Sunday, October 21, 2012

More USPS Fail

Some of you will remember this post from two years ago about a pretty amusing FAIL on the part of the postal service. More recently, you might recall my post about our mail situation here. Well, needless to say, they've done it again :)

The day after I posted about picking up our mail at the post office, I went in and was told they had started delivering mail to our new mailbox down the street. I was then given a letter telling me how to get my keys...

Anyone know where I can find the "reality" company? ;)


P.S. 200th post!! :D Yay!! :D

Friday, October 19, 2012

This is the Stuff

I think it was my mom that first mentioned this song to me...
The day I actually heard it in the car I think I called her (or texted) to tell her how awesome I thought it was. It's a great song, catchy melody, and meaningful lyrics. But sometimes it goes deeper...

Last night, God brought to my mind some of the lyrics that were all too appropriate for what I've been going through lately:
"In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I'm blessed."
And that is so true. I've realized it especially lately as we settle into life in Nebraska.

Now that we've made our big move, I'm starting to think about the next steps and the next phases in life. And sometimes, I get a little ahead of myself and find myself missing out on what's happening now because of desiring things that are yet to be.

I find it's especially hard to reign this in when the things I'm desiring are called "blessings" by God in Scripture. What I'm beginning to realize and trying to internalize is that, while these things may be blessings, they are most blessed when they come in God's timing.

So while I desire what is good, I will continue to wait for God's perfect timing in choosing to bring such blessings into my life. Because "this is the stuff" He will use to continue to grow me and draw me closer to Him and I trust that He knows exactly what He's doing even if it's not what I would choose. :)

Soli Deo Gloria,

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Going Postal

I have really enjoyed settling into life here in Nebraska. So far, besides being in a new town, not much has been different. We still go to the grocery store on Mondays, church on Sunday, and date nights on Fridays. Saturday still usually involves one football game or another for either Purdue or Maryland. Laundry and dishes are still getting done and we are still renting our place.

But there was one thing I wasn't prepared for...

Rural mail delivery

I'm trying Mr. Mailman! I promise!

I knew we were moving into a new development but mail delivery never crossed my mind until the day we signed the lease and moved in. Turns out the builder hadn't installed the mailbox for the street yet...and the mailman had no idea when they will.

So for now, we trek down to the local post office carrier annex and wait at the service window while they retrieve our mail. It's even gotten to the point where I know the gentleman's name who is usually there and he recognizes me to the point where he no longer has to ask for my ID each time.

It looks like this will change soon since the boxes seem to have been installed at the end of the street a couple days ago. It's been quite the adventure though and has given me a glimpse into some of the differences I will continue to find as we settle into life in Nebraska! :)

Soli Deo Gloria,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: Share the Bounty

My latest book to review from was "Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality". I love hosting people and hope to do it more frequently once we're settled in our new Nebraska home. There's just something about fellowshipping with friends and family in a warm home setting with some good food. So I wanted to see what this book might have to offer.

What it did offer was some yummy looking recipes and lots of inspiration for hosting others in our home. Looking at all the beautiful pictures and reading the chapter openings, it made me want to be a better hostess and start opening up my home again. This is a beautiful coffee-table book that doubles as a cookbook and a wealth of hosting encouragement. There were some interesting tidbits at the start of each section, though it is mostly meant to be inspiration for offering hospitality and not a how-to guide. The recipes were simply and clearly written and several will definitely be going on my "to try" list including such tasty morsels as coffee mousse, heirloom tomato soup, strawberry fluff, walnut cheese wafer, chocolate coffee pie, cheddar pecan scones, among others. :)

Overall, I was pleased with this gorgeous coffee table-style book. I wouldn't have minded a little more written content about being a hostess but that wasn't the goal of this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Soli Deo Gloria,

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Road Trip!

Phew! Well, we made it! We are settling in at our new place in Nebraska and trying to find our new routine.The trip cross-country ended up being a lot of fun and we really enjoyed visiting family and friends along the way.

We started with a two night visit to the Inn at Ragged Edge in Chambersburg, PA. We had purchased a AAA deal voucher for two nights and were planning on going for Valentine's Day 2013, but that wasn't going to work out for fairly obvious reasons ;)
Beautiful exterior
Exploring the wraparound porch
The voucher included tickets to the museum at Gettysburg, so we went to check it out and do the auto tour drive around the battlefield. My history buff hubby was in his element explaining things to me and was only bummed that his torn achilles kept him from climbing the observation tours for a better look :)
Part of the Cyclorama at the Museum
Saw this gal by the Virginia memorial...she decided we weren't much of a threat :)
View from New York Memorial on Little Round Top out over Devil's Den
After two relaxing nights, we started crossing state borders!
And got to see Sarah!! She gave us a tour around Cedarville after we helped her "escape" campus for the night for dinner. ;)
From Ohio, we headed north for the weekend to Michigan where we spent some time with Dan's parents and met our friends' new baby! :)
Late birthday celebration :)
We were in town during the Midland Balloon Festival!
We went to the evening balloon glow which was awesome :)
Meeting Isaac!
All smiles :)
After a weekend with no driving, we headed south so Dan could show me around his alma mater, Purdue University.
Another state line! This rest stop had lovely, huge sunflowers!
In front of the ChemE building
The Engineering fountain
From there it was westward, ho! (I missed a couple state border photos over the course of the trip when I was driving.)

Never did see a welcome to Nebraska sign so Omaha will have to do.
And then we moved in! It was nice to finally be off the road and able to start setting up home at our new place. We are still getting settled in and waiting for the 2nd part of our household goods shipment but it's starting to feel like our home. Just still got to figure out how we want to arrange everything still ;)
My wonderful new kitchen :) It's less cluttered now than this.
Hanging the door wreath :) I changed it as soon as we found the fall one.
Taking a break from unpacking.
Thank you all so much for your prayers as we've traveled and started to settle in. It's been quite the transition and the love and support of family and friends has helped to make it a little easier.

We look forward to sharing our adventures out here in the plains of Nebraska as we explore and settle into our new town! "Adventure is out there!"

Soli Deo Gloria,