Monday, December 29
It has been a long time since I have updated my blog. Sorry about that. Things have been so busy around here for the holidays!! Chris and I felt the baby kick for the first time on Christmas Eve. It was almost like it was her Christmas present to us!! I had felt the flutters for maybe a week before that, but it was the first time she kicked, and Chris just happened to be there and felt it. I am showing a lot more now, though I am trying to hide it. Chris says that being pregnant makes you look pretty, but to me it feels more like fat.
Chris is applying to law schools this week, so he is a little nervous about what the outcome will be. We are praying that either UND or the University of South Dakota will work out. There is another school in Denver, and I would not mind moving back to Colorado either. So, this next year looks uncertain.
I cannot believe that it is almost New Years!! It is exciting to be moving into 2009, but it is really scary too. Lots of new things are going to be happening for us.. A baby, a move, and possibly law school. I told Chris yesterday, I am really glad we serve a God who isnt taken by surprise, and already has it planned out.
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas this year!
Tuesday, December 9
I am currently 15 and a half weeks pregnant, and getting more and more excited everyday. The baby is growing, and my belly is starting to do the same. I feel like I am getting rather huge, but people still say they can't tell. I had another appointment on Friday, and the heartbeat was 156 bpm. It sounded nice and strong, and the doctor said it sounded good. All my blood work came back from my last appointment with no problems, so that is a praise. I found out that I am O+, and I was a little surprised. I thought I was A+. We find out what the baby is on Jan 9, if the baby cooperates. They say sometimes they cross their legs and you can't see. I sure hope he/she will be nice and let us get a good look. We opted out of the downs syndrome testing, as we are not going to get an abortion, and do not really want to be pushed if the test comes back positive. It our baby has Downs Syndrome, then we will love him or her just the same.
I put my very first Christmas decoration up, a pretty wreath with snowmen in it, on our front door today. I am still looking around for an ornament that has a bride and groom on it with the year, but do not know if I am going to find it.
This is one of my favorite times of year, with all the glisten and pretty music, and the hustle and the bustle, and there are some very beautiful quiet moments where I just sit back and think about the Greatest Gift, as well as all His continued gifts. Health, the baby, a happy marriage, good jobs, great family, and the thought struck me this year, that Christmas isn't just about the one time gift of Jesus being born, but the gifts that He gives us every day that were made possible through the whole salvation plan. Just when I thought I would not learn any more about the meaning if Christmas. It is hard to believe that there are just 14 days left, but we are content with where God has us, and feeling very blessed thinking about the Greatest Gift Giver, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Monday, December 1
Christopher Robert Hall
Rhys, Trouble, Hubby, Trouble.. Tease..
Place of Birth?
First best friend?
First sport you joined?
Jennie Needham, Who turned into Jennie Hall
Favourite Music Group?
Favourite Book of the Bible?
Well, thats all I could think of to tell you. I love my husband very much, and I am so glad that we are together. God has been really good to us. I guess I cant really put into words how grateful I am for him..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!!!
Tuesday, November 25
Yesterday was a big day for Chris and I.. (well, in reality, for me, the ever so emotional one) One year ago yesterday, Chris proposed to me, and I accepted. It was an awesome day. Its been a long year, but its amazing how fast it has gone.
God has been so good to us. We could have never imagined at this time last year where we would be now.. or how happy we could be. God has blessed us in every way I can think of. We have a good relationship, and now we are going to be parents. I find myself falling for him over and over again every day!!
Last night we went out, and despite my slightly upset stomach at the start of the meal, the broccoli settled it down, and we really enjoyed ourselves. Ruby Tuesdays has the best mashed potatoes, broccoli, and Strawberry Lemonade around!! (it was really quite good!)
Above is the very first engagement picture Chris I did.. Not professional, but it was around this time last year. I am feeling very blessed.. Especially when I wake up in the morning next to a man I know will love and take care of our growing family to the best of his ability to the day he dies. *Big Smiles*
Friday, November 21
Anyways, I started rambling there.. Just thought I would let you know that Jasper is the second casualty in the "Jennie learning to keep fish" saga.
Thursday, November 20
In other news.. I get spaghetti tonight!!
