Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ordination - finally!

By that title I only partially mean, "finally, he is ordained!" The primary reason for the title is that the event occurred nearly a month ago and it's taken me until now to post it. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this journey, I'll give a little background. Now I'm only starting the story with seminary, which he began in August 2003; we all know that many years of prayer & thought went into the process, let alone the Lord preparing him for such an endeavor... So anyway, Bobby & I moved to St Louis 3 months after getting married and he began studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. Four very long (yet fun & exciting) years later, he graduated. With a desire to pursue a PhD, we found out that he would have to obtain another Masters degree (UGH!) so he enrolled in the MA in History degree program at West Virginia University. And to our great fortune, my aunt & uncle offered for us to live in their (extra) log cabin which is only 30-45 minutes (depending on a lot of things) from campus. Yay. So we moved in on Memorial Day weekend, 2007. Of course once we were settled, the first thing we did (after getting drivers licenses & Giant Eagle advantage cards) was look for a PCA church and we found one 20 minutes away. Double yay. A few months after attending there, we met with a couple elders, offered our assistances and soon Bobby was the Youth Director. We were initially scared of teens (I mean, youth ministry), but we quickly grew to love them and this responsibility. Then as Bobby's relationship grew with the church, the Session, and our new Pastor, he was offered a call as Asst Pastor of Youth & Families, and could now pursue ordination. So exciting. Now the fun began. He studied for weeks & weeks, then took 5 written exams - he passed, then moved onto oral exams, and passed those too, and was recommended to the Pittsburgh Presbytery for ordination as a teaching elder. Rock on. Now my fun began. We started planning the event, buying cute little napkins, ordering special bulletins, and preparing for our guests. The date was set for November 23, 2008 at 3:00 here at Greene Valley Presbyterian Church. And now that we've made it to the event, here are some pictures. I have more to get from other people, but these were a few that I captured on my camera.

Bobby receiving the charge from Pastor Keith Larson.

Taking vows.

Laying on of hands by the ordained PCA elders who were in attendance. We were so thrilled that Erik was able to participate in this! This is the moment when I started crying.

The 2 hands benediction I mentioned in my last post. He finally got to do it and was too nervous to raise them all the way up. oh well, it was still awesome.

And now... cake!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The inlaws are coming! The inlaws are coming!

And we couldn't be more excited. We have been waiting for them to see where we live since we moved here back in May of last year. Bobby's parents, sister & grandma are set to arrive sometime tomorrow evening and they will be staying until next Wednesday. About 3 hours after that (give or take a couple hours) my parents will arrive and stay until the following Tuesday. Lots of family all around! This is so fitting that everyone will be here for such a joyous occasion this coming week because Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year/holiday. Oh, wait, did I forget to mention what the joyous occasion is?? Bobby's ordination service is Sunday! Technically, Bobby was ordained by the Presbytery a month ago, but we waited until now to have his official service so that his family could be a part of it.

Pretty soon he'll get to do the two-hands-raised benediction!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Cutest animal pictures ever

And no, they're not even my animals! I know... doesn't seem possible. But one of them looks a lot like one of mine, so it sort of counts...

I thought it would be good to give you all a nice light-hearted post after my previous election day one that I don't even want to talk about! ugh.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day Reflections

I voted at 8:30 this morning and was the 24th voter in our precinct. Shockingly, they had electronic, touch-screen voting machines. The reason I'm surprised by this is that we live in a very rural township, in the 3rd poorest county in Pennsylvania, no thanks to John Murtha. And speaking of Murtha... after all the national airtime & publicity he has been receiving, it was very weird to see him on our ballot. (If you're not aware, he called his constituents - western PA - racist & redneck. Nice guy.) He's also infamous for this. Obviously, I did not vote for him. Another observation, and this one should not have been a surprise to me... but the ballot was so short! I think there were only 6 items on the entire thing. It took only a couple minutes to fill the whole thing out compared to the cumbersome ones we had to fill out in St Louis in recent years. When I finished, I said out loud, "that's it?!" I got a weird look or two. So now we just wait and see what happens.

