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What were YOU for Halloween?
So, there’s this crazy holiday called Halloween. It’s origin and evolution are great debates, but the fun involved in dressing up and pestering grown-ups for candy is definitely not in question. What were YOU this year?

Being a Christian is not always about being good
Find out what Christina has to say about this… I’m interested to know.

To Worship and To War

This week is ‘spiritual emphasis’ week at Pinares (If you think of it, please pray!). I’m slated for the Thursday chapel to speak under the theme, “Who’s side are you on, anyway?” We’ll see what the Lord can make of it.

Grab Bag
As always, look for things out of the ordinary!

Cold Days – getting creative on blustery days
So, even though it’s hard to believe, it gets pretty cold here. Several weeks of rain and cloud are good motivation to find fun ‘indoor’ things to do. Here are some that I suggest!

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Weekly Lineup

I know, I know – the lineup is supposed to come out at the beginning of the week to let you know what is coming up. Well, my apologies – it just didn’t happen. But, let’s move on.

This is a very critical time for both the country I live in presently and the country I most naturally call home. This week we will (and have) talk a bit about the US election on Nov. 4 and also the growing concerns for the flood-ridden Honduran countryside.

We – Christina and I – have been busy this past week, but then I guess this is a busy time of year. For that matter, our lives always seem quite full. I know we are no different than the 6 billion other people moving about the earth, in various states of frenzy. But, we like to give snapshots of our frenzy (and even sometimes when we slow down) and we suppose that since you’re here you don’t mind reading them. Enjoy this week, as it’s already well underway!

VOTE schmote
This week we may be posting little segments that have to do with the election. It seems much confusion shrouds the ballots this year – maybe more so than at other times in history. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we can say for certain the world is changing.

growing pains
Last week my posts were haphazard and tired. I am learning much in this journey and little of it right now is ‘self-esteem’ building. The painful process of being refined is never really something we stay up late dreaming about, but it will surely come if you are seeking the Lord.

Life of the Party

This is a follow up from last week. After the excitement of the fall party, I lost steam mid-week and wasn’t quite in the mood to be amusing. But, now I’ve got another anecdote to add (our apartment hip-hop dance class) which should just add to the laughter.

a penny for your thoughts
So, when Christina and I swap thoughts, we are regularly amused at how differently our minds work. Since I’m writing this lineup, I’m going to ask Christina to just share (at this exact moment) what’s on her mind. I’m not quite sure how this’ll work out, but hopefully she’ll be clever and witty (naturally).

Grab Bag
As always, look for things out of the ordinary!

ALSO – if anyone else is interested in an interview, let us know! We want to get to know our readers and we want people to get to know you! So, comment on this post and we’ll contact you. Be careful, we may just hunt you down if we think you’ve got something that needs sharing!!

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Whew! What a weekend! Do you ever fall into your pillow on Sunday and think “it must be Friday by now”?

Well, both Christina and I had very interesting and eventful weekends. Maybe you’ll hear about them this week! We’re going to opt for a more spontaneous route this week, so enjoy our randomness!

What we’re reading (and recommending)
Of course, I’m in the middle of several books right now – from Fyodor Dostoevsky to Robert L. Stevenson to Isobel Kuhn. And, I just received some new books in my packages last weekend! I promise this might even be interesting for non-readers. .. Well, maybe.

Weekend Retreat – from the other side

Christina just went on a retreat this weekend, but she was retreating… she was leading. Read about how it’s quite different from the other side.

Power of Prayer

We’ve been talking lately about how amazing it is that God invites us to be a part of his glorious work, even in the most intimate ways through prayer. Read about our joys and struggles with this thing called communion.

Grab Bag
What could this be? We actually don’t even know:) so just read up this week.

How to liven up a party

So, I don’t have a whole lot of experience, but when it comes to social gatherings, I have a few tricks that seem to always bring smiles, induce laughter, and in general make merry the crowd. We had a fall party (hoedown theme) this past weekend for the staff and I seized my 5 minutes of fame!

Also… anyone interested in an interview sometime soon? Or, better yet – anyone interested in nominating someone else for an interview? Let us know!

Okay – hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Well, another week has gone by and I’m definitely feeling the distance of countries. I let the first tears fall as I heard reports of football games and read about apple picking. Yet, the blessing still abound. I am ever thankful for technology – that allows me to call home with crazy stories of mountain rescues and also to see my best friend’s baby for the first time.

