Monday, March 31, 2014

End of Winter Visitors

Since Minnesota hogged up all the winter this year we were left with nothing but sunshine and warm temps here in Tucson.  So warm in fact that our three raised garden beds produced very little this season.

Minnesota tried to make up for this by sending us some fun visitors, Jane and Isaac, who were here for 4 days basking in the Tucson sun.  They enjoyed hiking, biking, and driving up Mt. Lemon. Jane also got to experience her first wine from Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico which she loved!

12 years!

Matt and I celebrated our 12th anniversary last weekend!
Of course we celebrated with steak and our best bottle of wine, Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley, 2007 vintage.  Awesome.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ligonier Ministries National Conference 2014

We are back from yet another Ligonier National Conference, my 10th!  I love the conference so much and was so sad when it was over this year.  The conference lectures have just been posted on for free streaming for a  couple of weeks.  They are all worth listening to but my favorites this year were:

The World the Flesh and the Devil by Voddie Bacham 

Do Not Love the World by Robert Godfrey.

The Q & A sessions were also very good and at times quite lively!  In the first Q&A session RC answered the question I submitted having to do with the view many of my libertarian Christian friends hold, namely that government should not be involved in marriage.  RC had a very strong opinion on this matter.  You can here this question asked and answered at 14:13 minutes into the first Q&A session.

The bookstore was filled with wonderful books again this year and here is what we bought.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Conference Draws Nigh!

It's that time of year again, for the Ligonier Ministries National Conference- yay!

This will be my 10th year going- God is so good!!  Here is this year's speaking schedule- can't wait!

Planning the Reuninon

Recenlty Ben was in Arizona for work so we headed up to Phoenix to have dinner with him and the Rottmans at their casa.  What a fun night!  We started planning our first annual Tucson Family Reunion which we hope to hold this summer in Albuquerque.  Can't wait!

A Long Overdue "Happy New Year!"

We rang in the New Year with a bunch of friends over for a "thrift store party" where everyone had to come garbed in thrift store attire.  We partook  in snacks, drinks and hookah before letting off some Chinese lanterns at midnight.  They were so beautiful but very nerve racking as some of them crashed into neighboring yards while still on fire- yikes!  Thankfully no fires were started!  Here are some pics from the evening...

We then enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and a bottle of La Papaterie (St. Emilion) with the Janks on New Year's Day.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Time

Just a few pics to show you what I've been up to this Holiday Season.  First of all this is my busiest time and most fun time of year at work because I get to work all the Champagne and Sparkling wine tasting bars.  This means all day  I just pour bubbles for customers- yay!

On Christmas Eve Matt prepared a delicious dinner for his family who joined us for dinner and then Christmas Eve service at our church- yay!

Christmas morning revealed many a wonderful present for me.  The first thing I found were these beautiful Champagne glasses in my stocking.  I of course could not resist filling them with the bubbly on such a wonderful morning, even though it was only 9 AM!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Visiting the Janks

Last weekend we headed south to to see the Janks at their new home in Mexico!

It was the first time since we have driven down there in over five years.  One hour to the border and then three hours south to Hermosillo.  The drive was uneventful and the roads have gotten much better since we last drove there.  The Janks met as at the Hermosillo toll and lead us thru the city to their hacienda.  

We were able to stay over two nights.  We had tons of fun catching up, eating authentic Mexico food (carne asada tacos and burros, Fancy steak, fresh piggy cookies from the local bakery, and Yunuen's homecooking), playing spades, shopping for and drinking Mexican wine, smoking cigars and hookah, checking out the beautiful Mexican casas in their neighborhood while walking the dogs, going to church with them (with crowing roosters) touring the city center and driving up a mountain to overlook the city.  It was a fantastic time and we can't wait to go back and see them again.  Thanks for having us AMIGOS!

Together Again

We are so happy to be back in Tucson however, it is quite sad for us that most of our friends have moved away in the last few years.  Recently we had an opportunity to be together again in Tucson do to a funeral for a great man of God from our church.  Here are a few pictures from the evening we spent together having a lamb dinner and enjoying some hookah afterwards.

Birthday Feast

So my birthday was a while ago but I forgot to blog the feast we had.  Such special occasions always call for my favorite wines.  To start with  Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne with cheese, crackers and fruit.  And then I cooked myself my all time favorite meal- Thanksgiving!  Sandi came over and joined us for birthday dinner.  The wine of choice was Souverain Cabernet Sauvingon, Winemakers Resevere, 2008.  This meal wasn't about pairing food and wine as much as it was about eating my favorite food and drinking my favorite wine.  YUM.  Forget going out to eat for my birthday, a day of cooking is much better!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Family Visitors


Michael, Bill, Annie and Matt

Last month Matt's older sister was in town for a visit.  We don't see her very often as she lives in Texas.  Also, visiting was Matt's grandma from Pennsylvania.  Good times!
Sandi and Villia