Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The Amazing Race

This past weekend was The Amazing Race for Hope with the Journey Church. SUCH a fun time! Kyle and I teamed up with the Jernigans to make our 4-person team. There were 12 other teams "competing" for first place in a Race event that took a GREAT deal of planning and coordination. I mean to tell you, those Cinnamons mean it when they say "Go Big or Go Home!" They did an AWESOME job!!!

We all met up at the church on Saturday at 12:30, received instructions and our first clue and we were off for 24 hours of racing/pit-stopping madness!

Several of our tasks were lighthearted competition, but the majority of the event was about serving the area. We collected a LOT of boxes of food for the Lowcountry Food Bank, bought lunch for at least 25 random gas station employees in the area, sorted, tagged, and shelved over 2500 articles of clothing at the Lowcountry Orphan Relief Center, landscaped the lawn at Sangaree Intermediate School (some of us in the pouring rain), and gave out a BUNCH of bottles of water to unassuming pedestrians in downtown Charleston.

I have more pictures to upload, but this is all I've got for today. I was racing, so I didn't have time to take pictures every step of the way.

Day 1:

Our team, all packed and ready to go!!


Kyle with our 2nd clue.

There's a big gap of no uploaded pictures here, so I'll fill you in on what happened.

The last clue of the day sent us to our Pit Stop location, where our team came in 4th for the day!! We were pleasantly surprised as my pessimistic teammates thought we'd be coming in 7th. (I guessed we would be 5th and they scoffed [yes, scoffed!] at me!) And Clay and Kyle deserve all the props in the world for setting up tents in the pouring rain. Unfortunately, we didn't get to use them because "rain" is too gentle a term for what we were experiencing. "Monsoon" may be a tad strong, but ... it was very close! Our tents flooded and the four of us ended up sleeping in cars -- the Jerns in theirs, and us in the back of the Brownings van. (Sleep may be too strong a term for what actually occurred as well. That actually implies rest and whatnot. What actually happened was very far from that. Made for an interesting Day 2.)

Day 2 opened with us going to Isle of Palms (the beach) for our first task. We watched the sun come up on our drive down. It was very nice, actually, despite being completely exhausted. We finished a few other tasks and headed back to the campground for the final leg of the competition.

Then we had a worship service in one of their buildings.


The winners were announced - The Pretties! :)

And finished the weekend with a baptismal service in the Edisto River. (And yes. It was cold!)



All the CSU students who participated in the Race and/or attended the worship service

Going into this weekend, I really had no idea what to expect. But it exceeded all of my expectations, and I really feel like the impact of what we were able to accomplish will be felt for a while. In ourselves, and in the community.

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The Mendy/Wesley Update

Mendy and Wesley are home from the hospital. Derek is still there, and they spent their first night at home together. Everything, from all reports, went very well. I think they'll do just fine.

Also, her friend Allie put together a video and added it to Mendy's blog. If you want to see it, it's right here. It's got some other pictures and some video from his Birth Day! It's very sweet.

And we've decided that my parents will be called Gram and Granddaddy. Have I mentioned yet that they're on Cloud 9??

The Family. (by Allie, again)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009


Hey you with the pretty face -- welcome to the human race!


Wesley Malcolm was born last night at 10:47 PM. He's 7 lbs. 5 oz., 20" long.
He and Mendy are both doing well.

The photo was taken by Mendy's friend Allie.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


Becoming Aunt Rita & Uncle Kyle

Today is Baby Day for my sister!! She's had a pretty miserable week this week, but today it all pays off! She'll be induced this afternoon and Wesley Malcolm will officially join the Goebel family. I'm so excited to meet him! (Next weekend, if all goes as planned!)

Mendy went into the hospital last night with some blood pressure issues. So we expected a call this morning saying, "Today's the day. Momma's on her way down and we're getting ready. We'll call you in a few hours." Only problem with that is that I had left my phone lying on my desk overnight. So ... no phone. Kyle went into work a little late this morning, so I could have access to his phone as much as necessary.

So when I woke up this morning, it was to Kyle with his hand on my belly saying, "Your cousin is going to be born today, and we're really excited!"