On another note, the weather here today is beautiful! As I remember past election days, I mostly remember rain. Especially when I was little, I would "work the polls" with my aunt & grandma, either handing out pencils & buttons, or helping the workers, getting them drinks, etc., I always remembering standing out in the cold rain. But there is no precipitation in sight today, just 70 degrees and sun. I wish I had the day off like Bobby does...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Jedi again

We had a little costume party with our Youth Group last Sunday night, and since I had spent so many hours making them a couple years ago, I declared that we were to be Jedi once again. The reaction wasn't quite as good as it was with our Atherton friends a couple years ago. Maybe adults are just more polite and complimentary than teenagers. But most likely I think it was because this crowd just was not much of a Star Wars-watching group. So sad. (And no, I am not a geeky Star Wars fanatic - just enjoy the movies, that's all.)

So here is a picture of us. The quality is poor because I saved it off of facebook and had to crop out the youth group kids in the picture.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Extreme Makeover - Hair Edition

Ok, so it's really not that extreme, I just wanted a clever title. After much deliberation, I got my hair cut last night. The blahs of the season change (even though this is my favorite) hit me and I needed a boost, so I got it in the form of a hair cut & highlight.

(these are simply NOT the greatest pictures of me so just look at the hair)

Before: Tuesday 5 pm

After: Wednesday 3 pm

You can't really see the color very well in these pictures, but it really is much blonder than yesterday.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

He is ordained!

(I hope I spelled that correctly...)

Bobby just called and said he was unanimously approved for ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. Woo hoo!!! I didn't get many details except that he only got 3 hours of sleep last night, preached horribly (I'm sure that's not true), and is extremely drained. He now has to sit through a transfer & a licensure before he can come home. I probably won't see him for a few more hours. I've already cleaned the whole house, packed away our summer clothes, and baked these yummy cupcakes waiting, what else can I do?!?! I'm so excited. :-)

Friday, October 17, 2008

This is it!

Bobby leaves tonight for the Pittsburgh Presbytery Retreat and tomorrow morning/afternoon (Saturday, October 18th) he will have his final round of ordination exams - typically referred to as the revered (and dreaded - in my mind) PRESBYTERY FLOOR EXAM. oooohh!!! Sounds scary, huh?

I will update as soon as I am notified of the result.

Monday, October 13, 2008

West Virginia football

A couple of weeks ago we finally got to go to a WVU football game. It was great and fun, but unfortunately we had to sit in the student section (which is general admission.) So not only did we feel super old being surrounded by a bunch of teenagers/early 20's, but we were mortified to hear how there can be many uses for that awful 4-letter curse word! You know the one I'm talking about. By the end, it was almost funny to hear how many times it can be used in one sentence. Ok, so it wasn't funny. But the overall experience was interesting & sometimes entertaining. So here are some pictures and some highlights of the game.

Tailgaters before the game. I was really impressed with how many people & campers there were. This photo really doesn't do it any justice.

Before the marching band took the field, I spotted the twirlers practicing, which would normally delight me. However, if you look closely at the one wearing pants, you'll understand why I had a different reaction.

Ok, so these two (and another one that you can't see) were quite the characters to say the least. The one with his arms up in the air did a count-down to when the band would be taking the field for pre-game. I am not kidding. He would shout, "4 MINUTES UNTIL WE SEE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!!" Then he would repeat that at 3 mins, 2 mins, then counted down from 1 minute to 0 seconds, all while jumping up in the air & waving his arms. What a loon! Fortunately he calmed down during the game or we wouldn't have been able to see (or hear) anything.

Bobby & I trying to fit in as WVU undergrads.

This was another highlight... I couldn't wait until the game was over to hear the entire stadium sing "Country Roads." It was really cool. This photo also shows the final score: WVU 24, Rutgers 17.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


This post isn't really about me so I hope Danielle won't be mad, but in an effort to find something witty for her to see, I found this picture and couldn't pass it up.

I guess this is when you know you've "truly made it"... when someone carves your face into a cornfield!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Onto Round 3!

To follow-up on yesterday's post... he passed! Bobby made it through his orals last night and so that makes 2 down (written & oral), 1 to go. The final round is the Presbytery Floor Exam which will be on October 18th. If there are any (and I know there are) other wives whose husbands recently went through this, did you go to their floor exams? I was thinking about going (I think I can), but heard from someone recently that I might want to reconsider. Any thoughts?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bobby's Big Night

Tonight is the night... Bobby will be meeting with the Candidates & Credentials Meeting for the Pittsburgh Presbytery for his oral ordination exams tonight at 6:30 pm EDT. I know I'll be going crazy waiting for his phone call telling me whether or not he will be recommended to the Presbytery for Ordination!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Meghan McCain

