Monday, October 27, 2008

Camping at Linville Falls

We left Saturday and went to Linville Falls! The leaves were beautiful, and during the day it was the perfect weather. We drove around looking for a place to camp and found a site at Linville Falls Campground. The first day we hiked up some of the trails at the falls....and then drove forever to find a grocery store to buy some hot dogs to grill. That night we made a fire, and froze! It was so cold. I'm glad we didn't wait any longer to go camping or we probably wouldn't have made it. It seems like we woke up every hour trying to adjust the blankets all around us and adding more clothing to stay warm. Sunday, we got up and went to Linville Caverns. We went on a field trip there together in middle school so it was fun to go and actually see it again. Afterwards, we went to Table Rock and hiked up. I don't think I realized how out of shape I am, bc this moderate trail really did me in. ( I'm gonna have to add some hills to my workout routine =D)I kept falling off the slippery wet rocks and having to stop and take breaks. I was pretty disappointed in myself, but finally made it to the top. The hike was well worth it for the beautiful view! Overall, we had a great getaway weekend. Thanks Audrey and Kyle for letting us borrow your packs and cool camping stuff....and thanks Mom and Dad for the tent and tarp!

Our Campsite

You can tell how cold it is by how red my face is!

hangin' by the campfire

Yes, Aaron burnt one of his identical pairs of fave shoes. I was shocked.

Linville Caverns

Aaron at Table Rock

The view from the top

Aaron was quite the daredevil.


Resting after the hike up Table Rock

Beautiful Leaves!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Our New Hobby

Recently, Aaron and I have gotten very interested in cake decorating. I have no idea why, I am still shocked that Aaron agreed to spend hours piping decorator's icing and making chocolate molds, nonetheless, it is our new hobby. This is our first official cake. We made it for our sister-in-law's baby shower. We think it turned out quite nice for our first. We made a star shaped cake, b/c it is the theme of the baby's nursery stuff. We also made baby booties out of marshmallows. Then we made blocks with the letters HAWK on them. The baby is due in less than a week. His name will be Andrew Hawthorne Forsyth, but called Hawk for short. I am getting pretty excited about our first nephew's arrival!!

Other than cake decorating, there is not much going on. This past weekend we got to go and see our family while we were in Wingate for the shower. We had a very good time, but were glad to get home! Those weekends are always packed with tons of events and visiting, so it can be exhausting. We also went out for coffee at one of my fave coffee shops, La Vida Mocha. We got to see Aaron's family, my parents and grandma, Mike and Audra, and we went to Midway ( our old church) Sunday morning!

This past week my work schedule changed alot! I am now keeping a 4 month old part time, and cut back on my hours at Great Direct. It is so much fun. I didn't realize how much I missed working with children.

This weekend we are going camping! This will be the first time in almost a year and a half since we have gone on vacation together, just the 2 of us. I am so excited. I hope we don't freeze!

Friday, October 10, 2008

God is faithful

Well, this week the Lord has been busy working on me. I have trouble sometimes staying in the word and having regular quiet times. I just don't have a strong desire for the Bible alot of times and tend to have a bad attitude about it. I have been praying for God to work on me in this way and to help me see my constant need for him....and boy does he answer prayer. This week I have been reading scripture about waiting and rejoicing. There is a specific area of my life right now, that I am struggling in with waiting, lacking patience and joy. I feel like over and over God has pointed me to scripture about having joy and trusting Him in waiting, I was just too busy and selfish to realize it. So one part that stuck out to me this week was Psalm 37: 3-5:
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;trust in him, and he will act.
Wow. Also, we went to see Fireproof this week and felt like this pointed directly to Christ. It was a great movie and I strongly recommend it. It was a great refresher of what marriage should look like and about the gift of salvation that needs to be shared with so many.
I dont drive very often since I work from home, but it seems as though everytime I get in the car I hear this song on the radio. I put the lyrics below, I couldnt seem to upload the video. I feel like the lyrics really hit home....I could really use His eyes to see the needs around me and not just in my little world.
Give Me Your Eyes
by Brandon Heath
Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tile
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see
Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide whats underneath
Theres a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
Hes out of work
Hes buying time
all those people going somewhere? Why have I never cared?

