Monday, February 25, 2008

My turn!

ok, so most things that people don't know about me are pre-1996, when I got saved (and you don't want to know the silliness I was involved in), so this will be 10 things-you-may-not-know-about-me post 1996.

1- Since becoming a mom I realize that I don't really like music just for the sake of music. silence speaks to my soul.

2- most of my life I wished I was a boy... men just always seemed more important and I was convinced that I was pretty important.

3- When I spend time with the Lord, I get excited about what God is doing in the world, in the lives of others, in my own life, etc., and it always makes me wish I were a preacher. I just feel this deep burning to get up somewhere and tell everyone what an amazing God we serve and of His deep love for us. I want to inspire.

4- I kissed John Mark first.

5- I am much more nervous about being a mother of 2 than I was about being a first time mom.

6- Once when I lived in Hawaii, i jumped off of an 80 ft cliff into the ocean. Apparently the whole 'free-falling' thing was very relaxing for me because upon hitting the water I got a massive water enema and I couldn't move my legs for about 3 minutes. It was awesome, I recommend it.

7- At the end of everyday I seriously have no idea what tomorrow will bring... I carry my passport to the grocery store.

8- i will never diet. I will exercise until it kills me, but I will eat what I want- I love food.

9- I love looking at house plans. I have no idea where this came from but I LOVE it!

10- For my birthday, my favorite thing to do is to go to a particular cemetery in Marietta with JM, watch the sun set, eat calazones we picked up from an italian place and smoke a cigarette. It is probably the only cigarette I have all year long and I never finish it, but its something we do together and a memory we share- its my favorite memory. I didn't get to do it this year because we were here in MN and I'm pregnant... I would have enjoyed the calazone and the time w/ JM but not the cigarette!

Well, thats it... it took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to think of 10 things!Lame.

Now I'm tagging Ruth Allen and Tammy H!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Blog Tag.

Alright so I was tagged by my Gator-lovin friend Bill to list ten things about me, that maybe you wouldn't know. So here goes.

1. I was held back in 3rd Grade because I had been going to school in Monterrey, Mexico, but my parents came off the mission field, and the Mexican school system wasn't quite up to par with Georgia's.

2. I have only broken one bone in my life and it was my left big toe. I am also missing a toenail on the same toe. Yeah it was that brutal. Slamming a 1970 VW Bug, car door on your barefoot, does your toe no favors. My cousin told me later on in life I would never marry because of how ugly it was/is. Bekah proved him wrong.

3. I was engaged in Canada.

4. Bekah and I have moved 10 times in our married life. August will be our 5th year anniversary.

5. I will never be able to get enough snow. When a fresh snow comes I get really excited.

6. I snuck a video camera into the Sistine chapel, and held it by my hip, pointed up to capture the artwork on the ceiling. The beauty amazes me every time I watch it.

7. I LOVE to scare people and play pranks. I have been known to wait for extended periods of time in people's closet, waiting for the moment to jump out on them. Even when I was young we used to drive my mother crazy with pranks. I used to call for her through the house, in an emergency voice, and when she came running, not knowing what to expect, I would be laughing with my brother saying "What? I didn't say Momma! I was just shouting Omma!" She put up with a lot.

8. Growing up I was very much a saver, and a cleaner. I remember several times where I used to lend money to my parents. I always thought that was odd. Lately it has been me giving them the IOU slip. I used to clean the home religiously growing up. I don't know why. I do know that my siblings would make fun of me religiously for it. Therefore I stopped. Sorry Bekah.

9. I never really cared about sports until I married into the Crisp family. Now I can't imagine not caring about the Dawgs football program. Since then I have never been to a Georgia football game where they have lost.

10. I have applied and been accepted to Asbury College 4 times, and never attended a class.

Alright there are my 10 random facts. I am going to tag four people, since I want to hear from my wife, and we share this blog. Greg, Bekah, Cari, and Michelle.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Show me the money

We are still here in Minnesota, and I am cold. Inside and out I am cold. I am cold on the outside, cause well sub zero temperatures are just not right. On the inside I feel I am getting cold as well. It is so hard for me to trust the Lord these days. We have just sent out a new batch of newsletters, to lots of people and it felt good to get them out. Then I realized as I was sending them that even if I were to send them to everyone in the nation, it wouldn't matter. It is up to the Lord to provide, not the connections that I have. We haven't really much of a response since the letter went out, and I guess I just figured that when we came up here, since we knew that God called us, it would be a breeze to get full support. It has been far from a breeze, and the more time that goes by the more I find it hard to put my TRUST in the Lord, to Lean not on my own ways...etc, etc. Please know that I in no way intend to give anyone a guilt trip that is reading this, and maybe got our letter. If the Lord hasn't moved you to give, I honestly don't want you to. I am just struggling in this season, because I don't know why the provision hasn't broken free for us in this time. I know the Lord is wanting me to learn to TRUST, and to LEAN completely on him, but MAN thats hard when the bank is empty and rent is due.

