the decision and my someday famous sister

the decision and my someday famous sister

well, the decision has been made. and i’m aching to announce it here… BUT, we just dropped the last stack of newsletters in the mail, and i don’t want to ruin the surprise. it’s way better to open a piece of mail than to read a blog, so i’ll wait a couple of days before posting on here where we’ve decided to go. i’ll give you a hint. it is one of the three countries we visited. ha! :)

on another completely random note, i’ve been teaching in a seventh grade math class for several weeks now. the kids are lots of fun, and i really enjoy math, so it’s a good combo! :) on friday a bunch of the girls were talking about going to see the new “prom night” movie, and i mentioned that i thought my sister might be in that one… they all totally freaked out. i tried to explain that annelise is working as an extra, but that she’s not really famous or anything (yet! :)), but they didn’t exactly hear me. i had several requests for autographs, one request for her phone number, one wanted to know if she is friends with brittany snow (?), and one declared, “oh my gosh, i’m totally her biggest fan!” it was pretty funny! then last night, i got a text message from one of the girls: i’m watching the movie right now, what was your sister wearing???

so, here’s an ode to my sister who i love… who promised to buy me a house when she gets famous (just a little reminder for all the world to see, anna! :))

she’s the bored looking one in pink

on cold case with goofy 80’s hair

waiting in line for coffee on how i met your mother

and just a cute one of us… yeah, we look nothing alike…

posted by: nicolette

i missed april fools

i missed april fools

i had so many fun april fools ideas yesterday… i though posting an ultrasound picture on here would have been really funny… but all the jokes i could think of (especially those involving babies!) would have made too many people so excited (mom), that i felt bad about dashing dreams. ha ha. so, no april fools jokes for me. ah well, next year. :)

i’ve been teaching seventh grade math since we got back from the mid east. the kids had all sorts of stories yesterday of jokes they played. for example: “i told becky her shoe was untied and she looked down! she’s wearing flip flops! april fools!!!” ha ha, so clever!

then one girl told me that yesterday morning she told her dad she was pregnant… she’s all of 12 years old, and i guess her dad believed her because he yelled at her for a long time. i asked what his reaction was when she said “april fools” but she never told him! poor guy, he probably spent all day yesterday sitting useless at work wondering how his baby girl could have gotten into such a predicament! she wins for best joke ever… i don’t think i’d have the guts to pull it off! :)

on the decision making front… we’re almost there. update coming soon to a mailbox (or inbox!) near you!!!! :)

posted by: nicolette

back home and the decision is…

back home and the decision is…

…still in progress! :)

our time with the custers in snowy austria was so valuable. we spent hours talking through the options, the issues, and the decision making process. though we had really hoped to have the decision made by the time we stepped off the plane last night, we just aren’t ready. it seems like one minute we are leaning in one direction, but then after some discussion, we find ourselves leaning the other way! :) so, we are going to take another week (or however long it takes!) to continue praying… please pray with us for wisdom, clarity, and confidence in our decision! a definite plus is that really, we don’t feel like there is a “wrong” or a “bad” choice, and unlike the olden days :) there is so much mobility within ministry these days, that though our plan is to serve “forever until furthur notice,” we recognize that the step we take next is not necessarily the last step we’ll ever take in a new direction… which definitely is a helpful reminder as we process our decision.

one of the things we were especially looking for was a good team from whom we could learn, and we will definitely not be lacking in that area! we had such a great time with each of the teams that we met… it seems like we connected with each of them and would really enjoy partnering with any of the teams… that’s a huge praise!

so, today we both have the day off of work, so we’re sitting outside a little coffee shop catchin up on internet stuff, enjoying the sunny 80 degree weather… a huge difference from yesterday!!! :)

caleb on a snowy walk through spittal, austria

we have lots of fun little stories about ministry opportunities, crazy cultural experiences, and great people… but i think i’m still in process mode, so i’ll save them for caleb to tell (haha).

To see more pictures from our trip, click here!

posted by: nicolette

the big decision from a snowy alpine town…

the big decision from a snowy alpine town…

well, our survey trip is technically over, but we’ve got a couple of days with our international director in a little town in the southern austrian alps to process all we’ve seen over the past two weeks and to get another set of eyes to help us work through the decision of where we’ll be heading next.

i think as we planned and started off on this trip, i was expecting a kind of “aha” moment at some point, where God’s will was plainly evident, and our next step was very clear. that hasn’t happened. all three countries we visited have some really neat opportunities, and i think in general i can see us living and serving in any of them. but, each context also has a very unique set of difficulties and challenges… from seemingly imminent war to political pressure to secret police to talking in code… definitely things that just aren’t a part of life for us in chandler, arizona!

so, thanks to those of you who have been praying for us on this journey… please don’t stop now! :)
please pray for wisdom and guidance and agreement as we talk through our options. thanks a bunch!

posted by: nicolette