We’ve moved!

We’ve moved!  Check out our new blog here:  http://wearetheramseys.blogspot.com

Our new blog is private, so if you want to read it then let me know and I’ll send you an invitation!  (If I haven’t already!)

Love, The Ramseys

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Be back soon

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but things have been a little hectic lately. I’m nearing the finish line of studying for a big exam, so after this weekend I should hopefully have some more time to write!

Oh, and also please pray for Houston Project, which starts next week! If you live in the Houston area and want to get involved in an awesome mission event, give me a holler! I’ll help you get set up. 🙂 Here’s the link if you want more info: http://houstonproject.org

-Liz

Camp Anawana

campingHi everyone!

I know, I’ve been horrible for not writing in so long.  But honestly with working over 8 hours a day on a computer and studying in the evenings on a computer, sometimes writing on a computer any more than necessary (even if it’s normally enjoyable) can become a chore!  But I’ve missed you all and I haven’t checked most of my friends’ blogs in ages either, so I feel completely out of the loop.  So now I guess it’s time to catch up!

Today I am by no means going to try to tackle a summary of the last several months, but maybe soon I might give it a shot.  Today, it’s all about the short entry.  So here it goes…

This week Branden and I are preparing for our first official camping trip together!  Woo hoo!  We have both been camping several times on our own, but never since we’ve met.  We’re so excited!  We’re going with a few friends to Huntsville, which is a whopping one hour north of us.  Branden has bought a tent (well, two, actually, the first one was way too big) and now I’m coordinating with the girls about our food for the weekend.  I can’t wait to get away from home!!  Jana is trying to get us to come up with a camp cheer and Jenny is planning campfire songs. 🙂  We’re totally going to cheese it up.  The main things we’re praying for is that it won’t rain and that it won’t be too hot.  Right now there is a chance it will be both.  Which could make for a very cranky Liz, but hopefully I’ll be able to rise above the discomfort.  If I can survive camping in a snow storm in Canada, then I should be able to handle camping in 90 degrees in Houston (hopefully).  I’ll be sure to update more and share some pictures!

That’s all for now!  Hope everyone is having a great day so far!
-Liz

Our Guatemalan child

I’m so excited!  Branden and I have signed up to sponsor a child!  We’re using Compassion ministries, which is a Christian organization that helps impoverished children in 24 different countries.  We are sponsoring a little boy named Cristian who lives in Guatemala.  (I went on a mission trip to Guatemala a couple of years ago, so I’m super excited about helping a child in a country that I’ve witnessed first hand!)  The only things we know about him so far are that he is eight years old and likes soccer, bicycling, and cars. 🙂  I really want to post a picture of him but I’m not sure of the rules yet so I’ll wait for now.  I can’t wait to see how God uses our contributions to influence Cristian’s life!  If you want more info about Compassion, feel free to ask me, or you can check out http://www.compassion.com.

Yay! 🙂

We’re okay!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to give a quick update since I’m finally in front of a computer.  Branden and I are doing well, our house is fine and we were blessed to not have any damage at all.  Even our rickety old fence survived! 🙂  Unfortunately we are still without power and have been living off of the good graces of our friends and neighbors, Amy and Ryan Peeples.  We have had hot water the entire time, which has been a plus, and God had blessed us with amazing weather so when Branden and I have been at home, we haven’t even missed the air conditioning.  Mom and Dad and Grandma were also without power but it did return for them last night.  Branden started work yesterday and we are both in our offices today, and at least for me it has been a nice break and has allowed me to forget our inconveniences for a few hours. 

Which is really all this is, is an inconvenience.  We have our lives, our health, and our house, and we are blessed to have amazing friends who have welcomed us into their home with open arms.  Our town is up and running, and we can drive around safely, get gasoline, and can buy groceries with few problems.  We have gotten to know more of our neighbors, have grown friendships, and have even enjoyed being outside more than usual.

Branden and I also celebrated our first anniversary yesterday.  It wasn’t the vacation to San Antonio like we planned, but we will definitely never forget it!  We enjoyed time together at home, visited with the neighbors, hung out with Amy and Ryan, and we even salvaged our cake and tried it out last night, and it was pretty dang good!  I think I might have a little more tonight. 🙂

Anyway I hope everyone else is safe and comfortable.  I’ll update more once our power comes back on.  My cell phone has been really flaky so I’m sorry if anyone has tried to call me and I haven’t called back yet.  I can’t wait to see everyone soon!

He’s a Stetson Man!

I smell men’s cologne.  And I’m not sitting or standing next to anybody; I’m sitting alone at my desk, in my cubicle.  So it is obviously wafting over the cubicle wall from one of the guys sitting around me.  If someone can smell your cologne from ten feet away, OVER a five-foot wall, it probably means you have too much on.  I’m just saying.

We did it!

Drum roll please…

Branden and I finally closed on our house!!  Yay!!!!  Here are Katy’s newest home owners in front of our very own piece of property:

We’ve been over there a few times already and it looks so weird with no furniture in it!  I actually like it because now it seems more like OUR home rather than the last owner’s home.  Closing went rather smoothly, except for the part where we had to wait around for FIVE HOURS because the lending company took forever to process the paperwork!  Here’s what we did while we waited:

  1. Went to Home Depot and bought a hose and water sprinkler
  2. Went to the house and started watering the lawn because the bushes already looked like death
  3. Discovered a short cut to the mall from our new house (Score!)
  4. Went to the mall and bought Shelley’s shower gift
  5. Walked aimlessly around the mall
  6. Went back to the house to discover the bushes had miraculously come back to life
  7. Peaked in the window of our house that we couldn’t get into yet
  8. Went back to the title company and sat in the waiting room in the nice A/C
  9. Looked out the window and noticed it was raining, and became the people who say “Dang it, we JUST watered!”
  10. Finally, 30 minutes before the title company closed for the day we got our keys!  Hallelujah!

We brought my family and Branden’s mom over to see the house, and they gave us their stamp of approval.  There are also a ton of baby-proof items in the house right now from the previous owner, and our families took every opportunity to tell us that we would be needing them soon anyway, so we should just keep all of that stuff on there.  Haha, that’s a funny one Mom! :/ 

Saturday was also Shelley’s shower, and it was lots of fun to see her and the other old-school Lighthouse girlies!  It gets harder and harder to keep up since we’re all so busy with weddings and moving and trips and just life in general, so it was great to catch up.  I’m very excited for Shelley and David and I can’t wait to see how God uses their marriage!

And then TODAY was Father’s Day (obviously) and so after church we went with Branden’s dad and stepmom over to my parent’s house and we all, plus my Grandma and the two dogs 🙂 enjoyed a nice afternoon of watching golf, grilling, and catching up.  Here is Branden and me with both of our dads:

So this weekend has been really great but super hectic, so hopefully the work week will bring a little rest (if that’s even possible).

Attention Aggie women

Quick announcement: For all of our female Aggie readers, tomorrow (Tuesday) the Houston Reveille Club is hosting the monthly Aggie Women’s Networking Luncheon! I went last month and really enjoyed it. Basically you get to eat really good italian food and meet other Aggie women; most who came last month had graduated after 2000, but there were some older ladies too, as far back as 70’s and 80’s grad’s! There is usually a speaker too, but this month it’s purely networking (and eating). Here is the info if you’re interested:

http://www.reveille.org/en/cev/?283

If you register online today the cost is $25, or you can pay $30 at the door tomorrow. Let me know if you’re interested in coming and I’ll look for you there!