Monday, June 28, 2010

Free Chick-fil-a on Mondays

On Mondays, you can get a free chick-fil-a sandwich when you bring a church bulletin with you. This apparently is a big deal at a Seminary. We decided to go and saw about 1/2 of Marty's Greek class there. You do have to purchase a drink and fries, yet for $6.00 you can get two sandwiches, two drinks and two fries. Our date night just may turn into Monday nights at Chick-fil-a.

Our new home in Missouri

Here are some pictures of our new apartment at Covenant. My Mom was such a huge help throughout the whole process, I could not have set up our entire apartment in 4 days without her!
Immediately to the right when you walk in is our dinning area.

Where all the learning and studying happens :)

The living room/dining room/office is kind of all in the living space. We tied the areas together with blue and green paisley curtains. They are actually bed sheets from Walmart that we made into curtains and it turned out great.

The kitchen is roomy and has a huge pantry in the corner.

The bathroom. It has a linen closet too which is awesome for storage.

The second bedroom. It is very spacious and we were able to fit the bookshelf and color coordinate it again :) I left the left side of the bookshelf for Marty's class books.

The master bedroom- We made the fabric headboard, and we just need to hang it a little higher on the wall and it will be finished. I also made curtains to match. I found brown, paisley tablecloths at Home Goods to use instead of fabric and it worked great and saved a lot of $. We are still searching craigslist and furniture stores for a dresser to complete our bedroom.

We have not hung anything on the wall yet, but at least the basics are covered. I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sad to leave, happy to be here...

We are now in St. Louis and all settled into our new "home". My Mom drove with me (well drove me) all the way here from PA. We spent the night in Ohio, and arrived here on Tuesday afternoon. From Tuesday until Friday we worked on the apartment non-stop, from unpacking boxes to sewing curtains to shopping for odds and ends. My Mom was such a big help I don't think I could have done it all with out her here. I will post pictures of the apartment tomorrow.

Today, I would love to show you some of the highlights of our "last days" in Norfolk. We were so blessed to have many going away gatherings, and felt so loved and blessed by our friends and co-workers.

Here is our beloved Tazewell Place loft after everything was moved out.

We moved in two TINY pods that were a 1/2 a parking space each. Good thing we did not have too much stuff!

Our friends, the Sabins and Dickensons, planned a going away party at the Drinkwalter's home. They invited all of our Trinity friends, planned a nice lunch after church and prayed for our transition to Covenant.

The Youth Group had a celebration for us as well after our last meeting. They got us a cake and the leaders and kids made us a video where each kid shared something about me or Marty. It was so sweet to hear their hearts and their funny comments. The youth group boys called me Dith, so there is no misprint on the cake :) How funny is that cake! It would have only been ordered by two boys!

After Marty left me to finish out the school year, I stayed with a sweet friend named Hannah (in the middle). We enjoyed being roomies for the two weeks, shared our love of Gilmore Girls, diet coke and even went to see a Tides game.
I went to Rita's with my sweet middle school gals Bailey and Maddie to say goodbye. I will love having two fun pen-pals over the next three years!
I packed up my classroom and left it to the next lucky kindergarten teacher that gets room 131 next to my sweet Ashley in Room 130.
My fellow kindergarten teachers also had a fun party after school to celebrate my leaving with yummy snacks. Teachers can cook and bake! I celebrated my last dinner at Baker's Crust with an old friend/roomie from Tech, Amanda. Then had dessert at Rita's with lots of girlfriends. What a great time we had with friends in June! We again have felt so supported and blessed by our friendships and family. Thank you all for loving us and helping us through this transition.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ben's Graduation

I made it through the last week of school, said many tearful goodbyes and now I am relaxing at my parent's house in PA. We have felt so loved and supported through the changes so far and feel very blessed for wonderful friends and family. Once I am in St. Louis, I can post pictures and details of our last few weeks in Norfolk.

Last weekend, I drove to Roanoke to see my cousin graduate from high school. I am so proud of Ben's academic and athletic accomplishments and his decision to serve our country and study at the Naval Academy starting in July. I spent a wonderful weekend celebrating with ALL of my Mom's side of the family. It was a blessing to visit with everyone before I move to Missouri. All of my cousins have grown up into beautiful young women and men in the past year or so. Here are some pictures from my family members.
Yay Ben! (Hannah and Tim still do not like to have their picture taken)

All the cousins-(Me 26, Bethany 23, Ben 18, Emma 17, Hannah and Tim16, Cali-Sue 2, Elam 6 months)
The boys have to stick together...

I taught my Grandma how to play Cornhole, and she beat me!
Cali-Sue loved to play popcorn on the trampoline
The babies!
The time in Roanoke was precious. Thanks for having me Radfords and best of luck Ben!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


What a Wednesday.  I just walked out of my first Greek exam of the summer.  A mere 5 days in and we have already covered 10 chapters, and boom an exam (the five includes today's exam so really 4 days and  10 chapters).  There was a lot of information, and I missed somethings.  I totally botched a translation I had to do by mistranslating a word that is faithful into holy.  Crazy sentence ensued.  I also forget some conflation rules and added an extra sigma to a word.  Oh well.

Part of today really helped me remember why I am here.  Our professor came in and made some jokes about trying to cram for vocab and let us know he was going to take 5 minutes of our time and we would forget whatever we were just staring at.  He then put up some of the original greek text on the board and asked us to translate, knowing that we couldn't.  He went back to the beginning and started to help us, and guide us and while a lot of the vocab was more advanced and further down the road for us the grammar made sense.  So we were able to with his help pull pieces together.  He went on to remind us that we are not in his class to be the best of out of class, and to get upset that so and so got an A.  We are in class and at this Seminary to be changed and shaped by the Gospel.  It was refreshing to hear that amid the choas and stress of an exam.

I left today knowing I didn't get a 100, but knowing that my understanding of the Word of life is growing and my love for the Gospel is as well.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Safe and Sound

Marty arrived in St. Louis with C.L. this morning. Marty says the trip went well and the apartment looks good. We are on the top floor, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. The kitchen and bathroom look nice and clean and workable. Also, all of our furniture made it there safe and sound. They are unpacking the PODS today and tomorrow. Yay! Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Let the crazy life begin...

We have packed up all of our belongings into two tiny "PODS", each the size of 1/2 a parking space! We feel very lucky we did not have to get rid of any nessesary items! We have had many farwell parties, and have been very well loved! Marty will leave for St. Louis on Friday and I have 11 days of school left. Right now, we are staying with a great friend, Dean, while we are both still here. On Friday, I will move in with a girlfriend who owns an adorable little home and have some girl time for the next few weeks. On Monday, June 7, Marty will start Greek. Just a little update while we are in this whirlwind of a move. I will have more time this weekend to update with more details and fun times we have had so far.