Tuesday, November 18
Yesterday I mentioned my new fish, Sir Render.. Unfortunately, last night, Sir. Render surrendered to death... and I lost him. So I decided to give bettas one last shot, and if I kill this one, I am not getting another one. When I went to PetSmart, they said that a lot of wal-marts fish are like that, and I would have better luck with a PetSmart fish... And they also gave me a 14 day guarantee. So, I brought home a very pretty blue betta fish. I have not named him yet, though in light of what I named the last one the name Sir. Mised has been suggested. *grin* I don't think it fits this one the way Sir. Render's name fit him, so we will see.
Here are some pics of the new one. I didn't get pics of poor Render before he died. Sorry they are a little blurry.. Fish are not photogenic.
Monday, November 17
Pastor Todd had an amazing sermon yesterday. It was quite convicting. Apparently, it was the second part of last week's sermon, but I was sick and ended up leaving before the sermon. Now I am even more bummed I didn't hear it. It was about the Great Commission, and what our responsibility is to the command. For a while now, Chris and I have been talking about getting together with Pastor Todd and Robin and talking about where we can plug into the church. Its been kinda hard with me being sick and all, but now that I am feeling better, I really want to make it work. So tonight we are going to meet with them to talk about it. One thing that has frustrated me lately is that I dont know anyone in Bismarck outside of the church, and don't really have a way to get to know people. It is soo hard in a city. Chris suggested yesterday, that maybe I should be doing more for the members of the church, and encouraging them, so they can share their faith more abundantly. So, I think I am going to act on that. I have learned that conviction is not a bad thing... In fact, it can help you to find where your place is, help you correct sin issues, and become closer to Christ. So instead of getting upset over conviction.. I get excited!! I am really looking forward to what God is going to do with us.
One more random thing.. I got a fish!! Something I have wanted for a while. He is an orange Betta. And very pretty. His name is Sir. Render. Compliments of my sister Valarie. I love him! Chris bought him for me so I would not feel as lonely during the day. He is not very photogenic though.. something about the water I think.. I will keep trying to get a good one.. and put it on here.. But no promises!
Tuesday, November 11
He will Carry Me, by Mark Shultz
I call, You hear me
I’ve lost it all
And it’s more than I can bear
I feel so empty
I’m holdin’ on
But I feel like givin’ in
But still You’re with me
And even though I’m walkin’ through
The valley of the shadow
I will hold tight to the hand of Him
Whose love will comfort me
And when all hope is gone
And I’ve been wounded in the battle
He is all the strength that I will
And He will carry me
I know I’m broken
But You alone
Can mend this heart of mine
You’re always with me
And even though I feel so lonely
Like I’ve never been before
You never said it would be easy
But You said you’d see me through
Well, I tried to upload it from youtube, and it didnt work for me.. So, here is the link.
On other news, I felt flutters the other night!! I dont know if it was the baby, or just my tummy, but it was lower than tummy flutters usually are.. So I am going to the it was Baby Hall, letting me know s/he is still alive!!
Friday, November 7
We had a blizzard here yesterday and last night.. It was quite scary.. I was going to go out in it to run some errands, and to get out of the house, but after driving a hundred yards decided to head back as there was no visibility, and the road was ice. Good thing I did too, about 20 min later, Chris called me from work to tell me it was going to get worse and to stay home! Anyways, I got a few pics of it and thought I would put them on here.
These two I took out of our bedroom window.. The pictures don't do them justice. Really, the one off the roof had at least 6 foot of overhang that was just snow!! It was really pretty, and the drifts on the parking lot below are pretty deep too! The real fun was getting Chris out of the house for work this morning.. The picture on the top is of our porch, right out of the door.. Again, the pic doesnt look it, but the drift was up past Chris's waist! So we are going to have fun with the snow this year. Winter has stopped in to say hello! Some people say we are in for another year like '96-'97. I hope not... I don't know how much sledding I can do with Baby on board!
On a good note, I am feeling much better these days, and my first doctors appointment is this afternoon.. I am so excited.. I can't wait to hear the heartbeat, and I sure hope they do an ultrasound so I can see him/her!! I am kinda nervous too. I have an irrational fear that there isnt really a baby, and that I am just sick for no reason.. That would not explain my incredible eating habbits the last few weeks, I know, but I still worry..
Please pray everything looks good and goes well!! I will post again tonight with news of how it went!!
PS, one last thing,
I finally got my honeymoon pics on facebook. Here is the public link so you can look at them.
