Diapers, Funfetti and classic conversations

Every Monday night I, along with this really cool blonde chick, lead a small group through First Baptist Church of Opelika. We’ve been working through the book of Galatians this semester which has been AUsome (really. read it and try to rely on anything other than grace. can’t. do. it.) But this past Monday (birthday eve) we had a BABY SHOWER!!! Before you start thinking I’m pregnant (I’M NOT. I’M NOT. I’M NOT. NOOOOOOOOOO.) we did it for Women’s Hope.

Women’s Hope provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services for women who are pregnant and are single, scared and/or considering adoption or abortion. They are a faith-based organization, so they educate women on what an abortion actually is and provide other, better options. They do not refer patients to abortion clinics. For women who choose to keep the baby, they provide parenting classes and have a supplies store. That’s where our small group comes in. They are constantly needing supplies for their store (clothes, diapers, bottles, blankets, diaper bags, crib cushions, etc.). Our group threw a baby shower and bought supplies to give to their store! It was so fun!

I love FUNfetti cupcakes!

I'm an constantly challenged and humbled by these girls. Look at how much broke college kids can do!

Only the coolest girls in Auburn

One thing we did at small group that night was answer questions from a bowl. Basically, we passed around the bowl, drew a question and answered it. It was  great way to get to know one another on a deeper level and occasionally just be silly. A few of the questions were: What have you prayed for the longest? What is the greatest lesson you ever learned? What was your favorite subject in elementary school? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? See, it was a good mix of serious and silly. Well, after small group Josh and I decided we would answer them together. (P.s. I LOVE to do things like this. I was always the kid in truth or dare that chose all truths!) This is how some of our conversation went:

P: Who was your first boyfriend?

J: (without hesitating a second) Justin. (Justin is one of Josh’s BFF 4-evers. I knew Josh really loved me when he told me I was getting to Justin’s level. True story.)

P: If you had to eat one food the rest of your life what would it be?

J: Steak. Final answer.

P: When is the last time you cried?

J: I don’t understand the question.

P: If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?

J: A tiger so I could rip people’s faces off. (Yes, this came out of my sweet man’s mouth.)

Later on….

J: If you could be any animal which would you be and why?

P:  A big, fuzzy, furry, purry cat!

J: Paige, you know I’d eat you.

P: No you wouldn’t! We’re in the same family. We’re cats together!

J: I’d get your confused for a squirrel and eat you fast.

Do you need Women’s Hope? Or are you interested in giving to Women’s Hope? Don’t hesitate!

820 Stage Road
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 502-7000

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome.
Please call ahead for availability.
Monday-Friday
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High school girls, pizza, ringing ears and delirious conversations

My weekend was AWESOME. Yours? In reviewing all I did, I’m telling you I am so thankful for sweet friends and a wonderful fiance.

Here’s how it began: Friday I cooked dinner with my friends Claire, Valerie and Katie. We hadn’t hung out in so long, so making pasta, eating Oreo balls and going to Auburn’s callouts were so needed. You know you have the best friends in the world when you can be content with doing nothing with one another, and after callouts that’s what we did. We literally sat around for 2-3 hours just talking about our struggles, Twitter, birds, boys and old times.

Saturday morning I worked Glitz, Glam and Gowns with the Big House Foundation. {pictures and another post to come about this one. It may or may not have changed my life.} After that I went jogging which if you know me is a HUGE accomplishment.

Then……the greatest stuff happened…..Sweet Yoshi surprised me with tickets to our faves: Ben Rector and NeedToBreathe at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Backstory: Josh REALLY likes Ben Rector. I was an average fan until this fall when we got to meet him! He came to sing at Farmhouse so he and his band were hanging outside of Josh’s room. We OBVIOUSLY had to go into Josh’s room aka walk right through their hang out area and got to meet Ben and his band. This was right after Josh and I got engaged, so Ben asked us to tell him our story. It was really sweet and cool.

But that night I asked Ben Rector to sing at our wedding. (Yes, this really happened.)

And he was like, “Oh yea! That’s awesome. Totally.”

And then I said, “No, but really.”

And he said, “Really. Ok.

That being said, if you have a personal relationship with Ben Rector, let’s make this happen!

Saturday was more than just a sweet birthday surprise with concert tickets though. As mentioned earlier, I am  MEGA planner. I want to know and do everything way ahead of time. And Josh did something that just blessed my soul through and through. He had the ENTIRE night planned. Not just concert at 9 p.m. He knew where we were going for dinner and how long it would take to get from place to place. It was great. He even made enough time so that when we arrived in Atlanta, we drove to the hotel we’ll stay at after our wedding so that now I know he knows how to get there. (I actually had already thought about what would happen if we got lost on the way to our hotel that night. So like I said, he really blessed my soul by doing this.) Guys, take notes.

These men made some AMAZING pizza and blasted Italian opera like it was their job!

Then we ate at the really really great pizza place called Antico. It’s a byob place in Atlanta, so if you want anything to drink other than bottled water you walk across the street to this gas station for your drinks. There were people who had gone over and bought a bottle of wine and different beverages, and I thought that was a really neat concept. What was the strangest though is that you don’t have guaranteed seating. After you order you walk into the kitchen and there are three big picnic tables. From there you just wait for your pizza and fight for seats. While fighting for seats definitely stressed me out, the food more than made up for it. I think this is the best pizza I’ve EVER had!

