Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quarter of a Century

Today Jason turned 25! The celebrations actually started Friday though. In order to surprise him and enjoy some R&R, Jason was told to pack his bag and be ready to leave Friday after work. And where were we heading? Atlanta, GA! Our first stop was at the Perimeter mall where we picked up some excellent Israeli food and then to our hotel! You can see a picture of our room here.

After lots of rest and some TV from the big screen, we traveled over to Stone Mountain. I had never been but thought hiking, a ropes course and some exploring would be fun! We loved it! After looking through the shops we headed for home with a stop by Bass Pro Shops.

For supper we met with Jason's family for a meal, cake, and presents. After celebrating there we returned home for a late night party of cookie bars and ice cream with the students from our building.

A wonderful day for a wonderful friend, leader, husband, and companion!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

L, M, N, O, P

We realize we've left out some details from the last few weeks and thought we'd bring you up-to-date on the latest with us!

L for Leo the Lion. A huge thanks to David and Katie for making "Pin the Tail on the Lion" a success!

M for Monday and the meeting we attended to encourage Clemson students to study abroad in the country where we lived for a year!

N for the new design we prepared for a conference we have been planning. We are responsible for five meetings of the conference and for housing people coming in for it. So here's the background design we came up with...and all was edited in Word!

O for the outrageous pictures we got of Jason and Eric (an RA) fire jumping at the RA bonfire.

P for party. How often do you get three celebrations for one birthday? That's just what Jason got today for his birthday. Pictures and more coming soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


It's about small steps I've decided. For years we've enjoyed sponsoring a little Zambian girl who we call Euphie. It's been amazing to watch her swollen tummy shrink and her height and health increase! Each year's picture and reports show us a stronger little girl who is doing well...well...except in Science...we feel your pain little Euphie ;)!

Recently I have been overwhelmed with the amount of need in the world. I directed my out-loud thinking to God. How can I make any impact? Not long after I received the email to volunteer for World Vision at a local concert...and took the small step to do something.

It was a great night of music and people and twenty three kids were sponsored! One of my favorite stories was of a brother and sister who were part Filipino. They came with their mother to each chose a kid their age from the Philippines to learn more about their heritage and reach out at the same time. What a cool gift for a child!

You can catch the vision too! Sponsor a child through World Vision by clicking here.

(Note the time stamp. Just a glimpse of what coffee ice cream does to a body! Man...6:45 is going to come real early!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Enjoying Fall!

It's always a relief when the hot summer weather gives way to cool Autumn temps and beautiful leaves fall from the trees. Jason decided to enjoy the season with a camping trip to the mountains with his brothers. Although it turned out to be rainy and foggy, the guys made the most of the trip cooking steaks on the grill, hiking to a waterfall and bringing back gorgeous leaves for our coffee table!

After he got back and got a nice run in, we headed to Greenville for their crowded Fall for Greenville celebration. Local restaurants offer their delicacies for reasonable prices and a tasting frenzy ensues. We enjoyed marinated chicken, chicken curry, hummus and pita and fancy Italian ice cream called Gelato!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New AP!

We were excited to discover that Andrew Peterson, one of our favorite songwriters, is about to release a new album! The album Resurrection Letters, Vol. II is coming out at the end of the month.

If you've never heard any of his music or would like a sampling of the new album, click here or visit his website and order here. Hurry, if you order soon you can get two for $15!

Of the album, Andrew said: When we were in the middle of the record, we realized the songs seemed to find their unity in the idea that they touched on the effects of Christ’s resurrection on our own lives...songs about what happened in the wake of that day (when) life was touched by a freedom and grace that those in the Old Testament only dreamed of. See, the Resurrection—that moment when Jesus drew a breath in the dark of the tomb and his flesh and blood and bones reanimated—real flesh and bones, mind you—that moment changed the universe. It was the climax of the long crescendo that marked the change of the song from minor to major. Or from simple to complex. Or from darkness to a spray of refracted light.

Our lives are still difficult, of course. The world still needs fixing. But the Fall, the great brokenness of the world, began to work backwards after that moment on Easter Sunday. God gave us his Holy Spirit so that we could partake in the long work of pushing back the effects of the Fall. God said to Death, you may come this far and no further. And the flood waters began their recession.

Makes us wanna listen!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Because this week is Fall break for the SWU crew, we decided to head to Georgia for some much-needed rest and relaxation. The slower pace is always a welcomed bonus when going down to see family and friends. We got lots of time with Mom and Dad Harrell, Aunt Kas and others. Sleeping in most days we had an incredible time with the worst part being that we had to leave. Our alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. this morning. So began our trip back today for work this afternoon!

-The chorus running through our minds as we upload pics and write-

Georgia family, we miss you already!