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Come and Gone

Brent’s parents spent their first visit here with us being very busy as there was a lot going on. We had an award ceremony, a college open house, graduation/party, and Mother’s Day. It was great to have them here and involved in everything, but it would have been nice to have one day to relax with them. I felt like we were almost dragging them around everywhere.

He Did It!

Brent did it! He finally graduated from college and I am very proud of him. It may have taken a while to get through, but God had a plan. Everything is coming together and I am so glad that that stage of our lives is over. We woke up fairly early on Saturday morning to get him to the ceremony on time. Brent’s parents and I found some good seating and then hung out for an hour while we waited for the ceremony to begin. Most of the graduates were already in the room before we finally spotted Krista. Then shortly after, we spotted Brent. He was dead last in line! That made it easy to find him and Krista was only one row up and almost exactly in front of him. It was fun watching them smile and enjoy their accomplishments.


So, here is a load of pictures for the events preceding, during and after the graduation ceremony. This is also the debut for pictures from our new toy, a Nikon D7000 with the 55-300 lens. I don’t have the energy to put my deeper thoughts into this, but rest assured that I will add some as time moves forward. Tomorrow is another busy day starting with Youth Sunday, where we are aiding the youth in leading the service. I am excited to rock the electric-guitar tomorrow, she’s been out of the light for way too long! After church, Jess is making her absolutely amazing chicken pot pies for the Mom’s, exciting! Off to bed I go!

The Number 24

I woke up at 5:00 in the morning on the 5th for a run. What a better way to start off your birthday (besides sleeping in)? Things started to go wrong. I didn’t have a good nights sleep. Getting up when all you want to do is sleep is not much fun. As Brent and I have started our marathon training, there was no getting out of it. When I finally dragged myself out of bed, I started to trip on various items that were on the floor. They were things that were off to the side of my path to the bathroom and my closet. It took me a few extra minutes to get all geared up for running and then I headed downstairs. Of course I had to bump my elbow on my way down the stairs. I decided to take a moment to sit down and pray. I did not want to start my day off with a bad attitude that I could feel starting to arise. This was not how I wanted to spend my birthday. As I shouldn’t want to spend any of my days this way. We have a choice whether or not to have a bad day. I decided that I did not want to spend my day moping around. Brent and I headed out the door for our run and it all started to turn around. I was wearing some new running clothes that he had bought me! The nice thing was that he bought some nice ones as before I didn’t spend much money on them. Oh boy could you feel the difference. I am definitely going to start investing in some nicer running clothes! It was a nice 40 degree run. Our training program has us doing minutes during the week and miles on the weekends, we could just run without a path. We could have a spontaneous run! Brent and I rarely do this. We usually head out the door with a specific plan. It felt great! My attitude had completely changed and I was now ready to bring on the day. We finished up our run. Brent made me a tasty breakfast of french toast and then I headed off to work.

Day 3 (Brent’s view)

Yesterday was a game changer. For the first time, I felt deep inside me, the desire to adopt a child. As I walked up to church with our group, Jess was holding the hand of one of the girls. As we exited out the entry gate she grabbed my hand as well. We continued to walk up the road towards the church, everyone relaxed and ready for the experience of visiting a church rooted in another culture. We began to swing our arms together and we did that very typical move of picking up the child while swinging. The girl enjoyed it and proceeded to swing with us and at one point looked up at me and was there that a seed was planted in my heart. Now I’ve been to orphanages before, but they were for children with severe to moderate dissabilities. But with that type of orphanage you just do your best to give the kids a good time and make their passing through this world as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Plus, I was a teenager, too young to think about the serious decision of supporting a child. It is different here. There is still something more that can be done, by providing them a forever family. Now don’t worry, I’m not bringing a child home with me. But I do feel the Lord’s prompting in adopting a child in our future. Jess and I have always talked about it, but this is the first time that we have been so close to the idea, so close to the reality of it. It just feels so right to say that Jess and I will one day adopt a child. I already know that leaving Friday morning will rank as one of the most emotional times in my life.

Fresh Air

The “I suck at blogging, so here is what I’ve been up to” post

Well, it sure has been a while now, hasn’t it? Boy do I have a lot to share! First I would like to start of with talking about the upcoming trip to the Philippines. For those of you that don’t know. Jess and I are going to be traveling to the Philippines next week to serve at an orphanage. We were going to be working on building a health clinic, but the local workers have been at it so well that we will probably be relegated to finish work and landscaping.
We leave from Bozeman Wednesday morning, fly two hours to Seattle, four hour layover, 12 hour flight to Tokyo, 1.5 hour layover and six hour flight to Manilla and finally a three hour bus ride to Rehoboth Children’s home. Now is probably the part where you would expect an update about our funding for the trip and how we need you to visit this site and click on our names and donate. Actually, Jess and I are at 100% funding for the trip, but please feel free to visit this site and donate, the money won’t be wasted. Please stay tuned to this here little blog over the course of the next few weeks as I will be posting daily entries about our journey (thats right, I’ll have internet access in the Philippines!) as well as videos documenting the group and the progress we make.