Wednesday, November 5
"Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida.
Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation.
+ Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
+ Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies.
+ Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.
Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ? Yes!
Think about this one:
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments
C O W S
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad
cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.
T H E C O N S T I T U T I O N
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.
T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post ' Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians.. It creates a hostile work environment."
But ultimately, my job is to pray, and that is what I intend to do.
Wow, a short post for once!!
Monday, November 3
1 Cor. 9:19-23
"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the week: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the Gospels sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."
Romans 12: 1-5
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present yourselves a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us....."
1 Peter 3: 8-9, 15
"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.....But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."
John 13: 34-35
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this all men shall know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
Romans 14: 1-5,7-8,10-19
"Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day before another: another esteemth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind........For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's........ But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ. FOr it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess God. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brothers way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is NOTHING unclean of itself: but to him that esteemth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then you good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, ad things wherewith one may edify another."
1 Cor. 13:1-3
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feel the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."
Recently, there has been a trend in the church, that sickens me, and I think it does God as well. The above verses all deal with how we should be treating each other, and what we should do when we have theological differences.
This topic is very real to me, as my family has been treated very badly by the church at many different times.. But we have also been blessed, to be loved by the church. The first time, was when my dad's church in Emmerado shut down. He was struggling, and so he ended up going to Pastor Custer in Grand Forks to talk it out. Pastor Custer was the pastor of a very conservative independent baptist church. My family did not fit there theologically at all, at least, not in lifestyle. But that church welcomed us into their midst, and didn't judge us when we needed a place to worship for a few months. They were awesome. We do have some family in that church, but it was the entire church family, who was very gracious to us. They showed the love of Christ.
While we were still living in Emmerado ND, my dad started communicating with Pine Creek Immanuel Independent Baptist Church in Watrous Pennsylvania. This church was incredibly doctrine driven. My dad wrote endless statements on what he believed about different subjects, and after several months of interviews, and endless theological emails, he was called to be the pastor there. All good.. Till several months later, when different things that my dad believed started becoming issues in the church. My dad has never taken a theological stand on eschatology, or end times because he feels there is no way to tell for sure what will happen from Scripture. The church interpreted this statement to mean he held the Aumillenial position. (Someone who believes the end times already happened.) Then there was the King James issue. My dad has never claimed to be KJV only, though he believes it to be a very accurate translation along with the NAS, and the Geneva. The church there had said they "Prefer and used the King James" We found out that meant that not even the original greek mattered if it was even as much as one letter different than their King James. To make a long painful story short, they ran us out of the church, as well as any one who supported them.
We didn't know what to do, so we ended up calling a ministry in Glasgow Mt called Elijah's Brook, where they took in Pastor's families who had been through hurtful situations, and need some time to get back on their feet. This was an Assemblies of God church, who we had so many theological differences with. In fact, my dad felt compelled to tell the pastor why he didn't agree with many things their church did. While he was in the middle of his story, Pastor Dave interrupted him and asked him if he believed the fundamentals of the faith. That Jesus came to earth as the perfect Son of God and died on a cross to save sinners, and that our job as believers is to share that Gospel. Well, obviously he did. Dave then told him the rest didn't matter, and if he would be more comfortable in a Baptist church, there was one in town that he was more than welcome to attend. To make a very long story short, for the entire time we were part of Elijah's Brook, those people loved us. They cooked us meals, they prayed for us, they accepted us like family, despite our theological differences. That Christmas we got presents from complete strangers, who decided God was telling them to give to us. After receiving all that love, we asked ourselves, what is truly more important to God? Doctrine, or Loving His people?
Doctrine is surely important, but does it matter more than our brothers and sisters in Christ, who may differ in opinion? I can think of no reason why all the churches in a town who believe in Jesus, shouldn't get together and have one big outreach. Get to know the other Christians in your town. Even from different churches. Even from Pentecostal or Baptist churches. I have wonderful friends from both sides, and I can assure you, there is a genuine love of God, Jesus, and the Bible on both sides. It saddens me that we as Christians make judgement calls on other Christians because of their theology. I am tired of hearing Christians saying about one another "I don't see how such and such denomonation can even be considered Christian, they practice speaking in tongues, singing hymns, have a drum set" and the list goes on and on and on.
