{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh Christmas tree

     Friday after thanksgiving Ryan and I decided to go to a Christmas tree farm to buy our first official tree! It was very exciting. Growing up I always had a real tree and Ryan always had a fake one. So, when we got married we decided we'd buy real trees for Christmas. So this being our first Christmas on our own we drove down to the Spring-Cypress area in our Cobalt to pick up a tree, which we had to attach to the roof of the car. Classy, but so fun.

     It was so hard to choose the perfect tree. We walked around for like 45 minutes before we found her, yes it's a her. She's beautiful and fluffy and she smells delightful.

Isn't it gorgeous?!

On the wagon.

Ryan cutting her down

Classy car ride home

What a fun time.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I am thankful for:
  1. My loving, kind, hard working, God fearing, wonderful husband.
  2. Our new apartment: the opportunity to be together.
  3. God's provision, which has been abundant, from last year to this year.
  4. Family who cares and is available.
  5. Our jobs. My promotion and raise and Ryan's recent promotion!! and now an official Baker Hughes employee full time. Praise God.
  6. The opportunity for Ryan to go back to school soon and my exploration of a master's program.
  7. Our church search. Though it's slow going it's wonderful to have the opportunity to choose a church where God wants us and the fact that we live in a country where we can choose.
  8. The season to give thanks and a God to praise.
  9. I'm reserving nine and ten for
  10. God's provison. It's that abundant!!!!
We had thanksgiving lunch at Ryan's parents and dinner with my parents. As usual. I was sick on Tuesday with some stomach pains, which surfaced again on Thursday (great), so I felt pretty nauseated on thanksgiving. I felt better by the end of the night, but the day kind of sucked. Friday night I had more pain and we went to pick up a Christmas tree from a farm on Friday.

I was going to make Coco a shirt for thanksgiving, but I thought the weather would be warm according to the weather channel so I didn't. It turned out to be way cold in Crosby (okay like the low sixties) and windy everywhere else. So, I made him a bow-tie like these here, except mine is not as cool, but it was still cute.

The other dog is my mom's. I guess she's afraid of pictures.
We were way casual, because it was so cold. I have a really cute outfit picked out. Sad face.

Happy Thanksgiving 2011.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Repeat after Celebrant

If that title doesn't confuse you, let me explain. We visited church number trois (3) on Sunday. It was ecclectic to say the least. Much like UBC in Waco where David Crowder plays. I thoroughly enjoyed the time of music/worship, but alas we have some hang ups.

The pastor was out of town at a sister church, so a guest pastor spoke. He was great. Funny, emphatic, full of Jesus and passionate about what he was saying, which is a perk from last week. The message was on faith read in Hebrews 11. Good stuff for sure.

There were some communal prayers that the congregation recited together. Not uncool, but maybe that's not my prayer for the day. A guy (I'm not sure who he was or what his title was) stood on the stage and we all prayed the prayer on the screen together out loud. Then, the guy asked everyone to say another prayer that was on the screen. His title was "celebrant". He would read and then the "congregation" would read the response. Not that the prayers aren't biblical, but it seems to impose a thought on someone. If this prayer is not on their heart, then their individual needs and confessions are not being met through a communcal prayer. Ryan points out that the prayer may not be sincere in everyone's heart, because it is a pre-recorded prayer written for everyone, doesn't sit well with us. It's the same as worship through song. Some people are moved by hymns, some others (myself included) are not. I need things to be relevant otherwise it's not from the heart to the Lord. Also, the guy offerend communion at the end of the service. Fine indeed. However, the guy said, "if you are anywhere on your journey to Christ, we invite you to join in this feast with us." Okay, false. You may not be "anywhere on your journey", in order to partake of the Lord's Supper, Communion, the last supper, you must profess Jesus as Lord. You are taking, figuratively, of his body and his blood that cleanses from sin. You can't be thinking that he may be Lord, you have to believe it and profess it. It is a sign of your love and devotion to him.

Again, not what we're looking for. We're not striving for perfection, but a strong biblical foundation that fellowships freely with one another and opportunities for growth and involvement.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another one bites the dust

Tried another church on our list on Sunday. Let's just say we're looking for something different.

The church is pretty big, kind of formal, a little disconnected it seems. The pastor is a third generation in that particular church. He's Bible oriented which is great, but he sounds like a robot. Very little emotion, not emphatic (not that we're looking for emphatic, but a little more energetic maybe), and sort of solid in the Word. The message was clear, not very enlightening, and he ended with a cliffhanger; interesting. The message was from the gospels about Jesus healing the leper and telling the leper to show the priest, but instead he tells many people resulting in Jesus having to stay outside the city gates on his travels. He compared leprosy to sin, solid argument and we agree. He then went on to say that the leper "did not need to profess Jesus as Lord", I'm quoting him there. Ryan and I looked at each other in confusion. The service continued and he ended just before the end of the story to say that he'll pick it up on Wednesday night. Huh? A cliffhanger? Shouldn't he have continued? Well I guess now I'm hooked and I can either read it for myself or go back Wednesday night, which we did not.

