Monday, November 30, 2009

Almost Home

I get to go home on Thursday! Can you tell that I am very excited about this?! We get to be home for about seven weeks, due to the holidays, our anniversary, etc! Simply we are in need of much needed rest from our travels!
Since I got that news out of the way, I can now 'brief' you on our lives over the last couple of weeks. I really can't remember the order of which things have happened now...but we were able to have a meeting with my good friends, the Metsingers! It was so fun catching up with them and being able to meet their third child a year after he was born! Good times! Joseph also had a new experience, we had a meeting with a hispanic ministry and Joseph had to preach using a translator! I think he did a good job with the translator, he said that he kept losing his train of thought...you know because of having to say a sentence and then letting the translator speak! But, it was good!
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents since we were with his parents last year. We have decided that we will trade off Thanksgivings with our parents; but Christmas will always be at our place. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, stuffed ourselves fat-I mean aren't you supposed to get fat on Thanksgiving?! If not please send me the memo for next year so that I don't eat as much. My one complaint though about Thanksgiving? Football! Seriously, is America really that thankful for football that it has to be on all day on Thanksgiving?! I'm not thankful for Thanksgiving!
During our time with my parents, Joseph was able to play basketball with some guys from the church while my mom and I went shopping! It was a great time and Joseph realized that yes, he really is aging, because for the first time in a long time he was very sore from playing basketball.
Christmas is right around the corner and I am happy to say we just have one more Christmas present to buy and then we are done with our Christmas shopping! If you remember a few weeks ago, I shared that I was having a difficult time finding the 'perfect' gift for my mother in law-well, I can't tell you what it is; but we found her the perfect gift and we are pretty convinced that she will like it! I love Christmas and on a side note make sure you have the volume turned on your computer because I have attached Christmas music to my blog!
Well, until next time, have fun Christmas shopping!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

10 on Tuesday

1. I am thankful to be at my parents for Thanksgiving.
2. I am thankful that we had a GREAT meeting this past Sunday.
3. I am thankful for God's protection on our travels.
4. I am thankful that I got a good night of sleep last night.
5. I am thankful that next week I get to be home for six weeks!
6. I am thankful that someone gave me money to shopping at Cato!
7. I am thankful that I got to talk to my Grandpa yesterday.
8. I am thankful that next week we get to see Trevor next week.
9. I am thankful to be an American that is free!
10. I am thankful that I actually posted this on Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

10 on Wednesday (Should be Tuesday; but I'm a day late)

1. I am thankful that after 25 years of waiting for the one God had for me, I now have a husband of almost two years! I love my Joseph Daniel!
2. I am thankful that during the last three months of our travels, 3 churches have taken us on for financial support.
3. I am thankful that in just two weeks I get to be home until February!
4. I am thankful for my parents and siblings! I love talking to my mom each day!
5. I am thankful that God knows what is best for my life.
6. I am thankful that I get to see my friends the Metsingers and the Reeves tonight!
7. I am thankful for my new family-Joseph's side of the family!
8. I am thankful that almost all of our Christmas shopping is done!
9. I am thankful that I was able to get most of my scrapbooking done that I needed to for my mom!
10. I am thankful for the life God has given me-it is more than I deserve!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10 on Tuesday

1. Well, I have now ate at Pam’s the Hateful Hussy….yes, there really is a diner with this name. It is located in Talihina, Oklahoma.
2. This past Sunday our meeting was here in Talihina and this where we have stayed the last couple of days. While here we have enjoyed spending time with Danny and Lindsay Harris! I went to college with them and that’s about it, so it was fun getting to know them!
3. I don’t know why; but our internet is being really stupid…I just thought I would throw that out at you.
4. Today, my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary! I remember their wedding day well…haha! I love my parents!
5. I am very proud of myself, I have already finished my Christmas shopping for Joseph and for most of my family! All I have left to shop for is my mother-in-law, she is SO difficult! I am just kidding…I just have to find her the perfect gift, because she is so perfect!
6. It’s November; but it sure doesn’t feel like it down here in Oklahoma! Its been in the 70’s…I am not used to this wonderful weather in November!
7. About one more month left on the road and then Joseph and I will be home for about six weeks-so excited, can’t wait!
8. Thanksgiving is coming quickly…what am I thankful for? I am thankful for…my salvation, December 18th, 2002! This means I am going to Heaven! I am so glad God was willing to send His Son Jesus to die on the cross for me…that is love!
9. Do you know what I hate? Laundry…I am trying to figure when and where I am going to be doing my next load of laundry!
10. This weekend we are off to Dodge City, Kansas for a missions conference!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where Did the Time Go?