Monday, October 6, 2008

100 Things I LOVE About Aaron

1. He knows where every book in the Bible is.
2. He budgets every penny of our money.
3. His eyes light up when he hears surround sound.
4. He takes care of all car maintanence, so I never have to think about it.
5. He will always stop to help someone on the side of the road.
6. He breaks all boundaries about being on time, dressing a certain way or what not to joke about.
7. He is hilarious and can make a joke about anything.
8. His fave food is Sour Patch Kids. =)
9. He is always willing to teach me about the Bible when I don't understand.
10. He loves my family and looks forward to seeing them.
11. The way he makes kissy noises at the cat to come lay with him.
12. He NEVER complains about anything
13. He still brags about winning the 7th and 8th grade spelling bee and remembers all the words he had to spell.
14. He never misses church.
15. He goes for walks with me
16. The way he says, "so, a couple of things...." to start telling me about his day.
17. He can fix any computer issue.
18. He has a "pro-hawk"
19. He loves math...and knows weird songs about math formulas.
20. He is great with kids.
21. He listens to me
22 He remembers everything I tell him, even about the "swirl, tap, buff" method of applying bare
23. He brings me out to eat and lets me order raspberry tea without mentioning that is costs 3 dollars.
24. He explains politics to me.
25. He has nice looking calf muscles.
26. He always asks how my day was
27. He is honest about everything
28. He loves and respects his parents.
29. He is generous
30. He learns and remembers everyone's name that he meets.
31. He knows every word of Napoleon Dynamite.
32. He loves to entertain, and knows how to swirl chocolate on the edge of the desert plate to make it look fancy.
33. He is a great cook and makes up all kinds of recipes.
34. He pretends to get excited about Christmas to make me happy.
35. He prays for our future children.
36. He watches PBS specials about water.....
37. then afterwards, tries to think of ways we can conserve it.
38. He never gets tired of eating nutty bars and thanks me for sending them in his lunch bag everyday.
39. He bought me a VW van and mapped out a road trip for after it is fixed.
40. He puts me before himself.
41. He works hard!
42. He is good at whistling
43. He mows the grass.
44. He wears a D.A.R.E shirt he got in 5th grade, that finally fits him.
45. He lets me be girly and get my hair done, pedicures, and buy make-up.
46. He can talk to anyone.
47. He likes to dig big holes at the beach.
48. He never gives up on trying to teach me directions and how to figure out where you are based on the sun.
49. He loves Angelo.
50. He is strong.
51. He watches chick-flicks....even sat through My Date With the President's Daughter.
52. He matches his belt, socks, and shoes, just for me.
53. He is very patient with me
54. He sings hymns in a deep loud voice.
55. He is passionate about youth.
56. He loves Craigslist.
57. He listens to all the stories about the kids I babysit.
58. He emails me cool "A" baby names for our future kids.
59. He remembers Beatle facts, my sister taught him.
60. He likes to fix up the house with me.
61. His arm hurts quite often from playing Wii Tennis.
62. He loves his motorcyle and drives it safely.
63. He gets upset when people do bad things and wants to help them.
64. He loves board games.
65. He has taught me not to worry about what others think of me.
66. He will eat anything I cook.
67. He put that his eyes were hazel on his driver's license because he wasn't sure what it meant.
68. He researches ideas for hours online just to learn or save us money.
69. He asks for CFL bulbs for his birthday
70. He doesnt complain when I make him eat healthy organic stuff.
71. He plays with his wedding band all the time.
72. He likes to play soccer.
73. He kept his old French Horn from school, just in case he ever wants to play it...or in case our kids ever want to play it...=)
74. He comforts me and gives me scripture when I am fearful or upset.
75. He's not afraid to ask questions or ask for help.
76. He drives everywhere we go, so I dont have to.
77. He is hot!
78. He knows all my coworkers names, and even memorized my call script, from listening to me work from home.
79. He likes running.
80. He is so tan in the summer.
81. He reads his Bible
82. He would give away anything he owns to help someone else.
83. He always has a good attitude.
84. He makes me flowers and cats out of gum wrappers and the foil that tortillas come in at mexican resturants.
85. He has enough computer cords to fill up a closet.
86. He is simple and logical.
87. He gives me lots of hugs.
88. He prays for people.
89. He has a heart for missions.
90. He has gorgeous eyes.
91. He encourages me to be healthy
92. He lets me have 2 cats.
93. He likes to hang out with people.
94. He will do anything I ask of him.
95.He takes good care of things and is a good steward of what God provides for us.
96. He is appreciative of things I do for him
97. He likes to camp out.
98. He is so handsome!
99. He takes care of me.
100. He loves the Lord.