Tuesday, June 30, 2009

About Me...and You!

This quiz was posted on my sister's blog-Joy Ever After- so I thought it looked fun to do! Join in if you'd like! If you don't have a blog to post it on, email it to me! :0) I'd love to see your answers too!

What is your salad dressing of choice? RANCH
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Bob Evans
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Pizza
What are your pizza toppings of choice? The works! :0)
What do you like on your toast? Jelly--Black Raspberry's my favorite!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Usually Chocolate
How many televisions are in your house? ZERO
What color cell phone do you have? Black with a Hot pink cover
Do you have a laptop? yes
Are you right-handed or left-handed? RIGHT
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Just a splinter
What is the last heavy item you lifted? Hmm... this is sad but I can't remember LOL
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No
How many pairs of flip-flops do you own? Um... 1
Last person you talked to on the phone? Danielle
Last person you hugged? MY HUSBAND
Season? Fall
Day of the week? Prob. Monday cuz its supposed to be our day off...LOL
Month? Hmm...May--our anniversary LOL
Missing someone? My family up North
Mood? Pensive
What are you listening to? An annoying "Gourd" Orchestra in the library--ARGH!!
Worrying about? PERSONAL
First place you went this morning? Bathroom
What's the last movie you saw? NOT SURE, IT WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL
Do you smile often? I TRY TO
Do you always answer your phone? If I hear it LOL
If you could change your eye color what would it be? I always used to want brown eyes...but I guess God knows what's best doesn't He?
What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I've never done that...
Do you own a digital camera? YES
Have you ever had a pet fish? YES--currently still do unless he died
Favorite Christmas song(s)? MERRY CHRISTMAS, WITH LOVE or Christmas Shoes
What's on your wish list for your birthday ? Hm... I don't know but I better come up with something quick cuz its just a few weeks away! LOL
Can you do push-ups? Depends on your definition... :0)
Can you do a chin up? Not exactly...
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? A little of both I suppose...
Do you have any saved texts? Yeah because I always accidentally hit save LOL
Ever been in a car wreck? NO
Do you have an accent? Not exactly but I suppose we all do to some extent
What was the last song to make you cry? I don't remember
Plans tonight? Not really
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? YES
Have you ever been given roses? YES
Met someone who changed your life? Yes
How did you bring in the new year? Um... I don't remember LOL
What song represents you? I'm not sure...never thought about that one...
Would you go back in time if you were given a chance?Probably...
Have you ever dated someone longer than a year? Just my hubby--we're still dating even though were married! :0)
Do you have any tattoos/piercings? NO
What songs do you sing in the shower? I get baths actually but usually a range of things--whatever comes to mind--could be rubber ducky or Great is Thy Faithfulness! LOL
Ever had someone sing to you? YES
Do you like to cuddle? Yes when I'm in the mood
How fast can you run? Don't know for sure, but NOT fast I can tell you that.. :0)
Have you held hands with anyone today? My hubby
Who was the last person you took a picture of? Um...I take so many its hard to remember for sure but I think it was my husband.
What kind of music did you sing in elementary school? Whatever came to mind prob... LOL
Are most of the friends in your life new or old? SOME OF BOTH
Do you like pulpy orange juice? It's ok
What is something your friends make fun of you for? Well, hopefully were past that now that we're adults..but who knows? LOL
Have you ever ridden a elephant? No but I think it would be fun! :0)
Do you like to play Scrabble? Not really
What are you saving your money up for right now? Anything that I need it for! LOL
When is the last time you ate peanut butter & jelly? Its been awhile
What were you doing at 12am last night? Trying to sleep I think
What was the first thing you thought when you woke up? Ugh can't I sleep a litte longer?!
TAG....YOU'RE IT!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sleep Deprived Craziness

Wow...what a week! LOL First of all, wednesday night we had "cottage prayer meeting" with Sis Barbara and Arlene because the Garis family had left for Southern WV camp already... then we left thursday morning to spend two days at Southern WV Camp in Princeton, West Virginia. The Lord really helped in the services! Then on Saturday morning we left our motel around 5:45 AM to head home...when we got home around 11:00 AM, Luke went right to mowing the yard (Bro Hodak was doing the trimwork) and I unloaded the car, started the laundry and straightened up the house before heading over to the church to help Sis Crystal with the new Junior church theme decorating. After we finished, they took us out to eat at Subway before they headed home and we headed off to do the rest of our stuff. We cleaned the church and grocery shopped before heading home to study (well, my husband studied) and finish laundry and cleaning duties... Sunday morning we didn't have sunday school, but just regular morning worship because of the Garis family being gone. We picked up two of our teenagers-Danielle and Darius--for church. I ended up having to lead the singing because Sis Crystal could hardly talk due to allergies! LOL Oh my! I have NEVER lead the singing before..but anyhow... We had a good service and then the teens came over to our house for lunch. We had a nice time with them and it's always good to be able to share our table with our people. Today we're dragging a little bit, but too many things to get done! :0)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my mom and dad's 34th wedding anniversary....Happy Anniversary mom and dad! They have set a beautiful example for their children of how a Christian married couple loves one another! There has NEVER been a doubt in my mind growing up of whether or not my mom and dad loved each other...it was evident in EVERY day of their lives--even with the stress of raising three kids AND pastoring a church! :0) Thank you mom and dad for loving each other and setting a beautiful example for your children to follow...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Graduation Party Celebration!

