…and I’m Back!

Hello again…not going to lie…it’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated this. Wow…almost a year and a half! Time flies…more on that later. I’m honestly surprised that this page still gets any views at all! Ha.

I suppose a recap of the past year or so is in order….

  • Alex and I are both continuing our pioneering in Rib Mountain! Going on 4 years. 🙂
  • Alex gave his first public talk, and subsequently his first outgoing public talk to New London, WI.
  • I’ve had my first and second assembly parts and boy, were those intense! But they were such a privilege and I can’t wait for my next one.
  • We have the most incredible new CO and CO’s Wife. They’re both so young and she’s an amazing example to follow.
  • I’ve begun to learn both Korean and Japanese…hopefully we can visit those countries soon.
  • I’ve had some incredible friends come into my life (looking at you Trash Trio, my owl, Aoi..Brayli…the list goes on) and I couldn’t imagine life without them in it. It’s true that the most unexpected friendships are the best!
  • As of now, we’re still in our apartment! At least for another month or two.
  • We are 99% sure that we’re buying a house! The only thing potentially in the way is that the roof might need to be replaced right away. However, the advantage with buying a home compared to renting is that it’s definitely more affordable and we would have more freedom as to how we choose to use the space. We can host more people for hospitality with a backyard, and both Alex and I can focus more on working from home to support pioneering. Renting is becoming a bit of a bother even though we both love this apartment! Anyone with homebuying experience…feel free to weigh in with a comment. It would be appreciated. 🙂
  • I’ve now began to do art commissions as more of a part-time job, although I’m still at the pharmacy. Perhaps I’ll post more about my art later on. 🙂

Well, that’s most of the major happenings around here. It’s a crazy life but it’s been fun lately. I’ve made it a personal goal to focus on the positives about each situation in life even though it’s something I definitely struggle with. It has definitely helped with my outlook on life. 🙂  If I’ve learned anything, it’s been that Jehovah will never abandon you during tough times and that there is always a silver lining to any bad situations. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

I’ll leave you with that for now! I hope to be back a little bit quicker next time…haha.

Until then, my friends! 🙂

 

As promised, here are some snapshots of Seattle! 🙂 These are only 11 of the hundreds I took, so I may upload more in future posts! We visited the Starbucks Roastery, a beautiful hidden garden, a sushi restaurant, the EMP Museum, the Space Needle and Pike’s Place. All the touristy stuff..haha. Oh well. It was all beautiful and delicious!

The photos of Kalaloch Campground and the surrounding areas will follow soon.

What photo was your favorite? 🙂

Seattle Through A Lens

I’m Back!

Hello to you all!

First off, I would like to thank you if you’re still following this blog. I’ve been neglecting it! It’s been 7 months since I started it. And what a crazy busy 7 months it has been! I’ll share some brief highlights with you.

April 2015 – Both Alex and I found new jobs after being laid off.

May 2015 – Busy month with both a Circuit Assembly and a Regional Convention. The Circuit Assembly was particularly special because I had my first interview part on stage! It was such a privilege to be used by Jehovah that way. 🙂 In addition to that, we got to meet Brother Luccioni who serves in Brooklyn Bethel as a helper to the Publishing Committee and our new CO & his wife, the Kites! Both Brother Kite and Brother Luccioni gave me a pep talk before I went onstage for my part. Talk about a humbling experience…I’ll never forget their sincere interest. (Side note: Also the highest concentration of Holy Spirit on one occasion that I’ve felt in my lifetime. Haha)

June 2015 – Our CO visit! Brother and Sister Kite were the perfect couple for our congregation to have as a traveling overseer. We even had the opportunity to host them for lunch after service. Their visit was absolutely amazing, and I even had the privilege to show Sister Kite how to do cart witnessing. Another humbling experience right there! She is such a down to earth and humble sister who was so easy to talk to and a great example for me to follow as a fellow sister and a wife.

June cont. – Trip to Seattle and camping on Kalaloch beach. I could write an entire post about this…if anyone would like to hear about it, I would be happy to write up some little stories and post some pictures! 🙂

July 2015 – As soon as we got back from WA, we moved! Still in the same complex, but just a slightly bigger unit so we could have the friends over more often and have a little more space.

August 2015 – Quite frankly, I don’t remember much of August…oops!

September 2015 – New service year – starting year #3 of pioneering and on the first day of the new year, I found the person who is now a doorstep/Bible study! Yahoo! The study is going great so far.

At the end of the month, we got the chance to photograph some of our great friends’ wedding day. It was a privilege to be a part of their beautiful day and to document it all for them. It’s a so great to have another fun young couple in our hall!

October 2015 – We celebrated our 2nd anniversary! Time flies!! It doesn’t feel like 2 years already. We had plans to go to Minneapolis for a weekend trip away, but of course I managed to come down with my first cold/sickness in almost two years on the day we were going to leave. That figures! Oh well. That’s life in this system. Haha. All you can do is roll with the punches and do the best with what you’ve got.

November 2015 – How on earth did time go this fast?! I’m in denial that its actually almost winter. Although….there’s NOT snow on the ground as of November 17th, 2015 and today the temperature was about 55 degrees. For Wisconsin, those are huge milestones!! We also purchased my parents minivan (for those of you who know my dad, you’ll know that it is basically a pristine looking, practically new vehicle) and now we have a great service van and a second car so I don’t have to walk to work in a blizzard. So that’s a bonus!

