Tuesday, May 31, 2011

#M2TC

#M2TC = Mission to the City (its been trending all week.. and some people are learning for the first time what a hash tag means!)

It’s the 2nd annual M2TC event. Last year ended with a very successful week of talking to people about Jesus, inviting them to church, and capping off the week with a free Phil Wickham concert. This year, we changed up the schedule a little bit with the events kicking off on Friday, the 27th. We volunteered with various organizations such as Goodwill, Birthright, Iowa Right to Life, Operation Christmas Child; we volunteered at local churches helping with rebuilding, cleaning, and yard work; and we passed out a lot of fliers and information about this years concert. We also offered free car washes and oil changes this year as another way to serve the community. Because of a few things going on at work, I was only able to participate 3 days but those 3 days were worth it. I really loved my group and the motley crew that we were. Since our BS split into 2 groups and our half didn’t have as many participants, we picked up a few college guys: Big Ben VanWalbeast, I only ever it pizza Dustin, and Caleb the life changing guacamole maker Thompson. We had such a blast serving together and I’m so thankful for these opportunities within our church that allow us to meet “new” people and serve with them (I use new loosely because they’re not new, just new to our group). This years closing for M2TC will have Aaron Gillespie headlining a Free concert on Friday at our church. 7 pm. 323 E. Locust. TOTALLY FREE. Its going to be a blast. And for even more incentive, the DTC band is opening.

M2TC is challenging both physically and spiritually. We meet so many people during the week that have no idea who Jesus even is or people who have completely rejected any form of religion. It breaks my heart to have some conversations with people who have no hope and don’t even care. I’m thankful for the men and women I can serve with, who are willing to give up their holiday (and in the worlds eyes look like complete idiots) to talk with complete strangers about something that they feel so strongly about. Things can get awkward, things can get frustrating, you can get exhausted and emotionally drained, but I know that one day, it will all make sense. This must not become a one week a year thing, but a lifestyle.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Birthday!

I had a really wonderful birthday and was able to celebrate it with some really wonderful friends. The weather was fantastic so we were able to grill! After dinner we went to the movies! So many of my favorite things happened and I am thankful for the friends who celebrated with me! Thanks for all the birthday love!

Kelli the grill master

Jenni gave this to me!

Jane, the party planner












Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CHICAGO!

I love Chicago.. especially the Chicago Cubs. What is greater than going to a Cubs game for your birthday? My dear little brother worked his magic and was able to get the NBC seats for the Cubs/Giants game. 14th row behind the plate, and for free! Unfortunately, it was the COLDEST game (and wettest) I have ever been to. We're talking 30 degrees with the wind blowing into our faces. The rain was like one of those misting machines that you run through on a hot day at a theme park. We have some really good friends who also have season tickets who were at the game so we went and sat with them for a while in hopes that it would be warmer near them. We only lasted through the 2nd inning. It was such a bummer that we couldn't use the best seats I've ever had to watch the Cubs take on the reigning World Series champs. Hopefully the next game we go to will be a little warmer.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Tulip Time




A couple of weeks ago, a few of us went to Pella to celebrate Tulip Time. I'd only been to Tulip Time a couple of times but I had never been there with the locals as our tour guides. We even had a former Tulip Queen in our presence. Jenni's sister was on this years Tulip Court so, naturally, we became her number one fans and cheered as loud as we could during the parade. We ate some delicious, authentic treats and admired all the lovely tulips before heading back home. It was a wonderful night and I can't wait for next year!








