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thought it would never happen…

so, nick and i have been on the look out for a church to plug into since we moved here about a month ago. we knew this would be no easy task. we both experience god in different ways so we knew god was going to have to lead to a church that we could both agree on. after visiting 3 great churches, we still didn’t feel strongly that we were supposed to get involved more fully in any of those. which leads us to last sunday morning….

we walked into princeton alliance church not really knowing what to expect, but open to whatever way god might be leading. it was a vision sunday so the pastor talked about what direction the church was desiring to go in the next year. what was cool though was that he book-ended his message by talking about the greatness of god. yes, the church does have plans, but he emphasized clearly that it wasn’t about what they do, it was about the being connected with the living god. SO, what nailed the deal for us was when they talked about some of the different ministry’s the church offers. they have community groups which meet once a week to go deeper into what the pastor talks about each sunday. they also offer a ton of men’s ministry stuff which nick was def interested in. the youth group is awesome! and i’m going to start volunteering next week with the middle schoolers. and then the coolest thing was what they called the marriage mentor ministry. they train a couple who has been married for a while, to lead and guide couples that are just starting out. nick and i both felt so excited to have a system set up where we can be mentored by another couple. SO, we are just really excited. we are looking forward to the ways we will be able to connect and serve at this church and lord-willing it will be our church community for the next three years!

on another note: this is NOT a college football blog contrary to all the previous posts 🙂 although i can say that college football will be mentioned quite frequently until december. for example, i think it should be noted that fsu won on saturday AND uf and miami both lost. i am not gonna lie, i was stoked. 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in sarah's thoughts

 

We lost to Navy

So, Wake Forest lost to Navy.  6 turnovers.  I’m glad it wasn’t on TV here. It probably would have been even more frustrating.  I mean, I wasn’t expecting a perfect season, but this certainly wasn’t where I thought we’d get our first loss.  And speaking of football, we lost our first intramural flag football game today.  We’re a little rusty, but have a lot of potential.  Just give us a few practices.  But on the bright side, Duke blew out Virginia, which makes Duke 3-1 on the season.  I think my dad’s eternal optimism about Duke football is finally propelling the Blue Devils to victory.

On an academic note, my classes are going well.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just plugging along.  I turned in my first paper yesterday in theology (evaluating Emil Brunner and Karl Barth’s opposing views of natural theology, if anyone cares), and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’m a little nervous about getting the grade back.

Sorry I don’t have anything more exciting to write about, but such is life. Hope everybody out there is doing well!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2008 in nick's thoughts

 

the big city.

oook. so last friday we went on our first big excursion! nj transit has free train week for all students one week a semester, so we knew we had to take advantage of it! we went with dan and leslie who live in the seminary housing as well. we’ve gotten to know them over the past week and have loved spending time with them! 

 

leslie, me, dan, nick

leslie, me, dan, nick

 

as you can see, we had tight quarters on the way in… but we enjoyed the train ride over friday afternoon. once we got there we checked out times square then headed uptown to the metropolitan museum of art. it was awesome to see these pieces of art that were done centuries ago. one of my favorite parts about being in museums is thinking about the artist sitting there painting his or her subject…. and i wonder if they ever imagined what they were painting would be in some fancy museum someday and worth thousands of dollars. its just kinda crazy to think about. here are a few things i had fun looking at…

 

spent about 20 min in front of this one... i love van gogh.

spent about 20 min in front of this one... i love van gogh.

jackson pollock craziness.

jackson pollock craziness.

 

modern art. so intriguing.

modern art. so intriguing.

new friends. fun times.

new friends. fun times.

we had so much fun, and i still can’t believe we were able to do it for free! 

the rest of the weekend has been good. we went to a church in pennsylvania this morning. kind of surreal how all of these states are so close together. but it was awesome. we’re still praying about where we’ll end up, but its been good to get to check out different places. tonight we are gonna go to a cookout with our apartment complex and the one across the way so yay for meeting more people!

we are learning alot, to say the least… we kind of have been joking about the fact that we are going through MANY of the major transitions in life all at one time. moving, getting married, new job, going back to school… its overwhelming in a lot of ways but we are trying to keep our trust in the lord because that is one thing that won’t change. he has sustained us before we stepped into these changes, and will continue to sustain us as we walk forward. we love and miss yall!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2008 in sarah's thoughts

 

7 turnovers.

 

i feel ya jimbo...

i feel ya jimbo...

 

im just writing this entry to get it out of the way. after 7 turnovers and like 1384 penalty yards wake has beaten fsu 12-3. probably the ugliest game ive ever seen. but at the end of the day life is about more than football (shocking, i know.). we did watch (half of) the game together, so i guess that is good thing. haha. 

in other news- we took a sweet adventure to new york city last night with our new friends dan and leslie. we’ll post some fotos tomorrow. wake fans, congrats. fsu fans, maybe next year?

