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Monday, March 2, 2009

Trip around the world... or so it seemed

For those who may not know, I am currently about 16 weeks pregnant! We thank God for this wonderful blessing!

Christmas was wonderful this year, with a visit from my mom, but we missed my sister terribly who could not be here with us. We spent time with family, friends, and a lot of time sleeping and trying to find food that sounded somewhat edible. Only to eat it once and decide I never want it again as long as I live ;)

Shortly after Christmas, we spent a few days at doctor's appointments, as I was having some issues they wanted to check out. It all turned out to be fine, we even saw an ultrasound (for pics, go to at 8.5 weeks and I could not believe the detail of this little miracle, the heart beating, the arm and leg buds. I thought for sure I'd be a crying wreck, but I wasn't. I was just in awe. And a little bit of shock :)

The doctors cleared me for my crazy travel schedule, which was a relief, as I REALLY wanted to go on the trip. So on January 12, Galen, Tefera, Steve and I departed for the first flight of many to come.
Destination: Hyderabad, India.
Now, I wish I could tell you that this trip to India was smooth sailing, as it was my third trip to India, but it was not. As soon as we arrived, I was HIT with fear, like I've never experienced before. Gripping is the only way to describe it. We got into our rooms at the retreat center at about 3 or 4 in the morning after roughly 24 hours of travel and I sat on my bed, under my mosquito net, crying, thinking "what in the world am I doing here, what if something happens to my baby, etc. etc.). I tried everything I could think of: praying, reading the Word, singing worship songs, reciting Scripture from memory. Nothing was breaking this fear... I thought I was strong, but I was not at all in that time... Nor was I the next night when sleep failed me. For a woman in her first trimester after a long time traveling, I was exhausted, but that didn't seem to matter to this fear... The meetings, however, went great, despite the fact that Galen could not speak due to a strange throat infection, Steve's bag with camera, tripod, etc. was missing, and it seemed, for whatever reason, God allowed the North Americans to be absent in many ways. The team in India did GREAT, better than I would have ever imagined and Tefera led in a way that inspired and pulled the team together. God, of course, did a much better job orchestrating all this than we could have if we had known to plan for it all.

We spent our days hearing testimonies (amazing ones at that) of God at work in India and My-anmar. It was incredible. We worshipped, prayed, and shared life together. I love that group of people. I truly do. On day three there, Steve got his bag (minus the camera body and lenses for the photo camera) and we could video our little ditty (more on that someday). I got to be "cheerleader" for a day it felt like as I helped lead the group in the chant. It was fun. On night three, my dear friend Loice, from the states called and prayed for me (she has a ministry called Freedom in Him Ministries, which I serve on the Board of) and I slept that night! I praise God for hearing our prayers and answering them. The fear left me.

We were blessed with a dinner at our coworker Israel's home, which was better than any Indian restaurant I've been to. We also got spoiled at John and Mary's home before we left for the airport. On to our very strange flight schedule...

Destination: Kathmandu, Nepal.

This was a dream come true for me in many ways... For any of you who have met those I work with there, you would understand the significance of me traveling to their home land. To see and taste and smell and experience with them... What a joy! It was the first time I'd been there, and I hope not my last! On the flight, I had a window seat and could see the Himalayas in all their glory, a gift from God for sure. This mountain girl was in awe once again at God's glory! Upon arriving, I was taken to my room on the side of the hill in Kathmandu and then whisked into the city to meet my dear coworker's daughters... What a joy to be with his dear family and meet them. I even got to see the pink sunset on the Himalayas. What a blessing!

