Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Well, Anthony and I recently started a new workout regiment. We've been attempting to jog/walk 3 times a week in the morning before he goes to work. This was working great, but in the midst of all our visitors we fell out of step. Now we're trying to get back on track, but both yesterday morning and this morning we were lazy and slept in. Soooo in order to make up for not running, we decided to bike to small group tonight (about 7 miles there and back). I check the weather to make sure we won't get stuck in any rain (it's been off and on cloudy today) and it assures me that it will be clear. At 5:58, two minutes before we were going to leave it starts pouring rain. And I mean pouring. Out of nowhere! You could still see blue sky!

So now we will be driving which gives me an extra few minutes to blog. This weekend was kind of crazy. On Saturday evening we had some horrible storms hit this area. I knew it might rain, but we heard nothing of storms. Anthony and I were cuddled on the couch watching a movie when all of a sudden the tornado sirens go off. We look confusedly at each other and then run to our front porch. It looked calm and wasn't even raining yet. Without tv, we felt kind of lost, but we eventually found a radio station that declared us under a tornado warning with severe storms and high wind. We live in a 2nd story condo and have no basement. Normally we don't worry about it, but this sounded bad. We debated about leaving or staying. Finally, just as the storm was hitting and the power went out, we decided to run to the church, which at least is on ground level. We were there from about 10:15-12:00am. It definitely made for an eventful night. Really bad lightning and up to 80 MPH winds. We made it back safely and no damage was done to our condo, though there is tons of damage all around us. Trees are down everywhere and power was out all over the place. We were awoken Sunday morning with the news that both the church and the conference grounds were without power. Aka no instruments or mics for music. So Anthony managed to pull off a simple Hymn sing for everybody. The power did end up coming on right before service, so that helped. But man, it was a crazy night and morning.

Sunday afternoon was so pleasant, you would have no idea (except for the fallen trees everywhere) that a storm had passed through the night before. Anthony and I were able to enjoy a boat ride with some friends and then see the movie Inception. Very good movie, by the way. We ended the evening eating pizza and playing games with Ben and Jen and their siblings. We're going to be very sad when they move away next week :(

Alright, well we're off to small group via car.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Visitors and More Visitors

I might have mentioned this before, but the hard part about blogging when it's been a while is that you don't know where to start. Do I tell a little of everything? Or just pick a few key things and expand on those? Yes, these are the difficult questions in life.

Here at the Parrott Inn in Okoboji, we have been quite busy. We've had guests for almost 2 weeks straight, which has been both amazing and tiring. Over the 4th of July weekend, Brett, Little One, and Mozy came to visit. We had so much fun with some of our closest friends. We played lots of games and even completed a crazy difficult puzzle. And I got my wish and was able to laugh til I cried with Little One. We also got to experience the chaos that is the 4th here in Okoboji. We loved the fireworks and being out on the green space with the thousands of other people. There was just an excitement in the air. Needless to say, it was hard to say goodbye when our friends left Monday morning.

We didn't have too long to be sad though, because on Wednesday my parents arrived! They came for a week and just left this morning. It was so good to be able to show them around and for them to see where we live. The more and more people from back home can understand and experience where we are right now the easier it is for me to be here. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but it keeps connections back home strong.

I guess that last piece of big news that's going on in our lives is that I finally got a job! It's true, I'm officially employed. I will be working a part time office job at the Cherish Center (for those of you back home, it's kind of like a Hannah's House). It'll be 28 hours a week, and I will be the front desk person. I'll direct phone calls and emails and greet people when they come in. Plus I'll be able to fill in the gaps with some of the other ministries. I'll know more when I start next Wednesday, and I'm excited. I think it's a wonderful ministry, and I feel blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of it.

I think that's about all the important stuff. On the side of non-importance, I tried m&m pretzels the other day and was disappointed. Chocolate covered pretzels are so much better.

With that thought, I leave you.