Monday, February 25, 2008

More Snow!? You're Kidding...Right?

Yup! More snow...already here and more to come! We're expecting at least 6-8 inches overnight tonight!

Our good friends had us over for dinner tonight to celebrate Ben's successful defense. (The meal was awesome! Thanks Mike and Jamie!!) When we got home, we decided to play in the snow. This is the snowiest winter in 22 years, surely we couldn't go on without making at least ONE snowman!

Friday, February 15, 2008

He Passed!!

I love my Dr. BG.

It's an iPhone! :) [Read previous post]

...more from Ben later.

The Big Day

This is the day we have been waiting for since Ben started his doctorate 3 1/2 years ago. Right now he is at the college, standing in front of a board of scholars and academic spectators, defending his 300-page dissertation.

The defense is scheduled from 3:20pm until 5:20pm. Right now it is 4:48pm. I've been praying for him all day.

I'll save the details for him to share on a later post. But, let's see if anyone can guess the present I bought for him pictured below!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Four Car Crash

Yes... I was in a "4-car pile up" Saturday. No no no.. don't worry. No one was hurt, and my car barely has a scratch on it. And, it wasn't my fault! :)

My friend, Michelle, and I were on our way to the mall and were stopped at a traffic light with two cars stopped behind us. There was also another stop light not too far behind us. Another little white car decided to race through the yellow light without noticing the stopped traffic in front of him. So, I heard a CRASH, looked in my rearview and saw the van behind me lunge forward, then .... tap!... my car was ... well... just tapped!

So, not that you need further explaining... but the car who caused the crash slammed into a car, that then hit the van in front of her, who tapped us. The first car was totaled. The poor guy must've broken his nose from the airbag because his eyes and face were immediately bruised. Everyone else seemed okay, except the lady behind us with her husband... who was a little too dramatic.

I had my camera on me, so I took a few pics. They aren't very good. I didn't really take the time to take any good ones.

I've counted my blessings and am grateful no one was hurt and that our car wasn't damaged. Plus, the policeman made mine and Michelle's day right before we left when he said "You ladies look like you could be on TV!" hahahaha Was that a compliment? :)(My car is in front of the van)

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Snow Tracks

There's not much to blog about lately. We've had quite a bit of snow this week. In fact, Ben's mom was supposed to visit, but there was so much snow coming in the day of her flight that we encouraged her to cancel and come a different weekend. The roads were horrible on Thursday and Friday. Today is better... it's actually very pretty. We'd like to go sledding again, but haven't found the motivation or time.

Speaking of motivation, we finally made it back to the gym this morning. Ben has been going off and on, but ever since we moved a whole 2 miles farther from the gym, I haven't gone! Yikes. It felt very good to make it back again today. Three of our friends recently signed up, so we get 3 months free for the referral.

The last two weekends I've been gone, without Ben. :( One weekend I was in Nashville for a girl trip. It was a lot of fun. The best part was a concert we attended at the Grand Ole Opry. It showcased 10 country singers who each sang a gospel song. The concert was recorded for a showing on the GAC channel scheduled for February 9. Our seats were amazing and the tickets cost us only $25! The line-up included stars like Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Carrie Underwood! It was so amazing listening to them singing gospel songs. Vince Gill's "Give Me Jesus" was my favorite because of his high uncracking voice. On the other hand, my friend, Jen, was in love with Trace Adkins' deep voice.The weekend after that, I was in downtown Chicago for my church's women's retreat. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott right off The Magnificent Mile. Jen was my roomie and we arrived way early in the limo our small group ladies rented. So, we headed to the Grand Lux Cafe for a late lunch/early dinner. It was a neat place! I've heard a lot of people talk about it... but never had a chance to go until then. The retreat was fun and refreshing, but it was nice to get back home on Sunday and be with Ben again.This weekend we are relaxing and of course watching the Super Bowl. A few friends will be coming over to watch the game with us. We'll hopefully have some good food and fun fellowship. Ben is also reading and studying like crazy since he defends his dissertation in only 2 weeks!!

I'm going to leave you with a puzzle of the picture at the beginning that I took a few weeks ago when we had some snow. (This is Chicago's snowiest winter in 22 years) The photo is taken from my craft room, where I saw random tracks in our yard leading from the house to the sidewalk. Each track looks exactly the same and the exact same distance apart! I can not figure out what they are from. Any ideas?

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