Thursday, August 20, 2009

Game night with the girls

Carrie and I had a game night for most of the female teachers at VCS. It was a lot of fun playing games, eating snacks, and simply enjoying each other's company. Many friends brought some of their favorite games but I think the hit was Reesa's game called Snorta. It was hilarious. Each player has an animal in a barn. Each player has these cards with animals on it and each person turns over a card one at a time. When you see a match you have to say the sound of the animal the person with the match has. It sound complicated and from what I saw it was a bit confusing to my brain. So, while the girls were playing I took a video of it to share with all of you!! Enjoy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

An amazing visit to a quilt shop

This is an amazing story of God's faithfulness even when you don't expect it in the least bit. This happened to Carrie and me this summer while we were visiting beautiful Estes Park, Colorado with some dear friends. On our last day in Estes Park we were going to visit a quilt/fabric shop where our friend's mother has a friend who started work there that day. I just thought we were going to a cute fabric/quilt store but the Lord had other plans.

When I walked in I was overwhelmed at the amount of merchandise that was on display. The merchandise ranged from beautiful Amish quilts to things one would find in Christian bookstore. As I looked around simply taking it all in I was introduced to the employee as a missionary. This lady kindly smiled and wanted to know a lot about what I did in Vienna. I continued to browse and heard that there were sale items downstairs. So, I ventured downstairs and was greeted by our friend, who was starting her first day of work, and the owner of the business. They had just come back from starting their day with prayer. I was quite impressed. The owner was told that Carrie and I were the missionaries that she had just been told about and she (the owner) grabbed us and took us to the office area. She asked a few questions about our sending organization and wanted to know about our support levels. She then went to her desk and pulled out the "missionary account" checkbook. I was astonished. She wrote us a check right there on the spot!! It was amazing. They then prayed for us for about 20 minutes all the while I was in tears and shaky at God's amazing faithfulness. They then told us that we can get anything in she shop that we would like. The thank yous couldn't come from my mouth fast enough.

I was overwhelmed at God's love. Just that morning I was stressing again about my support level and by this lady and her business I was reaffirmed that yes, I am following the Lord's path. I still tear up as I write this. It is amazing who the Lord uses everyday to remind us that He is faithful and will not give up on us.

If you are ever in Estes Park, Colorado visit the Cottage Bliss store. It is amazing and their profits go to missionaries. What a wonderful way to run a business. Here is the address and website:

Cottage Bliss
Unit 36-A
870 Moraine Ave,
Estes Park, CO 80517-8054
(970) 577-1557

Sunday, August 16, 2009

An afternoon with friends

This afternoon Carrie, RheaAnne, Leslie, and I went on a paddle boat. It was great! Here are some pictures to prove we did it!

After paddle boating we went to a sporting complex to watch a group of people play sand volleyball. It was fun to watch. Eventually RheaAnne and I found a cute round swing so we swung for a while and then Carrie and I decided to leave. On the way out I found these poles which I thought looked like they would be good balance beams so I tried them out. It was fun but I fell off quite a bit.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Carrie and I bought a Toyota!

Carrie and I are excited! We have shopped around and priced checked and have finally settled on a Toyota. We bought a Toyota sewing machine! We are so excited about this as we didn't think we could get through the school year without sewing a quilt or two!! ;) We also found a few skirt patterns and bag patterns in the states and are excited to fill our time with creating masterpieces! Here are a few pictures of our beauty!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Seeing God's beauty

I love sunsets, lakes, rivers, and the mountains. They all remind me of God's imagination and beauty. I really love to see the sun's rays in a sunset. I captured a photo of this while I was in Colorado this summer. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We made scrubs

My sister works at an animal kennel. She loves her job but needed more animal print scrubs. So Carrie and I decided to make her some scrubs and matching reversible bag to complete the outfit! Let me tell you she loved the scrubs but was quite uncertain about having the matching bag!! ;) Here is proof of our accomplishments!