Monday, August 17, 2015

Big News

Coming Christmas 2015...

A baby girl!

We are excited for everyone to know.  And would like to apologize if you didn't hear from us personally or feel that you should have found out sooner.  You are not alone and we really do love you :).  We are super awkward about telling people and we don't know why.  I (Cait) am almost 22 weeks and the due date is actually Christmas day.  We are super excited to welcome little Dino (as we affectionately call her) into our family, most days.  A little unsure on the other days.  Either way we know we will get one of the the best gifts of our lives this Christmas season.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Another New Beginning

Another New Year has begun and a season of new beginnings/resolutions has come with it.  What is it about the New Year that brings new commitments, resolutions and goals? And how come no matter how much passion, commitment and resolve we have to make this be the year our resolutions stick, they don't?  And how come by the end of February our resolutions will only be a distant memory if not completely forgotten? 

We like the idea of new beginnings and resolutions because to some degree we are all deeply dissatisfied with who we are and how we live our lives. We are not dissatisfied with who God made us to be, but rather with our perception that we are constantly falling short of our God given potential.

Why don’t they stick? Many reasons – we are addicted, our will power is not as strong as we want to believe, we naturally revert to selfishness, we don’t like change… but what is at the bottom of all those? We don’t have a clear vision of what the future could look like.  The vision we have is not strong enough to motivate the change to take place.  A vision that is strong enough can only come from God.  This year spend time asking God what he wants you to change.  Ask God to give you a picture of what your future can look like. Write it down. Pray it. And constantly remind yourself of that picture. Allow yourself to celebrate the small steps along the way and dream of the big steps yet to come. With that being said here our some of the ways God is challenging us to grow this year!

For Paul
1.    To begin to boldly, passionately and unapologetically follow through on the steps I believe God has given me to reach the community of Davis. 
2.    To practice the Daily Office. The Daily Office is setting aside 3 intentional times a day to spend in the Bible and Prayer. This may be 5 minutes, ½ an hour or more.
3.    To read a book a month.

For Caitlin
I (Caitlin) am sad to say that my resolution will be very challenging for me.  It is something Paul is naturally very good at and I admire him for it.  I resolve to so sincerely want THE BEST (not just good) for people that I am willing to help them achieve success in whatever way that I can.  I will not let jealousy get in the way.  It’s such a freeing resolution I know it must be from God.  I know God does that for me and I really believe helping others thrive and succeed is a great way to point them to Jesus.  

What are your resolutions?!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Date Night

Every other Saturday we have much anticipated "date night."  Paul is amazing (clearly Caitlin wrote this sentence and Paul is usually the one forgetting) and usually plans something totally creative and fun and then Caitlin ruins it.  Tonight we went to our favorite restaurant Dos Coyotes, and then to Origins Coffee and Tea.  All the proceeds Origin's makes go towards ending human trafficking.  And the employees all work for free!  We highly recommend it.

Why do date night?

Caitlin - It means a lot to me that we still date :).  I love looking forward to something fun through our busy weeks.  I love that we are best friends and with out date night I think it would be easy to slowly grow apart.  Date night makes me feel loved and incredibly grateful to God for Paul.

Paul - So many people grow apart from the "love of their life". Why? I believe it is because we forget why we married them in the first place.  During our busy lives we live shoulder to shoulder, forgetting the fun we had in the beginning.  Date Night brings us back face to face.  When I see Caitlin face to face my heart melts.  She is definitely the most beautiful woman in the room where ever we go. Her eyes twinkle at me as she grins from ear to ear.  We get to have meaningful conversation that is life giving to both of us.  And most importantly I see the amazing, beautiful woman who God blessed me with as my wife!!!

Paul and Cait

P.S.  If you have young kids we would love to babysit for you while the two of you go on a date!