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Here we are sitting in one of our favorite Baltimore coffee houses, Spoons.  Great time to think about this break we’ve been on, and looking ahead into the new year.

So the holidays are some of my favorite times:

– Because of getting good times with family and friends.  Like watching cute movies together like “Up”, cooking lots and lots of scrumptious food, and playing fun crazy games like white elephant with cousins, aunts and uncles etc — which is even better when you win a framed print of an old couple that says “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”. yea.

– Because sometimes is snows.

– Because Special things happen, like people getting married.

– Because I get to cook yummy foods, like this Pot Roast: Oh thank you Paula Deen.

– Because there are holiday sales:

– And because there are lots of bloggers blogging and holiday design and bringing inspiration (from some of my favorites: =)

Thanks Sherry for your beautiful work at Young House Love

Thanks for your inspiration Rachel, at the Urban Nest blog

And I love the earthy beauty that the Visual Notes blog brought from Eva Lindh (Images: Eva Lindh)

– And lastly (but of course not leastly), because we got to start off our new year with a wonderfully provoking sermon from Don Whitney on 1 Timothy 4:7 – check out this blog post (or listen to it).  It’s time now for me to think about this question:  Name one biblical spiritual discipline in which you would like to grow this year.  What specific and practical steps are you going to take to grow? (Should probably work on this resolution before determining the rest… what good is physical/practical resolutions that only last a short time, when spiritual disciplines and resolutions can have a permanent affect?)
Ok, so a Lot more happened these holidays. (there are a few more pics on my flickr) Ricky and I had such a great time on his break.  Now, he hits his studies and preaching and paper writing hard core.  Breaks are good, because the regenerate and re-energize one for the hard work meant for us to accomplish.  Here we come new year.

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Coming home from vacation brought us back to our little, crazy-disorganized-still-in-boxes apartment.  We had work to do.  And I actually had to start my job that morning.  So my husband was my hero and did a lot of unpacking, constructing furniture, putting clothes away, rearranging the apartment and such for me while I went in to train for my new job at the church!!

The Lord always provides, exactly what we need, when we need it.  This truth has hit me once again with how much we’ve been blessed with my job, enabling us to be here – and about 2 months ago, when we were planning the move, we had no idea where our money would come from and if I’d be able to find a job that covered our expenses while we were here.   And now I’m back, doing one of my jobs that I did at the church about 2 – 3 years ago – the production teams administrator. =) So fun.  I love these people so much, it’s such a blessing to get to work with them once again back at my old church.   http://www.covlife.org

During the times I didn’t have to be at work, we got to work on making our basement quarters a home =) which was so fun because of the freedom my mom gave us with painting our areas, here are a couple before and afters =)

Before:

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I still can’t believe we’re here and in the PC.  Already, a few weeks in, Ricky’s sitting under some amazing teachers, I’m getting acclamated to my job, we’re getting to be good friends with the couples in our fellowship group and care group…. and so much more. =)

OK, I’m going to try to keep up with this blog with what the goings on are here in the PC for the two of us. =)

Peace out.

Here Ricky and I are, after a busy morning of test taking for him…there was great rejoicing when he completed his first of a year full of weekly tests. =) So we decided to get out of the house on this grey Labor Day, and get some work done at the Mt. Airy Starbucks.  Ricky is busy with his Old Testament studies, while I putter around on the internet…upload pics…. work on actually getting updates lined up for this blog =) and actually get some reading done.  Such a lovely time.

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Its nice to get a little secluded from the world, especially when you have a lot going on in your head and heart to pray, talk to God, get some journaling done to help get the jumble of thoughts straightened out a bit.  Whew, this past week, the first full week of PCing was so good.  Ricky’s enjoying his studies, and I’m starting to experience some great fellowship with great new friends…which was especially good this past Saturday morning when we got to have a ladies breakfast time with Betsy Ricucci.  Man, there’s something bonding about sharing favorite desserts.  And then, as we prayed together, the Spirit’s convicting presence was there…and I think that bonded us even more – it was so encouraging to experience the Truth of God’s Word break into my life, and then get to share that and get help from the wise PC wives.  And this is just the beginning.  We get to dive further into fellowship and friendship for the next 10 months.  God is so kind.

Favorite Scripture from the week: Ephesians 4:29 (Thursday night’s exhortation to always be growing in the awareness of God’s work in each other’s life = evidences of grace — excellent reminder, excellent and much needed).

Favorite quote from the week: “This year is about Discovery, not just getting through it.”  Faith, Humility and Anticipation — these are the things I’m seeking to have for this year so that I may learn and grow from this year, not merely feel like I “survived” it.  God has so much in store for all of us, us wives aren’t here in Gaithersburg, MD just because our husbands are at the PC.. it’s because the Lord’s specifically brought us all here for a specific reason, specifically at this time!  =) Wow.

So, here I sit with my coffee.  Mulling it all over.  Listening to old crooners coming out of the speakers above my head. =)  So, I’ll work on keeping these updates going.  And also get you some stories/pics of what we’ve been up to this past month. It’s been good times.  Have a happy labor day.

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