Saturday, August 30, 2008

Life in the Fast Lane

So...we're pretty much settled into our new apartment in Louisville and I have got a hold of just a few pics of the wedding and Louisville. So, here you go...

The Wedding

Bride and Groom!

The Bridesmaids and the Bride!


The road to our Apartment...beautiful, Eh?

Bar-B-Que at the Butt's house...all the girls...and all from Texas!!!
(L to R: Sarah Bebee, Kari Plevon, Alicia White, Jamie Butts, Me, Kristin Booth)
And wishing we could add to the couch Shea Politte and Ashley Minor and...

One morning before church...we're still looking for one to go to permanently

Jason after a week of Seminary...

Jason with his new Spurgeon Bobblehead that keeps him company at his desk as he reads...and reads, and reads, and reads....

and reads...

I think Spurgeon has something to say:

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”


“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

Thanks Spurgeon for the words of wisdom!!

Well, that's all the pics for now! Jason is enjoying his seminary classes and is now working at Chick-Fil-A in the mall with the other half of Southern Seminary. Really, Ryan helped several of our Texan friends new to Seminary get jobs there and now they all work at the same Chick-Fil-A with other non-Texan seminarians. They're everywhere! Good times!

I am still applying for nursing jobs and trying to keep myself is a quote from Spurgeon that PERFECTLY defines my life right now...

“There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work” Spurgeon

I have slept probably 30 hours of the last 48 and I am still trying to figure out why! Maybe I'm finally catching up on sleep from this past summer!! Maybe its the allergies...after all, we are in the Allergy Capital of the world! When I am awake I am usually driving Jason to class or work and running errands or reading. Right now I am reading Matthew and studying the parables from a book called "The Parables of Jesus" by Terry Johnson. This summer we taught on various parables and my desire to know them better initiated this study. I have really enjoyed it! On top of that I am reading "Feminine Appeal" by Caroline Mahaney and daily realizing more and more how selfish and prideful I am. I tell is one thing to know in your head that marriage is better when you are selfless and a whole other thing to actually live it out. The days I have been more selfless than selfish are the better days of my marriage. Praise God for His gracious grace and His loving kindness to show me my sin and then enable me to walk in truth and so make my marriage even happier! He is a good, good God!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ecuador, Canada, Wedding, Louisville

Not too many people travel out of the country for their engagement to two different countries and then come home and get married four days later. But...such is my life and I love it! Walking with Jesus is the greatest and most fun adventure anyone could ever go on!! So, now that I have time to breathe I thought I might give you the scoop on Ecuador and Canada and the wedding and Louisville all in one blog. Yikes you say? I will try and keep it short!! Here goes the picture story of Ecuador and Canada:

The staff at the equator in Ecuador

Camp Chacauco

Tungurahua...the volcano about 20 miles from Camp Chacauco usually covered by clouds

Syncretistic Catholocism dominates this region

The Kiddos

The Market

Team Building Time with Larrie and Angela on the lake in Ecuador

We stopped by to visit the house that Nate Saint and his family lived in while doing missions in Ecuador.

The basket they used to lower the gifts to the Waodani from Nate's Piper Plane


Staff trip to Ottawa

Lake Ontario

Jumping into Lake Ontario with all our clothes on...see me in the back with my hands in the air?

On to more important we are at the site luncheon where we met the people we would be working with throughout Kingston during our 3 weeks in Canada.

Painting the inside of a First Baptist Church Kingston

The week prior to this picture my group tore up the linoleum floor and Will's (the man on the right) group came the week after us and laid new tile for FBC Kingston.

All in all it was a great summer. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone on staff and made some lifelong friends. The best part of the summer I would have to say was the time of worship every night of camp. No matter what was going on in my day, when worship rolled around, it was a sweet, refreshing time with Jesus, just worshiping Him. It was a great summer!

I returned home July 29th and Jason as well as his parents and mine greeted me at the airport. It was a sweet reunion!!! Four days later I was married to Jason Arnold and 8 days later we moved to Louisville, Kentucky. I am sitting on my couch in the living room in my apartment as I type this. I regret to say that I have no pictures yet of the wedding or Louisville but I plan to get right on that!! So, stay tuned for the photo story of the last two weeks of my life!!!