Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Many Events...

It seems that over the last few days there have been many events that I am excited to blog about... Well now that I think about it...there are only two lol....



The first one was sweetest day...Which was Saturday....I have come to realize over the years that my husband is not the romantic...now don't get me wrong...He doesn't bring me flowers often, or pick up a card here and there, or celebrate holidays or special occasions with fanfare....but he knows that its the little things that make me smile and makes those butterflies flutter. So for sweetest day, Tim had to work (I don't mind him working 12 hours a week and making $300.00 lol) and I was able to spend the morning with him and then he left for work. I went about my day doing things with the college students. Tim worked until about 7pm and when he walked in through the door of our apartment (mind you there were many of the college students strewn about our apartment chatting, working on homework, ready to eat the brownies I had made lol) he had a single long stem rose stuffed into an open bag of chips and with a great big smile he said "Here honey, happy sweetest day, I just want you to know I think you are all that and a bag a chips, but I already ate the chips". All I could do was laugh. He is such a silly guy....but that what got me, its what makes me love him more and more each day, its that grin, with the twinkle in his eyes, that makes me realize he LOVES coming home to me :)









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Our next event that I would like to take you to...is the celebration of a 21st birthday MBC style!



A little background is needed though to let you know why this birthday is so special (well even if you didn't know why this birthday was so special....every birthday is special!)




Sarah is my twin...or I'm her Twin...which ever way you wanna put it we are twinkies....Now don't get confused, she is 8 years younger than me, has blue eyes (mine are green and can seem blue at times), is half cuban (i'm half indian) is short (like 5'4" im 5'7"), her last name is different, and we came from two different mothers. You might think what in the world, how are we twins..... Well she is me in every sense when it comes to our personalities and such. She is self motivated, determind, has a HUGE heart of gold, has a beautiful smile, loves to be around people, enjoys being the center of attention even when she says she's not, is crazy on sugar, and well she's sarah. It's so scary to see her making the choices I made at this age, watching her go through the same exact trials, trying to figure out who she is, where she came from (she is adopted and has never met either of her parents) and why she is here. I know that sounds like us all, but if only you could hear my husband say "What is it i do to you that makes you listen so I can do it to her" lol. Wow, she really is me just in a different body with beautiful blue eyes and a pearly white smile!





Now with all that out of the way.....Sarah's 21'st birthday was yesterday...and sarah...being the ham she is...we had to make a BIG DEAL out of it! Not cause she wanted us to, but because we knew it would make her feel super special! So we made her lunch (Cesar Salad with Chicken), made her a funfetti cake (sooo yummy) put Happy birthday candles with her age on the cake and sang Happy birthday at the top of our lungs to her






and though we were sad that she had to go to work, we decided to decorate her room full of balloons streamers and more balloons! So off to the dollar store we go! 23 (we bought 21 of them and the wonderful clerk Kenyatia gave us two to join into the fun! Thank you Kenyatia!!!) helium balloons, 175 reg balloons, 7 packs of double streamers, and 12 noise makers later









we arrive at the dorm with supplies in hand and start attacking the perfectly clean, bed super neat, books arranged in perfect order, clothes color coded, and not one thing out of place (other than the dirty clothes I shoved down into the hamper so the guys wouldn't see it) room!









And this is the end result!





I must say, we did a great job! lol With the room decorated now we were just waiting patiently for the girl we are to surprise to arrive! We all went about doing studying, cleaning, horse playing and such...and then the text came. "Hey Ann, would it be ok if I went to Suzannes house for dinner, she wanted to celebrate my birthday with me". I of course said sure and told her to text me when she was on her way home. At 10pm she informed me she'd be leaving in 10 minutes. So with that said...I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off. It was time to round the surprisers! With noise makers in hand we ran to her room (yes even the guys got to join in the fun) we hid under balloons, in her bed, in corners and of course we had a look out!




Well, as we waited in the dark room (thats why the pictures don't look the best) and we see her car pull in, and then we hear her coming down the hall, the excitement welled up inside of us and as she comes into her room (she could hear us laughing and thought we were "doing" something to her room) we scream surprise, people come popping outta balloons and yes, she was completely surprised!

Here is our Princess....

She couldn't stop smiling and we couldn't stop loving on her!

Hope your 21st Birthday was a GREAT one!!!

We Love you Sarah!

Friday, October 16, 2009

From My Desk...

If I were to describe the view from my desk it might go something like this....



In front of me is a door, to an office. If this office could talk it would talk about the many that has come and gone....



This office has...
Helped the poor
Healed the hurting
Invested time into everyone who has entered its door
Has witnessed more than one unity of two souls
Led the lost to Christ
Helped some to cope with the loss of a love one



And within this office, sits a man, called by God, to lead His flock. This man that sits in this office, day after day has been heard talking to Jesus as if he is sitting in the chair to the left of him. He has been heard to share the burden of those he loves and cares about. Has been heard thanking God for allowing him to be over a church. And yet, with all that this man of God does, Thank you comes short to this door...



The man of God I speak of, who sits in the office described, is my Pastor...



