Friday, August 31, 2007

Collin aka "The Sports Maniac"

For anyone who doesn't know Collin very well, let me tell you that the man loves sports. He loves watching sports on TV, talking about sports, but most of all, he loves playing sports. He plays fantasy football every fall and fantasy baseball every spring (right now he's in 4th place and is a shoe-in for playoff's!). He's the type of guy that cannot lay around the house on a pretty day- he HAS to be outside, running around, throwing and catching, and sweating. I love that he's active and I love that he's a guy's guy.

What I don't love, however, is when he gets home at midnight from a soccer game after he fell on his head (ON HIS HEAD) during the game and goes to bed, while I am already asleep, completely oblivious to the fact that my husband could have a concussion and is climbing into our bed for the night. Well, this is exactly what happened on Tuesday night. When we awoke the next morning (yes, he awoke...don't worry!), he told me what happened and then proceeds to tell me that he has a pretty bad headache. When he gets out of bed, it only gets worse. Being the caring, loving wife that I am (and paranoid and over-protective), I urged him to go into work late and at least call the doctor, and thanks to some encouragement from my oh-so-wonderful-mom-in-law, he obliged. He told our doctor what happened and she worked him in that afternoon, saying that he needed to come in. Well, the visit itself went well and the doc ordered a CT scan. He went and had that done that day and it turns out, he had a concussion. There was no bleeding, praise Jesus!, but there was definite bruising and it confirmed my suspicions all along. So, maybe I am paranoid (who am I kidding? I'm totally paranoid), but I am right (or at least this time) and feel a little more justified in my paranoia.

Under doctor's orders, Collin stayed home from work yesterday and is back today, feeling almost back to normal. He still has a slight headache, but the worst of it seems to be over. Praise the Lord that He watches over the ignorant and that everything worked out. I don't know if it's really fact that you shouldn't go to sleep right after the onset of a concussion, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Jody, if you read this, ask Victoria if that's true or not. I would be interested to know.

Knowing Collin, he'll be back out there in his soccer jersey at his next game in several days. As much as I would love to make him stay home where I can be sure he's safe, I don't want that for him because that's just not him. He would HATE it. And I would too because he would be unhappy. It gives me a TINY glimpse into how God must feel- wanting to protect us, His children, from all of the harmful and hurtful things in the world, but choosing not to out of love because we have to learn on our own and make our own mistakes. Wow- what a hard, loving choice!

Thanks to everyone that called to check up on Collin. We love you!

-Kristin

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Deposition

Most of you know that we are in the middle of a law suit. Collin was served papers back in April and it feels like we've been on a rollercoaster since then. For anyone who happens to stumble across our blog and doesn't know the story, here's the short version. It was a beautiful Friday morning in May of 2006. Collin was driving to work at approximately 8:00 AM (rush hour) and was hit from behind on Hwy 59 while trying to merge onto Loop 610. For anyone who knows Houston traffic, you know this is a horrible area and is notorious for backing up a LONG ways in the mornings. Collin had put on his blinker and slowed down to try and merge onto 610. There was a BMW behind him who saw him slow down and slowed down as well. There was an F150 truck behing the BMW pulling a tractor-trailer who rammed into the BWM, who in turn hit Collin. The man in the BMW is suing Collin and the guy driving the F150 for compensation of "lifelong physical and mental damages" (even though he was walking around the site of the accident fine - gag me).

We have a lawyer who seems highly competent and extremely optomistic about the case. The first thing he said to Collin when we met with him was, "For the life of me, I can't figure out why the h*** you're being sued!" That helped to put our minds at ease a bit. Everyone that we've talked to says that this is ridiculous and that we won't have to pay anything out of pocket. Obviously, that's our biggest concern. The insurance companies went through arbitration to determine who was responsible for paying for damages to the BMW and the guy in the F150 was found 100% liable. Praise Jesus! Unfortunately, that has no bearing on our lawsuit since it was only for damages to the vehicle.

We recently received papers stating that if the case goes to trial, the trial will be around May 12, 2008 and that we shouldn't make plans to go out of town around that time period (I feel like a criminal who has been told not to flee the country!). We are hoping that it doesn't go to trial and our lawyer seems to think that it will settle out of court, but there's always that chance. They're preparing for it like we're going to trial and we keep getting things in the mail stating that fact...it's weird!

Collin is giving his oral deposition today (he's already done his written one) at 1:00 PM. If you happen to read this before then, please pray for him. It's a little nerve-racking.

