Long Weekend

We had a long weekend of classes and they gave us plenty to think about and more to research on our own. We got home a little while ago and I got to watch the fourth quarter of the Cowboys game which they won! We also came home to cat puke on the kitchen table, thanks Carter. He also puked on the bedspread this morning, I am starting to get worried about him.

I am just going to post some random pics for everyone to enjoy since I don’t really have any cohesive thoughts for this evening.

Matt and me at the beach:

Mom bought frog towels for the new frog bathroom and we couldn’t resist the urge to give them a whirl:

Matt and Carter making signs for last weekends car wash:

reaching out

This last month or so our church has been working through a series titled Outflow, based on the book Outflow by Steve Soujorn. Throughout the book we have been challenged to reach out and love our family, friends, neighbors and community as Jesus would have. Jesus showed love in such practical ways. There wasn’t some huge mission trip planned 3 months in advance, it was practical love in peoples daily lives. He met people where they are at.

So in this light we gathered together in small groups and planned a day to go out into our community to serve with random acts of kindness. Our group was involved in two projects.

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Get Well Soon

My Uncle Rick is having major surgery today. Please say a prayer for him that all goes well and that he has a speedy recovery.

Matt’s mom, Cindy, also had surgery yesterday. Please keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. We love you!


That’s the name we have been saying loudly, frequently around here lately. Why is such a cute, little ball of black fur such a trouble maker? He has a serious addiction to cables/cords of all kind. We cannot figure out how he is still alive from all the electrical cords he has eaten. We have tried several kinds of bad tasting sprays which only seem to slow him down for a bit. We try hiding the cords behind furniture, but he is one determined kitty when he wants to eat something he is not supposed to. We even shut the doors to rooms he is not supposed to be in, but believe it or not the little bugger has figured out how to open doors, and yes even closet doors (he also eats wool, fleece, and leather). When we were leaving last Thursday morning and Matt was closing his office door, for reasons mentioned, I said shouldn’t we lock that, and he decided not to, because why would Carter want in there. Why? Of course, to eat cables and hide from everyone who was coming over to feed him and spend time with him, and because he gets mad at us when we leave.

But don’t worry all is forgiven each and every night when he cuddles with me so sweetly like he has never done anything wrong.

Carter in one of his less mischievous moments.
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Anyone have any other suggestions to try? Don’t suggest getting rid of him, because that is not going to happen.

More Time Part 2

Thank you for the comments and ideas on getting things done. I should have been more specific about our issue. We technically have enough time, we just don’t think we were making the wisest use of our time, yes we are time wasters. That is why we chose a tv fast. Have you ever noticed how you can just turn into a zombie when the tv is on? I promise myself I can clean and watch football, but usually just the watching football happens. We are also fully aware that once we have small children we won’t be watching much tv so we decided to work on our addiction now, yep we were addicted to our tv.

I will use the stay up late method only if I absolutely need to get something done by the next day and I have no other time to complete the task. I believe strongly in at least attempting to get enough sleep every night (Anyone think I am in for a big shock when we have kids?). I know some people can get by on 4-5 hours of sleep, but trust me you won’t want to be around me.

Bill thanks for bringing up Getting Things Done. We totally own that book and I have never even looked at it. I guess I should read it.

On a positive note, we both finally finished our autobiographies last night. I am proof reading them today and hopefully we can get our packet in the mail tomorrow. We are still waiting to see the doctor next week to get all our paperwork done for the home study, but we have our part done for now. We also started our series of shots that we need to have for travel purposes yesterday.

Wanting More Time

Matt and I have recently finding ourselves wanting more time to get stuff done, and have been unable to find time to do everything we want to get done. We have a bunch of stuff we want to get done around the house (plus plenty of reading to do) before the social worker comes over for our home study (seriously our guest bedroom has turned into piles of stuff). Thanks to a friend’s recent blog post I had a wake up call about getting stuff done now instead of at the last minute. What would I do if I only had a day to get ready? Pretty much freak out and think it was the end of the world.

What are we doing to get more time in our days? We are going on a modified TV fast. I say modified because it is football season and there are games I want to watch (Go Cowboys!) and we will still watch the ten o’clock news since we don’t get the paper and like to know what’s going on in our local area. So, for November we are going to give this our all and we will let you know how it is going.

What are things you have done in your life to find more time in your day?


I guess I like to carve pumpkins. so I hear.

here are the the creations for 07. A shout out to Cindy for supplying the “canvas” and Stephanie for gutting.




Exciting News!

We have decided to adopt!

We are adopting from the beautiful country of Ethiopia and are very excited. We are in the beginning stages and it will be about nine months to a year before we have our children. Yes, you read that right I typed children. We have chosen to adopt siblings and are hoping for an infant and a toddler. We chose not to decide if we should get boys or girls we will see what we get blessed with.We will try and keep everyone up to date here on the blog. So check back often, or subscribe and get email updates.Matt & Stephanie