Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Things you never thought you would hear in high school:
Quotes from the PA system:
Administrator "If we catch anyone in the hallways fighting (long pause)YOU WILL GO TO JAIL!"
Quotes from students
"Your last name is Reefer?"
"Hey J.T. I need some help"
"Hey Mr. Reeve you look like Harry Potter."
"Mr. Reeve you look like that Hobbit we just saw in that clip."
"Hey Mr. Reeve your wife is fire." (pronounced fieuuur)
..................more to come
Thursday, December 15, 2005
One of the big highlights of this month was last night! U2 was playing here in St. Louis. We bought our tickets back in March. Dan and I didn't really agree on how much we paid for the tickets... but I have to admit our front row seats last night were awesome! It's worth it to be able to see the faces of the performers.
Another highlight of this month was our first big snowfall last week. I'll post some pictures when I finally get my film to the store... one of the not so joys of being a one car family. We got about 2 1/2 inches last Thursday. It was great because Thursday is my day off. I loved listening to Christmas music and watching the snow fall outside. It wasn't so fun walking to work in it the next day... but it was still pretty.
Well... I think that's it for now. Hopefully Dan will have some time to write on his two weeks off from school.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
This year we are so fortunate to get to spend Holidays with both sides of the family. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving last week, my Dad called and asked if we would like to come home for a couple days. I almost burst out crying on the phone. Every year my family spends Thanksgiving with my Grandfather and Aunt in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was devastated that my entire family would be there this year... everyone except us. So, we flew into Oakland (and surprised my Mom) last Thursday and had two amazing days with my family. Thank you Dad!!!!! Our super cool brother in law Scott took this picture of us (on a family walk). You can see San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge in the back. For some reason it was extremely hard to come home after this trip. Dan and I were giving each other pep talks as we walked to our gate in the airport. We kept telling each other that it was okay... we won't be out here forever. Not that we don't love it here, we're just really starting to miss living near family on the West Coast. I can't wait for the day that we can drive home instead of fly.
Christmas this year will be with the Reeve clan in Seattle. I love it that our families live in areas that most people go to for vacation. This will be my first Christmas with Dan's family. It's hard when everyone is so spread out. He has a brother in Idaho, a brother in Montana, and his parents live in Seattle. We're really excited to get to spend Christmas with them this year!
Well... it's time to go eat some breakfast.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
We are heading out to Bible Study in about an hour. Our church has small groups that you are assigned to geographically. That way you can really focus on meeting the same people in your community. We love it because we can walk since the leaders live just two blocks from us! Being so close to everything reminds me so much of Chico! We share a car... which can be a pain sometimes... but it forces me to walk to the 1/2 mile work every day (with our cats George and Eddie who have started following me about half the way there).
There is also a small park two blocks away that has bands playing once a month. You can actually see the Arch from this park... since we live on one of the higher parts of the very flat city of St. Louis. We're going to walk down for a couple minutes tonight to hear the last group of the summer play... unfortunatley it really does still feel like summer here.
Anyways... I was in the kitchen cooking and I could hear the band playing just now... so I thought I would just mention how great it is to be living in such a great part of St. Louis!
Dan really will be the next to write!
Monday, October 03, 2005
We have been unbelievably busy lately. I keep telling Dan that we need to try and keep our blog updated... even if it's only a sentence. We have actually had family in town on and off for the last month... either that or we have been out of town. My sister Cari and her husband Scott spent two weeks with us at the beginning of the month. It was great! It was their first time out to St. Louis and we made sure they saw as much of it as possible. St. Louis can't really compare to San Francisco or Seattle... but there are still some neat areas here. This our famous arch picture that we take of anyone who comes to visit. You have to lay down on the ground so you can get the entire arch in the picture. Scott and Cari are now in New Orleans helping organize teams to help with the hurricane clean up. They process hundreds of work orders and then send out surveyors and teams to different locations. They'll be heading back to St. Louis in a couple weeks to pick up their dog Ranger here at our house before they start the long trek back West.
My Dad and Mom were with us for about a week after that. My Dad always finds out about great little day trips whenever they come out. A week ago Saturday we went to an apple farm in Illinois.
We road a "tractor train" out into an apple orchard and picked a couple bags of apples. It was great! After that we visited the arch...
and then took a river boat ride on the great... dirty... Mississippi...
It was definitely not the prettiest boat ride I have ever taken... but it did have some interesting views... a sunken barge for example.
Dan has been super busy with school. He loves teaching... but it does have its challenges. He has had two lockdowns in the month that he has been teaching (one of which I found out about on the morning news!!). We would have never thought at this time last year that he would be teaching at an inner city school here in St. Louis... but it's great to see how the Lord moves you in new directions! We miss California tons... but love St. Louis at the same time.
