly nerdy actually.  But I schedule roughly 35-40 hours a week to study so at least it's sticking!

So anyway, just a forewarning that this little blog will be slightly less vocal until April-ish but Reaching For Fringe will be active as I wrote and scheduled those posts weeks ago.

Sporadic updates to come!  But first I leave you with a few thankful items lately...

My Journey to 2000 Gifts
1041.  All the weirdo, healthy ingredients for this bread

 1042.  This sweet face and his energy

1043.  His health and continued recovery

1044.  The BEST bread topped with roasted butternut squash or nut butter  See #1041.

1045.  Mid day coffee/pumpkin bread surprises from a thoughtful husband

1046.  Joy

1047.  Crystal snowflakes accumulating but the promise (and warmth) of Spring

1048.  Goofballs and silly moments

1049.  Love, marriage, and Jesus' grace-cover over us

  Hope you have a great rest of your week!  

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Monday, March 11, 2013

Soiree

The romantically surprising Soiree night turned out to be even BETTER than I had hyped up in my mind!!  My husband is such a hunk.  And his friends are super legit too.

Last night 14 total of our friends were involved. The husbands (and a fiance) cooked while the wives (and a fiancee) just showed up, looked pretty, and were totally spoiled.

The first part of the event was at our house actually.  Homemade, delicious, fancy dinner was on the menu along with drinks, live music, and chocolate fondue extravaganza for dessert.  Mind blown!

We enjoyed the terrific company and soaked in time with each other for several hours.   And then went down to the Mercury Cafe for swing dancing!  The cafe is so eclectically unique and it was such a blast to just dance and laugh together.  Ryan claims to be a terrible dancer but he was seriously spinning me all over and learning fancy moves before too long.

However, the most meaningful part of the night really wasn't in the food, or decorations, or invitations.  It was quite simply...our husbands.  It was our servant-hearted MEN leading as God has asked them and pursuing their wives with fervor and intentionally deep love.  They are not perfect, and neither are us ladies.  But our men demonstrate a rare, soul-stirring kind of love God talks about in  the Bible; sacrificial, other-focused, the evidence of Jesus working.  It was so compelling to me that in a world so desperately needing hope in the love department, there are these 7 incredible, sincere, confident, Jesus-loving men that treat their wives so well.  And in my opinion, I scored the best of them all in Ryan Decker.

I am encouraged and blessed this morning and my heart is so full.  Thank you husband for a fantastic Soiree and for being such an example of a true man and romantic!

Now onto only a handful of the 120+ pictures I took last night.  Enjoy :)

MY husband was in charge of decorations.  He put that together!!  So classy.  Each lady had her own fancy place setting at the table

Fresh flowers, lanterns, and a beautiful spread all around

All the ladies had these beautiful  teacups at our seat and each was unique

These lillies were AMAZING in size and vibrant in color

5 of the 7 ladies there are nurses or are studying to be nurses, so PRN had meaning :)

There was even a PHOTO BOOTH set up!  Here are the ladies minus Hannah.  From L to R:  Jennifer, Ashleigh, Natalie, me (with my glass of wine...classy), Beth

Ryan taking my heart beat... on my stomach?  I believe I have an a fro wig.

I love Ryan's face here

There is everyone gathered before dinner

Hi husband!  Don't you love him in a tie??

More flower beauty

Dinner!  A creamy curry chicken topped with almonds, green beans, and a fluffy rice. There was spinach dip with dippers for an appetizer, a ginger carrot soup for course 1, and dark chocolate fondue with strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows for dessert.  YUM!

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