Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday we went to a pumpkin patch for a festive October date and it was such a fun day! Ryan bought us a Groupon deal (heck yes!) from a local farm in Boulder. We got to pick out several pumpkins and enjoy the farm and all the other autumn produce they had . That afternoon we carved the pumpkins (Ryan carved his into Harry Potter) and on my to-do list is roast all the seeds! We are loving October!

{The heirloom pumpkin section, gorgeous colors!}

{Enjoying our date!}

{The handy wagon we used to haul the goods}

{Beautiful scenery and a thoughtful husband!}

{He he, how cute is that?!}

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not About Me November

I'm participating in the It's Not About Me November Challenge. Laura over at is hosting a neat month-long challenge to see our eyes rightfully put back on Christ and off of ourselves. I'm so excited by her idea because it mega-challenges my blogging habits and will rightfully my heart for the upcoming holiday season!

If you want to participate simply write about whatever you would normally write about, but just bring in an element of how God is the focus and everything really is all about HIM! You can do it every single day of November or just as often as you would blog, maybe once a week or so. Just copy the code below and paste it into your post somewhere! Hope you join in!

Beholding Glory

Beholding Glory

Monday, October 24, 2011

House Progress Pictures!

Notice that these are not the "After" pictures but "Progress" pictures :) Like MAJOR progress, praise the Lord for that!

We are so thrilled to be living here. We are abundantly blessed and aware of how much we've been given. Enjoy these pictures!

Kitchen Before:

Kitchen Progress:
{Not an after shot because of the baseboards and the counter tops to be installed soon}

{Do you like that sweet orange sticker on our dishwasher?? Ha!}

{Wow, it is really messy but it's fun to see that big wall out and the breakfast bar progress}

Living Room Before:
{So long orange shag carpet...}

Family Room Progress:

{Much brighter and BETTER without that weird ceiling fan}

{Helloooo dark wood floors!}

Dining Room Before:

Dining Room Progress:

And my personal favorite because we have not had our own washer/dryer for 10 months...

Laundry Room/Pantry After:

How fun is that?! Our bedrooms are a mess with boxes right now and the rest of the kitchen is covered in boxes. But for now that should be a fun sneak peek!

This home is a joy for us because we both love being hospitable and hosting people whether it's for dinner or for a weekend! This house really isn't "ours" though and we like to keep good perspective on where our hope is fully in the Christ! We like to view this home (and all our other material stuff!) like it's on loan from the Lord and to be cautious in not storing our identity or treasure up in it. Because it is all fleeting and won't last!! But for now, here on Earth, we are blessed and excited to invite you in!

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21

Friday, October 21, 2011

Roasted Autumn Vegetables

Happy Friday! This is our favorite kind of October day. We have every shade of yellow, orange, red, and green poking all around our house and I LOVE it! So to celebrate that, here is favorite recipe to share...

Picture source

Have I posted this before? Well if we haven't it is a perfect day for it...our house smells like roasted veggies right now, so delicious.

Beets, red potatoes, onions, garlic, rosemary and olive oil. A perfect fall side dish.

Autumn Roasted Vegetables

Preheat oven to 400 F

Dice 3-4 small potatoes
2 large beets
2 medium onions
Any other root vegetables that you like (sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots)
Crush 6 cloves or garlic

Toss all vegetables in a bowl with enough olive oil to coat them evenly, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary until well seasoned.

Roast in oven for 45-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

We like to serve these alongside Feta Turkey burgers, roasted chicken, salmon or with a big walnut/cranberry salad! Enjoy!

And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 12:7

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rest for the weary

It feels so good to be moved in and out of transition. Like indescribably refreshing, invigorating and life giving.

It's as though our sanity, social life, spiritual health, marriage, and well-being are all flooding back on us in new ways.

It feels like we are finally stopping for more than a few days or week at a time and can really throw down some roots to call home. Since January we've been on the run, on the move and never resting long.

First we moved into the country and transitioned Ryan into a new job, transitioned me back into school, adjusted to married life in America, transitioned me out of school and into support raising, and finally I began a new job all the while we were house shopping. {cringe.}

Even reflecting back it looks muddy and painful because we were growing and being stretched in uncomfortable and new ways. We were impatient and ungrateful, unhealthy and selfish a lot of the time. The last few months have been overwhelmingly tense, tired and increasingly desperate for the voice of God.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28

Ryan and I were talking the other day about how to be holistically healthy even when our circumstances are less than ideal. Are we only called to a healthy marriage when our lives are easy? Or only called to love people when our time is abundant? Or are we only able to have quiet time with the Lord when our schedules sync perfectly? Or to have date nights when nothing else demands our time?

Luckily God is one who values holistic health, who desires we thrive and know Him more. Jesus spent time alone with his Father (John 6:22), enjoyed a social life (John 2:2), had a vibrant ministry (Luke 3:23), loved people and poured out into them (John 13:23) and labored hard when it was time to work (John 5 :17). What a model of health and one that we desire to mirror in our lives. Jesus was the man!

