Thursday, May 29, 2008

Aunt Jess to 3!!! How EXCITING!!!!

GO SEE MY SISTERS BABIES!!! She gave birth yesterday at 3:02, 3:02, and 3:03!!! Go see pictures of the babies at http://nebelsicktriplets.blogspot.com.

YEAH!!!!!!!! They are sooo cute. They have names too!!! You just have to go see!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Jet's Jump 1

So, I know a lot of you know Jet, but a few of you don't. So here are some cute videos (since he is my only "child" as of yet!) Anyway, we gave him a basketball to play with today. Here he is with it.... trust me, it's cute,


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Jet's jump 2

Here's video number two.... it's hard to see but if you listen, he sounds like a horse!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tornados in Colorado!!!!! EXCITING.....

This is the tornado that touched down and devistated parts of Windsor, CO. This tornado was a mile wide at points!!!! These pictures came from http://www.9news.com/. Check out the second picture, people are still driving into it!!!






Wednesday, May 21, 2008

THEY'RE ALMOST HERE!!!

My sister is extremely close to giving birth to her triplets. She has posted an update on her blog at http://nebelsicktriplets.blogspot.com. We are all excited but we know that they need prayers! I'll keep you up to date and let you know what happens!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Update on Sunday School

So, we went to Sunday school this past Sunday. James wasn't going to go, but the church announced our pastor candidate last week and he felt he needed to be there in case there were questions. Well, we went.

The discussion started out standard, with the opinion that we need to love everyone and that God loves every one! I agreed. However, the discussion started to peak up when someone suggested that we do not need to "evangelize." We should not try and convert people to Christianity. I sat and listened for a while. Trying to get a grip on what I wanted to say. But James jumped in first. He asked the people what they felt about Missionaries. The person said that if a missionary is going out to help build houses and help people that way, but if they are going to try and convert people, then they should not go!


WHAT?????!!!!!!??????


Ok, so I had to sit and listen for a while longer to understand where the person was coming from. They still didn't make sense, but I let a couple of others (including James) argue.


Then the topic of universalist vs. dualist views came up. Here is my understanding of them both. As a universalist, a person believes that all people go to Heaven, no matter what. A dualist believes that there is Heaven and Hell and that only those "saved" will go to Heaven. Everyone else is condemned to Hell. (As you have probably guessed, I am a dualist, and may in our class are universalists).


So, going back to the topic of living our lives as good people (from a previous post), a bunch of people in class started saying that the dualist view is a "FUNDAMENTALIST" view! (Am I a fundamentalist? Seriously?) I had to sit there and gawk. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Just because I believed what the Bible taught, meant that James, a couple of others in the class, and I are all fundamentalists. Oh boy. Do we have our work cut out for us!


Well, I finally had to speak up! I said that being a dualist is NOT bad. I am not a fundamentalist. Just because I believe that some people are going to Heaven and some people are going to Hell does not mean that I do not try and love every one of my neighbors (i.e. everyone I come into contact with.) Granted, I do not know what God is thinking, or do I even have a small incling of His power. All I know is that I need to follow the Bible and what it directs me to do with my life.


Now that I said that, we got back on to the topic of missionaries and conversion. (For some reason there are a couple of words that some people in the class think are "bad words." They are conversion, evangelical, evangelize--any of those--, fundamental, and a couple of others I can think of right now.) Anyway, the couple of people said that they don't think they need to worry about where people go when they die. They are just going to live good lives and if those people want to know, then they will tell them, but they don't care about converting them.


I then said, well, if you are going to live a "good life" you need to live it intentionally. You need to live with the intent to lead people to Christ, because that is what the Bible says to do. Matthew 28:16-20


"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had
directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And
Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the
end of the age."



I laid it out this way. We are called by God to believe in Christ. Christ calls us to live a life centered on Him. We, therefore, try to live as much of a good life as possible, so people will see that we are authintic, so they can wonder why, and then they will ask, and then they will want to know Christ! Does that make sense??


I think I got my point across, and I was backed up by a few people. I tried to agree to disagree with these people, but it is very hard for me to do, when I know I have been called by Christ to "Make disciples of all nations."


I had to leave before the class was over (because of choir), but I wasn't overly frustrated. I actually didn't leave with high blood pressure, but I did speak my mind, so did James. I am still concerned for a few people and for this class, but all we can do is keep working at it and keep praying that God will use us

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Good Clean Phone

So, by some great force, my phone is NOT dead. It just received a good cleaning! I laid it out to dry and put a different battery in it, and it works just fine. So, disregard this last post about it being dead. It works!! YEAH!!!!

Have a good day.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Dead cell phone...

So, I didn't know where my phone was all day and I decided to do some laundry. I had some laundry left in the washing machine & dryer from yesterday. So I unloaded the dryer, and put the stuff from the wash into the dryer and what would you know. My cell phone was laying there at the bottom of the washing machine. It is completely dead. I dont know if I can salvage it. Luckily, James just got a new cell phone so his old one is available if I have to have a new one. I just have lost all my pictures and rings. However, James did sign me up for an automatic backup to the Verizon website (I highly recommend doing it if you have Verizon), so I still have my numbers. I don't know when I will get my phone back. So if you need to get ahold of me, call my house phone or James' cell. You who need to get ahold of me know those numbers already ;-).

I have an update on Sunday school coming soon. I just have to word it right!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Confessional Time

I feel that I need to put this out there for a couple of people to know. There are a lot of reasons that I am living and doing the things I am doing, and here is one of them.

For the past year and a couple of months, James and I have been attempting to get pregnant. So far no luck. Here is why...

I have a condition that is called Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS) or Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD). (here is the link to the info on my doc's website) Whatever you call it, it is where your ovaries have cysts on them and they do not, at least in my case, allow me to ovulate. My hormone levels are out of wack because of this, or because my hormones are out of wack I have PCOS. It's a "catch-22." There is also a possibility that my Thyroid could be causing some of this too. My doctor wants to check that again here in a couple of months.

Anyway, my doctor has encouraged me to lose weight. Losing weight can help with the PCOS and the possible thyroid issue. However, in another "catch-22" the PCOS can prevent me from losing weight, as can the possible thyroid issue. I find this all very frustrating.

My doctor has put me on the medication Metformin. She started me on a 500mg dose and said in 6 weeks if things are not getting back to normal in my body she will up the dosage. I have a call in to her right now to see if we are going to up to dosage.

Well, I figured I would put this all out there to let you all know. I know, where does privacy go these days. But, if I am going to be continually asked when we are going to have kids, I might as well have some place to point people to.

I would also like to ask for your prayers for us. We hope God blesses us and makes us parents sometime soon, but as you know, it is all in His timing. So your prayers would be appreciated. Thanks.

Inspirational quote

As I have been working today, I realized I really really like this quote. It is from one of the pastors in the ABCRM Region, Rev. DeWayne Moore, of Macedonia Baptist Church. He wrote a devotional for the Region last week and this is the quote I pulled out of the devotional. Think about it...
"In the midst of their deepest depression, people of faith have found that
their one consolation is this: that God is in charge, and regardless of what
afflicts us in this life, our ultimate destiny is in God’s hands."

Jet playing in his pool.

It was so nice yesterday. I sat outside in the sun (for too long) and let Jet play in his pool as I filled it. He was soooo happy! This is cute, I just had to include it here. Watch as he tries to get the water out of the way for the other water that is pouring into the pool!


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