Monday, February 26, 2007

The Loot!

I have been desiring to go "Thrifting" for quite some time now. Don currently has Friday's off and when I got home last Friday he gave me the options of some things to do that night for our "date night". One of the options was to go to a few of the local Goodwills or Salvation Army stores and to see if we could find any treasure! I gladly accepted this offer and away we went. We only had time to visit two stores in the area before our bellies were calling for dinner, but it was so much fun rummaging through a few stores and got a few steals.

Don picked up a FM tuner for his IPOD for $5 and a cable to connect our laptop to the printer for $3. I found a cute book for $.75 that Don decided he would read to me when we got home (much funnier with his expressions). I also found a cute purse for $3. We are going to be having a Golf/Walk - A - Thon as a fundraiser for school this year and one of the things we're doing to get the kids excited is having a door decorating contest. We are currently still in the "planning" stage and I picked up an old golf club for $.90 (yeah, tax deductable!!) for a little more inspiration.

I love my husband and I am so thankful for a guy who is willing to put aside his desires so that I could have a little bit of fun. Although, he would admit that he had good time as well (especially getting an extra-long cheesy coney at Sonic afterwards!!). Thanks Sweetie! Your the Best!

P.S. Sarah - Not as great of deals as those super-cool chairs, but our Thrifting days aren't over yet!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Counseling Conference in Indiana

Don and I had the great privilege of being able to attend the Faith Biblical Counseling Conference in Lafayette, Indiana this past week. We were richly blessed with the teaching and preaching of this past week. We heard the challenging statement over and over again, "In order to be a good Biblical counselor you must first be a good counselee". Don and I took that challenge and really looked at our lives through the filter of the Scripture and found many things that the Bible may not clearly talk about or may even permit, but just is not best to fill up our time and energy. We had been focusing on the desire to fulfill things that we want to do and looking for the permission from Scripture to be able to do those things, without thinking about edifying the whole body of Christ. Through God's grace we are establishing a few guidelines for our home to solidify what we are learning about ourselves. If you ever have the chance to attend this conference - it is a MUST!

Also this past week, we were caught in the snowstorm that hit Indiana pretty hard. In fact, we had a record-breaking snow fall on Tuesday. I believe the final total of snow fall was around 15 inches in a 24-hour period; they were calling it the worst blizzard since 1978. Because of this fact, one day we were snowed in and had a snow day at the home of the family we were staying with. We began the morning with a puzzle . . .

and had a few hours to relax and do some reading, and being the Michiganders we are, we couldn't help going out in it. Linda, our host, found us some snowmobile boots, some Target bags, and some hats and gloves for her adopted "children" to go and play for a while.

We also had another person staying in the same home as us. She had come all the way from Israel to be at the conference. Joanna was originally from the States, but is now a missionary to the Jews around the Sea of Galilee. It was a joy to get to know her and a little bit more about the modern day "Holy Land". Thanks again Joanna for the pictures. (We forgot our digital camera!! - I know this was a huge arrow right through the heart of all those blogging junkies out there!)

I'm going to Walmart today to get our disposable camera pictures put on a CD. More pictures of Indiana Blizzard 2007 to follow . . .

Tah Dah!!!