Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kim's Baby Shower

Last Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my sweet friend Kim.  This little boy might just be a Valentine's Baby, and we're all excited to meet Baby Isaac when he does arrive.  But first, we had to make sure Kim and Eric's house had plenty of blue after nearly three years of pink with their little girl.  They went home with lots of fabulous boy things and a scrapbook of precious prayers we prayed for Isaac and his family.  Considering I'm possibly the least creative person on the planet, I thought it all went very well.
That's the prayer book and then various sized onesies with super cute iron ons from Hobby Lobby

Come on, Isaac!  Lots of people want to meet you and love on you, little boy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I love that it's finally back in the 60s today.  It had gotten too warm and muggy for January.  Ugh.  Let's wait til March, ok?

I love that Jacob is at my house.  He makes it all so much more fun (and sometimes bearable!).  He's on the right.  Jason couldn't make it this time. 

 I love how sweet my babies are together these days.  It's wonderful!

My friends have gotten me hooked on the movie Pitch Perfect.  Darn you!  Hilarious.  And just slightly reminiscent of high school and college.  Oh dear.  Songfest 2005 lives on I guess!

I'm loving spending time in this book every morning.  Very eye opening and a great way to start my day with my Bible time.

 Messina Hof is one of my favorite wine labels.  They have come out with a special Texas A&M label, which of course I must have.  Duh.  Here's hoping to come away with a few bottles over the next few weekends since I've suddenly had several reasons to travel to the Promised Land.  Love!!

I love this week's blessings:
23rd: An evening at home to sleep and work on precious baby clothes for a shower.
25th: Sweet conversations with dear friends
26th: Kim's shower was so fun, and then I had a great time with David and Laura at dinner
27th: Three of my 8th graders confided GRAND HUGE plans they have to serve our Father, and I can't wait to watch this unfold.  Join me in praying for them, would you? 
28th: Jacob came!!!
29th: Impromptu trip to Galveston.  :)

I love my Jesus!

What are you loving?

Linking up with Jamie.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Meal Planning Monday

*Apparently Jacob is coming to town, so a lot of this is subject to change.  :)

Sunday: Church

Monday: Church

Tuesday: Chicken Veggie Biscuit Bake (didn't get to it last week)

Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner

Thursday: BJs for GNO

Friday: Mom's birthday, so her call

Saturday: TEXAS A&M!  This might turn into a day of eating bits and pieces from all my local favorites.  Oh my!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's a Pirate's Life for Me

This past week included a fabulous field trip with my 6th grade Omega (GT) kiddos to the Pirate Museum and Rainforest Cafe in Galveston.  There is nothing like spending a day out of school with 76 11 and 12 year olds and 7 fantastic co-workers.  The kids were so excited to learn about pirate life, ride the river ride, and EAT!  The weather was in the low 70s (Northerners, don't hate!), and the sea breeze off the beach tantalized us all day. 

I had no idea that pirates played such a role in Galveston and in the War of 1812.  Who knew?! The kids were adorable taking in all the truth of the evil of real pirates.  A few of my boys were even walking around mumbling, "Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum" with complete innocence.  They think they're big, tough stuff, but they're really just still precious.

I am so grateful for opportunities to spend outside of the classroom, exposing my kids to different types of learning.  It's a treat for all of us!

Entrance to the exhibit!

I've been google eyes for the pirate (not the actor!) for 9 1/2 years!  Oh, Captain!
My fabulous co-workers who let me put together field trips and tag along with my goofiness!

Perfect beach day!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I am still on a high from Vision!  Love, love, love!

I love this music video for Kings and Queens by Audio Adrenaline. 

I love the cute wreath I'm making for Kim's shower.  I'll post pics next week; I don't want to give away any surprises.  :)

I love the house updates that have happened in the last two weeks.  Thank you Isaac for FINALLY getting to them. More of my Zambian art (and one set of Kenyan masks) are finally hanging and the gross 1996 chandeliers are gone!  Ha.  :)

I love this week's blessings:
16th: learning that Rose was our college leader for Vision
17th: meeting our precious 8th graders and eating way too much American Cookie Co cake
18th: Scrubbing up Baylor the Elephant and Insane worship at Vision
19th: Working at CPC with a co-ed group of 8th graders
20th: It hurt mentally and was hard as heck, but I'm fighting my way through some awesome vocal parts in Chambers.
21st: Beautiful weather for a bike ride after work
22nd: Seeing all the Vision shirts on the kids at school today  :)

I love my Jesus!

What are you loving?

Linking up with Jamie.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Meal Planning Monday

Sunday: Church

Monday: Mario's leftovers from Vision

Tuesday: Beef and Veggie Stew (didn't get there last week)

Wednesday: Chicken Poppyseed Casserole

Thursday: Steak and Veggies

Friday: Chicken Biscuit Veggie Bake

Saturday: Baby Shower leftovers :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vision 2013

Vision is one of my most favorite events in on UBC's calendar each year.  Last year was our first year to host, and we had another family join in the hosting fun whose mom had grown up and led with me in the past.  Woohoo for more disciples growing up to make new disciples.  I love it!

Apparently I am just super cool, and the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls had a knock-down, drag out battle trying to get placed in our house for Vision.  Kyle, our youth minister, promised that the largest group could come to our house.  He never expected them to take him so seriously-the 6th grade girls were dead set and determined to come to the Ozingas for Vision.  They recruited NINETEEN girls-wow!  While my house is plenty big, 19 is way too many girls for one poor college kid to engage during Bible study times.  They were split into two groups, and to keep it fair, they were given to different host homes.  I couldn't help but laugh at them while they pouted.  Those 6th grade girls had a blast at their respective host homes though, and I don't think they suffered one bit.  They are looking forward to pool parties and Sunday school sleepovers soon though.

