Up at the altar
Monday, June 21, 2010
Up at the altar
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This is a vehicle for driving on the moon. It is actually controlled using an upgraded version of an X Box controller. So the time all those astronauts spent playing video games in college has really paid off!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Around the time my car will be ready I start preparing for my short hike. The good thing about Denton is that you actually can walk many places, though it isn't really normal to do so. Suddenly I realize that I gave the Firestone man my whole key chain, which means I have no house key! What should I do? I really want to get my car before tonight (when Ryan gets home). But I don't want my house to get robbed!
I start to think. Has my house been robbed before? No. Could it still happen in the brief time I'm gone? Possibly. Has anyone mysterious ever come to my door during the 2 years we've been here? No. Is this a safe area of town? I think so. So I decided to take a chance.
However, I'm not dumb. I know that robbers are tricky people so I decide to make it look like someone is home and to pretend to lock my door. I turned on the downstairs TV. I put it on some sports channel to make it seem more likely that a man is home. I leave lights on downstairs. As I walk out the door I shout, "Bye honey! " so that if someone was watching they would think someone was home. I used the pool key I keep on another chain to pretend to lock up. Hahaha, I think, I am so clever!
I walk briskly to Firestone. The faster I walk, the less time someone would have to break in. I probably look like one of those crazy old lady power walkers at the mall. I arrive at Firestone. As I'm about to pay I realize the amount seems a bit low. "Did you check the break light?" I ask. " I think so..... umm.... let me ask the guy," says Firestone man. Turns out they didn't. What? "Well, please hurry, my house is unlocked and I don't want bad guys getting in!" I politely reply with a smile on my face. Just be patient, I tell myself, they didn't do this on purpose. Finally everything is good to go. I pay again. And the Firestone man decides to give me the break light for free! So, patience paid off. Niceness goes a long way. I race to get home in my car. No burglars. No bad guys. All is well again. Next time I will only give Firestone my car key. And I hope my safety loving grandmother never reads this.
Monday, June 14, 2010
And then Ronald McDonald showed up! Seemingly out of nowhere he walked up and did a little show for the kids in the audience. After that he led the kids in a flag holding parade around the pavillion. While the band played the Mickey Mouse theme song. Hmmm....
After a long day at the beach nothing is more refreshing than a couples massage!
Here we are in front of the beautiful hotel that had the spa we went to. This was not actually our hotel. The La Quinta was too beautiful to photograph :)
Saturday, June 5, 2010
1. The pool. Notice I did not say swimming. I just want to be in the pool or by the pool. Last weekend I bought an amazing raft at Target and I already love it!
2. Reading lots of books. Thankfully the public library is just down the street. I can even walk there.
3. The sun stays out later in the evening. I feel like this makes my evening time so much sweeter.
4. I get to sleep in past 6 am. Goodbye alarm clock.
5. Eating ice cream and drinking lemonade. So refreshing!
6. Summer weddings! I love celebrating love!
7. Going on vacation!!! This year all of my family is going to Vancouver, Canada in July!
8. Having enough time to get all of the "housewife" things done (cook, clean, shop...) and still have plenty of free time for fun stuff like hanging out with the husband, friends, and family.
9. The warm weather. I love Texas.
10. Wearing summer dresses. They look cute and are so much easier to wear than an actual outfit.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
My past 4 years at my school have been good learning experiences. I have learned how to love better. I have learned patience. I have learned how to better work along side people. Don't get me wrong, some of my teaching experiences were really hard and frustrating, but I'm not leaving teaching because I hate it or dislike my kids.
Over the summer Ryan and I will be moving to be closer to our youth group kids. And with this move, comes the beginning of a new dream. The main purpose of us moving is so that we can be completely invested in the Westlake community. We want to know our students and their families. We want to live life with them, in a way that can't happen by us just driving out their for church services and youth groups. But most importantly, we want to be able to share the gospel of Christ with them. Ryan and I have been so blessed by our years in Denton and now we're ready for God to use us in an incredible, and unpredictable way. We want our lives to reflect how knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him can change a life. I feel like it is completely possible for teachers to live God glorifying lives. For me, however, teaching is so much of a lifestyle and I kept feeling like it was keeping me from doing what I desire to do as Ryan's wife and helper. It is also my dream to one day be a stay at home mom.
This week (and past couple of months) has been filled with a mixture of emotions. I'm excited to see what God has planned. I get nervous that I don't yet know of this plan. I feel sad to leave my kids. Sometimes I cry. I LOVE hanging out in Westlake with our youth kids. I wish I could stay in Denton forever. I can't wait to move to our new apartment in Westlake. Ha.... my husband is a saint for loving me and just nodding along whenever I talk about the many ways I feel.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
For Memorial Day we went out to Westlake again and celebrated Decoration Day. It is an event held in the Westlake cemetery that honors veterans. They had a traveling replica of the Liberty Bell with the 10 Commandments.