Well... that's it for the month of September. I promise to make Dan write next time!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Our big news of the summer is (no we are not pregnant... which we get asked at least 3 times a week!) that Dan got a teaching job!! What a huge answer to prayer. He will be teaching High School English in a school in the city... only 7 miles from our house. We were talking tonight about how amazing it is to live in somewhat of a big city and to be so close to everything. We live .4 miles from my work and church! I love to be able to walk to work in the morning!! Anyways, Dan will be teaching one period of World Lit. and four period of African American Lit. School started the day before he was hired, so he won't actually be in the classroom until school has been in session for about two weeks.
We are heading down to Atlanta this weekend (my first time to the south) to visit some good friends from Seminary. Should be lots of fun. We'll write again soon!!
Friday, August 12, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
We also came back to some tragic news, one of the young men from my youth group in Seattle, Nick Bloem, was killed in Iraq last Wednesday when Alyssa and I were in Haiti. He was a marine and a day past twenty. Please pray for the Bloem family and friends in this time. Alyssa and I are heading out to Seattle on Friday for the funeral. It is at times difficult to understand the affects of sin in this world, but Nick knew Christ who overcame sin and death. So we trust the Father even though our hearts break at the same time for Nick and the Bloem family.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
A week or so ago I wrote about trying to grow wheat grass. It really works... and now I have to admit that I am obsessed. I have planted it in 8 different containers in our house and today am going to try planting it outside. Plants grow amazingly fast here with the humidity.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
I am so excited... my little sister Cari and her husband Scott are taking a road trip... and St. Louis will be one of their stops! This is a picture of Scott and Cari with my Dad that shows all the cool stuff we miss out on in Chico.
Anyways, anytime we do anything fun, I add it to my list of stuff to do when they get here. For example, we went to The Muny on Thursday night. The Muny is a huge outdoor theater. We saw "Annie Get Your Gun." It was great because once it got dark, you could see fire flies everywhere. One of the great things Dan and I discovered about St. Louis is all the free stuff to do. The Muny saves several rows of seats at the very back that are free... all you have to do is get there early.
So... I just thought I would write about how excited I am to see them next month. They will be driving out in my Mom and Dad's old orange VW van with their dog Ranger. I thought I would post some pictures because I just figured out how actually upload images into my post. Pretty cool!
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Some friends gave us tickets to a musical tonight. I am really excited since it is done outside in a huge theater. Fortunately tonight is one of the cooler nights in St. Louis out of the past two weeks. It gets unbelievably hot here! I guess it is more the humidity that I have a hard time dealing with. It feels like you're breathing in flour... not really... but it's still pretty bad.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
One of the reasons today has been so uneventful is because of the end of a school year and the beginning of summer (finally!). The end of the school year also means transition with people moving on. We have made so many dear friends here in St. Louis... I posted a picture of several above. Our good friends Toby and Ellie (and their daughter Ada) recently moved to Atlanta, GA. I am so excited for them, but really sad at the same time. It's crazy to think that we have been here for 2 1/2 years. Many people coming to the Seminary sign up for the three year program... so that means that a lot of the people we met our first semester here have moved away in the last couple of weeks. So... I felt sad today.
Speaking of three year programs... someone needs to ask Dan why he didn't post his recent career news!!
Well, it's almost time for Oprah. That's my motivation to head to the gym where they have cable!!
Monday, June 27, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Later this week we will be off to California. It's always amazing to be back on the West Coast. As much as we like Missouri... there is just nothing like home. Congrats to both of my sisters... Erica and Cari... who will be graduating from Chico State this weekend!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
I also preached last Sunday evening it was my second time doing so, but the first time I hadn't finished any preaching classes I was the only intern around during that Christmas break, it just causes me to realize how wonderful and amazing it is that the Lord uses broken vessels to minister his Word to the world.
And lastly has anyone read the play by Anton Chekhov, The Seagull, if you have give me your thoughts.
Also Alyssa and I have tickets for U2 when they come to St. Louis in December and check out The Kings of Leon, they are opening up for U2 this tour. They are straight rock and roll.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Monday, April 04, 2005
Saturday, March 19, 2005
For descriptions of what activities are considered sports please see Rob Barnes, An Exhaustive Concordance of Know Sports, Crack House Publications, New York & London, 1998. This is the authoritative guide to see why activities such as field hockey, soccer and volleyball are not sports. Here is a short example of some of the criteria present in the book:
1. use of whole body in the execution of the said activity
2. whether participants are “soft,” “European,” or “’soccer’ player like”
i.e. only goalies can use their hands in “soccer” or “football” (this field activity can not even figure out what it should be called), the participants in this activity frequently fall down acting as if they just shattered their tibia or femur, only to jump back up fix their hair and begin running around again.