Nathan Hodak from our church graduated from High School. His parents had a party for him and invited friends and church family... It was a really nice evening and they had a good turn out! Even though it was Nathan's party, Sis Crystal remembered the other two graduates who were there (Tyler-a childhood friend of Nathans, and Danielle-a church friend). She made a special cupcake for each of the grads and placed it beside Nathan's cake. She also went around to each person there and presented them with a small bouquet of flowers and talked about a memory or something special about them...very sweet!

The Hodak Family-Bro Steve, Nathan, and Sis Crystal

The graduation cake table (notice the two cupcakes on either side...)

"Aunties" Arlene and Barbara

Pastor LaVan in deep conversation with "the Ladies"--Sis Barbara and Arlene

Grad Party Continued...

Danielle also graduated this year and will be attending Mary Baldwin this fall--we are VERY proud of her! :0)

It was also Nathan's birthday so this was the birthday cake...the smaller cupcakes around it are for the others who were there and had June birthdays...

The three grads--Nathan, Danielle, and Tyler
Sister Crystal and her mother Sis Sutley

Captured Moments

These pictures were taken around our house and in our yard...My hubby captured each of these beautiful shots! I think they're good enough to be in a magazine, but that's just my opinion...:0)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

We just wanted to wish our Fathers a VERY Happy Father's Day from their kids in Virginia! Due to our "job" we can't come and be with you on this special day, but know that you are in our thoughts! :0) You are the best in the whole world!! Relax and try to enjoy this day that is dedicated JUST FOR YOU! :0) We love you bunches!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ordination Service

This past Sunday was Ordination Sunday at Conference. There were 6 pastors who were ordained: Bro Zigler, Bro DuVall, Bro Duncan, Bro LaVan, Bro Pelton, Bro Young. Bro Cope gave the ordination message and then they began the ceremony. The pastors were ordained in the order that I listed them above. All six of the pastors and wives were standing at the altar for the whole ceremony and then knelt for the prayers of dedication. It is a great responsibility--may the Lord give strength and help to each one. The following are pictures taken during the ceremony. Also, afterwards for lunch mom LaVan had a dinner over by "our" cabin for the family and a few others. She did a wonderful job fixing Rigatoni and meatballs, a delicious salad, rolls (provided by Aunt Lois), fruit salad (provided by Aunt Doris), and the Cake was provided by my mom and dad. Thank you everyone for such a beautiful day!

Bro Cope giving the message
Us during the readings
The elders praying over Luke

My father praying over me

Bro Cope as he gave Luke his Bible to go forth to preach the Word

More ordination pictures

Bro Cope hugging Luke

Bro Marshall hugging Luke

Us before people filed past to shake hands

Luke with his "ordination cake"

The Beautiful Cake

Fun in the Sun

Right after conference we were able to stop over for a visit with my parents before heading home. We were able to stop at his parents on the way to conference. So, here are a few pictures we took while visiting...

Jessica with her new ball glove attempting to learn the "new" game
Jeff and Jen on his motorcycle

Uncle Luke and Jeffery playing ball with his new ball glove
Jeff and Dad on the motorcycle

Me and Jerrod cheering them on while they were playing basketball

Goodbyes and Good Wishes

Just thought I would post a Church update...one that I don't relish giving, however, it is part of life that we must learn to accept... James and Rachel Garis (and Hannah) have moved up to North Salem, Pa area--and will be greatly missed by their King William Church family! We wish them all the best as they serve the Lord wherever He may lead them! Keep them in your prayers.

James, Rachel and Hannah on their last Sunday at the King William Church.
The whole Garis Clan (except Robert who was not able to be there)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Travelling Again

Yes, on the road again! It seems like we are hardly EVER home, but especially during the summer! Someone made the comment, "Well, we might as well close the Church doors for the summer"; because between camps and vacations and what not it seems like we're hardly ever home! LOL We will be going up for our Annual Conference this week. Also, this Sunday is ordination sunday so Luke will be one of 5, 6, or 7 (LOL I'm not sure how many but somewhere in that range) of preacher's to be ordained. So, it will be a busy week and many more busy weeks to come! Keep us in your prayers when the Lord brings us to your minds...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blooming Fun

Yesterday night my Aunt and Uncle from Ohio were in Richmond area due to a family emergency and so they were able to spend the night with us. We were glad to have them spend time with us but not under the circumstances...however, we did have a nice visit with them and it was so nice to see some "familiar" faces from "home" again! :0) The rest of the pictures are the flowers around our house; and I thought I would share them with you...

My red and white Zinnia
My red and white striped petunias in the wicker planter on our front deck
A view of the front of our house with my 2 hanging baskets, and the blooming azaleas (is that how you spell that?)
This is one of my red petunia hanging baskets.
My Aunt Karen and Uncle Don

Monday, June 1, 2009

Anniversary day out!

Here are some pictures from our Anniversary day out! :0) We went to the Colonial Beach area and had a beautiful day! We stopped at George Washington's Birthplace and then headed on into the little town of Colonial Beach. We ended the night by eating out (always a wonderful idea! :0) I have the best hubby in the whole world! :0)

Us at our house before leaving for our "big day" out. :0)

The monument at George Washington's birthplace

Colonial Beach-Anniversary

These are pictues taken at Colonial Beach area...