Tuesday, February 25, 2014

iPhone Dump?

 We crossed right on over to the dark side people.

The Deckers are owners of iPhones.  What has happened to us and our dumb phone loving ways?!?!

To be honest, our "smart phones" are really still dumb phones because we didn't go with the ridiculous data plans.  I really like this because it means we can't be plugged in all the time-wahoo!!  We'll just connect when needed to our home, work, school, coffee shop, etc wifi.

The switch happened because we joined Ryan's parent's family plan so we bought one used iPhone for me off Craigslist and Ryan got one for free from his mom.  Plus Apple has been growing to become more socially responsible which makes my heart aflutter.

Anywho, I love my new phone because I have a legit camera with me all the time.  I can capture our life moments which blesses me so much.  It allows me to document our story here and be blessed by the pictures for our home and memories.

So here is a peek into our weekend and last few days:

Grumps looks majestically handsome.  And husband and I in our down Patagonia jackets.  We always have these babies on in the winter.

This, my friends, is sterile gloving.  Needed for catheter insertions and wound care.  All skills which I recently demonstrated to some very strict professors in my lab.  It went well! 

 Sweet baby Xander and his love for Uncle Ryan's thumb.  We spent Saturday evening with the Decker clan eating lasagna and apple dumplings just because.

Sweet Moses, help me I love this child!  Rilyn is one of my favorite short people.  Plus she wraps herself like a burrito in shower curtains during hide and go seek which makes me laugh out loud.

Any good Saturday starts out with a homemade latte.  Machine courtesy of my MIL's Craigslist-ing abilities

This is the most random sentence I ever wrote, but I just laughed out loud at home by myself:  Grumps literally just let loose the most hilarious little puppy fart in the world.


This week everyone at our house is on the go.  I have three big midterm tests for three classes that account for 20% of my grade each.  Eeeek!  Trying to stay balanced and calm.  As for Ryan Decker, he is working hard communicating with a new Ugandan HWI partner, Innocent (best name ever), to make a water project happen way on the other side of the world.

I always think my husband and his job are the coolest.

Stay warm today in the snow and fins some refreshment in this truth...

As for me, I would seek God,
    and to God would I commit my cause,
 who does great things and unsearchable,
    marvelous things without number

Job 5:8-9

Monday, February 24, 2014


If Christians were to live their Christian lives to the fullest, there would not be one Hindu left in India.

What a thought!  Really thinking about this today and how Jesus intends and designs us for significant impact in the lives around us.  He is faithful; all we are required is to be obedient and available.

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of your can be thwarted

Job 42:2

Friday, February 21, 2014

Life Group and Getaways

Tuesday night is our Life Group night and last week we headed to Yardhouse for drinks and delicious food!  Once a month we do a "social night" to take a break from the regular curriculum.  It's super connecting and relationship building.

 I had gardein buffalo wings, a vegetarian dish, and they were SOOOOO good.  I fear I am addicted.

(Tyler, they are literally what you need to get your chicken wing fix.)

Enjoying our laid back night together with great friends and convo

In other news...

I have been itching to get out of the dang country for so long.  The last time I went anywhere it was India December 2011.  Say wha???  Right after we returned from Kolkatta, Ryan got sick so our move to Dominican Republic was cancelled and then I started Nursing School.

It was a whirlwind of 2 years.

To make up for my absolute stir craziness, Ryan Decker booked us a few nights at the Redstone Inn in Glenwood.  I absolutely love escaping to the mountains and this place looks gorgeous.

It's a historic inn surrounded by red cliffs.  I keep reading that it looks like it was airlifted in from the Swiss Alps!  Yes please!  So we have a few nights to get to the hot springs, snow shoe, tube, and connect.  I cannot wait!

Where we'll be staying!  It really looks like it's right out of Switzerland.

Speaking of traveling...

I am involved with a student group at school called Global Health Perspective.  It's a neat organization that exists to open up our eyes to the international medical needs and get us involved in communities here at home.  After my 4th quarter (September!) I can apply for an international internship that lasts from 1-2 weeks.  The opportunities include Uganda, Kenya, St. Croix, Haiti, and others.

Students have assisted in heart surgeries, held educational seminars, assisted and organized health clinics, administered life-saving vaccines, cared for babies, and more.  I'm applying as soon as possible but the application process is stringent and intense.  I'm praying now!

But enough travel talk.

Throw back!  Ryan and I in Israel at the Garden of Gethsemane in December 2010

This weekend is full and wonderful:  Tonight we have dinner plans with friends, Saturday is a hang out with the Decker family, and then Sunday I have a lab all day due to a day off from the President's Day holiday.

Whew!  All blessings that we can't wait for.  Have a spectacular weekend yourselves!
    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
Matthew 28:19

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winner Winner!

I am so proud of Ryan John Decker.

He WON the Great Comebacks Award for the west region!!!!

The Great Comebacks Award recognizes inspirational individuals recovering from serious GI illness or ostomy surgery, by sharing their personal stories, giving hope and encouragement so that others can reclaim their lives and pursue their dreams.  I submitted his story back in July of 2013 and never expected to hear back...let alone have him win!

