Re-fuelin’

These past two weekends have been great! Packed full of goodness which is fabulous as it has been very much needed. We decided to spend our 15th anniversary apart. No, wait….that sounded bad.

We were together the actual DAY of it, you see but had plans for the entire weekend that didn’t involve one another. We started the weekend together in Omaha and then went our separate ways. You see I had got tickets to Women of Faith months ago to go with a bestest girlfriend. This is where things got tricky (more comical than anything because you have to KNOW Adam-he’d never, ever want to hurt my feelings). Adam came home one weekend awhile back wanting (nervously) to ask me what I thought about him going on this 4 day hiking/camping trip with a bunch of Christian guys in WY. The catch? “Ummmmm”, he said…..”it is over our 15th.” I’m all Dude! No problem! I’m leavin’ town myself so go for it! Totally caught him off guard and for about 3 minutes he looked like a little kid in a candy store.

Fast forward and he ended up not going camping but I still ditched him. For Women of Faith. But he made his own different fabulous plans, too. Missy and Jason lived in Tecumseh while we were there and left around the same time we did last year only they went South~to Tulsa. Missy is who I went to WOF with and Jason and Adam spent the weekend together re-living some of their favorite childhood (ahem, early 30’s) memories (such as a going fishing, geo-caching, getting a 12-pack and gaming for 24 hours straight-that would be a 12-pack of OATMEAL CREAM PIES!). Missy and Jason are a couple that inspires Adam and I. They are strong in faith, no matter what which always amazes me because that is where I am weakest. They are funny so you can’t NOT have a side ache from laughing while with them and they have 3 beautiful kids that they are raising and Missy, in fact is getting ready to start homeschooling this fall….something I am so very proud of her!

You may not know it....but that look in my eyes that is making them look all squinty and weird: PURE fatigue (read more below about the whole whacko backo!!)

Jason, Missy, Adam & I

Jason being the grown man-child that he is (a great big ball of fun!)

So even though we have had some things on our minds (Adam and I) and I have a defective back (long story but the short version now involves me sleeping on the queen size guest mattress on the floor in our bedroom while Adam is still sleeping on the king set in that there same said room) we have been re-fueled these past two weeks.

WOF was amazing. I will post another snippet about it with some more pics and stories. There were a few things I wish were different but overall….I NEEDED that two days. It was very good for me. I have one story for this post and it involves Sandi Patty. I’ve never heard her sing before and she was amazing. We had fabulous seats-4th row! It just so happens that those who were hearing impaired were only two sections to our left. Sandi sang “We Shall Behold Him” and while she did she signed it too. While she was doing this she was facing the section where the hearing impaired folks were. Her voice was booming through the arena and her sign language was so very animated. People, I cannot even begin to describe to you how it felt at that moment. God’s presence was there for sure. All of those folks were signing back to her the song as well. It was beautiful. Can you imagine how if it touched and moved me the way it did…..what she must have done for the hearing impaired folks? Apparently she does this….sign while singing at times, that is.

Sandi signing while singing....

Later she said a quote that I love. It was something to the effect that when we don’t get what we want, it may not be that He is saying no to our dream; it may be that He is saying yes to a dream that we have not had yet. Kind of reminds me of that country song….”some of God’s greatest gifts~are unanswered prayers”. Anyways, she touched me and refueled me a tad.

Last night we volunteered for World Vision. We had been contacted a couple of months ago as we sponsor Abdiel still and they asked if we would be able to volunteer at an upcoming concert. Sure! Our duties were minimal and were good but the concert…..Casting Crowns. You guys, they were amazing! They are fantastic worship leaders and their new song that is coming out “Come to the Well” is beautiful. I hate to write this but it is true: the presence of God was in that arena last night in Kearney more than I felt it the majority of time in Omaha at the Qwest Center during WOF (kind of what I’ll elaborate on more later). If you ever, ever get a chance to go to Casting Crowns…..do. You’ll feel re-fueled. Pinky-swear.

After returning home from the concert (I look tired and Adam, um....well, looks....twitterpated maybe??)

Our World Vision friendship bracelets (80s flashback!!!) & VOTA band. They were the opening band and are from Lincoln-they were great!

