Friday, November 30, 2012

November Recap

The church planting residency is going really well, and we are in full support-raising mode. The Lord has been so faithful to provide, and we are so thankful for the generosity and support we have received already from so many people. I {Erin} started a 2nd round of Bible study with the women in our home group; we are walking through the book of Genesis using this study guide. It has been such a joy to read through the Scripture with the women in our group. Mike had the opportunity to speak at the Young Adults group back at Woodcreek, and will be preaching again at Christ Fellowship at the end of December. He also had a chance to meet with the Network Team at CF to share in more detail our vision for the church plant and what next steps will be. It is such an exciting time, and we are so thankful for all the Lord has allowed us to be a part of!

Our Fur Baby
We had an unexpected visit to the vet with our pup Sasha. She broke a nail {which I realize sounds so trivial!} and had to have it removed. Talk about drama! There was a lot of blood, puppy screaming, and tears (from me), but we survived. She was ok, and we are so thankful for a sweet and caring vet who squeezed her in on a busy day and made her all better.

She got a lot of sympathy that day, and I think she let it go to her head; she has misbehaved quite a bit the last few weeks. From eating her weight in Halloween candy, to getting into the trash...we have had to remove her staying out of the kennel while we're out privileges. Worse than a kid.

On Health and Doctors
I have had some intense stomach and intestinal issues for awhile now, and finally went to see a doctor back in September. We thought we had figured out the problem, but when the symptoms returned this month (and with a vengeance), I had to make another appointment. We still don't have answers and are awaiting another doctor's appointment with a GI specialist on December 12th. We would appreciate your prayers on this; that the Lord would allow the doctor to identify the problem and find the appropriate treatment. And that I would have the patience and endurance to deal with these health issues.

Sic 'Em Bears!
Mike and I had the opportunity to go see a Baylor football game with some friends. It was so fun to be back at Baylor with Laura and Nicki!

When we chose the game against Kansas State, we didn't know that they would be the #1 ranked team in the nation. And we certainly were not expecting Baylor to beat up on them for the win! It was such an exciting game, and I loved being able to share Baylor with Mike!

12 Dates of Christmas
Christmas came a little early this year, as we started the {12 Dates of Christmas} at the end of November. I wanted to surprise Mike with some fun Christmas dates, so we made it through 3 in November and will continue the rest in December.

Date #1 A Dickens of a Christmas in downtown McKinney
Date #2 Deck the Halls! We put up our Christmas tree :)
Date #3 Fireside Date (in front of our fancy Netflix Fire!)

Family Time
Early in November, we celebrated birthdays for our sweet niece and nephew. They had everyone over for dinner and cake, and it was a fun time to celebrate with them.

Because who wouldn't love a life-size pooh bear that giggles when you press his tummy??

We were in town for Thanksgiving this year, so we were able to spend it with Mike's family. I love that his parents have a tradition of inviting a lot of friends and family that don't otherwise have a place to go on Thanksgiving. So there house is always full! It is such a sweet and generous blessing; his parents are so great at hospitality.

Happy Birthday Mike!
We wrapped up November by celebrating Mike's 31st Birthday. I was able to take the day off, so we got to spend most of the day together (Mike had to work in the morning). We headed out to Erwin Park for a picnic lunch, and it was such a perfect day for it! The weather was beautiful (sunny and 75 on November 26th- gotta love Texas winters!)

We also went to see the new Lincoln movie and went to dinner at Uncle Julio's. I certainly enjoyed spending the day with my love, so I hope he felt loved on his special day!