Then we went to the concert and it was SO. GREAT. I’m not even going to go into detail because no words can describe how great they both were. As Mr. Bierman said, “You know you went to a great concert when Ben Rector rocked your brains off, and then after NeedToBreathe you forget you even saw Ben Rector.”

Josh and I outside of the Tabernacle. At this point my heart is beating so fast because NeedToBreathe had just rocked my socks off.

The concert ended around midnight, so the drive home was pretty rough for me (those of you who know me know that I pretty much always go to sleep before midnight.). Well, I’m nodding off slowly, and Josh keeps going,”Paige. I need to you talk to me. Open your eyes.” And I’d open them and start talking. Well this one time, Josh began talking about the book of Hosea. (He’s so great, right? Bible talk after midnight? That’s whatsup.) So I’m listening and hear him say something about how it’s more than a man marrying a prostitute, and then I don’t know what happened. Next thing I know Josh said, “Do you agree?CRAP. I’VE BEEN ASLEEP FOR A WHOLE CONVERSATION.  I looked at him and half-laughing, half-confused go… “Uh………….Um…………….. Can you repeat the question?” And he goes, ” Do you agree?” This isn’t looking good. So I had to fess up and ask him to repeat the whole conversation. At the time I felt really bad, but Sunday morning I woke up and realized that Saturday had been an A++ day, but this was by far the funniest part.

Things you should know before committing to read this blog…

This is at Josh’s formal in Orlando right after we began dating. We obviously hit it off immediately.

1. I love Jesus.

2. I am obsessed with Chinese things and people. (maybe I’ll broaden that to Asian things and Asian people.) They really are the greatest!

3. I enjoy giving nicknames. For example: Josh is often referred to as Yosh, Yoshi, JRB (pronounced “jerb”), J.R.B., Mr. Bierman, etc.

4. My mom and Josh tell me I’m supposed to be a high school teacher and coach, and I keep saying no.

5. I attempt to be outdoorsy/artsy, but really I’m pretty regular.

6. Josh and I are getting MARRIED on May 12 aka less than 3 months.

7. I’ve never been on a diet. I go through phases of exercising/eating healthy, but they always end in an empty jar of peanut butter or a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I CANNOT say no to chocolate chip cookies. It’s really bad.

8. I have random thoughts which lead to more random thoughts which lead to more random thoughts, so be prepared for posts to go everywhere.

9. Today’s Letters is my favorite blog of all time. I would move to Dallas and go to the Pearl Cup everyday if it meant I could be friends with Em and Tim Loerke.

10. I’m an only child. Embarrassing/ awesome at the same time.

Let’s begin!

Alright. There’s a lot of anxiety built around this first post. It’s like I already know other things I want to blog about, but not for the FIRST post! But the heart behind this blog is to just share life with people. This time is so interesting. Josh and I are still in school. We both have some income, no matter how small it may be. We’re familiar with Auburn, and WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!! Things are really, really great. However, we both know that things are about to drastically change. My last name will never be Robinson again. While totally pumped about that, it’s still weird to think about. (I’ve just begun practicing signing my name with Bierman instead of Robinson. It’s like I’m a school girl with a crush.) We’re graduating a.k.a. our years don’t begin in August anymore after 17 years (19 for Josh-he’s a grad school smarty pants!) We’re leaving the place I’ve been for 4 years, 6 for Josh. Plus, you know, job hunting, not knowing where we’ll live, living with each other. It’s just a whole bunch of change!

Thus, we’ve named our blog “Miraculous Maze.”
Miraculous: 1) occurring through divine or supernatural intervention, or manifesting such power : a miraculous cure. 2) highly improbable and extraordinary and bringing very welcome consequences : I felt amazed and grateful for our miraculous escape.

Maze: a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way.

So, we’ve named our blog Miraculous Maze because that’s where we currently reside. We’re walking through this network of paths and hedges that are puzzling us, but the whole thing is miraculous, occurring through divine intervention. I am the girl who does everything so far in advance that people look at me strange. I’ve never crammed, pulled an all-nighter or really waited until the last minute for anything. However, these are the cards we are dealt. We are walking day by day with a flickering candle to light the way, trusting God to keep the flame burning. I know that God is leading us, and when I get to the end of the maze my faith will be stronger than before. I know that He is controlling our lives because this is NOT me. I am the planner and the first to stress when things aren’t planned. And somehow….I’m fine. I really am. Yes, last night I may or may not have begun to worry, but that really is the first time I’ve not been completely grounded in the sovereignty of Christ.

All day today, the Lord has put the Exodus on my heart. I see the Lord working and planning from the get-go. First he saves Moses from being killed by Pharaoh, and how does He do it? Oh, just by letting PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER find him! Then he tell Moses, “Look I’m going to have to do a lot of things to get the Israelites out of slavery. But just go with it.” And what does he do? The plagues and the Israelites eventually are free!! (Obviously I’m leaving some details out!) I imagine being an Israelite. I’m God’s people, and I’m in slavery. This doesn’t sound right. But I know God has to do something. I know he is my Father, and I am his child. I’m going to continue to walk day by day for His glory and let Him take care of the rest. As far as I know, right now God is saving Moses or giving him instructions on how to save me.