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Spring Break Part 2

We had a fabulous time with Dave over spring break, but he had to head back for work on school on Monday morning. However, Pete had been so diligent in getting his Linguistics work done that he did not have to go back to class until Wednesday…so we decided a day in Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, was in order for us! We had actually been planning this for awhile and had saved up some money to hit up a couple of places in Columbia we had spied out online! 🙂

Tuesday was cold, I went for a 7 mile run in the morning and had to wear a fleece and gloves! I think the actual high for the day was 39 degrees!! That’s really cold for down here. After coming back from the run and making some monster smoothies for Pete and I we hit the road.

On the drive up

On the drive up

Our first stop was Rock Bridge State Park. It is a gorgeous park bordering the southern part of Columbia, and there are tons of trails and caves, picnic places, and spots for great pictures. The weather was not beautiful at all and the trail we hiked was a bit muddy, but it was fun, we love hiking and being outdoors. Can’t wait for a sunny day when it will be more enjoyable.

You can see from this picture how gorgeous the weather was

You can see from this picture how gorgeous the weather was

 

Yes, it was so cold I had to wear mittens

Yes, it was so cold I had to wear mittens

 

One of those fabulous pictures you try to take of yourselves

One of those fabulous pictures you try to take of yourselves

 

We saw these little intriguing plants along the trail. They look like little palm tree want to bes...does anyone know what these are?

We saw these little intriguing plants along the trail. They look like little palm tree want to bes...does anyone know what these are?

After the park we headed to Coffee Zone to warm up. I sipped on a Southern Pecan latte, while Pete enjoyed his Amaretto and mint. He also was dying to get a treat, the bite size, homemade rugalaghs looked fabulous, so he snacked on apricot, cappucino, and chocolate cherry flavors. I had a bite of apricot and they were worth every calorie! 🙂 At Coffee Zone we both got a chance to do a little catching up with each other, and a little reading…love down time for reading. In fact I’m reading a great book right now, Against the Wind, by K. P. Yohannan. It is very challenging, but I’m planning about doing a post of some of the things the Lord has been teaching me through it, so I won’t ruin that here.

My latte...my creamy!

My latte...mmM creamy!

After we warmed up we did a 1.3 mile walk to a small natural foods store, Clover Market. I had seen this place on a few trips up to Columbia for gymnastics meets, but never had the time to check it out. They had some good deals on bulk almonds and grains so we purchased a few things, and headed on our 1.5 mile walk back to our parking spot. By now we were both starving!! So we put our goodies in the car, and walked another couple blocks to a little cafe called Ingredient.

Ingredient is a fabulous little place with fantastic salads, sandwiches, and soups. They even have a build your own salad option, which was what I did and it was amazing! Pete had a salmon salad off the menu which was also really, really good! We were full went we left and getting tired, it was almost 9:00 so we opted to drive home since Pete had class the next morning.

It was a great day, just relaxing together time, time to reflect on our summer plans and make sure we are both on the same page…sometimes you just need those days.

A together kind of day

A together kind of day

The Lord has been teaching me alot in my time with Him recently and I’m excited about blogging about some of that this weekend so check back! Oh, and happy Saturday to everyone!


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Spring Break Part 1

Hello all, and happy Monday!

It’s a dreary one here in the Ozarks, and we have actually had rain for the last 4 days, with the exception of Saturday which was absolutely gorgeous.

Spring break began for Pete on Wednesday after class. He had a large homework problem that is due the day after break, but he got right to it and finished it on Thursday evening…WOW…the motivation? Our friend Dave Jones from Mukwonago, WI was driving down for a weekend visit! We were excited to see him and show him around the MTC and the area here in Missouri.

He arrived Friday evening, and we all had dinner together. I experimented with a new recipe, Linguine and Clams in red sauce with veggies. All agreed that it was fabulous! Yummy zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes, clams, and garlic simmered in herbs to make a yummy sauce poured over multi-grain linguine…mmmMM! We don’t eat Italian very often, which may surprise you, and I don’t even really know why, but this recipe was definitely a keeper. A few friends came over after dinner, other people Dave had known in the past and we all talked and laughed until late into the night.

Saturday morning we woke up and I made yummy Apple Bran muffins, and we had some fresh fruit and coffee…so good!! Then it was off for a 4 mile run for me and Dave and Pete went to the weight room. After our workouts we went to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to hike and see the ruined castle that is there and and natural rock bridge. Ha Ha Tonka always makes for some beautiful pictures.

Gorgeous flowering tree along the trail

Gorgeous flowering tree along the trail

One of the old towers in the park

One of the old towers in the park

 

Pete and Dave explore the castel ruins

Pete and Dave explore the castle ruins

The following series of pictures is a competition for the best “flamingo fountain” pose! Which is your favorite?

Pete

Pete

Dave

Dave

The gymnast

The gymnast

After  Ha Ha Tonka we came back starving! Made some turkey hummus wraps and chowed down. Yum! I love homemade hummus!! We decided to get dressed a little nicer and head out to one of the other gorgeous spots we have discovered…Casa de Loco, a historical marker up on a huge bluff that has quite the history. It is now used for social gatherings, weddings, etc. Spent sometime out there just chatting it up, and then headed to Bagnell Dam another nearby town for a Thai dinner.

Pete and I at Casa de Loco

Pete and I at Casa de Loco

The Thai restaurant, Wok & Roll, is a tiny 3 table place on the corner of a block of other store fronts. The owner is a Thai woman who is a Christian and has helped out at the MTC as a language helper in the past. She loves us students and enjoys making special dishes when people from the MTC visit.