He flys out to Salt Lake City in April to be recognized at a national conference.  We will continue to share more as details develop.

For now, we are just in awe of how his ostomy story has clearly developed and is being written by God!  ThereIS purpose in illness and we see a great road ahead of Ryan to use this new platform to encourage and mentor men who are suffering through illness and ostomy recovery.

I doubt Ryan could have ever dreamed of purpose and hope in Crohn's Disease when he was lying in a hospital bed just 15 months ago.  But God is writing this story, not us, and it we see unending glory and promise in this part of our journey.

Celebrating today!  You rock the world Ryan John.

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

Exodus 9:16

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Spontaneous and Weekend Stuff

Our weekend was wonderful!  Weather in Colorado mid-February has been on the whole gorgeous.  We turned off our heat and slept with our bedroom window open Thursday night!!  


 Earlier that day my study group and I all grabbed ourselves some coffee and cracked open our books to work on the roof of the school.  There is a great patio up there and we soaked up the incredible sunshine!

Saturday, while Ryan had a guy's crokinole/lunch afternoon, I walked Grumps about two miles through town because it was so, so nice.  Today it's 65 degrees again, so after church with my family, we headed to the park to have more outdoor time with the little furry man.

Nice weather has been such a gift and really lifted us our of our February funk.

Ryan and Grumps learning to play frisbee.  Grumples now knows shake, down, sit, drop it, and is learning roll over.  What a genius!

Although the weather wasn't awesome to us Friday night.  Golden is pretty much a gigantic valley as we're backed up the foothills and walled in by smaller tabletop mountains.  The wind gets caught in that valley and Friday night it was like a hurricane outside! 

So at 2:30 a.m. neither of us could sleep.  We weren't putting up with it so we got out of bed, poured big bowls of cereal and watched 2 hours of Grey's Anatomy until sleep finally found us again.

SO fun and spontaneous.  I love times like that with my man.

Sunday post-church lunch.  But make it with yogurt instead of butter or milk.  Yum!

I took a break from studying this weekend because midterms are in the next week along with lab check offs and research due dates.  A break was needed. My motto is work hard Monday-Friday and rest on the weekend (when possible).

It's nice to have 48 hours to breathe and recharge at the end of the week.

Actually next week I have to demonstrate that I know three skills for my lab professor: putting down an NG tube, inserting a catheter, and changing a wound from wet to moist dressing.  All but the NG tube are "sterile technique" which is so much work but a really big deal.  I'm not feeling terribly nervous but it's a pass/fail sort of deal and I want to be confident!

Myself and the little black wild man!

Other than that we have a good week ahead of us!  Tonight we are going to church with my friend from school who is majorly searching for some answers and direction in his life.  Prayers for him to be ministered to at church would be so appreciated.  I get so excited about things like this!

Happy beautiful Sunday all!

Oh, P.S. these were Ryan's Valentine's Day present to me along with a big bottle of red wine.  Tulips are my absolute favorite flower and these white ones were so elegant.

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 John 3:11

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rich Love

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

We celebrated Valentine's Day a little differently this year.  Instead of romance and chocolates for each other, we went with a group of friends to a local retirement community to enjoy the holiday.

It was a real and true gift to be there with friends and the amazing residents!  Older people are seriously wise gifts with some sass and endless knowledge.  One woman Gladys, who Ryan and I talked to for over an hour, has this marriage advice to offer:

Think about divorce NEVER.  Think about murder...often!

Bahahaha!  The lady was married 58 years so she obviously knew something ;) Another woman, Edna told me she thought Song of Solomon was a very sexy book of the Bible (with a huge grin on her face.)  Lord, help me they were amazing!

 Anyway, our local King Sooper's donated 5 dozen vibrant carnations and our local Panera Bread donated 2 dozen incredible pink and white cookies.  I couldn't believe the generous response and enthusiasm from these businesses to help support the project.  How neat right!?!

 This picture is deceiving.  These cookies were HUGE soft butter cookies with homemade icing!  

We passed out dozens of desserts and gave each person (mostly the ladies) a flower to let them know they are loved and thought of on Valentine's Day.

Which caused me so much to think of God's love toward us.  Like John 3:16 is so clear about.  God loved so he gave a gift.  The ultimate gift in Jesus!

His love was so rich and so real towards us that He was willing to send the only son He has ever had to stand in our place and atone for our sin.  I am astounded at that.

God loved...so he GAVE.  Sacrificed.  Loved. 

Mmmm...I'm just soaking that up this Valentine's Day.  To God, real love is giving.  True love is so much grander and intricate than flowers and cookies.  Honest, deep love went to a cross because God was willing to generously give.

Thankful with a full heart today for sacrifice and Jesus.  Happy early Valentine's Day

Love never ends

1 Corinthians 13:8

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bullet Style: Pizza, February, Serving

1.  Our cohort at school won the dang pizza party!  And it was really good pizza too. Thanks Denver School of Nursing!

Why yes I do have a giant blue finger sticking out of my legs while I reach people how to make a "C" to spell BRONCOS.  Lordy.

