Thursday, April 30, 2009

Our Story - Part Three

If you haven't checked out Our Story Part 1 or 2 do so now, otherwise I don't know how much fun this will be for you. In fact, I think it might be nails on the chalkboard screechy and boring. Trust me, just do it!

Maybe Jeremy liked the idea of rejection. After all, he was a bit insecure in the fact that he was five years older than Katie, and there was probably no way that she'd want to date a guy that much older than her. Little did he know that Katie already had the BIGGEST crush on him, despite the fact that he was a little bit older.

They bumped into each other a third time at church, at which point Katie couldn't wait any longer for him to initiate something, so she decided to take action on her own. After church that Sunday, she went straight home and sent him a message on MySpace, and requested to be his MySpace friend. That first message to him was somewhat of a flirty email, she was just throwin' the line out there hoping he would bite. Sure enough, he did.

The two started sending messages back and forth to each other, and at one point, Katie once again took action and told Jeremy, "If you would like to hand out sometime, just give me a call. In fact, here's my number." He didn't even have to ask for it. =o)

Jeremy immediately responded with, "Uh, duh! Let's hang out!!" Of course sticking to the unspoken dating rules and etiquette, Jeremy waited a few days to actually tell her that, but he did call Katie to go out on their first date.

The two started dating one another exclusively shortly thereafter, and actually started talking about the possibility of marriage fairly early on in their relationship. They both became believers in the old saying -- "when you know, you know." However, Jeremy didn't always know. He wanted to be positive. Maybe after being a bachelor for so long, a guy want to be absolutely sure that he's making the right decision.

To help in his decision, Jeremy insisted that the two go through pre-engagement meetings with their church's pastor to make sure they were thinking about everything that would go into their commitment. While the meetings turned out to be beneficial, Katie was still growing more and more impatient, hoping that Jeremy would soon pop the question. By June of 2007, Katie was fed up with the wait, and decided to pop her own question to Jeremy and asked him, "What are you waiting for?!" Jeremy assured her that the time would come when it would be right. So, she waited, and waited, and waited some more.

Tune in next time to find out exactly how much waiting was involved. Until then...

Fruit of the Spirit

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22-26
I know this amazing gal, Carrie, who is going to start looking into the Fruit of the Spirit, and I'm going to join her. Each week, we will take one of the fruits and check out how we are living that out in our relationship with God and in our lives. I'm super excited to see what this study of the Fruit of the Sprit has to teach me and challenge me with. We are going to start out next Tuesday posting about love. 

This should be work. Until next time...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Sense of Smell

Of all the five senses we have; taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch, I feel the sense of smell is often one that gets put off as not that great. Sight and hearing I would say would have to be at the top of peoples list for the senses we think of and say to ourselves "I don't know what I would do if I lost my sight." Or, "I don't know what I would do if I lost my hearing." But, have you ever thought of losing your sense of smell??

I know a great gal, Amber, who can't smell. I know you might think, well...that's not bad. I wouldn't smell the stinky trash. Or, I wouldn't smell the plugged up toilet. Or, I wouldn't smell the dog after he ate fish and eggs. But, when you think about it, you also wouldn't smell chocolate chip cookies in the oven, the lilac bush blooming outside, or a fresh New Mexico rain.

What do you think?? What sense would you hate to lose?

Until next time...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


...has been so so busy lately that I haven't had time to think. I have something big coming up this Thursday, and once it's over I would love to blog about it. Until then, prayer for opportunity would be great.

Just a little something I was thinking about the other day....I LOVE Starbucks. I have been an addict for about...well...for some time now. The other day I happened to have You've Got Mail on and I realized why I started drinking what I'm drinking now. It's all because of Meg Ryan's character. 

I love, love, LOVED the movie You've Got Mail. I always wanted to work in "The Little Shop Around the Corner" and talk about bouquets of sharpened pencils with Kathleen Kelly. Instead, I guess I turned into her, because she loved her grande Caramel Macchiato, and SO DO I!!! I almost feel like a fraud and a wanna be. Oh you know where my drink of choice came from.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Is It Really Snowing??

Here it is, the middle of April, and it's snowing in New Mexico. Seriously?? Tomorrow it's supposed to be 70-ish, and today it's a blizzard. I can't believe this!

For more randomness visit Andrea @ Under Grace & Over Coffee.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Our Story - Part 2

If you didn't check out Our Story - Part One...STOP READING!!! Once you have read it, you may continue here.

Momma Porter had all kinds of questions about the upcoming Casas por Cristo mission trip that Jeremy was leading for the church. As it turned out, Momma Porter was very interested in going on the trip, not to mention, she was planning on bringing her daughter with her as well.

After Jeremy had answered all of her questions regarding the trip, he and Momma Porter chatted a little while longer, long enough for Jeremy to learn that the Porters owned a CPA firm!! Booya!! Just when he needed an accountant, God arranged for CPA Momma Porter to call him on his direct line!