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2008 in sarah's thoughts

 

babies everywhere.

well, i have begun work and all i can say is i’ve never been around so many babies in my life! ha, between living in married housing and working with babies (ages 6 mo. to 5 yrs) during the days it is kind of overwhelming! but it really has been good. i am liking my job but am having to get used to working on my feet all day again. lets just say after my first day of work, i went to sleep at 9:30pm… i was tuckered out! 

in other news, fsu football is 2-0, ranked #24, and there is only a 4 point spread for the game on saturday. we are now trying to figure out where we’ll each be watching the games since we agreed we shouldn’t watch it together. (i know, pathetic, but we’re trying to protect our marriage 🙂 we’ve gotten to spend more time with neighbors and will actually be heading to nyc tomorrow afternoon with our new friends dan and leslie! so in a couple days you’ll get an excited entry with pics and stories from the city but at least wanted to give an update. nick has begun classes and already has a lot of reading but is loving it. he can update more about that later… i guess the last thing to say is that we really are enjoying new jersey. i know the snow hasn’t hit and we’ve only been here two weeks, but it really is a nice place to live! thanks for your prayers and comments, we love them! hope yall are good, and go noles! 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2008 in sarah's thoughts

 

Weekend Happenings

Well, Sarah pretty much summed up our trip up here to Princeton.  We’re all settled and moved, but still have some little things to get done.  The New Jersey DMV, or whatever it’s called here, will probably occupy a significant portion of our upcoming free time.

As Sarah mentioned, this is our last weekend of freedom.  I won’t speak for Sarah, but I’m excited about getting back to school and into some semblance of a routine.  That feeling may subside when I have to write my first paper, but for now, I’m looking forward to it.  My class schedule was mostly prescribed by the seminary, but I think the classes will be interesting; systematic theology, intro old testament, greek, and speech communication.

So back to the last weekend of freedom.  Last night we went to a Seminary newlywed gathering and hung out with some new friends.  This morning, Sarah went on a tour of Princeton University with a new friend from our apartment building, and I used the time to explore some running/biking paths near our apartment.  Other than that, football is on our schedule, even though Wake has an off week, and FSU isn’t on TV here.  But congrats to the Duke football team, which moved to 2-1 today, matching their win total for the last 10 years or so (ok, maybe not quite that many years).

Rating of the day:  Sarah gets a 9.5 on her barber shop skills.  In an effort to save money, Sarah cut my hair today, and it actually came out pretty well.  We’ll probably have to trim here and there for a few days as we find random hairs sticking out, but overall, very well done for the first try.  It had actually gotten so long, that it’s now significantly shorter than it was, although it’s still fairly long by my standards.

Post-Haircut

Oh, and Justin, I’m not sure who you owe 10 pesos, but pay up.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in nick's thoughts

 

this was nick’s idea :)

so… somewhere between the honeymoon and one of our drives somewhere, nick said to me, why don’t we do a blog?! i was surprised and probably wasn’t totally on board, but he promised he would add to it too so here we go 🙂

 

we are officially in princeton, nj. we moved in last wednesday and have been getting settled ever since. getting here was an adventure in and of itself. we began in orlando and packed up a 24 foot rental van with some of my stuff, a couch, and our bedroom suite. we then headed to winston and because of a malfunction with the gages ran out of gas on I-95. apparently it takes super powers to restart a deisel engine, so after 4 hours and some sonny’s bar-b-que, we got back on the road. it ended up being a 17 hour trip but we finally made it! we packed up the rest of our stuff in winston with the help nick’s wonderful family, enjoyed some yummy italian food, and then had a smooth 12 hour trip to princeton the next day. thanks to my parents, somebody off craigslist and some kind guys in married student housing, we unpacked the truck in a few hours! since then, we’ve been unpacking, figuring out new jersey driving, and meeting our neighbors…

the awesome hand-me-down couch from my parents..

thank you ikea...

thank you ikea...

nick has been in orientation stuff most of yesterday and today, and will being classes on monday! i did get a job and will be working at My Gym (my-gym.com) starting tuesday…. so life is beginning for us. tonight we’ll be going to a gathering for newlyweds so that should be interesting! but it will be a great chance to meet alot of people in the same situation as us. i’ll let nick add his thoughts later but we would love to stay connected to anyone and everyone that may stumble across this little thing! until next time…

a side note: nick thought of the catchy title- the nielsen ratings… and we had talked about rating things… our days, music, whatever really. i’ll start it off by giving FSU football a rating of 69, for the 69 points they threw down against western carolina. with a new QB, and a couple new recievers, i’m stoked about the season! (although we do hope our marriage survives the fsu-wake game in a week and a half…. go noles!)

 

bobby!!!

bobby!!!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2008 in sarah's thoughts