2.  Ryan got a free iphone from his parents and is feeling particularly excited about it.  He is venturing in the world of smart phones and I doubt he'll ever look back!  I have always secretly loved that we use "dumb phones" that can barely even text, let alone check my e-mail and Google Earth something crazy.  

I'm still processing how I feel about making the change too.  I lke the camera convenience but that's about it.  I do NOT want to be that person with my face glued to a little screen.  Yuck.

3. I saw this quote on a friend's blog and though it was particularly striking


“Becoming the best versions of ourselves often requires that we stay.   Stay when things get hard.  Stay when we get bored.  Stay when we experience periods of unhappiness.  Stay when the excitement wears off.  Stay when we don’t like those we are in community with.  Stay when we fail or are betrayed.  Stay when we know who we can become if we have the courage to be faithful in the undramatic.”
-Christopher L. Heuertz

4.  Are we the only ones that are anxious for some sunshine and spring?  This ALWAYS happens in February it feels like so I don't want to rush out the winter.  But man am I ready for late nights on the back porch, gardens, bike rides around town, and warm walks with Grumps

 It's a small lesson in not rushing the season we're in and being available and content where we are now.

This is the sexy Dominica beach Ryan was at just a few weeks ago. DANG.  I am jelly (my younger sister taught me that-I am not cool)!!

5.  I made these vegetarian goat cheese tacos the other day for our friend Marc's birthday and they were honestly, really good!  Try them out.

Ryan and Marc together.  This picture is for a proposal to Joe Coors for a HWI project.  Sorry it's wonky, I had to resize the ginormous original one down.

6.  Tomorrow evening we are venturing out with our Life Group to serve at a local retirement community. I feel really excited about this!  Mostly because older people are the bomb.  They are sassy and wise and amazing.  For Valentine's Day we are bringing flowers and dessert to bless the residents with and I can only anticipate good conversation to go with it!

It is always a sweet challenge to get out from behind our walls and lean into sacrifice.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

Bahaha!  This doesn't have to do with serving the geriatric population.  This was made by Jacob and Lauren, LG members, who are so awesome.  See anyone familiar in this mariachi band?

Have a marvelous, Jesus-seeking week everyone!  Here is a provoking verse from my journey through Ezekiel lately.  God sends us and then promises to be with us, cover us, and speak to us. 

 It really doesn't get cooler that that.

And the hand of the Lord was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into the valley, and there I will speak with you.”

Ezekiel 3:22

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wake Up

"Wake up and realize that there are infinitely more important things in your life than football and a 401(k). Wake up and realize there are real battles to be fought, so different from the superficial, meaningless "battles" you focus on.  Wake up the the countless multitudes who are currently destined for a Christless eternity"

-God speaking to David Platt, Radical

On fire for this book because it is shaking me up and unrooting so many of the false values I hold as idols.  I always like a good challenge and this book is SO that for the next few weeks. 

I want to wake up the way God is asking us, begging us, to do in America.

...Pray and seek my face...

2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Just a little Tuesday hello from Grumples and us!  We have been into this verse lately and want to live it out fully...today!

Open your mouth for the mute,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.

Open your mouth, judge righteously,
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 13:8-9

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Go Broncos!!  We are really not big football fans (or any professional sports really) but when our home team makes it to the Superbowl we do get pretty jazzed.

My nursing school held a Broncos Mania contest this last week at school and I'm feeling like our cohort could win!  The prize is a pizza party and we want it!  This is us posing in front of the "time to ride" sign outside of Coors Field dressed in our orange.

We really get into competition :)  Love these people!

Also, the sunrise was fiery orange this morning so I'm thinking that's a good sign!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Painting and Wine

Wednesday night Ryan Decker took me to a painting class and wine tasting to finish out my birthday night.  It was SO fun! Our paintings turned out better than we thought but we still wanted them to be as good as the teacher's :)  We recommend this type of event!

You wine taste before and during and turns out you can brings snacks in!  I would bring chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and crackers, and nuts next time.

 We had a pretty big class-18 or something.  Ryan was the only boy :)

 It's us!  And a slightly blurry picture of my master artist husband getting his paint on.  She walks you through each step which makes it really doable.

Not from the class, but this is the lovely birthday present my mom got me!  A beautiful fall throw blanket, big candle, tea, Starbucks gift card and more!  Linny's gift is in there too and was a ton of AMAZING beauty products from her company, dōTERRA

I had an intense week at school but everything is still manageable.  It's all in time management!  Foundations test, calculations quiz, and pharmacology test plus continuing on in our research project and regular classes. 

 In Friday lab we learned and practiced putting down NG tubes, feeding tubes, administering medications via a gastrostomy tube and lots of other craziness.  It's amazing, challenging, and VERY detail-oriented. I can't believe I'll practicing on REAL people in just weeks; clinicals start in April.  That is something I am really looking forward to!

Besides all that business, we're super-bowling it up with Ryan's CEO, Ed, and lovely wife, Joyce on Sunday.  Can't wait to cheer on the Broncos and see then WIN!!!


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