Monday, May 31, 2010

This 3 Day Weekend

We hung out with friends.

I might have taken a couple of naps.

We watched more Lost.

We found out the first 5 seasons of Lost are only available on Hulu until the end of this year. Now we have a deadline. A goal. It is like we are running a marathon. We may be tired, but we must press on.

I did normal weekend chores like grocery shopping and laundry.

We went to eat with my parents at Ciros. One of the best things about Ciros is that they have bocce ball outside. Sometimes I just want to go there to play and not eat.

I went kayak fishing with Greg for the first time. Greg caught one catfish and I didn't catch a single thing. It was fun though.

I fed a bunch of greedy ducks and ducklings. I fed them tortillas cause I am from Texas and that's what I do.

And that is pretty much it.

Oh and as a side note my sister is due in just a little over a month. Can't wait for a nephew! Everyone is excited. My mom keeps saying things like "We are going to have a baby!!!". Yes, she says WE. All of us. Collectively. We are all getting a family baby. All equal part owners. Poor Lauren, she still thinks she is the one having the baby. Don't worry sis, we will let you see Kyler every now and then :)

Monday, May 24, 2010


Is it ironic that the same weekend that the Lost Series Finale aired, Greg and I started watching Season 1 Episode 1? It’s true. I’ve never seen an episode until this weekend. I blame it on the youth department at Church.

Greg and I are going to Camp 456 in June – our church's summer camp for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The theme: Lost. At the leaders meeting a couple weeks ago they played clips from the show that they put together that they will be showing to students at camp to tie in to the theme and the lessons. Oh no, their plane crashed! How are they all going to make it on that island? I had to know.

So this past weekend we were taking it easy one night, and trying to decide what movie to rent. We always have a hard time trying to find good movies, so we decided to watch the first episode of Lost on Hulu, because you know, Matterns love free. 4 episodes later we are hooked. Watching Lost is like eating thin mints. You are always left wanting more.

Apparently Greg and I just love tv series where the hero's name is Jack.

Before we go any further into Lost, I think we need to set some ground rules. Last time we watched the 24 series we had to set boundaries. It started out with setting the limit of no more than 1 episode per "school night". Then I think we just started rushing through our evening routines/bible reading time/etc, just so we could watch it. So then we moved it to only on the weekends. But we are sneaky and started expanding our definition of "weekend". We will need to clearly define all terms and conditions of our Lost bylaws.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Guatemala Anyone?

Greg and I have been looking into different mission trips because we really want to go on one soon. We found a great one through Living Water International. They send out teams to drill a water well or repair a water well for a community. It really is an amazing organization. Here are a few facts from their website.

- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

- Nearly 90 percent of all diseases in the world are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.

- The weakest members of communities are the most vulnerable; every day water-related diseases claim the lives of 5000 children under the age of five. That’s roughly one every 15 seconds.

Those are crazy statistics. So by the time I get done writing this post multiple children have died of unclean drinking water. I never see this, so I never really think about this. It is heartbreaking though.

Living water not only drills water wells to provide people with clean water, but also tells people about the LIVING WATER, Jesus Christ.

We are applying to go on the Guatemala Trip, September 4 - 11. It is not through First Baptist (although they do a have a Living Water Trip in October). It is directly through Living Water. There are 7 spots left open on this trip.

If you already have off for Labor Day (Sep 6th), you only have to take 4 vacation days. Only 4!

I am hoping my company will pay for the trip. Ya know, since I am in the drilling biz and all. It would kind of be like field training...right?

Ok, not really.

Sooooo, if anyone is considering going on a mission trip this year, this would be a great one to go on. And then we would know someone else on the trip!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I am going with the random list because I don't really have anything too interesting to write about.

- This weekend was the first restful and relaxing and slow weekend I have had in quite a while. It was nice.

- I watched my first episode of Modern Family. Lots of people I know think it is hilarious. I thought it was just OK. So sue me.

- I tried out a neti pot for the first time this week. I found it to be unpleasant yet moderately helpful.

- Lately I have really been into making homemade pizza. I made 4 pizzas this weekend to freeze so that we can have something already prepared on a night where there is no time to cook. I use Money Saving Mom's pizza dough recipe except I used some wheat flour in addition to white. I almost hated typing that because of my next point below.

- It bothers me when I read recipe reviews and people say things like - "this recipe was great except I substituted a for b, used c instead of d, left out the e, and added f, g, and h." Um, then basically it must not have been that great of a recipe.

- And yet, sometimes I do that.

- We bought a filing cabinet this weekend. There are always so many random papers / bills/ etc. that I don't know what to do with, yet I feel I shouldn't throw them away. My current file folders are bursting at the seams which causes me to hate using them for fear I will not be able to close them again. So I am hoping the filing cabinet will help us to get super organized and make me more inclined to file things away sooner instead of letting papers pile up.

- We forgot to buy hanging file folders when we were at Walmart buying the filing cabinet. So it looks like we won't be getting organized quite yet.

- Somehow we did manage to buy the little file folder labels though. Cause we are just that good.

- I have been on an extended "cake break", as I like to call it. With the exception of my sister's baby shower, I have been taking some time off from making cakes. While I enjoy it, it just takes up so much time. And I feel like there are always other things being left undone when I spend so long making cakes. It has been nice though. So I am sorry for those who have tried to order cakes, but I feel like my time needs to be spent doing other stuff right now. Not exactly sure what that other stuff is...but anyway.