We were blessed with the presence of the 8th grade girls this weekend.  Rose was our leader again, and I spent the weekend in nothing short of a euphoric state.  Eh, ok, some of that was exhaustion, but God answered months worth of prayers, and the Holy Spirit was guiding all that happened.

We had so much fun playing, working at the Crisis Pregnancy Center along with the 8th grade boys, and worshiping together.  The person who decided to have a photo booth at church this weekend is a genius.  FUN!  I loved knowing that there were people sleeping in all five bedrooms in my house.  The dogs were in Heaven with all of the attention.  The weather was gorgeous. Rose and I had fun catching up and talking-she is precious and I love her!  God worked and touched and was made known.
Hand games that I used to play!

Attack of the Aggie Belle tongue!
Friday Night Worship
Gladsome Light
Ashlynn, Sabrina, and Rachel making sample bags for new mamas.
Rachel and Ashlynn mopping at CPC.
Bekah, Jamie, Rose, Simon, and I don't remember marking Bibles for the counselors.  :)
Courtney sweeping.

Savannah and Sarah cleaning bathrooms.
Akiko sweeping.
Savannah and me cleaning the childcare room.
Saturday's family dinner

One benefit of 10 14 year olds?  Awesome hair-dos!!

Ashlynn, Rachel P., Rachel D., Isaac, me, Courtney, Savannah, Akiko, Rose, Sarah, Jamie, Sabrina, Bekah
I love working with youth, and anyone who says these youth events are just for the kids is incredibly mistaken.  God will speak through anyone and anything if we let Him.  Greg Bradford is an amazing youth pastor from Dallas, and the message he brought might have been aimed at encouraging teens to make changes in their lives to make a difference for Christ, but the Holy Spirit convicted me and taught me too.

God has taught me how to worship Him in many different ways over the years.  Gladsome Light led us in worship, and I like them!  Actually, Saturday marked my 16th birthday as a Believer (I was saved at a youth event similar to Vision), so this weekend was extra special in worship.  There was a lot to praise God for bringing me through and teaching me.  I've learned how to forget the crowd, become lost in music, and see Christ face to face, feel His hands in mind, and just be, enjoying His presence.  It's a beautiful thing. 

Can I tell you how totally and completely passionate I am about today's teenagers?  Oh, they make me crazy sometimes, but their love of our Savior and their willingness to follow Him is incredible. These kids are facing pressures from school, family, and the world to be bigger and better than ever before, and yet, with encouragement and discipleship training, I am seeing them defeat Satan's challenges and stand for Christ each and every day.  They aren't perfect, but God is driving their hearts in the right direction, and I am so incredibly humbled to watch them.  I am blessed and amazed that so many want me to be apart of what God is doing in their lives.  They challenge me to be a better woman and mentor.  They force me to raise my standards and think outside of the box so that I grew more deeply in Christ and can help provide them with opportunities to grow and serve as well.  The joy of being the hands and feet with them is beautiful.

I don't know how many more years I have to be seen as 'cool' and 'hip' in the eyes of these teenagers. It's amazing to me that even the popular cheerleaders think I'm just everything and a bag of chips.  If only!   I don't know how much longer they are going to want to come to me, want to pour out their hearts to me.  I do know that I'm going to take advantage of every one of these incredibly moments God wants to grant me.  I'm going to be available and open and willing to listen.  I will pray for them and love them regardless of their choices and then guide them.  They need that, and I can give them that, so for however long they want me, I am here.  I am so blessed and so grateful for all God is using me to do. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bath Time With Baylor

For Christmas, I gifted Isaac with a behind the scenes tour of the elephant barn at the Houston Zoo.  This is an experience we've discussed for ages but never got around to doing anything about it.  This tour is only held on Friday mornings, but that wasn't going to stop us!

Our guide was Joanne, and after a tour of the outside of the exhibits, she took us into the barn to meet Ian and Rob, two of the elephant keepers.  They had Baby Baylor all ready to go, waiting on his bath.  We were allowed to scrub him up, scratch him, and stand in awe of this sweet boy while hearing all about the elephants' daily care at the zoo.  Honestly, most of this wasn't any news to us since we hear the elephant keeper talks routinely during our frequent zoo visits.  This time though, it was music to my ears while I scrubbed one of my favorite creations.  Baylor's wirey hair held to those suds, and his wrinkly skin lathered gently under the brush.  I was in Heaven the whole time!  Baylor and his mom Shanti showed us many of their tricks.  Shanti has a loud trumpet blow!  We saw their four teeth and learned that the five elephants at the time of Hurricane Ike survived quiet contentedly in the confines of their super safe barn.
Thai playing hide and seek

Shanti and her keeper
Ian checking out Baylor's leg   



Baylor ended our time together by turning into an absolute flirt and showing off the trick his mommy taught him.  He placed the end of his trunk on my hand, sucked in a big breath of air, and blew out.  It sounded (and felt!) just like a big, slobbery, toddler kiss.  Baylor proceeded to give me no less than twelve juicy kisses.  If I wasn't in love before, I sure was then!


We found out that the giraffe tour often includes a facial courtesy of one of the giraffes.  Um, sign me up!!  I also learned that they love using teachers for summer camp at the zoo.   I might have to get on that list too.  :)

Today was so sunny we couldn't help but visit Jonathan the lion, the tiger twins, the troop of chimps, my dear kudu, and a final stop with the giraffes for feeding time. 

There just might have to be more elephant days in my future.  It wasn't exactly cheap, but my time with these precious critters was worth every penny!  Thank You, Jesus!
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