Saturday, October 20, 2007

another relaxing weekend for the Audis

After our whirl-wind of a month in September when we were only in Fort Worth 1 of 5 weekends, we've really enjoyed the rest that we've had so far this month!! This weekend has been relaxing as well!

Who of you are fans of the Lion King? If you're a fan at all and you're in the DFW area, I highly recommend going to the broadway presentation of the Lion King at the Music Hall in Dallas. We went last night with the other Audis and with the Dulocks. The performance is absolutely phenominal! The costuming is mind-boggling. The singing is dynamic. The story has just a few tweeks and it's full of points of laughter. Little Simba is cute as he can be!

That was last night.

In the early afternoon I had a small reunion with some girls from seminary - it was actually a baby shower for Leila and George. They will welcome little Elijah into the world at the beginning of December! It was great to catch up with these girls who I haven't seen in almost a year.

Later in the afternoon we played tennis. I played on the tennis team at RHS my freshman and sophomore years. I was the last seed on the team, but I had a good time and even won some games! Daniel. However, we're both quite rusty in our skills. I've never had a strong serve. Daniel does, though, and sometimes the ball gets in the right box when he's serving. If we took advantage of the courts at the seminary more often, we might get better, but our playing is so incredibly sporadic that we pretty much stay the same in our skill levels. Today's score: Kim - 7; Daniel - 5.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Grillin' Out at the Park

How do you spend your autumn weekends?

This fall Daniel and I have travelled to Ruston, made weekend plans with friends, and found absolutely senseless things to do to be lazy at our house.

This weekend we were itching to get outside. Yesterday the weather was too beautiful to be inside!

So, we don't actually own a grill of our own... (well, we have an electric one, but it doesn't give the smoky taste and the black charcoaled lines on the meat)... but we do have a big park a couple of blocks from our house. And at the park, there are grills.

So yesterday we went to the park. We grilled hot dogs - mmmm...mmmm...that smoky taste with black charcoal lines on the meat! We threw the football, lay on a quilted blanket, and played backgammon. Might I add that we played until I won. Do you know how many games that took???? I think it wasn't until our 9th game that I actually won. Needless to say, I need some practice. Daniel may not be the artist in our family (see previous post), but he is the backgammon player, that's for sure. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon/evening.

Wanna join us next time?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Pumpkin Princess

Daniel here. I just wanted to take a minute to brag on my wife. A few weeks ago, Kim and I went to Creative Hands in Arlington for our date night. At Creative Hands, you buy ceramic plates, coasters, figurines, etc. Then you paint them and the Creative Hands people fire them in the kiln. Pretty cool stuff. So I painted a coaster. Um, yes, I painted a coaster. Let's just say the Lord was pleased to bestow painting talent on others of His servants, not I. So I won't post a picture of my coaster. Seriously, you'd probably vomit all over your keyboard.

My lovely wife Kim, on the other hand, is a fantastic painter. Here, check out the pumpkin plate she painted... just in time for autumn. Ain't it perty?! She should be a professional plate painter and make us some big bucks. Love ya, hon!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Dreams, Visions, God, and Muslims

I discovered a great website yesterday, thanks to someone at my church. You see, we are in the month of Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims. This week is the "Night of Power" for Muslims. It is a night in which they basically believe that worship offered on this night has the value of one thousand months of worship. One of their books of Traditions adds that "Whoever established prayers on the Night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven..." (Sahih Bukhari 31.125) Since it is on this night that Muslims believe Allah has come closest to humanity by sending down His Word, they believe that they have greater access to Allah on this night and that He is more likely to bless and respond to their petitions.

Because of this, my response as a believer should be to pray with and for Muslims worldwide, especially in this focused week when many of them are seeking God more than they do throughout an entire year. God is at work, bringing His kingdom here on earth. And His word says that He is not slow at keeping His promises as some would consider slowness, but He is patient, not wishing that ANY man should perish but that all would have eternal life!!! One way we see Him at work in Muslims lives is through dreams and visions. When they are seeking Truth, God often gives them dreams and visions of a Man in white, offering for them to come with Him. There are five of these stories from former Muslims from Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, and Nigeria at the following website about dreams and visions that former Muslims had which led them to follow Christ! You can either read the stories or watch them on your windows media player.

Please be praying especially this week for God to send revelation through dreams and visions as 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide are intensely seeking God!

Monday, October 01, 2007

apart for the weekend.

This past weekend was our 2nd time to be apart in the past 14 months - the first time was only for one night; this time it was for two nights. I went to Ruston for Vanna and Seth's engagement announce- ment party, and Daniel stayed here for a short personal retreat weekend. There were other perks in the weekend as well - seeing Molly, and being with my sister, parents, and my niece.

Molly's little girl will be 7 weeks tomorrow. Her name is Audrey. She's so cute!

Jenny and Meredith came to Ruston this weekend as well. It was really nice to be with family! We had a Saturday afternoon picnic at Granny's. Meredith enjoyed licking on the top of the root beer bottle, getting that nice, sweet taste of an IBC!

After probably 5 or so years of dating, Vanna and Seth will be married on December 29. She's great and already feels like family! I have 7 cousins on our Hood side of the family. Vanna will make 8. It's been a while since we've all been together, so it was so nice to catch up with them as well at the party.

And the best part about the weekend....

When I got home on Sunday afternoon, I came home to these scrambled up letters on the floor.
And this is what I came up with...although the "tons" and "Kimmie" are in the wrong order!!! And that's not it! Then, I looked up and saw on the table these AMAZINGLY HUGE and BEAUTIFUL flowers!!!

Hmmm...maybe being apart for the weekend isn't so bad afterall!! :-)