God asks us to be dependent on Him despite the circumstances or ease or willingness. In the midst of our last crazy 10 months, though we often failed, God desired to enter into that messiness with us and give us capability. We hope to reflect and evaluate the last season but joyfully welcome the new!

What we're grateful for is this: learning from failures, growing from difficulties, breathing deeply into new seasons, coming humbly to the feet of Jesus for renewal, and the restoration of life offered minute by minute from the Savior.

Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.

Jeremiah 33:6

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Before Pics

Do you wonder what we have been doing for the last 3.5 weeks? Like what does it mean when we say we've been "working on the house"?

I'll tell you what it means, updating a 1980's orange mess into a place we call home! We have been ripping up old carpet and tile, scraping off wallpaper, patching a million holes plowed into the drywall, knocking out a kitchen wall, building a breakfast bar, painting floor trim, sanding doors, cleaning up old windows, painting every surface imaginable, getting new flooring installed, and my personal favorite: new lighting!!

We had help from so many people, most recently my parents who cooked and brought over ANOTHER feast (Salisbury steaks, roasted potatoes, cranberry walnut salad, chocolate peanut butter cookies and chocolate milk!). Our friend Matt has had 20 of 21 dinner with us the last three weeks and he has been the biggest help of all. We would not be able to move in THIS AFTERNOON if it weren't for people serving us so well. We are grateful and so relieved to move in.

We wanted to share a few BEFORE pictures with "in progress/after" picture to come:

Before Kitchen:

Before Living Room:

Before Dining Room:

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:1


"The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's with within us."
-A.W. Tozer

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Romans 10:3

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dinner or a Feast?

At the beginning of this week we received an email that went something like this:

Hey Ryan and Carly,
You must be exhausted after the weeks of work you have already put into your new home. I know it will be wonderful when you move in and can relax a little.
Would you be interested in having me bring you dinner one night this week? I could either drop it by the office to Ryan or bring it by the house--whichever works for you. You probably don't have time for cooking!


So yesterday evening our dear friend Joyce brought us a FEAST, it truly was out of the category of just "dinner".

She brought us super tender brisket, cheesy broccoli casserole with breadcrumbs, twice baked potatoes, mandarin/bacon/feta salad, and blueberry/cranberry/white chocolate chips for dessert. Oh sweet Moses is was delicious. Ryan's quote summed it up:

"This is the best food in the WHOLE world!"

Joyce (and her cooking) just blessed us to the max yesterday! We really had no time to cook and she just took the burden right off of our shoulders.

Side note: We know Joyce because she is married to Ed, Healing Water's CEO, and if I can just say so they are NOT the typical CEO types. Maybe it's just me but I picture people in their positions as unapproachable or busy but these two are down-to-earth, tremendously loving, and filled with a heart to serve.

Just wanted to brag about how cool Joyce is and she has inspired future dinners that I bring to people with new babies, moving, experiencing loss, or just to bless them. She went all out for us in love and I'm excited to model this godly woman's heart.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:13

Monday, October 10, 2011

Days Until

Here is a little countdown for events that we are thoroughly pumped for:

7 days...until the new floors get installed-just one step closer to move in. Speaking of such events there are only --->

12 move in the new house! Complete excitement for this!

45 days...until we host Thanksgiving. We are THRILLED to be able to serve everyone this year plus we've never roasted a turkey so that should be fun.

52 days...until we leave for India. Oh yes indeed! We are headed over yonder to the other side of the globe for a partnership and vision trip with Cru from 10/2-10/14

75 days...until Christmas. Just thought we all needed to know that one.

Despite countdowns and projected days for exciting new events we want to be fully living here and now. Not skipping over what the Lord has for us NOW. I was reading in Psalm 118 this morning and found this verse...

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
v. 24

This was a solid challenge for me to live and walk with the Lord daily. That my life, joy, plans, and sustenance would be drawn from Him and not from anticipation of exciting events or future plans. I can get very busy planning things up but I want to live in God's timing and obedience to rejoice daily with Him. We want to follow the Sender.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Thursday, October 6, 2011

House Progress...

Here are a few fun "in-progress" pictures from our house renovation. It is a MESS right now!! Well the kitchen is anyway. We have piles of flooring hanging out waiting to be installed, a completely missing wall, and our kitchen cabinets removed awaiting a makeover.
This is Ryan removing dry wall being to see if the interior posts are load bearing (turns out they are). His brother Clint and friend Matt have been HUGE helps in design, construction, and work. We are so blessed by people and their generosity of time and knowledge! Our vision with this kitchen construction project is to put in a breakfast bar with seating and open counter space. We pray our house is a HOME used to bless people and we think the openness of this design will just help foster community and life in this place.

Do you like that wallpaper? So much orange and oak happening here. It is so fun to see the transformation happening. Can't wait to have you all over!

And finally, here is a Google Sketch Up design of what we desire the floor plan to look like in 2 weeks. Ryan designed this in just a few hours! How cool huh?? Our official move in date is October 22 so everything needs to be completed by then! Please pray for us in patience, wisdom, and increased desire to see this house used for His Kingdom.

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4


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