Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Of course, this trip in itself is a bit crazy, too. We are driving, leaving Thursday and coming back on Sunday. Yeah, it's really short. But this way we will still get to see some family for Christmas. That means that Monday morning, Christmas eve, Joshua and I will be flying to Colorado to see my family. We will be there for a couple days and then come back to whatever our normal life is.
So, if you read this post between 12/20 and 12/23, pray for our mission trip. I'll try to put up pictures from the trip in a timely manner. =)
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I'm sorry I have not posted since Thanksgiving. Talk about a busy time. Finals start tomorrow and I have been more busy these past weeks than ever. I know it will all be over soon and that I will finish well. But in the meantime I have to press through. Joshua's final project is due tomorrow and then he's finished for the semester.
Besides school we are also getting ready for the mission trip we are leading with our church. It's fun and exciting. We have our last training meeting with the team this Sunday. We are going to talk about taking our personal worship with us to Mexico. We'll share some things that we learned from our time in North Africa.
So anyways, I plan to update more thoroughly later. Over the next few days remember us in prayer as we end our semester.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Here are the grandkids with Mamaw! We are so glad she could come spend Thanksgiving with us. We enjoy her being around.
After dessert we had a long game of Cranium turbo edition. Everyone got to laugh and I think everyone made a fool of themselves at one point or another. The worst activity in this game is when the whole team has to spell a word backwards by alternating letters. Makes even intelligent people seem dumb...
It was so great to be with our families and we are so blessed to have families who are willing to travel to see us. It was fun to cook and plan food for them and decorate the house. We got to use all our china dishes, too!
We have much to be thankful for...
Here are the girls of the home group who were at the wedding. We are a pretty good looking group!
And here we are, dressed to kill if I may say so! Josh wore his new suit and I wore one of my bridesmaid dresses (Thanks Brittany!) and black & white polka dot heels. We definitely impressed a few people who did not know we are dancers. It's about time they knew...
Congratulations Jon and Heather Fearing! (We didn't get any pictures of them)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
We met up with Wesley, who was down visiting his girlfriend and got to eat with them. I really wanted to eat at Zapatos, but they were cleaning or fixing the inside and it smelled bad, so we went to Fitzwilly's instead. We drove by our old apartment and hung out in Research Park for a little while in the afternoon. Such a great place!
For dinner Joshua and I got Layne's to eat on our way home. Yum, chicken!Under the Century Tree - Meant to be!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Now we are back in Arlington. =) I'm studying for a test and Josh is at work. Tonight I have my practicum, which is going really well.
Hopefully more adventures coming soon!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here are our neighbors in costume. They normally look nothing like this. Interesting.
So we hung out at the party for a little while and then went back next door to go to bed. We felt kind of lame going home while there was a party next door, but we had an early morning at church the next day.
That was the extent of our Halloween celebrations!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday night I went to dinner with some friends from seminary to celebrate our friend Melanie's birthday. We surprised her at the restaurant. It was so fun. We got to tell nerdy counseling jokes.This is not a great picture of either of us, but this is my friend Melanie.
On Friday, my co-counselor Anna took me to lunch at Mimi's Cafe, a restaurant she enjoys that she thought I would like. We had a really good time together and the food was delicious.
This is my co-counselor Anna. She is from South Korea and has been here at seminary for 2 years. She encourages and challenges me in my spiritual walk. We have fun together and share lots of cultural things.
This is Mimi's. Inside it is decorated like a European cafe. Very fun. Maybe these restaurants are all over, I don't know.
Josh got home on Saturday and had lots of things to share with me about the weekend. So we took some time to relax on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon before plunging back into school stuff.
Right now I'm working on a book evaluation due Friday. Josh had a test and homework due yesterday. Viva grad school!
Monday, October 15, 2007
On Saturday my friend from high school AC got to come over and eat with us. It was good to catch up with her about what she is doing and to laugh about some old times in high school.
Finally, we got to see the family that I used to babysit for back in high school. When I first started babysitting them, Robert was just turning 3 years old. Now he's in 4th grade, riding his bike to school, playing soccer...I can't believe it! And Rachael is almost taller than me and is in junior high. I guess she'll be able to babysit our kids some day...=)
Okay, in the picture she looks like she is as tall as me, but that's because she's sitting on a higher cushion than me.
Good weekend. Happy birthday Joshua!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Joshua is a man steadily seeking after the Lord and actively pursuing the calling he has heard for his life. Not only is he diligent and persistent in his studies, but he also goes to work and provides for us, even when that means late nights doing homework. He is very talented at what he does and yet so humble you would not guess how good he is at it.
