Thursday, January 27, 2011

The First Day of Semester Two.

Meredith has asked that I start blogging more about my classes to keep everyone up to date on how my education is going.  Today was day one of semester two, and it seems like it will be an interesting semester. As Meredith pointed out I am taking a pretty hefty load this semester, and it is heavy on theology this time around. This is a good thing as I prefer theology classes over language classes.

Today was what my normal Thursday will be, so I only had "God and Humanity" today.  First classes are always heavy on syllabus readings. Dr. Williams was pretty quick in explaining the class though.  He reminded us this is the first of 3 systematic theology classes that will work through the Apostles' Creed.  So for class one we will be dealing with, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth." The subsequent classes are named "Christ and Humanity" and "Ecclesiology and Eschatology".

I really look forward to this class as we examine, tear down, and build up the theology of God the Father and his Covenantal Lordship. We will also explore, hopefully pretty in-depth, the idea of "image bearer". I have posted below the reading list for the class.  I thank you for your prayers for us, and for my classes.

The Mission of God, Christopher Wright (Luckily I own this)
Reformed Dogmatcis, Vol 2: God and Creation, Herman Bavinck (I will soon own this as I ordered it on amazon about 5 minutes ago)
Not the Way It's Supposed to Be,  Cornelius Plantinga
The Doctrine of Humanity, Charles Sherlock
Why I'm Not an Armenian,  Robert Peterson and Michael Williams (Both Covenant Professors)
Westminster Shorter Catechism and Westminster Confession of Faith (As a good Presbyterian I own multiple copies of these)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A new semester


Marty begins spring semester classes tomorrow. It has been one long Christmas break for him, and I know he is itching to get back into a "normal" school routine. He is taking the following this semester:
  • Covenant Theology II
  • Elem. Homiletics Practicum
  • God and Humanity
  • Gospels
  • Pastoral Issues: Sustaining Ministry for Life
  • Apologetics and Outreach
Pray for his transition back into classes and studying. We are still working on finding a good balance between home life and school work, and learning how to prepare in advance for the BIG assignments so that Marty doesn't have to live in the library for nights on end. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow day!

The good thing about living in Missouri is that when it is bitterly cold, you usually get beautiful snow with it and the occasional snow day! Here are some pictures from our window...

Marty does not start his Spring semester until Monday, so we are going to enjoy an entire day together! Our to do list includes finishing thank you letters, working out, watching movies with homemade popcorn, reading, and baking my Aunt Lisa's yummy scones. We may try to venture out and do a little sledding, yet the warmth of our apartment is more appealing to me at the moment :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nashville


We drove to Nashville this weekend to be a part of Tyler and Amy's wedding weekend. Tyler is a friend we met in Norfolk through church and our community group. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating their marriage together. We arrived on Friday night to the rehearsal at the church, then ate a lovely dinner at Belle Meade Plantation.
We enjoyed at delicious dinner and shared stories of Amy and Tyler.
On Saturday, Marty had lots of obligations as a groomsman, so I explored historic downtown Franklin with some girlfriends. Franklin is about 25 minutes outside of Nashville, and is such a cute town. Little shops and boutiques line the streets with brick sidewalks and old trees. We had a great time exploring this sweet little town.
The wedding ceremony was at five that evening. The church was beautifully decorated with white candles, white and light blue hydrangeas and greens. Amy wore a strapless, lace dress and a low veil . The bridesmaids wore strapless blue JCrew-ish dresses with nude pumps. The service was short and sweet and both the bride and groom shed joyful tears.

After the ceremony, we headed to the reception at an old factory in Franklin called The Factory. It was a historic building with brick walls, high ceilings with white lights. They played fun music and had great food. They had a photo booth with lots of dress up clothes to take funny pictures. After the picture was taken, we put our pictures into a photo booth for the bride and groom, and we got to take a copy home...I think this was Marty's favorite part of the reception, apparently he likes to dress up in silly costumes.
Overall, we had a wonderful weekend celebrating with our friends! I hope you enjoy a long weekend wherever you are :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Not your Mama's Rice Crispy Treats

Y'all have to try this recipe.  A parent at school gave it to me and it is the best variation on the normal rice crispy treat I have ever tasted.  Yum!

Crispy Chocolate Cherry Treats
Makes 16 squares (I doubled for a 9x13)

3 tbs butter
1 10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal 
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

1.  Prepare pan- line 8'' square baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges.  Grease foil.
2.  Melt butter in large pot over low heat.  Add marshmallows, white chocolate chips and some salt.  Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth ( 8 minutes or so).  Stir in vanilla.
3.  Assemble treats- Off heat, stir in Rice Krispies and cherries until incorporated.  Scrape mixture into the prepared pan, and press into bottom and corners with a greased spatula.  Let cool completely, about an hour.
4.  Drizzle chocolate- Drizzle melted chocolate chips over cooled treats.  Allow chocolate to cool.  Using foil overhang, lift treats from pan.  Cut into squares and serve. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Our Christmas vacation in road signs...










We had a wonderful 2 weeks visiting many friends and family on the East Coast. We feel so loved and supported after this long trip. We are truly blessed to have wonderful people in our lives. Thanks to all who were so hospitable to us!