Monthly Archives: March 2011

Yeah. We’re Spontaneous. So what?

Let me begin by stating the obvious for those of you who know us. We are NOT spontaneous. Although I do love the occasional cray-zay impromptu event.

Enter in: Our Impromptu Trip to the Beach

Yes, you heard right!

Hubby was sent out of town again for his job and Little Man and I decided to tag along.  Just so happens that the city we were staying in was less than a 2 hour drive from the beach!

Hubby came back to the hotel one afternoon after working all day and we threw out the idea of taking off and driving to the beach to play in the sand, eat some dinner, connect with some sweet sweet friends who live there, and drive back.  You know what?  We did it!  We were packed up with a change of clothes and some snacks, buckled up and in the car in less than 10 min.!

We got there a the end of a beautiful sunset.  And you know what else?

I accidentally left my camera AT HOME!!!  Oh the horrors.  So instead of weeping about it (as I could have easily done) I whipped out my phone and quickly snagged some sweet little pictures and then sat back and made the most beautiful mental portraits ever.

Little Man had a blast!  We have been talking about the ocean a lot lately.  What a treat it was for him to get to experience it!  It was the most hilarious thing watching him inch up to a receding wave and then quickly run his little feet away from an approaching wave.

He was also quite sure that a shark was going to come out of the water and get him…

You know how there are those little day to day moments when your eyes are opened and God shows Himself to be much bigger than you had previously thought…and then there are the bigger, slightly special moments that do the same?

I think this was one of those bigger, special ones.

Do you like spontaneity?



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Can 27 people sleep semi-comfortably in our house?

The answer is…surprisingly, yes!

With lots of blow-up mattresses, and guys willing to sleep on couches and floors, yes, our home can sleep 27 people, sardine style.

Several of our closest friends are on staff with Campus Outreach at Bradley University in Peroria, IL.  The last two years they have caravaned through Huntsville with a large group of college students, on their way to Panama City for something called Beach Reach during Spring Break.  It just so happens that we moved to Huntsville almost two years ago!

So are their long journey, we invited them to crash at our place.  They come in at 2am, sleep until 8am, eat some breakfast and continue on their trek to Florida.

I have to say, that it is such a blessing to us to have these students and friends in our home!

Here are a few pictures from this years stay:

Missing a few peeps…but you get the picture.

You may notice that you don’t see Little Man in any of these pictures.  That is because he was too busy running around wrestling the ‘big boys’ and having the time of his life, to stop for any photo opts.

One of those staff people just happened to be my sweet sweet friend Jana whom I LOVE and was so happy to see, even if it was such a short visit!

Its pretty crazy.  Within less than 10 hours we had 23 people come in, sleep, eat, and leave and our home is back to normal!

Oh yeah, we did charge our house guests.  It cost the men their burly strength in a true test of manhood:  The removal of the enormous tree trunk in our back yard.  See the video below for reference:

Also, the group was split into two vans and they had a chant competition.  Hubby and I were the honored judges of this event.  However, due to the fact that only one van actually made up a chant (winners!) I have only one video to show you of that.  🙂

Haha, watch Little Man in the video above…he was perplexed.

We had a lot of fun.

The ministry of Campus Outreach is pretty incredible.  God is using the people who serve this ministry as staff members to change the lives of college students, for the Gospel’s sake, all over the world.  I was one of these students!

If this interests you and you think you may like to be  a part of supporting this ministry either through prayer, service, or financial support, PLEASE ask me about it.  I would love to connect you to one of the many precious friends I have giving their lives to serve God on one of the college campuses near you.

Hope you are having a B-E-A-utiful Saturday!



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