This is for a few special people – and you know who you are- because few people even know that this site exists. =) Where do I begin when it’s been so long???
Things are going very well right now. Becky had her baby on Monday, January 30, 2006. Taylor Jane is beautiful just like her Mommy & Daddy & I can’t wait to be able to watch her grow up. My network of babies that I care about & am thrilled about getting reports on is rapidly growing! Corban is beautiful & will soon be getting a sister or brother & my good friends were just blessed with 3 beautiful children- Tony, Lisa & Junior!
All of these kiddos are soooo extremely precious to me –almost to the point that I want to cry. I really take great pride in these children – even though I had nothing to do with making them the way they are….they are a tremendous blessing to me. Just want you all to know that! If I can put up pictures with permissions - I will do that – shortly.
Work is going good. I’m busy as busy can be, and I guess that speaks well about the business my company is doing. =) (More later on this topic).
Clint & I have been using video lately, that’s why I haven’t been posting many pictures, but I promise I’ll get back to pics as there seems to be a need for them now.
The house is moving right along. We’ve finished the bathroom & kitchen – Clint finished the tile & we’ve replaced the peach tile that was on the window sills with white marble. Clint gave me the best surprise I could have asked for on my last business trip. I was gone for 5 days and during that time Clint, Adam & Marlene worked tirelessly mudding, texturing, painting and glazing the walls in our kitchen. Now it looks as though I’m living in Italy & it is just beautiful! (Pictures can’t even do it justice, but I’ll try).
Speaking of Italy, Jenn came back from Italy with a shiny new gem…on her finger! =) Yep, she went away and came back engaged to an Italian – Gieuseppi (sp?) – and we are very excited for her. Hopefully I’ll get to meet him soon – as I’ve already heard so many good things about him. Jenn has been staying with us for a while, and it’s been nice having her around for a while.
Speaking of having her around for a while--- there is one girl I’m going to be missing a lot pretty soon. Sarah is leaving this month for Heidelberg, Germany. She’ll be gone for around 7 months! I can’t believe the time has already come. I will miss her so much, but I am so excited for her and the experience she is about to embark on. Study abroad is a great adventure – and one I’d recommend to most anyone. (But if you go, guard yourself, as you’ll undoubtedly learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. And you might not always like what you find….changes will ensue). Sarah is a star though, she’ll probably make fast friends with a few good Germans and I hope she gets to take some time to tell my friends hello as well!!!
Other news? I’m so tired! This weekend I had my church youth girls over to stay for a “girl’s night out”. We had a great time – which started with painting Ryan’s house (our new worship leader at church & good friend of Clint & I during college) for a group project –( we only finished one hallway in 3 hours!!) and from there we went on to my house to make home-made pizza – each girl brought an ingredient – and it was wonderful. From there – over to Britton & Dee’s (the youthpastor’s house) for a dip in their hot tub (which felt really good after painting). After that we went back to my house for talking & games. At around 2:30 or 3:00am some girls wanted to sleep and some wanted to stay up – so I proposed a video….and after settling on one – the night took an unexpected turn and we ended up watching Clint’s & my (somewhat spastic) wedding video – so I decided to stay up too & point out who different people were & explain what all was going on. That was actually a lot of fun to see again. Then I finally went to bed close to 4am, and then woke up early to fix breakfast and organize the procession to the church in time for Sunday school.
I hope everyone had a great time. I did – even though I’m so exhausted today. I think it was worth it. And, hopefully before the week is over…I’ll be able to catch up.
And with that….another week begins…please pray for me this week as I work on wrestling through some new thoughts. Pray that I will be given clear direction and guidance and that I will be receptive & open to what God is telling me. Pray that God will renew my strength and desire – that I will have the stamina to pursue him ferociously. I will pray the same for all of you. Please also let me know if there are more specific ways that I can be praying for you.