Come on, little Wesley! We're all ready to meet you!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The Assorted Update Post

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


To Atlanta, a much belated trip

Until this past weekend, it had been exactly two years since we'd seen Alex & Jana. Two years ago (March 14 was the day I got my tattoo, and we were staying with them then), we went to Atlanta, saw an Explosions in the Sky show, stayed at their house for a few days, sleeping on air mattresses because all their stuff was either gone or in storage. They were moving to London for a while for Alex to attend seminary.

So it had been far too long. And we were really excited to get to see them this weekend.


We got in late Friday night, and were woken up by Cash on Saturday morning. Kyle LOVES Cash, so ... this was not really a problem at all! :)

And then Alex had an appointment, so after a pancake breakfast, we all headed to:


the tattoo parlor.



The not-finished product ... but this is as close to finished as I got a picture of. :)

The next morning, we got up and went to the 11 o'clock service of the church where Alex is preaching. They're planting a church in Newnan. They are meeting in an old theater-turned-bar. It's a REALLY nice venue!!





argh. crooked glasses!!!

This was an incredible weekend. And we can't wait to go back and visit again!

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Friday, March 13, 2009


Pregnancy Dreams

I figured this was worth documenting. Since I've been pregnant, I've had some pretty weird dreams. (Some might say this is not JUST a pregnancy thing, but something I'm kind of known for, but it's different now. They're much more vivid, or something. And I always wake up kind of half-way believing them.

The dream I had last night was about Amy and Craig, my sister-in-law and brother.

I dreamed that they were pregnant, but not married and the whole family was about to find out about the pregnancy. So the three of us were walking down the beach and I saw this preacher that I know and I was like, “Here, can you marry these two?” And he was happy to do it, so we all stood under a pier on the beach and they got married while I just walked around awkwardly. And then they lived in our old house from Georgia.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Till's Visit, a Photographic Wrap-Up

So I did mention that Till likes to cook, didn't I? Oh the glory of the Lord is in my kitchen this week! He cooks. And he does his own dishes. (Except for the ONE time that I insisted and did a few of my own ... but only once because, yes, I will not argue if you say, "Leave that. I'll get it." Does that make me a bad person?)

Anyway. So yeh. Till likes to cook. And I like Till's cooking.

Till Mueller, Master Chef

On Sunday night, we came in from a long day at church to this:

homemade ravioli. Excuse me, people. He MADE that pasta. With his own hands.
I impress pretty easily, I guess but Chef Boyardee is the only man who ever made me ravioli.
I'm just saying.

These photos are kinda crappy because it was so dark in the kitchen, but ...
Spinach and Ricotta stuffed ravioli with a sage butter sauce.
At my house.

Monday night, homemade lasagna. Yum!

Tuesday night appetizers:
"Russian Sushi" - steak and beets cooked with balsamic vinegar (love to hear him say "winegah"!) and a creamy horseradish sauce

Tuesday night main course:
Steak, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, onions, spinach, and some other stuff I'm probably leaving out ... cooked together and I'm not sure what it's called, but when I was done, I called it the Clean Plate Special. Yum!

Tonight was pizza night. And when I say the man cooks to feed an army, I ain't kiddin'!
There are two uncut pizzas still sitting on top of my stove.
He made the dough (without a bread machine! Wha??) and the sauce and the pizzas were great!!

Ok, his whole trip has been great. Kyle and I have both really enjoyed having him around. For more than just the fact that he cooks us dinner (though, let's be honest ... it doesn't hurt!). I feel like we haven't done all that much since he got here -- just our regular "stuff". But the weather's been great, so we've been able to sit outside together and just hang out. It's made for some great evenings. We'll be sad to see him go, for sure!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Looking Forward:

There are lots of things going on in my life these days. Lots of fun things to look forward to, and a brighter outlook on everything, enhanced by my new-found nonsickness. (Yes, that's a word.) So today I will share a list.

Things I'm Looking Forward to:
Also, I should mention that, besides all the exciting things coming up on the calendar, I'm happy to announce that it seems my energy has made a dramatic return. I went grocery shopping and brought home a pretty big haul yesterday -- first time all year!! I cooked dinner and we entertained a few friends. I washed some dishes, and I had all intentions of doing laundry, but Kyle had band practice in the room that houses our laundry equipment. So ... I sat and cuddled with the pups while watching The Bachelor (can you believe that guy!?!?) instead. But there's always tonight.

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