Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Luke 24: 1-12

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8Then they remembered his words.

9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.


What else is there to say? Praise Him for He has overcome death!

This post, from Beth Moore, is worth reading. She states it better than I could.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Today we had our sonogram and 19-week appointment. We had a chance to find out the gender, but we decided to stick to our guns and stay surprised. :)

So we aren't going to announce if it's a boy or girl, but we do have some new pics. Our baby was really active during the exam, which is not surprising to us! Everything is developing well and looks great according to the technician and our doctor.

Here, you'll see a 4-D pic of the baby snuggling and a 2-D pic of mini sucking its thumb. :)

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I posted the massive update, but it posted it when I started it, so it's not the top thing... scroll down two posts to read.

And another post will come later today after our next doctor's appointment!!!! :)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chicago Heaven

The mega-update really is on the way... I have it halfway done. But first, I wanted to post quickly about the joyous feelings we are feeling as Bears fans.

If you don't follow sports or have been under a rock, you might have missed the big NFL news of the week. The Chicago Bears, who haven't had a pro-bowl quarterback in 50+ years, have traded for Jay Cutler, a 25-year-old pro-bowler from Denver.

Even though baseball season is upon us and opening day for the White Sox is Monday, and the Bulls are (hopefully) about to lock up a playoff spot this week in the NBA, we've been focused on the Bears this weekend!

We can't wait for the first game of the year -- Bears vs. Packers -- on Sunday Night Football, Sept. 13, 2009.

Bear Down, Chicago Bears!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Massive Update!

Here are all the updates I can think of...

I'll start with the exciting news! Everyone loves baby news! :) We had our doctor's appointment March 4. We ended up having to wait for over an hour for our appointment. Because of that, and since we were the last ones of the day, the doctor offered us the opportunity to have a second ultrasound "off-the-record." (That means free!) So below is our second picture of baby Chinn. We were able to see the baby sucking its thumb and moving around a bunch! It looks like boy or girl, it's an active baby!

Job Situation:
I know some folks are curious about this. I did get a second interview for the school counselor position at the school where I currently work. Basically a second interview in our county means you're one of two finalists. That being said, typically the superintendent goes with the committee recommendation from earlier, so you go for an interview knowing that you may or may not really be up for the job. I went for my second interview with the superintendent and it went well, but I found out a few days later I did not get the job. I was stunned at first since I had basically been waiting 15 months for this job to open and felt like God was steering me towards it. That being said, I realized that I had told God that I trusted him, and if he wanted me in it then he would provide it. Therefore, since I did not get it, I had to move my faith into the reality of believing God is good and that he is the reason I did not get the job. I have developed a deep peace about the situation since then, and even though it does not make sense why I was not chosen compared to the person who was chosen, I trust that God has a different place where he wants me in the future. I could write more about this later, and probably will...

Women's Retreat:
We had our annual NLCF women's retreat on Saturday, March 28. I was "in charge" of the event, meaning I was the head delegater. Seriously, the ladies I work with are AMAZING and there is no way I could have done it without them. Our theme was "Can You Hear Me Now?" and we focused on hearing God's voice. Kati, Terri and I did the main sessions, and we had several ladies (Suzanne, Stacy, Lisa & Lina) do breakout sessions. We enjoyed an Olive Garden lunch and delicious cookies and tea in the afternoon and had an all-around lovely time. Hopefully we'll have the talks up soon online. When we do, I'll post them.

ACA Conference:
The weekend before the women's retreat, I was in Charlotte for the annual American Counseling Association convention. I went by myself this year, and attended a number of really good sessions. I learned a ton from other professionals in the field and enjoyed my two full days (7am-6pm) at the conference. I rode down to Charlotte with my friends Jesse and JD and we stayed with Jesse's parents for the weekend. It was nice to have company for the ride and to have a gracious host to let me stay. While there, the Jesse's mom gave David and I a gift of a wonderful quilt for the mini. I'll post a pic of it soon with some other things we have already been given.

Visit with Family:
We have made several trips to Richmond the past month to see my family and some of David's family. We've worked to help my mom clean her attic and my parents clean their garage out. We met David's brother Mike and sister Lisa for Dim Sum in Richmond to remember and David's father's passing away in March '07. We also grilled kabobs in Charlottesville with Lisa at her place on our way back through from seeing my family. All in all we've gotten to spend some time with family in March and it has been very nice. I have pictures from some of these things, too, and will likely do a picture update later!

Well, I think that's it for the massive post. It's shorter than I planned but still way too long. I really will try and do better at updating this thing! :)

Too Long... I know

It's been way too long since I posted... there is so much to update everyone on.

I am working on a longer post I hope to have up in the next 24 hours. I just wanted to say, hold on... it's coming! :)