one of the ways we minister to others is through hospitality.  dane and i are trying to be better about this in our lives.  shortly after i met dane, i was invited to his house by his roommate to just hang out and there were, i’m not kidding, 25 people or more there, too!  since our relationship was in its early stages, i was able to watch dane from a distance and one of the things i loved about him was how great of a host he was.  i liked that.  then, he made his way over to me and well, the rest is history.

our goal is to have someone over each week (or go out).  our schedules can get crazy, but that’s our goal.  this week we had the damons over!  joel is only off on tuesdays and thursdays so it’s a rare treat to see him these days!  we played, had an early dinner, then went to the snow-cone shop down the road.

it started out great. caleb loved exploring and walking around.  unfortunately, it’s close to a busy highway so mom was being a bit overprotective….



and it quickly turned into this…

but then our snow cones came and we cooled down and uncle joel came to the rescue!

the next day i would find a molar popping through his gums which could explain his cranky behavior the night before!

so, i need some good hospitality recipes.  nothing fattening, please!  and by that, i mean nothing with much dairy…or meat.  we’re turning into ovo-vegetarians around here! what do you serve your guests?




k, glad i wrote that down.

this week dane and i are having juice for dinner monday, tuesday, and wednesday.

*sigh*  i love that man.  last night i asked him if he really was OK with having juice for dinner this week and he said, “yeah, it tastes good and it’s easy for you to make”. *sigh*

that is the same as an “i love you” in my book!

anyway, so last night i tried something different. i added celery.  i HATE celery.  i love most veggies. even spinach. but i’ve never liked celery.  but, i thought it would act like spinach when you juiced it and you wouldn’t be able to really taste it.  wrong. way wrong.

i only used 4 very tiny stalks and it was AWFUL!  but dane and i downed 16 oz each of the nastiest, most foul tasting juice i have ever made. we had fun with it and it was a great memory.  so tonight there will be no celery and i will be going back to my own juice recipes!

it will prolly look something like this:

  • 8 carrots
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 4 cups of lettuce
  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup of mango
  • 2 cups of grapes
  • 1 cup of parsley
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of cabbage
  • and absolutely no cucumber

caleb, outside

ok here it goes, last time, i promise. maybe.


i realized yesterday that caleb has not had the chance to walk outside.  i NEVER get outside anymore.  we have one car right now and dane takes it to the train station in the morning for work so we have no reason to leave the house.  i only check the mail every other day because i’m too lazy to go out into the heat.  we go to church on sundays, but we carry him in since we walk through a busy parking lot.  i don’t even open the blinds since we are trying to conserve energy.

last night dane had to change the oil in the car so we headed outside after dinner.  i didn’t do anything but sweat the entire 15 minutes. caleb, on the other hand, enjoyed being with his dad and figuring out how to walk over rocks.  

 he is such a doll!  he looks so tired and hot in the last picture.  we went in not too long after that was taken and he was definitely ready for bed.

i guess i should update more on how things are going rather than what we are doing all the time.  it’s really only half the story.  i don’t really know a better way to sum things up than to say, “great” “fabulous” or “perfect”.  i absolutely love my life.  i love my morning life, my day life, my afternoon life, my evening life, my night life, and my weekend life.  i love all my lifes! ha!

things are so sweet for dane and me right now.  i definitely think the first five years of marriage are spent just getting to know one another’s sins and learning to give grace and learning to truly love.  and after 3 years we still have a lot to learn, but we feel like we are ready to move on and develop OUR ministry together.  we know we’ve always been ministering, but we are now intentional about doing something together, with a purpose.  that’s when we decided to go ahead with fostering (almost done with the application, by the way! yay!).  we LOVE being parents, we are learning the important role God’s children have in our lives, and we love being married and growing together through all of it.  i would encourage you, if you’re married, to get together on something in ministry.  it can be something ‘small’ (is any ministry small?) like leading a bible study, ‘adopting’ a younger married couple and discipling them, or just making a vow to invite people over once a week to intentionally love on them.  give, give, GIVE!! whatever it is, pray and talk about it TOGETHER.  God has strengthened our marriage even in the few short weeks we have prayed over our ministry.  and it’s just been sweet.

financially, things are tough.  not the we-have-no-food kind of tough, but the we-want-out-of-debt-so-we-can-buy-a-house-with-a-lot-of-rooms-so-we-can-adopt-more-kids kind of tough.  each month, we are able to send more than just the minimum on our debt and dane has to remind me to be GRATEFUL for that!  ugh. i’m such a loser sometimes.  i am so thankful that i don’t have to work and that dane’s income takes care of our family, and then some!  we just need to work harder on conserving energy (um, IT’S HOT OUT THERE! there, i said it again), eating out less, and getting through this miserable summer heat!

also, thank you to all of my friends who called me this past week to hear ALL about the foster/adoption stuff.  it really means so much to both of us that you care so much and are so excited for us!  it’s brought me to tears several times just knowing that you are praying for us.  it’s so crazy to see where God has each of us at this time in our lives and yet He still brings us together to celebrate Him.  and i just love being able to have an excuse to call you and catch up! i love you!

sweet times



This week he’s been letting me hold him like a baby. He usually lets me cuddle for a minute, but lately I’ve been pulling him close and he just lays there awhile.

It’s so very sweet.


i am currently printing 20 pages of very important documents right now!

it’s our first step to becoming foster/adoption parents!

we are scared. we are nervous. we are excited.

please pray with us.  there are a lot of steps in this process as well as a lot of unknowns (and many just on our part!). and not just for us, but for these babies/kids that are involved in foster care.

activity: dropping clothes pins

age attempted: 14 months

materials: 2 litre coke bottle, one ‘side’ cut out and taped over edges, 3 clothespins.

we have been doing this activity for a few months, but this was the first time it really clicked for him! and he really enjoyed it! 

ha!  i mean, it is a bottle so why wouldn’t he think you could drink out of it? 🙂

so proud of himself!

so cute!!!

LOVE THIS ONE!!! look at that determination!


iPhone-mostly July

our life in July ’11 in iPhone pics…

best kisses ever:

best face ever:

this is what i see when i make dinner each night:

watching the iTunes Festival…ADELE!!! after his nap:

dinner at the damons after church. oh, and dane shaved his beard. it’s almost fully grown back in though:

bath time!:

new reading glasses from anthropologie for $10:

from our anniversary jar…over $60…we’ll use it next weekend:

july project for the house:

yogurt patch with my lil fambly:



tearing tissue paper:

caleb’s room:

new office decor:

my erin friend gave this to me one night:

shopping at old navy with daddy…he had a leak so we went without clothes:

after his 15 month checkup:

10:30 pm!!!:

wearing big boy clothes:

eating at jimmy john’s with muhcole:

playing in our homemade water table:

excited to see THOR together:

made a new friend at the airport on our way to San Antonio:


uncle austin:



my bro and me:

watched some friend’s little girl while we were in san antonio so they could go on an anniversary date:

my dad:



on the ride back to dfw:



love note from dane to kick off our anniversary week!:


morning nap:

logan, dane, and austin went to six flags…we met them for dinner:

after church:

last day in july with my man: