Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Saturday Outside

this weekend charlie and i took the doggies to crawford (hometown of george w.) for some fun in the sun. we found a great local restaurant/gas station where we got huge hometown cheeseburgers and then went to the local park and waterfall. duke couldn't care less about getting in the water, but tusker is a tiny bit adventurous. tusker will "wade" in the water to fetch a stick but isnt interested in the actual act of swimming. we are looking forward to more outdoor adventures and scouting out fun spots to play during the summer. as the semester is winding down we are getting ready to say good bye to a lot of the kids in our college ministry and experience the "deserted" waco. here's to hoping for fun summer adventures!

Friday, April 23, 2010

We Are Parents

No, not parents of children. Charlie and I started our married life as parents of my 2 year old Lab/Beagle "Tusker" and have loved having him as part of our family. Yes, he is one of the worst behaved dogs in the world - comparable to "Marley". And as I think of it, I might as well start a blog about the adventures of Tusker, too many to count (ok his latest feat was breaking a window in the living room while chasing a fly)!

Lately all signs have been pointing toward "dogs." Just like when it is time for a couple to have a baby all signs point to "baby"-pregnant women, strollers, babies, etc seem to infiltrate the lives of the couple. For Charlie and me it has been puppies. Every time there is a puppy in a car at the drive through at Starbucks they call me over to check it out. A couple of weeks ago a guy from the Humane Society stayed on the patio at Starbucks all day trying to get some dogs adopted. So Charlie sat and talked with him about becoming foster parents for needy dogs at the shelter.

So this week we decided to go to the Humane Society to fill out an application for becoming a foster home - and we came home with a dog. We walked and walked the lines of cages and it broke our hearts to see so many dogs with no "forever home." We know we can't save every dog, but we do feel like we can be instruments in the healing process for some of them. So here is Duke:

Duke was an "owner surrender" which means his family just couldn't take care of him anymore. He is 2 or 3 years old and spent a lot of his time digging holes in the backyard of his family's home. He is some sort of Australian cattle dog/blue heeler/shepherd mix-which means he is really smart. When smart dogs aren't stimulated enough mentally and physically it is likely they will act out in ways like digging holes. Charlie and I have had a great time training Tusker and hope to spend lots of quality time working with Duke as well. Duke is super sweet, he loves cuddling on the floor with Charlie and even gets along great with Tusker. They love to wrestle in the yard but then pass out on the kitchen floor. We are super excited to have him as part of our family, but we would love to find him a great home! If you know anyone in the Waco area that might be interested in him let us know.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Around The House

Here are some snippets of precious things around the Boyd's home:

Giraffes are my favorite and so are coffee mugs, so here are two of our favorite things combined! The other day Charlie and I had coffee in our matching giraffe mugs....too cute.

Ok this one isn't so cute: snails. For some reason Waco is infested with billions of snails. Well I don't really know about ALL of Waco, but our yard is. The other day I counted over 30 of them attached to the front of our house. They find their way in the house and we find them on the ceilings, attached to walls, etc. I think a buffer of salt around the house is in the near future.

Our bedroom: It was Charlie's creative idea to use some old doors, white christmas lights, and some fabric to create our headboard. The quilt on the bed was a special wedding present from our friends in Kenya.

Our baby boy. This is Tusker chillin out after he and I went for a run the other day. He likes to lay on the cold concrete and we like leaving the back door open to let some of the outside inside.

In other news: Charlie and I are officially staying in Waco until at least next May. Our next blog will be all the details surrounding that and our near/distance future. Love you all :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Times

charlie and i are ready for a real post! let us just get you a little caught up on what is going on with some visual aids:

we both love working at starbucks. perks: as many drinks as you want on shift, a free pound of coffee or tin of tea each week (times 2), amazing people to work with, friendly regular customers, and there is no pressure-its not rocket science, just coffee....

lifegroup! a couple of weeks ago our lifegroup hosted a cook out at a near park. we all invited people to join us for food and fellowship. our college lifegroup is lead by ashley binns, emily hanes, and matt larson-some of our great friends from church. lifegroup is about looking up (to the Lord), looking in (having community with one another), and looking out (inviting others into salvation and our community). we seek to live out acts 2:42-47 "they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. and all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. and the lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." so that is what we do-eat together, pray together, play together, share the good news with the lost, and provide for each others' needs. its so beautiful!

date night :) charlie and i get to eat dinner together nearly every night, but some nights are more special than others. we try to have at least one date night a week and go out for special food and have great conversation. this is at one of our favorite local places "clay pot"-lots of asain variety and sometimes we sit at tiny tables on the floor on cushions.