A Magnificent Obsession

I found this last night while we were cleaning up/rearranging the upstairs

I wrote these lines from a Steven Curtis Chapman song out on a 3×5 card my junior year in college. The semester I spent in Philadelphia attending Temple with 50 other Messiah students. The semester before I got seriously ill and almost died.

I still remember that this was genuinely my prayer that semester. I wanted God to take away the things that kept me from relying on Him. And he did. It still rattles me to my core that what seemed to come of this heartfelt prayer was so much pain and suffering. But it is comforting to remember that when everything (seriously, everything) was stripped away, God was enough to sustain me.

My mom found this when she was going through my stuff that had been sent home from my college dorm room and brought it to the hospital and hung it on the wall of my room. I’ve kept it all these years (sometimes I have it in a place that I can see it every day, but then I’ll lose track of it only to find it again later) because it reminds me that Jesus is and always will be enough. My magnificent obsession.


Aaaaaand We’re Back (Hopefully!)

I want to try to blog more this year. I let it drop–um, mid-Europe update, no less–because I felt like our life just wasn’t very interesting. It seems like everyone has a blog these days, and most people seem to live significantly more exciting lives than we do. Sometimes I sit down to write and feel like I have absolutely no content.

Then I got some good advice from a wise friend that one of the best things about keeping a log of things is to be able to go back and see what you were doing, how much you’ve grown, etc. This year I’m going to try harder to record what happens in our every day lives. So, here’s to a new year, new beginnings, and having it all down on paper the interwebs to look back on!



Newlywed Weekend

This weekend we went to PA to spend time with my sister Bonnie and her husband Mark. They got married 3 months before we did and this was our first time spending time together as married couples. It was a lot of fun! The only downside was that it was such a quick trip and I felt like we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with M & B.

This was also our first road trip as a married couple.

Even though Corey looks pretty somber here, we really were looking forward to the time together in the car. I think I made Corey talk more than he’s ever talked in one weekend. He’s probably exhausted today. Sorry about that, husband! It’s just that I rarely have you trapped in one place with me for 7 hours.

Here are some more pictures from our adventures this weekend

Picnic at the Yellow Breeches at Messiah College. It was so fun to be there with Corey! So many great memories of my four years there.


After our picnic we went to Hershey’s Chocolate World to see how chocolate is made! This was Bonnie and Mark’s fifth time at Chocolate World (see the “5” in their picture?), and Mark is still fascinated with all the “real” chocolate.

We also got some AMAZING chocolate at the end–because what’s a trip to Hershey if you don’t get some chocolate out of the deal–and a gift to take home for Jon and Jess who were so sweet to walk Sammy while we were away.

We also spent a lot of time playing with Spencer, Bonnie and Mark’s cute little kitten, and eating delicious meals Bonnie made for us.

Thanks for such a great weekend, Watsons! We enjoyed every minute and can’t wait to do it again!