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school and basketball

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d post a few more random things we’ve been doing lately.  First, we won another intramural basketball game last night, taking our record to 3-0.  It’s been really fun so far, but unfortunately the season is really short and our last regular season game is this tuesday.  But….intramural ultimate frisbee starts this saturday.

Class is going well.  It’s certainly keeping me busy.  I read Twilight this week for my fantasy literature class, and had to do a write up of some the more significant Biblical allusions.  Greek continues to get harder and more complicated, but we’re almost finished with the grammar basics, which means after spring break, we’ll be working exclusively out of the Greek New Testament, which I’m excited for.  It’s always more motivating to work through NT passages than some made up sentences in a textbook.  My New Testament class is going well.  We’re finishing up the Gospels this week in class and I have paper due on John 9 next week.  Tomorrow in precept we’re discussing Luke 14:15-24, which the the parable of the great banquet.  I’m interested to talk about verse 23, when the master tells his servants to go out into the streets and ‘force’ or ‘compel’ the people to come in to the banquet.  This verse has often been used as the rationale for forced conversions to Christianity and I’m interested to see what perspective our discussion offers.  I’d encourage you to take a look and see what you think.  If the parable is about the kingdom of heaven, what does this verse  mean by ‘force’ or ‘compel’?

Hope everyone out there is doing well!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in nick's thoughts

 

vday, nyc, and sleeeeeep.

hi friends. well, its been a while since an update so here we go…

-valentine’s day: of the dia del amor. i had to work in the morning but was able to leave nick something to wake up to which he called “skittleworld.” which basically meant packs of skittles everywhere. on his computer, in the milk handle, next to the cereal, in the bathroom cabinet… you get the point. it was fun thinking of fun places to put them! then i came home from work to some (beautiful!) purple flowers, a framed poem, and some dark chocolate… my favorite! it was a great day. instead of fighting the crowds we stayed in and i made chicken broccoli casserole, one of his favorite meals. i also ventured out and made some “wake forest ice cream.” this entailed vanilla ice cream, choc chip cookie dough, chocolate chips, and yellow food coloring 🙂 it was black and gold and yummy.

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-since saturday, life has been pretty busy. nick has been busy with school, and i have been busy with work. but we did get a break thursday night when we went to the city for the night! for christmas, i gave nick two tickets to the duke – st.johns basketball game at madison square garden. we took the train in and had a great time watching the players warm up. it was a sloppy game but duke came out on top. after the game, we met up with some relatives of mine, sarah and ryan, for dinner at a fun place called fat annie’s truck stop (FATS). then we took the train back. it was a cool night.

 

the duke players warming up.

the duke players warming up.

 

bobby knight with his best friends, the referees.

bobby knight with his best friends, the referees.

-sleep! so, i slept for 11 hours last night. 11 HOURS. i have to admit, i got help from nyquill (i am forever sick.) but it was so great to be able to sleep in. this is my first weekend off since i started working at my-gym. a couple of weeks ago i decided that the whole working 6 days a week thing was a little much. it was completely wearing me out. so, i talked to my boss and i think i am going to start working one weekend a month, instead of four. this has been so freeing. so, all that to say, i enjoying a normal weekend off. it has included thus far, dusting, cleaning my desk and our bedroom, and now writing this blog post. next i am going to do some meal planning for the week and then head up to the grocery store. tonight i am hoping to make a yummy dinner and then nick and i are going to either watch the west wing or gladiator… depending on how we feel! (we have them both from netflix, so we have been wanting to watch for a while…) i know this is way more detail than you ever wanted to know about how i am choosing to spend saturday february 21, BUT i am a little excited about my day off!

 

i think thats all for now, hope and pray that you all are doing well! lots of love.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in sarah's thoughts

 

sies meses.

well friends, last night we celebrated 6 months of marriage. it has gone by SO fast… but it is def still something to celebrate.

 

the night included dinner at ruth’s chris steakhouse (thanks dave and judy stoots!)

hd_logo1AND some artistic fun! i have been wanting to paint for a while so nick surprised me and bought 2 canvases, some acrylic paint, and some brushes and away we went… here are some pics from the night!

 

getting started...

getting started...

 

brushes!

brushes!

nick tactfully following the instructions... yay for how-to books!

nick tactfully following the instructions... yay for how-to books!

 

getting closer...

getting closer...

 

finished! although it is worth stating that we didn't have a small brush to do details with so nick improvised a little!

finished! although it is worth stating that we didn't have a small brush to do details with so nick improvised a little!

 

finished! the photo that was my inspiration is to the left!

finished! the photo that was my inspiration is to the left!

 

other than that, not much is going on. actually, that might be a half-truth. alot is going on (school, work, bible studies, intramural basketball, cooking, sleeping….) BUT nothing terribly pressing. nick will probably add another update about school soon, but that is all for now! hope everyone is well. happy february. spring is coming…

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2009 in sarah's thoughts

 

I’m not good at titles

The last couple weeks have flown by.  Sunday after my January final exam I flew home to Winston-Salem for a few days.  It was great to be home with my parents and be able to relax a little bit.  I went with my mom to pick out my big Christmas present from my parents: a nice wool overcoat.  Lucky for us, by this time of the year, they’re all on super duper clearance sale.  I also woke up early two mornings to play pickup basketball at the YMCA, something I sorely miss living in Princeton.  Wednesday I got to see Justin and Holly and their new little girl Tessa!  I flew back to Jersey Thursday and had a couple of days to relax before class started this Monday.

Classes seem to be going well, although I’m only part way through the first week.  I’m also back to work at the library, and am excited to start teaching young adult Sunday school classes at the church we’ve been going to.  What’s really exciting about this semester however, is intramural basketball.  Sarah and I had our first game last night.  We only had 6 players there and quickly realized that our team is not in as good of shape as we thought we were.  But we pulled it together and came back from 10 down with 5 minutes to play and eeked out a victory in the last 30 seconds!

We also had a really pretty snow yesterday.  A real snow finally and not some mix of ice and other miscellaneous freezing things falling from the sky.  snow-003

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Of course here nothing was cancelled or anything, at least not that I know of.  The pictures are from this morning and don’t totally do it justice.

On a fascinating, at least to me, side note, I found out today that the seminary library special collections has a Wilhelm Pauck collection which includes a lot of his personal correspondence, among other things.  Pauck was a German born, well known, 20th century theologian.   The interesting part for me is that my grandfather studied with Pauck and Pauck and his wife were good friends with my grandfather and grandmother.  Come to find out, the library collection has a large number of letters and papers between Pauck and my grandfather, as well as at least one photograph, a copy of the words my grandfather spoke at Pauck’s graveside and the eulogy that Pauck’s wife gave for my grandfther.   I haven’t had to chance to really go through everything, but the librarian gave me  a sheet with and outline of what’s in the collection and I’m excited about digging through it sometime soon!

That’s it for now!  Back to studying!

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2009 in nick's thoughts