The really odd thing is I know we are called here (for now). I even had a customer at my last job prophesy it over me one day, out of the blue. I told Bekah that night, and we both wrote her off as nuts. The Lord confirmed it in many ways for both of us. So we did it. We packed everything we owned up in a u-haul, and I gave up my well paying job, moved my one year old, and my pregnant wife up to Minnesota to commit to volunteer and not have any salary. My instinct as the family provider is fighting with the Lord having called us up here. Its an internal struggle that I don't know which is going to win, honestly. Often times I just want to throw in the towel, and go back to 9-5, er 7-7 in my last jobs case. No I don't want to go back to that, but you get the point. I just felt like I had to write this tonight. Maybe more for me than you. Maybe so you would know how to pray for us. I just want the Lord to find us faithful to do what he asks us to. No matter what the cost.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Someone please tell me who I am!


Growing up I HATED personality/gifts/strenth/weakness tests, I hated anything that tried to tell me who I am. I didn't want anyone to put me in a box or in a category. I felt very sure of who i was and each time I took one of those little tests I felt like trivial little questions should not be able to discover the core of who I am.

Well, things have changed. The lovely Katie Bedingfield was in town for a visit this past weekend which was a glorious time spent with a dear friend. Anyway, she brought JM and I a book called StrengthsFinder 2.0 and it is a book that involves a test. I was so pumped to take the test because I needed to hear that who I am now means something. As a soon-to-be mom of two I forget that I have a personality and that who I am is ok. I don't need to be constantly conforming into something adventurous and awe-inspiring, who I am is fine.

One thing I learned from my top 5 strengths (relator, activator, belief, responsibility- don't laugh, achiever) is that I am a relator. I laughed inside when that showed up as my #1 because these days I relate w/ VERY few adults on an adult level. I find being with adults is difficult because I don't have much to offer in conversation. After reading the description of a relator I was AMAZED because I felt so understood! Tom Rath (author) knows who I am! :-) As a 'relator' it said that I love to relate but not with everyone or new acquaintances, but with deep, established friendships. A 'relator' gets drained and can struggle through connecting with people on the surface (which is new for me because I used to be SO out there with anyone and every one) but put me with an old friend who I can be vulnerable with and I thrive. The book also said that once a new friendship has crossed the thresh-hold of vulnerability then a 'relator' can begin relating but exposing the deeper things is hard.

I've struggled here in MN because I don't have close friends. Don't get me wrong!!! I have great friends here who are supportive and encouraging and wonderful, but because of who I am, I only get so close. Instead of trying to overcome who I am and be different, this book is teaching me to learn how to use it all for the positive and learn how to function within my strengths. Its a good book, I recommend it.

Ok, as promised, more videos from our fun weekend! We are all missing KTB and IGN is still wondering where she is and that is sad.

IGN and KTB duet:

yummy lemon:

more of meal time, this time with rice on her head:

Oh yeah, and I'm pregnant:

Monday, February 11, 2008

There is more to come!!

Dang we had a fun weekend of laying around, laughing and just being silly. Here is one video from KTB's visit... this is just one of MANY, so GET READY!!!!

PS- please ignore the mounds of laundry

Monday, February 4, 2008

Jacob Elijah Nysewander

As most of you know, we will add to our clan a little boy next month! We are so excited and can't wait to meet this little guy. We have been praying for MONTHS about what to name him and for some reason nothing seemed quite right for him. So a couple weeks ago I was lying in bed praying for him and I just decided that he NEEDS a name. I mean there was this fire in the core of my being and so I pulled my self from my warm comfy bed and went to the living room and basically begged the Lord for a name for our precious boy. It wasn't long before I felt the Lord telling me that our son was chosen for this time, in this generation, for a purpose and that he needed to be named for who the Lord made him to be. So I looked up the name that means 'chosen' and there wasn't one so I was like, "what do I do now God? Do i name him Chosen? Thats stranger than naming a girl Isaiah." And then I opened my bible to Isaiah 41 and read verses 8-10, here you go:

"But you, O Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,

I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant';
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

So, we are naming him Jacob, Jacob Elijah.

When I was praying for him I wanted to celebrate his birth and entry into this world in some way. I was looking through Isaiah's baby book a while back and I was SO blessed by all the cards and words of blessing that were spoken and prayed over her during the months before her arrival. I seriously saved EVERY card that we received from her showers and gifts and its awesome to read through them.

So this is where I need some help. Being that Jacob is our second baby and we won't be having showers for him, thus no cards, I was hoping that if y'all could mail us a card with scripture(s) for him and/or a blessing that would mean the world to me and one day, to Jacob too.

After reading through Isaiah's cards I was so thankful for all the people that surrounded us and loved us and celebrated with us over her birth and I just want Jacob's life to begin with the same blanket of prayer and blessing.

Blessings to you all and I really appreciate y'all doing this for me!

If you need our address, please email me: and I'll send it your way!
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