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Friday, October 31, 2008


Yay. At this very moment, my piano is getting tuned. And the one at our church was just tuned. Hallelujah!! Nothing is better than getting everything to sound just right and in tune.

Kinda makes me think of getting my heart to line up with Jesus' heart. Just like a piano tuner has to take his time and repeatedly play a note to see if it lines up with the true tone, so I have to constantly take the time to examine my heart -- my motives and my relationships, and make sure that I am being true to the tone that Jesus sets for me in His Word. It can be a gruelling process...but it's always rewarding and in the end I know that I am a sweet sound to Jesus' ear.

Come Thou fount of every blessing

Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above;

Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,

Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Words and music by Robert Robinson and John Wyeth

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hot Hot Hot!!

My husband is too hot to handle. Especially since the grill flared up tonight while making dinner and singed all his facial hair! Yipes!!! Here he is sporting his new "hot" do....

You can't really see the singed hairs, but they're allll over, even the peach fuzz by his eyebrows got it! and his nose hairs!!

the little white flecks are the singed hairs....after it happened Joe rubbed his head and ashy flakes flew everywhere!!

Note: Just in case you are wondering, Joe is NOT a pyromaniac. He was being very cautious while grilling and had tried multiple times to get it to ignite and it just happened to flare up on the last time when he was only slightly leaning over the grill. We are sooo thankful that he wasn't any closer to the flames! God is good!!

...*giggle*....Joe just asked me, "What am I gonna do with my eyebrow hairs??" ....No comment. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

a date!

Saturday was an all day date for Joe and I...we had a great time. With him working nights and taking two college classes, sometimes it feels like we're just running by each other!

First we did a little shopping at a local craft/home decor sale, but didn't find anything we couldn't live without. Next, we stopped at the Villa Maria, a Catholic retreat center that one of Joe's co-workers had said we should check out sometime because of how beautiful it is.

Isn't it magnificent looking? We got to go inside and look around. They had a beautiful chapel with a gorgeous stained glass rose window. I would have taken a picture but one of the Sisters was nearby, and I didn't want to seem disrespectful. :) We also had the opportunity to see a little bit of the grounds -- spacious and green. Reminded me of the Nunnery in Dubuque - and we also got to see a little room with a lot of the Catholic Icons. Kind of sad to realize that many people really believe that those have power or that they can be prayed to.

Next we went on to do a little more shopping...just roaming around and checking places out. There was an antique shop that had amazing furniture! Joe and I wanted to bring it all home, it was so beautiful!! But we refrained...and held onto our pocketbooks. :)

Joe managed to smile for this one...since he knew it would somehow show up on my blog!! This is at the Subhouse, where we enjoyed scrumptious, fat subs, and shared a bowl of yummy beer cheese soup! Yum!!

See how big the subs were? I could barely fit my mouth around mine!! :)

From there, we went to see a well-known pottery factory, as well as it's pottery museum. In the museum area, there was a collection of quaint little shops (more antiques!), player pianos, and various eateries. Joe even found a coin for his collection that we got for 15% less than the price they wanted! All because I asked if the coin counted in their autumn never hurts to ask! :)

This is us inside the pottery museum/shopping place. We thought it was funny that I was wearing a Smithsonian Institute shirt, and he was wearing a Village Idiot shirt. Except, usually the personalities are the opposite!! :)

Here, Joe re-enacts how his mom used to bring them about the Pottery Museum, demonstrating how the giant pipe turned round and round and round....

Our next stopping place was one of our favorite spots for frisbee golf. It has a beautiful scenic view, as you can see here:

And we even got a glimpse of the Mississippi Queen and heard strains of her caliope music all the way up on the bluff we were on!! You can see her twin smokestacks in this picture if you look intently a little to the right of the middle of the photo:Joe wasn't cooperating in my little photo shoot, so this is the best pic I got of us before engaging in a rousing round of frisbee golf! He won, of course...but just barely...

And last but not least, we got all dolled up and went to Applebees for dinner, and then to the movie Fireproof. (I didn't get any pictures of us all dressed up, unfortunately...) And if you haven't seen Fireproof, I highly recommend it!! It is a must see for any married person, or anyone in a serious relationship, or anyone who thinks they might ever get married, or basically anyone!! AMAZING. To hear more about the movie, go here.

And that concludes our date weekend -- hope it didn't bore you all too much!! :)

Friday, October 3, 2008


This week brought the arrival of TWO (count 'em, 1 - 2!) new guitar students! Praise God!! That brings me up to 6 piano students and 3 guitar for a whopping total of nine students! Yeeuh!!