I was told the water at the retreat was "solar" heated... But that basically meant "ice water" and I was VERY SORRY I took a shower at all... I went to bed that night under five blankets, with four layers on and a beanie and still woke up in the middle of the night, not from fear, not from jetlag, but because I was shivering so hard :) ha. During our days, we could see our breaths in the meeting rooms and as you can see, we were COLD. :)

This meeting was different than the other three on our trip in many ways. For one, it was small, for another, the people are just different. It's hard to explain, but there's this sense of respect and love flowing between them that is astounding. As we listened to testimonies not only from the trainings/outreaches, but also from the sharing and connectedness across denominations/programs/churches, I was in awe of our Lord who holds it all together. I saw humility there. Truly amazing.

Leaving Kathmandu was sad, but I was excited, too, to visit our next stop.

On our way there, we had a short flight to Delhi, India, with an overnight layover... We were graciously housed at an MBMSI house and had another adventure in a taxi cab... I am not sure how this happens, but taxis in India seem to be interesting experiences for me, without fail...

Destination: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

This was my second time there, and last year I got a parasite, so I was excited for that experience to be redeemed :) And it was. We arrived after a very long series of flights/layovers at about 8 in the morning. We had a bit of time to nap, eat some lunch, and then have some meetings with people. The next day we moved to our housing. I was blessed to be rooming with two intercessor women who are just wonderful ladies of the Lord and I love them dearly. One of them was badly burned for becoming a Christian and has lived a life of forgiveness and love and because of that, many who persecuted her have come to faith in Christ... Amazing.

Our meeting in Ethiopia was another time of testimonies of God's faithfulness and goodness... There are many in the country who oppose the Gospel and those who believe, yet, God is moving in miraculous ways all across the land.

Destination: Thika, Kenya.

Again, I had been to this place before, so it felt in some ways like going home in a sense. I got to reunite with many old friends and meet many new ones, too. Worship? You want worship? This is the place. :) This was a tough meeting, with lots of conversations to be had that were not "easy" or "fun" but necessary :)

Upon leaving, we were in the airport and I walk down the stairs from the washroom and who do I see, but a familiar face in an unfamiliar land. My good friend's brother was there! We had to stare at each other for a while, because really, why are we seeing each other in the airport in Kenya?!!?!? After a few moments of this staring, we realized it was true and said hello, chatted for a while, and I sensed God saying, "see, my child, you are always home, with familiar faces, as long as you're with Me." I don't know why, but that was comforting and exciting.

Almost done.

Destination: Zurich/Lucerne, Switzerland to visit my sister!!!!

I had a whole middle section of the plane to myself for the overnight flight and I slept and slept and slept. It was wonderful. I got through the passport control, luggage, etc. with no problems and found my sister waiting for me. We bought our train tickets, got some coffee and snacks and headed out for our adventure. The train ride was beautiful and we arrived EARLY to check in, but thought we'd try anyway. A short 15 minute wait in the hallway and a clean bed, and hot shower were mine for the taking. So I took a VERY long shower (the first real one in weeks) and took a short nap. Then we were off. Goal of the day? Shopping, eating, a pedicure (for me - so wonderful!!!) and haircut (for my sister), and celebrating my birthday a little early. I like Switzerland a lot and particularly enjoy the German side, so this was very fun for me :)

We awoke early the next morning to catch the train back to Zurich for my trip home.

Destination... Harrisburg, PA... Or so I thought ;)

After what was surely the bumpiest of all the flights with very little food (this mama was HUNGRY), we arrived on time to Dulles in DC. I cleared customs/baggage control lickity split and thought, "this is great, I'll be home in no time". What I didn't realize was that my adventure was far from over. After watching United show some terrible antics for a different flight, I poised myself at the ready. Okay, the PA system is very quiet, I'll stand by the gate and ask if it's boarding (it should have been and was still showing on time). Of course, I got the runaround :) and this awesome woman from Canada who is fascinating to me struck up a conversation with me and we talked for 1.5 hours as they kept pushing the flight back, back, back. Cancelled. WHAT?!?!?!? Cancelled for maintenance reasons. Okay, good. I don't want to be on a broken plane anyway... But... So close I could taste it. But no love.

