Friday, April 26, 2013

Sister Graduation!

It's been a very busy week of studying, working, and road tripping!

My younger sister graduated from college this week!  Her degree is in Nutritional Science because she is a smarty pants.  Plus she is so legit that she already a full time job doing research/writing/other complicated things at an essentials oils company.  She loves it!

  We drove to Utah attend the graduation ceremony and shower her with congratulations gifts!  College graduation in 4 years with a job already lined up is definitely worth celebrating.

We are proud of you Linny--Congratulations!

Here are some pictures of the quick trip:

 I love this picture!  The bright blue sky contrasted with the brown desert.  Pretty scenery the whole drive

Two Nelsons, two Thunells, and one Decker.  I missed my husband!

Sister shot.  So proud of you Linny!!

Graduation makes one sassy

It was blossoming and SO gorgeous in Utah.  Beautiful flowers everywhere we looked

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Av's Game and A Professor's Mercy

We wound down our weekend at the Av's game on Sunday night.  They won!  I know nothing about hockey but it was still fun all the same.  Joe Coors (yes, of the beer) donated his suite to Healing Waters so we enjoyed stellar seats and a great game.  Thanks Joe!

Also, let me just say that there are still merciful, kind professors out there in case you were concerned.  I've only had the best of professors, but my Anatomy prof blew me away.

  I was rechecking my grades yesterday as I do every week to make sure things were recorded correctly (you would be shocked how many times there are unhelpful errors).  I saw two fairly big assignments with 0's and immediately e-mailed my professor asking what was up and if there was an error on her end.  

Um, prideful much me?

Turns out I forgot them.  I didn't do them.  I overlooked the assignments.  My horrid mistake. GAHH!!!! Cue the last 10 days of school anxiety and I broke down.  I wept to Ryan on the phone how this would break my grade and I would never get into nursing school and my career was over before it started.  I might have been slightly (ahem) irrational, though it's true missing these points would have left my grade bumming.

I called my professor and she immediately assured me that she would re-open the assignments. WHAT?! Can you even believe that!!  She was so kind and told me that due to my work ethic and high dedication to her class, she knew it must have been nothing more than an error and would make an exception this once to help me.

I must have said thank you like 10,000 times.  I was so grateful that my pride and mistake were met with generosity and help.  So undeserved and it really ministered to my heart (and overworked brain) as this semester closes.  I'm still in awe of her understanding and flexibility.  Dang.

I am grateful today for grace and Av's games.

Us enjoying the game

The snazzy suite!

Look at that view.  Seriously ridiculous.

Not sure what's going on but I knew when they scored and when a fight broke out

Driving to the Pepsi Center through Downtown

Pepsi Center!
Have a great week!  I hope you get an opportunity this week to extend some unexpected kindness and grace to someone else.  I'll have my eyes and heart wide open looking for a chance!  And that you get to enjoy the Spring after our snowstorm passes ;)

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Zechariah 7:9

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jewelry for Justice Giveaway!

Do you wear jewelry?  Major fan here!
I recently had the unique and thrilling opportunity to learn and write about 3 Strands; an organization fighting to defend the rights and lives of trafficked and enslaved women.  

They are partnering with me to spread the word and bling you out in the process!

3 Strands rescues women (super risky!) from the darkness of forced prostitution and then works to ceaselessly rehabilitate and love them.  The sweet women are educated, housed, fed, and provided meaningful jobs so they can be independent contributors of society again.  

The women make stunning handmade bracelets to support themselves and 3 Strands...and there are 15 up for grab over at Missional Women!

It's so fun to brag about their work especially as this cause runs deeply in my heart.  Click on over to learn more, enter the giveaway, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of "the very least of these" (Matt 25:45)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

What the Heck We're Up To

The only thing this blog ever gives you anymore are picture updates.  Are you cool with that?  It's because we're busy people at the Decker household!  Only 2 more weeks of school and then one entire glorious month off.


After my finals I'll be back sharing, blogging, and writing full swing.  Having May off will be a much needed break.  Side note:  If my calculations are right I'll have taken 35 tests in the last 15 weeks and that doesn't include quizzes, labs, homework assignments, or papers.  Jealous?

What are you up to this weekend?

We've got an Av's game...
Ladies coffee date...
Chicken coop finishing touches to do...
Research paper writing to complete...
Church greeting...
and hopefully some sunnier weather..

