Weekly Lineup

We hope you liked last week's posts - we are having so much fun letting out some of our creative bursts and philosophical ramblings for others to see! This is a week for ch ch changes for both Christina and me, so we are going to post around that as a central theme. We are overwhelmed with both stresses and blessings, but we know our hope is secure in the Lord - and PRAISE the LORD for that!

Check out this week's lineup and read each day to keep up with all the changin'!  

Moving on up… out of my cube
To say Christina is in the middle of a transition is a bit of an understatement. There is a LOT moving and shaking in her life, so read about how she is staying grounded and where she is finding joy.  

Moving on out... from my new favorite city
Almost exactly one year ago, I made the Southern trek and days after connected with Katelin, who led me to meet my core group of Austin friends. I jumped in without hesitation and now, a year later, I am saying some emotional goodbyes. In a rare center stage moment, I convinced my community group to have a talent show instead of a farewell party! Read about all my mixed emotions...  

Election: Who to choose when neither seems right
Okay, so we've been teasing you with this whole election idea for a couple weeks now and have not delivered. Apologies all around! It's just that, politics isn't the first or easiest thing for us to write about. But, the thing is, we want to be informed and we want to encourage others to be informed as well.  

Labeling my life one box at a time: The making of a minimalist
I own one tube of insect repellent. I own one bottle of Tums. I own nineteen necklaces. That's right - I am taking inventory of everything I own. The original motive was mandatory - so my packages would pass the x-ray screenings on their way to Honduras. But, now I'm finding conviction and liberation in knowing just what I've collected and stored over this year.  

The Simple Life: Clearing out the clutter
Christina is always great with new ideas, but this one is a must-read. Her latest project - getting rid of half her stuff - sounds a little more intense. And it is. Christina is getting serious about the clutter in her life, and she's starting with clothes. One pile for 'keep'. One pile for 'give away'. And one pile for 'ask a fashion-conscious friend' (probably not her sister Caroline!).

I think that should about do it. No guarantees on these posts, folks. We are admitting from the get-go of this week that our limits are creeping up fast. But enjoy what you find!

As always, feel free to comment or email - we'd love to hear from you!

Weekly Lineup

Well, folks, can you believe another week has come and gone? Let me tell you - denial doesn't work. The days still peel off the calendar with not a touch of feeling. I'm consistently weepy if I let my thoughts wander in any sort of farewell direction, so I try to stick to safer subjects. For this week, I can assure you I'll overflow at least once onto these electronic pages, but here are some other things that you can (hopefully) expect.

Strife: Cause and Cure
Read Caroline's reaction to a sermon on James 4:1-10 about the root of our troubled relationships. How much of our relational confusion could be solved by the advice James gives?

Hostess with the Most(less)?
Some people really can throw a party ... and then there are others that are pretty obviously gifted in other areas. How can we be hospitable, even when it's not our forte? How can we make our homes happy and welcoming without breaking the bank or overwhelming guests?

Adventures of the Life I Wish I Led, Part II
If you read the first part, then you'll be wondering where the next wish will take me - Michigan, Iowa, Honduras, who knows? We've established I'm a missionary... I work in some sort of education complex with a husband who is some sort of medical doctor, and I have some sort of granola fashion style. Let's see what's next!

Election Season: Unspun
We're no experts on politics, but we do get pretty serious about making every aspect of our lives match up with our hearts. Because of all the propaganda, it's hard to know what a candidate actually stands for - you know, what's behind all of the motivational speeches and slogans. Well, we may not know more than the next guy, but we're working on it.

Okay, that about wraps it up. Definitely still expect some surprises - we don't have this planning thing down pat yet, but hopefully we will keep fine-tuning the process. As my departure for Honduras gets ever closer, I'm thinking I might need to do a little extra blogging for updates and things. So, look for that on here or for a link to another site. Hope you are all having a HAPPY monday!

Weekly Lineup

After a (seemingly) endless hiatus, these separated sisters are back in action. It was almost fitting that we didn't write for the time we spent together, but I have to admit I missed it. I hope you enjoy what's coming up this week! I know both Christina and I have crazy weeks ahead, so I hope you will struggle with us and see the blessings along the way.

Outside the "Norm": From overdone baby celebration to traveling shower
My best friend is about to have a baby in September - a beautiful girl I can not wait to meet. So, I didn't want to do the normal: sit in a circle and watch her open presents surrounded by oos and ahs. I wanted her to know how much we love and care for her and the new baby in a way that reflected who she is, so we gave the shower wheels - and with great success!

Family Treasures
Our family works kind of like the sun - always there, sometimes hidden, sometimes far away, dependable, and gives the most joyful of rays. Why do we love family so much? Read for yourself!

Election Season: Unspun
We're no experts on politics, but we do get pretty serious about making every aspect of our lives match up with our hearts. Because of all the propaganda, it's hard to know what a candidate actually stands for - you know, what's behind all of the speeches and motivational slogans. Well, we may not know more than the next guy, but we're working on it - so read about it!

