Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

Flea Market Find! March 30, 2009

Filed under: General,Pictures — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 5:15 pm

So, Andrew and I were supposed to go fishing this weekend to spend some QT (quality time) together, but Friday night the wind was gusting hard and a cool front came through so we opted for not sitting for hours in the cold.

So then on Saturday morning we made some more of these yummy pumpkin flax seed muffins that Kyndall gave me the recipe for and then set out to our local flea market.  I had never been before but always wanted to, so Andrew took me there!  We had a budget of $10 to spend on any little treasure we might find.  It was so exhilarating for me, less for Andrew, but we had such a good time together enjoying the absolutely stunning day that it turned out to be.

So let me back up and say that I have desired to find some cool piece of blown glass or something for some time now.  So when I found this baby amongst the other funky/errie comic book figurines and New Mexico themed decor, I was excited!

Take a look at this little fun treasure!

flea market wonderful!

flea market wonderful!

Isn’t she a beaut! I love it.  After snagging some cool green cremmons from the grocery store, it is just in time for spring.

With some fresh flowers

With some fresh flowers

So there’s our fun spring time addition.  Thanks hubby for taking me! 😀

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Homecoming + Engagement March 25, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 2:37 pm
This is the painting Andrew got me from Italy!

This is the painting Andrew got me from Italy!

Yay! Andrew’s home from Milan, Italy!  I’m so excited that he’s back safely.  I had a good week even though I got lonely at some points where I cried because I missed him.  His trip was successful he said. They were able to reach out through the conversation classes in starting relationships, presenting a positive image of Christians for the students who otherwise feel Christians are pretty closed, and had a lot of fun! Pictures are posted on Facebook under Andrew’s page.

Last week I was able to use my free time to sew 3 more wallets for friends of mine and myself.  You can see them on my Projects page over (tab for it located on the right hand side of the blog). I also was able to go see Josh propose to my sister Allison on Thursday night in Tyler. It was so much fun! I got to see my family and help set up the spot where he proposed. She said yes.  We got to surprise her afterward which was a lot of fun and then hear the whole story and see pictures.  I’m way excited about helping with the planning. It seems even more exhilarating to be apart of planning another wedding.  Maybe because it’s less stressful for me and I can be more carefree! Pictures of the engagement also Facebook.

During my week alone, I spent some good time with the Lord.  It was satisfying and I really enjoyed it.  Andrew and I were asking God for promises to us or to remind us of promises he wanted us to remember from him.  God’s promise he shared anew with me was from 2 Peter 1:3 which says “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  God reminded me that I will have everything I need in him.  My thoughts had been towards thinking of living in another country, specifically thoughts towards Nigeria, and how life would be different.  I thought to myself, “There’s no Starbucks, no instant hot showers, many of the conveniences we have would be none existent…” So when God reminded me of this promise to us, he was striking on the very things I had been thinking about in regards to switching lifestyles in living overseas. He told me, “Amanda, I’m enough for the enjoyment in life. I provide all you need for LIFE and for GODLINESS.” To me this means that God not only reveals himself and sanctifies us (the Godliness part) but also gives us our daily bread AND things to make us happy, meaning enjoyable things.  No it may not be the same things I enjoy over in America like good coffee, couches, comfy beds, driving around or visiting family, etc. but God will satisfy me with enjoyment in another culture in different ways.  He will give us EVERYTHING we need for a full life! Thank you Lord.

Glad to have my hubby back and to soon have a new brother-in-law!

 

Recession March 11, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 3:44 pm

UPDATE!!!:  YOU CAN READ BELOW AND THIS WILL MAKE SENSE: My boss just called me in this afternoon and offered me my job back again. He said he had prayed about it and if I still wanted the job then I’d be adding more to my work load but I’d have it back.  So praise God for that quick turn around. We’ll still be praying about it but I am thankful.

Well, yesterday I found out that as of May 15th I won’t be working for Jefferson Christian Homes, probably.  My boss told me that they are just having a rough time and if things don’t change within the next few months then I’ll be leaving on May 15. I have freedom to job search and take anything before if it comes up.

I was really sad yesterday when I heard the news and honestly a little shocked. I had not thought this recession and slow economy would touch me. I thought we were pretty steady and safe with my job status, but here we are.

You know, God is good. He prepared me to receive this I believe. I had just recently listened to John Piper’s sermon called “What is the Recession For?” He says there are many purposes for recessions. One of these is to help us come back to trusting Him over money and jobs. He says that God also uses these to show us our sins, to make us cry out and be humbled, and to remember the poor who have always been poor and their situation never lessens. I listened to this sermon and then yesterday morning was reading in Jer. 31 about how God says he’ll restore Israel their new wine, grain and oil and that he will give the bounty of himself to them. I was praying and thanking God for this recession yesterday morning for the purposes it will have in my life and in the churches.

What perfect things God used to set my heart up to receive yesterday’s news. Andrew said to me, “I’m not afraid. We get to see God move and work. This may be the best thing that could have happend to us.”  Now, without my job here and Andrew not having anything specifically lined up for after graduation, there comes into view this new greater possibility of us moving away from College Station.  It hit me that this is not an easy thing for me to swallow. I really have made this place home.  Uprooting to a new place seems a little scary and unfamiliar. But I know that God has his perfect plans in mind.  I will not  even try to guess what those are…I’m sure I’d come up short.

Please be in prayer for us as we search for jobs and God’s leading during this time. I don’t know what He wants to do but I desire to go where He’s leading. If God wants me to stay and stay in this position He’ll open the door and if not, that’s okay.  We’ll see where He wants me and where he wants Andrew.

