Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Anniversary Time

Mark and I will have been married for 6 years on Saturday! We’ve had a lot of changes recently which has me thinking about the changes we’ve had through the past 6 years. We’ve worked 9 jobs between the two of us. We lived in 3 different apartments, one rental house, and just now bought a home. We lived in a quaint all-American town in Pennsylvania for 5 years, a huge Minneapolis suburb for 10 months, and now in the metropolis of Columbus, Ohio. We started out working in an AWANA ministry at our church, and then moved on to a college student ministry, and that’s where our hearts have stayed for now. I guess we’ll see what the future holds in that area at our new church here. We have two kids now! And our once pretty organized home now has Buzz Lightyears, My Little Ponies, blocks, and balls hidden in every little corner. We’ve watched 76 Ohio State football games (most of them in the Miller’s living room with our 4 little Buckeyes running around in their scarlet and gray) and seen one National Championship! We’ve traveled hundreds upon hundreds of miles to see our families. We’ve thrown 5 Superbowl parties. We’ve had 312 Saturday pizza nights and ate possibly hundreds of batches of chili. We’ve played hundreds of games (and guess who always wins). Mark taught me to like games, and I’m still trying to get him to love movies. We don’t have much TV in common, but every year we seem to find one show that we’re both excited about (Ed, Alias, King of Queens, all the Law and Orders, The Apprentice, The Office…) We got to be part of a college basketball program for 5 years, and now we dream together about a future coaching career. We’ve learned to rely on each other more and on God through the same circumstances. We’re trying to figure out this parenting thing together. The message of abundant life changed our lives at the same time. We both learned about our spiritual gifts at the same time. 6 years doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of what I hope our marriage is, but they’ve been a full and fun 6 years and I’m so thankful for Mark and for what he is to our family.

Monday, August 28, 2006


Today is a much needed day for me. It's raining hard and it's so dark that I need lights on to see what I'm doing. Most people probably think I'm crazy but I LOVE rainy days, especially this summer. It's been so hot and so blindingly sunny everyday, and maybe it's seemed more so because we have lots of cathedral ceiling windows in our living room and it really heats up in here from the sun. So I've been hoping for a dark rainy day because it's just plain cozy!

Time to light some candles and make a second pot of coffee...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Oscar Wilde

"A dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Go Bucks!

Football season is less than two weeks away and I think the closer it gets, the more unbelievable it is that we live here, in Ohio State central. I can't begin to describe the hype everywhere we turn. Mark got to take Jake to the Buckeyes open practice at the Shoe last night. Jake has been singing the fight song all day, and Mark is rediculously giddy. It's all so fun!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Coffee Talk

I guess I'm not as far away from all you Minnesota friends as I thought...we have Caribou Coffee here.

I've been aching to discover some fun coffee spots in my new city. I found one place that looks fun in Canal Winchester called Harvest Moon Coffee, but I haven't had a chance to go in yet. My exploring and discovery phase of moving to a new city has been put on hold for 3 weeks now since our car broke down and needed a new engine. Until I can venture out again, I'd love coffee advise from any Columbus natives out there.