|Little touches to the kitchen|
|The rose wreath I made from antique book pages-a 16 hour affair! This entire wall is a Goodwill/Ross project-costing me $40 which warms my thrifty soul!|
|Our dining room with sewing projects in motion...and this beautiful sign a friend made me.|
|And something to brighten the front door! (again, a thrift store finds/Target ornaments project)|
|Admiring the Grand Canyon...between restroom stops. :)|
|Such a beautiful array of colors-this is the South Rim of the canyon.|
At the end of November we had leave to travel the 5 hours to El Paso TX and spend Thanksgiving with my friend Whitney and her husband Frank! So much fun squeezed into half a weekend's time! It was like a piece of home-being able to sit and talk with a dear friend who knows your family, your family's names, where they are in life and not having to explain, as you do to all new friends,"Well, my sister...and this is my little sister...yes, she is .....and her husband..." I never realized how exhausting it can be to tell one's life history over each year to new friends in new places! Anyways, we had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, some heart to heart catching up (the girls, that is ;)) and the next evening we visited Cattleman's, a bonafide ranch/steakhouse where your meat is running on the hoof only hours before they serve it to you! Lou ate there as a student in 2005 when he was training at Fort Bliss and he even told me about it during our dating months....it made that kind of an impression on my meat loving husband! How fun to get a chance to visit...and yes, the steak was AMAZING! So was their cole slaw with pineapple...sounds weird but I loved it!
|Views are lovely here, I took this from our kitchen door this morning!|
Speaking of Baby-we have a name. :) She is Anjuli Lisette Crist. Anjuli is a name I fell in love with after reading "The Far Pavilions" by MM Kaye while I was in Pakistan. I broached it with Lou, a little worried he might find it too "strange" but he likes it as well, so we have a win-win! :) It means "gift of God" and that's definitely true! Her middle name, Lisette, is a diminutive of my friend/sister in law Betsy's name, Elizabeth. Betsy and I have been friends since before college as nursing students and I wanted our girl to have something of her name. :)
|25 weeks today!|
|And to compare....the 20 weeks photo I never managed to post. :)|
|Little hand is balled into a fist, but most of the ultrasound she was moving, mouth open and all limbs in motion!|
|Lou hasn't let his lack of a garage hold him back, although he dreams of the day when it will again be a reality! For now, his tools are covered and tarped down each night when he's finished.|
|But in his spare time between classes/work he builds projects like this little family photo shelf for me. :) Yes, I have a treasure of a husband! Now its my job to get these photos updated and matted- 1 down and at least 5 to go!|
Although we are a 4-5 day trip by car from friends and family on the East Coast, we have made friends here on post and even in our little neighborhood, which has several other soldiers going through the same course Lou is taking. The Lord provides wherever we go, and although I miss my KY, VA and NJ "peoples" dearly, I'm thankful for the new opportunities these friendships create! My new friends Emily and Rebekah join me for walks, exercise, and sharing in re-purposing/cooking projects, as well as just spending time with their little ones, Nate, Levi and Lexi.
|Lou and little neighbor Nate setting up the lights on our tree. :)|
|Nate was fascinated, he calls it the "Santa Tree" and painstakingly hung the ornaments- 3-4 to a branch. :)|
The hardest adjustment so far in AZ has been in finding a church home. We had such a good church family in our last three states that its disheartening at times to worship on Sunday and come home feeling as though we still need "church". We've spent some Sunday afternoons watching RC Sproul's online teaching series and that helps but its not a substitute for gospel preaching and friendly kind people! We've tried several different churches and the on post chapel, and are now attending a church in Sierra Vista but we frequently get the "How long are you guys here?" followed by "nice knowing you" end to the conversation once they hear we're in the area for the next 7 months or so. I never took it for granted in Kentucky or Georgia, but now I value it even more that our church family never made us feel as though we weren't worth their time getting to know...since we would only be there for a short while. I LOVED that about them! Oh dear, this sounds terribly "me me me" and I don't mean for it to, could be a combination of missing friends and pregnancy hormones but it isn't always sunshine and singing in this Army adventure so tonight you're getting that side of it. :) Anyways, we'd appreciate prayers about that.
Well, dinner is finishing, as is Lou's Company of Heroes game with his brother Jesse so I will see you faithful blog readers later! Possibly before January....but don't be shocked if not. :) Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas remembering God's greatest gift, the giving of his Son! "God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame", a favorite Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote of mine.