Joshua is generous with his resources and our money, understanding that it is not ours to hoard but ours to give, and yet wise to know that he should be responsible to take care of his family. He is generous with his time and willing to help me out whenever I need it, even when that means doing the stinky chores.
He serves willingly behind the scenes, doing whatever needs to be done. Many times long after I would have let someone else do it.
He teaches 5th and 6th grade boys on Sundays, not because it's always his favorite thing, but because he knows they need a man to teach them and invest in them.
He listens to me ramble, vent, complain, do mental gymnastics and crazy planning for our future. He prays for us and for our families.
He is adamant about sharing the truth of God and making sure that the truth gets said.
He longs to serve God in the nations, using his talents and skills to benefit those who have less than we do. And he is patient to know that we need this time of equipping, even when it seems like forever.
He inspired me to not grow weary, but to continue to run the race set out for me, and to continue to be conformed to the image of Christ.
He's my best friend...and the best I could ever hope for.
And he makes good coffee.Thank you, Lord God, for my incredible husband.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Friday night we got to hang out with some of my friends from seminary. We went downtown Fort Worth to celebrate Scott's birthday at PF Chang's. They are a great group of friends and we had a good time.This is Scott with his chocolate birthday cake slice. The waitress brought extra forks and we all had a bite. Yum!Downtown is all lit up at night with these Christmas lights. We just had to stop and take a picture! Gotta love the "one way" sign in the back.On Saturday we did homework all morning. That evening I got to go to the Arlington Pregnancy Center's annual banquet. My home group leader, Carol, volunteers there and had a table at the banquet this year. So she invited the girls from our home group to go with her. It was a beautiful event. The food was delicious and we got to hear testimonies of lives changed. They had a silent auction at the end, but of course everything was out of our price range! We stayed for a little while and the item that people bidded the highest on was a 6 week old chocolate lab puppy! This is the group of us at our table. We all got to dress up and look pretty!
The theme for the banquet was "Crowns of Righteousness" so they had a little crown at each person's place setting. We thought they were kind of goofy, but I had the girls pose with them anyways.
Well, I think that's that for now. I'm off to go walk the dog. Have a great day!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
But I couldn't resist when I realized that I have not put a word out in the blogosphere in many days.
As you can probably tell, the Seefeldts are engulfed in the semester. Yes, engulfed. But the really exciting news is that Joshua found out that he can graduate in May of 2008 instead of December of 2008. Talk about a big change! We are so excited!
So, what does that mean for us besides one less semester of tuition to pay (as if that isn't enough reason for a party!)? Well, Sarah will finish her classwork in May and then do her internship to finish her program during the summer. She can't officially graduate until December, though, because there is no August graduation at seminary. (She is trying not to be bitter.) Sarah is working with a professor to figure out her options at that point on what she should do next. BUT - Joshua has the decision to make about Where does he want to work? Once we finish school there is nothing keeping us from moving for a job. So we are considering options.
This all came about this week, so it's all pretty new. Very exciting. And of course, for the planner like me, very overwhelming because I want to have it all figured out NOW!!! I'm learning to be patient, submissive, and trusting as I wait for Josh to decide where he wants to work and where we should live.
Alright, that's it for now. Back to studying...or was I reading...or is it time to start on dinner?
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sarah is in her second semester of practicum, which means that she leads a counseling group with another counselor. It is really challenging and exciting - she is finally doing what she has been studying to do! She is being stretched spiritually as she learns to really rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit as He guides her counseling.
Joshua has been in charge of a few projects at the office, which has been a new learning experience for him. He is learning a lot. Of course, he does a great job!
We'll keep you up on our semester as it goes along!
The lovely couple!
We had a lot of fun dancing at the reception and visiting with friends from college. Joshua also got to see a few friends from high school, so that was great.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Isaiah 1:16, 17
The Lord has just finished telling Israel that He doesn't want to listen to their prayers anymore because they are not really seeking Him. They are going through the religious motions, but their hearts are far from Him. So He spells out for them what He desires from them:
- learn to do good - seek after what is good, try to learn it, you don't have to be perfect right now
- seek justice - be proactive about things being right and just
- reprove the ruthless - speak up and against evil
- defend the orphan - those who have no rights and no defender
- plead for the widow - one who has no one to protect her
And then the Lord goes on to say that if they will just obey Him, all their sins will be removed, forgiven, and as though they had not sinned. They will be provided with the best of the land. If they refuse to obey, they will be destroyed by the sword.
So not only does He continue to tell them what to do to be restored in their relationship with Him, but He also offers grace to remove their sin.