So I booked it across the hallway, was FIRST in line, the woman helping me said there were six seats left on the 10pm flight. Great! I'm golden. My newfound friend threw her ticket on mine and the agent said, "are you traveling together?". Yes. We were now. Somehow, though, in the time it took the agent next to her to book ALL SIX seats, she couldn't pull our itineraries up. Anger, frustration, sadness, teary-eyedness crept in. Then I remembered WHO I represent (and gosh, I had just told my new friend what I do ;)) So I gathered my emotions, and thought, what do I do??? My dear husband who'd already been in Harrisburg for an hour offered to come get me, but I thought it might be faster to get to him if I drove with some strangers in a rental car ;). Do you want a hotel voucher? NO! I just want to go home! So with the few of us stranded (oh, do you want a STANDBY ticket to PHILLY in the morning? NO!) we decided no one looked TOO scary and five of us, perfect strangers, embarked on a journey we dubbed "the Amazing Race" and thought for sure a million bucks would be waiting for us in Harrisburg. (It wasn't).

The participants:
Franka - woman from Canada who worked in the max sec. prison system in Canada for 20 years and is now a professor... Trying to get to Harrisburg to teach at a seminar. She was my friend and unknowingly to her, my bodyguard.
Bill and Cookie (who did not look like a Cookie at all - looked like a Colorado mountain girl if you ask me...) on their way home from two months in Hawaii.
Some guy I can't remember his name. Interesting, chill, very much like my cousin Stephen. Very chill and funny. And tall. And older than he looked. And apparently with a liking for pot.
And me, pregnant, tired, cranky, hungry.
Who drove? Well, I had the best insurance (surprise surprise) and had the most experience driving in Washington, DC. So it was me!
The car: Honda mini-van - quite nice.
The route. Not correct. What was the navigation system thinking anyway?
So somewhere along the "route" we hit what I like to call a parking lot (reminded me of LA on a bad day) four lanes, stopped, for minutes, minutes, minutes. As emergency vehicles continued to wiz by us, I knew it was a bad wreck and we would be there for a while. So I fixed Franka's laptop and gave the nameless man most of my snacks.
Twenty minutes into our parking lot experience, dude who I can't remember his name says, "let me out, I'm going to find the exit". So I did... He walked across all the lanes of traffic. Comes back, says, "You'll have to back up the breakdown lane about 200 yards, I'll direct traffic.". Okay, desperation does strange things to you. So, he directed traffic, and did a great job, apparently from his military experience in Korea, and they surprisingly all moved and I took a basically 90degree turn across all lanes of traffic, backed up to the exit ramp and we were on our way. Two lane road, windy, thinking, "what was I thinking?!?!?!?". Finally, we got to roads I knew and we dropped guy I can't remember his name in York. Then Franka at her hotel outside of Harrisburg. Then Bill and Cookie got me lost trying to find their hotel. Actually made me go to the wrong hotel and said, "oh, this isn't right". Uhhhhhh... Then I cried. Then I composed myself. So by the time I finally got to my beloved husband, I was crabby like none other, and five and a half hours later than I should have been. But I was alive. And my luggage made the 10'oclock flight. So I got that, and we headed home. My mood improved as I realized my hopes for a happy homecoming were still happy, just not exactly how I planned :)
All this to say, God sure is adventurous and He sure does take care of everything. He also cares what we do when we're in tough situations. Do we turn to Him, rely on Him, and love Him, or do we throw up our hands and pitch a fit? Oh, I wish that I would have passed the tests of the trip with flying colors. But I can say I can tell He's doing a work in me and I'm growing in His grace. I sure pray this baby has a heart for the nations, that it knows already what a wonderful God we serve and love.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Greetings all, It's been a WHILE since we updated... It's been a busy month or so (maybe two???)
We've had visitors from NY :)
We've traveled around our area, taking in all of God's awesome creation around us. We held our first ever Oktoberfest Sports and Tailgate party, which was so much fun! Thanks friends for being in our lives - you bless us! We've thrown surprise baby showers and welcomed new little friends into the world. Elliana Rose, we adore you already. And to Baby BOY Hoover (Sheldon and Mindi), we look forward to meeting you!!! (first boy on Hoover side - he'll be welcomed by four little girls - sisters and cousin)
We've gotten to know new friends and have spent time with old friends.
We've spent time outside, inside, learning together, and growing more than we thought possible.
We've celebrated birthdays and missed out on celebrating with others we love so much (mom and Gretchen, we love you!)
We've been to a wedding (Nate was a groomsman). We have now seen the first ever African American president elected. Wow. I honestly never thought I'd see that. And while I don't agree with his views on all issues, I have to admit, I'm challenged to pray like crazy for him and for our country. He has a big job and I believe God can grab him like he did that one day on the road to Damascus with a man named Saul. Imagine what could happen if he had a really intense encounte with Jesus. Our country and our world would never be the same. I'm praying for that, as he has access to places many of us never will... I've been disheartened by the FEAR and what appears to be blatant hatred I've seen in my brothers and sisters in Christ. Come on - we have NOTHING to fear. God is sovereign and God is good. He has a plan and it far outweighs anything I can perceive. So, whether we are happy or sad about the outcome of the election, we can choose faith, not fear. We can choose to trust God and His sovereignty no matter what... Speaking of trusting God...
We have been rabbits for a marathon. This is possibly the freshest in my mind as it just happened yesterday. As Curtis (Nate's sister Sheila's hubby) ran in the marathon and faced the test of feeling like he would pass out, I was reminded of how precious our walk with the LORD and OTHERS is. How we all get to be together on this journey, to support, encourage, and hopefully more often than not, strengthen one another with love. Curtis, you did a great job! We're so proud of you for pushing through and we know your Father in Heaven is proud of you for persevering. All for His glory. Awesome. It was also fun to see your wife concerned for you and so proud of you... Love is cool. I'm challenged by the testimony of those who don't give up, even when it hurts. Nate ran last year with severe cramping in his legs at the end and still finished. Curtis ran this year when he thought he wasn't going to make it. That's God at work in and through you. Thanks for challenging me.I have to make one more note, from me to my dear husband... I cannot begin to tell you or the rest of the world what it has meant to be married to you. The care, love, and strength you show and WALK OUT daily puts me in a place of immense awe. You are incredible. Your walk with the Lord amazes me. Thanks for being used by Him in my life to challenge and bless me.
We miss some of you so much! It's been far too long since we've connected. But also know, we love you!!! You are in our hearts and minds daily!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sometimes I can do nothing but sit in awe...

