Tuesday, January 18

Life Changes

Well, I am entering into week 2 in Rolla.  We are moved into our quaint apartment!  It is quite lovely! The weather is monsterous.  It's finally above freezing today, a first since I've been here.  Fortunately they have snow plows here, so I can actually drive, since driving in the snow is so foreign to Texans.

Things I am getting used to:
- Living on a budget. Freeing yet frustrating.
- Living without internet.  We don't have internet at our apartment, which is fine. I just have to get used to it!
- Living in sub-freezing temperatures. Yuck.
- Living with a boy. He killed my sea monkeys. But he also makes me breakfast.

Things I love about Rolla:
- The size. It's tiny, and it literally takes 5 minutes max to get anywhere. The only problem with this is that the car isn't warm by the time you need to get out.
- The old houses.  They are everywhere and they are so cute!
- Downtown. Old, cute, small.  It's a true downtown.
- Community.  Just last week we had people over three different nights for dinner.  Last semester, I missed the community I had at Baylor.  Nick and I have been praying for community for me this semester.

- I got a job! I am going to be coaching gymnastics!
- A second job is in the works! Tomorrow I am meeting with a lady who runs a day care/babysitting program and she wants me to work 3-4 days a week! Hopefully the two jobs combined will be around 30 hours.
- Nick and I are leading a home group in his organization. The title is "Living Life Worthy of the Calling," and the subject is Godliness.  We have 12 people signed up! Woohoo! Please pray for our time together and for the relationships that will be built.  8 of the 12 are girls, which is awesome! And there are 2 married couples! Hooray!
- We are enrolled in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University at a local church.  We are eager to see what we learn from it!
- Nick and I went to the same church as mentioned above on Sunday.  We went to the Young Couples Sunday school class, and then to the worship service.  It was funny because a lot of the couples had multiple kids and were probably in their thirties.  We definitely felt young.

- If you have any great, easy recipes, send them to us! We love cooking together, plus we are going to need some great recipes for our home group every week.
- I made twice baked potatoes from The Pioneer Woman cookbook the other day.  Oh my goodness they were delicious. And so easy!

That is all for now. I am sure there will be more updates later. If you are reading this, please come visit. During your spring break. Or just over a weekend. We have a very comfortable couch.