6 Things You Don’t Know about Chris and Krista


  1. Chris and Krista met the very first time when they were seventeen. Krista was hosting a birthday party at her house for a friend of hers. Chris arrived with his girlfriend, but only stayed a short time. They exchanged one sentence that day. (Side note: That friend is now their sister-in-law!)

  2. Chris and Krista were best friends before they started dating. They would talk for a few hours almost every Friday night during Chris’ freshman year of college and Krista’s sophomore year. Krista wrote in her journal, after six months of these chats that she saw so many great qualities in Chris that she would really like to have in her future husband!

    First ever picture together!

  3.  Chris and Krista started dating in college (Krista’s junior year, Chris’ sophomore year). Krista lived in California and Chris in Oklahoma. They dated long distance for 2 years!

  4. Krista told Chris after one month of dating that she would be moving to Germany to do the HIM Program after she completed her college degree. If he wasn’t okay with that, then they needed to end the relationship. Chris, a half-German himself, said that he had always wanted to live in Germany, but never thought he could ask anyone to go with him. At that point, they knew God was moving their lives in the same direction.

    Chris and Krista’s first time in Germany together in 2008

  5. Chris told Krista after 4 months of dating that his dream was to be a firefighter and she needed to really considered what it would mean to marry a firefighter. After much research and consideration, she decided he was worth it. After working the night shift their first year of marriage, Chris’ dreams started to change.

    Engagement Photo on an old firetruck

  6. At one point in their relationship, Chris and Krista had a dream of learning a craft and setting up a booth on Venice Beach, as their livelihood. That dream may or may not still be alive.

Waiting on God Free Printable


Last week, I posted about our current journey waiting on God.

Turns out, that there many of you that have experience with this or currently experiencing it! In this post, I featured Isaiah 40:31, which is one of my favorite verses. Because of the popularity of the verse, I decided to make a free printable for you with that verse! Feel free to print it out and put it anywhere that it can give you some encouragement!

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What’s your favorite verse of encouragement when you are waiting on the Lord?

Connecting this week with: Time-Warp Wife, Cornerstone Confessions, Mercy Ink, Wise Woman, Deep Roots, Serving Joyfully, Graced Simplicity.

Waiting on God


Patience.

What a lovely, ugly word. It’s a virtue. It’s a fruit of the Spirit. It’s important. And often, it is the bane of my existence.

In a world of instant coffee, news, and information, we don’t often have to wait on anything. Living in Germany, Chris and I learned the meaning of patience waiting for the next tram or bus. Ten minutes of standing there.

Just waiting.

We thought we were going to die.

Then, we got more and more used to it. We enjoyed those moments of pause in the day, when we could stop and smell the roses. (Literally. There are flowers by our tram stop.)

Little test of patience in life are sometimes troublesome, but often quickly overcome. Then, there are the big, huge, in your face tests of patience.

As many of you know, Chris and I are making quite a big, life-changing decision right now. We have sought all the advice of every person willing to give it. (There were many.) We considered all the evidence. And, then, we got on our knees and banged on the door of Heaven. We prayed our hearts out. We prayed and prayed and begged and prayed. And do you know what we heard:

Wait on Me.

Over and over again. Wait on Me.

I would start prayer like- But, God, we need an answer. But, God, this. But, God, what about that?

Every time the answer was the same- Wait on Me.

Patience. God was asking me to have patience and wait on His timing. The audacity. Doesn’t He know how valuable my time is? Doesn’t He know that I have to make plans? And even more so, there are more people involved in this decision than just me! Doesn’t  He know those people need an answer?

But in my heart, I knew. It wasn’t their decision. It wasn’t my decision. It was His decision. He knew the next step to take, when we were supposed to take it, and where it would lead us. And more importantly, He knew when He should tell us.

So, we waited. We told the voices of the world to be quiet. We told everyone that this decision was not about us, but something bigger than us. And we waited. And waited. The voices were not silent. They tried to be encouraging, then became critical, then became frustrated, then became critical again.

Then, for just a moment, we let doubt creep in. It was only for a little, tiny second.

It was enough.

“….and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Ephesians 4:27

The devil had a foothold and doubt turned into stress. Stress turned into depression. And depression infected us.

But, we kept praying. Soon, the depression lifted and can you guess what happened?

God was faithful.

We don’t have all the answers and we still don’t know for sure everything the future holds. But, He is opening doors in places that we could have never opened them ourselves. He is revealing things to us that we know are direction from Him. He is confirming our diligence in making a wise decision and waiting on His counsel. He’s coming through.