This week – who knows? The Lord is very thoroughly refining me and I have a certain feeling He is not done (and won’t ever be). So, I’ll probably be sharing a bit of this in the course of the week, but it looks like Christina will have some interesting things to share as well. ENJOY!

application to date my girls
Part of Christina’s great new gig is to disciple girls. Recently after a high school dance, her protective nature was appalled at the stories her girls told. So… she decided the next boys wanting to ask her little flock out on a date would have to go through a very intense application process.

occupied with joy
After reading in Ecclesiastes, this verse emerged from all the “vanity” and “chasing the wind” … “For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy in his heart.” (Eccl. 5:20) This is amazing!

feelings of fall
A cool breeze, hot chocolate, sweaters… all these things remind me of fall.

what is a family
Living so far away, my definition of family is expanding. God has a very specific and perfect purpose for the way community is formed and lived. I praise God for the blessing of family (and friends) I grew up in and with. I’m still trying to understand how I can enjoy and bless back if I’m called away.

gRaB bAg
Again – don’t know what this could be, but expect greatness!

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Alright, welcome to a new week! We are both continuing in God’s goodness and grace – truly amazed at the kingdom work in which we are invited to participate.

application to date my girls

Part of Christina’s great new gig is to disciple girls. Recently after a high school dance, her protective nature was appalled at the stories her girls told. So… she decided the next boys wanting to ask her little flock out on a date would have to go through a very intense application process.

for the beauty of the earth
Discover with Caroline the joy of being active in God’s creation. She will tell tales of her hike up to La Tigra, one of the best spots in all of Honduras and it’s right up the road.

occupied with joy
After reading in Ecclesiastes, this verse emerged from all the “vanity” and “chasing the wind” … “For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy in his heart.” (Eccl. 5:20) This is amazing!

feelings of fall
A cool breeze, hot chocolate, sweaters… all these things remind me of fall.

grab bag
This could be anything:)

Many blessings to you this week in everything you do!

Weekly Lineup

Hello faithful friends and random readers! It hardly seems a week, but it’s going to start again whether we’re ready or not. You may have noticed last week that Christina was out of commission. I sure did! We kept missing each other… and I hate for our only communication across countries to be me badgering her about putting up a blog post. But, no worries, this week she’s back in action and you’ll find out what was holding things up.

God shows up in the small things
I guess small and large are all relative here, but either way I am amazed when God provides at exactly the right moments. Many times I find myself doubting His provision and filling my mind with back-up plans, but I’m always reminded that He is in control. Here are a few such stories…

For Sale
So, Christina had quite a week, much of it due to the neighborhood garage sale she decided to organize, completely solo, on top of her other mounting responsibilities and her new job.

Going to be aunties!!
You’ve already heard my excitement for Meg and Christina’s for Jared and Tina… there’s no way you can prepare for our excitement over our very own niece/nephew that is on the way! That’s right, our dear bro and sister-in-law are going to have a baby. I’m sure this will be the first of many posts about our prayers, hopes, and joys for our growing family!

Application to date my girls
Part of Christina’s great new gig is to disciple girls. Recently after a high school dance, her protective nature was appalled at the stories her girls told. So… she decided the next boys wanting to ask her little flock out on a date would have to go through a very intense application process.

Teacher vs. friend
I’m sure every teacher goes through the phase (and I don’t even have the technical training), where they try to find the boundary between teacher and friend. I’m finding myself in that place right now. Where I stand in front of my 10th graders and just think how much I would rather meet up with them on a Saturday then hand back a red ‘D’ on the top of their test.

That’s what we’ve got… be looking for an interview with Kathleen in the near future. And once again, if you have ideas, suggestions, questions, or if you have a random urge to be interviewed, let us know!!!

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(best lineup picture I could come up with)

Hello again! I hope you had an amazing week and weekend!

I found the most wonderful rest yesterday, which is why I did not quite get around to sending out the customary lineup. But, how about the random, surprises from last week? I’m even excited to read what shows up on our blog! We’re playing this thing like a duet and it keeps it interesting:)

Well, for this week we want to share some more stories, lessons, and insights.

Interview #2
This time around, we’ll interview Kathleen. I’m so excited to learn more about her – so learn with me about her life as nurse and cake decorator.

When more than miles separate…
So, the due date for my best friend’s baby has come and gone and I am waiting for any sort of word. In all the books and resources I’ve read about missions, culture shock always hits the top 10. Now I’m realizing that being separated from dear ones means more than missing conversations.

A Case of the Mahn-days
Monday or no, I seem to be having frequent days where I get discouraged. That scene from “Office Space” comes to mind, where the main character is trying to focus amidst layers of distractions. When he responds in short to the over-eager, colorful secretary she says, “Oh, does somebody have a case of the mahn-days?” In these discouraging times, I return to what I know and cling my fragile, little mind to the anchor of hope.

Something creative…
I’m not quite sure at this point, but you can count on Christina or I rolling out the creativity this week. It may be lesson plans or wall decorations or bathroom remodel or a clever conversation… but in some way or another the creativity is sure to appear!

Grab bag
Who knows – we’re good at random, so expect it!

That’s the lineup for this week. Hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoy writing!