Obviously, we are freaked out but are trying not to think about it too much. Our lawyer has told us to live life like normal and told Collin, "Tell your wife to calm down and not to lose any sleep." Ha! So, that's what we've tried to do. But, that doesn't take away from the fact that we're a little scared and in need of prayer. So, please be praying! Our lawyer's name is Neil Levin - you can pray for him, too. Pray for all the people invloved (the plaintiff's name is Benjamin and the other defendant's name is William) and that Collin and I will react to this situation in a way that brings glory and honor to the Lord. Pray that we won't have to pay anything out of pocket! And pray that we learn whatever lesson God is trying to teach us through this so that we never have to learn this lesson again!!!

-Kristin

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My husband rocks...


For those of you that know Collin, you know that the title of this blog is so true. I have noticed just over the past year how much he has really grown. Since we recently celebrated his 25th birthday (side note on this topic below), I have been thinking about many of the qualities that make me so lucky to be his wife. So, below are several of the billion reasons why I love Collin so much!

1. He NEVER complains no matter the circumstance. Since we have been married over the past 1.5 years, and even in the 3 years that we were together prior to marriage, I cannot think of 1 time that he has said anything to me resembling a complaint. It's not like he is so lucky that nothing bad ever happens- we've had our share of crappy things -but he is so positive. Sure he will tell me what's going on and express his sadness, hurt, or disappointment to me, but he does not take on the attitude of "why is this happening to me?" He recognizes that despite our trials, God has blessed us tremendously and he chooses to focus on that. I LOVE this about him! I have a tendency to do the opposite, so it's refreshing that I have him to balance me out!

2. He is so stinkin' much fun! He is one of the only people that I can count on to consistently make me burst out into laughter and I adore him for that. He is so random and silly...we have a blast acting like complete goobers alone in our apartment. It usually takes me a while to get comfortable with people and many people don't see that side of me, but it's definitely there, and I am so glad that God gave me someone with a sense of goofiness and that we can be silly together!

3. He is very humble. In a world that teaches young men to be arrogant, gloatful (is that a word?), competitive, and conceited, Collin will be the last one to brag on himself. He is successful at work, is way smarter than he takes credit for, I could write 500 words on all the things that he is good at and doesn't give himself credit for, but I won't. Just know that he is humble. What an attractive quality!

4. He is slow to anger. This is a big one. This is one that I struggle with (yes, you can pray for me- I need it). I can get a little hot-headed at times and he is always there with calm words and a sweet spirit. When we first got married this would frustrate the crud out of me. I wanted him to get mad, to be angry at people or situations, or to at least understand my anger and brew over it with me. But God has since opened my eyes (thank goodness!) and shown me that I am the one who's thinking is off. I am slowly learning that lesson. But more than anything, I am thankful that I have a husband with this quality and that God is using him to grow me.

5. He is a very hard worker. This is such an attractive quality. When we were still dating, he worked construction and several other manual labor type jobs while going to school full-time so that he could afford to buy my engagement ring. I won't go into all the in's and out's of how hard he worked, but trust me, it was awful. I love knowing that he pours his heart and soul into what he does. I love knowing that he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He has an office job now and thankfully doesn't have to work manual labor, but I love knowing that he will always do whatever he has to in order to take care of me and someday, our children.

6. He has a considerate heart. This is not a quality that most men possess, but Collin's considerate nature is one of the things that caught my attention before we even started dating. I watched how considerate he was with his friends and his family and it totally drew me in! This is one of the many qualities that I prayed for in a husband. I am so attracted to that beautiful heart of his that is always concerned for others.

7. He loves Jesus. I am so thankful that God allowed Collin to be raised in the Christian home that he was raised in. I am thankful to Aunt Cathy, who God used to lead Collin to Christ in Glorietta, New Mexico when he was a child. I am thankful that God has revealed himself to Collin and in turn that Collin has a true picture of Jesus. I am thankful that the Lord placed people in Collin's life that have loved him with agape love. I am thankful that Collin grew up in church and that he has a strong foundation in Biblical principles. I am thankful that Collin applies those principles to his life. I am most thankful that Collin loves and fears the Lord. It governs everything that he does. This fact was evident when I got to know Collin over 4 years ago. It is what attracted, and ultimately captured, my heart. And he in turn loves me so much better because of it.

So, with that said, my husband rocks! He will probably be embarrassed that I even posted this, but I just wanted to brag on him a bit. And I want to brag on God a bit- for being so infinitely wise and just stinkin' cool for placing me with a spouse that challenges and encourages me to grow and that compliments me so well.

