Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Big News

Over the past weekend Peter and I have been praying about why we are moving to South Carolina. 

WorshipArts has been growing rapidly, and Peter truly feels that it is his calling to lead it. We wanted to be sure moving would be the best way to steward our calls. To make a long weekend of praying short, we feel that instead of putting it on hold for a year, it would be best for Peter to stay and continue WorshipArts! Which means we will not be moving to South Carolina in July but will instead be staying here in Kalamzoo!

To those who knew of our plans, we felt that we were going to South Carolina to take a year to really focus on our marriage and preparing to launch WorshipArts in a larger way when we returned. We had made the decision to go because it was the only clear open door to get away for a while and focus on our marriage. This weekend we wanted to make sure that was the wisest thing to do concerning all areas of our lives. We also truly felt that God wanted us to make this decision based on what we wanted--we believe we would have still been under His favor if we had gone. However, we believe God will be blessing our marriage just as much here in Kalamazoo and that because He has already shown so much favor for WorshipArts that we are doing the right thing by staying. 

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us! We are currently looking at apartments in the area, Peter is in the market for a job to supplement WorshipArts after we get married, and I will continue to work at New Day, which is where we will be attending church.

So again, thanks for your prayers and being such amazing friends in our lives!

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Why I Love Pixar

Many of you may not be on the same as me here or even think this is amazing at all....but I'm a hardcore Pixar fan and these "new" commercials are amazing! (I HIGHLY doubt the fact that I'm seeing them after midnight makes any difference in my judgement abilities...)

AND there is a Japanese one! Gotta love me good ol' Japanese TV =)

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Just saying "old" makes me feel old."

Conversation with my little brother:

Lewis: "I'm so old!"

Me: "Why do you say that?"

Lewis: "Just saying "old" makes me feel old."

Me: "Oh yeah?"

Lewis: "Yeah. I'm 8 years old! I can do so much now. (As he gets himself a glass of milk.) When I was little, I used to go watch the garbage truck come every time. But now I just keep doing my thing."

I don't know exactly why, but this conversation we had a moment ago really stuck out to me. Maybe it's that I was just thinking that about myself and how I'm about to be married in 2 months. Perspective is such a wild thing. Looking back on your life, be it the problems you used to think so important and that seem so trivial now, or the big events (like a garbage truck) that don't matter any more, things change when your perspective changes. 

It makes me think about two things--

What am I worrying about now that won't matter?

And then this idea follows close behind:

What should I take delight in now, that will soon be gone, and that I'm not noticing at the moment?

Amazing what a few words from an 8-year-old can inspire.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dresses--To Buy or Not to Buy

I'd really like to have a new dress for the honeymoon. Something cute and flirty, preferably a "little black dress," but something that I could definitely use often.  I've been browsing around online and around town, and have found some options...but I just don't know if I should buy.  I do have a few other cute dresses I could just use instead, but they aren't new, which isn't as fun.

So, here are my top three:
Plus Size Career Dresses Short Faux-Wrap Dress at Chadwicks.com
This dress is from Chadwicks and its $48.98 with shipping. This one would be really veristle--I could wear it out on dates with Peter, dress it down with sandals and wear it as an everyday dress, and also it could be professional enough to wear to work.

Round Neck Short Sleeve Dress
This one is so cute! It would be $44 with shipping. I really love that it's chiffon, and the seller said they would make it custom for me too. I'm a little concerned about it being made in Shanghai because of the language difference and hoping the sizing would come out right. I also don't think its quite as flexible as the first. It would definitely work for dates, and possibly work, but I think its a little too dressy for just everyday wear. But it is still adorable!

Finally, the third dress is from Charlotte Russe. I looked online but they don't have a picture of it. It's $32, black satin, comes just above the knee, has one shoulder with about an inch wide strap and the other is spaghetti strap, and has some silk flowers on the inch wide strap. Peter saw this one and loved it, I really like it but I don't know if I love it. A definite plus is that I was able to try it on first, unlike these other dresses.

Other things to consider: I'm moving to Summerville, SC in a few months and they have loads of summer dresses that are very affordable, I have a very casual black dress already, and I should probably be saving my money for more important things.

So readers, what's your opinion? Which do you like best? Should I even buy a dress? 

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Find Rest, O my Soul

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5-6

I encourage you to rest in God today. Take the time as you worship Him this morning or wait on him today to let His hope fill your heart and rest comfort you. So often our lives get so busy that all we do is run--but that's not how it has to be. We don't have to run to the end of our rope before we get encouragement and rest. You do not need to go to the point of being shaken--He is your fortress, and you can find rest in Him today.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Summary

Sorry for the lack of updates, friends! It looks like it is yet another summary of my life post before you...

The semester is going into full-time end mode, with papers and final projects due galore.  It is beyond exciting that this is my last semester before graduation! Getting an associates is plenty enough for me right now, thats for sure!

Wedding plans are also moving rapidly along. Invitations have been designed, shower dates set, and a whole lot of loose ends are being tied up...and discovered! It is crazy, but it is lovely at the same time. Peter and I keep getting along better and better and that has been so much fun and such a blessing!

I've been trying like a mad women to squeeze in as many things involving other people as I can--be it multiple meetings with Peter, dinner with friends, or coffee dates with my girls. Unfortunately homework is causing much postponing, but I'm still managing to see Peter often and one or two other sets of friends a week. Not as much as I would like (I love too many people! ;-)) but at least much better than during past semesters!

I've been so busy I've barely had time to do much of the contemplating that normally spurs my more theological, retrospective, or "deeper" posts, but if the wedding doesn't take over my life entirely maybe more of those will appear after May 3rd, the last day of classes.

Unfortunately my procrastination hasn't helped matters. I did not by any means get homework done by reasonable goals these past two weeks and even had to skip a class today to finish a take home test for another class--a frustrating first for me. However, my goal is to get much more homework done this weekend, so hopefully next week will be much smoother and less stressful!

I have been in the word due to the Daily Audio Bible podcast (I have a post in my head I want to write about that soon!) but actually setting down and reading, praying, and journaling has been difficult lately. I guess I'm in a hopefully short season of prayer and bible reading (er, listening) while driving... but maybe if my high plans of productivity this weekend succeed I can get more time with Jesus in again regularly! He is first on my schedule, but that terrible invention called a snooze button keeps robbing Him of his deserved time... I hate admitting these things, but I am trying to be more transparent with my weaknesses lately, and I figure this is as good a place as any to let others know my trouble spots! 

Thank you for reading! Your comments and remarks on facebook and in person about this blog are what keep me doing what I love--writing!

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