I hope you all are having a blessed Christmas season!
Though I have yet to update my blog with the latest happenings, know that I do have lots of pictures to share with you. [grin] I was able to take a very special first anniversary trip with my man, after which we flew home for two weeks to celebrate Christmas with family. What wonderful, special times! Dan and I are in Nebraska for only a few more days, so I'm trying to make the most of our time here and getting on the computer is very low priority. Which means you can look for oodles of pictures and updates in January! So stay tuned...
Friday, December 31, 2010
I hope you all are having a blessed Christmas season!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
There is one book that I am always reading through: God's Holy Word. My structure for devotions occasionally changes, and in January Dan and I committed to reading through the entire Bible together in our first year of marriage. What a blessing it has been!
I'm also currently enjoying several other books:
I just started The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. Though I've only read a few chapters, this book has already deepened my appreciation for what our Founding Fathers really did when they wrote our Constitution. I'm fascinated with history and am looking forward to growing in my understanding of the events that surrounded the birth of our nation.
I love reading miraculous accounts from the Bible about God's mighty acts on behalf of His people. I'm encouraged when I read about missionaries and heroes of faith who saw God's powerful hand at work as they pursued fulfilling the Great Commission. I also find it very exciting to find books that record stories of how God is working TODAY in such amazing ways across our world -- and For the Love of my Brothers is definitely one of those books. It is actually a continuation of the dramatic story of Brother Andrew's work among the suffering church. (His first book is God's Smuggler. If you haven't read either of them, I highly recommend that you do so).
At a slower pace, my husband and I are reading Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith together. We have been given so much and truly want to make the most of every opportunity the Lord sends our way. Desiring to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us, we ordered a few tracts and are enjoying reading this book by Ray Comfort to better equip ourselves.
Also on my 'to read' list is Blog by Hugh Hewitt and Wrestling Prayer by Eric and Leslie Ludy.
What are you currently working through?
(I've gotten several of these books for next to nothing thanks to paperbackswap. If you are unfamiliar with how it works, I highly recommend that you check it out!)
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
For those who use swagbucks and print coupons, you can now earn swagbucks for printing and redeeming coupons! Since I get several coupons from the internet every week, I'm very excited about this!
Here's how it works: head to swagbucks.com and in the header look for the tab that says "earn", then find the "coupons" link -- which takes you to the page to print coupons. These coupons are hosted by coupons.com and you'll earn 10 swagbucks for every coupon you print and redeem. It may take up to eight to twelve weeks for the swagbucks to show up in your account, so you will have to be patient.
If you still haven't begun using swagbucks yet, I highly recommend beginning now! We've been able to purchase most of the necessary law books that Dan needed for school this year for free, plus something special to decorate our home with!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
...and I'm so excited! Tonight I placed an order to get the Willow Tree Nativity Set mailed right to my door -- and didn't have to pay a penny (thanks to swagbucks!)
Monday, November 15, 2010
TJ and Susan have been married for seven years and have four spunky, photogenic, adorable children. Susan is a photographer and I think she has some pretty cute lil' people to photograph. (This is a definite advantage to having children -- there are always priceless moments and expressions to capture!)
But this photo session was for the parents, who are still very, very much in love.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Except...we forgot to reserve a campsite until two days before we were hoping to be there!
Dan called and everything was packed. "Yes, there are always a few cancellations, but there is no way to be put on a waiting list." As we wondered what to do (and began mentioning different camping options), I prayed something would open up and that we'd be able to reserve it. As I made supper later that night, Dan checked the website. And sure enough -- a campsite was open!! And we jumped on it with excitement and thankfulness!
And we had such an incredible, incredible weekend.
We pulled in around 2 on Saturday -- and with the sun shining and perfect weather, we couldn't resist running to play in the ocean's waves.
Okay, so it started out as a walk on the beach, but soon someone threw the other person in. [grin]
Sunday night we took a moonlit walk on the beach (talk about romantic!) then went and laid on the sand and enjoyed looking up at all the stars and naming constellations.
"The heavens will praise YOUR wonders...
For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?
O LORD God of hosts, Who is might like YOU, O LORD?
YOUR faithfulness also surrounds YOU."
When its waves rise, YOU still them.
The heavens are YOURS, the earth also is YOURS;
The world and all its fullness, YOU have founded them."
A mare and her foal stopped by as we were grilling supper, and they thoroughly sniffed everything. We were enjoying having them visit until they tried to eat our supper. Dan came to the rescue and guarded the food -- while I continued taking pictures.
They walk, O LORD, in the light of YOUR countenance.
In YOUR name they rejoice all day long.
YOU are the glory of their strength.
Thank you Lord, for such a precious weekend!