Some of you may have noticed the new link I have listed over on the right hand column for Meghan McCain. And maybe some of you have even clicked on it to check it out. No, Meghan is not my new friend (even though I did request her "friendship" on facebook... but she hasn't accepted me yet, probably just a little too busy right now.) She is the daughter of John McCain and she has her own blog which she updates nearly everyday (my favorite kind!) with updates, pictures, & stories of the campaign trail for her dad and her book signing. She just wrote a book titled, "My Dad, John McCain." The blog is awesome, I love seeing & reading about all the stuff that happens behind the scenes, like pictures of them all eating pizza on the bus and Piper Palin goofing off, acting like a7 year old. You should check it out: McCainBlogette.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2 out of 3 isn't bad

Football season is back and of course it is the highlight of the fall season in our household. (Although it may be taking a backseat to ordination this year.) This past weekend was really good for most of our teams. Pittsburgh (Steelers, not University) and Oklahoma totally dominated their opponents, but West Virginia, on the other hand... not so good. The only positive thing about WVU losing is that since they are the only team out of the 3 we have a real chance of getting tickets to a game for this year, maybe it will be easier if they aren't so good... Is that actually something I should hope for? Probably not.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Can you guess what this is?

If not, I'll tell you. I found this picture on the front page of Wikipedia today. It's actually The Golden Gate Bridge (in San Francisco) seen through rain drops on the window of an automobile. Cool, huh?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summer of 2008 - a recap, or even better, a "summery"

So, we're nearing the end of summer, even though it is now starting to get a little bit warmer. But don't worry about us, it's only going to be in the upper 80's and still in the 60's at night. We're fine.

But anyway, since it's close to the end of August, I thought I would list all the things I loved doing (and when) in the Summer of 2008.

Our new car (Dodge Caliber). Purchased June 13, 2008.

The Dark Knight. Seen opening night and a couple weeks later.

Bethany Beach. Vacationed Memorial Day 2008 and July 24-26, 2008.

The weather. Enjoyed all throughout the month of August 2008.
(yeah, I'm really obsessed with this month's weather, but we do need rain!)

The Olympics. Viewed August 8-24, 2008.

Family in Oklahoma. Visited July 11-15, 2008.

Cakes. Baked & decorated on various dates.

My mom's birthday. Celebrated at Outback, 7/28/08.

These crazy cats. Played with, everyday.

The GVPC Youth Group and their Leader/Director (soon to be their Pastor!!) Spent countless hours with, all of 2008.

And last but not least, Brad Paisley. Seen in concert, August 17, 2008.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Recently I came across what I think is a great idea for a keepsake, memento, souvenir, etc... It's a photo book from Shutterfly. I wanted to give the kids in our youth group something to capture our memories from our trip to the beach last month and I remembered seeing Currie & Abby's cool book from their Grand Canyon trip a couple years ago, so I shopped around and found this. At the time when I started the project, they were on sale for $10.89, but of course when I finished and checked out a few days later, the price went up to $12.99 each. Oh well. I took all the kids pictures and compiled them into this creative little album. We presented the books to them yesterday and they all seemed to really love & enjoy them. I know I love ours! I wish I could post it so you can see how awesome it turned out, but can't do that b/c of the privacy of the kids. But trust me, it looked good!

Friday, August 15, 2008


I have not been to a drive-in movie theater in forever. I can't even remember going to a drive-in, it's been that long, I was probably less than 5, who knows? So when we moved to Greene County and started attending church (and working) in this town called Carmichaels, I was thrilled to see that they have an old (everything is old here) drive-in theater. Well, it took The Dark Knight to come out for us to get there and we're so glad we did. It was awesome. And clearly I'm not just talking about the theater - we love TDK! We've only seen it twice so far, and there will be more to come. I think we've seen Batman Begins (the first of the good Batman movie with Christian Bale) close to 100 times, I'm not kidding.

So here we are, pulling into the Sky View Drive-In. Notice the very nice welcoming sign below, "NO OUTSIDE FOOD ALLOWED."

Waiting forever for it to get dark enough to start the movie.

Even the Caliber was happy to be there.

Oh, and something cool happened during the movie. Not only did it start storming, not bad, but there was lots of lighting, but BATS were flying in front of the screen. How cool is that?!? Bats flying in front of Batman!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


The weather has been so beautiful here lately. I mean, absolutely GORGEOUS, Danielle. If you don't believe me, here is the most recent 5 day forecast. Yes, I like to rub it in.