Wow! It has been over a month since my last post, we finally have internet access. It seems we have either stayed in prophets chambers with no internet or hotels that charge you to use their internet and we refuse to pay to use their internet! When we have had internet access it has been very short periods of time and just long enough for us to check other necessities besides my blog. I do hope that in spite of my unfaithfulness to my blog that I have not lost the faithfulness of my readers.
So, where has the last month and a few days taken us? From Oklahoma to Iowa, Iowa to Arkansas, Arkansas to Oklahoma, Oklahoma to Wyoming and Wyoming to Oklahoma! Hopefully that makes sense! We left Oklahoma in the beginning of October and went off to Wichita, Kansas for a Sunday meeting! After leaving there it was to Nicoma Park, Oklahoma-the first of 3 missions conferences that we would be in during a 12 day period. While in Nicoma Park we were able to make some new missionary friends, which is always great when you are on the deputation trail! We had a great time there, even the water in the 5th wheel that we were staying in stunk up until the last day we were there! From Nicoma Park we took off to Glenwood, Iowa to be in another missions conference! We were at a church pastored by, Ben Quinlan, a guy I went to college with and it was great to see him and his wife! Joseph and I had such a great time with them that we did not want to leave and it wasn't just because of the wonderful home they put us in that was heated by a wood stove and smelled wonderful! It was also because of the sweet fellowship we enjoyed with them. Once leaving Glenwood we took off to Fort Dodge, Iowa to be in our last missions conference during that 12 days! In Fort Dodge we were able to reconnect with Jason and Tina Harris, missionaries to the Mormons that we have met in the past and we had a great time with them as well as being able to see Trevor, a kid, from Joseph's parents church that is more like Joseph's little brother than simply a friend! Seeing them was a great highlight of that missions conference and we enjoyed our time there at the conference.
Relief, after 12 straight days in church was needed! Yes, I said relief! Don't get me wrong, I love being in church; but for us missionaries it can be work sometimes! Haha! After Fort Dodge we were able to spend some time with my parents and simply relax-it was great! We had a week off from meetings, so we spent time with my parents and were able to go home for a couple of days which was great despite me not feeling well at all!
During our time with my parents, we got a phone call from Andy Stellpflug, a friend of ours from a supporting church in Wyoming. Andy and his wife Theresa invited us to Wyoming for a few days so Joseph and Andy could go hunting! So, it was planned that after a meeting scheduled in Little Rock, Arkansas we would drive to Oklahoma City and fly out to Wyoming for five days! This was such an encouragement to us and came at just the right time...we praise the Lord for His "little" love notes He gives us along the way.
Joseph and I had a blast in Wyoming! Joseph was able to go hunting and while he personally didn't catch anything-he had a fun time! I was also able to make homemade pizza-which Joseph and I had been so hungry for and I think it was a hit with Andy and his family! And Joseph was able to preach on Wednesday night for the church! It was great to get away and visit Andy, Theresa, their family, Pastor Jupp, his family and the church-they have all become more like family to us!
Currently, we are in Talihina, Oklahoma for a Sunday meeting! Since we have been back on the road in August, we have picked up two more supporting churches and hopefully we will pick up more before making our way home in December!
I wish I could spend more time making this post more personal; but if I did that the post would be forever and a day long...so, hopefully I will be back for 10 on Tuesday!