December 8, 2010
We have treasured our time in the one room "mother-in-law" apartment we have been blessed to live in for the past 9 months. We were house sitting while it was for sale, and enjoyed the 22 acres of Labrador Heaven along with our pups. Memories of playing fetch with them, exploring the acres, cooking out, and enjoying a good fire under the Texas sky will be greatly treasured from our time here.
But, it is time to move on to another adventure yet again. Tonight is our last night out there before we move to town. We look forward to cell phone service, bedroom doors, and a a fenced yard.
I am reminding myself constantly how good it is to be sad about moving. I am so thankful that our time there has been so good that it is hard to move on. I expect I will feel the same about the little house we are moving into now...someday.
November 29, 2010
On Saturday morning we traveled to Ft. Worth for the highlight of the holiday - Stephen Parker Brantly. He was born Saturday afternoon to Geoff's sister Amber and her husband Kent. He is just ADORABLE and we were so thankful to be able to be there! I am so excited about adding a nephew to the three amazing nieces I already had!
Welcome to the world Stephen - we can't wait to get to know you!
November 8, 2010
Modern design and consumer lifestyles are in stark contrast with the goodness of the original gifts God gave us. Rather than living in harmony with Creation as originally intended by God in the garden, we absorb everything in sight, always seeking more, addicted to consuming things that will never fill us. I have one friend in particular whose dreams have led him to live radically different from this.
I knew Blake in college and loved his dreams of simple living and sustainable architecture that are in harmony with the environment, not in contrast. Blake's dream has been to take the gifts God has given us on this earth and honor Him by working with creation rather than against it; to live simply, caring for God's creation, rather than exhausting its resources through endless consumption. I have watched him pursue this dream since 2001 and it is incredible to see him stronger than ever almost a decade later.
He owns a small plot of land south of Abilene and is living completely off the grid, with no conventional water/electric access. He uses a rain water cistern, solar heated shower, composting toilet, and a great sustainable shelter built out of recycled materials and no glue or silicones. Read the article released by Abilene's Reporter News for more info and pictures of Blake's home.
He has learned a lot and overcome who knows how many practical and social obstacles to achieve this dream that is in contrast to the "normal" american lifestyle. With his talent and education he could pick his jobs and live the "normal" comfort first lifestyle, consuming as much as he wanted, and acquiring more than most of us may ever have the option of. He has laid this down for Jesus. As a result, I believe (and think he may agree) that he finds and will find much greater fulfillment and contentment than in the pursuit of worldly riches and comforts that will turn out (for the those of us to continue to seek them) to be a "chasing after the wind." Well done Blake, and well done so many of my other friends whose dreams I hope to highlight on this blog soon as an inspiration to others.
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- Sept. 30, 2006 - Wedding was Amazing - more than we dreamed. I did actually post briefly about it on our other blog!
- Oct. 2006 - moved to Poncha Springs, Colorado where Geoff preached for a wonderful, intimate congregation tucked in the beautiful (cold) mountains.
- January 2007 - we adopted a pup who has turned out to be the most gorgeous, loving, brilliant, black lab on earth
- September 29, 2007 - My brother Jason married Katie Roseberry!
- January 2008 - We moved back to Abilene, TX for Geoff to complete work on his Masters of Divinity degree, and I began working full time to support the habit. :) His parents were gracious to let us live in their garage apartment while we saved for a down payment.
- February 2008 - rescued a wonderful, big, white new zealand rabbit from the side of the road (found him running down S. 14th in Abilene...not ideal rabbit territory) and "Doc" has become a great addition to the family.
- March 2008 - Geoff began working as the interim youth and worship minister in Early, TX and thus the great commute from Abilene to Early each Sunday began!
- September 9, 2008 - bought our first house and enjoyed spending any free time working on it!
- September 2008 - our precious black lab was not so thrilled with both of us at work and/or school all day - so we gave in and bought him a dog of his very own. Our Chocolate Lab is the perfect companion for him - we love our pets!
- March 2009 - Geoff and I became Uncle and Aunt three times in 6 days! My brother and his wife had twin girls born March 12, 2009: Kinley Kate and Ansley Grace Pittenger. Six days later on March 18, 2009 Geoff's sister had her baby - Ruby Grace Brantley! We have LOVED watching our siblings become incredible parents, and enjoy getting to see our beautiful nieces grow!
We are so blessed to be here in Early and even in our short three months we have been amazed at how truly GOOD it is to be here. Unable to find a place to live on time, we are housesitting for a gracious family who have moved to another town while their house remains for sale. The house is perfectly situated on a hill overlooking 22 acres of gorgeous Texas. We are living in the seperate mother-in-law apartment and GREATLY enjoying our simple life. Our two labs and white rabbit are quite at home here and we are doing the best to enjoy every minute!