catching up

the past few months have been busy with getting adjusted to working on campus for cru, then school letting out for the summer and working from home again. rest mixed with house projects and runs with the dog has been our focus after a hectic  and emotional 10 months of support raising. i have had a fear of trying to start blogging again because there is so much to catch up on,  so instead I am going to document it in pictures so I can move the roadblock away and start writing again.

 

my sweet freshmen babies became seniors and graduated college
my sweet freshmen babies became seniors and graduated college
eric built this incredible porch swing
eric built this incredible porch swing #contenttorent
we gave our home a facelift with painted shutters (courtesy of a friend's hard work) and painted front door. #contenttorent
we gave our home a facelift with painted shutters (courtesy of a friend’s hard work) and painted front door. #contenttorent

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we rode bikes on memorial day
we rode bikes on memorial day
ridley turned three - and celebrated being our dog for a whole year
ridley turned three – and celebrated being our dog for a whole year
eric planned a movie night on our porch to surprise me on evening
eric planned a movie night on our porch to surprise me on evening

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okay. I feel better about my absence and will hopefully be actually writing soon.

do dogs have a “good side”?

our sweet friend hilary took some pictures of us recently so that we can have a good photo for christmas cards. i feel like sending our christmas cards is such an adult thing.

ridley behaved for most of the shots, but this is one of our favorites:

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what kind of face is that??

this one is another keeper:

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pretty sure i am off in my own world instead of paying attention to eric and ridley… and i look like i have the excitement of a six year old at getting to play with leaves.

just about us

Very rarely do I update this blog on our day-to-day life. My purpose in this blog is less of a life story and more of a writing outlet with the significant things God is showing me. But so much has happened in the past couple of months that I thought it would be worth it to tell a little more.

First of all, we are joining staff with Cru! We recently attended an 8-day condensed New Staff Training, which had so much information that it felt a little like drinking from a fire hydrant, but it was so encouraging and affirming for this direction! For more about our ministry vision, you can visit our Cru-specific site at http://www.ericandsamanthabarnes.com.

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Second, Eric rode in his first “crit” race. This is a cycling race around a small course for a set amount of time – just getting in as many laps as you can and trying to finish first in your group. Previously, he has primarily been a distance rider, focusing on going further and being “fast” at that, but this is a different type of speed and strategy. He really enjoyed it, and I think he learned a lot. The crit season is actually over for the most part – it is a spring event, so who knows how much more he will be involved next year!

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Third, we got a dog! Right now, it’s the best we are going to do to keep up with our friends buying houses and having babies, haha. His name is Ridley and he is a 2-year old border collie. We adopted him from a friend who wasn’t able to give him the attention he needed, and this dog has been such a fun blessing for us during this season! Especially as company for me, since I am working from home right now as we raise support.

Date Night at Arsaga’s on Dickson Street

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It’s a rough life, lounging while Sam is working

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Family Picture

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