About Collin's birthday- he turned 25 on August 18th. We were really excited for this milestone since you always hear that your insurance goes WAY down when you turn 25 (if you're a male, that is). So, I excitedly called our insurance lady a couple of weeks ago only to learn that it doesn't go down all that much. It goes down some, don't get me wrong, but it's not the per month savings that I was hoping for. Oh-well. On a more positive note, we went to Perry's Steakhouse to celebrate Collin's 25th birthday and it was oh-so-good. I had a pork chop that was the size of my head. OK- not really that big, but it was by far the biggest pork chop that I have ever seen. Not to mention that it had been marinating for 6 days and that the meat literally was falling off the bone. If you're going to Perry's Steakhouse anytime soon, I highly recommend it.

Other than that, things with us are good. They asked me to start working 8:30-5:30 daily instead of getting off at 4:00 PM. I started that new schedule this week. It's been a transition and I miss the old schedule, but I keep telling myself that it's only for a season. Thankfully I read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey a while back, so I am trying to look at this as an opportunity to make more money and not as another 1.5 hours a day at a job that I don't really like! Thanks Dave Ramsey!
Oh, and don't you just love Collin's work pic at the top of this blog! He is going to kill me for posting it, but I think it's cute :)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You...

Well, maybe! The lease on our current apartment is up the end of this month and after debating what to do (get a house now or wait), we have decided to extend our lease another 7 months. Which means, that come March 2008, we will (hopefully) be moving into a HOUSE! This was a hard decision because we are basically throwing money away living in an apartment, but we are trying to get out of debt first (thanks to Dave Ramsey and his Christ-like teachings about finance), so we will stick it out in our 872 square foot apartment for a while longer! It's still a little early to be looking at houses (since everything that we find now most likely won't be available when we're ready to move), so we are "in the market for neighborhoods", as Collin says. We are planning on staying in the greater Houston area to be near Collin's job and we have a few areas in mind. We have several neighborhoods that we really like but we are trying to stay away from certain freeways (mainly 290 and I-10), so that cuts down our options. The most realsitic possibilities now seem to be Pearland, Katy (Cinco Ranch), and Sugar Land. It will be an interesting few months to see how everything plays out and how God reveals to us the neighborhood and house that He desires for us. We are really excited about this, but the thought of being homeowners is a little scary at the same time!!! If anyone knows of any great deals on buying or building or has any advice for us, we would greatly appreciate it since we are both total newbies at this! We covet your prayers over the upcoming months and we'll keep you updated once the real fun begins!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Reflection and Rejoicing

Hi everyone! Collin here, giving you up to the minute reports on what's going on in our lives (not really up to the minute...but close enough). Well, it has officiallly been one week since my wonderful grandmother June passed away. I have been very fortunate in my life to have lived 25 years and, up until last week, still have all 4 of my grandparents. I know that is a rare thing, and I feel so blessed. I have heard many people say that nothing can prepare you for losing a grandparent, and boy were they right. In this particular situation we knew it was going to happen and I really thought I was prepared, but there is no way you can prepare enough for actually getting the call. The tears I have shed over the past week are a reminder of two things: one is that I, as a human, am selfish for wanting grandmother to still be here; the other is that my grandmother is no longer in any pain and is experiencing the awesome presence of our Heavenly Father.

The funeral was done very nicely by my great-unlce H.A.(one of June's brothers), and a dear friend of the family Russ Gibbs. There were so many beautiful flowers and June looked absolutely gorgeous. Over time, when I have thought about my grandmother, I can always remember certain things: like how she always had candy or gum to give me in church or how when we would go visit them she was always calling everyone she knew that had kids my age to see if I could come over to play. I remember on many occasions her asking "Collin, did you get enough to eat?" I would respond "Yes ma'am, I am so full", and she would reply "Let me make you some more eggs". She was always making sure everyone was taken care of. And while some of these things were mentioned at her funeral, there were many things about her that I learned that day. Like how she used to be a volleyball player - I'll bet she was great at that. I have always known what an amazing Christian lady she was, but I had no idea of some of the things she said to people and did for people with such a servant heart. It was really great to see her through other people's eyes. I also learned that almost all her life she was sick in one way or another, but you would have never known it when you were around her. She was so tough. As I was looking around her kitchen while we were there, I saw a small wooden sign hanging in the corner with writing on it. It said "When you reach the end of your rope.....tie a knot and hang on". She must have coined that phrase.

We are so grateful for all of the support and prayers from family and friends. Thank you for the cards and flowers/plants. We appreciate it so much!

We love you and we will miss you, Grandmother. You left a great legacy...