Wednesday, August 29, 2007


In the words of my uncle, "Do you want the good news or the bad news first?"

The good news is that we actually have California liscence plates now! Can you believe the Illinois 05's no longer exist (thank you to the Bryant's for the original plates).

The bad news is that the day after we put on the new plates the car was shaking convulsively when started up. Josh kindly took care of the details for the next few days. In girl terms a major metal thing (pulley on the end of the crank shaft) practically fell off the engine who knows when and has been tearing up the front part of the engine. Thankfully the mechanic was able to makeshift a new piece back on the engine. We are now praying that it will stay on and that we won't have to get a new vehicle soon. We know that the Lord is in control of these interruptions in our days.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


What does PHD stand for anyways? I think that it is something like Positively Hardest Degree.
Josh started in Seminar week going strong from 7:30am -9:30pm and that is just the lecture part of it. The rest of the time he will be on his own directed studies to meet deadlines for the next seminar, which take place once a month. He will be learning German right away as he must read books in German for his research.
He has one class that requires 14 books and responses and of course many other readings and assignments. He will need to narrow his topic for his Dissertation and start writing his papers towards that end. Needless to say this is much more than a full-time job!
It is so fun to see Josh get excited about these studies in the Word of God! He understands the challenge and is diving in with no reservation (good movie by the way).
He is also able to help one of the profs teach a few of his beginning Greek courses, this is fun for him to remember the good ole days at Multnomah.
Thank you for praying for this insurmountable task that will be chipped away at one hour at a time!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

California at Last!

After praying for a year and a half about when and where the Lord would have us go to school it is crazy to be here in the flesh!
Josh drove the big yellow Penske with the Subi on trailer in back through the night to be welcomed by Monday morning traffic at 5:30am. We rolled into campus around 7:30am to catch a few minutes of shut eye and then officially become CA residents.
It took about an hour and a half to cram every box and belonging into our one bedroom

apartment and have enough room to squeeze out the front door. Josh and I headed towards Lombard street (we avoided the crookedest road area, thankfully) to drop off the Penske.
After two days of unpacking boxes, we started to feel like we had a home. Although very small we feel privileged to have the only carpeted apt on our block.
We still feel like we are on vacation or something as our surroundings are so new. But we are so thankful to be here and are loving being in on this stage of God's plan for our lives!

On the road again... Medford

On the road to San Fran we spent a few days in Medford with my family. It was a great time to celebrate Kacy, my 3 year old nieces' "princess" birthday. We also celebrated our 1 1/2 year anniversary with Stacy's mom and dad's 42nd anniversary by going to a concert in the Britt Garden's.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Beginning bloggers

We are going to try to keep people up to date on our adventures in California. I guess this is technically our first posting, but we will have our first real posting on here in the next week or so.