Thursday, December 30, 2010

Not enough updates...

I have been absent from blogging. I am ashamed. I need to keep up with my blogging so that in time I can reflect back on what has happened in our journey. I think I depend on Jonathan's blogging to do this for me. But if I do not keep up with my thoughts, I will forget them.

In May, Jonathan and I, along with 3 other Campbell University students traveled to Hungary for a missions trip. Our destination was Pecs, Hungary (3 hrs south of Budapest). We would be working with high school students helping in English lessons/conversation. The students are not only Hungarian, but also Roma (Gypsy). The high school was formed about 15 years ago just for Roma students. The name of the school is Gandhi Gimnazium (text is in Hungarian). I would like to direct you to Jonathan's Blog- "Notes From The Journey". Below is the post from August 19th... it is a great place to begin so you will know where we are in life up to this point.

If any of you have been checking this blog, I apologize for the lack of updates. The past few months have been a whirlwind, to say the least, but I hope to begin writing consistently in the near future.

The latest item of business that one might consider newsworthy is related to my and Anna's mission trip to Pecs and Budapest, Hungary this past May. Our trip, which lasted approximately ten days, was an eye-opening venture in which we felt God's presence like never before, saw injustice first-hand, and were moved to the innermost of our beings with a compassion to serve the Gypsies (Roma). Having taken three months to process this experience, we are publicly acknowledging the possibility that God might be calling us to serve in missions.

Of course, this would be a major relinquishment for us, our family, and friends. We would be living thousands of miles away in (possibly) central or eastern Europe. Neither Anna nor myself have ever lived a significant distance away from relatives. Before this trip we planned to stay in North Carolina and serve a local church. But we have seen and are continuing to see that we are mere vessels in the hands of God. We are not telling him what we want nor are we saying "no" to his leading. Our answer has been and will continue to be "yes!" by God's grace. We are not saying that this turn of events is set in stone; we are letting you know so that you will be in prayer with us. Please pray that God will continue to lead us, stretch us, and use us in far greater ways than we can imagine. Pray that he will pour out our lives for his glory. That is our wish, whether in North Carolina or abroad.

So where does that leave Anna and me now?

I will finish the MDiv program at Campbell University Divinity School in May of next year. As I have planned for a great deal of time, I hope to continue my studying for one more year by earning a Master of Theology (the seminary/divinity school at which I will study is yet to be determined); however, I will likely concentrate in missions to prepare more fully for the task that might be ahead of us.
In the meantime, if you would like to help the Roma in Pecs, Hungary, you can do so by ordering a documentary featuring many of our friends. The proceeds will be donated to Gandhi Gimnazium, a one-of-a-kind residential school that gives Roma what they so desperately need: an appreciation of who they are.

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Before Thanksgiving Jonathan received his letter from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary accepting him into the Master of Theology program at GCTS in South Hamiliton, Mass. I am very excited about the idea of moving to the "North Shore", but today I am also emotional, thinking this could be the last Christmas everyone lives in NC. I say this b/c my sister, Sarah, was offered a job with Bank of America in Texas. She accepted. Both Jonathan and Sarah will be graduating in May with their Master degrees!

I have researched to see if my NC RDH license will be accepted without having to retake a state board, and... it looks like all will transfer! This is a blessing.  We are thankful that both our families are praying and supportive of our journey. This means more to me than I ever thought.
We are on the brink of a decision, praying fervently and daily that God will reveal HIS plan to us.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Thankful and merry, with a chance of snow

I have not blogged in several months. Shame on me! I am trying to use my blog as a journal and just for fun. I am including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and our January snow fall into one blog.

Since before Christmas I worked on a portriat for my Dad's clown character, Whitle-Do. Whitle-Do has been in my life for the past 16+ years. He is a seven year old "boy clown", and so much fun!
(above)  This is Whitle-Do (as an elf) and me during Christmas. in progress
final product!

I was so happy to be able to give this to the one man that has taught me everthing. My dad is so special to me, I honestly do not think he has a clue as to how important he is in my life. I am so thankful to have such a special, unique and loving father. He is not just my daddy but my friend.  My Mother, Sister and Husband were all in on the secret. We had him to close his eyes so that the "gift" could be brought in. He had noooo idea...  He kept saying, "No one has ever done this for me before!" haha. Yeah that's why I did it!  :)

This Christmas was so joyful! Family gatherings to keep us busy all through the month of December. Jonathan and I had so much fun, two beautiful nieces and a handsome nephew (all under the age of 3), sisters and brothers, cousins,aunts, uncles and grandparents; who doesn't love family?

And then in January... IT SNOWED in DUNN, NC!

Coming soon is an addition to a family that I love so dearly! London Carter Hinson is due any day now. His mom (Jessica) and I have been friends since we were in 6th grade. We lived right next door to one another, went/go to the same church and were in the same classes in school. She married a wonderful man, Kevin. I am happy to say that now the four of us are best of friends. We can't wait to meet little London!