"This is how we know what love is, that Christ laid down His life for us, so we too should lay down our lives for others." 1 John 3:16

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Made it!

We are now excitedly unpacking our stuff and replanting our lives.  The 7 hour drive down flew by and  now we have about 2 weeks before the school officially starts.

We are blessed to have my mom helping us get settled down.  Its been super fun to get to know our Dutch roommates and we are excited for our Michigan roomies to be here tomorrow.

Pray that we are able to find a job amidst a 16% unemployment rate in the city.

We also got an awesome surprise blessing from my aunt and uncle while passing through Roseburg...Yay!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Cornerstone Chiropractic

Yesterday was my (Cierra) last day of work at Cornerstone Chiropractic. It is an amazing office. What makes it so amazing is the people. Mostly the Jesus in people. I have had the privilege to work under an Amazing Doctor, who genuinely loves his patients and employees. It has been incredible to watch him day in and day out, take care of hundreds and hundreds of patients, with the consistency and love. He is also known for his ridiculous achievements in 100 mile marathons, iron man races, and recently placed 8th in an Ultra-Man race that just happened in Canada. It's insane. Look it up http://ultramanlive.com/. Somehow he convinced me to run a little 5k last year... well, I ran/walked it anyway. (How pathetic am I? Sheesh!)  It was a fun experience that our whole office participated in. Maybe I will get motivated to do it again someday...

My fellow employees are also just fantastic. Amazing people with different gifts that contribute to making Cornerstone the great place that it is. People have said many times that it is not only a place they come to get physical healing, but emotional and spiritual healing too. I have learned a lot from each of them, and am excited to come back to visit :)

Getting to know the patients has been an experience I won't forget. They became friends too, and I will miss them as well.

God has blessed me beyond my expectations, and I am truly, truly thankful.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we may ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church (bride of Christ) and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" 
Ephesians 3:20-21

Visit Cornerstone Chiropractic's website! : http://cornerstonechiropractic.com/

The staff

And a few special patients....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

4 days left

Only 4 more days left in Oregon. We are still packing and our place looks like a gross bachelor pad! Friends have come by to help take the things out that we are getting rid of or are storing here. We have been spending a lot of time with our friends, soaking in the moments before we say goodbye for a short while. My last day of work is tomorrow and I am saying goodbye to fellow employee friends and patients that have become friends. It has been such a great place for me to work. Amazing boss, amazing people, great atmosphere  We are growing in excitement and anticipation as we draw nearer to going to school. We will be entering into a new season of growth and newness in our lives!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Jason's mom ( I call her Mamma T ) took us into Portland to get us our new addition to the family - a bicycle! We had fun looking around and found the leads off craigslist. We found our bike and named him PD Xavier ( After PDX ) and call him PD for short ( sounds like pee-dee ). Thank you Mamma T!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Ember Days EP

The Ember Days FREE MUSIC download from Come and Live!

Awesome ambient worship from a New Zealand band. We love it. 

Click on the link to download:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pack Pack Pack

Our poor apartment is an explosion of packing chaos.

With every detail we check off our list in preparation for moving, four more seem to sprout up in its place.  We are just now starting to experience some "lasts" in this season of transition.  This last Sunday night was our final night of Elements high school ministries, this Sunday was Cierra's last morning of singing with the worship team and I'm sure there are more to come in the following weeks.

We are already beginning to miss friends and family...and we haven't even left the state yet!

Pray for:

-Finances.  We have enough money for the first part of our tuition payment and are believing God to provide the money we need to be able to cover moving expenses.
-That God would prepare our hearts to receive ALL that He has for us in this coming season.
-That God would begin to set in motion the calling He has for us...after BSSM.
-That there would be grace in closure for this season.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

check it!

-Set moving date to Redding... check!

-Re-paint walls... check!

-Write handwritten notice to apartment management of departure... check!

-Pay 1st deposit for BSSM... check!

-Get rid of unneeded stuff... hmm, still working on that one.

-Plan strategic time to spend with friends... check, and checking! :)

This is only a fraction of my huge to-do list that we are in the process of checking off and adding more things to daily! Only 27 more days till we hit the road with a trailer full of our things and excitement in our bones to Redding, California! It is coming up fast, but I feel unusually calm and confident. God has reassured me and reassured me of His faithfulness and provision in my life. He is a good Daddy and only has excellent things for me! :) Why waist time stressing out when I can enjoy myself in the arms of the One who has everything under control? It's a good trade. My control, for His peace. I love it. 

Jason and I are doing our best to plan for our next big adventure, practically, emotionally and spiritually. Initially it feels like a lot to give over to God, but when you do, it's the easiest thing in the world. We are looking forward to walking out the journey, one day at a time.

So about that checklist... There are a few things we are trying to get rid of so we don't have to haul it to Redding! Here are a few, if you would like to buy any of it from us, or know of anyone who would want any of it, let us know!! All monies would go toward our school fund! Thanks!


2 dining chairs w/ blue slip cover

32" t.v. (and stand too, if you want it!)

dvd player

                                                                        5' tall silk palm tree

                                                              (We are not for sale)