Quality Time in Quebec

Quality Time in Quebec

Luke is traveling like crazy this month. He got back from Buenos Aires on Oct. 1, had to be in Montreal a week later, then immediately back onto a plane for San Francisco. He’s back for the weekend and then off to SF again for another few days. Thank goodness he canceled his Dallas trip the following week. And then we move into our new house! Normally his travel isn’t this insane but he’s hoping he can be home for a bit right after baby comes. Of course that doesn’t stop him from having to do a trip two weeks before my due date. Anyone feel like holding my hand while I push out a baby?  Continue reading “Quality Time in Quebec”

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This is my Confidence

This is my Confidence

I look around me and I often find my heart is heavy. It seems so many of the people I love are hurting. In fact recently I received some news which caused my heart to ache until I couldn’t hold back the tears any longer. I found myself struggling with trusting God to do a work and wanting to find a way to fix things myself, to heal those who were hurting. That night, as I lay in bed wishing Luke was with me to share the pain instead of traveling in Argentina, I remembered a song we’d sung that morning in church. It was Do It Again by Elevation Worship. Through the lyrics, God reminded me He is faithful and in control. He has never failed and He is at work, even when it seems that He isn’t.

The song starts with the following words, “Walking around these walls. I thought by now they’d fall. But You have never failed me yet.” It is a reference to the Battle of Jericho in Joshua 6. I know it is not a coincidence that I am studying the book of Joshua at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

I’ve found myself both encouraged and skeptical as I read this book in the Old Testament. Over and over God tells Joshua not to be afraid and promises that the battle is already won. God is intimately aware with how Joshua is feeling and promises to be with him. As the Israelites walk in faith and obedience we see God fight their battles again and again. I left these words feeling encouraged and hopeful. But a small part of me was skeptical. I’d have faith too if God laid it out for me the way he did Joshua. It must be easy to obey when God says, “Do not  be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver them before Israel” (Joshua 11:6). Must be nice to know how things turn out and how God is going to do it. But this morning, as I sat at the breakfast table with Olivia, I realized I was looking at it the wrong way. Yes, there were times God told Joshua HOW the battle would be won but most of the time He only said it WOULD be won. He didn’t tell Joshua in advance that He would kill more enemies with hailstones than the Israelites would slay or that the sun would stop in the middle of the sky (Joshua 10:11-13).  Joshua had to obey and trust God would be true to His Word.

Like Joshua, we have that same promise from God. In fact, we have even more than Joshua did! And like Joshua, we can choose to act in faith and trust those promises even when the situation is seemingly hopeless. Although we may not know how God is going to fight the battle, we do know He is faithful to His promises. He is at work. He answers our prayers (although maybe not in the way we’d like!). The battle is won.

And We’re Off!

And We’re Off!

It’s our first trip just the two of us since O was born! Yes, it’s going to be a 24 hour whirlwind but I am still excited. So did anyone figure out Luke’s clues from my Babymoon for #2 post? They weren’t exactly easy:

  1. Alaska
  2. Chihuly
  3. Santa
  4. Fe

“Alaska” referred to the mode of transportation, namely, Alaska Airlines. I guessed that right away and deduced we’d be flying somewhere. Not the hardest clue but the simplicity stopped there. I would have sworn “Chihuly” was indicative of the activity we’d be doing. Several years ago we did a trip to Colorado where we saw a Chihuly installation at the Denver Botanic Gardens and I’ve often said how much I enjoyed that. Turns out “Chihuly” was actually a clue as to the destination (Washington) which I didn’t realize until after Clue #4. Our hotel is walking distance from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. “Santa” just threw me for a loop and after running through various scenarios from Santa Cruz to Santa Claus, I gave up and waited for day four. The fourth clue, coupled with the prior day’s, gives you “Santa Fe,” a city in New Mexico. However, Luke is sneaky and that was actually a hint regarding our activity, not the destination. Mystery solved!

So here we are, boarding an Alaska Airlines flight to Washington where we will be attending a live production of Newsies, a musical we both love! Still confused how “Santa Fe” revealed all? You only have to listen to this song to figure that one out. (Side note, how adorbs is Jeremy Jordan? Too bad he won’t be in this production!)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

About a month ago I was at the grocery store and somehow ended up walking down the frozen food aisle. A box of jalapeño poppers caught my eye. (You know, those delicious little breaded bites of spice stuffed with cheesy goodness.) Even pregnant, it’s not something I’d ever buy since Luke can’t eat dairy. Much to my delight, I was at my BFF’s wedding in Texas a few weeks later and the groom made something very similar from scratch. They were fresh jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. I think I ate at least ten of them. Continue reading “Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers”

Babymoon for #2

Babymoon for #2

It’s amazing how much changes after you have kids. In fact, that could be a whole post on its own. Two years ago, Luke and I were just getting back from an impromptu babymoon to Australia. I mean, why not? We were living in Hawaii, tickets to Australia were cheap, and we felt like going. Fast forward two years and we’re nearly six months pregnant with baby #2. While I really wanted to do another babymoon it has thus far manifested itself in the form of wishful expressions versus any actual planning. Or so I thought. Luke was secretly coordinating a surprise overnight trip for the two of us.

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