Monthly Archives: April 2013

Journey Journal: Days 109-119

My apologies for the silence. Things are finally starting to slow down, but here’s a recap of the last week and a half:

Day 109: Friday, April 19, 2013: Still not feeling great, but definitely on the tail end of the cold. I’m hoping a solid weekend of rest will take care of it.

Day 110: Saturday, April 20, 2013: GOGA and Rest. Pretty much back to myself.

Day 111: Sunday, April 21, 2013: NHCC Premiere of DFF6. Great day worshipping with brothers and sisters in Christ at North Hills!

Days 112-116: Monday-Friday, April 22-26, 2013: Busy does not even describe this week. I am feeling better. Tuesday was our annual Spring Clean Work Day at the office! Went to Goga three times this week. Down 12.25″ over 10 points in 3 months!! Haven’t lost any extra weight, but I’m feeling so much better–and it’s already time to buy another size smaller in my black pants!! Friday night, we went to a friend’s senior guitar performance recital–it was fantastic!

Day 117: Saturday, April 27, 2013: Day of Rest. Bryan and a couple of our college-age friends studied for exams all day with breaks for food. We started with omelets for brunch (I put spinach and mushroom in mine); had a light snack of edamame in the afternoon; and finished with a dinner of Bryan’s fabulous curry burgers topped with sweet pickled carrots and daikon and fresh cilantro.

Day 118: Sunday, April 28, 2013: Incredible morning of worship at church today. The sermon was exactly what I needed to hear! 2nd grade Journey Group went well…though the kids are definitely ready for summer break! Had a short respite in the afternoon, then back to church for the DFF6 Premiere at Heritage! It was a busy night, and by the end of it, Bryan and I looked at each other and decided we would be eating out–we ended up at Corona’s for fajitas!

Day 119: Monday, April 29, 2013: Good day of work, which started with a meeting with a friend I haven’t seen since high school! Love the bond of the Gospel over all these years! Had a quick lunch of leftover fajitas, then an incredibly long (but productive!) conference call. Finished up some correspondence and other necessities and came home for a bbq chicken sandwich and a walk with Bryan around the neighborhood, as we discussed philosophy and theology. Finished the day with a dessert of fresh berries topped with some flax and bran and a little coconut milk, two squares of dark chocolate, and some decaf, French pressed coffee. Time for bed so I can recharge for another busy day tomorrow.

Dispatches from the Front 6: “The Power of His Rising” On Sale Now!

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Frontline Missions International (FMI), where I have the privilege to work and serve, has just released their sixth episode of the Dispatches from the Front DVD series.  The whole series has a powerful message of God calling and equipping servants for Kingdom work; this particular episode shows how God uses professionals, those with skills and talents, for His Glory in hard to reach places. Each episode also has some special features, including an image gallery and study guide! Some episodes include special bonus clip interviews, and this one includes a recording and song sheets for “The Power of His Rising” song.

It’s available for a limited time for only $5 from WTSBooks.com until April 26th! The ad above and endorsements below are from WTS’s website regarding this incredible sale! The normal price is $15, and we’ll be offering them on the Dispatches website for $10 until June 1st, but you can’t beat $5! If you’ve never seen these documentary-style glimpses into real-life missions, now is the time to buy!

DFTF-Episode-6-02Back Cover: “Over two billion people in the world have no access to the Gospel—no Bible, no church, no Christians, no hope. Since many of them live in countries closed to traditional missionaries, how will they hear the Good News? One way is that Christ is calling and equipping men and women with skills—professionals—to use their talents to reach people who are hard to get to. The Power of His Rising is an inside look at how this is unfolding in South Asia, where baristas and bakers, pilots and farmers are a force for the Gospel! It’s an amazing journey by land, sea and air—down crowded streets and remote rivers—to find light shining in darkness and persecuted believers singing because of Jesus! Dispatches from the Front opens yet another window to see Christ at work in the world through His endless life and relentless grace!” Running Time: 65 minutes

Watch the trailer here:

Journey Journal: Days 106-108

Day 106: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

As we get closer to the release of Dispatches from the Front: Episode 6the days are pretty busy in the office. Since I’ve basically cut dairy out of my diet, I have not struggled with allergies at all this season! This is a huge improvement! (and maybe even worth never eating cheese again!) So, I was surprised when I started sneezing and getting a headache. I went to Goga and sat in the sauna that had peppermint oil in it–that seemed to help. But then later, I couldn’t breathe again.

