Monday, January 26, 2009

Welcome Home

Came home the other night from dinner and found this surprise when we opened our door!

We knew a few people were going to watch a movie in our apartment. The word spread apparently! If only we had a bigger living room!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Conquering Everest - The Miracle Story

Rushing to supper to help set up, I chuckled at the blood connection van parked in front of the church. It read "Blood Vessel." For some reason that was really funny to me, but that was all I thought about any blood...UNTIL a lady came to the dorm close to time for the van to pull out. "There is a shortage in the area and they need blood," she said. As a girl I mentor nervously agreed to go over, I felt kinda convicted. But we're talking about blood, and I don't do blood!

Then I heard a song playing that convicted me. Jason came up and told me he'd go with me. No, never! I'd get stuck again in that horrible state of cold, clammy sickness losing all blood in my head and not be able to escape it by passing out. Horror, dread! I knew it from the times I'd given just a vile for lab work.

But somehow I found myself walking, no running, toward the bus with a band of others. The finger prick even unnerved me...glad others were able to get a kick out of my dramatic faces. Then I decided, I control my body and it was just blood, right?! Never would have happened even two years ago. My how I've grown. So, I sat back, didn't look, talked nervously, and...I did it! So proud of my little body! And somehow, I think I just might do it again. Kinda feel like I conquered Everest tonight!

Thanks Jason for taking a needle with me and giving some life! You're the best!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Breaking Them In

After spending birthday money on used skis, Jason had to try them out. He decided a day alone on the slopes was just what he needed so he drove up to Sugar Mountain in NC. The temp was -3 in the morning only to rise 13 degrees all day! But he managed and brought great footage back to share.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 15

trattoria \trah-tuh-REE-uh\

: restaurant; specifically : a usually small Italian restaurant

Made us think of good times overseas when we went to Trattoria, our favorite restaurant in Central Asia.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Out of Hibernation

When we get a break from school, we love to hibernate away. This time it was spent cooking, relaxing and preparing. Our hibernation abrubtly ended with work and the semester RA retreat. It is good to hear voices and laughs throughout the building, but the whistle someone was blowing at 12:30 a.m. is a another story.... Welcome back!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Escape from Hamas

It's up on YouTube! Listen to this incredible story. Don't let the six clips intimidate you. Watch the first then decide.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Encouraged by Hamas Leader's Son

Wow! We've been tuned in to Fox News watching all that's taking place in Israel and the Gaza Strip. We stumbled across this amazing story. Check it out!

This is not the full story. We'll post that when we find it!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Time

Our decision for gifts this year may have sounded like a cop-out to save us from lines and laboring to find the perfect gift, but for us quality time was the most priceless gift we could think to give. So for our parents, who we never see enough, and Jason's brothers, we booked a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. For Jason's grandparents: a nice meal and evening together. And this is how it turned out...