Anyway... this past Saturday, Bobby and I, along with a girl in our youth group, drove to Coopers Rock State Park. Of course I'm going to provide you with the Wikipedia link - here. I didn't have grand intentions for hard-core hiking, I just knew it wasn't going to be too hot and I wanted to do something outside. So I researched the park, printed out copies of maps and trail descriptions, etc., and as it says on Wiki, "Coopers Rock is home to a well-developed system of nearly 50 miles (80 km) of hiking trails." We found the park just fine, but could we find a trail? Nope. We spent the first half of our time there walking on roads and driveways, but there wasn't any traffic so it wasn't bad. Then we started looking harder for a trail and gave up and walked down the side of a mountain until we remembered that we were going to have to walk back up this incline to get back to the car, so we sat for awhile, chatted, and trekked back up to the Caliber. It was a really nice time, but next time I want to really find a trail!

Me, looking bad but having fun, with Julie.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Let the Games Begin

I always get so excited about the Olympics. I just love them. Maybe it's because I have to wait 4 years for them to come around again and the hype just keeps building. I really don't know which I enjoy more, summer or winter. I think summer because there are more events that I really get into, whereas winter, ice skating is really my only passion. But with summer, there is gymnastics, swimming, diving!, synchronized swimming, tennis, trampoline, beach volleyball, equestrian, and who could forget badminton?!? Little known fact about me... I once aspired to be an olympic diver. yep.

I practiced my swan dives, jacknives, and back dives off of my parent's diving board for hours and hours when I was kid.

Unfortunately I never took my skills beyond that.

As for swimming, I do a nasty kickturn. Watch out Michael Phelps.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Bobby 101

This post is all about my husband...

I found these questions on a friend of a friend’s blog. Sorry that I didn’t request permission, but I’m sure you’ll never see this so I’m not too worried. I'm just curious to see if that friend recognizes it. Actually, I'm most curious to see if Bobby even will see this post. I think he rarely checks my blog.

1. Who is your man? Bobby Glen Griffith, Jr

2. How long have you been together? Married 5 years & 5 months. Engaged for 6 months before that. Knew each other 6 months before that.

3. How long dated? We didn’t really date since we were 1100 miles apart

4. How old is your man? 31

5. Who eats more? Bobby (and WAY faster too!)

6. Who said "I love you" first? Me!

7. Who is taller? Him, by about an inch or two…

8. Who sings better? Definitely Bobby. But that’s really not saying much since I’m tone deaf.

9. Who is smarter? Bobby. See, I’m humble enough to admit it.

10. Whose temper is worse? The answer is Bobby again.

11. Who does the laundry? Me, all the time

12. Who takes out the garbage? We share, but usually me. I have to clean out the cat litter box too.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Uh, is that when you’re in the bed, or looking at the bed? I guess I do? For now.

14. Who pays the bills? Me (mostly)

15. Who is better with the computer? Neither

16. Who mows the lawn? Neither usually. But he does more than I do, since I’ve never done it.

17. Who cooks dinner? Bobby

18. Who drives when you are together? Bobby 70%, Me 30% (I always have things to do in the car, like put on makeup, etc., but I don’t mind driving at all)

19. Who pays when you go out? Gift cards

20. Who is the most stubborn? I don’t know… I think me.

21. Who is the first to admit that they are wrong? Not sure about this one either. But since I said that I was most stubborn, I guess that means I’m not too good at admitting when I’m wrong. So it must be him. And no, it’s NOT because he’s never wrong, believe me!!

22. Whose parents do you see most? Mine, they are closer. But even when they weren’t, they came to visit us more.

23. Who kissed who first? Hmmm, not sure, I think he did.

24. Who asked who out? Not applicable

25. Who proposed? Duh, him

26. Who is more sensitive? Me

27. Who has more friends? Right now, neither of us seem to have any friends. L But normally, when we’re living in a place where 20- or 30-somethings actually have a presence, I think he does. He’s better with picking up the phone and calling people. I’m always too worried that I’ll be calling at a bad time and will bother people. Seriously, that is the real reason that I’m so bad with keeping in touch!

