Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Harrell Thanksgiving

It was so good to spend our Thanksgiving in Georgia where Kelley grew up. We had lots of food and laughter. An especially funny moment was Kelley's first turkey cooking lesson. I think we officially decided turkey is no longer the bird of choice for us on Thanksgiving. Watch the video below to see why.

After the turkey was rinsed and prepared, it finally made it back out to the kitchen for cooking. Then everyone pitched in for a table filled with lots of amazing delicacies.

In between cooking and setting the table, we spoke to Jason's Grandmother Putney who spend her Thanksgiving having an unexpected surgery. We are grateful she is feeling better now though doctors are still evaluating her progress.

On the other side of the globe our friend Amanda spent Thanksgiving in and out of the hospital waiting for the baby. We're expecting any time now to hear baby Norah has arrived!

After talking, shopping and eating with Mom and Dad Harrell we drove back to SC to be ready for students who return tomorrow. What a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Top Ten

Rich Stearns wrote something in a recent World Vision magazine that gripped us and won't let go.
The mixture of conviction over the facts and thankfulness for our blessings is strong. Realizing we have been presented with the harsh realities around the world, we know we are called to action. So in the days and weeks to come we are prayerfully considering our part and exactly what sacrificial giving looks like. It's also a reminder of what we've been given, not to hoard, but to share.

In no particular order, we are so grateful for:

1. Each other

2. God-given jobs

3. Healthy, loving families: The Harrells & Tegens

4. Time in the States

5. Food!

6. A home with heat and electricity

7. Our health

8. Freedom

9. A relationship with the Creator through Christ

10. Rich friendships

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

When Girls Get Together

While Jason was skiing his way down the mountains with Steven, I, Kelley, began organizing scrubs, make-up, tables and lighting for a late night girls' party. We had lotions, scrubs, mineral masks, makeup, nail polish, camera, lights, fans, fifty girls and an absolute blast! Here's the sneak peek at what girls do with four hours and a chance to be pampered:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nine Degrees...

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Sugar Mountain with Steven Groves this Friday. A blizzard of snow was falling on the mountain and the temperature reading a mere 9 degrees. Any bare skin froze. And a frequent skier (Jason) watching a novice (Steven) made for an entertaining day. Although not so entertaining for Steven...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The World Next Door

In Walmart the other day two dark-haired, dark-eyed little boys bantered back and forth in another language. I noted how cute they were but said nothing. We were in Produce. Down the Frozen Pizza isle I stopped resisting and asked. I had to know the language and where they were from. The mom hesitantly said Arabic then Jerusalem.

After picking out my groceries, I left to prepare a meal for a Central Asian family who would be joining us for dinner. That night we compared notes from the city they call home where we once lived for a year.

Then following night we attended a Thanksgiving party to welcome a SWU student's parents to America for their first visit. Chen Chen, from China, enjoyed having friends come to meet her Mom and Dad.

All these people from around the world within a 10 mile radius of our little apartment in Central, SC!

Friday, November 21, 2008


So there's this catchy kids song. *Confession- I like it!* But when I sang it to the three-year-old I nanny I realized...this song might be traumatizing!

Give it a listen and see what you think, but be warned before you listen: It's catchy, you just might like it too!

Click here, select the song Bears and enjoy!

Man Love

Isn't it interesting how men bond? Take, for example, Jason and the male RAs. A chat over coffee doesn't suffice. Instead it has to be something wrestling.

Monday night Jason had just gone to the bedroom when an RA poked his head in the door looking for him. When I said he was just going to sleep...he asked if he and a fellow RA could launch a full-scale attack. While the troops rallied I warned Jason, "All I'm saying is be ready."

He was waiting behind the door, and I believe took two guys down. At least he bragged that was the case. Scratches and blood didn't deter them either. Imagine a girl getting into a brawl that brought blood. That would mean war! But not for these guys, they laughed and have been jokingly threatening another attack since.

Men, such strange creatures!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A New Kind of Friend

It's been almost seven months from our first real post. Some remember our sad farewell to Jason's parents' cat Marley. Finally last week his mom said she was ready for another. That was all it took! We hopped in the car heading straight to the animal shelter to find the perfect new kitten for the Tegen family.
And here he is...

The only trouble has been in finding a name. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Movies to See Pt. 1

Call us behind, but we just saw The Kite Runner. Many of the scenes and a lot of the language reminded us of our time overseas. It's a gripping story that we won't soon forget. We highly recommend it for expanding your world and heart for it!

Cautious about movies? Us too! Check out the review at Focus on the Family's Plugged In. One scene is described as graphic. We didn't find it graphic just heartbreaking.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Conference Time

Whew! The conference is over and went well! Jason headed five chapel meetings, and we spoke for the last one. What a great time meeting Todd Ahrend, a mobilizer, and five representatives that met to talk with students about opportunities overseas! The best part...over 100 students responded that they want to get involved in the world!!

Here are a few pics from all the events!