Monthly Archives: February 2009
So I was watching the Westminster Dog Show. It’s one of those shows that you are a little embarrassed when you realize just how long you’ve been sitting there watching it. Anyway, it’s funny to hear the commentators talk about all the dogs. This one was my favorite:
“The bloodhound is known for saving little children, campers, hikers, & other lost people.”
It totally would’ve been Jesus’ dog! Am I right or am I right? :)
Anyway, life is good in Cali. I’m still having some sad moments but I would worry if I wasn’t. Jon’s feeling a little under the weather. Chris was sick all weekend so I think Jon may have caught his cold and cough. :( But he’s been resting up and, of course, putting the oil of oregano drops under his tongue. He swears by that stuff and I’m starting to as well. Speaking of herbs and all that, Jon and I have made some appointments with a doctor here in town. He is a natural health doctor that does muscle testing. It’s really cool. We went to a seminar a few weeks ago and he offers free assessments and the thing I need to start working on was my kidneys. So I’m taking Cataplex B which Jon and I affectionately call “kitty-plex”. Jon is taking two supplements – one to help with his sinuses and another for his liver. So we go back next week for our full appointments.
My mom teased me before we moved saying I was going to go all hippy on her. This probably seems more hippy-ish but it’s really not. It just makes sense. Our bodies are electrical and, although surgery can be good when needed, there are often many more healthier, natural ways to handle problems. They are: rest, exercise, good food and nutrients. You’re saying, “uh, hello Bre, we’ve been telling you this for years.”
I know, I know. I’m not eating all spinach and berries just yet but I’m definitely eating more veggies and fruits and cutting back on sugars. Gasp. Jon’s a good support for me and keeps me in check while still allowing some ben & jerry’s every now and then. :) We’re still not there with the exercise…as in, not exercising at all. And we don’t have an excuse. Chris and Janelle have a treadmill and a bowflex in the garage…we just need to get off our tails and get going. If any of you have some tips or suggestions, let me know! :)
Well, Jon’s home from a job so we’re going to eat some dinner and watch the new CSI: NY. Yes!!! :)
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So I’m having some “I miss my girlfriends” moments so allow me a little shout-out to some sweet ladies that I love:
And my rock:
So, it finally happened…I had my first “I miss home” crying session. Last Saturday night, Jon and I watched the kids (my 2 nieces and 2 nephews that we live with) and we took them to church since they weren’t going to be able to go on Sunday. We haven’t found our new church home yet but have enjoyed visiting this church with Jon’s brother Chris and Janelle so we were more than happy to take the kids and attend. Once Jon and I got all 4 checked in (which was a feat all in itself (and should be an olympic sport), we headed into service. The worship got started and, overall, it was a very good worship service. After a few songs in, I leaned over to Jon and said, “I keep wanting to see Bleecker and the usual gang up there”. My mind just starting thinking more about The Village and the dear friends, family, and coworkers we had left and I just couldn’t help it. The tears started slowly and I whispered to Jon, “I can’t stay in here” so he paved a way through the row and we went to the little cafe they have. I think I just finally let the stresses of the move and the new job and Jon’s new business and just everything come out. Then I did a throwback to my childhood days and said, “…and I miss my mom!” “I know sweetie,” Jon said, just letting me cry into his arms as he rubbed my back like the amazing husband that he is. It felt good though. I knew it was coming. And although I do miss home and family very much, I know the Lord has us here. It just doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.
Something else that surprised me was how I felt in the church service. I compared it to going through a hard break up, you know…those break ups where it ended on good terms and you still have huge respect for that person, etc. And it felt like sitting in that different worship center, being handed a different bulletin, hearing a different worship leader and pastor….that I was dating again too soon. I wasn’t ready for this. Doesn’t that sound crazy?! It’s just that I have been so invested at The Village for so long…since Matt came and it’s where I have really only attended since being saved. The Village is the community God used to heal me from some deep wounds, to minister to me to a healthier place, to love on me through thick and thin, to laugh with me and to cry with me, to teach me what it is to be authentically and solely His bride. It has been very difficult at times to not put the village on a pedestal. The other day, a guy was in town from Dallas (where he recently relocated to from Florida) to help train some coworkers on some technologies and asked me what churches I recommend. “The Village,” came out of my mouth within .25 seconds. The man said, “Oh yes, we’ve visited there but we’ve also visited such-and-such church and really that like that too. I think we’ll prob go to such-and-such church because…” and then listed his reasons. I wanted to scream out and say, “No, The Village is better and here’s why……” and I could just hear the Lord say, “Bre, I work differently in each person’s heart and what may seem right to you may not be right for them.” Doh. It’s so true though. Those people at such-and-such church are seeking His face just like those at The Village. That doesn’t make them better or worse, just different. This move has helped me to not keep The Village on a pedestal and to further show how I have done it in the past. I’m learning more and more to keep God on that pedestal. I know He will provide us to the right church home, the right community for Jon and I to invest in and serve. So, I felt I should share my struggles lately and ask for your prayers for both Jon and I.
We covet your thoughts and prayers. :) Thank you to those that are praying for Jon’s business. He has already received a few referrals from the local Apple store and we are hoping there will be more to come. Work for me is going well and I hope to go full-time really soon. In the meantime, I’ve been taking a portraits photography class here in Folsom and have really been enjoying it. I’m continuing to work on my photography site and have been meeting more and more photographers in the area. My class has a field trip soon so I’ll post some of my photos from that. :)
Here’s some photos of our life lately:
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