Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Be Careful What You Ask For......

I found this great website called sittercity.com and what happens is parents post a childcare need & sitters post their profile and can apply to these nanny/babysitting jobs that come up in your area. Its great because parents can really screen the candidates by looking at sitters' profiles and if they want, they can buy a background check for the sitter. I love it because I can pick and choose what jobs I want to apply for based on the pay, where its located, how many children, and what kind of childcare they're really looking for (nanny, afterschool, date nights, etc).

Well, I've been praying about working, just to add a little to the income & so I'm not bored to death every day at home by myself. So, I made a Sittercity profile just to see what opportunities would come of it. Well, I applied to three jobs, all of which had low committment, paid REALLY well, and were within 10 miles of my house. Within 24 hours, I got responses from all three moms wanting me to come meet them and their children in the same week. I was a little overwhelmed. For some reason, I didn't think every "job" would work out. So, I told one mom no, because it was too far, but I told the other two mom's, "Okay, I'll meet with you." Today, I met with two moms and it looks like I have 5 babysitting jobs within ONE WEEK!! I really had no idea what I was getting myself into....

The first mom has three kids, 3, 1, and 2 months. She definitely has her hands full. For a couple days this week, I am just helping her around the house, but mostly keeping her kids occupied while she gets things done. She's not a believer and has a very different lifestyle & method of raising children. However, I do LOVE all the IKEA furniture & home decor she has in her house.

James & I both met with the second mom and her fiance at Panera this evening. Their daughter is 5 months old and she is such a cutie! James & I were highly impressed with this couple and their daughter. They covered all the bases, plus more! I was amazed that she said it is completely okay if James and I both watch their daughter sometimes; they actually encouraged it. They are getting married in Costa Rica on the beach in Jan. (so cool!) and a lot of their family is flying down to see the wedding! I'm really looking forward to watching their daughter, Sage, on Thursday night and getting to know them as a family.

I pray that the Lord leads with both of these non-believing families. If its only temporary, let it be; but if He wants a friendship with these families to grow & last, I pray that I will be a light to them.

I'm thankful for both of these opportunities this week, especially for the money! But, I will say be careful what you ask for...because you might just get that & more!

July 17, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jockamo's Pizza

Today has been a good & productive day. I ran errands. I helped two middle schoolers with their spelling & vocabulary homework. I taught the Spanish alphabet to six elementary students and they actually really enjoyed it...more than I thought they would, thats for sure! I went to Goodwill and found an AWESOME big basket for only $3 to hold all of our library books & CDs. I decided it wasn't a good idea to mix them in the bookshelves. I was able to sneak into Afterschool and see a few kiddos from the summer! I just love, LOVE, love children from the city, there's something about them that makes them way cuter, funnier, & way more entertaining! I'm so thankful that the Lord gave me a partner that agrees wholeheartedly and I'm so thankful that the Lord put us both right in the heart of the city, where there is a need to love children and feed them the gospel. We're so blessed.

I had such a pleasant surprise today. A lady from my church asked me last week when I could have lunch with her out of the blue & for no particular reason. She just wanted to get to know me. I knew that we were going to go out for lunch, her treat, but I had no idea she wanted to take me to Jockamo's Pizza. Jockamo's Pizza is this little cute hole-in-the-wall place next to boutique shops & Starbucks. I have been wanting to go to Jockamo's Pizza for a LONG, LONG, LONG time. I mean every since I started working/living on the near eastside of Indy. And this has been 2 years. Everyone rants and raves about how good their pizza is and everytime James & I drive by I always say something about how I've ALWAYS wanted to go there and I give him a little pouty lip hoping we could just park the car and go in no matter what time it is. Everytime, James just looks at me and smiles and says "Someday when we're rich..." The Lord blessed me beyond belief today for two reasons. A.) to eat Jockamo's Pizza. (which was delicious!) B.) to have someone willing to invest their time, energy, & money in me and want to get know me as a sister in christ.

God is so good. Its amazing what the Lord will bless you with when you're willing to wait. Even for Jockamo's Pizza.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Franklin... and more.

I'm so sorry its been more than two weeks since I've posted anything! Its harder than I thought to keep up with a blog!

I'm so excited to tell you about our new pet! James went "creature hunting" as he likes to call it with his two younger brothers out at heritage lake. They went kayaking around all the little coves searching for frogs, turtles, snails, lizards, bugs, anything a young (or old) boy could get hands on... :) After four hours of doing what they love, they found two turtles and a bunch of water snails (that no one kept because they smelt HORRIBLE!). A snapping turtle...which now has a wonderful home in the Neighborhood Academy classroom and a BEAUTIFUL painted turtle...now lives with James and I and I named him Franklin. ;) He's just so cute, if I say so myself!

