Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dallas Weekend

I was so busy with school last week that I never got to write about our fun weekend in Dallas.
We saw my RUF friend Caleb Bell marry Laura Cherry.

Caleb caught the garter last year at our wedding, so we felt that we were perhaps the most important guests there... without us, the wedding would not have existed. I'm mostly kidding of course, BUT Caleb and Laura weren't yet dating (at least officially) when he caught our garter. We reminded him of this at his wedding, and he told us that catching our garter made him think, "Hey, I REALLY want to get married!" after which, he returned to Seattle and stepped it up a notch with Laura. The rest is history.

Our good friends Sarah and Jeremy Mollenkopf had their baby girl Abagail Grace September 15, which worked out great for us, because we were already planning a trip to Dallas. Thanks for saving us some gas money, Abagail. =)

She is so sweet and beautiful, looking a lot like her mama. It seems impossible for a then 1 week old to have smiled at us, but I promise she did!

It was such a good weekend to catch up with old friends! This weekend we are enjoying a quiet evening at home, rejoicing that the Aggies BTHO Baylor. Whoop! (whew).

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bling Bling

Last Friday I got my Aggie Ring! It felt like I would NEVER get it! I feel like a real Aggie now, and somehow more of an adult, but not sure why. =)

I got up early Friday morning to go get my ring ticket. I got there at 7:15 when the doors opened, but I wasn't the first one there. People had camped out the night before all around the Association of Former Students building! So, I think it's only fair that they got their ring an hour sooner.

I went to class and work, and then Kyle met me on campus around 2:00 for all the festivities. We had yell practice and free snow cones and sausage on a stick (only the classiest for us Aggies). Then at 4:00, the magic happened.
The ring lady had Kyle present me my ring.

Behold the power of an Aggie ring.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Search is Over

This morning we officially joined... First Baptist Bryan! We are very excited to have ended our church hunt and to start getting plugged in to a new church home. When we were "presented" to the congregation, Pastor Tim, or Brother Tim (I am officially Baptist now) said, "This is Kyle and Lindsay Newcomer," and everyone started chuckling. We are newcomers to the church. Our name is Newcomer. This joke doesn't bother me in the slightest, but I also have only had to hear it for 1 year, as opposed to 27 for poor Kyle. Maybe I'll be a "true" Newcomer when I get tired of the joke. But for now, I see it as a nice icebreaker. =)

It feels pretty strange to be joining such a big church, but we feel like it is the best place for us. Every week we go there, I feel kind of intimidated to walk into such a big place. I think, "What are we doing here? We aren't 'big church people.'" But every week I am humbled and refreshed to learn that although the music and order of worship is very different, the Gospel is just as sweet and just as true as it has been since the beginning of time. I really like Pastor Tim, both as a person and a preacher, and whenever he starts his sermon, I feel back at home and reminded that these people are not so different from me.

A funny thing about going to a church with 2,000 people is that while there are tons of people you don't know, there are also lots of people that you do know, often from really random places. I think we've been to FBC 5 times now, and I've seen 3 high school friends, 3 former classmates, the salesman that always waits on me from the Honda dealership, Kyle's great aunt, my sweetmate from freshman year, a teacher I used to tutor for, and a couple from a church we visited last summer. Weird, huh? I can't wait to see who else we run into!

We're not sure how exactly we're going to be involved in the church yet. All of the community groups in the church are going to be studying 40 Days of Community, which will be held in different people's homes. We met a really sweet couple at church last week who is hosting a group, so we signed up to be with them. We're a little bummed because it turns out that the Bible study is on the same night as Kyle's softball games, but the community group doesn't start until October, so we'll at least catch the first few games. We haven't settled on a Sunday school class, but we'll probably join the young married's class. And I'm sure that we'll volunteer for the nursery, but I think we have to do some sort of "class" before we can start that. We could be weirdos after all.

Please pray for us as we try to find ways to become involved in our new church. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for our church hunt!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Baby Steven's Birthday

Yesterday my nephew turned 1! I can't believe how fast he is growing up! He has changed so much, especially in the last 2 or 3 months. He's started walking, hugging people, giving "five," and he even reached for me to hold him once or twice this weekend-a MAJOR highlight for an aunt! =)

We came in to Houston Friday night and had a great time with Laura and Charlton, and then Saturday we played with Steven and got ready for his cowboy-themed birthday party. I'll only put up a few pictures, but check Laura's blog over the next couple days for the full shebang.

His crown said, "Baby's 1st Birthday."

I was thinking after the party about how rare it is to go to a birthday party where you actually remember the person's birth, but I remember Steven's so clearly! It's hard to believe that at the same time of his party LAST year, we were anxiously waiting in the hospital room, wondering how much he would weigh, how long he would be, how much hair...

Happy Birthday, Stevie! We love you!