"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

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Support the YWCA at a Ladies Night Out at the Cove

Ladies’ Night Out!
Summer has finally arrived and its time to have fun and make a difference...all at the same time! The South Bend Silver Hawks are providing one night of fashion, entertainment and community outreach for all Michiana women on Wednesday, July 20th and we hope you’ll join us. 
  • InspireMe boutique, the title sponsor of Ladies’ Night Out, presents a Summer Line Fashion Show during the game along with the latest fashion advice.
  • Silver Hawks staff and interns will also be lending a hand by auctioning their services to the community with all proceeds benefitting the YWCA North Central Indiana’s programs for women and children.
  • And if that isn’t enough to get you there… one lucky woman will be chosen to participate in the Silver Hawks Ambush Makeover. The winner will receive free services from Salon Rouge and a fashion consultation with Jeanne from InspireMe.
Don’t miss out!! Take a night off with your best girlfriends and join the boys of summer for some fun!

To order your tickets please CLICK HERE
(type “YWCA” as the Special Offer Code) so a portion of the ticket price goes to the YWCA or call (574) 235-9988 to purchase tix over the phone

Thanks for supporting the YWCA!
Join the YWCA & the South Bend Silver Hawks for Summer Fun at the Cove

Monday, June 27, 2011

Looking Forward to What's Ahead

It feels like things are coming together. Steve and I had a two hour conversation with our Wycliffe recruiter on Sunday. Since we hit the break even point in our debt we felt that we could move ahead with the process. We now know what our next step is. Once we fill out the application and become approved candidates, and have an interview with the application specialist we can apply for the Equip training in Orlando. Equip is a two week training that will teach us about partnership building, language development, and other things for Wycliffe. The next Equip training is at the end of January. Two weeks in Orlando in January 2012...that sounds like a great plan. Then when we complete that we will get our assignment and can start our graduate studies at GIAL. At this point we will put the house on the market and move to Dallas. Selling the house will not only make us debt free but will give us the money we need to pay for school. We are thinking that maybe that can happen in the next two years. We can keep working our current jobs through the whole process.
I'm excited to see what God has in store for us in the next few years.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Survived Turning 30

I turned 30 over the weekend on Saturday.  It was a beautiful weekend.  Steve and I went out for my birthday dinner on Friday night after I got off work.  We decided to try somewhere that we had never been before.  We tried The Flat Top Grill in Mishawaka.  It was pretty good.  Basically, they give you a bowl and you fill it up with all the veggies and meat that you want and pour some sauce on top and they stir-fry it all up for you.  I actually decided to live a little and get strawberry lemonade, instead of my normal water.  Hey, you only turn 30 once. :o)
Since we were in the mall, we walked around Barnes and Noble and looked at the clearance tables and see if there are any books that we want to read.   I wanted to try the new yogurt shop in Granger, but it wasn't open yet.

Friday and Saturday was my parent's neighborhood garage sale.  Friday I sat at my parent's in the morning, but then I had to go to work at Sears until 7.  Saturday, I requested off from Sears so I sat at the sale all day with my mom and our friend, Sue.  Steve and I love to go garage saleing.  We were pretty successful at our sale.  We seemed busier on Friday, then on Saturday but Steve and I sold a bunch of stuff.  My mom said between all the families involved in our sale we made over $400.  Steve and I walked around the blocks to see what everyone else was sellling.  We didn't find much to buy, but Steve did find some tools.  It was a beautiful weekend for a garage sale.  We heard that it rained in other areas on Mishawaka, but it didn't rain at all in Reverewood.

Sunday was Father's Day.  Since I took Saturday off work for the garage sale, I had to work on Sunday.  We were kind of busy with shoppers, possible some last minute Father's Day presents.  I got off work at 4 and when I got home Steve was doing yard work.  Then we went over to my parent's for Father's Day dinner.  I love having such a tight-nit family that live so close to each other, so we can get together so often.  I saw my family on Thursday when I was bringing things over for the garage sale, Friday and Saturday during the sale, and on Sunday for Father's Day.  I will see them tonight at Trivia Night too.
I'm looking forward to the next decade.  It should full of new and exciting adventures.  Bring it on!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Steve Thinks My Tractor's Sexy!

Do you like my new tractor?  Just kidding, I got to drive the tractor at work today while we were putting them away from outside.  It was pretty fun to drive it around.  It rode it around the parking lot while I was waiting for my co-workers to get the rest of the stuff inside.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Can God Really Be Trusted?

I know that God has promised to provide all our needs.  This year just seems to have been filled with so many set backs when it comes to our financial goals.  With all the job losses, car repairs, and such similar events it seems like every time we were getting ahead something happened to set us back.  Even with all these things setbacks, God has been providing for us at every turn.  We finally, after a lot of hard work, have gotten to our "Break Even Point" where when we sell the house we will be debt free.  That is exciting for us because now we can make the necessary plans to move to Texas and join Wycliffe completely debt free.  There is an application process and some classes that we have to take and then once we get accepted we can make plans to sell the house, create our support team, and move to Texas.  It's a process that can take some time, but it's exciting that now can start.  And it also means that each debt payment that we make from this point until we move is just gravy.  The more I think about the question above, the more I realize that the answer is an absolute "Yes."  He may not always provide in the speed that I expect or in the way I expect, but He will always provide all our needs.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:25-33

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I love Summer!

Steve and I had a somewhat productive weekend.  We both had to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We don't usually work on Sunday, so it was strange that we were both scheduled.  I like the extra hours though.  Saturday, I also helped a friend move after work.  Sunday, I was pretty sore after that.
We did manage to get some stuff done around the house this weekend though.  The weather was just beautiful this weekend.  It was hot and sunny and I like that much more than cold and rainy.  Summer is very close to my favorite season and it looks like summer is here finally.  We actually broke down and turned the air conditioning on in the house this weekend.  The fans just weren't cutting it with the humidity.
Steve used the great weather to get the garage cleaned up and organized.  It looks great.  I turned the sprinkler on to water the flowers in our backyard that my amazing mom planted and then decided since the water was on I might as well wash my car.  I even vacuumed it out.  It looks very nice. 
I'm still working on getting garage sale stuff together.  I have filled my car up twice now and am starting to bring stuff over to my parent's house.  I have tried to advertise in all free places I can think of.  I am hoping for a very successful sale because our Emergency Fund took a big hit last week when we took my car into the shop.  It was making some weird noises and shaking really hard when we were driving on the bypass.  So now the Focus has some brand new tires, a new tire rod, and a few other things were done.  Overall, it was a relaxing and productive weekend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Reverewood Neighborhood Garage Sale

Steve and I (and a few other families) are having a garage sale at my parent's house in Reverewood.  Saturday the 18th is my 30th birthday, so you should come and celebrate with me at our garage sale.  On the map below, the house is actually a little farther down the street from the marker, but it's close.  The house is actually at the "d" in Medford.

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