Hmmm... Just feel the need to share some things with you that have been making me feel a renewed sense of joy this week... Some things that make me stand in awe of my Creator and the amazing things He allows this heart to experience...

Habakkuk 1:5 "Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told." OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

At the beginning of this week, Galen asked me to prepare some reports for him, so I did... What I discovered caused a new stirring and excitement in my heart... I'll try to sum it up below... There were other things on the report, but these two figures reminded me of WHY I'm here... It's sweet.

From 2007:
No. of New Fellowships/Bible Studies/Churches
No. of New Believers (not just raising their hands, but INVOLVED in church life)

And all this based on programs I am privileged enough to work with. It's so cool, it makes me want to sing His praises. These figures represent about half of the programs we work with as some don't record this info and some were still on outreach when we were collecting reports. It amazes me that today, I get to SERVE a group of such amazing people... Such amazing ministers... Such amazing servants of God... It humbles me really...

This past week I was able to begin a new study by Joyce Meyers called, "Battlefield of the Mind" with some girls from the last study I did and some new ones. There's not a whole lot sweeter in life than fellowship and growth with old friends and new ones. I'm excited to just BE with these women and learn about them and love on them! Nate began a 25 week study on "Quest for authentic manhood" (or something like that...) and I feel God calling me to pray for him while he's there. The challenge is that my study is Tuesday nights and his study is EARLY Wednesday morning, but I think God will give me grace when my heart is to pray for my husband!?!? Yeah!

