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Tuesday, June 15

We're going Where?!

It's official. After over a year, applying for somewhere between 70 and 150 jobs, countless first interviews, four or five second interviews, countless rejections, Brian has a job offer!!! I confess, I was scared for awhile, and I made a plan B (Live in Brian's apartment through the end of his lease and then find a month by month one in Ames) and a Worst Case Scenario option (Move into Brian's parents' basement). Every time I would start to panic, however, God reminded me of his presence and provision.

For instance, one Sunday night at my home church Dan Dark was speaking on a familiar story: David and Goliath. It was just what I needed to hear. I can't tell you how many times I've heard 1 Samuel 13:34 preached, but it never ceases to amaze me. The sermon was about Giants in our Lives, and point number one was "David knew Goliath could be beat, because with God there is always a way." I thought about Brian finding a job, and it seemed like there really wasn't a way at that point for him to get hired before the wedding. But, "With God, nothing is impossible." Number two stated "David remembered his strength," which meant that he remembered what God had done in the past, and that he had a proved weapon (the Bible). I recalled how God provided Brian with a new car after his was totaled: a 1998 Dodge Durango, chili pepper red, same year, same color, same everything except with better features and tires and no rust for a steal of a price, and a few minutes away from where he was in Kansas City. God was looking out for us! "David claimed the victory," point number three, even before a stone was thrown. Dan Dark pointed out something I never knew before in verse 49. Goliath fell forward. Dan said that there are some high powered military weapons today that the bullets fire so fast that they create kind of a vortex of air, actually drawing the target forward, towards the bullet. There's no way David threw the stone THAT fast, but God definitely could have put a little spin on it! I wrote at the end of my notes, "Is Go just as powerful today as he was then?"

The next day, Brian got a call from a company in Phoenix, Arizona. They called him back a couple days later for a second interview, and flew him down to see the job site not long after that. After a week, they called and offered him the job. And tomorrow, he will fax his acceptance.

I wasn't wild about the idea leaving the lush green rolling fields of Iowa for the desert and 40 varieties of poisonous snakes (plus scorpions, black widow spiders, mountain lions, and bears. I've done my research). I wasn't crazy about having to transfer from Iowa State University to Arizona State University. I still am torn in two at the thought of leaving our families, including my younger siblings, my older sister and her husband and brand new baby, and all of the people we've come to know and love so dearly through classes and Campus Baptist Church. I'm terrified at the idea of starting over in a huge city, different climate, different culture, and trying to make it home.

But I can't deny God's hand in it. He's lead us this far; he'll complete the good work he began in us.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way
When sorrows, like sea billows, roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul. 

Please keep us in your prayers! We'll see you at the wedding this Saturday :)

Friday, June 4

The last few months

Well, if pictures are worth a thousand words, I figure this might be an effective way to catch up this blog :)

To start with, here are some pictures of the fundraiser for Haiti relief that my bible study plus Brian organized and ran. The first picture is our prayer wall. Everyone was given a picture printed from the Churches Helping Churches flicker photo stream, and a piece of paper to write their own prayer for Haiti. On the pulpit, you can see the lists of prayer requests for Haiti.
This is the front of one of the small posters I designed. Copyworks donated the printing for us. I also made hand outs, which my Bible study girls distributed.

We had a special dinner for Haiti instead of our regular Sunday night meal. We served only rice and water, and spent time in prayer, worship, and watching Churches Helping Churches "32 hours in Haiti" video. The next morning, several students volunteered to help package meals for Haiti at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Des Moines. We got up super early, but we worked for a couple hours and were back in time for classes!


Of course, wedding planning has been very much on my mind these last few months! Two weeks to go! 


I enjoyed a beautiful winter at Iowa State. We had a record snow fall this year! 




Big news! My older sister Elissa had her baby, Aviela, on May 20th. She's such a sweetheart! 



Well, that's all for now! Short update, I know, but I hope you enjoy the pictures. I'll be back soon!