Tuesday, February 23, 2010

snow day!

a real live snow day!
to do lists were put on hold,
and ross and i threw snowballs while our
bodies froze and faces went numb.

praise the Lord for reminding us
how foolish it is to think were in control of our days
and what a blessing it is to spend an afternoon together
with snowflakes, hot chocolate, and a warm nap.

snow is perfect in 10 min doses.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


i realize i'm probably extremely behind the times here, but just in case:
my dear friend susan came to visit this week and mentioned lala.com,
a website where you can listen to entire songs/cds

for free.

perfect for the days when you wish you could control pandora and the itunes previews just aren't long enough.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

on love

"Have you ever met someone who was utterly and desperately in love with Jesus? I have. My wife's grandma Clara.
I spoke recently at Grandma Clara's funeral, and I could honestly tell the mourners gatherers that I had never know anyone more excited to see Jesus. Every morning Clara would kneel by her bed and spend precious hours with he rSavior and Lover; later in the day, just the sigh of that corner of her bed would bring joy-filled tears and a deep anticipation of the next morning spent kneeling in His presence.
Grandma Clara acted toward God the way we act toward people we're madly in love with.
When you are truly in love, you go to great lengths to be with the one you love. You'll drive for hours to be together, even if it's only for a short while. You don't mind staying up late to talk. Walking in the rain is romantic, not annoying. You'll willingly spend a small fortune on the one you're crazy about. When you are apart from each other, it's painful, even miserable. He or she is all you think about; you jump at any chance to be together.
In his book God Is the Gospel, John Piper essentially asks whether you are in love with God:
The critical question for our generation-and for every generation- is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?
How many of you will read those words and say, "You know, I might be okay with that?" If you are as deeply in love with Gad as Grandma Clara was, you know you could never be satisfied in a heaven without Christ."

- Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Sunday, February 14, 2010

love love love

ross & i had a completely wonderful valentines weekend-
which left me feeling full of love and incredibly blessed.

friday afternoon i surprised ross by telling him we would be going away for the weekend.
almost 2 hours of driving and extreme glee soundtrack sing-a-long-ing later,
we arrived in austin, and check into a fabulous hotel (thanks, mom & dad!).

that night, we headed out to catch our dinner reservation downtown, and to ross' surprise (and loudly expressed delight) we met up with our dear friends from bcs- the higleys!

after a swanky mexican meal, we hit the town for some salsa dancing.
(note: salsa may be our achilles heal in the dancing world. so fun, but so not easy)
it wasn't until we were absorbing the coolness of austin in the elephant room filled with jazz
that i told ross the next surprise: a photo shoot with stancy higley!

all day saturday was dedicated to enjoying the long lost sunshine. we had so much fun working with stancy and taking pictures all over congress street. at the end of the photo session, we even got to enjoy a mighty cone (freakishly good) & a cupcake. there's just something about eating food out of a cool silver airstream in the sunshine on a street filled with people walking their dogs & having fun. and now we're praying that it will be in accordance with God's will that ross & i can move to austin next summer.

anyway, saturday night ross and i enjoyed a nice meal to celebrate our first married valentines day & pray that we will have many, many more together. and then decided it would be in the best interests of our waistlines to lay off the nice dinners for a while.... but we are so grateful that that we got to spend away with friends and quality alone time.

here's to sharing the love & loving salads from here on out.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

puppy love


excuse me, where is that tiny dog from? i would like it when you're finished with it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

it's coming...

soooo pretty!
best part: the design is free to download
so you can share the love come v-day.

ahhh valentines day is the best!!
i maintain that Jesus really likes it too-
it's a day set aside celebrating love.
i mean, hello.

plus, there's lots & lots of tiny tasty treats.


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