I feel like God is challenging me a lot lately and perhaps some of my friends, too about marriage/family... The challenge to me personally is this: why are we so much nicer to people we don't know well or have much contact with? Why is it so easy to be unkind to those we love the most? I can think back to childhood (okay, today, too) and how I treated my family, how I treat my husband and I wonder why... Even in the smallest ways... The frustration in my mind so easily transfers into the tone of my voice (my mom is probably nodding her head so hard it might just fall off :)) My questions come from my prideful heart (thinking I KNOW so much more, so the question is coming from pride, not from wanting to know...) So the challenge I feel from God, especially as it relates to my family and especially my marriage is this: be kinder to them than anyone else. Don't settle for the world's standard of love... Aim for His. Yep. That's a big challenge, but I think a good one, when I think of the state of marriages in our world. This is such a vastly used section of Scripture, but it's really the basis of this challenge for me...

1 Corinthians 13:
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I could write a book about this... Maybe I'll spare you for now... But my heart is stirring!

Nate and I have been experiencing a lot of joy in our marriage and I'm so grateful for that! It astounds me really that life could have gotten this much sweeter with marriage. But that's part of God's plan, right!?!?! It's so much fun to learn and grow together and experience God together. I am continually reminded of what a blessing it is to be with such a strong, kind, loving man. It's rare to experience this, I know... And I don't take it for granted!

I went shopping the other day and am so grateful we have enough money to eat, and to eat well. I thought these delicious nectarines looked beautiful on our cool tray we got for our wedding... I thank God for His provision for us... I miss my mom and sister so much and it's hard being so far away from them. My sister decided to stay on for at least two more years in Switzerland and I'm excited for her life there (as she really seems to enjoy it!), but do wish she'd come home sometimes, too! It's just hard sometimes. But I'm glad that the holidays are coming up and I can see them soon! YIPPEEEE!

It's fun to get to know Nate's family a bit better. I look forward to more time with them, becoming family as well.

I'm so grateful for my friends... I have such a great crew of people around me here, across the US, around the world. They are inspiring and amazing and challenging.

Last night, Nate and I had the privilege to have dinner with his former coworker, her husband and their cute kiddos. I didn't know them really at all, Nate didn't know the husband, but it turned out to be a great night and as we got to know them, I was amazed at how much variation in our lives God creates. It's so cool to find similiarities and differences and unique way we are shaped. I enjoyed myself so much and I look forward to more interaction with them!

Okay, so I know this became quite long, but I just had to share my appreciation. God is so good. I can't even count sometimes how often I'm simply in AWE... As I look at WHAT and WHEN and HOW and WHY God has directed my steps, I am amazed and SO GRATEFUL.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What a wonderful...

We got to babysit three wonderful kiddos this weekend while their parents who are wedding photographers were out doing their thing :) These kids are far from ordinary. They are articulate, smart, well-behaved, and so funny. Gabriel is the best big brother, taking care of his siblings and he's so sweet, he didn't even try to take advantage of the fact we didn't know anything :) He was so helpful all day! Noah cracked us up all day saying things like, "that plane is SUPER fast", and when Nate dove off the diving board, we were informed that it was "SO huge". Ha ha. Little Lilliana is all girl and needed a couple hugs and kisses throughout the day to get over her "grumpy" mood. When she was pouty, I would ask her to tell me what was wrong and to use her words. If she wouldn't say, then I'd ask her, "do you just need a hug?" and she'd say, "yes" and so there we were, hugging. That seemed to fix everything :) Gabriel, who I remember holding YEARS ago (well, six to be exact) in Colorado shortly after his birth. I love him even more now and feel SO, SUPER blessed that this awesome family lives so close now! I'm including lots of pics for mom and dad below :)

We ate our mac and cheese, grapes, and red peppers. Yeah, these kids like red peppers. Very healthy :)

Then we put the kids down for naps, well, Lilly napped, Gabriel sat quitly downstairs reading, and Noah explored in his room :) I don't think he likes to slow down...

