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Smorgasbord of Life

Wow life flies by so quickly.

I blink and my spring break has long since come and gone. My BFF from Argentina stopped by for a visit. The in-loves came and went. Spontaneous times with friends were so fun. The RGM Board meeting in Houston, a missions conference in WV, our church women’s retreat  in NC that ministered greatly to my heart. Etc. Etc. And now another semester has come and gone!

Both ministry on campus and our personal lives have continued to show us the miraculously powerful hand of God and yet continue to keep us humble. So, without further adieu, here’s a pictorial version of the past few weeks…

I hosted some of our Greek Leaders for a brunch at my house a few weeks ago. My sweet girl, Florencia, was the guest of honor! Have I ever blogged about Florencia? I am not so sure… well, for a refresher… I met Flor at a Zumba class in Argentina, when I was a sophomore in college on summer project. She would talk our heads of 24/7 but then pretend she didn’t understand my English (though she is fluent) every time I would try and talk to her about God. I gave up on her after 4-5 weeks of this…but GOD did NOT.

She trusted Christ a month or two after we came back to the States and is now a full-time missionary with Campus Crusade to the athletic world in South America. She is nothing short of a modern-day Paul. Girlfriend has shared the Gospel (by God’s grace) with the entire Olympic softball, baseball and track team. She is insane. She has led hundreds of people to Christ and I am daily inspired by her fiercely loyal friendship. I love you, Flor!

Cookies after Crusade with my faves!

Side note-below is a terribly fuzzy picture, but this is my favorite face that Flor makes.

This is face that she makes when she is telling someone WHAT IS UP. When she gets passionate about Jesus you better just recognize the face…because she’s about to tell you some truth…and it usually starts with “Girl, listen…”

Changing gears, Mr. Murphy turned 50 and his sweet wife threw a wonderful soiree for him! I was the self assigned photographer :) I know I have mentioned previously, just how much we adore the Murphy family…but I’d like to re-state that they have made our time in Columbia SUCH a sweet experience. They have been our family away from family and have given us a home away from home.

JR is holding a screwdriver and talking to my husband..you never know.

Isn’t it lovely? I wish a picture didn’t just say 1,000 words…rather I wish it served you 1,000 calories of these desserts that were to die for! Mrs. Murphy is known for being the cutest lady in Columbia as well as the best dessert maker this side of the Mason Dixon. :)

The Murphy’s also help us love on these precious people…

Here are some Zeta girls who came to a recent social that we hosted for students…”Skate with a Date or Mingle if You’re Single”

You guessed it…Roller Skating!!

Never fear. A blast was had by the few and the proud who attended this event…

Watch out for this guy…

This is getting to be a very lengthy and very random post…but I am gonna just keep on.

A day or so after skating, I hopped on a plane bound for Texas. I have the PRIVILEGE to sit on the board for Redeemed Girls’ Ministry with my dear friend, Marian.

This girl helps me love Jesus, helps me go after the lost and helps me dress in a more “sorority-appropriate” way :) What a wonderful time of vision, prayer, laughter, food and fun.

Speaking of women I admire…

Do you see this woman? This is Mrs. Jeanne. Y’all. SHE CAN TEACH THE WORD! She was our speaker for Crossroad’s Women’s Retreat and she did not disappoint.

I learned so much from her last year and this year was just as great. She gives you nothing but the Word as she challenges you to “raise the bar, ladies.” I’ll eventually get to typing up and sharing my notes from the conference…

But, clearly we had fun!

And between TX and NC, Joel and I headed to WV for my home church’s Mission’s Conference! This was a fantastic time to learn more about God’s heart for the world, share with the congregation about our ministry and visit with supporters. RCCC is SO good to us!!

Our wonderful friend and partner in ministry, Jay, organized the week along with a great team and was such a gracious host. (He also is an amazing singer with a heart of God which is why he sang in our wedding!!)

Not only does RCCC work hard to reach WV, support missionaries to America like us, but they also are sending a team to Kenya this summer to work with an orphanage that my mom serves with called, “Into Abba’s Arms”. My mother never ceases to amaze me…you can hear more about her work with IAA here.

I am so proud of my mom and her impact around the globe. She is my hero!! (Not to mention an adorable one at that.)

Okay, reliving the busiest 2 weeks of the semester is wearing me out all over again, so I will end with a teaser for a future post…

BRB (be right back–college texting lingo :) with highlights from the Hurdle family visit!

Praying for them in the deep south as tornadoes blaze their trails! Praying Praying!

Thanks for reading! xoxo

Christmas 2010

This is probably about 7 posts crammed into 1. Just a fair warning :)

This Christmas was full of…great time with my family!

Kemble enjoyed the vacation hours of a full-time teacher, Daddy had the whole week off, and we all had such a blast together!

Each year Daddy gives us a $20 shopping spree to the mall. Kemble and I realized we hadn’t cashed in on ours in quite some time…so we added them all up and had quite a fun shopping trip :)

While we went shopping, Joel and Momma slaved away in the garage working on “projects”. It’s always something with those two!

Joel worked us all over on Settlers of Catan. Heiko gave Joel a run for his money, as did my dad with his longest road. Mom didn’t seem to love this game as much as we all did and Elizabeth detested when her hubbie took her cards :)

Any other Settlers players out there?

Kemble took me out on a date for my birthday to THE most amazing Asian restaurant…Taste of Asia! Thanks, Sass!

If you live in Huntington, you’ve gotta check this place out!

Christmas was also full of meaningful times with our church family.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is always a highlight for our church. It is such a special time to celebrate our Savior!

After the Christmas Eve Service, we drove over to Stanford Park to look at the beautiful lights.

This was the most over-the-top house by far! It even played music 24/7.

Kemble, Jeff and Mrs. Linda, Kemble’s Mother-in-Law, joined us for Christmas Day. We had a lovely brunch and enjoyed time together laughing, getting to know each other and opening gifts.

Kemble loved her headband and her Ugandan beads!

We cherish and love these handmade stockings made by my grandmother for each of our family members!

And my dad will cherish the shadow box that my mom made for my dad to add photos to as a tribute to the wonderful life of his mom!

Christmas was also full of hilarious times with my family…

A certain younger sister of mine may or may not have knocked over the entire Christmas tree trying to reach a gift.

We all were dying laughing as mom and Joel tried to salvage the tree and far-flung ornaments.

Speaking of gifts…don’t worry. My mom got a gun for Christmas!

Which we immediately made her go practice in the front yard! HA! Only in WV. (Or Mississippi) :)

We had sent her on a scavenger hunt to find her gun. The clues were all on various sizes of circles which created a target. She didn’t do too badly on her first shot!

Daddy was such a trooper to spend some time each day clearing the walkway and driveway.

But he did leave the icicles for ambiance-sake.

This Christmas we kept a slower pace as we visited Huntington and I am so grateful for lots of memories made with my family. I am also forever grateful that my family is so intentional to celebrate Jesus and all that He means to our world. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21