Sunday, June 21, 2009

My life now... as I know it

Two weeks down and seven to go!!!


Josh and I have been at SIL-UND for two weeks now, and we're loving it! We're in separate classes during the day, but we're managing to find some time together at meals and doing homework which is pretty much all we do. We eat breakfast and head to class at 8am. Then we meet up for chapel (which is always good!) at 11am and then lunch until 1pm or so. Then when he heads back to class, I either work on homework, nap, or go swimming with kids. My work assignment is swimming for a couple hours three times a week. I know, it's rough. Josh gets to do some nerdy computer stuff for his. Yes, we both LOVE our assignments. Then we meet up again around 4pm and do homework, eat supper, do homework, and do more homework! This lasts until about midnight and then we head to our rooms on separate floors of the same dorm. Sleep is wonderful. Then we're back at it again at around 6 or 6:30am to study and read our Bible together before breakfast. We spend a lot of time together, but we are finding that we have to be intentional about making time to actually talk! We're having so much fun though and we do take time for fun outside of our fun school work. :) We're on the same volleyball team! We have also escaped on walks a few times, once in pouring rain.


I'm taking the Literacy Megacourse and loving it! There is a TON of reading so that keeps me (a slow reader) very busy. I feel like what I'm learning is going to be soooo applicable to whatever I decide to do in life. :) Here are just some titles of articles and chapters that I'm reading this week:

The Nature of Learning (Words or Otherwise)
Development Theories
Information Processing Theories
Results Based Management
The World of Digital Storytelling
The New WWW: Whatever, Whenever, Wherever
Basketballs for Bows and Arrows


I know that many of you are still praying for me. This transition has been difficult, but the Lord has been so gracious! I'm learning so much, and I am filled with joy each day as I'm reminded of His leading! Thank you so much for your prayers. Please keep praying for me and Josh as we seek the Lord together and separately. We are trying to follow him and to discern what He has for the our next step(s). I'm sad that I'm not with the Yala people in Nigeria and that they are still waiting for workers to come and help them with Bible translation. BUT, I'm praising the Lord that He is sovereign and all-knowing. I'm so happy that He's called me to continue training and learning from and ministering to those around me NOW. Magnify the Lord with me and be outrageously blessed, dear friends!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Move and "Goodbye"

I moved! Last week, my parents left for Salinas, CA where my Dad is doing a 11 month internship for seminary. Life is pretty crazy and unpredictable for me right now. I was "supposed to be" in Nigeria, but the Lord changed that. I'm now unemployed, living with my cousins just east of St. Paul, and getting ready to move to ND for 2 months for SIL!

It was a lot of work, but we had a great time my parents into a moving truck :) and me to the Dahl house. This is a couch that was given to Josh and me! We found that it fit 5 comfortably. Kristine, Jeremy, and John were happy to help us out with relaxing during the move. :)

I am so happy that my family loves Josh and that he loves them! They have WAY too much fun!!! Here, Josh and Kristine (my sister of another mother) are pretending to surf on the trailer. Weirdos.

I had a wonderful two and a half years with my parents and brother! I am excited to see what the Lord has in store, but I will miss this beautiful apartment, the swing, and the view of Medicine Lake!

It was hard to say goodbye to them. I am going to miss them so much! I am so excited for them and the opportunity to serve at St. Ansgar's in Salinas! Bless you, dear family.

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