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DIY Dining Room Chair Covers

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Yes, you heard me right.  I actually started a DIY project, and get this…finished it!  This post is exclusively for my friend Steph, the DIY queen.  She will be so proud.  Nathan’s dad helped me finish this project.  I forgot to take a before picture, but I do have an after picture.  I feel like I’m cheating by calling this a DIY project b/c I really only picked out the fabric and stapled it on to the seat cushion, but as I have so few examples of DIY magic in my life, I’m counting this!  I sit at this kitchen table for at least 8 hours a day, 4 days a week, and I can’t tell you how much more enjoyable it was to be sitting on these green beauties today as I worked!

Nathan's dad doing his handy work

Nathan's dad doing his handy work

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The after shot featuring our pumpkin

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Close-up. I'm thinking burnt orange and pale yellow will go well with these covers.

Why Go To Church?

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

From our Bridges quarterly giving statement:

“NOTE:  The included contributions were received with no exchange of goods or services other than intangible religious benefits”

Glad I don’t get paid with intangible monetary benefits…

Grace vs. Works

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I recently stumbled upon a blog of an old acquaintance from college who once professed faith, but has since walked away. This person had posted an entry regarding that time of life as a list of do’s and don’t s of religion. This brought up something I’ve been chewing on, and Nathan’s been challenging me about for the last few days.

Christians, what are we doing wrong if someone who once came face to face with the Christian faith walked away only to say it consisted of things to do and things to avoid. Are we setting forth an image that we live under law and not under grace? This is particularly difficult for me because I see the world as black and white. There is a right way and a wrong way to everything, and I can tend to apply this to every aspect of life. I’m uncomfortable with gray areas.

Don’t get me wrong. I wholeheartedly embrace the idea of a moral code that God has written on man’s heart that Paul wrote about in Romans 1. But if we leave people with only the law, they will miss the overwhelming joy and relief that is grace through Christ Jesus alone.

It grieves me to admit that there are some who have encountered Christianity because of my life and that have walked away seeing that I simply adhere to this moral code rather than embracing the cross of Christ as my only hope. It is my earnest desire that I would more completely and wholly live as James suggests: “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 12:18b) That I would strive to live as God calls us to live as new creations, and cry out to the One who saves and alone gives life when I am reminded that I won’t always be up to the task.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4

List of Recent Loves

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

We are still in the midst of our Fall Visitor Marathon (will post on this later), but thought I would share of few of my (our) favorites lately:

1.  Pinkberry.  Heaven in the form of frozen yogurt in a cup.  For all of you non-West Coasters, it would be worth the flight out here just to have one.  Can I get an amen, anyone?

2.  Going to dinner parties with Nathan.  Dang, I have fun with this man.  I love making jokes with him, laughing with him with other people and then the best part is, I get to go home with him.

3.  I sincerely think we have amazing in-laws.  Both sets of parents have visited us in the last two months and they are so enjoyable and easy to have around.  I’ve heard nightmare tales about other’s in-laws, and am so grateful that our parents have begun a great legacy of healthy, happy and God-centered marriages for us to follow.

4.  Another shout-out to my husband who came home last night after working a full day to a frazzled and stressed out wife.  He sent me off to take a bubble bath and read my magazine Real Simple, while he made dinner.

5.  Rainy days have come to Fremont and the Eagles’ household is enjoying it thoroughly.

6.  Feeling our first earthquake…EVER.  And then promptly deciding on purchasing earthquake insurance for an extra $10 a month!

7.  Getting to see so many familiar faces from the Midwest!  Thanks to all of you that have come to see us!

8.  Getting to spend two WHOLE days with my big sister!  Hope we can do it again soon!

9.  Our new GPS!  It’s given me the freedom and confidence to leave the confines of our 600-plus sqft apartment.

10.  Pumpkin patches in the fall.  Not Nathan’s favorite or loves, but definitely mine.

11.  Alcatraz!  We went on this tour with Nathan’s parents this weekend and it was SO cool!  It’s a little pricey, but I would venture to say well worth the cash.  Thanks to Derek and Pam for treating us!

12.  Beginning to feel like our new life here, doesn’t feel so new anymore and is beginning to resemble a routine, and faces are looking more familiar.

And I’ll leave you with a recent photo from one of our trips this last weekend up to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Beautiful day in Marin County

Beautiful day in Marin County

The Quality of My Heart

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2009 at 10:48 am

Things around here have been busy with visitors (more to come on that later), work, friends, and trying to get in some down time.  And in busy times I forget to check my heart and see where I’m at.  Here’s a little of what seems to be going on.

1.  Pride:  Eck.  When did I start behaving, talking, thinking that I have all the answers or that my ways are the best ways.  I’ve felt this increasing sense of “unteachableness” to my heart.  It is pretty clear lately that I think more highly of myself than I ought to. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.  Therefore let your words be few.”  Time to be reminded that I’m the student and that He is the teacher.  I hate it when God shows me that I’ve let this go unchecked in my life, and it usually is a humbling experience to be reminded of this.  Good thing He extends grace for people like me that forget this often.

2.  I don’t like serving Nathan:  I get so irritated and even defensive when Nathan asks me to make him coffee in the morning or to do something else for him.  I’ve tried to blame it on him being lazy or that I have too much to do, but if I’m honest it’s because I don’t like to serve him and I would rather do things that I benefit from.  I like to serve myself.  Is this what went through Christ’s mind as His heart and mind overflowed with love for his disciples as he knelt to wash their dirty feet before His death?  If I can’t even learn to make Nathan a cup of coffee unbegrudgingly (might not be a word, but it works), then how will I ever communicate to our children someday, or to lost people that Christ’s servanthood and sacrifice compels me to serve others.

3.  I’ve become a horder:  I don’t like to share the wealth or resources that God has entrusted to us.  Recently we were given the opportunity to meet a real need for some friends at some cost to us.  But as I laid in bed last night I struggled with the thought of what if they break what we lent them, what can’t we buy or do this month now because of meeting that need.  And I was faced with the reality that I hold too tightly to what God has given to us.  I have a clenched fist.  I want to be a good steward and not horde God’s resources.  I know where my treasure ought to be.

It’s days like today that I deeply appreciate that I can say I will never be enough and be reminded that He has filled in that gap for me through Christ.  I know He will change these things in my heart and it will only be for His Glory.