Wednesday, May 18, 2011

28

Another year older. 28 is not a milestone. It is not a birthday that deserves any sort of grand gesture. It is, in fact, just another year. When you are young and you think about some day being 28, it seems so far off and so old. Where did that time go? I don't feel that old. What makes this year different than any other? I think, over this past year, I have looked back on my 28 years more than I have any other year. It is really easy for me to think about the things I haven't accomplished yet and wonder what the Lord is doing. I wonder why He is taking so long or why He hasn't answered this prayer or that one. I think, what is next for me or why did I have to go through that? When you are 28, it is easy to think about all the things you don't have, all the things you have yet to accomplish and see, all the things that are in your future. I think we are so quick to look at what is missing rather than see what has been given. If I wasn't 28 exactly how God intended me to be at this very moment, I wouldn't have learned everything I did this year about boundaries, becoming an adult, having a Mary spirit in a Martha world, and learning to love people as Christ intended. I wouldn't have been able to explore Europe like I have, running through the hills of Austria singing aloud, laughing on the streets of Paris with dear friends, exploring Italy with true locals, and falling in love with the city of London.
I would not have been able to open up my house to friends every week to learn about the Lord, to serve with a body of believers who fascinate and challenge me every day, to labor alongside dear friends and leaders who will one day stand before the Lord and hear "well done my good and faithful servant."
I would not get to spend quality time with my family vacationing who knows where: experiencing the Masters, cheering on the Cubs in Chicago, laying on the beaches of Florida, playing frogger on the streets of Wisconsin, jet skiing in the Bahamas, road tripping to Ohio just so we can ride some crazy fast roller coasters, white water rafting on the New River gorge in West Virginia, staying in the Bates motel somewhere in Pennsylvania, and loving every minute we are together.
I would not understand the love that my friends and I share, to be blessed with friends who understand me and love me even when they do not feel like it, who go to midnight showings of Twilight and Harry Potter with me just because, who go to any and all concerts with me just because, who share truth with me when I need to hear it and share their heart with me when I need to be humble, who go on road trips and drive through the middle of the night just for fun, who trust me and give me grace. I would not have a job that allows me to be myself, coworkers who I can laugh with and chat with, a job that allows me to do so many things and wants me to succeed. If I was not 28, I would not have this life. So it is with a full heart that I look back on year 1 - 27 and am thankful for what the Lord has done and what He will continue to do. Yes there will be days when I wonder why I am 28 and this or that, but I know that HE knows why, and I trust Him.

Monday, May 09, 2011

St. Louis!


Wedding number 2 of the year found me in St. Louis. My family and I headed off to St. Louis on a Friday afternoon on one of the nicer days of the year (it seems that I'm always in the car on the nice days). Our good friend Eric Sudol was getting married so the entire family was making the trek. When we arrived, we headed over to Joe Buck's restaurant. For the rehearsal dinner, they rented out the top floor and party deck that overlooked the Cardinals (boo) stadium and the Arch. We grabbed some dinner at the restaurant before heading up the elevator to meet up with everyone. It was such a great view from the restaurant, even if it was a Cardinals influenced restaurant.

The next morning, Jason and I headed out to explore the city. We stayed downtown so everything was really right out the front door. We stopped at Panera for some breakfast and ended up sitting outside watching a high school choir perform on the steps behind the capital building. We continued exploring the city and had fun taking pictures in the City Gardens. They had a lot of interesting sculptures (Des Moines still wins for most random and creepy sculpture garden). We walked around Busch stadium before stopping to take some jumping pictures (always) in front of the Arch. Jon and Krista were driving down from Chicago so we headed back to the hotel to meet up with them and get ready for the wedding.





Jason getting creative with the camera

The wedding was at the catholic church that sits at the base of the Arch. It was a really beautiful church and everyone looked so pretty/handsome. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served on the first floor of this high rise downtown. It was fun to catch up with some other hometown people that I hadn't seen in a while. Dinner was served 46 floors up at the "Top of the Met." We were pretty much level with the Arch so the view was really great. One unique thing about this wedding was that they didn't have a DJ or a band, they had dueling pianos. It was really fun listening to them play and watching everyone sing and dance along.



The Trost and Moses crew

View from the reception!

Jon and I with Eric, the groom.

Sunday morning we were up early. We all ate breakfast together (thanks Dad) and decided to take a ride up in the Arch. I was the only one that had ever been up in the Arch and thought that everybody should at least do it once. Krista begrudgingly went along but it sure was an interesting 4 minute ride to the top (she's pretty claustrophobic). We snapped some pictures at the top and took the quick ride down. We said our goodbyes and were on our way back home. It was a great weekend celebrating with family and friends.

Krista is not so sure about this.

View from the arch. The tall building with the green roof is the place where the reception was.


At the top of the Arch

Inside the tram capsule

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother's day to my favorite mom.











and you too Kris... you're my honorary mom. :)