October 28, 2010

pumpkin patch!

Last weekend Mark and I went to the Kruger Farms pumpkin patch with my good friends Sarah and Andrew Fox.  We had an awesome time going through an extremely muddy corn maze, having tasty food and drinks, and hunting through the pumpkin patch for THE perfect pumpkins!  Mark and I finally carved our pumpkins last night so I thought I would share the adventure with everyone!  

MUD.

Mr. and Mrs. Fox

Mark and I :)

Muddy Chucks.

YUM!

Creating our masterpieces. 


Aren't they so cute!  Mine is on the left, Marks' is on the right.


I love doing all these fun things with Mark for the first time!  We are so excited to be spending the holiday's together, bring it on Christmas!

:)  


October 27, 2010

ecclesiastes.

         So I suppose the good thing about reading the Bible is the closeness you realize you could have with God, our creator.  The bad side is that it tends to make me realize how far away from God I really am.  Confessing the fact that I might be feeling distant from Him makes me feel like such a small, small person...luckily there was an awesome group of girls to share it with tonight.
         Have you ever sat there praying and just been thinking, why don't I feel you next to me?  Why do I feel nothing?  I think the last few weeks my mind has been being fed this constant lie, that He isn't here with me.  That God isn't in everything I see, that I'm not here for Him alone.  It's scary, because I started to really think it.  The last two weeks at church my pastor has been inviting people that need healing to go to the back where people were praying, or to stay afterwards, so that people can pray for you...and I felt God nudging me there, but I didn't want to seem weak, I didn't want people to know that something was wrong, I'd be vulnerable...but today God pressed and pressed this on my heart, that it's okay to admit that you are on fire, that your life is up in flames, that something is wrong in your heart/mind.  
       Wise people, they SCREAM fire.  They yell for help...Fools laugh and pretend that everything is fine, that they have never been singed.  But Christ came for those who are on fire.  The burn victims.  The wounded.  The first thing to do is scream out fire, then move, take a step to recovery.  Don't be afraid to ask for help, we all need it, we all struggle and we all have fallen to our sin nature. Christ is there to put the fire out, but we have to give the struggle up to Him.  
       I have to give a shout out to Jana and Kelly, Sierra and Lucia, who were at my house yesterday evening.  I told them that God told me to get prayer, and they all laid hands on me and we prayed.  God is so good.  Immediately I knew that this was what I should have done the first second I heard that lie.  The girls didn't know a single thing that had been going through my head, yet they prayed hard for all the right things.  Praise God for giving me the courage to do something scary, and for providing the women to help.


       Please act on your pain, get prayed for, over any little thing that might be hindering your relationship with God.  
       He wants you to come to Him.  Let me know if you need prayer!





October 22, 2010

fill in the blank friday.

Its already here again, wow, this week went by super fast!  I can't wait for my fantastic weekend to start!  Class tomorrow morning, followed by pumpkin patch with Sarah and Andrew Fox and the boyfriend, Josh's birthday, twin's birthday and church!  
This week's questions are 'short and sweet'!  You should do one on your blog and link the post in my comment section ;)

I found this gorgeous Raggedy Ann at an antique shop in Sellwood,  Stars,
it reminded me of my awesome childhood!

1.   I am        a lover of Jesus, a loving girlfriend, a nanny to three adorable children and someone you can count on .

2.  I wish   everyone could experience the grace of God,  his awesomeness, and his undying love for us  .

3.  I like       spending time with Mark, the three wonderful people in my class and our discussions, traveling to Coos Bay for a few days, any sort of yummy treat and when Mark tells me I'm beautiful :)     .

4.  I can    knit one mean  blanket.  Or scarf.   .

5.  I hope      that Mark and I will be able to travel after we get married...He has some amazing dreams I would love to be a part of .

6.  I think      that my sisters are the most wonderful girls I know, I wish we all lived closer so that we could spend every morning drinking coffee and lovin on each other.   .

