Monday, January 31, 2011

Friendship

Last week, we were fortunate enough to have lots of social hang out time with some good friends.  One night, we went over to Tyler (Nick's brother) & Robyn's house and had a delicious meal prepared by Robyn (with steaks cooked by Tyler) and played Phase 10.  We had a blast with them and Caleb was so happy to see his aunt and uncle. 

Two nights later, we braved the snowstorm and ice and headed to Bentonville to meet our good friends Caleb and Amber.  They are expecting a baby at the end of March.  They're having a boy and naming him Emerson Paul (isn't that cute?).  He and Caleb (we call ours little Caleb when we hang out with them) are going to be best friends.  We decided for them.  haha!  We met at Village Inn and drank warm coffee and had a great time visiting! 

A few nights after that we had our friends Luke & Ellen over to play games and have dessert.  We had a delicious key lime pie that Ellen made (it was my first one and it was so good!) and they taught us Settlers of Catan.  After they left, Nick said we needed to buy that game to have our own copy because we liked it so much!!  And we also played a card game called Fruit Salad.  Ellen won both games.  Kicked our butts.  :)  We had a lots of fun and are looking forward to doing it again sometime! 

About a week after that, my friend Amber got engaged!!!  Our friend (and my former college roommate) Emily :) came down from Wichita for it and our other friend Jenny came down from Chicago for it!!  We had such a great time re-connecting after college and getting the girls together again.  We were missing a few, but it was fun to hang out with these girls!!!  Amber and Antony are planning to get married July 10 around Kansas City.  We are so excited for them and look forward to the big day! 

We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives!  We wish we could see them more, but we sure enjoy the times we do get to spend together!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New bedding!!

Remember when I pled for your help in choosing a bedspread??  (Or is it comforter?  What's the correct term??  I don't know all the lingo.)  Well, I decided on option 1.  I wanted something that was more grown up and sophisticated.  It's a lot more gry and black in person than the picture, but I still like it.  Now it's making me want to get curtains, nightstands, lamps and the whole bit!!!  I better slow down and maybe get one thing at a time every so often.  Whoa Nelly.  haha.  I just like saying that.  Whoa...Nelly.  Try it, it's fun!  :)  Well, so much for the sophistication...
Now if only we can get ourselves to make the bed everyday.  :)

Braschler Christmas

So, a little late, but better late than never.  I mean, we haven't even sent out our Christmas cards.  How sad is that?  Maybe we'll just pretend that it's a valentine's card.  Yeah, that works.  yikes...
We went to Springfield, MO to celebrate Christmas with the Wamplers and Braschlers over New Year's weekend.    Here are a few pictures from our adventures.  :)  Caleb got spoiled rotten from his grandparents and great-grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles.  He loved it.

4 generations.


There are no words for this picture. 


Caleb got his very own Braschler Music Show t-shirt!!


Hanging out at Mamaw's with the Wampler side.



Mamaw the Great.  :)



Caleb with his Grandpa Braschler.


Caleb with his Grandma Braschler.


The Todd Braschler family. 


We played charades at the Braschler side get-together at Rick & Julie's.  This was Grandpa's turn.



Caleb with his Great Grandpa Braschler who got him his very own Radio Flyer Red Wagon!!  We can't wait for nice weather to go for a ride!


Caleb with his "Greats".


Brothers singing and playing.


My cute sister-in-law in her new gear!


Caleb with Mamaw the Great.


With his Uncle Jake.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Nick's Ordination

On Sunday, January 2nd, Nick had his ordination.  He is now an officially ordained minister.  We had such a special service at our church that made for a very special memory.  Nick's parents and brother and my parents came from Wichita and his brother and sister-in-law from Siloam, grandparents from Springfield and Branson, and his uncle from Harrison, AR, as well as many members from our church and one of his mentors from JBU. 
 
Nick's Grandpa Braschler read scripture, his brother, Tyler, and his dad led worship and his dad also gave a special message.  It was so neat to see the third generation of Braschler men being ordained into the ministry.  And what a blessing to have so many family members involved in and present at the service.  We love our family and church family so much and are very grateful to be where we are.  We celebrated with a wonderful reception afterwards with Grandma Braschler's famous punch recipe! 
 
I know it was a proud moment for me as a wife and for his family to watch Nick make that commitment to be ordained into the ministry.  Nick is so good at what he does and I just get so excited thinking about his future (and our future together as ministry partners - because it is a commitment for both of us) because that means he can only be challenged more and more and grow deeper and wider as a man of God, pastor, chaplain, and much more.  We don't take this commitment lightly and accept the responsibilty proudly, knowing that there will be really great times and some really bummer times.  But, all this is for God's glory, not ther of ours or anyone else's, and that's the greatest part. 
 
So, here's to a continued life-long journey in ministry!! 
 









 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Laundry

I don't think it's possible to have every single piece of laundry in the whole house done at the same time.  Even if you do 6 loads, there seems to always be at least one piece in the dirty laundry basket.  It's a never-ending cycle. Like dishes.  Just an observation. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Our 2 Month Old

Two Saturdays ago (2 days after Caleb turned 2 months old), our little man rolled over all by himself from his tummy to his back!!  I can't believe he did that already!  We've started putting him on his tummy more to build up those neck and arm muscles and he is just such a strong boy!  We absolutely cannot believe he is already 2 months old.  The other day I was rocking him and he was so alert and looking around and smiling and I just took the moment to soak in that memory, because I know it won't be long and he'll be walking around and talking.  We're trying to relish and enjoy every little moment with him, so time won't get away from us and we feel like we missed these little memories. 
2 month checkup stats:
24 1/2 inches long (already grown 2 1/2 inches! - in the 97th percentile for length)
10 lbs, 13 oz. (only the 25-50th percentile for weight) - we got him a bigger bottle to beef him up a little more  :)
He got his shots and was such a brave boy!  Just cried for awhile and then slept most of the day. 
He has now experienced his first snow ever - and I'm sure he jumped with joy just like his mom (I mean, literally - I was in the yard jumping around like a little child).  haha...it was a sight to say the least.  He got to watch the pretty snow falling from inside the warm house - I mean, he is only 2 months old.  Even if I am excited for him to be able to play in the snow with me.  :) 
Here are some pics of him on his tummy and at 2 months old.  I just love him!!!




This is Caleb's Christmas present from his Grandpa & Nana Braschler.  He's still getting used to the idea of it.  He's warmed up to it in the weeks since.  :) 


You can't have a happy baby in every picture, so I thought I better capture him crying.  He's still cute even when he's mad. 




Not sure why some of these pictures rotated themselves.  Just tilt your head to the side and it's basically the same effect.  haha.  And you'll look cool doing it too. 
More blog posts to come (that should have been written weeks ago...):
Nick's ordination
Braschler Christmas
Week of friend time
Bedspread choice
Goals for 2011
Hanging out with our youth students
Wow...I'm behind on things.  But for now, this will have to do.  Til next time...  :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Opinions appreciated!

I'm ready for a new bedspread for our bedroom.  We bought a king-sized bed for 5 bucks (seriously...and it's the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on), and at the time I just bought a cheapo clearance comforter set.  But now I'm ready for a change and am planning on using my Christmas money to get a new one!  I'm usually so picky about bedding, but now I've narrowed it down to two and cannot decide.  I keep flip-flopping back and forth. 

Here's where you come in.  Just to take a poll, which bedding do you like better?  I'm curious to know everyone's thoughts.  :)  Thank you!

Option 1:


Option 2: