Almost time

Please pray for Justin and I for we have shopped and have done laundry but tonight our main task is to pack for the trip. Please pray specifically that everything will fit in our bags, that we will not forget anything important, and that our bags will be within the weight limit of 50 pounds each. Thank you so much! We couldn’t be doing this without the many prayers lifted up for us.

If things get hectic like I’m sure they will and I do not get a chance to get back online before we leave. We love you all and will miss you. We already cannot wait to return and share our experiences. For those of you that are great prayers, here is a list of the names of people going: Natalie, Jeremy, Matt, Justin, Bonnie, Phillip, Margie, Janice, and Joy. Other names of missionaries and fellow Russian Christians are: Holly, Mark, Lori, Brad, Vica, Genady, Sasha, Mischa, Ben, Drew, Mark, and the Russian Grandmothers (babushkas).

Thank you so much! Be good while we are gone!

Wow…Just Wow

I cannot even begin to describe to you about last night’s Commissioning Service for our Moscow Mission Team. Especially in times like that, I can’t fathom how someone cannot believe in God. Our team met at 3:30pm at the church to pack our supplies. We each are allowed two bags to check. One bag is for our clothes and personal supplies, the other is for supplies we are bringing to Moscow. We knew we had a weight limit of 50 pounds per bag and a lot of supplies to go in each. God answered our prayers to make sure everything fit. Almost each bag weighed 49.6 pounds.

A little while ago we were worried we would not have enough money to pay for our lodging while there. God answered another prayer by providing the money through two (a couple) of His faithful servants that graciously gave us the exact amount we needed.

Last night we had over 150 people attend the service. I haven’t truly worshipped like that in quite awhile. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. We each were asked to have a prayer partner for our trip. Last night they surprised us and each came to the front and said a few words about us along with scripture and then prayed for us in front of the whole church. Our youngest team member was the first to go. Her stepdad got up to speak (her prayer partner was her grandmother but she lives in Michigan and couldn’t make it). The first thing that got me going was that he said, “Natalie is my daughter” (not stepdaughter but daughter). It was so touching and sweet. My prayer partner is a lady named June Crotts from our church. I can’t tell you how much she has meant to me. I can really feel her prayers. We have even gotten together to pray and I can’t even describe the feelings I get. I really do believe that through her prayers as well as many others that I am now totally well. I was worried for awhile that I wouldn’t get better in time.

We’ve had people tell us they will pray for us at different times of the day. Justin’s Grandparents are going to pray for us so that at 7am Russian time we can wake up knowing we’ve been prayed for to start a new day. I told Justin last night that although we still have TONS to do before we leave on Thursday, there is no way that we should worry or stress one bit because God has already showed us so much and I know He will take care of us.

While we are away, I’m not sure yet how Lori (missionary) will keep things updated for everyone here but if you are interested you can keep a check at their blog site

Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts and love. I can’t wait to go and serve the Lord. God always shows me so much and even though I think it’s me that is going to serve, I am often the one that gets the serving. God is so good!

Thank you to all that came to the service. You mean so much to us.

And one last thing that has been a huge answer to prayer…Justin’s cousin Chad, and wife Faith have been waiting to adopt a child for quite some time now. We added them to our prayer list at church when they found out that they could possibly be getting a child within 48 hours. They found out they were not selected which was heartbreaking for everyone. When our Pastor asked Justin if they should keep them on the list he said yes and not long after that we have found out that they are going to get a baby boy in about 10 days!!!! Praise God! They may not have gotten the first child that they were waiting for but God had a plan and He knew this new baby was coming that needs Chad and Faith to be his parents.

Trip Approaching

As many of you know, our church mission trip to Moscow, Russia is soon approaching. We have less than a week until we will be on an airplane. This is our last weekend to prepare for the trip. Our Commissioning service is this Sunday night at 6pm. If any of you are in the area you are more than welcome to come. I know the choir will be singing some really inspirational songs and there may be a slide show of pictures from Moscow as well.

I have finally finished my school work so that I can now focus on packing for the trip and doing many loads of laundry. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers. We certainly appreciate them. Please continue to pray that we will have a safe trip and that we will be able to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities while in Moscow. Also, that God will watch over our families and loved ones while away.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Anniversary!

I would like to take a moment to wish my dear husband a Very Happy Anniversary! These two years have already flown by and I can’t wait to spend the rest of forever with you! Each day we spend together I learn more and more about you and love you even more. Thank you for choosing to love me everyday. I love you!

TTY Drama

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I have once again disappeared from the blogging world. It seems my life is never dull lately. I’ve been working nonstop to get my class work done before I go to Russia. I have finished one class (took the midterm and completed all assignments through October 18th). The other class I have just finished reading the novel I had to read and lack three homework problems and a 8-15 page report, and possibly a midterm before I leave. This next week seems to prove it will be even more hectic to get this stuff done.