...oh and we may or may not have booked a weekend at our FAVORITE hotel for Ryan's birthday and 3rd wedding anniversary in June (we like to plan ahead. so sue us.)I. cannot. wait.  We spent our honey moon and 1st anniversary there.  It's a special spot.  I might pee my pants from excitement to get back.

Ok.  Now some pictures from the week.  Hope you have a great Friday tomorrow and the best weekend of your life!

Hot mugs of coffee while we scrape our cars (worst week ever to have a chicken coop take over our garage)

Ryan Decker hating enduring the snow

Who has to bust out the hiking boots to brave 8 inches of snow in April??

We did get SOME sun, after 3 days of gray blizzard-y weather

Our garage is an igloo

Because it was so cold we had vegetarian minestrone soup.  Doesn't that sound amazing with grilled cheese?  Drooool.
Ryan wore this dashing outfit to work in the garage on the CHICKEN COOP!!!

Then Harpo needed a hugThis picture kills me.

Fancy!  We also got jazzed up to see a play last weekend that my friend Rachelle was in.  Good times.  She played a whore and I loved it.  Ha!  She is a seriously talented lady.

That's Rachelle!!  2nd in from the right with the pink boa

Oh what did we have for lunch you ask?  Grapes, yogurt, almonds, breadless-turkey-hummus sandwiches.  So weird that I'm showing you this...

Over and out.  That's enough Decker shennanigans to hold you over for awhile.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our First Spring in a Year

We are aching for spring.  Wiling it to come and bring fresh starts.  There is some freedom in gorgeous weather.  Freedom to hike and bike, garden, and picnic.  To live in creation and escape the indoors.

To just enjoy.

It has been a little over a year now since Ryan became horribly sick.  We collectively missed Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012 but got healthy just in time for Winter  Blech!  Cold, dark, icy winter.  No thanks.

We're over the cold.  The mud.  The inside lifestyle.  The chilly nights.

Come on Spring!  We're ready for you to make your grand entrance so we can LIVE life beyond the walls of our house.  This spring is a reminder of God's faithfulness in restoring health and a reminder that we LOVE the life Crohn's snatched away last year.

  As soon as this snow melts we're unleashing our pent up passion for living.  We will pursue chickens and raspberry bushes, enjoy late nights on the back porch and warm early morning walks, and soak up this exciting season that breathes life into our bones.

It will be out first spring in over a year.  And I cannot wait.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Our New Life Motto


P.S.  Our Saturday was a yardwork doing, donut eating, garden preparing, movie watching kind of day.  Thanks for all your help Casey and Mom!  Pictures to come.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

1050 +

Gifts!!!  SO many to count on this Thursday.  Each and every one of these turn my heart to praise God today.

  Shall we start?

My Journey to 2000 Gifts
1050.  Arissa's due date being yesterday! (glad you commented so I know-let's pray Avia comes healthfully)
1051.  Bright green asparagus and lemon

1052.  DARK chocolate cake with sweet thick frosting

1053.  My silly husband who brings romance into our marriage daily

1054.  Evening rain showers

1055.  This face.  YUM he is so handsome!

1056.  Time together after long days (in the garage no less) Photo credit: Husband

1057.  Strong hands

1058.  Comforting, familiar smell of baking chicken

1059.  A job I love
1060.  Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
1061.  Humility in test taking
1062.  A garden bed full of raspberries
1063.  Normal rhythms to life this summer
1065.  Health
1066.  Vee's wisdom in scripture
1067.  Linny graduating soon
1068.  Upcoming weddings this summer-the thrill of new marriage!
1069.  The calm of a clean home
1070.  Unexpected phone calls from friends
1071.  Quiet time early in the morning
1072.  Big cups of delicious coffee in the a.m.
1073.  Being refined--it never ends thank goodness
1074.  The wisdom of the Bible
1075.  Examples of older women balancing their walks, lives, and families
1076.  Melted candles
1077.  Garden planning-the anticipation of produce in our own backyard
1078Longer days of sunshine and the nightime  patiently waiting to fall
1079.  A camera to capture moments through the day
1080.  Journaling thoughts and requests
1081.  Tension of waiting and giving it up to Him
1082.  Excellent medical care
1083.  Big mugs of tea and a good book
1084.  Social media to be connected with others
1085.  Budding leaves
1086.  Flickering candle flame
1087.  Hum of the dryer
1088.  Meaningful communication
1089.  Husband walking through the front door
1090.  Harpo's endless enthusiasm to say "hi!"
1091.  Clean sheets
1092.  Spring   
1093.  Adding chicken to the Decker family
1094.  Simplified living
1095.  Intentional time
1096.  The incredibly challenging book of Jeremiah
1097.  Barefoot walks to retrieve the mail
1098.  Sunshine warm on my back
1099.  Different life stages
1100.  Care packages out to a loved sister and brother-in-law            

