Picking up from the last blog post! We spent Spring Break with my family the first part of the week in Tyler, staying with Allison & Josh. It was a blast to be all together again since Christmas! We went out to Lake Tyler and had a fun time fishing, canoeing, and taking a long nature hike. We got Andy’s Frozen Custard while we were there. It was delicious stuff man! I’ve never had custard before, but it was a yummy new experience. We also saw Josh and the pine cove guys play and win a local softball game, went to Cheddars, went shopping all over Tyler’s baby outlets and consignment shops, watched Hoodwinked, talked about questions of faith and life, and got Einstein’s bagels. We had a blast being together. It was so much fun.
We got a chance to hang out with Joseph & Courtney Patty that Thursday night and eat dinner together, which was also fun. We’ll be missing them come August when they head out for seminary 😦
Then that next weekend of Spring break we went over to the little bitty town of Hornbeck, LA to visit Andrew’s grandfather Lewis and his girlfriend Gloria. They were full of so much humor and hospitality. Gloria cooked great meals for us and her sons were funny. We got to plant watermelon for Gloria’s son who owns land behind her house. That was fun! I had never done any serious hand planting before but it was great. It made me feel like the days when workers would be out in the fields singing old gospel songs. So of course I started singing a little bit 🙂 Lewis and Gloria took us out to a catfish joint where Andrew tried fried alligator for the first time. It’s actually pretty good. Time with them was restful and we were really glad to have seen them.
Andrew was gone on the Men’s Retreat this weekend at Bastrop State Park. The theme this year was “Radical Men of God.” He had a really great time and was affirmed by men in our body in a meaningful way. I was so thankful just to listen to him talk about all that God had encouraged him with and through whom. I love listening to him talk. I am so thankful for our men’s times. I know it’s so essential for them and their growth and strengthening as they seek to be Godly men, heads of their homes, and leaders in the church. Praise God for our wonderful guys!
While he was away, I got some good girl time in. Friday I got to meet up with Neva at Sweets for some disclipeship time where we took a Lies We Battle survey and then discussed our top lies. It’s not easy for me to assess my deep rooted untruths sometimes and I pray for enlightenment into the places that I do struggle, because I KNOW I do.
Saturday I hung out with Laura Ritchie, who is just newly engaged to Chris Edwards, and got to hear her engagement story. Saturday afternoon I got to have tea party time with Fellowship church married/soon to be married women at Neva’s home. Always a fun time. Then meet up with Rachel Holland and Faith and had some good chat time at Sweets.
Sunday I was privileged to speak with Neva for the morning service on a hard thing God has asked me to do. I spoke about modesty and tried to encourage our women (and a few guys not on men’s retreat 😉 ) to remember God will enable us to obey his commands through his powerful spirit within us. He won’t ask us to do something his power won’t enable us to do. And also to seek God’s heart on each issue that is toughest. We will often see his love and sweetness in the command and then our hearts will be softened towards obedience. It was a blessing to be up there with Neva. And praise the Lord! A girl from a HG went to her leader and asked if she’d go through her clothing with her sometime. And another lady came up and thanked me for bringing out the issue of having a modest heart. You know, you don’t always hear how the Lord will use you, but it’s cool when you get to see how’s he’s spoken to people through what he’s laid on your heart. I was thankful for God speaking and encouraging the women of our body.
Praise God, my doctor says I don’t need to worry about my placenta placement any longer. It moved up as it needed to! Thanks for the prayers. Our little guy has been kicking up a storm and it feels pretty strange. I love him so much already and can’t wait to meet him soon!
This past weekend we went to Andrew’s dad’s house. Andrew & I had a date morning on Friday drawing each other collages of items/images/symbols that represented the other person. We made blueberry french toast and had a relaxing time together. On our way to Houston we stopped and took blue bonnet pictures!
Darrel & Susan took us out to eat at Gringos Mexican restaurant on Friday evening. On Saturday Susan and I grabbed Einstein’s Bros. bagels and coffee and then later we met up with my Nana at a tea room in League City. That was fun! Tearooms are so dainty 🙂 We shopped around a little bit and then went home. I got to watch some HGTV this weekend. I really enjoy watching those shows and since we don’t have any kind of cable TV it’s always a special treat for me. Darrel & Andrew went fishing and only caught a crab 😦 and Darrel caught a sunburn. We grilled steaks that night and then Andrew & I got to go together and look at Babies R’ Us strollers.
Sunday we went to Gateway Community church. The message was really good. He spoke on the “what if.” What is Jesus had never been raised from the dead? Our lives would look SO HUGELY different. We would be hopeless and selfishness would be the greatest virtue if all we have is this life. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that if we hope in a Christ who wasn’t raised at all we are to be pitied the most of all people! So thankful that Jesus wasn’t a liar and did everything he said he would. My prayer is that I will live remembering he has defeated death and sin each day. We had a relaxing time on Sunday followed by a yummy Eater feast made by Susan.
In light of Easter and reading an article on it’s roots, Andrew & I have been talking about what we’d like to do as a family to celebrate Easter. Our friend Elaine brought up a great idea. Rather than doing a traditional egg hunt, doing a TREASURE HUNT and focusing on the theme that Jesus is the pearl of great price/buried treasure! Cool huh?! We think so. It’s been good to talk through things like this in light of our upcoming baby boy to raise!