Saturday, July 31, 2010

Holy Cow!

Yup, we got cows again!
For some reason we always think that we can just go up to them and pet them but they are always so skittish. It started Friday afternoon. We saw two cows so we went out there and they ran away. A little bit later, we saw three cows....then later four....then five! We never know exactly what to do with them. We don't know who they belong to. I mentioned to Neil that we should call the police. He kinda giggled at me. Then guess who shows up at our door? The police. I directed him to our neighbor who knows where they come from. The cows stayed for awhile and wondered the street.

We kept hearing horn honking. Because they were hanging out RIGHT in front of our gate, we got another visit from a firefighter asking if they were ours. Ya, we let our cows roam the streets :) I don't know whatever happened to them but hopefully they got home safely. Until next time, we have some cow patties to tend to.

One weekend at a time

This weekend is not over yet but already I feel super productive. We decided to do some work in the backyard. Over the summer, Neil worked hard on starting the landscaping around the house so that we can start planting in October.

He put this 3 foot border around the ENTIRE house! It looks so good and I know he worked hard on it. I can't wait to fill it with pretty things :)

We got some free landscaping slate from my uncle so we immediately put it to use. We started on a path out to nowhere. I later found out that it would lead to a nice picinic area to be surrounded by crape myrtles... cute. Neil designed the layout of our backyard and I had to trust his vision...This is phase one.

Rexx likes it.

We worked on it together on Saturday and finished moving the picnic table in a couple of hours. Soon we will have a Y in the path leading to a built in fire pit for smores etc. We'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sometimes Hallelujah works too!

Learning how to reach out in distress makes the Hallelujah moments much more exciting. I have one more semester left of school and I am finishing up my internship. I have so many doors open right now that the options are beginning to flood my mind.

Well, I got word on Friday....I got my first REAL job.


I got hired on at the Health District that I am doing my internship with. My official position is Health Education Coordinator. Most of my time will be spent planning and implementing wellness programs all over the city. That is exciting to me!! I love the freedom to create in this way and the freedom to target whatever audiences, diseases, or themes that I want.

Neil was so great in being supportive and super excited when we heard the news. That, I am grateful for too. I will still have to take three more classes but even that worked out. I was able to schedule one at night and two during lunch. Its a new chapter so I am sure that you will hear about the programs I help put together.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fort Worth Wedding

We were guests at our first wedding since our own! It was so nice and relaxing in comparison. Randy is a friend of my dads. They have been friends since they were in middle school and they still spend time together regularly. So, when I got married, we knew Randy would be there for dad. And now the tables have turned. Randy's daughter, Tiffany, got married this weekend. It was beautiful. And I love seeing a father adoring his daughter.

They used sparklers for their send off and the timing was a little bit off but we had fun anyways.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Better than a Hallelujah

At church this weekend,I went to church bringing all my joys and thanksgivings. It is my tendency to give thanks in times of joy and praises in times of excitement. The youth pastor, Julie, sang a new song by Amy Grant called 'Better than a Hallelujah'. Since then, I cannot get this song out of my head or my heart. It make me think about how hard it is for me to come first to God sometimes in rough times. I tend to want to fix it myself and it is not until all my resources are exhausted that I remember to go to God. Yes, this is one of my weaknesses but this song is a great reminder. It also reminds us that we don't have to be perfect in order to be a good witness to Christ. We aren't perfect...oh no, we all have our habits, hang-ups, and hurts. So I love these lyrics because to me they say, "Hey, God doesn't want you to pretend to be perfect. He just wants you to be honest and cry out to Him in your time of need." What better way to wittness to other people than to be authentic, admit we have our problems, lean on one another and on God, and make it known that He still loves us!

I know its been a long time since I have posted and life has been super busy but there is more to come.


God loves a lullaby

In a mothers tears in the dead of night

Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves the drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what's been done,
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

Better than a church bell ringing,
Better than a choir singing out, singing out.