Inquiring Minds Want to Know……

Here are some fun facts about Brandon and I!

  1. We met in Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
  2. We have been married since June 6, 2015.
  3. We are 2.5 years and 15 days apart in age. Brandon & his brother are 2 years and 15 apart. Brandon’s parents are 1 years apart and 15 days (so I fit the pattern! Woohoo!)
  4. All of the kids in my family (brothers and sisters) have A and B names. (Brandon fits our family’s pattern!)
  5. We both hate to be hot!
  6. We like to read together– and by read together I mean I read out loud to him while he listens 😛
  7. We both hate coffee.
  8. We love the Office (the american one.)
  9. We agree that sandwhiches need to be cut diagonally, into triangles (I have married into this idea.)
  10. We are extremely picky about our BBQ food (Sonny’s in the south is THE BEST!)
  11. We both earned our bachelor’s degrees at UW-Milwaukee.
  12. We love going for night drives and listening to country music with the windows down.
  13. We have driven to the west coast and southeast coast together.
  14. We love to entertain and have people over.
  15. We love to travel– our travel-to list includes: england, scotland, Italy, Norway, Hawaii and more!
  16. We both get sunburned really easily (our children don’t stand a chance at tanning well.)
  17. We love thunderstorms.
  18. We want to get a dog and name him Leonidas (so when the dog gets scolded Brandon can yell “Leonidas!”.
  19. Brandon is lactose intolerant and I grew up drinking a gallon of milk a week. (I spent a long time telling Brandon his Lactaid milk was not real milk.)
  20. Brandon is a severe extrovert and I tend to be more introverted. (I know, those of you that know him are SOOOO surprised.)
  21. We love going to the zoo and usually try to go to the zoo in  any places that we visit. So far, we love the Omaha zoo the best!
  22. Brandon lived in 19 different places by the time we met in Milwaukee. I had never lived outside of Milwaukee County when we met.
  23. Brandon loves to mountain bike….. I choose to not do things that I will likely get injured doing (haha). Brandon says if he doesn’t come back bleeding, he didn’t try hard enough.
  24. The only place I have been to outside of the United States is Canada. Brandon has been to Mexico, Israel, Korea, England, Scotland, Ghana and Germany.
  25. Brandon HATES feet but worked in a shoe store for 5 years (where he put shoes on and off of people.)

We like to move it, move it! 

Its funny how a year prior when we decided to go to California, I was adamant that we would only be there a year and then return straight back to Wisconsin. While we were in California, working at camp and exploring the beautiful coast, God began to change my heart and allowed me to truly consider staying in California for longer.

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Unconditional and Unfailing Love

In starting a blog, one of my missions is for you all to know me a little bit better. Being truly known is something that I really strive for in my relationships (as many of us do I’m sure) and I hope to let you all in a little bit more and more with each blog post.

 

One of the things I think is important for you all to know about me is how and when I became a Christian.

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Be Courageous, Take Heart

“And further and further, my heart moves away from the shore. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours.” Bethel Music “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me)”

 

This was pretty much my anthem for 2016. I was moving away from the only place I had ever called home, leaving all of my close friends and family behind and setting sail on a new adventure with my husband. The beginning of 2016 was probably one of the most challenging times of my life. I had a homesickness that I had never experienced so intensely before. We were starting new jobs (which can be difficult on it own), in a new state (added difficulty), learning an entire science curriculum of classes to teach students (the difficulty continues), and training to become challenge course facilitators (for my first time ever).

 

I was so nervous and anxious about the challenge course portion for a couple reasons. 1. The only time I had ever personally participated in a challenge course was in grade school when my school went to camp Whitcomb-Mason and I think I refused to do the high ropes stuff. 2. The amount of responsibility placed on you to ensure safety made me so sick to think about. There were so many times that I wanted to back out– to call the camp and say that we wouldn’t be taking the positions after all, to stay with my family and friends and unpack all our stuff, to turn back during our move when everything was going wrong. I was so tempted to ask that I only teach the science courses so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the challenge courses at all.

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God’s Provisions Over Difficult Travels (Part 1)

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders, let me walk upon the water wherever you would call me.Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” Oceans- Hillsong United

Brandon and I were about to embark on the longest road trip of our life together as we moved from Wisconsin to California. In true Chappell fashion, we had less than a month to pack up our apartment and hit the road to California. (This quick decision, quick action scenario has played out a number of times for us.) Moving outside of Wisconsin was a huge challenge for me personally, as I had never lived outside of Milwaukee county in my 22 years of life. For my honest account of the emotions of making a big move for the first time in my life, click HERE.

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Moving Away From Your Forever Home

“You get a strange feeling when you are about to leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way again.”
-Azar Nafisi

In my 22 years of life, I had never planned to live anywhere but Milwaukee, WI. I had grown up in the same house from utero to 18. The furthest I had ever lived from my parents was 20 minutes when I lived on the east side to go to college. I love my city, the fact that Lake Michigan was a mere 20 minute drive from my childhood home, how I could walk anywhere that I wanted to go, that almost everyone that was important to me lived within a half an hour drive. Growing up, I imagined getting married and living in my hometown, starting a family, working for companies in buildings that I had seen my whole life. Never being more than 30 minutes from my parents, siblings, nieces or nephews. And all of these thoughts made me happy. Milwaukee is my home and has my heart.

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