I know God’s hand is upon my life when I see Him doing things like this. I know that He is jealous for me when I lose my job and Andrew doesn’t have one yet. He’s stretching us. I know that He is fiercly fighting for more of my whole heart being faithful to him and trusting. He is jealous for me when he thrusts me into recession, where I cannot rely on anything but Him and knowledge that he works out all things for good.  He is using this situation in our lives to give us greater measures of faith, more testimonies of his goodness, more intimacy in his provision and loving care.  He is actively sanctifying us.  And I love that He loves us enough to care and not let us be the same.

 

Eclectic thoughts March 10, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 3:20 pm

We had a great time with our family this weekend going out to dinner with the fam, seeing Stephen and Joel at their track meet, and seeing Josh and Allison! Yippee…we love them. We also watched the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, on the Intelligent Design theory supression in the scientific realm. It’s really intriguing and I’d recommend it to anyone. Ben Stein is pretty hilarious. If you want a sneak peek go here.

Looking at Ashley and Ben Carter’s home pictures reminded me to give a shout out to a fun website that can get your decorative creative juices flowing.

I found out about this site through the This Young House. They had a post about how to find out your decorative style through Sproost . You take a short quiz based on photos they show of decorated rooms and then give you their analysis of what you like. Mine felt pretty true to me. Here’s a picture of my style : Arts & Crafts.

Arts & Crafts

Sooo…go check out your style. What’s fun, is that afterwards you can go and create rooms by searching through furniture (that’s geared towards your style) and add to this a design board that allows you to come up with different combinations and to see how things look with each other. It’s pretty nifty. Go check it out. It’s a lot of fun.

Andrew leaves this weekend for his Milan, Italy short term trip. I’m excited about it. I hope he’ll take lots of pictures for me of the beautiful scenery and bring back something Italian!

This morning, during Andrew’s prayer meetings at Sweets, I felt pulled to share something I was reading from Jeremiah 31 to a girl that was outside studying. I kind of wrestled with it.  I didn’t feel condemned if I didn’t or anything. I had the thought that I usually have, “well I don’t want to bother her, she’s studying”  but I had Ray Comfort’s words come to mind. He says all you need to evangelize is compassion. I started to remember that someone shared with  Ray Muenich on campus and he is now the pastor of our church. And I remembered Holly’s testimonies of how sharing doesn’t get much easier, she just begins to be more okay with akwardness. And I felt pretty strongly that I wanted to share this thought from God in Jeremiah 31. I wanted share this: ” I have loved you with an everlasting love;  I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

So I finally went for it and I said, “I know it’s early, but I really feel like I’m supposed to share this with you.” She was all for it and afterward I asked her if that meant anything to her and she said, “yeah. I really needed that; I’m really stressed right now.”  We chatted for a little while and talked about issues she has with the submission of women to men in the church and what she calls “old school” things.  I was thankful that God helped me go over to her despite my feelings of nerves and awkardness. It resulted in a good conversation that I hope helps her dwell futher on her relationship with God. Pray for Victoria, she’s a Greek Orthodox who hasn’t been in church in a long time, and though not hostile outwardly, is rejecting to accept God’s ways on many issues.

On another note, I may be trying to start a little side business through sewing scrubs for women with fun fabrics. My coworker Brooke made one and we’re chatting about the possibility of starting up something…we’ll see how that works out.  It’d be a fun way to earn some extra cash.

 

Back and Forth March 4, 2009

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 5:20 pm

That’s what the weather’s been like here at least. One day cold, the other hot. It’s quite amusing and keeps us on our toes. But this past Saturday was a lovely day, despite the high mile an hour winds, for my neighbor Pam and I to celebrate her birthday. We had fun. I had such a good time preparing for it, cooking the food and setting it up all cutsy and stuffs. 😀 Picture to come.

Only 10 more days till Andrew goes on his first overseas trip to Milan, Italy! Whoop! I’m so excited for him. I have a feeling God is going to do good things through this trip for us. I’m also excited that, though my hubby will be away for a week, I’ll have Kyndall with me!! This is way exciting for me, cuz I love her company and really enjoy mornings with her. I remember when we lived together. Saturday’s we’d get up with Kirsten, Courtney, and Kim and have muffins and Casi Celo or some other Starbucks coffe. Yum….I miss those times. I’m hoping for some more of that when she visits.

Actually on the topic of coffee….I was told by a friend that in a recent taste test Eight O’Clock Coffee actually beat out Starbucks and Folgers and others. So I decided to find it at the store and try it out. It’s good. At least, good enough for me. I mainly drink coffee using my espresso machine at home, and because I make myself a latte, I don’t really taste the coffee without cream and sugar. BUT what sold me was the price. It’s $3.69 for a bag of Regular/Columbian Arabic whole bean coffee and each bag contains a $1 off coupon for the next purchase. SO each one thereafter is only $2.69. Not bad for one of the best coffees according to consumer reports!

Andrew and I are trying to find our way through the sea of financial decisions. I sometimes feel overwhelmed, but I trust God to guide us. But that’s definetly one of our top prayer requests. Wisdom in this area, sensitivity to the Spirit’s guiding on where we should invest our money.

I don’t wish to be tossed back and forth like the sea or the wind or the weather. I want to stand firm. I often am so wishy washy with my God sometimes.  I cry out to him to be  my rock and solid foundation!  Oh how I need you Lord! Hold me together I pray.