Holiday Wrap-Up

Does anyone else feel sad because Christmas is gone? I was taking down my decorations last night and felt a small bit of sadness. Being a Scrooge in the past, I am quite surprised I felt this way. However, this Christmas was just really fun! Maybe my heart swelled with love and kindness like the Grinch??

JRB and I have had quite the week. Last Wednesday I got out of school for holiday, so we spent all of Thursday in our pj’s watching and finishing Parks & Rec. Then Friday, along with my parents, we set off to Durham, NC to visit family. We had such a great time catching up with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. A real treat was see my baby cousin who is quickly approaching his second birthday. The last time I saw him was at our wedding in May, and I was blown away at all the new, cool things he is doing and learning. I know next time he’ll be even more advanced! It’s so crazy how fast they grow and learn.

While we were there JRB and I took a visit to Duke’s campus. While there we visited Duke’s chapel (completely awesome and beautiful), Cameron Indoor Stadium, and did a bit of a walking tour thus catching glimpses of other buildings and structures. The following are pictures of our tour (mostly the chapel because I was enamored).

Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel

Cameron Indoor Stadium

That night we went to Nantucket Restaurant for dinner. It’s a pretty cool restaurant in that pretty much everything is on their menu, and you get a free piece of cake when you order an entree. What’s really funny about our dining experience is that when the waitress was bringing drinks around, the 3-4 waters left on her platter happened to tip over and fall right down my back. Literally, ice cold water went all over the back of my shirt, pants, jacket, and purse. Con: freezing cold, uncomfortable, slightly embarrassing Pro: FREE MEAL As you can see, the pro greatly outweighed the cons!

Water Spillage

Nantucket Restaurant

After an 12-hour trip home (No, 12 hours isn’t normal. We were stopped CONSTANTLY in North Carolina. Traffic was miserable as was my stomach- i.e. car sickness.), Josh and I crawled into bed and awaited our FIRST Christmas Eve as a married couple. We did Christmas together before going to my parents’ house for Christmas Eve dinner and presents on Christmas Day. Miller got in on the action. Like always he thinks he owns everything, including the Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas

Josh's Favorite Gift

Miller

Since then we’ve been seriously chilling. And by chilling I mean watching Lord of the Rings. I gave him the entire trilogy in blue ray and extended edition, so that counts for about 10-12 of our hours since Christmas. On to 2013!

I Like Adoption

I came across this video last night while looking through Twitter. Two of my friends posted the link, so I took a look. This video made my heart smile and my eyes water. Even as a little girl I remember saying I wanted to adopt a little girl from China. At that time it was only because I thought they were cute, and they are. Now, however, I still would love the opportunity to adopt (still from China, but pretty much anywhere is great with me!), but my reasons have  changed.

We were all born sinful, fatherless (spiritually speaking), and lost. However, God, by grace, adopted us into his family. We did not deserve his grace and mercy, but he loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ as atonement for our sins so that we have access to Him. Adoption shows the grace and mercy of taking a helpless individual into one’s family, providing for their needs, loving them no matter the ailment or color of their skin, and saving them from a destiny of hardship.

I pray that the Lord gives Josh and me this opportunity one day. I recently told a friend that I would love if my family looked like the United Nations. Give me children of all nationalities! And as you’ll see on this video, that is exactly what this family was told they look like. How beautiful! That is exactly what I think heaven will look like: people of all races, cultures, backgrounds, etc. coming together as God’s children.

New Film Premiere – I Like Adoption. from ILikeGiving.com on Vimeo.

 

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John: 1: 12

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.'” Genesis 4:4-6

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27

“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” Matthew 18:5

Crazy, Stupid Love

My love, JRB, is one crazy man. I’ve done several posts on the his silliness alone, and this is another one.

Crazy Man

Story #1

Monday night we went to Kroger to pick up a few things. While we were there I saw some Christmas tree cakes (you know, the Little Debbie ones?). Knowing these are JRB’s favorite (because he ate an entire box in one day about a month ago), I asked if he would like to get a box. He responded, “No, I’m going to try to have some control.” Minutes pass, groceries accumulate, and it’s time to check out. When we get to the register, I begin unloading our buggy and find at the BOTTOM of our pile a box of Christmas trees.

I say, “Josh!? Where did these come from??” He responds, “Oh those? Yea, they were one of the first things in the buggy. I’ve been stacking all of the other groceries around them so you wouldn’t notice.”

I then say, “Well, I don’t mind if you have some. I asked if you wanted them. Why didn’t you tell me about them then??” Josh: “When I said I was going to try to have some control I meant control myself from having two boxes.”

Yes, my husband is a hoarder of Christmas tree cakes.

Story #2

Yesterday when I got home from school Josh asked me if I noticed any differences in his appearance. I stared and stared and guessed and guessed, but never really saw anything strange or different. He then proceeds to tell me that he had only been shaving the right side of his face since Sunday and was trying to see if I noticed (and I didn’t).

Let me repeat that. JRB only shaved the right side of his face for 3 days. It’s true. I asked him why and his response was, “It just came to me on Sunday. Thought I’d try it out.” He then added, ” And you made me go to Kroger with half a shaved face!” The fact that only half of his face was shaven now makes the Christmas tree cake story even funnier to me.

