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Week of Hope

This week some of our youth group students and leaders are serving with Week of Hope in Cincinnati, OH. We would love your prayer for them.

Pray that God would make Himself known to each of the team members.
Pray that our team would reflect our God of hope in each of their assignments:

The Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati, CityCURE, a local homeless shelter, working with disabled children, and repairing a nature trail in the city.

Pray that God would rescue, heal, and restore the lives of those they meet.

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I Once… And Then

I once…

Sprinted after everything but God.
Abhorred every bit of who He made me to be.
Denied any trace of His existence in my life.
Left a wake of hurt in my footsteps.

And then.
And then He found me.

He beckoned.
Breathed significance.
Carved His own name upon me.
And erased all that was wrecking havoc in my life.
As the east is from the west.

I once was lost, but now am found.

I am found today
Living in freedom and joy and faith
Holding out hope that God can restore the most broken of lives
Treasured in His eyes
And Treasuring my One great Affection,
This Jesus.


The Wax of Irony

It is a rather unfortunate circumstance to find yourself in – realizing that your own mustache rivals your brother’s. We compared them while I was home and he had me edged out by an eighth of an inch. Drats. I bet you think I’m kidding or exaggerating in any event. Ask Danny. He really didn’t know what to say.

I tried to ignore the ghastly sight for weeks, if not months, by refusing to look closely in the mirror. For surely if I didn’t see the shadow then it didn’t exist. But it was like the vine in Jack and the Beanstalk. It kept growing and growing and growing…

Last night I bit the bullet and had the thing taken care of. It is the most excruciatingly painful thing to have a stache ripped off your face with hot wax, but it was necessary. I have a feeling Paul didn’t envision his bride with a beard when he said, “I do.”

While I was at it, I said adieu to the uni brow as well. Swollen face aside, it was for the best.

The brutal procedure was performed at a local beauty salon. The kind where you wait in the lobby reading about celebrity whatnot until your hairdresser comes to get you.

So I’m sitting there and I hear, “Kristin” and I lift my head up to greet whomever. And in one glance, my heart sinks. The poor sweetheart of a lady – for she really was a doll – was in fact, the hairiest woman that I have ever seen. She had so much facial hair, I can’t even begin to describe it.

This made the whole ordeal even more awkward than normal. Though she did her thing – ripping with delight and glee I’m sure – I reclined in the chair, with tear filled eyes, feeling very uneasy about the irony of it all. I didn’t know what to think.


Top Ten Plus Things I Adore About Rhode Island

10. Del’s Lemonade is wicked good.
9. Add to that clamcakes, lobsta, scrod, littlenecks, bay scallops, chowda, and the like.
8. How everything is 10 minutes away.
7. Incredible, beautiful diversity.
6. The cliffwalk, 2nd beach, and Bretton Point State Park
* How God’s creation trumps the most gorgeous of all mansions
* Diving into huge crashing surf, sand between my toes, and a blazing sun
* Flying kites in vast open fields and climbing on an endless rocky coast
5. Crazy fanatical diehard sitting on every pitch Sox fans.
4. Breathing in ocean air – fishy, salty, and to all those non-natives – repulsive.
3. Ordering a regula at Dunkin D’s. One word says a small, hot coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars. The freshest cup you’ll find anywhere.
2. I married the most amazing guy ever there.
1. A rich heritage, deep roots, and a small family who means the world to me.

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Yummy Summer Marinades for the Grill

These are the best marinades ever – well, I can only say that about the chicken, but Paul is a big fan of the steak. We are grilling tonight. Mmmm…. Can’t wait:) Enjoy!

Chicken Marinade:

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs minced onion

Steak Marinade:

1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper