jenna’s getting married!

•November 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yea, you heard me right. Jenna and the charming Seon-Ho are engaged! It’s an exciting time for our family and I’m sure for Seon-Ho’s as well. We couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming him into our family next year, he is Jenna’s perfect compliment.

I’m so thankful that Jenna has found such a steady, positive, and hilarious individual to spend her life with. I know that they will pursue God well together, and most definitely have a lot of fun along the way 🙂 Congratulations to my sister and soon to be brother!


apple picking

•September 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

how we spent our day:

apple picking

that apple was so high i needed help reaching it


they were only in it for the apple crisp that followed

now that’s now it’s done

Apple picking is mindless. Which is exactly why it’s great. I needed a mindless activity after my first week doing my grad classes and field internship at the same time. Disengaging is good sometimes.

As we were enjoying our day off it dawned on me… A leisure activity for middle/upper class people is manual labor. Think about it. That’s weird.

best song ever

•September 14, 2010 • 1 Comment

O church arise and put your armor on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies
An army bold whose battle-cry is Love
Reaching out to those in darkness

Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him

So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory

ava won the battle

•September 9, 2010 • 1 Comment

It’s been a hard few months for my extended in-laws (you follow?). Phil’s cousin Josh and his wife Lisa have spent the past 10 weeks walking with their 5 year old daughter, Ava, through her battle with Glioblastoma multiforme, which is fancy for brain cancer.

All the while, as they’ve watched their sweet, exuberant daughter endure 3 brain surgeries, loss of use of the left side of her body, and significant pain, they have remained persistent in their faith in Jesus. They haven’t questioned God’s existence. They haven’t lost sight of God’s promises. They haven’t doubted that God is bigger than cancer. In contradiction of normal human fashion, Josh and Lisa have spent each day since the diagnosis trusting that He has a plan amidst their hurting and depending on the power of Christ to carry them through each day to fight for Ava.

Last weekend, Ava passed away. She lost her battle with cancer. But she won her battle with death. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15: 55-57). Ava was not healed on this side of heaven, but Josh and Lisa are able to confidently rejoice that she has been made whole again, because they know that Jesus has stood in Ava’s defense against death through dying for her himself on the cross.

Today Ava’s Memorial Service was held in Orlando, where 4,000 people joined together to celebrate a 5 year gift to the world. A sassy, loving, spontaneous, lion-hearted, beautiful gift. Pray for Josh, Lisa, and their son Noah as they learn to balance adjusting to life without Ava yet maintaining her presence in their hearts. While they are confident that God will be glorified through their loss, it doesn’t mean it will be an easy road.

If you’ve been praying for The Hunters and weren’t able to catch the live streaming of her memorial, you can watch it here:

Ava Hunter’s Memorial Service

You can also look back on the past 10 weeks and continue following The Hunters’ journey on Josh’s blog:

Josh’s Blog

more from the cape

•August 31, 2010 • 1 Comment

Footage not included in the last post:

We kept joking that we’re so pale that people couldn’t see where the sand ended and our bodies started. Which isn’t far from the truth. We must have gotten made fun of by someone who watched us put a gallon of sunblock on and then proceed to sit under the shade of an umbrella. Fun times, though. Good thing we didn’t go this coming weekend. Hurricane Earl’s going to pound us!

cape may

•August 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This Saturday Phil and I celebrated our anniversary with a day trip to a quaint, historic town at the very southern point of NJ called Cape May. It’s supposedly the country’s oldest seaside resort and is known for it’s beautiful Victorian architecture. We had a great time celebrating the past year and enjoying the shore for the first time.

First stop: Brunch at The Mad Batter, Bed and Breakfast

Next stop: Beach

Downfall of traveling as two: no good pics. Still mid-dive from self timer setting.

My bro braving the cold water.

We didn’t feel like we were in the jerz…

Next stop: Victorian houses!

Next Stop: Tapas at Martini Beach

Last stop: Saying bye to the shore. Until next time.

That’s some kind of face right there…


It was a relaxing day vacay at The Cape. We had a blast together and loved getting a little break from life.

We still have some 1 year festivities to come: the top layer of our wedding cake is stashed at my parents’ house. So, it looks like we’ll be waiting until Thanksgiving to dive into that delicious, freezer brunt treat, which means we’ll get to rope our family into trying it too and joining us in pretending it’s actually good.

first anniversary

•August 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

Today is a great day. It’s a day filled with reflection and gratefulness. It’s Phil and I’s first anniversary of marriage.

It’s seems like an impossible feat to condense the words I have to say about the outstanding man I married and the last year that we’ve been blessed to spend together. More than anything, I am grateful. The Lord gave me the gift of another person. A person. Someone who is of utmost worth in God’s sight was given to me. I can’t wrap my head around that. But I’m unspeakably glad that it’s true.

Not only that, but we, by little doing of our own, were at a place in our lives when we got married to start off on the right foot. Do you know the Parable of the Sower?

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold… And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said… Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” [Luke 8:5-9,11-15]

We praise God that the first seeds of our marriage fell on good soil. We have been abundantly blessed by one another this year, only because of Christ and his presence in our lives and our marriage. Without God, we would have been, or soon would be, the marriage with no root and on the road to demise. Pray for our next year, that we will keep Christ as the center of our marriage, and be able to declare God’s goodness as much, if not more, on our second anniversary as we are on our first.