We got the kids ready, put sunscreen on their faces, buckled them into their car seats, and off we went for our "surprise" adventure! The suprise was a missions aviation fest and when we pulled into the airport, a parachute landed just near us! What a fun start! Then we went and looked at the planes, went through the tent, got balloons, watched planes and helicopters take off and land, and watched some demos of how misson planes drop supplies into remote areas (ie Jungles and stuff). Then we were off to collect our balloons :) orange ones for the boys and a blue one for Lilly :) Then we went to the little ride where Noah, looking dapper in his sunglasses, rode for a bit I don't know what this ride is called. It was HOT outside, and the kids did great, barely fussing at all about the heat...

Lilliana, Jenny, Noah, Gabriel and cool plane :)

So we took them to the Creamery in Strasburg, where they politely sat eating their vanilla, chocolate, and fudge swirl ice creams. Seriously, these kids are so well behaved...

Then we went home and swam for a bit in the pool, then ate dinner of pizza, apples, and more red bell peppers. Noah, who can't really sit still, was standing, sort of shuffle-dancing, looking up at the sky, and suddenly said, "look, Gabriel, a rainbow". And sure enough, there in the middle of a cloud was a rainbow. So cool. Then Noah said, "how does that happen?" so we explained the way the sun hits the moisture in the clouds, etc... and he said, "cool, a sunny day rainbow!". Then they swam some more and let me tell you, they can swim so well and jump off the pool and do flips. Crazy kids. They LOVE Nate and took to calling him uncle Nate, which is so cute.

After such a busy day, we went inside and read three books and played with the "I SPY" book for a bit. That was hard!!! Then we said brushed teeth, said our prayers (Kim: Gabriel prayed for you and John :) and he actually prayed!). Then we made up a story about the three kids riding on a parachute (you're right, it's hard to make up stories and mine was definitely not two minutes :)).


Today marks three months of being married to this handsome, wonderful man! Thank you so much, Nate, for showing me so much of God's heart. You are more than I could have dreamed of... I have had so much fun with you, and time has flown by! You are, after my relationship with God, the best thing that's ever happened to me... You're such an awesome friend, leader, provider, and husband. I couldn't ask for anything more!

Today also marks one year from the time we got home from our trip to Mississippi re-building houses from the hurricane and Nate telling me he would like to talk to me about "us". So, today is the day before one year of being officially a couple :) What a wonderful year and wonderful life I've had with you!!! I look forward to growing more and more with you!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008


My husband returns today from his first out of town work trip since we got married. We survived :) I'm excited to see him. He sent me a little cheer yesterday to my office. It was so sweet to receive flowers. Gerbera daisies are one of my all-time favorite flowers. They just seem so bright and cheerful! I know, I'm spoiled... I like it, though.

I went to the doctor yesterday, to find out, that I'm in fact... Stressed. He gave me an assignment to journal and try to figure out better balance and to allow myself to decompress. So I will. He said other stuff, too. But that's the main part. That through praying and journaling, and allowing myself to process instead of "survive" I should be able to help my body not take the brunt of the stress. I'm sure going to try it. Beats taking medicine! He also told me I need to learn to relax, turn my brain off a bit... Easier said than done sometimes.
Thank you for continuing to pray for me. There are so many changes and big things happening in my life with marriage, ministry, etc. that if I don't rely completely on God, I'm going to be in trouble. I'm on such a learning curve. Trying to remember my identity is in God alone...

