Monday, March 30, 2009

Finally home in Independence!

Well, the weary travelers are finally home...for the time being. This will be a long post because so much has happened! We had an UNBELIEVABLY awesome and very powerful youth revival in Ft. Stockton, Texas. God used my husband in a mighty way to speak to those young people and preach to them, getting right down on their level about "A Sign of Humility" and how God can use a humble soul, being "Dreamers" of revival and not letting that dream die, about being "Not Ashamed" to be a child of the king and holding our chins up high, and "Letting the devil know that we are not defeated..... These are just tiny portions of the awesome moving of the holyghost during this week long revival. I believe the young people of Ft. Stockton experienced a time of re-dedication, re-consecration, encouragement, excitement about soul winning and having revival, as well as a renewing of the holyghost. We had a wonderful time and thank God for the mighty work that He did. Thank you Bro. and Sis. Johnson for allowing us to come and for all your hospitality! We had a wonderful time and thank you for going above and beyond to make us feel welcome. You have a wonderful church and an UNBELIEVABLE youth group! Our prayers are with you. Here is a slideshow from the revival......

Bro. Johnson is known for his AWESOME steaks and his very own BBQ sauce that he makes so we were thrilled when he wanted to make us some T-bones. I don't think I've EVER had a better steak! They also have a ranch with several cows on it that needed to be fed. I was very excited because I got to hand feed them... (even though it was FREEZING because a cold front swept into Ft. Stockton as soon as we got there!) They ate the feed right out of my hand... I couldn't believe it...It was quite an experience, let me tell you!I felt like a true "Texas Tumbleweed" haha. Here is a video clip that I just HAD to post.

On the LONG drive home we broke up the trip by spending the night in Oklahoma City at the Hyatt, which was very nice (thanks to priceine)! While we were in Olklahoma City, we stopped by the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. Wow, it was very emotional and overall an excellent memorial. In certain areas, there were watches, coffee mugs, key rings, adult's shoes, and the saddest of all, children's shoes and toys that were recovered from the rubble in display windows. One of the best parts of the memorial to me was the recording of the explosion heard from the building across the street. You feel as if you have been transported back to the day of the bombing! If you are ever in the area, I suggest you stop and see this memorial, it's very moving and will most likely bring tears to your eyes. Here are a few pictures.....

This is the fence that runs along the memorial.

This is where the building used to stand. This reflecting pool is now in its place.

This represents the exact time the bomb went off. It lasted for two minutes.

These chairs with a different name on each one represent each life that was lost in the bombing.

After only two days of being home, we packed up again and headed to California for my sister and Sean's wedding! It rained a little and was a little chilly for our outdoor pictures, but the wedding was beautiful and we had such a good time with friends and family. We ended up eating at In-N-Out Burger three times(It just got better each time too!) Rusty and I have come to the conclusion that life without In-N-Out is rough! Megan made a beautiful bride and everything went great. They went on a cruise to Mexico for their honeymoon and are now back home safe and sound. Here is a slideshow of the wedding and reception.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Albany is 6 months old!

On March 2nd, my niece turned 6 months old! She is growing so fast, she loves to squeal and wiggle around....she's a busy little bee. Here are a few pictures from our churches valentine's day banquet. She is wearing the little KU dress that her daddy got her for V-day...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spontaneous Vacation!

Well, it's another 'Spontaneous Vacation' for Rusty and I....Rusty has been invited to preach a youth revival in Texas on the 11th through the 15th of March so we will be on our way shortly! When given the option to fly or to drive we decided that we would like to go ahead and make the road trip because we really enjoy them. Today we got our atlas out and considered which highway to take where and when and where to stop and stay the night...we are excited! I was a little afraid that my boss wouldn't be very understanding (even though she always has been), but after explaining the situation...she said it was fine. As soon as we come home from this little journey on the 16th, we are going to turn around on the 19th and fly out to California for my sister's wedding I am glad we are young and kidless at the moment because our lives are so BUSY! But busy or's SO MUCH FUN and we are having the time of our lives.