Saturday, November 19, 2005


Yikes - I just realized that I have so much to do around the house before we leave for Indy on Monday. I'm hoping to get our Christmas tree up before we leave, but in order to do that, we have to clean this house first. (Geez - I'm turning into my mother. I always hated that we had to clean before we put up the tree, and look at me now...) We need to pack for our holiday week in Indy, but before we can do that, I have to get the laundry done. Does it ever end? I wish I could just hire a maid to do my laundry and dishes for me. That's it - I can handle the rest. It just seems like those are the two jobs that I do all the time and yet they still need doing!!! Drives me crazy...can you imagine how nuts I will be when we have kids? All those little clothes to wash and sippy cups to clean? Ugh...

So - we're going home in a few days. I'm pretty excited. It's been a busy fall at the office, so I'm glad to get some time off. We're leaving Monday after work and heading for Noblesville, IN to spend a few days with our friends Jeff and Julie and their kids Sarah, Anna, Elizabeth and Daniel. This is the rockinest family you'll ever know, and we're completely excited to get to spend some time with them. We've known them for years - Jeff was the pastor at Center (our home church), and then a few months before we got married, he took a church in Evansville where we lived. It was great. It was like having family there in Evansville to help with our transition. God really knows what he's doing, doesn't he? Now Jeff is at a church in Noblesville (north of Indy). Anyway - ever since we lived in Evansville together we have had Thanksgiving together every year. They really are like family to us. I think that's what I'm looking forward to most about this week. We always get to see our families when we come home, but we don't get up to Noblesville very often. It's going to be so good...

Wednesday is Noodle and Pie night at Mom's. For those of you who don't know about my family's crazy tradition, well...I'll just have to tell you about it another time. I'll try to post some pictures from it when we get back. Suffice it to say that it's a very messy, very loud, very special time and there has not been a Thanksgiving in my life without it. It's fabulous and I love it...even though I always make myself sick at my stomach by eating raw noodles...oh well - it's worth it!

Thursday morning we're having a Thanksgiving breakfast with Matt's family, then we're heading up to my cousin Lisa's for dinner with my mom's family. Matt is actually coming back to Wilmore Thursday night since he has to work Friday morning. I'm going to stay though, so I can go shopping with his mom and his sister. They're those crazy people out at 5:00 am the day after Thanksgiving fighting for mean Tickle-me-Elmos. It should be fun...

All of that to say that we're going to have a crazy busy week! But it will be great to be home visiting friends and family, making ourselves sick by eating too much. Isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about??? I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and that you get to spend it with many loved ones. May we all remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves and be thankful to God, who blesses us richly.

Be His,

P.S. Praise God for the birth of little Hannah Barnett. She was born this morning around 3:45 and Mommy, Daddy and Hannah are doing well. Thank you Lord for a perfect delivery!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Learning some Spanish

Yo estoy aburrido.

This is Spanish for "Oh my goodness, when the heck can I go home?" Seriously - I have been in this language lab for like 10 hours now, and I'm still waiting on Matt to get off work so he can pick me up. Okay - it's really only been 90 minutes or so, but STILL! I'm bored! I'm really tired of this class. I like Spanish, and my teacher is really nice, but I want to quit! I feel stupid for saying that. You should have seen Matt's face when I told him that this morning. He shot me a look that said, "Are you KIDDING me? Do you know how many hours I'm taking right now? Can you even comprehend how much work I do for my classes? I read and write for hours every day, never complaining, and you have the audacity to bitch about your stinking 101 Spanish class that you're getting an A in?" ... or something like that. Really- he's just not supportive at all. :) (I'm just kidding - my mother will probably bitch at me for saying that about Matt. She'll say something like, "He's the best thing that's ever happened to this family, so you had better do everything in your power to keep him happy!!!" She always sticks up for him...)

I think I'm just tired of going to the stupid language lab. I hate this place. First of all, it's really warm in here, and it makes me sleepy. Second, the stupid recordings don't give you enough time to answer the questions they ask. It takes me a few seconds to form my answers, and by the time I'm saying the answer, they're already moving on to the next question. It's maddening. I only have 8 more classes though - then I am done! I think I'll reward myself with a trip to Mexico or something for all the hard work I was supposed to do this semester...

Hace mucho frio.

This is Spanish for "Holy Crap! Where's my friggin' coat?" I know it's only 30 degrees today, and it's definitely going to get colder before it gets warmer, but I'm sick of it! I think I'll just start hibernating like a bear or something. I'll cuddle up underneath my comfy down comforter and sleep/watch television/eat ice cream all winter. Sounds good...

Yo tengo hambre.

Spanish for "Do I have any more of that cheese popcorn in my pantry?" I'm hungry. I had a little leftover spaghetti for lunch today, but that was six hours ago. I'm dying for a glass of milk and some steamed broccoli. yummmmm....broccoli....

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Why not?

Originally uploaded by Matt & Katie Swisher.
I got a message from my best childhood friend tonight - she's pregnant. I'm so excited for her, and yet I'm so jealous! What could be wrong in adding someone to our family? Don't get me wrong - I love our life now. We go to bed when we want, get up just in time to get to work, eat junk food for dinner (more than we should), make out ALL THE TIME, spend stupid amounts of money on things we don't really need (like Ren and Stimpy Seasons one and two on DVD...worth every one of those 30 bucks!). Having a baby around would change all of that, but somehow, I just can't get this out of my mind lately!

Where does this biological clock thing come from? Is it set to automatically go off at the most inopportune time in your life? Just when you feel like your life is coming together and you might have a lot of things figured out - BOOM! All of a sudden your uterus just cries out for attention. I just don't get it.

I love kids - I do. Sometimes all the screaming and pooping and questions just gets a little irritating. I'm sure it's different when they're your kids...I hope it's different anyway!

So - something to be praying for. My friend's pregnancy and for my sanity. I can't wait to hold her little think she'll name it after me??? Probably not. The last time she named something after me, I accidentally drowned it...

It was a hamster...and that night was one of the most tramatic of my childhood!!!


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Katie and Matt at Duke

This is me and Matt on our recent recruiting trip in North Carolina. The building behind us is Duke's "chapel" (really, it's a cathedral). Duke was beautiful! But, Durham, the town where Duke is, SUCKS! I have never been so lost in my life!

We also went to Wake Forest University and Davidson College. It was a great week with lots of interest in Asbury. I love my job...