We got to see our beautiful (still slightly alien looking) baby girl on Tuesday, some of these videos were really fun to look at as she was moving her mouth and folding her arms under her head.... enjoy!
Hey there! We are very excited to be moving in to our favorite time of the year... fall! There is nothing better than pumpkin spice candles (you can tell Ashley is writing this) and seeing the leaves start to change... AND in a couple weeks, we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary! Where did that time go!
We are also excited to be moving well into our 11th week of pregnancy (2 1/2 months). Only a couple more weeks before the nauseousness goes away. Keep checking out the bottom of the blog for details about that.
In the meantime... so far Caleb is winning the battle of the biggest tummy (see below)... and I know you are not really supposed to start showing till like month 4 or something... but I can already tell, and got 2 comments about it in church today...
So we will see! Either way, we are getting more excited by the day!
After many months of marriage, countless searches, and some stalking we have found the Stork Store. We placed an order and are anticipating the delivery of one small bambino that looks a lot like a small version of us somewhere around the end of March 2009.
We are elated, joy filled, and really excited to decorate a room with pastel colors and buy tiny clothes.
Check back for updates on growing bellies (Caleb has decided to eat extra and try to keep up with other belly growth happening in the house), and you can also look at the bottom of our blog to see whats going on with the baby right now!
The beach is wonderful. (sigh...) Whenever I go to the ocean I always think about that verse in Proverbs 8 that talks about how God assigned the sea its limit, so the waters would not transgress His command. That amazes me that it would be deliberate sin if the ocean crossed past its boundaries set by God. Wow. We were blessed with a couple days on the Oregon Coast and time to just get some much needed rest...
(Our dinner one night... Caleb is a great cook!)
After the coast, we stopped in Bend for a few days to say hi to family and for Ashley's mom's 50th Birthday. We surprised her with some unexpected company... her best friend from California, and her cousin. She was shocked! Picture below, from L to R- Jane(Ashley's mom's best friend), Ashley's mom, cousin, and Ashley's Grandma.
There were way too many good pictures that we could place on this blog so here are just a few. We took a trip with Danny down to Dallas to watch Jonathan compete in one of the pre-qualifiers for the Olympics. We were going to put video on here (and might still) but for now take a look at Jonathan and Sandy's blog for more info- www.jonathandy.blogspot.com. Enjoy the pic's, and there will be more to come!
We took a trip to Bend for a surprise birthday visit for Ashley's Dad, and saw some great friends while we were there.
After driving through the night, stopping to put chains on our car for the first time, and finally getting to Bend after an 8 hour drive, we decided to start our morning (really afternoon.... but morning for us!) with some great morning devotions and Starbucks, where we also saw Katie Scott!
Then, Ashley spent the day with her mom, and Caleb with his sister and bro in law. After that we spent most of the night with John and Sonja Decker, taking a slight detour to play a game of Settlers of Catan with the Schulz, Earwickers, and a few other folks.
The following morning we went to coffee with Caleb's old small group gang....
...and Kaitlin and Elyxis Morrison! Followed by lunch with the Earwickers and baby Earwicker (no picture, sorry!).
Then got to snag Ashley's brother for a bit in Barnes and Noble.... :)
And after finally got to surprise Ashley's dad for his 50th birthday! Yay! He got a tattoo... he's really the best.
Here's a break from some fun questions for a few fun stories of things we have been doing.... :)
Our friends John, Christina, and Hannah took us snowshoeing and then fed us REALLY good soup. Snowshoeing is tiring but we had a blast!
At the end of January we went with The NXT up to Generation Unleashed in Portland. We went last year too, but this year was 10 times better. Our youth got rocked, the leaders got rocked, and we all left exhausted. Pastor Russel Evans (from Planetshakers in Australia) was our speaker. The last day all of Portland turned into a Popsicle and they closed down our route back home, so we took a detour through Bend, getting to see Ky Palmer as he bravely guarded 25 pizzas till we came to pick them up.
We both started small groups and they have been going for a couple months now. Ashley's is above (some are missing, sorry if your not in the picture!) Jennifer (far right) is Ashley's co-leader. Caleb is co-leading with John Daurer and a few weeks ago they got to baptize 5 of their youth in John's bathtub. Its great to see the radical change some of our "kids" have experienced these past couple months. We love investing our life into them and watching God transform them. It blows our mind every time to see how the Holy Spirit can change lives so drastically, taking them from a life filled with death into true life.
Oh faithful Bloggers O' Wisdom! My many thanks for not failing me in my last attempt to attain balance admidst a swirl of challenging and too often pertinent questions. Like Moses petitioning God for patience and yet another response, so I come to you. Pleading on behalf of the portion of the generation that often glances my way for wisdom on many and varied issues, I now invite you to join me in the latest quest for popular opinion (Truth is too controversial). The question at hand is this:
If I don't speak in tongues am I baptized in the Holy Spirit?
All this week I feel like I have had conversations with young people about spiritual authority and covering and proper response to those two. For those of you who know me, we could probably agree that I may at times, have strong opinions about what the Bible says on the issue. With the statement "error is truth out of balance" as a premise from which to work, I have determined to turn to the blogging community for possible balance on several issues. What is the proper response to: 1. known sin in a leaders life? 2. said leader rejecting the Matthew 18:15-18 protocol (and if it is not a senior pastor, the senior pastor doesn't bring correction either...i.e., the sin is overlooked by leadership)? 3. alcohol consumption in the life a leader? (sin? not sin?) 4. leaders who continue in slander and gossip?
Knowing that I may be out of balance on any of the above enumerated, I appeal to you faithful bloggers o' wisdom to come to my aid.
One thing about us? Well...One thing we have asked of the Lord, that will we seek after: that we may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.