Wednesday, August 27, 2008

important additions:

I made Shopska salad today as a tribute to Northside's overgrown food pantry garden and to Bulgaria. Eating it makes me happy and anxious; I can't believe God is allowing us to join NMSI and be a part of His work around the world. We are so incapable and under qualified on our own; He is so good to be our portion and sufficiency in all that we lack.

And, my husband is amazing. I'm sure other good wives of good husbands would contest my next statement, but this is my blog so I can say whatever I want: He's the best man I've ever met.

Thank you Lord for a good work to be done and for a good husband to do it with.

That's all. Going back to my yummy salad. It's hard to eat while typing....

It's a Wonderful Life

When you get to post about things such as the following, you just can't deny that life really is wonderful....

Caleb got married on August 9 to the beautiful and formerly known as Christie Ventling. I got to take the entire week off prior to the wedding to help out with set-up and planning, but mainly to take care of mom :). It was great to get that whole week to spend one-on-one time with the fam and to be able to take everything in and 'treasure these things in my heart'. The week was a blast, the wedding was beautiful and the reception was a true party. If there is one thing that the Wright's can do, it's party. Basically, it was a beautiful beginning to a beautiful marriage. We love you Caleb & Christie!

Last weekend we traveled back 'home' to the west suburbs of Chicago. I think there will always be a part of us that longs to be there. We did a terrible job of taking pictures, so don't be expecting too many from that weekend. BUT, it was wonderful. Friday we spent the early evening with Matthew & Kim (Neil's mentor during the internship & his wife, who just happens to be amazing). We ate some delicious burgers & filet minon wrapped in bacon. Matthew = grill master. That night we spent with our small group. It was so good to see old friends and meet some new members of the group. True to style, they are growing and reaching out to new people in the community, welcoming everyone in with open arms. So thankful for them.

Saturday we ate some yummy pancakes with the Andrew & Melissa Brownback (I am still mad at us for not getting a picture). I had pancakes that tasted like pecan pie. Clearly not a weight-loss vacation... It was wonderful to catch up with them and enjoy some good laughs. It is exciting to see the way that God is shaping their marriage and their hearts. We love you guys! That afternoon we met with some friends from the church (Christian Church of Clarendon Hills) and went to the Cirque du Soleil! Now, I knew it would be amazing, but I didn't realize it was going to be a true circus. It was awesome!! We got a couple of pictures of some of our favorite people at Pompei where we ate after. The first is Scott & Andrea, who are getting married this Sunday! The second is Robert & Jenny, who are pretty much always the life of the party.

Alright, no more updating. For your viewing pleasure: proof that it's never too late to bring sexy back...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Weekend of Fun

Lots of activities last weekend which left lots of sore places on the body. We were invited by Kevin and Nancy Harper to go out on Taylorsville Lake to do some water skiing. It was just one of those awesome days outside and the perfect weather to be out on a lake. Courtney didn't take too long to get up and show her skills on the skis. After about 2 hours, I got that same feeling the Wright Brothers must have got when I finally got up for about an 18 second ride. It's so great to have generous people in your life who like to share their life with you.

Our weekend continued on Sunday with a full day of experiencing Holiday World. Southern Indiana at its finest. It was a really awesome time spent with 3 of our favorite couples. It was a great feeling to know that we were not being chaperoned nor were we responsible for anyone there. We did about everything including the Jungle Racers about 6 times (Brandon Cook is a human bullet). Good times.