Monday, November 23, 2009

"Reflecting an Urgency"

Chuck Colson is one of the initiators of a historic declaration, released on November 20, 2009. The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience challenges Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians (those who follow Jesus Christ as the only way) to stand for the value of human life, the institution of marriage between one man & one woman, and religious liberty for all. It has been signed by 152 U.S. leaders, including Tim Keller, Josh McDowell, Dr. J.I. Packer, and Cardinal Justin Rigali. And 39,863 other Americans have added their support. I just read the document and it is certainly to-the-point, foundational, and, in my opinion, excellent.

World Magazine article: "Reflecting an Urgency"

Read the declaration:

Sign the declaration:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Crock-Pots and Christmas Tree Shops

Five things on a rainy and cold Tuesday afternoon.

1. Bryce and I are very proud of the fact that we have not turned on the heat in our apartment yet. Not until it's absolutely necessary. A few times it has been in the lower 50s when we wake up...and we still refuse. Thursday will probably be the day, though. I figure waiting until November 19 is pretty good.

2. Chris and I went to The Christmas Tree Shop ( on Saturday. I was in bargain heaven! And I had such a great time finding gifts and items for our apartment. Cheap throw pillows. Yes! Fun serving platter. Yes! Good price on Balsamic vinegar. Yes! Fall wreath for the front door. Oh yes!

3. The most frustrating thing about my back hurting is that I can't clean my apartment. It doesn't look that dirty but I know it's been too long since it was last cleaned and it bothers me. I was finally able to clean our bathroom last night. And you have no idea how good it felt. Hopefully I'm feeling so much better by Saturday that I can do a thorough once-over.

4. Crock-pot soups are the bomb. Bryce and I have come up with a good system. (At least I think it's a good system.) I figure out what we're going to eat, grocery shop (which I do every 2 weeks), and then do the prep the night before. The morning of, I leave the recipe on the counter and remind Bryce when I kiss him goodbye. And then he throws everything in the crock-pot when he gets up. We've tried some good recipes so far in our cooking experimenting.

5. Our new favorite show is "Lie to Me." It's on Fox on Monday nights. I like the story lines and the way you have to use your brain as you watch. And the fact that there is no violence but it's still exciting. :) You know me.

Friday, November 13, 2009

UPDATE: The doctor is pretty sure it's a herniated disc. I'm taking medicine for the next week which will hopefully help with the pain. If not, we move on to an MRI and then who knows what else. I appreciate your prayers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It Doesn't Like Me

Blog #100.
And what a more fitting way to blog on my one hundredth blog than to tell a sad story.

My back does not like me.

After eighteen years of dancing and six chiropractors, it really is no wonder. I'm not surprised. But I am surprised that it decided to act up after:
1) a mere workout (via DVD) in my living room and three hours of housecleaning
2) a week of slight pain - it hurt to cough or sneeze
3) a walk at the end of the week at Brown County park (less than a mile)
4) and the final straw: bending over on Sunday morning while getting ready for church (I just bent over! I wasn't even reaching for anything!)

Something popped/snapped/shifted when I bent over. And then I was on my back for forty-eight hours. Just like that. In too much pain to sit up by myself or move my left arm. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. It's better but not back to normal by any means.

I told you.
My back does not like me.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dress Shopping (I Wish)

I'm going to a wedding with Bryce in a few weeks ... and so, in the midst of my Friday-afternoon-work-boredom, I decided to pretend that I had $200 to spend on a fun dress at What would I buy?

I love the lace on this one! And the fact that it is grey. This is my first pick.

I just couldn't say no to the detailing on the back of this dress (definitely an updo is in order) and the blue just pops!

I'm not a huge fan of one-shoulder styles . . . but I kind of like these . . .

And one more black and white lace. My favorite colors. I couldn't resist.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Weekend Thoughts

Today is a random thoughts day. Random thoughts about the weekend.

Friday night Bryce and I went to a friend's house in the country for food, campfire and fellowship. It rained . . . but we still sat outside under a tarp and ate fall foods and laughed and, when it only drizzled, we sat by the fire and made s'mores. I like fall things.

Saturday morning I had coffee with my good friend Liz at the local Zionsville hangout. It was packed. But we talked like no one was around for over three hours. Girl time + coffee + a lazy Saturday morning = amazing.

I cleaned the apartment all afternoon on Saturday --> bathrooms, mopped all the floors, dusted, washed the inside of the refrigerator, cleaned the mirrors, did two loads of laundry . . . A clean place is my favorite.

I started reading "Twilight" by Stephanie Myers on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (after all of the cleaning was finished and I took Bryce dinner at the fire station). And I finished it at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. It is addicting, that is for sure. If you have a few hours (or days) to be sucked into a book, the "Twilight" series is just the series for you.

It was my sister's birthday yesterday - November 1 - and she turned 21. I would never, ever have thought that at this point in our lives she would be living in Maine with a new husband and a baby on the way (less than 3 months!) AND I would be living in Indiana with a new husband. I hate the fact that we're so far apart but I love what God is doing. Jessica - I love you!

That's it.