Friday, December 24, 2010

On Christmas Eve...

I am sitting in my pjs listening to love songs and watching my husband play some sort of game as to which I do not understand nor care to understand, I am thankful! We are coming closer and closer to moving back to Arkansas for the semester. This excites me and yet is daunting to think about. We have to pack still. (I know I should have been packing a lot sooner.) I am looking forward to seeing and spending time with my mama and daddy. I am leaving a job ( I will come back to it though, no fear) that I love! (A preschool teacher who teaches 18-24 month olds! They melt my heart in ways that cannot be described.)

Moving back to Arkansas is a two fold move actually. Yes there is the internship to further Bob's experience as a campus minister, but it is also a support raising endeavor as I am from Arkansas (app. 3 hours from where we will be). We want to build a better relationship with the people in my home church and let them know what we will be doing as in-state missionaries on a college campus.

The church I work for in the preschool has been WONDERFUL! We have gotten to know the pastor and his family pretty well because we got our drive repaved and had to park else where and they live around the corner from us and he was seeing me walk to my car in the morning while this repaving was going on, came and talked to me one morning while I was at work to find out where we lived and the story of campus ministry spilled out and a relationship between us and the church started to form along with him, his family and us!

Bob met with the elders of the church around Thanksgiving discussing partnering with the church in campus ministry and support for us each month. That was answered a few weeks later when we learned that the church agreed to support us each month. That support increased when the pastor told us he would start supporting us personally. We were able to speak to the church last Sunday about our partnership with the church and asked them to consider supporting us as well. Hopefully God will bless that and we will see fruit from that.

Some of the other teachers that I work with at the preschool have been awesome support as well. From well wishes and threats that I better come back after moving back (what can I say, they love me :D) to some special gifts to help us. They truly have amazed me and shown God's providence.

The parents of my kids at the preschool are the same way! My lead teacher and I received SO many wonderful and thoughtful gifts! I have to write a bunch of thank you cards and you know I don't mind a bit.

So now maybe I will find the motivation to pack a bit and get ready for the Christmas Eve service. :)

Merry Christmas! May Christmas bring  you blessings beyond what you thought.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lets Say Thanks!

This is great and SUPER easy  way to say thanks to the troops that are overseas! They are cards that kids from across the country have made and you can add a message and Xerox prints them and then sends them to the troops.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pozole (recipe included)

So my husband's family makes a soup called Pozole. It is super good and I really enjoy it and because I enjoy it so I decided to blog the recipe.

2 tsp. dried oregano
1 red onion, chopped
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder
1 can Hominy, drained & rinsed
1 can Black Beans, drained & rinsed
3/4 lb boneless chicken breast
1 cup shredded green cabbage
1 lime

In a saucepan
-1/4 cup broth
-3/4 cup onion
cook until onions are clear 
Add garlic, oregano, chili powder- cook for 1 minute
Add hominy and remaining broth- bring to simmer
Add chicken- bring to simmer and leave for 10 minutes
Add black beans-bring to simmer

toast oregano & add to bowl of chopped onion
slice green cabbage
slice lime into wedges

I personally like to add the sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and lime! So good even if my husband does not think so. 

And this is what you get:

Yummy Yummy! Enjoy!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Time & a Wedding

I have not written for a couple of weeks except last night about the concert at our church. So here is an update.

The Christmas season is upon us and it is turning into an immensely busy time. We are preparing to move to Arkansas for Bob's internship which is in Fayetteville (3 hours from where I am from). I am excited about this but at the same time extremely sad to leave my amazing co-workers and sweet babies I am granted the pleasure of taking care of. :) My last day at work is December 29th. I will be back though! :)
Just before we leave for Arkansas, a couple of friends are getting married (as in December 31). We are going to be going up there (Lake George) the day before as to help them prepare for the ceremony and reception.
This is the cute couple! So excited for them! :)

After their wedding, we leave for the All Staff Retreat for Impact Campus Ministries in Florida! 
I have never been to Florida so I am interested in seeing what everyone thinks is so great about it. We will see if I agree.
In going to a wedding everyone gives a gift. Well ours will be a little more special and well personal. Until their wedding is done I will not post a picture of the finally product but here are a few pictures of the different pieces of their gift. See if you can guess what it is! :)

Any guesses?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Caleb Delamont

We are going to see Caleb Delamont. No he is not famous but he does have very good music. He is a native Canadian whom our Pastor and friend Brian French knew and had in youth group. Pretty excited to hear this guy. Brian has talked him up! :)