I wish I would have taken pictures of the Thai food, it was amazing!! Pete and Dave both had a seafood red curry that was loaded with mussels, shrimp, calamari, and crab. I could not believe the size of the mussels, huge! I had Ginger Shrimp with porcini mushrooms and brown rice…mmMM! We were so full when we left! On the way home we rented the movie Slum Dog Millionaire to watch since we all just felt tired from the day and wanted to relax. It was a interesting movie, I’m not going to review it or anything here because Pete liked it better than I did. I don’t know, just wasn’t my type of movie I guess.

Easter morning came quickly and it was rainy one…again. Pete made crepes in the morning with fruit, and we headed off to church. Went to coffee at a friends home after church and came back all feeling like a lazy day was in order. After working out for about an hour I joined Pete and Dave up at our friend’s home to watch some basketball and baseball. Dave cooked Easter dinner for us up there…pork tenderloin with dates and pecans inside, steamed lemon thyme aspargus, and a pasta mixture with roasted lemon peel broccoli and garlic! It was good!!

All in all we enjoyed each others company and catching up on each others lives. Easter was a little different being away from family…didn’t quite feel the same, but was enjoyable none the less.

Pete and I are planning a day away tomorrow too, since he is done with his Linguistics project and doesn’t have to go in to class until Wednesday…so more fun to come!!

I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and time with your families this weekend!!


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The Race Set before Us

Good morning everyone!

It’s sunny today, and that makes me really excited, mostly just because I love sun. That’s not to say that it is warm out though…we have been having some, need  I say, depressing weather here in Missouri that last day or two. It is actually in the 30s right now outside and it snowed during my 5 mile run yesterday! Crazy, this kind of stuff only happens during a Wisconsin April!!

Anyways, thought I would tell you all about my current adventure. Along with working on our Partnership Development for our missionary work and getting ready to come home to Wisconsin for the summer, I’m also training for my 3rd Half Marathon race. It will be held in Madison, WI on May 24th, which is about 3 days after we move home. Running has been a hobby of mine for about about 4 years now, something I do not only to stay healthy, but because I actually like it.

This week is my 4th week into my 10week training program, and having done two other half marathons I have to say this time I have felt the best in my training so far. Tuesdays are one of my favorite days for training because I go to the local track at the middle school and run what is called a speed or tempo workout. After these workouts my legs usually feel like jello and I feel tired, which means that I worked really hard and I love that feeling. I also feel like I have accomplished something- that I have met one small goal on the path to the main goal, completing the race.

Liesl right before her first Half Marathon last May in Madison

Liesl right before her first Half Marathon last May in Madison

This reminds me of Hebrews 12:1-2:

” Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumberance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

This has been something God has been teaching me through running…and through my personal time with Him. He’s given us a race, life, a path to walk, or run on, and He says keep your eyes on me. I have created you and given you the ability to live faithfully and I will finish the work I have started in you.

As we go through the challenges we are facing in our misionary race right now, packing and moving, paperwork & check lists for the field, raising financial support…it all seems so hard, like there is so much to do, and sometimes some of it seems impossible. But God says keep your eyes on me, exercise your faith in me, have I not begun a work in you that I have promised to complete? Have I not asked you to run this race that I will make sure that you finish?

 Just as in my speed workouts or any run that I take, it seems hard, I want to stop sometimes and just walk, or go home, but when I look up away from my distractions and finish that one run, I feel so good. I know I have completed one small goal leading to the finishing of the race.

Look to Him today!

Finishing my second half marathon in Springfield, MO

Finishing my second half marathon in Springfield, MO


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My Best Friend and a Latte

We went on a date!

It has been awhile…sad to say, but often we have date nights in watching a $1 movie rental, cooking together, or working on a project that has been put off to the side because one or the both of us has been too busy to complete it. We even have had dates in the weight room working out together, this is actually one of our favorites!

But last night, we decided to go out and get coffee! Neither of us brought books to read, or paperwork to work on, or homework, we just talked, and laughed and it was so much fun! Pete truly is my best friend, and every moment we spend together just gets better…mushy I know…I apologize.

Mocha latte love, side by side

Mocha latte love, side by side

Kathy, one of our dear friends, sent us a Starbucks card for a little early Easter gift! So I sipped a nonfat vanilla latte, while Pete enjoyed a nonfat mocha and the Strawberry Rubarb Crumble he was eyeing up in the pastry case the entire time we were ordering. 🙂

Pete + Mocha= WIRED! (it was half caff too)

Pete + Mocha= WIRED! (it was half caff too)

 

The last bite...it was almost completely gone before I had a chance to photograph it

The last bite...it was almost completely gone before I had a chance to photograph it

After Starbucks we decided to peruse Target, see if they had any deals….and yes, victory, Kashi granola bars and cereal were on sale!! How exciting! Then we walked over to the Hyvee grocery store, (this place has a couple steps up on Wal-Mart) and ventured into their health foods section. I always like to check out which products are new, and get ideas for using different grains, beans, and other ingredients. We decided to try some Ezekiel brand whole grain tortillas, and called it a night.

Me sporting the old man hat in the middle of Target

Me sporting the old man hat in the middle of Target

On the way home we had one more stop to make. We had seen this sign coming into town on the billboard of a Yamaha boat and other watercraft sales place and had to stop and take a picture for you guys to enjoy and laugh at too. So, that was our Wednesday date night, and I hope you have all had a wonderful Thursday!

Would you be this sarcastic to your boss?!

Would you be this sarcastic to your boss?!