And we are looking back thinking- how could we have ever doubted?

He is so worth the wait.

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

 

This post was shared on these sites: Christian Mommy Blogger, A Wise Woman, Bible Love Notes,  Live Called, the Family Blog,and Missional Women.

 

Vegan Lemon Scone Cookies Recipe

 

I know that many of you were big fans of Krista’s Kitchen! I haven’t shut the site down, but instead have decided to combine it with this blog, just to keep everything in one place.

Since moving to Germany, Chris and I have really learned a thing or two about cooking. We had to get used to what we would see in grocery stores here. We can get a lot of things but sometimes it so expensive or its a trip all the way across town for one bag of something or one can of something else. Because of this, we have really been exploring new recipes, making things from scratch and nutrition. Somehow, this little recipe has become a huge hit!

Before these cookies, we never really had our thing. People would say…oh Ed and Courtney used to bring this or Clint and April used to bring this and don’t you remember when Roy and Tiffany. (Those were some of the HIM workers in Chemnitz before us.) We always brought the vegetable tray. We didn’t have a thing and we didn’t really want a thing. But, we had been trying our had at a vegan lifestyle and Chris found this recipe on The Sweet Life. We wanted to show some skeptics that vegan food can also be delicious. (It doesn’t just mean tofu!) And what do you know?

This recipe became our thing!

Everyone asks for the recipe all the time. So, go ahead! Try it. But, I have to say that no one makes them quite as good as Chris. I don’t know what his secret is!

We didn’t do much adjusting because they were perfect, just they way they were. And if you don’t tell, no one would even know they are vegan! I changed the name to Lemon Scone Cookies, because mine turned out a little fluffier and reminded me of scones! Enjoy!

The original recipe is from The Sweet Life.

Lemon Scone Cookies

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 large lemon (about 1 heaping tbsp)
1/2 cup plant butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Using a mixer, beat together sugar, lemon zest, and plant butter on medium speed until light and fluffy.

4. Add apple sauce, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined.

5. Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. (You can use a mixer on this part, but I chose not to, in order to avoid overmixing.)

6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are firm. The cookies will be light in color and I cooked them until they were a little brown.

7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Transfer to a wire cooling rack to allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

 

This recicpe will also be translated and featured in our upcoming cookbook fundraiser. We are creating a cookbook to raise money for our new church building in Chemnitz! Stay tuned for more information!

Yellow Fields and a free download

I have a very particular view of what Heaven will be like. Chris says my view of Heaven can’t really exist, because it includes the ocean, and the snowy mountains, and the yellow fields. So, maybe my view of Heaven is really what I already have- just without disease and tears and pain. Nothing but the warm sunshine, hot chocolate, and the view of dolphins playing in the distance.

If you read my Germany Bucket List , you now know that Item #1 is officially complete! Here are the pictures:

 

 

But, I didn’t set out to just take a picture of the yellow fields. My goal was to take the perfect picture of the yellow fields. And I succeeded! This in my opinion is the perfect picture of the yellow fields and my idea of Heaven:

 

 

By request, I also created a downloadable desktop background of one of my favorite pictures of the yellow fields. Enjoy!

YellowFieldsBackground

 

Yellow Fields Desktop Background

 

German Culture: The Mice Will Dance on the Table (Phrases)

One of the best things about learning a new language is learning phrases. Learning a culture’s phrases or saying really gives you an insider’s perspective to the people and the culture. Since Chris is out of town, I thought it would be appropriate to share my favorite German phrase that I just recently learned.

In English, we say:

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

In German, they say:

Wenn die Katze aus dem Haus ist, tanzen die Mäuse auf dem Tisch.

When the cat’s out of the house, the mice will dance on the table.

 

I love this phrase for so many reasons, not the least of which being that I am definitely guilty of dancing around my house to loud music, when Chris is gone. (Okay, its not so loud because we are in Germany and I do when Chris is home, as well.)

As I said before, phrases and sayings, give you a peek into the culture. Ironically, in my opinion, this is not very descriptive of German culture. Germans love holidays and celebrating, but I don’t imagine peeking into the window of a German and seeing them dancing around their house to loud music, while their spouse (or roommate or kids) are away.

But, this phrase makes me think that I may be wrong about Germans. Germans do follow proper decorum in order to maintain their public face, but clearly what goes on behind closed doors is a little less proper and just another reminder, that once you break past the outer German shell, there are some crazy cool people waiting to be known.

I personally think we should adopt this phrase in America. Its much more representative of our culture than the phrase we currently use.
Who’s with me?

What phrases do we use that you think describe Americans?