Friday, May 20, 2011

Semester End!

It is really hard to believe that by this time next year, Lord willing, Bryan will have graduated.  My how time does fly it seems.  We are two semesters down here at Denver Seminary and we are so thankful for God's reassurances that we are right where we are supposed to be.  He has continued to break and refine us in ways that I am not sure we would have experienced anywhere else, or under any other circumstances.  He is molding us to be more like Son - and for that we are so thankful.

Bryan just finished his second semester about a week ago and he did great.  We are so proud of him!  It was pretty stressful at the end when he wrote 30 pages in a weekend and had to study for 2 big finals - but he finished strong and is thankful to be done for a little while.  He is taking 6 hours this summer which will consist of 2 intensive classes that will each be 2 weeks long.  One in June and one in July.  So that will allow for some non-school time over the next 3 months which is much needed.

Thankfully, the kids and I were able to go to Little Rock while Bryan was so busy with school and we had such a great time.  Thank you so much to all of you who were praying.  I was a little "anxious" (for lack of a better word) about going home after such a hard trip in December.  But God was so faithful.  I prayed for it to be a FUN trip, great time with family and friends, and anxiety free - and I am so thankful to report that it was all that and more.  The kids had a ball and loved time with their Nonie and cousins.  What a blessing!

Big news - Bryan got a new job!!  He is waiting tables at a really cool new restaurant in downtown Littleton called The Tavern.  They officially open next week so he is training right now which is pretty extensive since it is a brand new restaurant - but he is excited about it.  The best part is that it is about a mile and half from our apartment!!  And with one car, that is huge!  He has already ridden his bike to work a few times which he loves.  We are so thankful.  So our prayer now is that it is a good fit, that he can be a light for Jesus, and that it is a job that he will want to keep until he graduates next May.

We have some great praises in the ways that God is moving and providing for us!  Obviously, Bryan's new job is a big praise in that department.  He also got another scholarship for this next year for $2000 to help with school - amazing!  I am going to start helping out at Jazzercise as a class manager that will allow me to do Jazzercise for free!  And we have continued to be amazed and humbled by the generosity of friends and family who have sacrificed to help us financially.  I think I say this every time, but we honestly cannot begin to express our gratitude.  We could NOT do this without the help of our home church, friends and family.  Thank you a thousand times over!

One of the things we are really excited about for this summer is fun family time.  There are so many things to do and see here in Colorado and we are really wanting to take advantage of that while we are here.  For example, we drove down to Colorado Springs one day this week and just got to explore which was so fun - and everything was free!  We went to the Focus on the Family Adventures in Odyssey area which was so cool and the kids loved.  We also went to the Garden of the Gods and had a ball.  Bryan and I could not stop talking about how majestic it was.  It is so beautiful here and we are wanting to soak it all in this summer.

Well, my downtime is about over!  Here are a few prayer requests:

- As I said before, please pray that Bryan's new job is a good fit and that Jesus would shine through him!

- I am starting to explore a new job opportunity doing some photo editing.  As funny as it sounds, pray that I am good at it and that God would help me make some good connections.

- Finances.  Again, we have been so blessed, so it is really hard for us to ask for more.  But we will still come up short in the end if we don't raise more support.  Please pray that God would provide for us in a mighty way.

Amazed and Thankful,

Here are a few pictures from the past few months:

At the Little Rock Zoo with Nonie and the McConnells

Riding the train at the Zoo.

My little troopers on the airplane.

Fun family day!

The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.