Hey all! I got permission to post pictures of Anja tonight! ( : I know you’ve been curious about the cutest baby in the world, so here she is:
Anja with her Daddy (Paul) and Mummy (Lynne)
Anja being cute!
Anja trying to eat the dog food…ew!
I hope you enjoyed! ( : I can't wait to spend more time with this precious little girl!
I just bought a shirt yesterday, sized Medium. I have no recollection of ever doing that before. ( : I’m also pretty much into size 34 pants. Can’t remember that either. ( :
Lindsay’s looking awesome, too. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.
Apparently we've made it our mission to keep the local locksmiths in business…
Each morning, we drive together to Lindsay's bank, which is really close to campus. Then, I walk to the lab.
This morning, I put my headphones on before I got out of the car. So, I couldn’t hear anything but my music...not even the running engine of the car. I locked all the doors and took off for campus.
I walked all the way to campus before I realized what I had done. During my walk of shame back to the bank, I hoped Lindsay would have her keys to the car. She didn’t, and we had to call a locksmith.
He was able to open the car in two freaking seconds….and it cost $40!!!!!
Maybe I need to be a locksmith.
He was very nice though, and he’s a man of God. So, I don’t mind giving him some business…just not too much. ( : Anyway, just thought I’d share the story. GO IU! NICE GAME LAST NIGHT!
for our small group, friends, fellowship, blessings, etc.
I just wanted to express our gratefulness to God!
We didn’t watch the Oscars last night, but we were excited to see that “Crash” won Best Picture! I think Crash was an excellent movie, and I highly suggest it to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It has significant amounts of cursing and racial slams, but it has a really good message and story.
In other news, I definitely failed my cume exam last weekend. I studied hard for the biochem test’s rather vague “enzyme kinetics” topic, but it was even harder than I envisioned. That was a no-go. Dr. Lytle (from the “class from hell”) wrote the analytical test all about statistics. Organic, Inorganic, and Physical chemistry are almost always no-go’s for me. So, I had about a 0% chance of passing any of the exam choices.
In addition to that, we had to be in Indianapolis for Megan’s choir concert (see previous post) later that day.
After looking at the exams for about 15-20 minutes, I made the wise decision to throw in the towel. There was no reason to waste two hours failing an exam.
I’ve now taken 7 cume exams and passed 4 (making the obvious assumption that I failed the last one). That means I have 2 more tries this year to get my fifth and final pass. If I don’t do that, I’ll have ten more tries next year to pass that last one. Hopefully I’ll have good news in a few weeks!
Church is going VERY WELL!!!! Our times of musical worship have been amazing! I simply can not express the freedom and openness that people feel in worshipping God individually, without regard to anyone else’s opinions, stares, etc. We have new people coming every week, and they all seem to have been brought to our church directly by God for a specific purpose.
There’s too much to describe here, but God is definitely on the move! Our small group is also going very well. Two members of my research group have taken me up on invitations to attend, and I think both have had good times of fellowship and learning.
I’m also trying to get webhosting set up for our church. I’ve never gone through the process of setting up a website from scratch, so it’s been an interesting time of research. I hope to add new features throughout the Spring and Summer that church members and friends around the country can use a resources for their Christian walk.
That’s it for now….Later!
Yesterday, we went to see Megan perform with Central Sound (her show choir). They did wonderful at the preliminaries (which we got to witness), and they made it to the Finals. We came home this afternoon to an e-mail informing us that her choir won Grand Champion at the competition!
Way to go, Megs!
We’re very proud of you!
It’s a lovely Saturday morning, and we’re already up and going. ( :
Mike has a cume exam at 10:00, and we wanted to get a good workout in before the test. We really won’t have time after, because we’ve got to head straight to Indianapolis. In fact, this weekend, we’re making two round trips to Indy. Yesterday, on Free Cycle, Mike saw that someone had posted free box-seat tickets to the Women’s Big Ten Tournament. Now, Mike’s not really into women’s sports, but my brother, Kyle, really likes Purdue’s women’s team. So…Mike called Kyle, and Kyle went and picked up the tickets. Then, after I got off work, the three of us and one of Kyle’s friends, Steve, drove down to Indy to watch the game.
We were a little disappointed because the suite didn’t provide any snacks, but it turned out alright! You see, after the game, we were all starving, so I told Kyle that we needed to get off at the first exit with food. The boys all wanted Taco Bell, but I really wanted Fazoli’s. (I was too hungry for Taco Bell!) Well, it turns out that the people in front of us in line were really nice, and I started talking with them. So we ended up sitting with them and talking for a while. Cathy had just gotten back from a Carribean Cruise (a Kenny Chesney cruise to be exact), and Steve was in Indy to pick her up from the airport. Kyle mentioned that he was going to the beach soon, and Steve (the one from the couple) said that he’d like to go. I said, “Well, you’ll have to hear about Jesus a lot.” He said, “That’s fine with me. My son went on Beach Project a few spring breaks ago. We’re Christians!” We ended up having a completely God-ordained time of fellowship and encouragement.
Their church seems to be struggling a little bit right now, and we got the chance to pray over them and speak life into them! It was SO amazing. I just praise God for the fact that He’s not just working in our church, but He’s working everywhere.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and the next five are going to be more of the same, but God has been working in amazing ways. He just keeps filling us up and giving us more gas to go. Looking forward to church tomorrow. Abbi’s coming! Praise God! If you’re not plugged into a church body somewhere, or you haven’t started a personal relationship with God, then I urge you to drive around your town tomorrow morning, pick a church, and jump in with both feet. If that’s not where you’re supposed to be, God will let you know, and He’ll lead you to the right place. Just take the first step and go!
Love, hugs, and prayers comin’ at ya!
As expected, I passed my fourth cumulative exam. That means I have only one more to go before I’m done with those tests. I have 13 tries to pass my last one. I think I'll be alright. ( :
Tomorrow night, we are having the first youth small group for Purpose Driven Life at our house. So tonight will be busy with preparation. Our “young adults” small group is going very very well. I invited several of my friends from Purdue, and some have already decided to come. A labmate named Hao, his wife and daughter all came last week, and they had a great time! They’ve decided to come back again this week. Also, another labmate named Ayanna has expressed strong interest in coming this week. Lindsay also invited some co-workers and customers from the bank and several have expressed interest in coming as well.
Our church really seems like it’s about to grow exponentially. That’s all for now.
This week I had to give the Tuesday and Thursday lectures for CHM 111. This is a class of a few hundred students that meets in one of the biggest classrooms on Purdue’s campus. On Tuesday, I had about 2 hours notice that I was lecturing. I thought that was bad, but I only got about 20 minutes warning for the Thursday lecture!
The topics were not that difficult (naming compounds, molarity, etc), but it was still a little tough to present it to that many people. It’s a course where a lot of the students don’t care or don’t get it. But I think that I made it clearer and more relavent to the students than the normal professor does. I’ve also been working on getting a website up and running for our church. Right now it’s not much, but I hope to have it spiffed up with more features soon.
I took some cool pictures of our shiny new wedding rings during our honeymoon. I posted one of them on a site called stock.xchng for people to use if they wanted. I got an email from a woman asking if she could use it, and I agreed. It’s not much, but here’s the link. It feels cool to have someone appreciate the picture.