Well, since Billy James and Elizabeth, Meredith Bufkin, and numerous other friends have entered this blog world . . . . . how could I pass up the opportunity to fill you all in on what's happening with Mandy B in Ames, Iowa.
In short, life is good. Well, that's an understatement. Life is great. Church stuff is going great. God is at work doing amazing things in His people. It is exciting to be in a place and on a church staff that really seeks the Lord and works hard to do His will. Our new family ministry (D6) has just exploded. We don't know where to put people anymore! But God will provide the space we need in time.
On the personal level . . . . . I'm beginning to really feel like Ames is home. Now, don't panic friends. I will always always always be a southern girl. Ruston will always have a place in my heart. But finally, God is giving me a new love for this place, this people group of midwesterners.
Sure doesn't hurt that in the last months He's also given me a special someone! Mark Stenberg is an amazing man of God. We met last May at a mutual friend's wedding. He's been attending Cornerstone for about a year and a half, but we didn't know each other. This place is just that big. Anyway . . . . after we met, Mark began praying about asking me out. FINALLY, he got the green light in November. We've been pretty much together since then! God is so good. Mark is kind, honest, loves the Lord, FUN . . . . I could go on and on. If you want more scoop, just ask. I will be happy to tell you more.
I'm headed home to Louisiana tomorrow (December 22). I'll be there through December 31 and hope to see many of you at Tiffany's wedding in Alexandria on the 30th. Oh, yeah, and Mark will be with me!!!!!
So, I sure hope I can keep up with many more of you this way. Have a wonderful Christmas!