Thursday, December 31, 2009

Altitude & Mountain Men

Well, I’m not sure I can officially call it a “ski trip” considering I only skied half a day and that was ski school. I think I should rename it “altitude sickness trip.” Oh yes, I got sick and for about two days thought I wasn’t going to make it out of the mountains. You think I jest, but no, I thought I would die and had the bright idea that it may be better to rent a car and drive back to Dallas (my girls, Sarah, and Mel can attest to my feeling-badedness…I couldn’t stop crying, kind of embarrassing). In spite of this, I still had a great trip enjoying the cold, the cute town, and the fabulous people and will probably go again next year? Eek, I’m a little nervous about that…

The last day I was finally hungry and feeling like a normal person, so Mel, Leanne, and I ventured into town. Leanne is a new friend who I quickly began to love! It shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering she is Sarah’s cousin and I already know how fantastic she is; must run in the family. Anyway, before heading into town, we learned a snow storm was coming that night so, being the smart girls that we are, asked Mel if we could leave early. She informed us she was not in charge of the schedule. Of course we followed that with asking who we could ask to leave early. She told us we were high maintenance. Little did she know…

Later that afternoon back at the lodge, an employee came up to talk to Mel about checking the road conditions, etc for us. After he walked off, Mel exclaimed how nice he was, which I took to mean she had a crush on Mountain Man as we coined him. Leanne and I then made it our goal to get a picture of Mountain Man, though blurry, and encourage conversation between the two, though not hard to do considering he was looking up road conditions for us. Sadly, we left and learned Mountain Man is a smoker. On the trip home, Leanne found a book in a grocery store with the keys for all of us to find our own Mr. Rights…too bad we didn’t buy it. Mel could have her very own Mountain Man who loves her and sweet Bingley right now. *sigh*

Mountain man

The solver of all our Mountain Man problems!!

Aside from the taunting, sickness, and playing, I did have great times with the little girls. Club each night (well, the times I went…) was fabulous and I greatly appreciated Braun’s talks and Jarrod’s worship leadership. All of which led to great discussions and lots of good sharing amongst the girls. I am ALWAYS excited and encouraged when they share openly about hard things in order to receive accountability and be pointed back to Truth.

Till next year ole mountain…I will defeat you, I know I can.

Sarah the expert skier and CPA!!!!!

Ally, Allie, & Morgan, sweet darlings
Mel and me...pre Mountain Man taunting...

Leanne and I as snowmen
We're skiing!!!! hahaha

This is actually from the trip to Crested Butte, but Mike's mug
pose makes me laugh every time I look at it

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Christmas Story

I absolutely love to hear kids’ versions of stories as their simplistic way of looking at the world is so precious. Apparently yesterday at preschool, McKenzie’s class made Christmas decorations for their parents including a dictated note of what the Christmas story is. This is what McKenzie’s said:

God gave him to an angel, the angel gave him to Mary. They walked to Bethlehem, there were lots of people, they had to go to the manger. They laid baby Jesus in the manger, the shepherds were there. The three wise men went to the manger to bring a box of money to Jesus.

I love it. And in case you’re wondering about the box of money, we think she got it from frankincense (“cents”) and that it comes in a box since that’s how all of wise men are displayed in nativity scenes. Another sweet moment my sister in-law, Heather, heard was McKenzie playing in her room alone and stopped to say Dear God, thank you for the first day of Christmas, love McKenzie.

On another note, while my mom was here this past weekend, I got my Christmas present from her which are these:

I LOVE them! (And have worn them everyday this week, which is saying something considering I love shoes and accessories and am quite obsessive with switching things out). They are super comfortable and look cute with jeans or tights! And we all know how Sarah feels about tights! Perfect timing, too, for Colorado.

Speaking of Colorado, we leave tomorrow night for ski trip. I'm excited, but feeling a little overwhelmed. See, there's no schedule, at least that I know of. Which usually wouldn't bother me one bit since I'm definitely not a schedule person (my mom actually laughed with my aunt this weekend when I came up with a plan...I'm so not a plan person!). For some reason, though, it's stressing me out that I don't know things such as the amount or type of clothes I may need. And coffee. If you knew the number of emails Sarah and I sent about coffee this week (and to Mel...) you'd laugh. So, I suppose I'm not that worried about the actual schedule, per say, more the extraneous things.

I'm also a little overwhelmed because I'm finishing up Christmas presents, at least the ones that have to be finished (i.e. I haven't completed my grandparents' gift, but know they will appreciate it after Christmas, too). Last night I worked on McKenzie's, which is proving to be a wild undertaking. I can't share too much, but my ambitiousness when it comes to creating things out of thin air can sometimes wear me out. Though I love the challenge, too.

