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My Husband, the Pitcher?

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I hit the husband jackpot. Chad is 100% the best thing that has ever happened to me, and not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for blessing me with such an amazing husband. Just when I thought he couldn’t get any better, he went out and became a baseball player…kind of :)

For those of you who have known me for many years, you are well aware of my love of baseball and the weakness I have in my heart for baseball players (I blame it on the pants). Yes, I dated many a baseball player in my single days, but none of those worked out. Clearly, I sought the wrong type of athlete, as Chad was an awesome football player :) So my old school affection for baseball players bubbled to the surface again on Friday when Chad threw out the first pitch at the Arkansas Travelers game – the AA affiliate for the Angels.

Totally relaxed and ready for his Minor League debut :)

Sadly, I wasn’t able to get a photo or video of the pitch actually happening – it all happened so fast!! Obviously, it was because he threw a 100 mph fast ball and I was busy talking to local scouts and agents about the multi-million dollar deal he is soon going to sign :) But Tim (Fox 16’s weekend sports anchor, and the guy I will face in week 1 of Fantasy Football) got video of it happening and it aired during the 10 p.m. news :)

 
Tim also took a cute picture of us after the pitch – thanks, Tim!
 

Waiting for that contract deal to come through... :)

As great as baseball players are, I’ll take the life of a Weather Wife – you know how I feel about alliteration :)

Sharing Jesus = Awesome

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Hi friends! I thought I would share with you a really awesome story – okay, TWO really awesome (related) stories.

My awesome friends Jennifer and Aaron Unnasch from back home in Texas are two of the most amazing, Godly people you will ever meet. For real. They’ve been married for 10 years and have three of THE most adorable children on the whole planet, and God has blessed me so much by having them in my lives. What’s neat is they have sort of a “mirror image” of the sports world that Chad and I share – Aaron loves the Longhorns, and Jennifer is a die-hard Sooners fan (both I and Jesus have forgiven her for this sin). But seriously – I love these guys.

So, after Steven Furtick’s new book Sun Stand Still came out and Jennifer gave it rave reviews, I asked her if I could borrow it. Not only did she immediately say yes, but she went above and beyond and surprised me with a copy of my own! A note on the inside said she knew I’d want to share it with others, and boy was she right.

On the plane ride home from Seattle, I pulled out my copy of Sun Stand Still and was SUPER pumped about opening it for the first time. As you can see from this picture, the cover is really bright, and capable of attracting much attention:

Well, that’s exactly what it did! The guy sitting next to me saw the bright colors and said “What’s that you’re reading?” An alarm immediately went off in my head that said “This guy wants to hear about Christ.” So, I explained to him what the book was about, who Steven Furtick is, and why I was reading it. This prompted him to say “Oh really? I’m an Atheist.” At this time, the alarm in my head is SCREAMING “HE WANTS YOU TO TELL HIM ABOUT JESUS!” So I said to him, “Would you mind telling me why you believe the way you do, and would you mind if I shared why I believe what I do?” BAM – he was in!

After an hour-and-a-half-long conversation, we’d walked through the basic principles of Christianity and an abbreviated story of Jesus’ life. He was very engaged and had lots of questions, and I did my very best to answer them, praying the entire time that God would grant me the words He wanted me to say.

After all this, this stranger did not come to give his life to Christ – at least not on the plane right next to me. However, I hope to have planted a seed in his life that can someday blossom into full-on faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How amazing would that be?! I’d never know it until I got to heaven, but what a cherry on top of the best sundae in the world that would be!!

The very next day at work, I got a new next-cube-neighbor. He saw my missions trip calendar and we struck up a conversation about Jesus – he, too, is a Christian. We talked for a long while about serving the Lord, and I once again brought out the book that Jennifer and Aaron had bought me. I highly recommended it to him, and he said he’d love to read it once I’m finished – whoo hoo!

So after all that, I’m not sure if I’m better suited for a life of ministry or of book selling – but I’m leaning toward ministry :) Praise God for these great moments, and thanks again to my Woodlands Church friends for showing me so much love and kindness!

Your Favorite Volunteering Opps

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Friends, I would like your input, thoughts, feedback and suggestions for some community involvement. As what I would consider a responsible adult, I feel compelled and excited to spend my time giving back to the community through various service and social organizations. Because I’m new to Little Rock, I am also using this as an opportunity to meet new people and become connected to my new home – hopefully I won’t be spending my weekends alone while Chad’s at work in the near future.

That being said, I’ve been researching some volunteer/service opportunities and will be joining the following organizations:

1. Little Rock Junior League: I’m really excited about this one, as a few girlfriends and former coworkers are or have been involved in their respective Junior League chapters, and all have assured me that this is a worthwhile organization. For those of you who may not know, the Junior League is an organization dedicated to connecting, empowering and growing young (under 45) women. I’m excited to meet and learn from some of the area’s brightest women, but sadly the next membership consideration period doesn’t open until early 2011. Stay tuned!

2. Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South: As many of you know, I interned and volunteered with MAW in college and absolutely loved it. It is truly an honor and a blessing to give back to the children who have endured such hardship at such a young age. Cancer has affected many people in my family, so I understand the struggles these families are going through and absolutely love seeing these kids’ pure joy and excitement, even in the face of unimaginable circumstances.

3. Junior Achievement: I think role models are critical in the development of a child, and many underprivileged children aren’t as fortunate as I was to grow up with strong adult role models. Thus, I’ve volunteered to be a Junior Achievement classroom mentor, serving one hour a week teaching children critical social, personal, moral and business basics in their normal classrooms. I will travel to MLK Elementary School in downtown Little Rock, an economically underserved school, and hopefully become a positive influence and lasting impact on some of tomorrow’s leaders.

4. Church: Chad and I haven’t found a church home here in Little Rock just yet, but rest assured that as soon as we find the right place for us and become members, I will become involved. I’m hoping to host a small group in my home for young couples, but I will remain in prayer about what opportunities are best for me and those around me. Because communication is my passion, I hope to find an opportunity similar to that with Woodlands Church, where I helped with various writing and social media projects.

5. Little Rock Texas Exes: Sadly, this chapter is not yet up and running, but there is a contact listed online. I emailed her last week and she said she’s still working to get our chapter organized and solidified, but once all of that is complete I will definitely sign right up! We Longhorns have to stick together deep in the heart of Razorback country!

This all seems like a lot and I’m worried that I’ll overwhelm myself, but for right now I think it’s manageable. I mean, each opportunity is only a few hours a month, and it’s not like I have an active social life right now… Plus, I want to spend my time in a way that is productive, not just watching TV or something.

So what about you? What organizations are you involved in, and how are you liking them? Any recommendations or suggestions for me?