Well, it may seem like a short list this week, but we're going to save some room for whatever might come up in between - we hope you like surprises!

Weekly Line-up

This week is extra special, because I will be at Bethany Camp. I want you to feel like you are right here with me, so I'll be live blogging from the camp each day to let you know some of the exciting things going on. In the meantime, Christina will be writing a couple posts - a few titles you may recognize from last week and maybe something new as well. Hope you enjoy!

Live Blogging from Bethany Camp

Tune in each day to read an update from Caroline, who is doing the missionary teaching at Bethany Camp in Brayton, Iowa.

Going Green: Good Steward Dilemma
A couple weeks ago, Christina wrote about her pledge to organic foods, but as Christians how do we reconcile news reels with Scripture? Read about her own search for answers.

Facebook Envy: When an Innocent Peruse Turns Sour
If you've ever used the social networking genius of facebook, you know that it can be addictive. This addiction sometimes means finding out who's engaged, who's pregnant, and who's traveling in Spain while you sit at your computer. Read Christina's thoughts on facebook envy and what to do about it.

Leave your thoughts and comments - we love to hear from you!

Weekly Line-up

Alright, folks. I know it's late on a Sunday night, but I just had the most fabulous conversation with my neighbor. She is one of the most lovely people I know.

This week's line up has everything to do with lovely (well, at least that's what I hope you think). We will be covering everything from office fright to facebook envy. This week we are going to give the article topics without specific days - both to keep you guessing and to give a little flexibility. We do have day jobs, you know! We are really excited about what's coming up and we hope you are too!

Office Fright
Read about Caroline's long un-diagnosed condition: fright. If you've been the brunt of a good fright or the one behind it, you'll enjoy this anecdote about a recent incident in the office.

Going Green: Good Steward Dilemma

Last week, Christina wrote about her pledge to organic foods, but as Christians how do we reconcile news reels with Scripture? Read about her own search for answers.

Caring about Conversations
Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation, but somewhere else in your mind? Caroline talks about the importance of being fully present and how it might change relationships for the better.

Summer "Vacations:" Creative and Thrifty Substitutes

If you've ever planned a vacation, you know it's pricey (anyone else paying $4.05 at the pump?). But, whoever said a vacation had to be extravagant? Read about Caroline's ideas - for singles and families - for creative and thrifty vacationing.

Facebook Envy: When an Innocent Peruse Turns Sour

If you've ever used the social networking genius of facebook, you know that it can be addictive. This addiction sometimes means finding out who's engaged, who's pregnant, and who's traveling in Spain while you sit at your computer. Read Christina's thoughts on facebook envy and what to do about it.

DIY Bridal: Making Your Gifts Special without the Registries

Wedding gifts are no longer about thoughtfulness, but rather about who held the gun at the registry stores. If you're looking for ways to make your gift special, read Christina's ideas about thoughtful, useful gifts that will still be a surprise when they're opened.

Well, that rounds out the lineup this week. We hope you are enjoying the posts - please pass this on to friends and family who might be interested in these separated sisters. Also, feel free to leave comments and thoughts - we would love your feedback!

Weekly Line-up

As the sun sets golden on this blazing hot Sunday, I wanted to give you a preview for what is coming up this week. We took a bit of a break the past couple days to make some very exciting changes.

Every week on foreignheart we will feature an interview, a creative exploration, life insight (what we're into), an interesting anecdote, philosophy or religion, and a link to something we find interesting.

Each Sunday, we'll send out a weekly line-up so you can anticipate the blog posts for the coming week - and this week you'll find everything from an interview with first-time home buyer's to a cunning (fictional) tale of life, as we might wish to live it. Hope you enjoy!

MONDAY
"40 Days to Life" by Christina
Meet Christina and her 40 day journey to understanding life in the most organic sense. Find out how her focus became less about 40 days and more about life.

TUESDAY
"Libraries are Like Toys" by Caroline
Ever wonder why books collect dust? Read about how our leather-laced libraries are just a grown up version of tonka trucks and barbie dollhouses.

WEDNESDAY
"The down-side of self disclosure" by Christina
Have you ever shared something that came back to haunt you? Read about Christina's experiences being a storyteller and what it's like to hear your words repeated... in the wrong context.

THURSDAY
"Home Sweet Home: Sitting down with First-Time Homeowners" by Christina
Buying a home can be scary! Read Christina's interview with newlyweds Erin and Danielle, and find out how they are making their first home sweet.

FRIDAY
"Adventures of the Life I Wish I Led" by Caroline
Everyone has been asked the question, 'What would you do if you could do anything right now?' and 'Where would you be if you could be anywhere right now?' Well, what if you could live your life that way? Read Caroline's creative journey to see where her fictional path might lead.

SATURDAY
"High on Life: Advice for Saturdays" by Caroline
Our Saturdays are often filled with resolutions. If you are like most people, it's a struggle to make it happen. Read about what Caroline has found to make Saturdays count.

Well, that will wrap up our first week's musings. We are so excited to open this little window into our worlds. We hope that you will leave your thoughts as we go along as well.