Monday, March 23, 2009

It's about time we updated!

Hello Everyone! Sorry it has been so long...
Here are the past 2 months in a nut between our weeks of teaching we have gotten to do some fun things on the weekends! In late Jan. we went to a friend's ranch with 3 other married couples to spend the weekend. We had a blast cooking out, relaxing, shooting guns and going on hikes! In February, I (Hannah) was in a wedding in Dallas and the following weekend Drew was asked to speak at Boerne Disciple Now. He did a fantastic job talking to kids about relationships. In March, we found out that Drew was accepted to the four year program in Temple so I got on the job search! I was surprised at a very quickly approaching job fair in Belton and worked to apply and get my resumes ready. The job fair was a good start, although I felt a little lost in the crowd. I will go to another one in April for the Temple area. Please keep that in your prayers!  
We returned on Saturday night from the job fair and Drew left early Sunday morning to go on a camping trip to Big Bend with 12 FBBA boys. His high school has a tradition that the week before Spring Break is set a part for mission trips, internships, college visits, and fun trips! He was asked to be faculty sponsor. He really enjoyed his time and the chance to get to know those guys in a different setting other than the classroom. He was gone all week for that and I was teaching so I asked Mom to come up for a few days and be a special visitor in Mrs. Benac's 3rd grade class! The kids loved her as she read them a story and brought cookies! We were also able to go to a  movie, she went to Bible Study with me and we went on many walks. I loved it and didn't have to brave all 5 nights by myself! Drew came back Friday, we had a few days of rest and then left for Knoxville, TN to visit some high school friends we have kept in touch with. They moved up there this past summer and we loved seeing their life there! We went backpacking in the Smokies for 3 days and it was beautiful! We went up to the Appalachian Trail and back down with great weather except one rainy night. Spring was just starting to come out in Knoxville so we saw a few things blooming. The only downside was that the boys couldn't see the first day of March Madness! There were attempts of texting to get results on the mountain! We got back down and watched a lot of basketball and saw the town in between. It was a wonderful and refreshing break! We are now getting back into school and in our last nine weeks! We are looking forward to running the Capital 10K with family in Austin this weekend, visits from family over the next couples months, and going to Santa Barbara for Bek's graduation! We are thankful for all of you, for your love, support and prayers. 
Psalm 16:7-8 "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me, even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." (Pray our hearts will be open to the Lord's instruction and He will always be set above all else as we seek to walk in His ways) Here are some pictures from our journeys.

Here we are at the ranch with our Sugar Land friends Josh and Elizabeth

Big Bend with the FBBA boys

Us with Brad and Heather about to hit the trial

The Appalachian Trial Shelter, or "AT shelter" if you're a local, where we spent our second night.  Notice the chain link fence to keep out the bears! AHHH - no sightings though

The beautiful smokies - so properly named!