Well, we’ll see what the rest of 2015 brings. It will be gone before we know it! For those of you new to the blog, I do hope to post more often than every 7 months…I don’t make any promises but I do want to write more as winter sets in and we get trapped indoors until the spring thaw. 🙂

But most importantly…HAPPY PIONEERING!

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“…He will sustain you.”

No matter how many times it happens, I am always at a loss of words for how well Jehovah provides for us. Last week when I wrote the last blog post, both Alex and I were facing unemployment, dealing with minor health problems and wondering how we were going to keep afloat if we didn’t find work soon. The morning after I posted the blog, Alex got (and accepted) a job offer, and I was called in for three interviews. And now, as of yesterday, Jehovah has provided both of us with part time jobs (Alex as a Sales Rep at Best Buy, and I as a Pharmacy Tech at Walgreen’s) that will provide us with all we need to pioneer, and a little extra to give back to all those that so kindly helped us out over the past month. Minor side-note — we have an amazing congregation. It would have been almost impossible to keep positive about everything had it not been for the love of Rib Mountain. Just last night, a small envelope was placed on Alex’s book bag while we were associating with the friends after the meeting. After getting home, we opened the envelope and read the absolute sweetest letter from a wonderful older couple, commending us on our faith and trust in Jehovah, and assuring us that they will always be there for us too. Not going to lie, I just about cried! The couple that it was from is one that both of us love and respect very much – like our Spiritual grandparents. So that letter meant a lot. The words of Psalms 55:22 ring loud and clear in my mind…”Throw your burden on Jehovah, and he will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to fall.” He continues to provide and give more than we will ever expect or imagine possible.

So, I want to hear from you! Feel free to share an encouraging experience from the past couple weeks!

Happy pioneering!

Pray, Trust, Rely, Repeat.

This week has been something else. But at the end of it all, I’ve come to trust in Jehovah and lean on Him even more so. I’ll give you a little rundown of the past few weeks.

About a month ago, we received notice that our humble office cleaning job was underbid by another company, and due to that, we were going to be laid off. Our last day of work was to be the day of the Memorial. A good amount of our coworkers are either fellow brothers and sisters, or Bible studies themselves, and relied fully on Jehovah and their cleaning job to get by. As soon as we received the news, we said a prayer to Jehovah to help us keep pioneering and care for our needs. Fast forward three weeks from then, to yesterday, the day of the Memorial of Christ’s Death. From the start, we knew it was Satan using our imminent unemployment to attempt to distract us from putting our all into the ministry and meditating on Jehovah and Jesus’ sacrifice. Well, Satan, that’s just not going to work. Through the past couple weeks, the scripture I’ve been meditating on often is Philippians 4:6,7.. “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Those words are so powerful! There’s no obstacle that Jehovah cannot overcome. So with the peace of mind from Jehovah, Alex and I immersed ourselves into the ministry and family study about Jehovah’s promises, coupled with sending out job applications. I truly felt the inner calm that reliance on Jehovah can give. And just when we needed it most (a couple hours before the Memorial), we got a call from a potential employer, and found out that one of us just might be employed by this time next week. Jehovah truly knows what we need, when we need it.

And then the Memorial! How beautiful of an occasion that was. Our congregation had 138 in attendance, with many interested ones and Bible studies present. We happened to sit in the same row as a family that has been studying for a couple years – it was amazing to see the impact that their first memorial together had on them. The look of wonder and happiness on their faces was something that even the “best” part of this system cannot duplicate. Seeing their reactions gave me a fresh perspective on this most important observance, and a new found appreciation for it. Brothers and sisters, never take the Memorial for granted. We never know when our last Memorial in this wicked system will be!

Enough of my blabbering. Haha. I hope that whoever is reading is having a wonderful week so far and that no one spilled the wine while passing it last night! 😉

– H.R.

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Bethel Dreaming

As my inaugural post, I think I’ll rewind a couple years to my first and only trip to Bethel. Easily one of the highlights of my short life so far. Going there was like receiving a huge hug from Jehovah and his organization…there’s truly nothing to compare to it. This photo was taken at the Patterson Bethel complex, which was my personal favorite. Some of you may know that I love art in all it’s forms (and am fairly decent at painting and drawing and the like), so that art department was my personal paradise on earth. Even reflecting on it now makes me smile and wish I was back!

 But with that being said, I’m happy to say that Alex and I’s Bethel application has been filled out and is in the process of being sent in by our wonderful C.O. The whole application process hasn’t been without it’s trials (Satan tries to get his dirty little paws into everything) but now, it’s truly rewarding. Being a Bethelite would be an amazing way to give Jehovah all we can in this wicked system. So, Jehovah willing, we will someday return to his beautiful place of service, and until then we’ll give our all in the ministry. There’s no bad option in Jehovah’s service! No matter what capacity any of us can give, whether an elderly one submits 15 minutes of field service time for the month, or the brothers and sisters working tirelessly to give us our wonderful spiritual meals. It’s all precious to Jehovah. 

Side note…I just am realizing how much fun blogging will be. 

Happy Pioneering! 🙂 



Hello out there!

This is my very first blog post. Ever. But I figured that it’s worth a shot. This is going to be a bit of an experiment, so bear with me as I try to tackle WordPress. I’ve read so many other blogs that fellow brothers and sisters have written, and that has inspired me to give it a whirl! I don’t think I’ll be able to come close to having as interesting content as any of theirs, but it will be fun to write nonetheless. It’s a new challenge and I’m ready for it! Bring it on, blogging world. Suggestions of what you would like to see posts written about are welcome and encouraged! All the inspiration I can get is amazing. Happy Pioneering! 🙂

H.R.