Lately #3

Lately I have loved going on mini-trips with Dave. We have hiked at several parks 
in Oklahoma and it has been fun to spend some good quality time together. 

Lately I loved celebrating my granny's 80th birthday! 
She is one of my best friends in life and I'm thankful God has given her 80 years. 

Lately I loved having one of my best friends come down to visit me in Oklahoma for a day.
 I appreciate her driving all the way down here even if she did get lost and detoured 
              herself by an hour.                                        
Lately I have invested some fun time into crafting. Thanks to YouTube I found

 this awesome tutorial on how to make this floral piece using paper towels. 

Lately I loved going to the sand dunes with Dave. 
It was beautiful and we had a great time

Lately, I loved that my husband surprised me by taking me to
get ice-cream at one of the cutest little ice-cream parlors in

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The untold stories from South Korea

The truth is when I left for Korea I was excited BEYOND EXCITED to travel the world and see new sights! I had many things on my mind about moving abroad but I must admit one of the last things on my list was ... drum roll ... teaching! eek! I kind of forgot about it some days. I told Alisha several times "Alisha, we are going to Korea to teach and I keep forgetting because I am so excited about traveling!" Yes, I know, ridiculous of me! Off to Korea I went. I arrived, I had my 'training' and got thrown into a class. If you want to know what teaching is like after no training click here. I walked into my room, saw these little faces and shortly after fell in love... 
Teaching wasn't easy. In fact, it was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. However, shortly after being there and the more I grew to love the kids it was apparent that they knew little or nothing about Jesus and His love for them. I began to share as I could. I had to be careful about telling the kids about Christ because of possible conflicts with the school owners. My kindy kids were learning English for the first time. Teaching them about Jesus in a second language sounds impossible but I am here to tell you that God made that possible - I'm still amazed! I printed out Bible stories, had kid Bible books sent to me and taught the kids verses. I taught them about Jesus and told them time and time again that He loved them. Somehow it sank in. I had one kid tell me she accepted Christ and I want to do another blog post about that because it is just a precious story.

I also taught some of the older kids (7-8 years old) who were amazingly smart! They memorized verses and got to read the Bible books too. The kids in this class soaked up the stories of Jesus. I have never been around anyone who was so thirsty and inquisitive about God. Those kids amazed me with questions!
 Meet Chris  - he loves science, anime and lots of other school related things. He is smart! That kid and his friends had some hard questions about God for me! Here are a couple: 
1. After studying science and learning that everything is matter Chris asked me: 
"Teacher Beka, if everything is matter, is God matter too?" Good question! God immediately brought to mind John 4:24 which says "God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." I shared that with him and he was ok with that answer. 

2. After reading a book on creation the kids asked the following:
"Why were Adam and Eve naked in the Garden of Eden". Um ... really, you had to ask me that one question??? =) I basically told them before sin came into the world it didn't matter so much and they were ok with that answer. 

3. Another creation question:
"Teacher Beka - you always say that we should let girls go first. If that is true why did God create man first?" Hey, way to stump me kids! I gave another long explanation of how women came from men and that they should be cherished. 

As you can see God gave me an opportunity to share about Christ that I never imagined to be possible. My Mom purchased a Bible for all of the kids. Alisha, I and the kids were excited about this. I told them they would get one at the end of the year and Sophia, who is 4, asked me when she was going to get her "God Book". I love the name she gave for the Bible!

I want to take a moment and say thanks for every one who prayed during my time in Korea! I couldn't share all of this while I was there but I stand amazed at the work God did. He did answer prayers beyond all my expectations. Please continue to pray for the kids. Pray that they will read the Bibles that were given to them, that they will be saved and that God will send someone to hep them grow in their walk with Christ.


Lately #2

Lately I have been extra excited about Braum's ice cream. Braums are ice cream and dairy stores who have their roots in Kansas and are now based out of Oklahoma. There are two close to my house and I have a feeling I will be frequenting there a lot this summer.

Hot Fudge Brownie Sunday 
Lately, the importance of support from family and friends has been vital. I am so thankful for Dave, my parents, siblings and friends who have helped me with all the life changes that have happened over the past months.

Lately, God has reminded me that I can't really do much at all if I don't spend time in the Word and prayer daily. Pastor Jim Cymbala from Brooklyn Tabernacle preached a great sermon on Psalm 18:1-2 where he encourages us to pray these verses all the time. The sermon is called  Experiencing Jesus | The Brooklyn Tabernacle. You should check it out!

Lately I realized that Woodward has some really pretty scenery around, which I am very thankful for. It has been a lifesaver. I never thought I would live 1/2  mile from the country where I have heard cows mooing and see turkeys walking on the side of the road! I'm thankful for the walking trails and pretty scenery around here.

Lately I had the best date night with Dave ever! Homemade Indian food, Braum's ice cream and the Wizard of Oz, in theatre, all right here in Woodward. After seeing theater in Wichita I was rather amazed at how great the production was. They did a phenomenal job and it was one of the best local shows I have seen. Dave may or may not have admitted to enjoying the show more than he thought he would, but I'll never tell you for sure.

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Sisters! I don't even know what to say! Lately I have felt extra blessed by my two sisters - Steph & Holly! With all my life changes lately they have been beyond understanding and helpful. We find a way to stay connected even though we don't live in the same location. I have gotten packages, cards, text messages, phone calls and have had lots of video chat sessions! They have both encouraged me with prayer, the Word and practical advice time and time again! My sister Steph and I have video chatted every weekday morning for 2+ weeks now! We both have slower lives and visiting in the mornings with her has been a life saver (especially since I don't have close friends that live near me from 8am-6pm when Dave is gone). Not to mention I get to see little Z every day which is pretty awesome too!!! Thanks you two for all the sister love!

Holly, Steph and Me. I love you two bunches and bunches! 

Meeting the world's cutest nephews!

Way back in the day ... Ok, more like January 2nd, 2012 I went with my brother and sister-in-law to their sonogram! I had seen many sonograms when I worked with pregnant teen girls and knew 'what to look for' to see if it was a boy or a girl! My brother and sis-in-law didn't want to know, however I could tell it was a cute little boy! I've never thought sonogram pictures were cute until this day! I could see my nephews fat little cheeks and we all ok, just me cried. I couldn't help it. Well, I left for Korea in February and my nephew was due in June. =( I told myself in advance that would be one of the hardest parts of moving to Korea. Not after being in Korea too long my sister and brother-in-law informed me they were expecting as well! Yay for two nephews!!! She was due in February so I knew I would be home around the time he was born.

Elliot was born on Father's Day June 17th, 2012. Zachary was born on February 14th, which couldn't have been a better day for him to enter the world.

 After skype sessions and a long wait I got to meet Elliot! I got to babysit him for about 10 days and he is just one of the most precious babies ever. I'm not biased either! This picture was at 5:30am! If you know me, you know I am not a morning person and look how happy I am!
You can tell how happy Elliot is, except when his Auntie feeds him asparagus that is.
After saying bye to Elliot =( x100, I got to fly to Idaho and meet Zachary =) x100! Zach is a sweetheart! He loves to be bounced all the time and he is even super cute when he cries! He was a good little baby and I enjoyed every minute with him!
Me and Dave with Zach.

These two little boys have filled my heart with more love than I knew was possible! They are such a gift from God and I'm so thankful they are in our family! I'm counting down the days I get to see them again at my second wedding. By the way, I will soon post about my first wedding. =)