Once he told me that half of his face was unshaven, it became SO clear. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off of the distinct hair line cutting his upper lip and chin into right and left. I CANNOT believe he kept it up for three whole days and went in public! This is the crazy man that I’m crazy, stupid in love with.

P.s. I really wish I had thought to take a picture of his chin, but it didn’t even occur to me until hours later. Big bust of my part.

Weekend Photos

This past weekend Josh and I went to Knoxville to be with friends. The following are from our Saturday hike:

Our breakfast. My statement: “I’m ashamed.” Josh’s statement: “This is so American.”

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The Biermen

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The  beautiful view at the top of House Mountain

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Miller = Simba. Josh= Rafiki

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Husband. Sweet husband.

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He loves when I hold him like a baby on my hip….. sometimes.

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This picture sums up how we all felt riding home: exhausted. Yes, Miller fell asleep sitting up.

Weekend Update: Downton, Miller, and Chex

This week had a lot of Paige time. Now that wrestling season has begun, Josh has been gone a decent bit calling matches. That left me at home Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights to fend for myself. Unlike last time I didn’t go into a crafting frenzy. This time I watched a lot of Dowton Abbey. It’s an ultra-dramatic show set in Great Britain during War World I. I definitely recommend it! I also got myself a manicure, did lots of cleaning, and baked some sweet Chex Mix (recipe came from my sweet friend, Elizabeth, and is found below).

Chex Mix does the Tricks

3 cups of rice Chex

3 cups of corn Chex

1 1/2 cups of chopped pretzels or pecans (I did pretzels)

1 1/2 sticks of butter

3/4 cups of brown sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix brown sugar and butter in a sauce pan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. (Make sure you stir often or it will scorch)
  3. Immediately pour it over the mix that’s on a cookie sheet and DON’T stir.
  4. Bake for 7 minutes, then stir.
  5. Bake for another 5-7 minutes
  6. Enjoy!

 

Other than that I was hanging with my #2 guy, Miller Bierman. The following pictures prove our companionship over the last week.

Miller and I watching Downton

This first one is of us watching Downton in bed. Miller really likes this show as you can tell!IMG_20121206_210737

Sometimes I had to get onto Miller for doing things like this. This week he chewed 2 of my shoes, ate my pantyhose and a cotton ball, and peed on me. You can’t make this stuff up.

IMG_20121208_195035Lastly, this was a present for Miller because 1.) He kept me company/entertained me in Josh’s absence 2.) He needs a good formal look. and 3.) (and mostly this reason) I think it is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. I have burst into laughter each time I look at this picture.

Saturday I was in Auburn doing a lot of Christmas shopping with my mom. Then that night Josh and I watched the Heisman Ceremony and the following 30 for 30, You Don’t Know Bo. What great television!!! Every year I find myself in tears during the Heisman Ceremony. I know it’s very weird, but I think being raised in such an athletically-driven home plays a part in why I hardly ever cry during movies/shows but tear up every time I watch Remember the Titans and the Heisman Ceremony. I just LOVE team things and overcoming obstacles. I also was very pleased that several guys were such outspoken, strong Christian men. I think this society needs to see more guys like that!

As far the You Don’t Know Bo…. I was in awe. Being a graduate of Auburn, I obviously think Bo Jackson is the absolute greatest. However, I didn’t realize that he truly is the absolute greatest. I was too young to know anything about him other than just what I’ve heard. I never got the pleasure of watching him play, but good heavens!! Watching the footage and hearing the testimonies of his playing days was incredible. It really is like he’s a tall tale: jumping over Volkswagons, doing backflips in waist-deep water, dunking sticks. It was remarkable. I’m an even bigger Bo fan now! I wish he could suit up and play for Auburn next year.

Weekend Update: Cookies and Membership Jackets

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This weekend was really great! Wrestling season has officially began because Saturday Josh was off again to a tournament. Don’t worry though, this time when I was left alone I didn’t go into a crafting frenzy. I met my parents in Auburn to do some Christmas shopping for Tytravious ( the cutest 6th grader and best usher you could ever know) and Josh.

Then Saturday night Josh and I went to our Sunday School Christmas party. We ate tons of chili, and I made the homemade chocolate chips I talked about in this post. I made 5 dozens cookies and came home with 4. I guess there were good….? Just in case you want to try them yourselves, here is the recipe.

To top off our awesome weekend, we joined the church pictured up top. That’s right. I braved my fear of walking in front of people to join First Baptist Church on the Square. Josh and I have been attending small group, Wednesday night dinner, and Sunday School there for some time now and just thought it was time to d.t.r. (define the relationship) with this church. It has everything we believe a church should have: sound Biblical teaching, community to hold us accountable, missions opportunities and a budget that reflects a heart for missions, and diversity. An added bonus is that Wednesday night meals are pretty dang good, and the pastor has a British accent. If that’s not a win, I’m not really sure what is.

Josh and I are extremely thankful that the Lord not only answered our prayers for community and an avenue to serve, but really overdid Himself. We are so encouraged by these people. It’s also nice that roughly 80- 90 percent of them have children, so whenever that day comes for us I have no doubt that we’ll be surrounded by people who won’t let us ruin the child. Plus we get to play with the kiddos without being responsible for cleaning, feeding, or discipline. It’s really awesome.

In conclusion, God is great, answers prayers, and knows us far better than we know ourselves.