Love you,


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A little fun and stress-relief - Dr.'s Orders :)

I went to the chiropractor last week, feeling all sorts out of whack. He finished his adjustment, then stood me up, looked me in the eye, and quoted the Scripture over me, "do not be anxious for anything..." and told me that I need to release whatever is stressing me out and go have some fun. He then told Nate and I that we need to get away. So we did. We went on an impromptu 2 month-aversary trip to the Poconos. Friday, upon arriving home from work, we packed up the car in under an hour and were on our way. We made it to our retreat, campsite number 360something, built a fire, made some dinner, and started our quest for relaxation.

We only stayed for the night, and into the next day, but from the looks of things, I was pretty relaxed. Hammocks are awesome. So are hubands who agree to be spontaneous and go camping on a moment's notice :) Love it.

We saw a large boulder field. Literally a field of boulders. Odd.

Oh, I also figured out why I'm stressed. Besides lots of big changes in my life (marriage being a big one, even though it's completely amazing, it's still a transition). Work has been crazy. Not like running around crazy, but a sustained for over a year sort of crazy... I had a great time of talking with my boss this past week, and it was good to discuss things. I feel better now, and I am so glad I'm here! It's a joy (if I remember to let it be) to work at such a rapidly growing pace. It's hard sometimes, though, so we are praying for an assistant. We need one desperately. I am once again in awe that God allows me to join Him in this work. What a blessing!

One of my favorite things about my job is that we pray together. Not every once in a while, but EVERY DAY! Today during our lunch as a staff, Linda shared the verse out of Corinthians that talks about having our faces unveiled. She shared that it's not a one time thing, but that we continually need to be unveiled for God's glory. It was a good reminder. She then sent us off for 1/2 hour to get alone with God and to ask for His revelation to anything that might be keeping us from total freedom. Pretty sweet.

I have been dealing with a lot of fatigue and recently some really intense headaches since my trip in the winter to Eth./India. So I will return to the doctor tomorrow to see if there are any repercussions from the nasty parasite issue. My system is noticeably konked out. I have not been sharing this widely, as I've been trying to remain positive and trying to learn to trust God for complete healing. But Nate and Galen both feel I need to get some blood work done and some extra tests, so I will do that.

Last week, our boss shared the following verses with us out of Psalm 62: One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.

AMEN! I thank God today for His strength and for His love. He is awesome in every way.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Biking in the rain (downpour)

We had so much fun this weekend playing with my new bike and looking through out wedding photos to pick which ones we liked and will have edited :) They are great and I'd say, Daniel did a fantastic job!

For our 8 week-a-versary yesterday, we took off to Mt. Gretna where we rode the rail to trail for 2.5 miles into the cute little town of Mt. Gretna. Nate had the camera, and I forgot to steal it from him... until our drive home... My new bike (which is such a blessing and was a great deal!!!) did great and was SO COMFORTABLE and fun to ride! We got a great deal on it from a great bike shop called Shirk's in East Earl. (for those of you who live near here, a little secret is that the bikes upstairs, are brand new, but last year's models and can be up to 15% off...)

We had some ice cream at this fun place called the Jigger Shop and I have to say, it was packed for a Sunday early evening. We decided we'll have to return sometime soon! Nate braved it and got the Jigger (which was a big sundae!)

On our way home, it started raining, but we decided to ride back anyway. Little did we know, it would be a downpour of sorts and we'd be pretty much soaked to the core when we got back to the car. The return 2.5 miles went by much more quickly! (even though we couldn't see through the rain very well...)

I hooped and hollered in the rain. How often since we were little, have we taken the time to delight in a great, cold, wet rain-soaked bike ride? Not often enough for me :)

And last week, we were blessed to hang out with the crew from (mostly) Colorado who all live here now. It was a great time celebrating with the Sandersons, Weavers, and the Hess'. What a joy to be connected to so many wonderful friends! We saw a very sad sight on our way out... I don't know this poor lawn mowers story, but it appears to have died... It's been mowed around, though... SO maybe it's really dead... It was sad, but it gave us the giggles... Maybe we will have to help them fix it...