Thursday, May 21, 2015

Romania Highlight Video

It has been more than a year since we spent two weeks in Romania. --- That means it about time to post the highlight video that Kameron finished last week about all our Romanian adventures. It was really fun to see all this footage. (& I'm sure so long & tedious for Kameron) So many memories! 

I hope that you enjoy this peek into our great Romanian adventures. 

Is there any part of the video that you want to know more about? I'm still posting pictures from castles & adventures, so let me know & maybe you'll find a post about it one day. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zimbabwe Party!

This past Saturday was our going away party for Zimbabwe. Wow, we felt so loved. It's easy for us to get discouraged with waiting. We sent in our applications to TEAM in December 2013. That's a year and a half ago. But this wonderful party reignited in us joy, energy, and excitement.

Thank-you to all who have supported us through this whole process. Your support has genuinely been life giving. Friends from work to church to elementary school stopped in to eat, chat, and make us smile. We know many of you couldn't make it to the actual party (no one has any free time in May!), but were there with us in spirit. 

We have an awesome canvas map that we used as our guest book. Its full of wonderful notes from wonderful people. 

And a gigantic thank-you goes to Erin's sister and mother. They helped make this party a success!

We'll miss you all terribly, but look forward to what God is going to do through us and in us when we actually get to Karanda. 

On that note, we have NOT yet received our visas, so we wait - sometimes patiently, sometimes not. Keep an eye out though, because we could get the word any day, and then we're outta here!

Again thank-you. And please keep the prayers and love coming. We need them.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Black Hills Hike: Crow Peak

Crow Peak is found near Spearfish, SD & is a must-hike trail in the Black Hills!
Elevation: 5760 ft.
Distance: 3.5 miles to the top (& back down = 7 miles total).

A couple weeks ago, Kameron & I spent the weekend in Spearfish with our friends Trenton & Kathleen. These friends used to live in our stairwell in the apartment we lived in before moving in with my sister. Around the same time we moved out, they bought a house & moved to Spearfish. We were happy when they invited us to spend some time with them. We took full advantage of their delicious cooking skills, went on a few little hikes, rode bikes around town, ate ice cream & other various desserts, visited the fish at the fish hatchery, sampled some brew at the Crow Peak brewery and hiked the peak that the brewery was named after.

As you can see, our go-to hiking snack on this hike was Cliff Bars. (& no, I was not paid for product placement...) What food do you usually take on your hikes? Leave your answers in the comments below.


P.S. The winner of the With Love by Megan print was Cat Elsby. Congrats Cat! Remember: to those who fell in love with her prints, Megan is offering 20% for Toews Adventure readers. Use promo code: TCLPA20. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Go Ahead & Like It

We live in a world that revolves around "likes." How many "likes" did my status get on Facebook? Do you like my new hair cut? Which boy do you like? Like, totally! Do we really like those things? Are we faking it? What do we really like?

Jacqueline Suskin, in this artistic, fun, and beautiful book, challenged me to think about things that I like & jot them down. Simple things like "reading outside on the grass" and "warm sunshine," to more meaningful things like "my husband who takes pictures of me when I ask." She says that the simple act of jotting down a list of likes during stressful times can lift the spirit. Sharing your list at as an ice breaker game at a party can help you get to know a group of strangers. Sending a list in the mail to an old friend can rekindle a forgotten relationship. 

Have you ever read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? I read that one first a couple years ago. Very similar concepts, except this one is less faith-based. Though while I was writing down my list of "likes," I realized that I was thanking God those things as well. It's all in having the right perspective. 

Right now, as we are preparing to move out of the country to live in Zimbabwe for a year, we find ourselves making a lot of lists! To do lists. To buy lists. To blog lists. Lists for days!!! All those lists can make a girl (and a couple) stressed out to the max! I found that switching gears & writing a list of things I like, puts me in a better mood and I can go about my day with a little less stress & a bit more pep in my step. 

The author Jacqueline Suskin seems like such a beautiful & whimsical woman. The pictures she chose to include in her books should be included in one of my "lists of likes." and instead of using typed words & sentences, she hand-wrote everything, for a very unique & appreciated effect. Plus, a snippet from the Amazon page says she "is best known through her work with Poem Store, a public performance project in which she composes custom verses on a manual typewriter in exchange for donations." Say what?? So fun!

This was a short, quick book that I was able to read on a sunny afternoon. I left feeling inspired to make lists of things I like, sharing my real likes with my friends, and find positives in every situation. You'll probably find this book on our coffee table, if/when we ever have our own coffee table. 
So tell me what you think. Do you think you would like this book? 
Leave a short list of "likes" in the comments. We'd love to read them!
 Although I was not paid for this post, I received this book from Blogging for Books. All thoughts, photos, and reviews are my own. Some links on this post are affiliate links, so if you purchase something from these links Toews Adventure receives a small commission.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

With Love by Megan - Print Giveaway

Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan
Hello adventurers!

Today I am teaming up with Megan from the cutest Etsy shop around, With Love by Megan, to giveaway a print of your choice from her shop. Megan makes and sells hand-lettered prints of Bible verses and quotes.

I met Megan at Northwestern College, our alma matter. She was alway a joy to talk with and be around. I was super stoked when I saw that she started making & selling the beautiful prints, and decided I must have one for myself!
Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan

The print that I chose was one with Micah 6:8 hand-lettered inside a colorful, flowery frame.
Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan

"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8
This was a theme verse of NWC's Spring Service Projects in 2011 (when I went to the Dominican Republic). We shortened the verse down to three easy words to live by: Do. Love. Walk. I still try to live by those three words in my day-to-day whether as a nurse in a hospital in America or as a rock-climber in Romania. I hope to carry those three words with me to Zimbabwe & beyond. I was so please when I saw this verse in Megan's shop. It will serve as a reminder to me to Do. Love. & Walk.
Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan
The prints you buy from With Love by Megan arrive in your mailbox in a pretty kraft paper envelope, decorated with black & white branding, and supported with chipboard so the print does not get damaged while shipping.
Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan
Her prints will go perfect as part of your gallery wall, in a frame on a table, as a bookmark in your Bible, and would also make the best gifts for a friend or daughter (think Mother's Day). They come in two different sizes 4x6 or 8x10. She even has a 2015 calendar.

Megan is giving away one of her prints to one lucky winner! Winner will work with Megan herself to pick the perfect print for you. Use the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win! & help me to bring awareness to Megan's shop by sharing this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else you share your favorite links. 

& Megan is also offering a discount to Toews Adventure readers for 20% off her hand-lettered prints in her Etsy shop. Use promo code: TCLPA20 at check-out.
Micah 6:8 print flowers  With Love by Megan
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fine print: One winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the United States. All entries will be validated. Pictures included in this post are property of Toews Adventure and With Love by Megan. Although I was not paid for this post, I did receive a free print from With Love by Megan to review the product. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Do you like these prints? Where would you hang it if you won? Leave your reply in the comments section.

P.S. HAPPY NURSES' DAY TO ALL YOU NURSES OUT THERE! (I've been a nurse for 3 years.)

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