September 13th, 2009

Weekend Happenings

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The past two months have been busy, and this week was no exception. Israel’s brother, Judah, stayed with us for three days, which was wonderful. We’ve been sharing with a lot of Community Groups from our church about our adventure to Germany. And we spent the weekend hanging out with friends. But, before I tell you all the details, I want to give you an update on our support raising.

We’ve been working on support raising for about two weeks. Our goal is to have at least 80% of our support raised by the beginning of October. October is two weeks away. So far, seven people have told us the amount they’ll be giving each month, which totals to $335 a month, 6% of our budget. But as far as I know, no one has actually mailed in their paperwork. If you have committed to supporting us each month, will you get your support paperwork in the mail by Tuesday? This will be a huge help for us, as it will give us a better idea of where we are financially. We’re also hoping that Israel will be able to start working part-time to focus more on support raising, but in order for this to happen, we need to have some support to draw on.

We know that raising $5,000 in two weeks is pretty impossible. Which is why we’re praying for God do the impossible, by raising $5,000 in two weeks. Please pray that with us. If God has a different time-line in mind, that’s fine, but we know he has unlimited resources at his disposal and can easily make impossible things happen. He is God, after all.

Okay, onto our weekend.

On Friday, we took Judah to Hugo’s. This is probably our favorite restaurant in Fayetteville. This great hamburger place is located in a basement off of the Fayetteville Square. It feels like a dark little pub and there’s usually a loooong wait. I had the Blue Moon Burger. With. Blue. Cheese. Yum. I was looking forward to to Hugo’s all week long. No joke. Then we went to Common Grounds and had mochas. This summer, we’ve taken three friends to Hugo’s and then Common Grounds. If you come to visit, you can be the fourth.

On Saturday, we met our friends Brandon and Becca for breakfast at The Little Bread Company, right across the street from Hugo’s. We recently discovered this bakery and, let me tell you, it’s pretty good. Try anything. You’ll like it. After chatting about video for a while—Brandon is a digital media dude—we wandered up to the Farmer’s Market with Lily, the dog. On the way, young Lily decided she needed a bathroom break, but, apparently, she hasn’t quite figured out that she needs to finish pooing before walking again. Things were a little gross for a while. While we were wandering the Farmer’s Market, I saw the biggest dog ever. I think it was four feet tall, just standing there. Four feet! I believe it was an Irish Wolfhound or Scottish Deerhound. No, I didn’t get a photo.

It has been a wonderful Sunday. We went to the early service at our amazing church, The Grove Church. Before we left, I ate breakfast on our porch. I love being outside in the mornings, especially rainy mornings. I haven’t seen many mornings in the past year, since my schedule has been pretty flexible (meaning I get up at 10 and don’t shower until 2). But early mornings are the best time for me to sit with God and be still. I’m going to try to get up earlier and enjoy the AM from now on. We’ll see how that goes.

After church we had breakfast, for lunch, with Evan and Emily from our Community Group. Then we played Canasta, with real cards instead of the Canasta Caliente deck we have at home. It is confusing going from pretty cards that say Wild and Stop, to A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…. Anyway, Israel and Evan won. Emily and I lost. Stupid discard pile.

Here are a few photos from our weekend adventures.

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