How about a 6 month update?
It has been a while since we've updated this blog. And to be honest, we can't seem to remember the password for the blogspot account--so if YOU have it, let us know. Ok, found the password. Here is what's been happening the past 6 months or so, written by Sara:
Let's start with January, where we left off: We finished the the Intro to Urban Missions class and it was awesome! It fueled the fire for our passion for urban missions. The best part of the class was taking it together. I sometimes get left out of the seminary experience, so being able to take this class and process stuff together was great for our marriage.
I also ran my marathon (well 1/2 marathon) in January in Carlsbad. People ask me "how was it?!?!" with great excitment and my responce is "it's over." Although the course was beautiful--right along the ocean the whole time--and i finished, it's something I'll probably never do again!! I can say that I've run a 1/2 marathon, and that's fine with me. I've learned I'm not a runner, by any means. But put me on a volleyball court and I can rock your world. (or at least I used to be able to).
In February I went to visit LYNDSEY in colorado!! I went on Presidents day weekend, since LCHS (my place of work) make it a 4-day weekend. And we had so much fun! She took me all over Denver and surrounding area's... wow!! And then I had my birthday, and turned the big 24! I had a birthday bash at my aunt's house in Montrose, with friends and family. Our friends DJ and Jordan taught us and my under-age cousins how to play poker. Good times!!
My good friend... GREAT friend, Candice, also moved to Pasadena in Feburary to work at Russ Reid. and BOY OH BOY am I glad she's here! What a huge joy she is to have near. I love that lady!! I'm always in for a good laugh when we get together, that's for sure!
Matt's birthday was in March and we celebrated by going to Buca de Beppo with a bunch of friends. It was a good time!
April--that was a fun month! I had spring break and Lyndsey came out to visit me! We had a short visit this time and she stayed in our tiny apartment. But we did all drive down to Santa Ana to get my tattoo! Yes, folks that's right. I got agape in Greek on my right foot. Did it hurt? Um... probably but I don't really remember. It took, literally, 10 minutes. And I love it!
We also moved in April to a one bedroom apartment! and it's HUGE! We have a door to our bedroom. AMAZING! Why we didn't go to a one bedroom in a the first place? Who knows! We also got a new couch for our apt--which is also amazing. It has a pull out bed for our visitors. (that means come and visit!)
What a fabulous month May was! On the 8th we went with our friends Cody and Anna to see WICKED! Wow!! It was the highlight of the year! The music, the acting... the set. WOW! Now we are consistently singing the music. I also saw that a friend from high school was one of the main dancers and even played the mom in this show! That was neat to make that connection.
We were also blessed by the unexpected visit of Matt's sister/one-of-my-best-friends and her hubby, Heidi and Joseph. They came and stayed at our apartment during their couple week vacation around the west coast and south america. What a joy it was to have them here!!
Matt and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary May 21 by going out to dinner to an Italian restaurant. Good times.
June came and went faster than you can say SUMMER. I worked until the end of June (since that was how long the school year went) and Matt finished up classes and then did a two week intensive summer school course. While he was in school I did a few interpreting workshops at CSUN. It was a great time to get back into the classroom, discussing and learning about interpreting.
At the end of June Matt and I headed up to Fresno for Jon and Shannon Foster's wedding. Matt was a handsome groomsmen and it was a wonderful wedding. We then left late that evening back down to Pasadena to meet Matt's brother and Sister-in-law (aka, yet another one of my best friends! funny how that works out) for the Coppenger wedding on Sunday in Biola/Irvine. This was good times. Being with family rocks! Steve and Joni and their little Macy... that just spells good times!
We are already into the middle of July and I don't know where my summer went!! Goodness!! This past weekend we were in Fresno for Alicha and Jason Ekk's wedding! I can't believe Alicha is married. What a joyful, and busy, weekend that was. It's hard not getting emotional thinking about one of your best friends getting married, especially since I've known her for 10 years! wow.... and her now husband is an amazing man of God! I'm so glad they married!! Can't wait for them to have beautiful toe-head children.
So now we're back in Pasadena, me trying to get free lance interpreting jobs and Matt working on his 10 page paper about heaven. We leave to go to Bass Lake for a family vacation with my side of the family at the end of July. Then we have another wedding. After that I head up to San Francisco for the RID Conference (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), I come home and the next day we fly up up up to Canada to visit Heidi and Joe, as well as Matt's grandparents. So excited for this!! Then we get back and I have a week off, and then back to work for me. Matt won't start school until the middle of Sept--lucky son of a gun! And that's our life in a nut shell. So many fun and interesting things have gone on and I need to be more intentional about blogging. I will!! I promise! And if I don't, tell me. Promise? Ok. You promised.
I'm sure we'll blog after or during our trip to Canada. There will be some good stories, I'm sure of it!