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Holiday Wrap-Up

5 Jan

I thought I’d give you an update about my holiday!  I know it’s a little late, but…better late than never?  Right??

Matthew and I flew down to TX the Wednesday before Christmas, and – believe it or not – it was colder in TX than it was in Seattle when we left!  I definitely didn’t anticipate that, which meant I didn’t really pack for that kind of weather…and neither did Matthew.  Fortunately we made it through okay.

We had such a great time down there.  It was a very packed week, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  We made (almost disastrously) and decorated Christmas cookies, ate more food than you can imagine, went to the weirdest Christmas Eve service ever, and so much more.

Christmas day we went down to my Gran & Papa’s house in New Braunfels to spend the holiday with the whole family (minus a few, unfortunately).  Matthew got to meet everybody there, which was fun, and we all enjoyed our annual White Elephant gift exchange.  I personally think I ended up with the best gift out of everyone, especially considering most of the gifts are gag gifts.  I got a whole bunch of red satin ball ornaments that were my great-grandmother’s.  What a precious heirloom!  I can’t wait to hang them on my own tree someday.

Two days after Christmas, Matthew and I spent the day together shopping (thanks to the ‘rent and grand’rents who gave us gift cards) and enjoying ourselves at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.  And when I say Texas Ranger, I’m not talking about the baseball team, people.  I’m talking about THE Texas Rangers…as in the Chuck Norris kind of Texas Ranger.  My favorite exhibit was the one for Bonnie & Clyde.  As it turns out, one of the people in their gang killed a man in my hometown – CRAZY.  (And, not coincidentally, I watched the 1967 version of “Bonnie and Clyde” a few days ago for further “study” on the duo and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.)  And while we were shopping, Matthew got himself a pair of legit cowboy boots – one of his goals for the trip.  I can now say I’m dating a cowboy.

The rest of our trip in TX was spent chilling with the family, which was nice after the hectic-ness of Christmas.  (As an aside: I think, as I get older, Christmas seems to rush by so much faster than it did when I was a kid.  It’s a little saddening.)  I so enjoyed seeing my family, extended family included.  Matthew seemed to really enjoy his time, too, which was an added bonus.

We had Christmas with Matthew’s family the day after we got back to WA, which is always fun with all the kiddos.  And for New Year’s Eve we didn’t really do much, but it was fun nonetheless.  We made pigs in a blanket, and Matthew made a delicious roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots as a “last meal,” so to speak, of the year.  He’s a goober (but I love him).

When I think back on 2010 I have a wave of mixed emotions.  This last year was definitely an interesting one.  As a whole, it seems like it was a pretty dark year for me.  I went through unemployment, a huge fight with Matthew, a demotion, and the ending of more than one friendship (for more than one reason).

On the other hand, though, I can’t help but see just how blessed I am – if for nothing else – for how the Lord has turned every one of those bad situations into a good one.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to see so many bad circumstances (in my life, at least) come full circle into great circumstances.  I’m just so blessed.  🙂

I guess I’ll wrap it up with some pics from the holidays – click on any of them to make them larger.  Enjoy!

On a Jet Plane

Matthew caught this out of the plane window: the tip of a mountain peeking out through the clouds

The "Welcome Home" sign Kristen made for me & Matthew.

O Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas!

My Dad wearing the hat/beard combo I made him

Lunch with high school friends (Photo taken by Nathan MacDonald)

Matthew being a Cowboy at the museum

Me being a Cowgirl at the museum

The A-M-A-Z-I-N-G picture Matthew snapped at the museum

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "Before"

The New Year's Eve Chicken: "After"

That’s all folks!

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Recent Developments

3 Mar

It’s been a while since my last post.  Sorry about that.  Not much has gone on worth blogging about until recently.

For a late Valentines date, Matthew and I went to the Space Needle restaurant, Sky City, for dinner last week.  We had such a good time, especially since Matthew had never been to the needle before that night.  It was a first for me, too, because I’d never been after the sun was down.  It was incredible to see Seattle from such a high point at night.  The only downer was that it was raining, but  no surprise there.  Here’s a pic from our date:

I have officially applied for grad school.  And I have – almost officially – decided to go to seminary.  I know what you’re thinking, “Could you be more indecisive, Kendall?!”  And, to be honest, that’s how I feel.  But here’s what I know: I want, and feel called, to do ministry.  And if given the option of grad school or seminary, I really want to go to seminary (Fuller Theoglogical Seminary, to be precise), and I’ve even been accepted already.  Grad school is the “smart” choice practically, but those of you who are in ministry can relate to the fact that ministry is never practical.

So in light of the fact that I want to go to seminary and will have to take out loans (*gasp*) to go, I’ve been looking for scholarships and grants to kind of whittle away at the size of the loans.  One I have applied for is a seminary scholarship that I found through Logos Bible Software‘s Twitter account.  It was so simple, too.  All I had to do was watch a short video clip and fill out some personal info.  I wish they were all that easy.

Lastly, I’ve had several people ask about where I live, especially the fact that you can see my place from Highway 16.  So I took a picture the other day to give you an idea of where to look as you’re crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Be sure to wave as you go by!

Holiday Fun

30 Dec

Merry -late- Christmas and Happy -early- New Year!  I hope you have all been blessed richly this holiday season.  I have been fortunate enough to spend the holidays with my family in Texas.  Christmas was great, and I’m looking forward to the beginning of a new year.  Here are some pics from Christmas…

I was supposed to be home in Seattle Monday night, but I’m still here in Texas.  Because I’m flying standby, I’m not guaranteed a seat.  And Monday was a bad day to fly standby.  The next available flight is New Year’s Eve, and I’m hoping I can make one of the two flights that day.  Otherwise I don’t know when I’ll be back in Seattle.  In the meantime, my luggage is in Seattle.  That’s right.  My toothbrush, retainer, cell phone charger, clothes, and almost everything else is waiting for me to follow it to Seattle.  It’s frustrating, but oh well.

Although I wish I was already in Seattle, it’s nice to get extra time with my family.  The dad of one of my good friends from high school died on Sunday.  And because I am here for an extended stay, I will be able to go to the funeral and offer up some love and sympathy.  I’m grateful that I have that opportunity.  Please pray for her and her family through this difficult time.

Hopefully next time I write I’ll be in Seattle.  Happy New Year!

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