It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. I think I’ve gotten into thinking that since nothing “big” has been happening in my life, I have nothing to write about. But God is always at work, and that is a very big thing.

Here is a “quick” update on my life, for my interested family and friends. Christmas was a beautiful time for Trigg and I, as it was our first as a married couple! I had a BLAST decorating our tiny apartment with all of the Christmas cheer I could find for free or little money. Here’s a picture of our tree. I’m pretty proud of it!!

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I got to spend my entire break from school with family: Trigg’s family, my family, and the Blush family (who Trigg and I have claimed as our adoptive family). It was restful and tons of fun, but I was pretty much out of town for four weeks straight! I calculated that I was on the road for 75+ hours. Needless to say it feels good to be home. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Christmastime!

First came Christmas cookies with Anna Beth! She doesn’t like to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving (and of course we all know how I feel about Christmas!!), so we’ve started the tradition of having our own personal CHRISTMAS PARTY every Thanksgiving night at midnight, to celebrate FINALLY getting to listen to Christmas music together!!

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Then came Trigg looking like a monkey as he pretended to hold mistletoe above us…

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And a super fun Christmas party at the church with our best friends Jeff and Caitlyn!!

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We had a Christmas party with our small group…

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And Trigg took me on a CHRISTmas date that consisted of Hot Choffee (that is, hot chocolate with coffee and whipped cream–HEAVENLY), CHRISTmas lights, and a ride in a helicopter to see–you guessed it–MORE CHRISTmas lights!!

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We traveled to Colorado with Trigg’s family and a couple of friends…

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And upon returning home, we saw this:

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Turn into this:

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Turn into THIS! Kyle and Ginny are engaged!!! This means that my sister-in-law/best friend is marrying Trigg’s best man/best friend! I can’t wait!

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After Christmas, we traveled to Louisiana to visit my family, and then back to Colorado with Kyle’s family, the Blushes!

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And we discovered our restaurant!!

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And finally, Ginny and I traveled to see our long-distance best friend, Kaitlyn!

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And now after reliving those memories, I’m feeling exhausted again. 🙂

But God has been good to us. Now Christmas is over, and we’re back in the full swing of things. School is going strong, and we can see Trigg’s graduation in the distance, as well as our one year anniversary!!

One thing God has been teaching me lately is that sometimes our excitement for the future can swallow up the present. Counting down the days is fun, and exciting, and good! But don’t forget where you are in life right now. Don’t forget to enjoy all of the sweet moments you have now. Don’t forget that your happiness shouldn’t dwell in the future–nor should it dwell on your current circumstances. Happiness comes from God’s blessings, but JOY, my friends. JOY comes from Above. And God wants your life to be full of joy.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

 

Cari

P.S. I’ll be writing more soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Wrapping up the Summer like a CHRISTmas Present

As much as some may not like to admit it, it’s August now. The summer (but not the heat) is rolling to a stop as school is beginning (or has begun) for many. I personally go back to school a week from Monday. And as my summer internship ends and school is about to begin, I’ve been thinking a lot about what God has been teaching me this summer– and what I’ve still yet to learn:

Trust and control.

A little strange, right? If you grew up in a hymn-singing Southern Baptist church like me, you’ve probably heard these lyrics a little differently:

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

Well sorry church, but this summer I changed the words. Trust and control. God, I trust you! I trust you with my marriage, my job, my finances, my future. But I still get to control them right? Like, I get to know all of the answers now? And everything will happen like I think it should? No struggling?

Nah.

I think the writer of the lyrics got it right the first time. God tells me to trust him AND give him control. And doing so will NOT make me happy, but it WILL make me happy in Jesus. The second verse of the song goes on to say that Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, can abide while we trust and obey.

I pray that I can give God complete control.

I pray that no shadow can rise.

I pray that no doubt, fear, sigh, or tear can abide in my life. And trust me friend, that’s praying for a miracle. (Good thing my God is a God of miracles.)

That’s the happiness I want. Are you trusting the Lord today?

 

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
  Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

**P.S. There was your summer wrap-up, and here is your CHRISTmas present:

CHRISTmas IS COMING!!!!!!!

THIS. IS. NOT. A DRILL.

I know some of you claim to share my enthusiasm, but not until after Thanksgiving. Well that just won’t do for me. CHRISTmas only comes around once a year, so I’m going to milk it for all that it’s worth. And (speaking of God being a God of miracles) if you know what CHRISTmas is really about, then you know it’s worth a lot.

So, I haven’t decided how CHRISTmas will affect my blogs yet, but I just wanted you all to know that I’m getting ready. This will be my first CHRISTmas in my own place with my own decorations, and since Trigg and I are choosing to save money on gifts and decorations this CHRISTmas, I have no clue what that will look like. But get ready 😀

Countdown Cari says………. 135 days, 5 hours, 58 minutes, and 15 seconds until CHRISTmas!!!!!!!

Cari