7.  I was      working out with Jillian with the 30 day shred up until two weeks ago, I can't get myself motivated anymore, but I did go on a short run this morning, its the little victories I guess!      .




Thanks for reading!  I hope your weekend is shaping up to be just as killer as mine :)  

October 17, 2010

colossians.

Happy Sunday!
Today has been great so far, coffee and breakfast out with my love at Barista and then on to Lovejoy Bakers for a delicious breakfast sandwich!  I even tried out my new tall boots with a cute little blue sweater dress (Mark even liked the outfit!)
After breakfast we headed back to my place to work on some homework.  I haven't blogged about school yet at all so I thought before starting on my homework I would tell you a bit about it!  :)
        I've been going to Eternity Bible College up here in Portland since the last weekend in August.  Oh my gosh, I've already learned so much, its hard to believe I didn't know any of this stuff before!  I'm taking only one class, Bible Study Methods with Chuck Bomar and Justin Pederson, but it has proved to be just about as much work as I could handle this term anyway.  We are reading a book called Grasping God's Word, and I love it.  Justin and Chuck decided that we would do all the work from this term on the book of Colossians, and I think so far over the last month and a half I have read Colossians at least 40 times :).   The specific passage I've been working in is 1:24-29, asking questions, observing, reading, observing, reading some more, and some more observing. Ha.
        I always feel silly writing my actual thoughts about things on here, but I think I need to work thru it, so here ya go.  I know that I've read Colossians before, but I don't think I ever read it with the intention to actually understand what Paul was writing to them about, or the reason he was writing.  When you read the Bible for knowledge instead of just thinking thats what Christians are supposed to do, it gets kind of intense.  Apparently Epaphras came to Paul where he was imprisoned and told him of some false doctrines being taught in Colossae!  Paul wrote the letters to the Colossians to make sure they knew that Christ's death was enough, that He was head over all other 'authorities'.  Paul then went on to encourage them in their 'new selves' and give new instructions on their lives and households.
        A few weeks ago we did an historical background study and this week a cultural background study on it....I wish we could walk through studies of each other book of the Bible, I guess eventually I'll get there :)
Thanks for reading!  Oh, Theophilus Church tonight, dinner at 5, service at 6!  Come join us!

October 15, 2010

fill in the blank friday.

SO...I'm terrible at blogging, I decided if I do it every once in a while, maybe I'll eventually start doing it more!  I stole this from a blog that I secretly stalk (http://thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com/).   Lauren is awesome and a great blogger, she does this every week, maybe I will try to do it too ;)


Ha!  I found this photo in my old archives of working with Mark Armstrong at PDR.  :)



1.   Blogging is       something I am absolutely terrible at, but would love love love to do it more    .

2.  A current fashion trend I wish I was brave enough to wear is   tall boots.  I actually purchased a pair and received them in the mail, but I'm a total wuss, and now I'm rethinking this purchase.  I think they are super cute, maybe I just need Lauren to give me free fashion lessons!  .

3.  My greatest accomplishment in life thus far is       deciding to go back to college.  Not that huge, but its a first step to something I'm very excited about   :)    .

4.  If I had to choose between a mountain or a beach vacation I'd choose    a beach vacation.  I'm looking forward to a honeymoon somewhere warm where I can wear a bathing suit all day everyday.  (Nope, no honeymoon even on the agenda yet..just you know...wishful thinking! .

5.  A talent I wish I had is      doing hair and makeup!  God gave me this crazy frizzy curly hair, but so far hasn't provided anyone to help me figure out what to do with it.  I have high hopes tho, I know He always provides... .

6.  A talent I do have is        putting babies to sleep.  I'm like a baby magnet, and then when I get ahold of them, I put them to sleep.  Its odd, but comes in handy when what you do for a living is take care of babies!    .

7.  This week       is SO CLOSE to being over.  9 hour day today and then FREE for two days!!!     .




I hope everyone had a great week and that you have a marvelous weekend!