Momma Porter told Jeremy that she would indeed help him out with his taxes, and that all he had to do was bring all of his financials and tax information to the 9:30 church service the following Sunday. The next Sunday arrived, and Jeremy was scheduled to teach Sunday School during the 9:30 hour, so he had to hurry up and meet with Momma Porter as quickly as he could before his class began.

Having never met Momma Porter before, Jeremy hoped that she would know who he was. Sure enough, Momma Porter was on top of things and walked right up to Jeremy already knowing exactly who he was.

Jeremy doesn't remember much of what was said when he first met Momma Porter. In fact, he doesn't remember much of anything from that first time he met her, maybe because he was far more captivated and hooked by the girl who had walked up to Jeremy with Momma Porter. Momma Porter introduced this girl to Jeremy as her daughter, Katie. The thought that immediately crossed Jeremy's mind -- "What...a...hottie!"

Katie had already taken notice to Jeremy prior to this introduction. In fact, Katie remembers seeing Jeremy for the first time when he came to interview at the church in the first place. At the 50th Anniversary for Faith, she saw him for the second time. Although he was all the way across the room, she was determined to build up the courage to talk to him.

She did eventually talk to him, but not that night as she had hoped. It was four months later that she stood in front of him as she was introduced by her mother.

Nothing much was said between Katie and Jeremy during their introduction, but both of them seemed a bit interested in each other right off the bat.

The two got a second chance to chit chat a bit after Momma Porter finished Jeremy's taxes a little while later. Still mesmerized by Katie's enchanting eyes, Jeremy asked Katie if she wanted to join the new College & Young Adults Ministry that Jeremy was starting. Katie's response: "Yeah, sure, I'll think about it."

Jeremy figured that was girl code for, "Thanks for the invite, but NO WAY!" Essentially, Jeremy assumed he had just been blown off. But despite having just been "stealth rejected", it was at this moment that Jeremy, for some odd reason, decided that he wanted to ask out Katie.

To be continued... 

Our Story is part of Katylin's My Husband Rocks Friday over at The Great Adventure.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Story - Part One

As part of My Husband Rocks Friday, I thought it would be perfect to recount the story we had told at our wedding. It is a great reminder of why we fell in love! I know it's not Friday, but that doesn't mean my husband rocks any less. Plus, I'm trying to catch up on all the Fridays I missed (if that still counts...and I think it does). Thanks so much to our amazing DJ, Matt Mizell from Lighthouse Music, for taking our account of Our Story and creating this fun and whimsical story of us!

Katie & Jeremy Rodriguez's
Love Story as presented on Sunday, May 25, 2008

If you have had the chance to go onto Katie & Jeremy's wedding website, you may have already read the story as to how the couple met, and how we arrived at this celebration here today. Considering that many of you have not yet had the opportunity to read their story, we wanted to provide you with a glimpse of how God brought these two together.

I have gone through both versions of the online stories -- Katie's version of what allegedly happened, and the TRUE version of what happened according to Jeremy, and I have combined both versions into one overall story, the Love Story of Katie & Jeremy Rodriguez.

This story starts back in the tax season of 2006. Jeremy had just moved to New Mexico and had recently started working at Faith Lutheran as the new Youth Pastor. He was sitting in his office one day wondering what he would do about his taxes, considering he had just moved to a new state and was unfamiliar with New Mexico's tax laws. Jeremy, of course, wanted to make sure he did all of his taxes legally -- after all, he was now on staff at a church!

As he sat in his office wondering how God would bail him out of his tax predicament, his phone rang. He answered the phone, and it was Susan Porter, the Mother of the Bride to be.

To be continued...
Since our story is full of lots of fun twists and turns, it is rather lengthy. So, I will be breaking it into parts. Stay tuned for part two.

You can also check out Part three.

My Husband Rocks Friday is a weekly meme put on by KatyLynn over at The Great Adventure.

My Week of Internet Fast

This past week, Holy Week, Jeremy and I decided to fast from Internet and T.V. Just a little word of caution to anyone who is addicted to these and wants to do it...don't. Fasting from both of these two addictions at the same time proved to be too much. So, our fast turned into just an Internet fast. 
During this time I learned many things:
  • I spend WAY too much time glued to my computer screen. It was amazing how much I was able to get caught up on without worrying what was going on on Twitter, Facebook or in the blogging world.
  • There isn't much that goes on in the blogging world. I was able to catch up on the weeks happenings in about an hour. And I spend many hours a day checking and re-checking to see any new updates....CRAZY!!!
  • Life is so much simpler when you're serving your Maker rather than your Mac. I don't know how often I just feel a slave to my Internet. It's what passes the time when I need it passed. It's what keeps me company when I need company kept. But, turning it off for a week was extremely liberating.
So, if you feel you are a slave to your Mac rather than your Maker, I highly recommend an Internet fast. If I can do it, so can you. You'll be amazed!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009