28. Who has more siblings? Him. He has one, I have none.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? I have to say he does, but I feel like the silent, undercover leader sometimes. heehee

30. What does your man love most about you??? Probably the fact that I am ok with him working several jobs, still being in school at age 31, playing in a band with teenagers, and that I take out the trash. (see #12) haha

Monday, August 04, 2008

My alma mater

The 2009 Princeton Review College Rankings just came out and I love to read these things. Of course, the first place I check is to see my alma mater, Grove City College's rankings, and here they are:

Rank List
#6Alternative Lifestyles Not an Alternative
#11Don't Inhale
#7Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
#2Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
#4Got Milk?
#3Homogeneous Student Population
#14Is It Food?
#4Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch
#5Stone-Cold Sober Schools
#19Most Conservative Students
#4Most Religious Students

Oh, and I have to mention that while GCC is #5 on the Stone Cold Sober schools list, WVU (where Bobby works & takes classes) is #4 on the Best Party schools list. Don't worry, he's NOT proud of that.

Monday, July 28, 2008

We survived!

Ok, not only did we survive the beach trip with 9 teenagers, but we had a WONDERFUL time!

I mean, really, it was great.

There are times when I wish I was still the kid in youth group (even though I never was a kid in youth group, since my church didn't have a youth group when I was a kid...) I think it would be nice to not have any responsibilities. Just show up to youth group on Sunday and Tuesdays, eat the food that someone else prepared, make a mess that someone else will clean up, and more specifically, show up & enjoy a trip to Delaware that someone else organized, planned, stressed about, etc... but this time, it was good to be the one in charge because I got to plan a trip that was tailor-made to do exactly what I wanted to do - which was... sit on the beach, bask in the sun, shop on the boardwalk, and swim in the ocean for 2 1/2 days. And I'm pretty sure the kids had fun too. haha. No, I know they did. In fact, when we were sitting on the beach Friday afternoon, 4 of us laying out on our colony of beach towels and umbrellas in sunny, 85 degree weather, 4 kids (including Bobby) were riding waves in the ocean, and 3 were standing on the water's edge, I said, "If you aren't having fun right now, there is definately something wrong with you!"

Sure, we had our little moments... sunglasses and prescription glasses were lost in the ocean, wallets were left on the beach, sunburns & shellfish allergies, the a/c breaking in the van on the way home, and a harmless prank by the girls that left us with a cranky 14 year old boy, but all in all we had a really great time. All of us.

The fearless leaders.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Yes, folks, Bobby and I are driving to Bethany Beach, Delaware again tomorrow. We really love it there. But this time we will not be staying in our usual place, which is the plush condo which overlooks the private beach, that's only about 100 yards away... this time we are going to be staying at the Bethany Beach Christian Conference Center with 9 teenagers from our youth group. (and we're the only adults going!) Sound fun? I hope so! It definately won't be our usual quiet, relaxing getaway, but it should still have it's perks. And I'm sure it will be quite entertaining, that's for sure! And we may be a little further away from the beach this time, but not by much. The camp is only 2 blocks from the ocean. And it's still Bethany Beach, so it's still going to be very nice & quiet. (hopefully) I'm pretty certain that the worst part of our trip will be the drive down & back. It should only be 6 1/2 hours, but we'll be in a 15 passenger, smelly church van. yuk. And we have several kids that get very carsick. Super. Maybe instead of the LoBall (Java Monster) I was planning on drinking tomorrow morning, I should knock myself out with something stronger, and with the opposite effect of caffeine... just kidding. I'll post pictures when we get back!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


We made the decision not to put in a garden this year. I'm sad about it, but the reality is, we just don't have the necessary time to devote to it. Compare last year's schedule to this year's:

Jen (last year) - no job, no youth group, at church on Sunday mornings, part-time helping out with farm animals, taking care of our own 3 animals

Jen (this year) - job 9-4 monday thru friday, youth group sunday nights 5-9, youth group tuesday nights 4-9, at the church everyday except (most) Saturdays, part-time helping out with farm animals, taking care of our own 5 animals

Quite a difference, huh?

Now check out Bobby's...

Bobby (last year) - work at WVU June & August 20 hours a week, July's off, no classes, no youth group, at church Sunday mornings

Bobby (this year) - work at WVU June & August 20 hours a week, July's off, 3 summer classes, youth group (see hours under my section, plus more), office hours at church once/twice a week 9-4, studying for ordination, at church several days a week

So I'm sure we could have squeezed in the garden, but when would we have time for blogging, playing guitar hero, reading, watching tv, and responsible things like cleaning?!?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

