Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy BeLaTed Birthday, Laurin

Tuesday we went to a birthday dinner for Laurin Boeving...our new Louisville neighbor. Just wanted to post a belated Happy Birthday to her on the blog.



David and I decided that it would be fun to take her the giagantic sunflower in our garden. It was sO top heavy that we had to carry it like a small baby or it's head would roll about and bobble every which way. Twas the thought that counts?

Return from the Cave


When I was 12 my family took a trip to Ohio to visit my cousins. We stopped by the Mammoth Cave Visitor's Center on the way home. We didn't have enough time for a tour, but I convinced my dad to buy me a book about Mammoth Cave. I also collected brochures on the various tours offered. When I read the description of the "Wild Cave Tour," I announced that when I was 16 (the age minimum for the tour) I would return to Mammoth Cave to enjoy six hours of muddy, claustrophobic fun. Monday - sixteen years (and a little later than I intended) after my first intrigue with Mammoth Cave - my sister and I did return. We felt that we were fulfilling a Robertson Family dream;) We laced up our boots, put on our knee pads, brought out our thrift store apparel and turned on our headlamps. We LOVED it! AND, it made us sore. That could be an understatement. My husband returned from his inCreDiblE trip to Arizona to find me covered in bruises and searching for Advil to kill the ache in my muscles. Despite the aftermath - or perhaps because of it - the adventure was worth every bit!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sister Weekend


Lindsey arrived in Louisville today! She drove up from Memphis for two days of sweet sister time. I am so excited. I've missed her a lot lately. The most exciting part about this visit? On Monday morning we are making the trek down to Mammoth Cave National Park to embark on the Wild Cave Tour. Six hours of muddy darkness. The last time we went caving we were in East Tennessee at Raccoon Mountain. Our favorite passage on that trip was nicknamed The Birth Canal. It's a good thing we're not claustrophobic! In honor of the trek: I made Lindsey a sister t-shirt:)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Beth



Last night I went to Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Hancock Fabrics. To me, this was a spectacular shopping trip. If I had been driving - it would have been a catastrophe. Thankfully I went with Beth. Her directional skills are superior to my own. For months through the Secret Sister program at work, Beth encouraged me with very cute cards, fancy foods, and adorable gifts. I wanted to be her friend even before I knew who she was! She is VeRy crafty. At the revealing of the "Secret Sis," I began to get to know her...beyond her handicrafts. As much as I loved all the cute things she made for me...getting to know her life and heart and even quirks(which mainly revolve around an obsession with grammar) has proven the better adventure. I love friends that can be described as surprising because you always seem to be discovering some hidden depth or unknown talent in conversation with them. Beth is surprising...in the good way. She's fun, too. Please see the Michael's picture posted above for proof.

After the trek, to pass a night without the sweet presence of David...I turned to crafts:) The project is still in process but let me just say - it involves Laura sawing boards at Home Depot, a hammer and nails, fabric, a glue gun...and more. Aren't you curious?



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fare Thee Well


David is leaving for a little trip again....this time to Arizona. He'll be gone until Monday! This is the longest stretch for us since we were married last October! I spent the lunch hour telling him all the things he would miss about ME. In writing, that appears very egocentric... at the time it seemed like a good topic though. The list included that he would miss dragging me out of bed in the morning so that I would not be late, hearing the muffled sound of The Cosby Show through the living room door as he tries to study Greek, my daily question "David, do you think I look beautiful today?" and my delicious cooking. Tonight's dinner will likely consist of Macaroni and Cheese with tuna fish. mmm. Who wouldn't miss that? Actually - sweet David likes all these things about me and more. We are daily amazed at the mystery of marriage. God has given us a good gift...and I will miss the presence of my dear husband.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Little Holiday Cheer

I love Christmas. The truth is, I've already been shopping for gifts, thinking about how to decorate our little apartment, and imagining the smell of apple cider and the taste of my favorite pie- Cool Whip Pumpkin. I know it's cheesy. Last year David and I went to see White Christmas at The Orpheum in Memphis. I listened to the Bing Crosby cd for the rest of the season. Today, in an attempt to break the busyness of the start of a new semester, I am listening to Holiday Pandora Radio. My FAVORITE Christmas CD of all time - Andrew Peterson's The Nativity Story - has been adding a joyful reminder of the birth of Christ to my August day. It is indeed filling my heart with a bit of holiday cheer.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Our Neighborhood Boevings


This is a little blog to welcome The Boeving Family to Louisville!!! We have a long history with the Boevings. One of my favorite childhood pictures of David is on a family camping trip when he is about 4 years old. He is standing next to Aaron Boeving. Though I don't remember exactly when I first met Laurin, she's been a dear friend to me for over 10 years now! I love friendships that have history. We were thRilled when they announced they would be moving to Louisville for Aaron to begin Seminary.
Last night we went over and ate dinner with Laurin, Aaron and the adorable gals: Savannah and Aubrey! They were in surprisingly good spirits after the long journey - which must have been quite an adventure with two girls under 2 years and Charlie, the beagle. As most of their worldly belongings were still in their POD in the driveway, we had an indoor picnic. Chicken spaghetti, baby peas, apple sauce and no bake cookies. MmMM! We look forward to many more meals together...though hopefully next time it will be around a table!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fried Goodness


