Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

The past few weeks, most of our evenings have been spent cheering on these guys...
It has been so fun to live in St. Louis during this exciting time. Missouri does not feel like the South, yet the past few weeks people stop and talk about the Cards at the grocery store, library, mall, etc. It is neat when a city comes together for a common cause, even one as trivial as a baseball team. We are super proud of our underdogs and may have been transformed into life long Cardinals fans :)

Anyway, today is Halloween. I hope you are enjoying some good ole Charlie Brown and his great pumpkin.
Marty found this article about Halloween that has made us think about how we view this day.
Through this article, the author is encouraging Christians to be a part of their community and to embrace this holiday as a way of loving their neighbor, instead of having an event at Church. By dressing up and opening our homes to children excited about filling their candy buckets, we are getting to know those around us. At what other time of the year can you see every one of your neighbors? Here is a paragraph of the authors thoughts:

"Jesus said there are two commands that matter: love God and love your neighbour. The Easter holiday is all about the first command. Halloween is all about the second.

What other day of the year can you put on funny clothes and be welcomed at your neighbour’s house? In my neighbourhood Halloween is the only day of the year that that people actually get out of their houses and chat with the neighbours that they don’t know. It is a night of celebrating community."

Click Here to read the whole article- Just some thoughts to mull over while you are enjoying yummy chocolates tonight.

Tonight, we enjoyed the costume parade on campus and got to know some of our new first year neighbors. The best costumes I saw were: Pebbles and BamBam ( 3 year old twins), and a newborn baby dressed as a puffy St Louis Cardinals baseball. After the parade, the kids ran around the 6 apartment buildings and collected as much candy as possible :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Go Cards!

Marty and I went to Busch Stadium to see the Cards play the Cubs a few weeks ago because two of our good friends were given tickets and invited us. It was such a beautiful afternoon to sit at a ball game. We have our favorite food stand outside of the stadium where we grabbed hot dogs for $2.00 and packed the rest of our snacks in the cooler- all of which you can bring into the stadium. When we found our seats, we were 4 rows from the ball field next to third base- awesome seats! I felt like I was in the game the whole time! It was a close game until the 9th inning. Cards were up in the bottom of the 9th, and were down by 1. At 2 outs, a player ran home and scored a run to tie the game. Then they stole home to win the game! What a fun and exiting game :)

Our friend won the opportunity to buy tickets to a playoff game against the Phillies this past week while they were playing in St Louis. He invited Marty to go on Tuesday night, which was the night they lost to the Phillies, yet Marty had a great time and even brought home a rally towel :). Last night we went to a local pizza place to watch the Phillies-Cards face-off and cheered with the rest of St Louis to the Cardinals victory.

To say the least, we have jumped on the Cardinals bandwagon and are excited to cheer them on however far they make it :) The past two Fridays, we have had Cardinals days- which means teachers and students can wear jeans and Cardinals attire. This alone makes me a Cardinals fan as we never ever have jean Fridays :) This whole city is so excited, and it has been so fun to be a part of it here with them!