I don’t have the time or energy to run through the known list of activities in order to demonstrate why they are simply modes of transportation, games, or social outings, but feel free to comment if you have any thoughts
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Well its 1:20am and I just finished my take home Gospels mid-term. Its due tomorrow at 8 in the morning, so I wont get much sleep tonight though I did have five days to finish it. I’ve always thought that getting older (but seemingly not wiser) would be the magical drug to cure my chronic procrastination. Maybe there’s one out there called Willpowtrix or Nowbitrol possibly even Initiatrol, Im sure the positive effects of the drug would be outweighed by diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, lose of appetite, insomnia, hairloss, passive-aggressiveness, movie marathons and an overwhelming desire to write a post and not a paper. But the commercial would be great, a cosmopolitan man or women walking, bag in hand in the middle of a city park flanked by tall mature oak trees and people having picnics. This person would be smiling like a person relishing in a secret only they know. They would sit down unfold a sandwich wrapped in wax paper (demonstrating the care and time they took preparing the sandwich) place it next to them and pull out of their bag a newspaper with the days date clearly marked on it, Feb. 12. Time elapse to the person tossing the sandwich wrapper into the trash can with newspaper tucked and folded tightly under their arm. The camera would zoom to this person’s face showing the same gleeful smile as before as they approached a mail box, then the camera would move to the person’s bag as this individual draws out a parcel of mail. Raising the parcel just slightly higher than their head, as if in triumph, (showing the audience the address there on) the man or women would drop their completed taxes into the mail. Fade out as the person walks away from the mail box with a contagious sway in their stride. Sweet I’ve wasted another thirty minutes.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
We get to have a little connection to Chico tomorrow when David Lim stops by for lunch. If anyone wants to fly out and join us, feel free. We love to have company!
Dear Friends and Family,
After three years of marriage we have finally figured out how to write a letter (we both missed that lesson in 3rd grade). Well... we are in St. Louis, Missouri... "Missoura" if you’re a local. Dan will begin his third year at Covenant Theological Seminary this month, so he’ll be able to answer any questions regarding the nature of the universe in about one more year. He’s interning at our church which means he plans the Men’s Camping trip once a year... and somehow that means he gets to have his name under "Intern" in the church bulletin year round. Needless to say, he’s earned quite a name for himself from the elders in the church regarding his cooking (not preaching) prowess. I’m sure those of you from Covenant in Issaquah wish he had those cooking skills in Mexico.
Dan is learning a lot in his seminary classes, but concerning the Biblical languages, you know what they say, "It’s all Greek to me." He has enjoyed his professors and the seminary community (which means watching baseball on opening day in the afternoon with four other guys, all of whom had wives at work, working to pay for seminary). I have to admit, that has been hard for me to get used to. I guess I can’t be too hard on Dan since he started his own business (The Tree Shepherd) this year. He is not an Ent, but a professional tree trimmer, soon to become a certified Arborist. He even purchased a chipper truck on e-bay that has turned out to be a life-saver. I can’t say I feel great about him hanging from ropes while using a chain saw... but as long as I can’t see him, it’s okay. This business has allowed him to create his own hours, which those of you who know Dan, know that suites his personality perfectly!!
After working two jobs the past year, one at Starbucks, and one at our church, I have decided to hang up the green apron. Even though Dan begs, I refuse to make him coffee at home. I now work almost full time as the administrative assistant at our church (Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship). It’s been great to have first hand experience in the ministry we are working towards. I definitely miss being a part of the TV News business, but enjoy the slower pace of an office. Dan has a hard time tearing me away from watching the evening news. Although he is usually in the kitchen cooking us dinner, so it doesn’t really matter.
We bought our first home right before Christmas and moved out of the seminary housing we were living in. It has been a great and trying experience. We miss the community in the seminary apartments but have enjoyed being closer to our church family and my job. I am now able to walk to work... when it’s not seven below. Dan has been a great fix-it man, I didn’t know he knew how to mess with electricity, gas lines and sewer lines. Concerning the sewer line... that’s a story we really don’t want to get into... although the rubber boots we bought on our Honeymoon did come in handy.
Well, everyone keeps telling us that after the house comes children. However, the only addition to our family we are considering is a pot bellied pig. We’ve even picked out a name, Henry. We also have two cats, Eddie and George, who keep us more than entertained. Unfortunately, my goldfish I had for 6 years who survived the 42 hour trip here, didn’t survive the two inch move to a new tank of water. Dan buried him outside our seminary apartment and even made a little cross for his grave.
So, we are looking forward to a new semester for Dan, and for me more involvement on our church’s Mercy Ministry Team. Also, we will be going on a short term missions trip to Haiti at the end of July. We hope this will be the first of more letters from our neck of the woods, but don’t hold your breath. We miss all of you tons!
Dan and Alyssa