More pictures of the new car

This time I thought I'd provide some information on our new car, and some better pictures. So Bobby and I started researching vehicles about a month ago and we narrowed our search down to 3 cars basically: Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, and Dodge Caliber. They are all about the same size, all are considered "sport wagon/suv crossovers" or something like that, all get good gas mileage, and all have a hatchback. I originally wanted an SUV, just a small one, but the difference in gas mileage was too drastic - 16 compared to 30 - so with $4/gallon, we got the smaller car. So we found this one at a dealership near our church, test drove it on Monday and went back on Friday and got it! It's a 2007 certified pre-owned car, has had only one previous owner, 15K miles, and got 30.5 mpg on its half-tank of gas. We love it! Everyone thought this was going to be Bobby's car since the Nissan was mine, but I've only let him drive it 3-4 times since we got it. ;-)

I guess I should have cropped this photo, but here we are, in front of our car, wearing our hats that say Solomon Dodge (the dealership where we bought our car.) The other two cars belong to my parents.

A closer up photo of us in our hats that the dealership gave us.

Driving away... back to Greene County.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Nothing New

We've been really busy lately, you'd think I'd have something to blog about... but frankly I just haven't been in the mood. I guess it's because I'm out of practice or something. I did take a cake decorating class recently, so maybe this weekend I'll post pictures of my "assignment." Hope all my readers/stalkers are doing well!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Back to the Beginning

Tonight I will be seeing one of my favorite bands in concert – Third Day. This is the 7th or 8th time I will be seeing them, despite my short hiatus over the past couple of years because of concerts being held on Friday evenings in St Louis and Bobby always working evenings… Oh, and being poor seminary students! Now we have evenings free and two (sort-of) incomes, so we are officially back in to the concert scene. The significance of the title of this blog post is that tonight’s concert is being held in the same venue where I saw my first Third Day show. Are you starting to figure it out? Seeing them in concert led me to

visiting their message boards...

joining their fan club...

going to more concerts…

Do you get it yet?

And eventually meeting Bobby!

Everyone say, aaaaaaaaaaaawwwwww!

Monday, April 07, 2008


As of Monday, April 19th, I will be fully employed... once again. I have been hired as secretary of the Greene Valley PCA Church. (I would have put a link there if the church actually had a website) While I greatly enjoyed my time off from the working world (even though I've been doing my fair share of farm work), the time has come to replenish the bank account. Primarily because we drive so much here and the price of gas is so insanely high, my insurance is quite pricey, and we really want to save some money for the future. So I'll be working 30 hours a week with only an 18 minute commute and my involvement with the youth group will not be compromised. And on some days, Bobby and I will even get to carpool if he ever gets to move into his office at the church... A win-win situation all around!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Normally I hate all email forwards like this, but for some reason, this one seemed alright, so instead of forwarding it onto everyone I know, I thought I'd just paste it here.

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Roger Clemens' hands is worth $475 million.
It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Andre Agassi's hands is worth millions.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away an angry dog.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A slingshot in my hands is a kid's toy.
A slingshot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in Jesus' hands will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now, it depends whose hands it's in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families, and your relationships in God's hands because...
It depends whose hands it's in.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


We spent a few days of Bobby's Spring Break in Lexington (just got back yesterday). In reflection, I think it was our most stress-free, easy-going getaway yet. Maybe it was because we didn't plan much and had low expectations since the reason we were going was to research Christian Beacons in the Lexington Seminary library, and we thought it would take up most of our time there. It turns out that I'm a really good skimmer because I helped by looking through close to 10 years of Beacons and marked pages for Bobby to photocopy. So together, it only took us 5 hours! Much better than 3 days. I think we were famous by the time we left because the seminary is so small, everyone noticed us, and a girl even said to Bobby, "you were here 3 hours ago when I left. I hope you guys took a break!" of course, we did. So since that was so quick, we had lots of time to do whatever... which included going to the Kentucky Horse Park, taking several walks around downtown, visiting used book stores, shopping in a few quaint little shops, and eating yummy food! We had dinner our first night at Cheapside where we had fantastic burgers served with crunchy kettle chips. Then we had dinner Tuesday night AND lunch Wednesday at Joe Bologna's. Thanks so much for the recommendation, Katie. Obviously, we loved it!

Here is Da Hoss at the Horse Park. Read his bio here, it's fascinating.

I had to take this photo since we currently have 8 black swans here at the farm.

And here is Joe Bologna's - neat building, great food.

All in all, we had a great visit to Lexington - we loved the city, its size and what it has to offer, its location, and the UK campus was beautiful too, not to mention all the beautiful horses and the farms they live on!