I think it's important in every relationship to understand where you stand with the other person and what you can do to get closer, if that's what you want. God realizes that and spells it out for us over and over again. Our God is so good to us.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
More to come later
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
A slightly blurry picture of Ash, Ross and her family.
A lot of our pictures turned out blurry. I'm not sure why. But here's one more!
Awww, the old married couple, as we have affectionately been dubbed! =)
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Pagenkopf! Enjoy your honeymoon!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
J.B. was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Gist, Texas, to Henry Ervin and Nora Lee Gist Burrell. He married Dot Eugenia Norman on April 16, 1939, in Miles and enjoyed 68 years of marriage to his bride. They raised their family in San Angelo. -
-excerpt from the Obituary for my grandfather - Papaw.
Sarah and I attended his funeral in San Angelo on Wednesday of this week. We drove to meet my brother in Waco, then drove together to San Angelo. The Funeral was a great time of celebrating with family the life of Papaw, worshiping his Creator and Lord- who's presence Papaw is now enjoying- and grieving the loss of his presence on earth with us.
I was most encouraged and challenged by the remembrance of Papaw's simple life of humility, love, obedience to, and faith in Christ. He led his family into the satisfying embrace of their Heavenly Father leading daily devotionals and consistently attending church. Through the generations that have followed this message and love from Papaw's Savior has been been taken around the world. Papaw's faith has truly rippled down through time and out across the nations in a way that I'm sure he never would have imagined.
Papaw was not a wealthy business man that lived a luxurious life, nor a revered theologian that meditated on the doctrines of scripture. He was a humble man that worked with his hands and walked obediently with Christ living a life of faith, hope, and love. All of which he is now enjoying the fulfillment of. He laid up for himself treasures in heaven.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinth 15:54-57
We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
2 Corinth 4:14,15
Thursday, July 26, 2007
So much in 3 years. And still so much to come. Thank you to all who have shared this time with us and walked with us through all of these experiences. God continues to amaze us as He shows us more of Himself, more of His plans for us, more of His love for His people. We get to see His love in the faces of our friends, in the supportive prayers of our home team, in the people we serve with at Connect. And we get to dream of what we will get to do with architecture, with counseling, with missions, with whatever else comes our way.
I was thinking the other day about the hymn I walked down the aisle to, 3 years ago, and how it is still our desire now.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Not be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping thy presence my light
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father and I thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art
High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Son
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
That's what we saw flying in! Mountains!
The conference was so great, too. At the conference we got to see people we worked with in Guatemala, other interns, and other staff we hadn't seen in almost 2 years. We got to hear about more projects they are doing, the lives they are touching, and future plans for the offices and the glory of God. We have come home with our heads spinning about what it all might mean for us in the future.
A big thank you goes to Joshua's parents who made it possible for us to go and who joined us there to experience the great stuff. We also got to go whitewater rafting, enjoy great food, and stroll around the little town in Jackson Hole.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
A couple of weekends ago we went down to Houston to visit my parents and go to Spamalot.
It was a lot like the movie of Monty Python and the Holy Grail - basically irreverent about everything, with some very funny parts, some silly parts, and some obscene parts.
We had a great time with my parents and grandmother. Then we got to see Jesse and Melody's newborn baby, Ryleigh Ann. She is so sweet and they are so happy.
Then Sarah had more school, lots of reading, some work. Joshua worked long hours to make up for missing last Friday in order for us to go to...
Here are the ladies who went on the trip. The two girls with cowboy hats are daughters of a family we met down there. They are the "adopted" Mexican family of the man who took us down there. He has been taking trips down to this town for several years now and is excited that we might be interested in adopting the area.
So, as you can see, we've been busy. =) I'll try to post more thoughtful, reflective posts soon.
Until then, here is a slideshow to enjoy.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
We look a little shiny in this picture because the air conditioner in our house isn't working. So we had 11 hot and sweaty people having fun playing games, taking turns standing by the fans! We had a great time anyway and didn't wrap up the evening until around 11pm.
Monday was my actual birthday. Joshua brought me coffee in bed and I got to open a couple of my presents from my grandmother and Josh's parents. Then I had to go to staff meeting at the office, but we had a birthday lunch for me and Joshua surprised me by meeting us there for lunch. We had a cookie cake and Rachael made me cupcakes, too. It was a lot of fun.
Of course, the downside to the whole day is that I got my first speeding ticket on my birthday. That's right, he gave me a ticket on my birthday. I guess that will keep me humble.
Thanks for all the cards, phone calls, emails, and birthday wishes!