"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wedding Planning: Only 36 days left!

Doesn't that look peaceful. Steve and I booked our honeymoon this weekend. I am so glad that is finished. It takes a huge load of stress off knowing that that is planned. We bought the plan tickets, rented the car, and booked the room. We are going to California just South of San Diego. From the pictures on the website it looks really nice. We are going to be right on the beach of the Pacific Ocean. I will take tons of pictures, don't worry. I bet it is going to gorgegous. Please pray that we have great weather for the weekend of the wedding and for the week after. Also please pray for safe travels since I really don't like to fly.

The only big things we have left are finalizing the reception, finishing my wedding ring, and getting a final count for the reception once we get all the RSVPs back (Hint Hint! for those that havent turned in yet. :) ). I'm sure we will think of things as the day gets closer. I still have to figure my hair and little details like that but those shouldnt take to much time. I have to work on cleaning and packing my room this weekend. I'm making a pile/box of garage sale and sell things so hopefully I can make a little extra money before I move. You don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to move it. Money is going to tight for the next few months, but I suppose thats what happens when you get married. Steve and I are putting ourselves on a strick budget so we can squeeze as much out of the next months incomes that we can.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Praise God!

It's almost all back. It has been a real nightmare trying to get all my money refunded back to me. Two of my banks/accounts have refunded me all the money that was taken. I'm just waiting for one more. I'm so happy because now I have the money I need to pay for my wedding ring, our honeymoon, etc. I had almost $2500 taken from 3 different banks. It has not been a fun experience. I am so thankful for Steve. Without him I dont know if I would have made it through. He was always there at every moment. He took time off work to go to BMV and the social security offices with me when i had to replace all those indentification cards. He came with me to all the banks when I had to tell them what happened and fill out all the paperwork. He went with me to the Police Department when I had to fill out the police report. He made a bunch of phone calls and all this time he is also making wedding plans so I could relax and don't have to worry about that too. He is an amazing man. I feel like I'm the luckiest girl in the world that I get to marry him.
This experience is almost over. Then it's on the next adventure. I know that God has been with me the whole time. Sometimes it's hard to see or hear from God when you are in the experience. I know that when it first started I was really stressed and didnt know why it was happening. I dont I'll ever have a reason but I didnt let it shake my faith. I just kept moving through the storm until God got me out on the other side.

Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Oasis Update: March 21, 2007

Oasis: March 21, 2007

The Gift series is over. I know I have said it before but I'm so proud of this students. They were went over and above to help the children at the YWCA and the animals at the Humane Society. We didnt have Eagles Nest time this week which made a few of my girls a little sad but we made it through. We had a celebration for the projects instead. Judy showed videos of what each group did and talked about each group. All of the students did a really great job on all the projects. Some Eagles Nests split up into a guys group and a girls group but we kept ours all together since we don't have many guys.

GCC is entering a new phase with this new building project. This is the first project that had the students directly involved in it and i think it went great. Hopefully, my students learned a little about what it means to serve and give of yourself. Ask yourself...How do you want to me remembered? I want to be remembered as someone who spent her life serving other people. I can't wait to see what lies around the corner. What new adventures are in store for me and my girls, and guys too of course.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Pampered Chef Bridal Shower

I had my first Bridal Shower yesterday. It was pretty fun. There were alot of my parents friends (they are friends of the family), my grandma, both of my sisters, and some of Steve's family. Three of his sister-in-laws and his mom came. His sisters each brought one of their kids. It was a party. I got to help the Pampered Chef lady cook. Yeah!

After the party, I drove down to Wakarusa and hung out with Steve for a little while. I made him dinner since he hadn't ate yet.

We have gotten a lot of RSVPs back so far. I'm starting to get really excited. It's only like 47 days away. I am so ready to be Mrs. Stephen Pitney.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Oasis: The Gift Series

My students never cease to amaze me. I am so proud of them. They really took ownership of this project. They took their time (about 3 weeks), their talent, and their resources to really bless the children of the YWCA. Oasis supplied $120 and they could do whatever they wanted with it. They decided to make some pillows and gift bags for the children staying at the YWCA and to donate some toys, blankets, etc to the animal shelter.

Here are some pictures of them in action. We are delivering the items to the YWCA this afternoon so I'll put up those pictures too.

Oasis: The Gift Project

Give your life with an attitude of generosity. It feels really good to help other people but it also blesses God's heart.

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I got my new drivers license today. It didnt take as long as I thought it would but it was still not fun. Especially since I have to go back the DMV after May and get a new one with my new last name. I'm waiting for life to settle down. Any idea when that will be?

Invitations went out this weekend so that is one less thing to do. We are going to work on planning the reception and finalizing the rehearsal dinner this week. Then it's honeymoon planning time. We have an idea of where we want to go but we havent pinned it down exactly yet.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

It has been a really long couple of day. My purse was stolen was work sometime Wednesday and someone went crazy with all my debit cards. It has been pretty stressful trying to get my money. I'm not as concerned about finding our who did as I am getting my money back. The worst part is that my emergency fund and our honeymoon funds are gone. Hopefully I will be able to get them back before we leave.

Please pray for me and Steve as we try to get our stuff back together. My drivers license and my Social Security cards were in my purse, as well, so I get to do a bunch of paper work next week.

Today is going to spent at Cici's Pizza with my students and Steve and work tonight. Second Saturday was today but i wasnt able to go to it because Steve and I had marriage counseling but I'm meeting them for pizza.

Looking forward to things getting better...

Sunday, March 4, 2007


They never seen long enough. This weekend I started back at Fazoli's just for some extra income. We weren't that busy all weekend. The extra money will be nice though. The goal is to be out of debt by the time I'm 30.
Wedding planning seems to be coming along quite nicely. Invitation will be going out this week then we can check that off the list of thing to do. That is going to feel great. Once the invitations are out the next task is getting the order of the cermony and the reception completely organized. We still have to finalize our wedding ring order and order them. Money seems to tight right now but not unmanagable. I am working on moving all my bank account over to one bank then he is going to transfer all his money in that same bank. So we will have our money all at one bank, instread of the current three.

Steve is still trying to fix his car. He is having trouble finding out what is wrong. Everytime he fixes something he finds another problems.

I spent today after church making purchases for our Eagles Nests project. I can't wait to see what kinds of things they put together.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Oasis Update

I am so exited about this current series at Oasis. We are a series called "The Gift". We are encourging the students to look beyond the walls of GCC and do something for somebody else. I am so proud of my students. They have come up with some really great ideas. We kicked off the projects last night. I can't wait to see what they come up with next week.