Sunday, April 20, 2014

It is Finished!

Matt has been working on a big project in our backyard for a couple of months now.  He finished up this weekend just in time for Easter.  Since Sandi just had knee surgery we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to host the holiday meal at our house.  So we had a pizza party for Easter... that is a wood fired pizza party in our new oven!  I can't believe it is finally finished.  It took a long time and it was a huge amount of work which Matt did all by himself.  The oven is gorgeous and being such a breadophile I can't believe we have our own wood fired oven!  Matt has made a lot of things but this one definitely takes the cake.  THANKS, HONEY!!!






We have made pizza three times now and have figured out what it takes to make it just right.  Today was our first go at bread.  It baked in about 25 minutes and turned out pretty good.

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 Ligonier.org 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!