After the service Ryan and I were talking about the aforementioned quote, and decided that he didn't mean that the leper didn't need to profess Jesus as Lord, but in order for healing he didn't need to say it out loud, presumably the leper knew in his heart. Nevertheless, he probably shouldn't have said it in that way, it was a little misleading. I joked just after this was said, that it seemed that the robot had malfunctioned and was now having glitches, whereas he probably wouldn't have said it if he were rebooted. Hah. I know I'm hilarious.

The search continues this Sunday. We're trying out a church in downtown where a friend goes. It should be interesting. The last church seemed lacking in fellowship and connection between the members of the congregation. I honestly felt like I was in my religion class in college with 200 other freshmen. We definitely want something more warm and inviting. Otherwise a great church with a solid leader.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Project 52 {15}

Project 52 {15}

Our Halloween pumpkins turned around.

"We gather 'round the table join our hands and sing, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
I love this time of year, it always brings me here, to be with you."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shades of gray

I finally solved our wall of mirrors problem. A month or so ago I bought some white fabric to cut and dye for dining room curtains. Oddly enough these would not cover the window, but the giant wall of mirror in the classy dining room. Honestly, what were designers thinking? Yuck. At least it was an easy fix.

this is the best picture I could find of the whole room before curtains

I died the curtains a nice shade of gray. I think it's pretty great. I had to mix two dye colors together to achieve the color and it was nerve racking which is why it took me so long to finally do it. I left the panels the full width of the fabric and just sliced it vertically, 6ish yards at $5 a yard 30 bucks for floor to ceiling curtain panels, I think so!!

Sorry it's a little dark, the sun goes down so quickly these days. Much improved.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Slow and Steady

I'm slowly knocking things off the long list of things that need to be done everyday and things I want to do for fun. Like get a hair cut:

This was the inspiration, if only it would do exactly this... (sigh)

I've got some really great things to show you, but I haven't taken any pictures in good lighting with the time change screwing things up. I still have to nail down some details of a couple of things and you'll see what's up.

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's working

Ryan is kicking butt with his diet. After the first week he lost 11.8 pounds, week two 4 pounds, week three 5.2 pounds, and we're nearing the end of week four now. So, after three weeks Ryan has lost a total of 21 pounds. Wow. He's doing really well and I'm trying hard not to pressure him and keep him on track with meals. I make all of his food and the trooper that he is, eats it.

I've been playing it really safe with the food, believe me. We decided to just do chicken since turkey breasts are more expensive and he suggested it. Poor thing eats chicken, rice, veggies, and spinach everyday. He does his exercises, but we haven't made it to the gym in a while, because he gets home so late and we've been really tired. Only two weeks left and he'll for sure reach the 30 pounds in six weeks goal at this rate.

I came home at lunch today and saw Ryan's wedding band on the table. I texted him a picture with the message "oh for shame," because he forgets to put it on sometimes. But I thought it strange that it was on the dining room table. He texted me back and said that the ring doesn't really fit him anymore, it's been falling off his finger for two weeks, and the cold made it worse so he left it at home. Sad. We'll have to get that fixed along with buying him some new clothes. He kind of looks silly in his pants, and his belts don't even fit anymore.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Project 52 {14}

Project 52 {14}

"Among my frivolous thoughts,
I believe there are beautiful things seen by the astronauts"
--Owl City

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Review

Ryan and I struggled with costume ideas and finally ended up choosing his a week before Halloween. I was an owl. I found a template here and just made it my own really; I rocked it! Ryan was his character from Little Big Planet, only our favorite PS3 game, okay well it's my favorite. Coco was Ron Weasley from HP, because he has red hair.

I made my costume out of a pillowcase, a small feather boa, and 1.5 yards of fabric. I also bought some rocking owl eyelashes. I dare say it was too cute.

I still had to add the boa where the white is

I made Ryan a shirt with a zipper like his little character. On the game he's wearing cut-offs (classy I know), wellington boots, and an army helmet. The body color of his character is white like this hence the shirt I made.

I didn't know they made shirts like the one I made. The character also has vampire teeth and carries around a frying pan that he slaps everyone with. Did I mention I love this game!? Ryan is sticking his toungue out because that's what the character does, he's just keeping it real!

I made Coco a sweater like Ron's that he gets every year from his mom for Christmas. I also made a look-a-like gryffindor scarf, and we tore a twig off the bush to be his wand, but his dog cousin ate it. Ha.

We celebrated at the sister in law's and had some fun.
We didn't get any trick-or-treaters last night. Go figure.