There's so much thats happened lately...I'll try to cover all the highlights... :)

James and I used all of our wedding target gift cards and had a BLAST picking out stuff for our new home. Actually, let me re-phrase that... we had a BLAST when we got home with all our cool new stuff. The picking out stuff part was another moment where was had to re-say our vows... if you know what I mean... just kidding. haha. No, it wasn't that bad, we just had to have priorities and be willing to compromise. Anyways, we got some much-needed bedding & rugs & some other stuff for the apartment. I think my favorite part of the entire process was that when we got down to our last 20-30 dollars, James and I decided we should just splurge and buy all the "fun" food that we never get to buy because its never in our budget. So, we got 2 tubs of ice cream, each of our choice, pizza rolls, mozzarella sticks, fruit snacks, vitamin water, gardetos, chips and queso, and chocolate chips to make cookies! :) It was fun and we enjoyed pigging out when we got home.

James found out that he has to preach two sermons & teach two communions & lead two small groups before the end of the year! I think its great and I'm very excited for him. He hasn't quite seen the good in it and is trying to forgot about it!

I was so blessed last Sunday and this Sunday--God has definitely shown his faithfulness and continues to move on the eastside of Indianapolis. Last Sunday, we could not get ahold of any of the kids' parents to see if they wanted to come to church with us, so none came. Well, three songs into worship, all of the sudden Trayvon walked up to me and sat down. I looked at him and asked him, "How did you get here?" He said, "Zion and I walked." I guess the boys realized that it was 3pm and it was time for church. So, Zion and Trayvon walked from their house (only 5 or 6 blocks away) to Neighborhood Fellowship. I was so thankful and just wanted to praise God over and over again. To the kids, they are starting to see that Neighborhood isn't just for James and I, but its their church too. We want them to be apart of the church, apart of the community, of the family even if they're 3, 4, 7, 9, or 11 years old. We also want them to know we aren't the only ones that love & minister to them, but also the entire church of Neighborhood loves them too and want them to see Jesus. Progress is being made and we're oh so thankful and excited for what's to come!

Yesterday we had something AWESOME happen as well. Johnea, one of the girls, that comes with us to church on a fairly regular basis, her mother came to church yesterday with her and her 3 other siblings! Although there wasn't a decision made or radical change in her heart, a step was made. Kourtney, Johnea's mother, recognized that she needs the church and was willing to give it a try. She brought a bunch of neighbor friends with her and hopefully an impact was made, even if it was very small, like they want to come again because they serve dinner after service every sunday. I think Kourtney's kids, Johnea, Reshay, Cory, & Mikey, appreciated having her there and in a small way, felt more loved. God is good all the time! I pray that she'll come again and pray that God moves in her heart to make more "little" steps and to draw near to Him and follow His will.

Lastly, the ESL class is a GO! Starting September 12th, we will be serving a meal and teaching an English class at a church in Broad Ripple to all limited English speakers that want to come! I'm so excited for this opportunity to build more relationships with the Latin people of Indianapolis. Also, I'm excited for this opportunity to serve with my awesome, loving, hard-working husband of mine! :)

So, I think thats a wrap! I've got to get a little cat nap in before I have to leave again to meet with some friends & show off some wedding pictures! :) Next post, I'll make sure to get some of the professional pictures loaded!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Call on Jesus

I heard Nicole C. Mullen's Call On Jesus at Kids Church a couple Saturdays ago and fell in love with it! The lyrics are incredible and such a good reminder daily. Enjoy!


Call on Jesus
by Nicole C. Mullen
from "Talk About It"

I'm so very ordinary, nothing special on my own.

Oh, I have never walked on water,
And I have never calmed a storm.
Sometimes I'm hiding away from the madness around me
Like a child who's afraid of the dark

But when I call on Jesus,
All things are possible
I can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When I call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me when I call

La la la la la, la la la la la

Weary brother, broken daughter,
Widowed, Widowed lover you're not alone
If you're tired and scared of the madness around you
If you can't find the strength to carry on

When you call on Jesus,
All things are possible
You can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When you call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue you when you--

Call Him in the morning', in the afternoon time
Late in the evening' He'll be there
When your heart is broken,
And you feel discouraged,
You can just remember that He said
He'll be there

When I call on Jesus,
All things are possible
I can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When I call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me

La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la-a-a

Saturday, August 7, 2010

ESL Class?

Something cool happened last week and I would like ask all of you to be praying for this opportunity....

James and I were at Neighborhood on Wednesday for communion and the Jim, the pastor, was talking to me about how they want to start a ministry to love and care for the "stranger in the land". Jim knows that all immigrants (mainly hispanic in the Indy area) have to learn English to a certain degree and some want to and some don't care if they're making it fine right now. He would love it someone would be willing to start an ESL class to reach some of these immigrants, and to bring them into the church. He told me that they are not looking to control, but to only to guide this ministry.

So, I would love to do this and know that God would use this opportunity to build more relationships with Latino families and to help me practice my spanish!!! But, I'm not sure where to start. So, be praying that if this is the Lord's will that He will direct our steps and make them firm.

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." --Proverbs 16:9

Friday, August 6, 2010

A very humbling day...

So, I apologize for not writing until now. The internet in our apartment has been down for the past few days and we're not sure why. :( So, I'm taking advantage of being out at the Nilsens' and catching up with the entire world. Not really, but it feels pretty close to it without the World Wide Web always at my tiny little fingertips.