Happy almost Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Here are some of my Christmas presents!

First, journals. In case you can't read it (I wasn't a great picture-taker), they each have French words embroidered on it.

L'arbre = tree
Le neige = snow (top left)
Le petit gateau = cupcake (top right, and gateau is supposed to have an accent on the "a")

Purse for Mel

Ornament! I made others to correspond with the journals, but forgot to take pictures

I also made Katie a Baylor snuggie! Sarah took a picture of her in it; I'll post that one at some point when she sends it.

On another note, I'm a little sad because the planner I work with, Courtney, is transitioning off the primary account we work on together. It's a GREAT experience for her, so as her supervisor I'm excited for new growth and experiences. But selfishly I'm bummed because she is fabulous. Not only just in her work ethic, but she's a fun person, hilarious, and we work really well together. At least she doesn't sit very far away, though. :)

Have a great weekend! I'm off to meet my mom who's paying me a visit with my cousin, Georgia.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I'm quickly having new things I want to post, so thought I'd do a little catch-up before those all flood in at once.

1. This is my new favorite picture of our community group (sans Caryn). It was taken at Stacy's birthday party last Thursday. The reason it's my favorite? Oh, after viewing it, Karla exclaimed "I look like her child!" It may not be funny to you, but Karla is the shortest one below and is in a group of tall girls (I think we all may be above the average height, too). And, she chose to stand in front of Katie, our tallest member, without shoes on. We had some great laughs at this one.

2. Pride and Prejudice. I LOVE the book and LOVE the Hollywood version (with Keira Knightley). Sarah has the six-hour BBC version and we decided since it was a nice cold day to watch it this past Saturday! The girls came over at 11 and Katie had cooked up a marvelous breakfast feast. We watched for a while (I missed about an hour and a half to get my hair cut), took a late lunch break, and finished the movie about 6:30, right in time for the Big XII championship game. I enjoyed the movie and thought it was definitely true to the book, but I will say, I still have an affection for the Hollywood one. All-in-all it was a splendid time with friends!

3. I am obsessed with the fact it's cold. Temperatures in the 30s are my favorite as it's cold, but not so much so where you can't feel anything (at least to me).

4. I'm almost done with all of my Christmas presents! I finished shopping for things this past weekend (I'm making most things, but purchased a few). I gave my first gift of the year yesterday and will be giving five more today! I'll start posting pictures of things once they've been given. Not to be braggy-sounding, but I think everything is turning out well!

5. We had our small group Christmas party last night. I didn't take a single picture, but it was fun as always. Our girls are hilarious, particularly Ally, Allie, and Kate last night. Sweet Cade joined us again this year; he is quite the little flirt. :)

6. And finally, I'm wearing purplish-pink tights today. I've always wanted to wear colored tights, but haven't branched out beyond brown. I don't know if it's all this embracing of my creativity or what, but I've definitely been more brave in fashion these days! Yay for the tights! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Home and Healed

I often avoid my computer like the plague over the weekend, unless I have to work which I did not this weekend. Given this, I just now saw the saddening news that Laurren Smith went home to be with Jesus this weekend.

Thank you, Lord, for using a little girl to touch the lives of so many, even those who have never met her, and to share your grace and love. Thank you for the reminder that you are the ultimate Healer and the assurance for Laurren's family and friends that she is completely whole and without pain, dancing and smiling in your presence. Please continue to wrap your loving arms around them as they grieve.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

I'm kind of running out of things to say and completely forgot to write last night. Eh, oh well.

Today, I switched my calendar at my desk to December. I LOVE my calendar, it's a Kris-10 Creation and the 2009 theme for Kristin was a love for God's Word. It's interesting how when I opened the calendar way back in January and read her note about the selected theme, I thought "oh, that's cool" but honestly didn't realize how it would become a central truth in my life this year. While I of course know the importance of Scripture, it came alive to me this year in ways I couldn't have dreamt. I'm not always perfect at reading it daily and sticking to decisions to memorize things by X date, but my reliance on his Word continues to deepen as I realize more and more it is the ultimate source of encouragement, correction, teaching, etc. etc.

The theme verse for December is "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory" John 1:14. I couldn't imagine a more perfect verse to encapsulate the essence of Christmas and this fabulous season. What a splendid reminder that He, who existed at the beginning with God and the Spirit, humbled himself and came down into our world to live. And not just to wander around the earth and check out broken human life, but to live perfectly and without sin in order to take on every single one of our sins, die a horrendously excrutiating death, and defeat dead three days later so that we may be reconciled in him.

Hark the herald angels sing indeed! Glory to the newborn King!