Remember that every believer out there regardless of denomination is part of the bride of Christ. I think we as Christians need to think of how Jesus feels seeing his bride treated the way we treat each other.. And we also need to remember we are all on the same side!!
I wish I could say its only one group that does this, but from what I have seen it happens in just many churches. There are some exceptions.. I am working real hard to be the exception. It is so easy for me to judge.. Especially when there are Christians who celebrate Halloween, and read Harry Potter, and participate in other things that I can not in good conscience participate in myself. But I remind myself that not so long ago, I didn't mind watching TV shows that did not honour God, and God convicted me of that. If God can convict me, he can surely do the same for the rest of his Church.
The greatest commandment that God ever gave was to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. The next was Love your neighbour as yourself. I think that it is just as important, if not more so, to love our brothers in Christ.
I guess this has gotten quite long enough.. Leave some feedback, so I know if I am getting at something or if all this is off the wall.
Friday, October 31
Here is a link to an article I found on history.com.
It talks about the real origin of Halloween.. I thought that it would be appropriate for today. I am getting really tired of seeing jack-o-lanterns and ghosts every where, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow!!
From the study I have done, this is about as basic as the story can get without having a ridiculously long post.. I have had a few of them recently.
As Christians, we need to make sure that what we do, celebrate, and think about all reflect the glory of God. I cannot in good conscience take part in the "Halloween" activities.. But the good news, Chris and I get to go on a date tonight!!
Thursday, October 30
One thing that I liked about the movie is that Jumbo, the mother elephant is very motherly, and quiet. She is a motherly figure.. Funny how the feminists have not jumped on her. She is also very protective which gets her in trouble. She reminds me of my mom, the things that she did right. She was very motherly, didn't feel the need to be the type of woman society dictated, was content to look motherly, she didn't dress fashionably, but practically. (in the movie there is a dramatic difference between Jumbo and the other female elephants in appearance as well as demeanour.) Mom was also very protective that we were only told things she approved of. She would get upset when we were treated in a way she saw unfit. Which is exactly what Jumbo does.
The other elephants are gossips, and it is portrayed to be a waste of time, and they are seen as the "bad guys" (though there isn't really a scary bad guy in this movie)
The first bad element that I saw is when Dumbo and Timothy get drunk and have a really weird drunken dream about pink elephants. Aside from the dream/vision being weird and odd, I thought it was silly and boring, so I fast forwarded.. The scene is unnecessary and long... And it is irritating that there is always a drunk scene in Disney movies, even when they don't fit.. Like in Dumbo. Along with that, one of the crows that they meet smokes a big cigar. The character would not lose anything without it.. so why put it in? The movie would be better without the drunk scene.. So why? Am I the only one who thinks its odd that this family friendly company, would have these things in their movie for kids? Talk about conflicting messages.
There are some redeeming things about this movie. The crows originally make fun of Dumbo, as does everyone else, and when confronted by Timothy, they show genuine remorse for their former attitude, and change.
At first when Dumbo learns to fly, they tell him its because of a magic feather, (we find out later in the movie that it was just a crutch to get him to try it) But its a magic reference either way.
In conclusion, I didn't see near the problems with this movie that I did Aladdin. Dumbo never forgets his mother, and at the end, she is back in Dumbo's trailer. Free.
As far as allowing my kids to watch it.. The drug and alcohol is something my kids don't need to see, especially when they are young, but I may consider this when they are older, and use it is a teaching tool. I want my kids to be sheltered, but I also want them to learn to discern what they are watching for biblical accuracy.
So, all things considered, I give Dumbo a 87%.. on a scale of 100.
Wednesday, October 29
"In the beginning, was the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. And the Light shined in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended It not.
There was a man, sent from God, whose name was John. The same came as a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might be saved. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the True Light that Lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Which were born, not of blood, nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
If you know of anything that would help me out, I would really appreciate it!!
Tuesday, October 28
Well, I have been doing a lot of thinking.. In the last month, I have found it so easy to complain. Complain about being sick, about not seeing anyone, about being in bed all day long. Just complaining. This morning it struck me. Why am I am so discontent, when God is giving us this huge blessing? When Chris and I got married, we knew we wanted to have a large family. To have lots of kids running around. True, we thought it would happen when we were felt old enough, but God saw the desire of our hearts, and is fulfilling it. So, why complain?