Today has been a good day except for the fact that James & I had our first really big fight. I'm not going to go into detail of what exactly it was about, but I will say that it ended in me dropping James off at his parents house, him slamming the car door, and me peeling out of the driveway and driving away as fast I could to the nearby marina to get some alone time. 30 minutes later, James came to marina in his brother's truck to meet and to talk things through. The first thing he said is " I want you to know that I love you, and that mom says don't worry about the mailbox." I look at him very concerned and about to burst into tears and say, "What are you talking about? I hit their mailbox?" I really had no idea I did that. Immediately, I busted into tears. I was so embarrassed.

James just looked at me and said, "Hannah, don't worry about it. Its okay." After a little while, I started to calm down and James started to explain to me something in regards to our big fight that wasn't quite settled yet. And what he said to me, I will never forget. Also, I realized today why the Lord gives us husbands, to not just love us like Christ loved the church, but also to give us the truth.

Lovingly and firmly, James said something like this to me...

"Hannah, I've encountered many things in my life that over time became either an identity or an idol or both. I've spent over $1500 on North Face stuff, I've spent countless hours trying to make a "ministry" work for myself, and I've spent lots of time and energy on things that I valued above spending time with the Lord. Finally, the Lord got ahold of my heart and showed me that these "idols" needed to go, so the Lord did just that. I had a conviction in my own heart, so I dropped off all my North Face clothing to the Wheeler Mission Thrift Store. God took away ministry from me more than a few times to show me that he is in control and that my ministry needs to glorify Him first and foremost, not myself. The Lord has also taken away relationships from me as He has seen fit.

You have this idea that when you achieve this or that or attain a certain certificate, license, or degree that you will be fulfilled. Chasing after these ideas and thoughts not brought to you by the Lord and consuming yourself with them is an identity.

Hannah, I want you to know that you have already been bought with a price and you are a precious daughter of the King. You are loved and cared for oh so deeply. You don't need an identity more than that."

James shared this with me and I just wept. I knew deep down that he was right. I was just fearful of all the other little circumstances if I let something this big go again...

As I was crying, feeling broken, humiliated, embarrassed, and now humbled, I realized that Lord calls us to something bigger and better than what the world offers us. This moment I had with the Lord and James, was a moment of "we walk by faith, not by sight." God doesn't promise us an easy life or even a fair life, but he does promise us that all things will work out for the good if you love Him and have been called according to His purpose. Not only that, he promises us an eternal life with Him, the Kings of all Kings, the Creator of all! Now, how cool is that!

The Lord is good and I'm thankful that he examines my heart daily and continues to use others and His Word to keep me in check. So, needless to say, I was very humbled by this experience today. But, I guess that's a good place to be, right?

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." --Philippians 1:21

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Philippians 4

James has been memorizing the book of James (ironic huh?) over the last month or so and he is doing a great job! I think he has almost the entire first book memorized. Its been amazing to see how his walk with the Lord has changed and matured through scripture memorization. Its a powerful testimony to others to not just share the idea of God says in His Word, but actually share scripture word for word. I've had a couple conversations recently with friends that I wish I could remember "exactly" where that verse was and remember "exactly" what it said. Regardless of my clumsy attempt to "quote" scripture to others when it comes up in conversations, the Lord still works and moves in me and all of His children. I still think it would be great if I could have the "exact" verse written on my heart and mind prepared for the next opportunity the Lord gives me to serve Him.

So, James has inspired me to do some scripture memorization myself. I had a recent challenge that forced me to lean on the Lord every moment of this particular day. And the way that I did this was reminding myself of a verse I had read that morning and calming my heart with the thought of "If God is for me, then who can be against me?" Everything worked out fine. I did my best. I was free from the situation and God was given the most honor and glory from it all!

The reason I share this with you all is because the verse I reminded myself of all day long naturally got stuck in my head and eventually was completely memorized, which caused a ripple effect and I want to memorize more...

Here's a piece of what the Lord has placed on my heart to know word for word and I hope it speaks to you in the same way.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice! And the God of peace will be with you." -- Philippians 4:4-9

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Wedding is Really Over...

So, today was the first day that James had to wake up before me, which is a rare occurrence if you know James at all. Mornings are NOT his thing. James kissed me good-bye and went to Neighborhood to work and I stayed at home. Its amazing that today is the first day I feel like I'm actually married. I think its because today was James' first day back to work and back into our normal routine, which is much appreciated. All the wedding gifts are put away for the most part; I've moved out of my home and all my belongings are now shared and vice-versa. Its a very weird feeling. Don't get me wrong, there are PLENTY of things that I have no idea what to do with and plenty of boxes that need unpacked and organized. But, besides all the clutter I'm pretty sure I'll be dealing with the rest of my life, I finally feel like this is my space too. I still can't believe it. All the 7 months worth of planning, stressing, coordinating, organizing wedding details, its over. And I can now enjoy the sweet taste of married life. I'm so excited to start a new life with someone I care so deeply for and love oh so much! I feel so free and loved, its unreal. I'm thankful to the Lord who knows my heart better than myself and he knew that I need this time of rest, freedom, and fun with my new husband. I know it won't always be this way, but I'm thankful for a few months of sweet marital bliss. :)

Thank you all for your love, support, and encouragement. We finally made it.