Monday, February 19, 2007

Weekend in Review

We had a good weekend, although nothing went as planned! Yep, God has more lessons in store for me on trusting Him when plans change and circumstances are beyond my control! Jonah came down with a stomach don't want to know the details. But it was awful for him. He has never really had diaper rash, so this rash caused by diarrhea has been a shock to the little guy. He was really sick on Friday, but he is feeling good now. He went to the doctor today, and his ear infections are finally cleared up - praise God!!! We finally found an antibiotic that worked. It's been two and a half months since his ears have been clear, so we were pretty excited about that. I got sick on Saturday and was throwing up everything by that night. Is there anybody who doesn't have a stomach virus? It's really going around here, and it's bad. But my bout with it was very short thankfully. Anyway, all this to say....our friends Holly and Shane Hill were supposed to come and stay with us this weekend, and we were so excited. They were our very first couple-friends when we got married and lived in the Dallas Metroplex, and we miss them lots. However, Jonah, Holly, and their little boy Tyce, all got sick on Friday....just a little bit before they were to come, so obviously, they couldn't come and spend the night. But everyone was doing much better on Saturday, so they did drive to Tyler for lunch. They came to see our house, and then we met our friends Justin and Kate Hooper and their two boys for lunch at Mercados, which I am sure I've mentioned on this blog is the BEST Mexican food you will ever eat. Anyway, the Hoopers, Hills, and us all used to go to church at FBC Euless, and the Hoopers moved to Tyler about a week before we did. We were glad to know of another young family living here when we made the move. It was a really great time with Shane and Holly but seemed WAY TOO SHORT! I was pretty sad saying good-bye....I really miss that girl.

Today has been such a nice day. For the past two days, the weather has been warm and pretty enough to go for a walk. I'm excited! Our latest news....we are joining a gym this week, and I'm thrilled. I'm sooo in need of it. Joel is going to do the paperwork tomorrow, and then I'll be starting to work out again. I'm planning on taking a turbo-kickboxing class, and I'm a little intimidated but also excited for it. I've only done regular kickboxing before, but I'm heard that this is way more fun because it involves dance moves too. We'll see how it goes. The calendar this week is pretty full, and I always like that. Tonight, after Jonah goes to bed, I'm going to meet some girls at Starbucks for a moms night out; they are all wives of Pine Cove directors (which is a huge Christian camp here, for anyone not familiar with it), and all have little boys around Jonah's age. They're all sweet girls, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better. All of the mommies know that you have a better chance of having complete conversations and actually getting to know each other if it's away from the kids, so this should be good!

The Lord is definitely teaching me so much right now. I'm so thankful for that. Pain, without learning from it, is just unbearable to me. But He's using a variety of methods to teach me, not just hurt. Because of a project I've been working on, I've been hanging out in the book of Hosea for a while. It is my favorite book because the Lord has used it in such big ways in my life, and so many times, to nurture my love-relationship with Him. I love to be reminded of His perfect love for me and the type of intimacy that He desires to have with me: "In that day," declares the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'...I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion." - Hosea 1:16, 19

I know my sister-in-law Amy would like to see the hall bath we recently textured and painted and the new stuff in the kitchen, and others have asked to see some pictures of the house. So here are a few. I'll have to make sure the other rooms are more clean before I take their picture and put on here! But I'll post more some other time.