Sunday, April 29, 2007


This last Wednesday was Call Day on campus. It kind of took me by surprise how the campus really came to life and how exciting it was for us. We were able to watch the vicarage and call services on the Internet. Man, my heart was pumping to find out where some of our dear fourth year friends will be serving in a few months. There were calls all the way from Alaska to Florida, and coast to coast. It kind of made the reality of things here a little more real to us. In one short year we will find out where God has planned for us to serve. Yikes, where will it be?Greg will get his vicarage assignment and hopefully it will be convertible which will make it our permanent call after a year. That is usually the way it works with the alternate route program here which is what Greg is doing. He has 2 years of course work and then vicarage. It was a really exciting week with lots of visitors on campus. I never really thought I would be saying this...But with this year passing soooo quickly, I know I will be really excited but so sad to leave this place and all of the special friends we have made here.
The top picture is of the boys and Brenden our neighbor at the Cardinal's game a week or so back. And then there is Louis picking up trash. He wrote an article for the campus newspaper that was published this month. So that was the picture that they put in with his article about keeping our campus clean. With so many kids on campus there can be lots of bits of trash lying around. Bummer. Anyways, it was fun for him and cute to see his response as people came up and talked to him about his article. He even got a phone call from a professor's wife who lives in Professor housing.
Greg is incredibly busy these days with the end of the quarter coming in a few weeks. At the moment he is feeling totally overwhelmed with the amount of work he needs to do. This usually happens this time in the quarter. He has spent the entire day in the basement studying and working on a paper. He does enjoy what he is learning it is just a bit challenging when it doesn't seem like there will be enough time to complete it all. We (the kids and I) are praying that the Lord gives him peace and determination during the BUSY times. That's about all for today, I am fixing pizza and popcorn for the 8 kids. Our 4 and our friends the Tiews children. We are switching date nights and babysitting once a month. They are dear friends from Tomball Texas. It is a real God thing how this all worked out. We were in a small group with them when Greg and I were teachers at Salem Lutheran in Tomball 8 years ago. Now they are our neighbors here at the seminary. We are actually planning a Texas small group reunion, with all 4 families in the Ozarks for 3 days this summer. We are looking forward to it:)

Friday, April 20, 2007


The weather has been absolutely beautiful the last few days here in St. Louis. Last weekend we celebrated Easter and the new life we have in Christ because of His death and resurrection. We are so grateful for the free gift of Salvation. We are experiencing all kinds of new life here at the seminary. The above pictures chronicle the daily change in a bird's nest near by. We have been watching 2 birds build this nest over the last few weeks. It was so funny. They chose to make their nest in our next door neighbors gas grill. All day long they were back and forth with twigs, grass, wrappers, feathers, ... all sorts of things. They would fly in this little hole in the side of the lid of the grill. After a few days we opened the grill and found a little nest brewing. Everybody wanted to make sure the neighbors knew this was happening and didn't just start up their grill one day. Boy were these little birds busy. They built a huge nest. It is literally 18 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Soon we saw a few eggs... yesterday all five eggs. Today Anna told me that she thought she heard peeping. She thought the eggs had hatched. I thought she was imagining it or hearing other birds. She was right, 2 of the eggs had hatched. The kids were just astounded at the tiny, featherless birds. The bottom picture shows the 2 brand new birds. The top one has it bright yellow beak wide open. They were wiggling around like crazy. So precious! God's creation is so amazing. It has been really fun. We will see if any more hatch:)

We have had a fun week. Greg, Louis, and Caleb got a chance to go see the Cardinals play last Sunday. Our neighbors had extra tickets and invited the boys. They had a blast watching the game. That was quite a special treat for them. Today I went out to the country to visit with a mom that had just had her baby a few weeks back. I was her doula. It was fun to see this little guy again, who I had the privilege of seeing come into this world. Sometimes I really can't believe people allow me to be with them during such a special time in their lives. It is such an honor to be able to witness the miracle of birth. I have another mom from the seminary who is due in 2 weeks. I am also teaching one of my childbirth classes. I am really thankful that God has brought a little bit of work my way. Really I don't consider any of it work at all. I love it!

We are also watching our neighbor's 2 children this weekend. The kids have been looking forward to it all week. As of right now all 6 are down and sleeping. Hopefully it will be a quiet night. Tomorrow morning 5 out of the 6 kids have soccer games here on campus. It will be a fun morning... guaranteed fun for Greg, he is coaching 15 little four year olds. Right now Greg is recovering on the couch. Tonight he and our neighbor Mr. Louis (as the kids call him) took on a crew of 12 sem kids in a warm up game of soccer. They wore him out!

Friday, April 13, 2007


Wow, how much of our life has changed in the past year... Moving away from dear friends and family, leaving a job and home, the comforts of life as we knew it. Now a year later, new city, new friends, new home (somewhat smaller:), new job as a student, we could never have anticipated how God would take care of us and bless us in this journey of coming to the seminary. Now fast forward a year... more unknown... Another new home, where will it be, what will it be like? What kind of ministry will Greg be serving in? God knows, that brings such comfort. He is in control of our future and has a plan and place for us.

When I looked at the pictures above I thought of how much of life is one change after the other. Our sweet little Anna with her Papa, and now our still sweet, kind of silly Anna with her little brother Eli. Boy do they change quickly. With all of the changes in our lives and with the uncertainty of the future I find great comfort in the verse from Hebrews 13:8 ...Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Also James 1:17 says that Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who DOES NOT CHANGE like shifting shadows. He does not change, He is the one sure, constant thing in life. Other people change, kids change, our health may change, our bodies, where we live, where we work... but He never changes, He is always the same. Every character trait that God has ever possessed, will always be. In the midst of life's journey He is always there, just the same. He is ALL we need for every situation and every season.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

All Have Recovered From the Flu Round 2 :)

Yes, you read that right... The flu round 2. About 3 weeks ago we had round 1, all but Caleb were sick. Then this last Monday one by one everyone but myself had another stomack bug. Thankfully it was a short one and by Wednesday everyone was on the mend. Unreal, besides this we have really had a very healthy winter season. Poor Caleb, he really had the worst of it this time. Literally every 1/2 hour he would call Greg or I in to pray with him that God would make him better. He wondered why it was taking soooo long. But by the next day we could say, "See God healed you:)" It is really neat to see their faith in action. Praise God we are all healthy, good health is such a blessing.
We have had a wonderful Easter week so far, except for the fact that our coming company wasn't able to make it. My brother John's family was also sick so they decided we better make it another weekend. So we may be spending Easter with just our family. We did invite some single guys on campus over to eat with us. We would love the company. Our church St. John's in Ellisville had an awesome Easter program last weekend that Pastor Hower had written. He is really talented. It was great. We've enjoyed focusing on the real reason for Easter by reading the Easter story and watching it in some Matthew videos that we have. The boys especially love the Matthew video. It is really well done. Greg and I are planning on watching the Passion tonight. It is so hard to watch, in such a real way, what Christ went through for us. Wow, what a Savior.
The first picture above is of Elijah. Yesterday we went to the Science Center. They had a real life child mummy. This is what inspired the picture above of JOJO. The kids were laughing so hard. The bigger ones get such a kick out of him. He really is a pretty funny kid. The next picture is of all four of them infront of some flowering trees near the chapel. They were beautiful.