A much needed day of fun

On Saturday we went to the Amazing Pizza Factory (and let me just say this….it was amazzzzinnnggg!!!) in Omaha with Jason, Missy and the kids. We’ve never been and it was sooo much fun. It is like Chuck-e-cheese on steroids so is ten times better. Even the food is way better. There were games, go-karts, bumper cars, a roller-coaster, bowling, mini-golf and I’m sure I am forgetting something. The kids behaved and so did Adam. He has a ticket fetish. You know those games…the ones where you win tickets. Ah, boy~if he were a gambling man we would be in trouble. We had 1600 tickets at the end so for those of you that understand the whole Amazing Pizza Factory/Chuck-e-cheese ticket lingo you know that is incredible. I mean you get to pick like a race car from the prize booth, not just a pencil or sucker. The race car isn’t one that is battery-operated or anything, it is like a little match box car but still…this is the big time people!

I tell ya…those kids. They’re the bestest. And, we are sure going to miss them (and their parents too I guess). Yep, Jason is now gainfully employed (Praise Jesus) and they will be moving to Tulsa. While he is going this week, Missy and the kids won’t be following completely until this summer. Our heart’s ache with the loss of their close friendship but God is good. They are blessed and boy did they need it! I better stop now as I’m getting a little teary and I was determined to make this a “fun” post as compared to my more recent ones. Here you have Adam and I making goofs of ourselves:

There’s nothing funny about it

Adam and Jason have been good friends for several years. Jason is part of the local ambulance crew so I’ve known him for awhile that way during trauma’s, etc. But. Just recently got to know his wife, Missy. And their beautiful kids (you may remember…their kids are the ones that we tried to wear down before bedtime by having them run on our treadmill awhile back!). Unfortunately, Jason is one of the millions in America that is unemployed right now and it is looking like God may have plans for them elsewhere.

Figures. Just as we, as couples, are growing close to one another they may need to leave. But what will be, will be. God is in charge, after all. My point to this post is that Jason is starting a leetle blog of his own. You can check it out here.

oh….and yes, that is their babe Isaiah on the top of his blog~isn’t he gorgeous!

Getting verrry smart with a bestest girlfriend, good eats and saving Bob’s airway (kind of)

This past week my partner (who I am lucky is a great girlfriend too!) and I attended a trauma conference. We are now not only sooo sooo much more smart but an awesome time was had. To start with, check out where we stayed. This particular Embassy Suites is by far my favorite hotel on the mainland (nothing compares to Hawaii, I mean…come on!). I always ask for a room on the top floor so I can look down and look at the water streaming throgh the entire atrium with all of the fishies. I love love love it!
 

We had decided before the trip that we were going to eat at restaurants that neither of us had ever eaten at before. The first night we ate at the French Cafe. Neither of us ever having authentic French before, it was different for sure. A little pricey but we are glad we went. Probably won’t go again. I ordered these crab cakes for an appetizer and out came these two marshmallow looking things with a lil’ dollop of sauce on the top…looked like boobies. We couldn’t stop laughing. I ordered a steak and asked for it to be well-done, I guess in France this translates to jerky. Mary Jane had crepes which were good but she left hungry. We really liked the purple tree though, that was smack in the middle of the restaurant! Sorry for the quality of the pictures in the post as they are all from our phones. We also noticed towards the end of our meal that we were surrounded by strange company. The only other people in the entire restaurant were all men. VERY werid.

The next night we ate at a restaurant called the Twisted Fork which I am proud to finally refer to it correctly because until now I have been referring to it as the Crooked Fork. Now….this place is the bomb, I tell ya! We decided to eat the weirdest things on the menu so of course our appetizer was fried pickles (duh…what else would it be?!). I had a grilled cheese and fried egg sandwich and MJ had salmon tacos. The atmosphere rocked, animal heads everywhere, couches with pillows covered with cow-hide but also beautiful chandeliers….very cool.

Back to the conference….we DID learn and we are smarter now. I’ll leave you with this. A picture of Bob. I just know that if given the chance he would have survived. I would have saved him!!! Bob, the little piglet that is. Here he is after I successfully inserted a tracheostomy for his airway.

R.I.P. Bob