Day 107: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Definitely not allergies. Full-blown head cold. Left work early around 2 PM and came home. Finally fell asleep around 4 PM, slept for 4 hours, got up and ate a little and chatted with Bryan, then went to bed again around 10 PM!

Day 108: Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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Thankful for a good night’s sleep. Feeling a good bit better. (I guess that’s what 14 hours of sleep will do for a person!) Another very productive day at work. I think we’re ready for the DVD Premiere this weekend! And making really good progress on other projects and upcoming events! Actually got off work at 5:00 this afternoon! Came home and went for a 4 mile walk with Bryan around the surrounding neighborhoods. Then we had a delicious dinner of pan-seared salmon with brown sugar and cajun seasoning; served over a mixed baby greens salad with walnuts, strawberries, and honey mustard dressing; steamed broccoli and carrots; and caramelized purple cabbage, leeks, and garlic.

Journey Journal: Days 103-105

Day 103: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Slept in. Eggs for a late breakfast with a fresh fruit salad and a fine French Press of coffee! Then we filled our water bottles and headed to Paris Mountain for a five mile hike! It was a gorgeous day! Bryan had a few hours of work later on, and I caught up on some chores. Then our friends Dave and Rachel came over for an evening of fun and fellowship. I experimented and made some candied grapefruit peels…which I’m kind of addicted to right now. I definitely want to try candying some orange and tangerine peels next!

Day 104: Sunday, April 14, 2013

After a fabulous morning at church, Bryan and I decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive–a fun tradition we started while we were dating that we haven’t done in a while. We ended up at Doc Chey’s Noodle House…in Asheville.

Then we walked around for a couple of hours and stopped by Posana Cafe before heading home for the day. I got a Cortado (espresso cut with steamed milk–an indulgence for sure) and a mini biscotti. The setting was beautiful, the barista was friendly, and I only wish we could have stayed for the dinner menu (it looked fabulous). We will have to return!

Day 105: Monday, April 15, 2013

Another long, yet productive day at work! Had leftover Thai black bean noodles from Doc Chey’s for lunch, then came home to chicken rice curry pot! Bryan has nearly perfected this dish! I cleaned up, since he cooked all afternoon! Had our friend Collins over and it was a good time of Gospel conversations! Thankful for God’s visible work in our local assembly!

Journey Journal: Days 98-102

Day 98-102: Monday through Friday, April 8-12, 2013

This week was a very productive week with multiple projects at work. We’re getting ready to release Dispatches from the Front episode 6 this coming week!

And we’re working on prepping for some exciting new conferences hosted by Frontline Missions. We’re doing a Pastors’ Conference series:

And we’re doing an FX for those interested in “advancing the Gospel in the world’s difficult places.”

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Find out more about both conference series here. Plus, of course, there was the general office responsibilities. Have I mentioned recently how much I LOVE my job?!

Needless to say, we had a lot of work going on this week, so there wasn’t a ton of time for exercise. I still ate right (mostly) and took a couple short walks and made it to Goga a couple of days this week.

One blessing of this busy week was that my calla lilies at work finally bloomed!photo-8

Tuesday night was probably my favorite dinner of the week. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. Oops. Dinner was an amazing sandwich with the following: grilled chicken breast, seasoned with curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and cilantro; fresh spinach; mayo; a fried egg with fresh basil leaves; a sprinkle of fresh parmesan; on a griddled onion bun. Slightly messy, but oh so delicious! Yum!

Another blessing was lunch on Thursday with one of my best friends Rachel at Grill Marks (a new-ish restaurant in downtown Greenville). I love the little basket of skinny fries! It was a really good burger with lettuce, onion, and tomato, and the small fry was the perfect size! And it came with unsweet tea!photo-9

 

Journey Journal: Days 96-97

Day 96: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Slept in. Breakfast of Ezekiel 4:9 Golden Flax cereal with raspberries, banana slices, and almond milk, and a French Press of coffee. Went to Goga for 20 minutes of workout and 15 minutes of sauna time. Brought a book to read in the sauna (Reckless Abandon by David Sitton, an autobiography of a missionary to PNG). After that, I came home, filled my water bottle, grabbed a granola bar, and went on a 5 mile walk in the neighborhoods surrounding ours. I am so thankful for this sunshine and the new blooms of springtime! After a hot shower, I met Bryan downtown, since he was there studying for his Microbiology test all day. I grabbed some red pepper strips and a mandarin orange on my way out the door and enjoyed them with a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad from Port City Java. He studied for a bit more, then we checked out the new Anthropology store downtown (very cool, by the way!) before heading to dinner at 21 East. Bryan got a burger with root beer caramelized onions and a side of fries; I wasn’t super hungry (since the salad wasn’t that long ago), so I just got a single cajun crawfish taco (which was delicious! I might just have to get the 3 for $10 next time). It was a relaxing evening! I love date night!