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thoughts for a Random Wednesday

A few thoughts this morning:

#1.  I hate forgetting my camera over a busy week/weekend.  I have no good pictures to show you!   You'll have to settle for the mediocrity of photography I am about to put in this post...

We look like sketchy goons.

#1.  Was any Coloradan (Coloradite? Coloradese?) duped into planting their gardens yet?  We have 8 INCHES of snow sitting in our yard from yesterday.  Enough already!!  I am super jazzed to get my garden beds ready, dang it, and get our flock of chickens!

(Woops.  Two #1's.  Act natural...)

#2.   Read this.  What in the world do they even talk about??

#3.  This awesomely cool face brought to you by a random book from The Tattered Cover bookstore.  I wish I looked this good but alas I have no cool hat and am instead cooped up studying my brain outs.

#4.  One particularly large research paper is stealing my life away at the moment, but have no fear.  I still know gentle readers like yourself come to see meaningful photos like this...

Or this...

Or this...

Errr....not sure what's happening here.  

My husband is probably the sketchy mastermind behind it...

Oh and a more serious #5.  I forgot this sweet habit for a while but then remembered it this morning.  I think it's really neat to read a Proverb a day correlating with the calendar date. So this morning I read Proverbs 10 since it's the 10th of April and all.  See how that works?  Aren't you glad I'm here to explain these complicated things to you?

Anyway, check out this stuff:

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow to it.

Proverbs 10:22

Ok hold up.  In the margins of my Bible I literally wrote:  "SO confused..."  I'm wrestling with this verse because our life isn't really marked by this lately.  In no way do I want to be rich and wealthy but it does make me question what the "blessing of the Lord" means.  Particularly that part about having no sorrow.  Because we had a lot of sorrow last year.  Like A.  LOT.  So did that mean the Lord's blessing was not on us because this verse tells us his blessings adds no sorrow?

Or is that just confirmation that Crohn's is not from the Lord.  It's a result of a broken world and not anything a good God would dish out?  More like the inventions of the stupid devil.

Enlighten me if you know anything about this.  It's a good struggle to have this morning, to wonder about these complex words and realize how little my brain comprehends initially when scripture is involved.

Ok I think that's all. 

Hope you're having a great Wednesday and week!  What have you been up to?  Fill us in!

P.S.  Is is more weird that I have hot rollers in like an old woman?  That this is my reflection in a teapot?  Or that I shared this photo at all?  I warned you!!!  This is what happens when I forget my camera...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Fireworks and Chickens

Our weekend FLEW by!  It was such a good one.

Saturday we slept in (hallelujah!) and then went with Casey, Connie, and Peyton (Hey Casey!) to the cardboard boat races up at Mines.  Ryan participated in his undergrad so it's a blast from the past to go back and watch.  Basically there are teams of students and their goal is to make a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape and float it (and ALL passengers) down Clear Creek.  Gaahh!  

We saw SEVEN people in one boat and it didn't sink!   The water is FRIGID but it's fun to see what people come up with and be out enjoying the spring sunshine. 

This is Ryan when he did it his Senior year (he's in the back)!  You can't even see the boat because it sank.  Ha.  It was a submarine!

Then we had the Malones over for dinner which is always a fun time.  We love time with them.  And to finish our evening we met Lauren and Matt (you guys rock!) at a firework show at Mines.  It was AWESOME!!  Oh my, I have no words.  it's the best fireworks show we've ever been to. They bust out literal sticks of dynamite, 20 foot green flames, and gorgeous regular fireworks.