I couldn't be more thankful for a Man of God who has sought a relationship with the Lord and lives what he preaches. The last year has been hard. Friendships that have been built over 30 years have been lost, bitterness has crept into hearts, and the end result is a Pastor, sitting in his office, asking what he did wrong. Pleading with God to show him what he must do.
There has been many days I have shed tears, seeing the hurt in my pastors face, and the sadness in his heart. But as I pray and ask God to encourage him, God gives peace, words and love all around. I know through this God has been preparing me, molding me, showing me what the ministry really is, and with the quote of the co-pastors wife "Its lonely". I believe that if we measure the "loneliness" by our standards then yes, it can be very, very, very lonely. But if we look at it from God's perspective, I recall the verse John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;". Jesus is there, the Holy Spirit is there, and so is God the Father. Though our hearts are sad and we feel betrayed...I am so thankful that Jesus understands, and comforts us, if we allow him to.









The Man that sits at this desk, and seeks God and asks for guidance and what to feed His flock...should be thanked for his dedication, sacrifice, faithfulness and love that is never ending.
He is not perfect, he is made of the same flesh that you and I are. But he is someone who we should hold in prayer daily, and often in that day. He is someone who we should honor and respect. We should talk nothing but Good of him, and thank God for someone who is willing to stand in a pulpit and feed us the meat of the Lord.






Thank You Dr. Harry E. Carr. Your dedication is more than we could ask, your love is never ending, and your sacrifice is more than we deserve.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A breath of Fresh Air

Yesterday I cleaned from 8am to 2pm. I finsihed, took a shower, got dressed, looked at myself in the mirror and said "Self, you need a hair cut" and so put on my winter coat, picked up my purse and keys and decided to go and get myself a trim.....





Here is the Result....

I promise I am happy about it...I just don't know why I can't smile :P

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Update on that whirlwind...

Life has been flying by and now its October! I just realized I really need to take a picture of the beautiful trees here in Michigan and post them...maybe the next one...or maybe I'll remember to do it tomorrow and edit this post. Either way life is flying by! Our journey down the path of Right has been very bumpy with lots of drop offs but we are still going strong.
Tim losing his job has been a mixed blessing. Though he has not found "full time" work, he has been able to do more at the college and interact with the students more. He joined the Choir of our college as well as mens ensemble, and the mens quartet (which travels around to Church's and promotes our college and their wonderful voices) he also was pushed into auditioning for the Jackson Chorale by his voice teacher and he is now Second Tenor in the the Choir. He was pretty excited about that. I believe God wants him to slow down some and enjoy why he is really here. But that of course doesn't pay the bills. I'm not worried about the bills, ok so I lied, my flesh really wants to worry and figure out how to fix this issue but then my heart reminds me of who is in control. The peace you feel when you are close to the Lord is amazing. I now understand how it can be so overwhelming in the ministry. If you focus on all the issues, which there is a whole LOT of issues in the ministry, then you will become depressed, overwhelmed, and burned out. A Christian who is close to God does not get burned out. Don't get me wrong, when I was in college I was doing so much that I did not give 100% to any ministry so how in the world could i have been seeking God and His will if I couldn't give my heart 100% to something for Him?
Now that we are the dorm parents, we are very careful as to how we react to situations. We find ourselves biting our tongues a lot because we do not want any discord, murmuring or bitterness. We feel God in our midst and the last thing we want to do is not do HIS will! The best feeling in the world is when a one of the "kids" leans over, grabs my arm and says "Thank You so much for caring". Or when you hear from someone else that they look up to the relationship that Tim and I have. Our relationship is not perfect, there are times we have to say "we will be back" and go take our "disagreement" into the privacy of our apartment, but I believe they see the real side of a relationship. We always want to open and real to them. The ministry is not easy and they need to know what it will be like. I am excited to see what God will do and I'm excited to see the college students see what God will do.
Well as I'm trying to type this I'm surrounded by three college students and I can't concentrate so I'm gonna sign off. I'll do more later....

Until the Next update....

Written a few weeks ago....

Since September 18, 2009 my life has been a little emotional. I have gone back and forth between, anger, frustration, forgiveness, hurt, sadness, worry, compassion, and I'm sure there is more I just can't think of the words right now. That is the day my husband was fired from his job. It was a moment in life when we felt that we had been defeated by this world. To know that they terminated him because he took a stand and refused to be treated the way he was treated they turned around and took his honesty, and used it against him. My husband is one of the hardest working people you will know. Whatever he does, he does well. He has many trades under his belt and he is always determined to do better than asked of him. Whoever he works for they will receive loyalty from him and he makes sure he goes above and beyond. He's not perfect, he makes mistakes, but with those mistakes he will strive to do better. The day this went down, I felt like going in and defending him, the anger that welled up inside of me is something I hadn't experienced in years. The tears that trailed from my eyes came because I saw the hurt in his eyes, the defeat on his face, and the sadness in his words. I try my hardest not to relive that day, not to think about what should have been done, what should have been said, or what could have happened had he not met with the managers. I look back now and with the words of my husband just moments after the "blow" he says "This job was a confirmation that we were supposed to go to Michigan. God took that away and he has something better for us". What a comfort to my heart. Though we still find ourselves saying "I have no idea where we are going to get the money for this bill" I reflect back to those words and remember this verse Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." My flesh wants to cry out and take care of this situation, but my heart wants to draw closer to God. My flesh wants to seek revenge, but my heart wants to forgive. My flesh wants to take control, but my heart reminds me who is in control. A verse my husband picked as the theme for this year in the college dorm rings with so much truth. He had no idea when he picked this verse what was to come of our future, but what we both know is...God is in control, and in order to have peace, we MUST trust in Him for everything... Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. The journey is never easy, the road is not always smooth, the path is narrow, the valleys are deep, and the mountaintops are short, but God knows what the outcome is, all I have to do is trust that He will provide.