That, ladies and gentlemen has been the least of my worries this week. It seems that the Campus Shop has been scammed out of several thousand dollars this week. I want to use this post as a warning to any of you that may think that you are or you work for a small business and don’t stand a chance at getting scammed. This person called our store during the busiest season of time, rush, and posed as a deaf person (which is not unusual because GWU is a deaf school and has a sign language program). They used the TTY phone system and first got in contact with me there. They said they wanted to purchase some books to donate to a charity. I told this person we were very busy but I would look into it as soon as I could. This person was very pushy and kept calling and emailing me to get it done. I put this off thinking they had a disability and were just anxious to get the books shipped. Our policy has always been that if we do a special order for someone that we must have it prepaid for. This person provided credit card numbers along with security codes for most of the cards. Each went through our system without a flag. Once I got the order finished with I was happy to not have to bother with this person again. Then about a week and a half later they contacted me again wanting to purchase more copies of the book for the charity. We went through the same procedure once again and didn’t have a problem. Then the third time we convinced the manager to check on the cards. He called the company and indeed the cards were fraudulent (don’t know why the credit card company knew this but didn’t flag the cards). Now there is a big investigation going on. With the help of some of my computer geek friends I have been able to provide the police with some IP address information and have tracked it down to a street address in Nigeria. I believe there is someone in the US working with this person and that’s why the phone calls and emails never seemed to match up. As I did more investigating, Justin found a tty site talking about how common it is now for people to abuse the TTY system for scams. There is even an internet TTY system now and it is completely free for anyone that uses it whether in the country or out. We pay for it!!!! when we pay our phone bill it’s one of those many fees. Crazy huh? So, be careful!


I managed to make myself take Thursday and today off of work. I was a little worried about how I might react to all the medications the doc gave me. I have 5 different things to take. One is an inhaler that makes me shake and warm all over (every 4-6 hours). Another is a weird thing that pokes holes in a pill and then I breathe the powder from the pill into my lungs (once a day). Then I have to take an antibiotic twice a day and a cough suppresant (every 4-6 hours). The cough suppresant has hydrocodine in it. It makes me sick and dizzy. I try not to take it as often if I can help it. I don’t know what I’ll do when I get back to work and have to take all this stuff still. I also have to take an herbal pill to make sure I don’t get another fun infection from the antibiotics.

Today is Friday and I’m excited because Erin and Walker are coming to visit and so are my parents and a friend, Betty from New Jersey. It will be the usual quick visit but I’ll take anything I can get. Then Justin and I are headed to Erin’s neck of the woods to present our trip to Russia to her youth group. They have been kind enough to help us collect some items which we are going to bring with us. It’s going to be a busy weekend while on drugs but hopefully a good one. I hope you all have a great weekend as well. Pray for Justin…he’s been sneezing this morning and “not being sick” so I hope he doesn’t come down with something.

Ok, so I was…wrrrr wrrrr wrrrr…

Well I can’t bring myself to say it hehe. After some pushes and some shoves by my loved ones I finally gave in and went to the doctor. I’ve been having bad chest congestion for about 3 weeks and then just this past Friday started a nasty cold. I didn’t want to go to the doctor first because I hate going to the doctor and also because I just figured he would tell me it was allergies and to deal with it.

My appointment was for 9:15am. I arrived a few minutes before that. They didn’t call me back to a room until close to 10. Then I sat and waited until about 10:30ish. Finally the doctor came in and told me my heart rate was 101 which meant something wasn’t right. Then he took just a quick listen to my lungs and said, “Yep, that’s wheezing” and then had a nurse bring in a breathing treatment for me to take for about 7 minutes. Boy did it make me drool. When it was finished I felt really shaky and warm but the doctor said that was normal. It didn’t go away for about 30 minutes afterwards. He told me I have some sort of pre-pneumonia infection (I’m also having an asthmatic reaction to the infection) in my lungs and had I waited a few more days I’d be in the hospital. He also said that because of the time of year it is, I could get it again in 6 months. I also need to get a flu shot when I’m better. He said that was a must! I’ve never had one before. Now I have an inhaler, some sort of inhaling pill thing and a strong antibiotic to take. Sounds like fun for me. I just hope I’m well before Russia.

Now I’m back at work feeling awful because I didn’t take any medicine this morning so that I could be at my worst for the doc to see. I’ve got a sinus headache and just feel run down (haven’t been sleeping well). I hope this goes away soon. Thank you all for caring so much about me. I love you guys!

While I’m thinking about it. I wanted to wish Meagan Jaynes a late Happy Birthday wish! I’m sorry Meagan! I’m slipping on my postings. Her bday was the 29th. Happy Birthday!