Day 97: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Church this morning. Then 2nd grade Journey Group, where we talked about God being “Unchanging.” Had my cousin, his girlfriend, and another friend over for a lunch of tacos and taco salad (beef with cumin and garlic; and shrimp with curry powder, red pepper flakes, and garlic; plus loads of fresh veggies). Shared a French Press of Columbian coffee with our guests. While Bryan and the gang continued to study, I went for another 5 mile walk…this time with book in hand. I read and walked and enjoyed the fresh air! Bryan grilled burgers for dinner, and I had a side of carrot sticks. Made some lemon corn muffins with a lemon glaze for dessert, which got gobbled up very quickly! (Recipe here; I used about a cup of powdered sugar instead of 1/3 c. white sugar in the glaze, and I used Jiffy cornbread mix instead of the suggested brand.) Will have to remember that! Watched some clips on Food Network, while sipping a vanilla almond iced coffee (leftovers from this afternoon’s brew). Time for a hot, Epsom salt bath before getting ready for bed and grabbing my book one more time for the weekend.

Journey Journal: Days 92-95

Day 92: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Made the goodbye rounds in Ohio–grandmas, family, friends who were at the hospital to have their first baby, and a last minute stop for coffee at George House Coffee–then we split one of their Pistachio Muffins as we got out of dodge. The staff was very friendly and one of them actually lived in Taylors, South Carolina, for a while–right around the corner from where we go to church! Another customer was from Findlay (like me) and back visiting before she headed home to another town South Carolina. Small world!

Stopped a little off the beaten path in Kettering, Ohio, for lunch at a restaurant we hadn’t heard of before: Meadowlark Restaurant. It was fabulous! Bryan had the turkey thigh tacos with their potato string fries with housemade curried ketchup (quite possibly the best fries and ketchup I’ve ever eaten). I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fried lemon slices (my favorite part), tapenade and roasted tomatoes, and a side of borscht soup. I only wished I lived closer so we could try more of their dishes. And the atmosphere was relaxed yet professional–everything from business meetings to ladies luncheons to dads with kids to a romantic date.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fried Lemons and a Side of Borscht

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Finished the rest of the trip with only a couple traffic jams…and maybe a few more stops at Starbucks. Had a really good time talking and listening to music with my man!

Day 93-95: Wednesday-Friday, April 3-5, 2013

Back to work. And back to Goga. So glad to be back in the gym (and the sauna) after some long days in the car. And thankful that the sun decided to show it’s face this afternoon! Hoping the prediction of a sunny weekend is right! This girl’s ready for Spring!

Journey Journal: Days 88-91

Day 88: Friday, March 29, 2013

An amazing Good Friday service tonight at church, beginning the celebration of our Great Savior Jesus Christ! So thankful that my sins–all of them–have been nailed to the cross!

Day 89: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Left early for our drive to Ohio to spend Easter weekend with my family. Thank goodness for granola bars, bananas, nuts, and…Starbucks. Of course, the real reason for the trip was to meet my newest niece…who is so sweet and adorable, especially when she coos!

Day 90: Sunday, March 31, 2013

Went to church with my brother and his family, then shared Easter dinner with the whole family (except for my brother in law). Mom made a delicious ham topped with cherry jam, mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, butter-dill red potatoes, and a beautiful mixed greens salad. After dinner, dad pulled out the projector and old slides and we had some good, nostalgic laughs from the 80s and 90s. Finished up with some coffee and pie.

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Easter Dinner

Day 91: Monday, April 1, 2013

Bryan and I had breakfast with mom and dad at Bob Evans. I spent the morning with my mom and sister, while Bryan graciously watched the nephews. Then spent the afternoon with my sister in law and her new baby! Dinner with my folks, sister and her family, followed by more time with my brother and his family in the evening. I’m thankful for the time to get to know my sister in law better.