We were reflecting this weekend and realized that it was this weekend 5 years ago that Ryan and I first met!!  We were introduced at a rootbeer kegger (we were obviously crazy in college, ha ha) and then went to the fireworks.  It's such a sweet memory to have.  I love that we can remember seasons of our relationship from so long ago.  I'm grateful to keep enjoying these traditions with my man :)

Oh and we got a chicken coop!  Man, it WAS a busy weekend eh?  

My friend Kate built a coop but decided she couldn't use it due to a move.  So we took it off her hands.  It will house 4 chickens which we'll be getting in just a few weeks here.  We already have then named:  Huevos, Chorizo, Bacon, and Sausage.  Yum ;)

We'll only have hens and expect them to lay about 5 eggs a week each.  There are just a few minor things we need to do with the coop (insulate it, bury chicken wire, etc) before we get the ladies.  And then I'll post pictures of our new additions.

Ok that is all!  It was a good weekend minus Sunday afternoon when this pretty much summed up my life:

TMI?  Oh well. Hope you have a full, wonderful weekend yourself and we'll talk more this week.

Friday, April 5, 2013

How to Move Forward

I read this verse in my time with the Lord this morning:

"You keep going backward..."

Jeremiah 15:6


No thanks.

In context this was God's broken heart over Israel.  A nation He LOVED but who had rejected Him; relentlessly choosing other things over Him with no shame for a life devoid of holiness.

I cringe thinking about backward movement.  I want to be a forward mover.  Propelled into cultivating a richer walk and life for God.   My mind immediately flew to places I want growth, maturity, refinement, and forward movement.

A few places I jotted in the side notes of by Bible to move forward include marriage, communication, friendships, and wisdom.

How about you--what areas need some surrender and change?

Health?  Marriage?  Boundaries?  Spiritually?  Career?  Relationally?  Monetarily?  Time management?  Attitude?

Our God is one who propels us forward.  He has equipped up with the Holy Spirit to be taught, enabled, and mobilized to grow!   We don't have to do anything God is calling us to do alone.  

Stagnation is not of Jesus.

Forward movement today.  Enabled by God.  Called to it undoubtedly.  

It's what's on my mind. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ridiculous Expressions

This would probably suffice to be a wordless post.  

I have a crazy, silly, amazing husband whom I love with all of my heart!  And I love his endless ridiculous expressions!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Life

Easter makes me glad for the hope of new life.  For life, period!  Jesus' perfect existence and radical death in our place promises redemption and fresh starts.  The work of the cross seals our identity in the Lord and trashes our old sinful, ways.  

Hallelujah am I glad for that because I am a hot mess 103% of the time.

I am grateful for the refreshment of being cleansed by Jesus' blood and the endless possibilities of beginnings anew today.   Grateful this morning for the magnitude and mind-boggling grace of Easter.

You too?

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:4

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sunrises, Easter, and Alpacas

How was your Sunday?  We hope you had an Easter full of praise for Jesus' life and sacrifice!

We went to a sunrise service at the Red Rocks Amphitheater which was gorgeous...and early!  We left the house at 4:59 am--dang.  The view was incredible and there must have been 10,000 people there.  It was a neat service and the speaker shared God's grace with such articulation and meaning.

The amphitheater is gorgeous!  The rocks are so monstrous and beautiful

After church we all took a (much needed) nap and then had brunch at our house.  Veggie egg casserole, banana bread, "bunny" bread (see below), fruit salad and sausage were on the menu.  Delicious!

And my rock star mom made us all Easter baskets.  Isn't that too fun?  She really blesses us.  We got pretty coffee mugs, dark chocolate, almonds, and organic gummies as well as socks, hand towels, and other random goodies.  

 Easter Bunny bread from a local bakery.  Husband and I with our generous baskets

Deckers and Woelbers

Ryan, Mom, and I after brunch

 Oh and we saw alpacas in the afternoon--ha!  Our neighbor owns a few so we got to say hi.

We dropped off Kyle and Tiffany to the airport and jetted down for an Easter dinner with the Deckers.  It was so delicious and a gift to get to see both of our families for special celebrations.  Today was abundantly full!  A real celebration of Jesus, life, and undeserved grace.

Enjoy your week and this spring-y, refreshing weather :)

Decker family picture!

 Ryder looked like a stud per usual (Mom, I took this picture of his little man outfit for you) and Rilyn had a very adventurous egg hunt!

I believe she had her 19th piece of candy in her mouth here--ha!  She knows how to work the system


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