It makes me wonder though, how many times do I act this same way, God blesses my life, and all I can think of is how it has inconvenienced me. The Bible teaches me to be content in all things. So, today I have decided to spend the rest of this time that I am sick, thanking God for the miracle that He is creating inside of me, and to be content with the upset stomach, and the change of plans. Sometimes the things that God teaches me are so elementary, and I feel like I should have mastered this long ago, but He is patient.
On a different note, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what media is going to be appropriate for our child to be exposed to. Most people have the idea that kids movies are just that, for kids. I have been watching lots of kids movies lately, and I don't know that I consider them good for our baby to watch... (first of all, the baby wont be watching TV.. I mean, why does a baby need to watch TV?) But when they get older.
I watched the classic Disney movie Aladdin the other day. And I can't say that I was real impressed. We meet Aladdin as he is running away from the authorities, because he has stolen from the marketplace. The whole time he is running away, he sings about how the world is his.. (find that one in the Bible) And the authorities are big and mean, and the idea is that they are the bad guys. So right off, in the first scene of this "wholesome" movie, we are taught that the thief is the good guy, and the authority is bad, or evil. Speaking of authority, Jasmine, the Sultan's daughter is disobedient to her father. He wants her to choose a prince and settle down. She has a very heated, "you are not going to decide my life for me" conversation with him, and sneaks out of the palace, which is how she meets our "hero" Complete disrespect for parental authority. It seems to tell kids, if you think your parents are wrong, do it your way and soon they will see you are right and come apologize to you. Jasmine also lies to Aladdin about being a princess. Not exactly what I want my kids to see. Throughout the movie we are confronted with Aladdin lying, and stealing more and more, and he does not get reprimanded for his behaviour. So that is what I don't like about the "good" guys.. The bad guys on the other hand are just that.. Bad. It is very important to teach a child the difference between good and bad. In this particular movie, the line is so blurry. The main bad guy, name Japhar, is a sorcerer. He uses magic potions, and a very obvious evil will do get what he wants. There was to much magic used for my liking, but at least it was all portrayed as bad.. Or was it? Because Aladdin also has magic, and its good. Aladdin meets a genie in a lamp that grants him 3 wishes. The genie is funny, and so is portrayed as good. Aladdin wishes that he is a prince, so the genie turns him into Prince Alli, and he heads back to go see Jasmine, where he again lies to her about who he really is. Also, the genie tells Aladdin that his biggest wish is to be free so he answers to no one. Let me ask you, does this kind of freedom exist? No, so there is this misconception that if only you didn't have authority, life would be wonderful. So, in this movie for kids we have stealing and lying is okay, if you feel like you really need to, authority is bad, there is good magic and bad magic, and, your parents probably don't know what is good for you, so you should show them. And that is just the major things. Jasmine wears a dress that if my daughter came home in, I would have her hide, and the evil parrot utters a few almost swear words. (What the hel- I mean heck) is the one that I remember Is this really what I want to teach my kids? So, if we can not even trust good ol' disney, what can we trust to teach our children godly morals? Its really frustrating.
When I was little, I was put in a lot of really hard situations, because my dad didn't allow Disney movies, for a lot of the same reasons my children won't be watching Aladdin. When I went over to friends houses, their parents always suggested a Disney movie, because they knew how sensitive my dad was to movies, and they always assumed you can't go wrong with Disney. When I would tell them I wasn't allowed to watch Disney, I always got stupid looks, and sometimes the parents even telling me that that was crazy and that I really was.. Or that I was wrong. I hated feeling like I had to defend my dad, and if I did that I would look like an idiot. I swore I would not put my kids in those uncomfortable situations. Now, I still have some of that feeling.. But on the other hand, if you can learn to stand up for what is right at that age, over something like that, its just training for when you have to do it when you are older. I don't know where we are going to draw the line. Both Chris and I decided as far as Aladdin goes, he is going to have to stay permanently banned from the Hall household.
Anyways, this got way to long,
Thursday, October 23
I should have thought about that earlier..
Oh well.. Live and learn..
Friday, October 17
So I guess when the end of the day hits.. which is right now.. I feel very insufficient.. Very fradgile.. Very.. helpless. And I know that its a good thing for me spiritually. I know that this is when God is going to teach me.. But I'm scared.. So just pray for me.. All I want is to take care of this baby, and help it get to its birthday alive.. But I can't really do that.. And its really hard to trust with the things that matter so much to you.. But those are the things God demands that we turn over to him..