- Greg and I walked to Mytiburger last night. It was such a nice night and we didn't even realize we live with in walking distance. So fun!

- We also didn't realize how easily this neighborhood floods! We were out driving on Friday night and some of the streets had such high waters. They even closed down one of the streets near our house.

- Well, this concludes my random list. Ciao.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Radical Series: Beware

Greg and I recently started listening to the Radical Series. I had never heard of this Pastor before, but read about this series on the Hendricks blog (who i stalk because she is so stinkin' hilarious and yet an amazing Godly example who is encouraging and challenging all the time), and also Katie's blog (who I heard about through the Hendrick's blog).

Seriously, you should go read Katie's blog. She is a young, single, beautiful girl who lives in Uganda. As in, she LIVES there. Not coming back. She has adopted kids. 11 of them. Or 12. Or some number around there I can't quite remember. She is simply amazing. Greg and I are both addicted to reading her blog. I check her blog all the time and cannot wait until she posts. Then Greg and I just look at each other, and ask - Why are we so lame? How can she serve God 24/7, have given up EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, and we are just living life for ourselves?

Start with this post. That is the one that got me hooked. I will even post a picture just like Heather did in case words are not convincing enough.

Why does she have to be the cutest person ever?

She is wise beyond her years. She also challenges me to read the scripture in a different way. A scary way.

Anyway, back to the Radical Series. There are 8 sermons. We have only listened to the first 3 so far. They are TOUGH. They bring up so many questions. I need other people to listen to these so I can have others to talk these things through with. Actually, more than that, I need to be praying for a changed heart. But also it would be great to talk this through with other people.

The other night Greg and I were at our friends' house, the McNallys, for dinner. We had finished eating and had talked for a long time without actually getting to the point of what we had met for (Houston Project). Then Kevin said - ok, 1 more thing and then we can get to our agenda. Radical Series. Have you heard it? Um, why yes we have Kevin. Just recently. We hate it. Well, not exactly hate, but I am selfish, and these sermons point that out even more and that is hard.

How will I give account to God for how I have spent my money?

God, I didn't know that every day tons and tons of people die of hunger. Of no clean water. Of preventable disease. Oh really? You didn't know? You thought everyone had food? Ok, maybe I did know, but I live in America, in Houston, not far from Highland Village, and I don't see it so much, and I forget. Forget? Ok, maybe I don't forget, maybe I purposely ignore that fact because I like buying clothes, and going out to eat, and buying throw pillows.

I am pretty frugal. More frugal at some things than others, but still frugal (by my standards at least). Greg is too. We like to buy the grocery store brands. We order water at restaurants. I use coupons. I reuse foil. Greg puts the peanut butter jar in the microwave when it seems there is nothing left so that not a single molecule of peanut butter goes unused. We only eat half a stick of gum at a time. I am serious. We shared this fact in Bible study once and have been made fun of ever since. I don't think Greg has bought a belt since high school.

But I have been thinking - why am I frugal? Is it so I can give more? So I can give more to missions? To feed the poor? To support ministries? No. Unfortunately no. I am frugal because I like getting good deals. So I can buy more cheap stuff. So I can have the security of knowing more money is going into savings. Sometimes I like to pat myself on the back for being frugal. But then when I realize WHY I am actually frugal. Not awesome.

Anyway, I am not really sure where I am going with this. These are just thoughts. My recent ones.

Back to our dinner - Kevin said - "Can I REALLY say that my 401K is not storing up for me treasures on Earth?"

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Mt 6:19-21

Oh wow, don't even go there. I never even thought about that and now I have to. Don't worry, no one is cancelling their 401K, these are just questions. Questions I had never really thought of. Because America and the church, and myself, am so conditioned to think a certain way, that I would never really think about doing something crazy risky to serve God. Yes there is wisdom in saving & planning. I am not saying there is not value in that. I am just sayin. That is what David Platt mentions in the Radical Series. His teachings sound so radical, because the church has gotten so far away from those hard truths in the Bible that they sound exactly that - Radical. Kinda sad, eh? I am accountable to God, and that is a scary thing. Not that any amount of works could get me into Heaven. Far from it. It is by grace alone through Jesus Christ that we are saved. But I am still accountable for how I used what God has given me.

So if you have listened to this series and have thoughts on it - let me know. Or if you start listening to them, lets talk!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Warrior Dash

I know. It has been some time. Too much time has gone by since my last blog to catch up on so I will just go ahead and pick up now. What better way to come back to blogging than with a Warrior Dash Report? This weekend was Warrior Dash in Forney, Texas.

18,000 people.

2 days.

3.5 miles.






I saw Yoshi, Santa Clause, an Avatar, too many unitards, men in dresses, tutus, vikings, kilts, a hot dog, super heros, lots of body paint, and more.

Here are the warriors before the race.

And here are the wives - supporting our men.

Greg doing a few practice jumps before the race.

Here is my man crawling through mud under barbed wire. Oh yeah.

After the race. No hugs please.

I like this picture because it is like Where's Waldo.

Can you spot the bride and groom? The smurfs? The pink body suits?

I'm not gonna lie, being a spectator at Warrior Dash kind of made me want to do it next year. I said kind of. We'll see. I tried running today, ya know, to get ready. 364 more days to train. Only if the other Warrior Wives will do it with me though :)