Holy cow what a ride! Great first day of unemployment, tomorrow the real work begins :)
It was pretty good game, Purdue won! It is always great to be back up in West Lafayette, and we always try to stop by some of our favorite food and coffee places. We met up with Brad Martz, and his beautiful girlfriend at Vienna (hello vanilla latte! yum!). Afterwards we stopped by Kara and Ryan's house to see their new puppy. So adorable. We had dinner at Von's Dough Shop, the calzones are just as delicious. Although, Ryan and I were quickly reminded how we gained weight so easily in college... And lastly, every trip to Lafayette should end with a bonfire and hot cider at the Speichers.
Some things never change :)
I have been coming across quite a few delicious recipes lately and I haven’t been sharing! So sorry, but here is a start:
I used to love these when I was little, and they are best with homemade syrup.
Hot Corn Dip.
I brought this to a cookout, and it was a big hit. Very very good!
Creamy Pesto Alfredo.
For all of you with basil plants that grow much faster than you can eat, give this a try to use some of it up.
Roasted Tomatoes and Cipollini.
This weekend we were able to spend time with Ryan’s parents on Friday, see a friend off to Costa Rica, and be back in Cincinnati for a few days to celebrate a wedding, and enjoy a cookout with friends. What a gorgeous weekend!
I was reminded this weekend of God’s faithfulness in the midst of the small chaos that is our life right now. Years ago in college I had the opportunity to spend a summer in France doing ministry with Agape (Campus Crusade for Christ in France), and it forever changed my life. I hate to sound dramatic here (even though Ryan would smile and say I am usually dramatic :) ), but there was one moment in particular when I felt that God spoke to my heart and forever changed my view of God’s love for the world. (I even remember where I was sitting, what I was reading, and the time of day…) Somehow, even just for that one moment a lot of things made sense, and I knew God was calling me to something.
I know that Ryan has had similar experiences in his life as well. After spending time reading through scripture over and over, listening to the advice of others and lots and lots of prayer, it’s becoming more clear that right now, New Zealand is that something.
How faithful is God to plant that small seed five years ago, and carry through today. Through school, exams, graduation, jobs, student loans, marriage, moving, friends, family – all of it, God’s desire is greater. I know that a life can’t necessarily be built on a “feeling” in a “moment”, but I am thankful for that moment of clarity. And even more than that moment I am thankful to be able to look back on God’s faithfulness over the past five years.
There have been a lot of hard days lately as everything starts to become more concrete. Friends and family, as much as they love us, don’t always understand. Packing up and selling our stuff, giving away our beloved cat, saying goodbye to a paycheck, etc… But it has caused us to rely more and more on the Lord, which is an awesome thing, even when it’s hard and I honestly just don’t want to. I know that God is faithful, and it makes me glad that we will know that more and more over the coming months.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?"
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Sorry this didn’t end up being much about a wedding or a cookout :)
Last week our city group had a fun night. We went to Rustic Gardens, and played some mini golf! Now, I wouldn’t share just any putt-putt place with you on here, Rustic Gardens is very unique. Literally mini golf, with real grass and everything!
We had a great time, and the course was definitely a challenge. I, unfortunately, came in last because of a very ridiculous wishing well. Check it out sometime, they are open through November!
We have been pretty MIA for the month of August after being in New York, and then heading to STINT Briefing up in Chicago for a few days and seeing family. I recently announced that Ryan and I are going to be changing things up here soon. We are moving to New Zealand to work for Campus Crusade for Christ in Wellington! Our focus will be ministering to college students at Victoria University.
At STINT Briefing we spent time in training and getting to know another of our team mates, Max. The rest of our team is already in Wellington, and we will hopefully be joining them in just a few months! STINT is what Crusade calls their “short term international” interns. We had a great time with everyone going to our part of the world, the south pacific (Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia).
And had some fun with the crazy Fijians…
Of course we had to get a Fiji and New Zealand picture. The entire Fiji team is from Miami University, which is pretty cool. They are a bunch of college friends with a shared vision of reaching the lost in Fiji together.
And of course, Purdue pride. Stu and Blake are headed to Berlin, Germany for the next year. And Justin will be coaching the team to Slovenia. After having so many friends do STINT or join staff with Crusade, it is crazy to actually be a part of this world now!
That’s all for now!