So, now that I have totally shattered the "Jennie has it all together picture.. " I guess I will sign off now..
Friday, October 10
Right now Baby Hall is in the middle of transforming from a fertilized egg, into a more human looking baby. s/he has already made the long trip from my fallopian tube to my uterus and implanted itself there. Now she is starting to be surrounded by the amniotic fluid that will be his/her home for about 8 more months, until s/he arrives to mommy and daddy around May 30.
So, In case it isnt apparent, I have spent the last week reading up on being pregnant. When I am not puking that is.
Well, I will continue to keep you updated.. My first OB/GYN apointment is on Oct. 29.. So pray for me..
Bye for now,
Tuesday, October 7
I am really excited to write on here today.. I have an anouncement.. There is going to be another Baby Hall in the family. Baby Hall is about 14 days old now. His/Her mommy and daddy are really excited to meet them as well as Grandma and Grandpa Hall, and Grandma and Grandpa Needham. All the aunts and uncles are excited too. As soon as I get my first ultrasound, I am going to post Baby Hall's first baby picture on here. We are super oober excited to welcome this life into our family.
Please pray for Baby Hall, as s/he is growing very fast. Pray for mommy and daddy as they are slightly stunned and have no clue where to learn how to be a parent. We will be sitting at the feet of our Saviour for quite some time now I thinks.
Baby Hall's Mommy
Sunday, October 5
You may be wondering why I have not posted in a few days.. Right now we are in Pembina with my mom and dad and grandparents. It has been a really refreshing weekend. I have been sick since about Wednesday... And that has continued this weekend. It sucks. I have still been able to have fun though. Last night Chris Johnson, Sara, Beau and Cheri, Chris and I all went to Grand Forks for a triple date. We went to Paradiso and a worthless movie. Anyways.. I wont go into that part. I got some leftovers that I will eat when I am no longer full. (that may be awhile!!) It was great. Chris Johnson, Sara, Chris and I all really like spending time together. Today, Grandma K. and Grandpa Williams came up here. It was great. I got to show off all the wedding pictures. I did not bring the camera, so I have no pictures. :( But we have still had a lot of fun. Jennie Johnson and I got to hang out for a while yesterday and the day before too.
Chris took the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) on Saturday. He is a little nervous about the outcome. It is much easier for me, because I think is he the smartest person taking the test, but he doesnt share my confidence.
So, we have had a busy weekend. If I could share a prayer request, with Chris taking this test, and me trying for the Aetna job, we are looking at some changes. Please pray that God will help us sort through it all and make wise, godly decisions.
Thats all for now..
Chris and Jennie
Wednesday, October 1
I don't know what it has been recently but the sickness of abortion has been thrown in my face the last couple months.. Starting with Lexi's note on facebook about the things she was watching/reading online.
Anyway, today Chris took a call about someone wanting medical coverage for a voluntary abortion.. There it was again, the sickness of the whole thing in my face again.. So the evening ended the same way it has several times so far, me bawling my eyes out, wishing I could save that baby. I prayed for it too.
So, here is the hair brained idea that is very very very huge, but if blessed by God, may be used to make a difference..
What if there was a place, where mothers could go, for help, support, and love.. and encouraged to give the baby up... now here is the kicker.. what if that same place also was able to help families who didn't make a million dollars adopt the babies that the birth mothers gave up for adoption. What if, there were sponsors to cover the cost.. Adoption agencies I looked at on-line quoted up to 50,000 dollars to adopt. No wonder it isn't popular. But maybe, a Christian foundation can find God pleasing family, who wants to give that baby a home, and help place them in those parents arms, with the bare minimum costs. Say 2000? I don't know where the rest of the money would come from.. I don't know where we would get doctors, a clinic, legal workers, the authority to do background checks on perspective families.. but say we were able to save 20 babies a year. Over 5 years, that is 100 children that would be placed in loving godly homes, who were at risk for abortion.. Not only would they live, but they would have families who would raise them to love Christ.
Obviously this is a HUGE undertaking. I am not even asking for help at this point, as I am not in a place to start the actual foundation, more laying the groundwork for it.. I just want feedback, ideas, and thoughts. This whole issue has become a huge burden to me.. It moves me to tears whenever I think of it, which has been often recently. Maybe this is God's plan for me.