Over the past few months, David and I have developed a friendship with an elderly gentleman at our church. We love to share dinner with him. Every time we see him he invites us to eat with him at Bob Evans. David asked him a few weeks ago what he really likes to eat. He mentioned catfish and a few items under the category "good country cooking." I am a fairly simple cook. The closest I come to "country cooking" is biscuits made from Bisquick. But how could I resist when I saw catfish fillets at the grocery store and when we just so happened to get okra in our veggie box this week? Truth be told, the closest I've come to frying anything in my 28 years has been by the side of my country-cooking Mamaw. Without her help I was fairly in a panic!

In the end, it all turned out alright, though David did have to removed the smoke detectors from the house and leave the windows open for the rest of the night. Thankfully, fried okra tastes good even if it is a little burnt. I think from now on, we'll go to Cracker Barrel for fried okra and leave the country cooking to Mamaw.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Harvest

David and his friend, Nate, took advantage of the flower beds in our yard this year and tried a hand at gardening. I was a bit skeptical. This is probably due to the fact that I've killed almost every plant ever entrusted to my care. Thankfully, David's thumb is greener than mine. We've been gathering the harvest over the past few weeks. Here are a few pictures from the Dawkins Garden.

Mmm. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches.

Cherry tomatoes!!! The endless uses.

Lettuce, Lettuce and more Lettuce!

One of the things I love about Louisville is the abundant presence of bunnies! We share our yard with them and I've often tried to befriend them. This has been to no avail. While they are cute, as good ole Peter Rabbit proved to Mr. McGregor, they can be a bit pesky to gardeners. Nate heard that marigolds are a good rabbit-detterent so they bordered the garden in marigolds. As far as we can tell, it worked!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Classic



I realize that I just posted a book review but nonetheless...here I go again. Last weekend I picked up The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sometimes I go through classic book phases...I re-read books that I studied in high school wondering if my tastes have changed or developed in 15 years?!? (Once I went on a Charles Dickens kick that lasted an unreasonably long time. It was almost insatiable.) I do not recall my sentiments in high school about The Scarlett Letter but I am fairly sure it didn't evoke all that it has in me over the past week. Though there is much more to the book, the aspect that has provoked my mind this week is the powerful picture of life - and sinful humanity without forgiveness and grace. Life under the law. The desperation of that glimpse has been haunting me this week. And yet all the while the gospel is staring me full in the face causing me to look with fresh eyes and deeper heart at beautiful passages that speak the good news.

"For our sin he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Husband???

David is out of town...on a quick trip for work...this means a variety of things for Laura:

1. I turned both my alarm clock and my phone alarm off this morning without really waking. At 7:22am I got up in a flurry. Good thing I live across the street from my place of employment.

2. I refer to David as my personal alarm clock. He gives me reminders before I need to leave: 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before and then again at the 5 minute mark and the departure time. I will be at least 5 minutes late everywhere I go until he returns. Thankfully, I don't have much scheduled in the next 24 hours.

3. When David is home, I hate being on the phone. This has significantly reduced my phone time in recent months because...well...we live in the same house. Last night I ate a bit of delicious (ok, more than a bit) Oreo pie while chatting with deal old Brek Ray. She told me a variety of hilarious stories. She attracts strange situations.

4. I also talked to my sister. She does not attract strange situations as Rebekah does - but rather places herself in them. e.g. A few months ago she went sky diving. Last night she told me she is trying to learn to breakdance. She downloaded music to help her in this endeavor and is searching out videos on the subject.

5. I will spend the next 24 hours missing my husband. As we discovered after 2 years of courtship on different continents...distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Recommended Reading



A few weeks ago we shared our little Louisville abode with Mississippi friends - Buster and Michelle Leach - for a couple of days. Buster and David were enrolled in the same summer class...which was about the ministry of leadership - both in the church and as the head of their home. Each day around our kitchen table the guys would relate stories from their professor and tidbits of wisdom and insight that he'd shared with them. We were particularly intrigued by the stories of their family life. It was a sweet time and I think all of us learned a lot of good lessons that week. One of the books assigned for the class was Humility by CJ Mahaney. I picked it up at David's recommendation. Though a short read, this book is packed with deep wisdom about a topic that is such a mystery to me. The gospel always seems to turn things on their heads and at the same moment make it right side up. In a world that surrounds me with the opposite, this little book about humility was a treasured reminder to me of a gospel that utters the truth that 'blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.'

Truly edifying words are words that reveal the character and promises and the activity of God. CJ Mahaney