Please tell me what you think.. I think it would be worthwhile. We serve an awesome God.. who can make something like this work... Please pray with me as I consider what steps to take to make this dream a reality with the help of Christ.
Thanks for taking the time to read this...
Sunday, September 28
Anyways.. It is refreshing to see good representations of the faith...
Thank you folks from Open Door Baptist Church..
Saturday, September 27
Chris and I are going out for Chinese today.. I am really excited.. Why I am blogging about that.. I am not sure.
I am going to start posting pictures of the wedding little by little on here.. That way friends and family can see them.
The 2 that are here are me and my dad walking down the isle, and then Chris and I as we were presented Man and Wife. They are nice pictures I think. All the wedding pictures posted on this site were taken by Jason at Renegade Photography.. (www.renegadephotography.org)
He was awesome to work with. If you are looking for a photographer for any occasion and you live in or around Fargo, call Jason.
That is all I have for now..
Friday, September 26
I finally figured out to put a picture up of Chris and I as the header of this page!! Go Me!! Woo Hoo!!
Okay I am a little excited..
I just got back from K-Mart, and I spent about 50 dollars and came home with 3 bags... I bought apple juice, and milk... as well as some things I needed for my kitchen.. I do like wal mart so much better....
Anyways, I dont have anything really inportant to say...
So I am going to sign off for now..
Tuesday, September 23
There are only a few bad things happening today.. I burned my finger with boiling how water, and now it stings like crazy.. and I have to go to work in an hour. Don't get me wrong, I do really like my job, but right now, I kinda feel like I am wasting my time making only 7.50 an hour. By the time I fill up the car every week, most of my check is gone. I really hope I get on with Aetna. Chris thinks I will really like it, and he sees it as a chance to get more financially stable... And a good way to prepare for him going to law school next year. That will be really nice.. Not to mention all the discounts you get on things.
I am still working on memorizing the book of romans.. I am almost done with the first chapter.. I know I am a little late, and that I should have had it done already, but I am really really close. I invited a co-worker to come see the movie "fireproof" with Chris and I this weekend, and I really hope she can make it..
I dont really know what else I can talk about so I am going to sign off for now,
Monday, September 22
Allow me to vent for a few moments on how absurd the media is being about the whole Bristol Palin thing. The girl got pregnant.. yeah.. she did.. Her boyfriend is from all apearances a very typical high school senior.. The comments he made on myspace are the same type of comments you will hear from 80% of high school jocks. Get over it. They are just kids. Statistics show that most people have sex before they are married. Is it right? No. It is sin, but is it something that makes her so much worse than any other person? No. Get over it already!! Is Sarah Palin a perfect parent? No. Are you? Are any of the people who are belittleing her? No. How many parents teach their kids to wait. How many of those kids don't. Is that the parents fault? The fact that Bristol is pregnant has nothing to do with this election so quit putting up a smokescreen and trying to make a devil where one does not exist. There are enough real ones out there that I think the last thing we need to do is start making fake ones..
Friday, September 19
All that being said, I look forward to sharing my thoughts, with whoever looks at this blog. I actually became inspired to do this my the Krahn's blog. Its nice to be able to see what is up with them, and maybe people will really like to.
I suppose I should say a little about us, that being me and my husband. We are Chris and Jennie Hall. We were married in Pembina, ND on June 7, 2008. It was the happiest day of my life. I married my best friend! God is amazing. He has taken care of us over the last several years, slowly setting things in motion for us to begin our lives together. Though we did not know it at the time, looking back there is no other way to explain how we got together. It all started the fall of 2003. Chris had just started college at UND, and I was 14. We were in a bible study together. We did not really talk a lot that year. The next summer, we both worked with CEF together, and did the same for four more years. We became really good friends. God helped us build a friendship before anything romantic. On July 21st 2007, Chris asked me out, and we planned our first date for the day after Camp Good News, August 4th. Since then, God has helped us develop our relationship in a way that honors him. Chris asked me to marry on November 24, 2007. It was awesome.. Right now we live in Bismarck 'Living our Love Song' *Big Smile* Chris is working at Aetna, a health insurance company, And I am working at Cracker Barrel, a resturant / gift shop. I work in the gift shop. Its nice..