no time


i haven’t had much time this week, but i thought i’d leave you with this inspiration for the day:


take time tuesday.


everyone is doing these little aliteration titles, i wanted to fit it.

tuesdays are one of my most free nights. tonight is a really free night. i’m really bad at making alone time for myself and i’ve been packing so many things into mondays and tuesdays lately. work has been incredibly busy and i just haven’t had anytime to myself after work. i’ve become super tired. but this tuesday is going to be amazing because i’m hanging out with a high schooler after work and then i have nothing!
i’m really excited. so i’m taking a little time to update my friends on the happenings of the alsbury’s.

bryan and i have been discussing him adding a minor in music to his degree. music is obviously a big passion of his and we both agree that he would love it. this was a little overwhelming to my forward-thinking, money-and-time-and-baby-conscience mind. when he first mentioned it to me, i was not very happy. i cried a little.
bryan is a great leader and a great man but we differ in the ways we plan things. he tells me everything (whether it’s about what he’s eaten today, or about our future, it makes no difference) that is on his heart or his mind, without necessarily thinking everything thouroughly through. he’s just telling me everything, talking to me.
i, on the other hand, do not say anything on a serious level with out entirely thinking through my defense/case for making such a decision.
we’re working on this. communication is key.
anyway, after a lot of discussion we decided that he should go for it and that it would be a great addition to his college education. i’m really excited and i think he’s really excited to.
however, it changes up the plan. a lot.
raise your hand if you love changing plans?
*i cross my arms stubbornly*
i can’t say it’s something i love. but it’s something i’m realizing is inevitable not just because of my choice in husband but because of my choice to follow the living God and live by His Spirit. again, i’m reminded how God speaks so clearly into my life through my future husband.

just in case you were wondering, here’s the current plan:
>we get married on may 23rd, 2009
>lg continues to work until bryan graduates
>we move into a pretty expensive one bedroom apartment in august 2010
>bryan takes 10 more credits at dmacc in fall of 2009
>starts at isu january, 2010 (his 60 dmacc credits to transfer)
>we move into university village to save money in august of 2010 as bryan will be an isu student then.
>double majors in finance and management, graduates 6 semesters later in december, 2012
>bryan gets job
>pay off any debt we have with lg’s income
>buy a house, get pregnant, have babies, etc.

and here’s how it has changed:
>we get married on may 23rd, 2009 [this is staying the same hopefully]
>i continue to work until bryan graduates [this is also staying the same, and i have a lot of job security as i’m the only one who knows how to do what i do!]
>we move into a pretty expensive one bedroom apartment in august 2010 [delete this line!]
>bryan takes 10 more credits at dmacc in fall of 2009 [delete this one too!]
>starts at isu fall, 2009 (his 50 dmacc credits to transfer)
>we move into university village to save money in august of 2009 as bryan will be an isu student
>double majors in finance and management, minors in music, graduates 6-8 semesters later in december, 2013 [this seems like soooo far away]
>bryan gets job
>pay off any debt we have with lg’s income
>buy a house, get pregnant, have babies, etc.

we’ll see. i’ll follow bryan wherever he leads our family. pray for us! we have a lot to do if bryan is going to be able to start at isu in the fall.

Wedding Planning/Marriage
we are getting married in 95 days! woot for double digits! it seems SO close now!
in the past few weeks i have:
>completely finished the constructions of the invitations and only have about half of the envelopes to address
>sent my awesome mother-in-law the guest list and ideas for the rehearsal dinner (we totalled almost 50 people! she was awesome about it though!)
>registered at! so fun! i wanted to get everything

as far as preparing for marriage goes, it’s been really fun. i’ve been meeting with an awesome woman of God and bryan is going to start meeting with her husband again (they haven’t been able to meet since last semester). we’re in the engagement class with c-stone right now and i really like it. i’ll have more on that later.

AND we picked out and bought our wedding bands on sunday! yay! i LOVE my wedding band. it’s exactly what i wanted and the cheapest one of its style! bryan’s is a similar story! praise God for sales! : )

Spiritual Growth/Learning
i’ve been learning a ton lately. i want to start updating regularly the things God is teaching me. i’ve been studying the book of Galatians for a little over a month and I want to articulate all that i’ve been learning so prepare to see blogs!
i’m also going to start reading a book by jerry bridges called, “The Discipline of Grace”. i’m really excited because i have a very tiny grasp on God’s grace. i’ll update you on that too!

ok, i’m done for now. hopefully i’ll take some more time to update so these aren’t so long!

auntie LisaGrace and uncle Bryan! wahoo!


i call myself an ‘aunt’ to a lot of children, mainly atticus van voorst and the witthoeft children. but now bryan and i are going to REALLY be an aunt and an uncle and i couldn’t be more excited!

my brother luke and his girlfriend diana are due in august with the first official duvick grandbaby! (i say official because we ALL count atticus as a part of our family, but you know…)

i hope its a boy, i don’t know why. but i don’t really care. i’m just excited! bryan is totally going to be crazy uncle bryan! i really did want to be an aunt before i was a mom! i’m so blessed!

wow. my thoughts are really scatterbrained because i’m so excited.

but anyway, that’s the exciting news. on a related note, it got bryan and i talking about when his sister was going to have kids. they are going to have the cuuuuuttttest kids, little half-indian babys. i’m so excited.

maybe i just love babies. yep. i love babies and i’m going to have one in my family soon. : )

busy bees…or busy alsburees


it is a good thing i love to organize. more specifically it is a good thing for BRYAN, that i love to organize. i just organized and mapped out our schedules for the next few months on the handy dandy gmail calendar (i love that thing, it’s freakin’ amazing!).

after a really crazy semester last year and bryan forgetting almost everything he was committed to, i took it upon my self to take over his schedule this semester. i’m practically his wife right?

bryan’s not very organized and doesn’t have a very good memory. i love these things about him because i’m the exact opposite. he definitely helps me relax when i freak out about every single detail of life. however, there is a point when other people count on a certain degree of organization. he’s committed to two main ministries, Salt worship team, and the Anthem Band (which is basically just an extension of Salt worship team) and then he has bible study. On top of that, him and i have certain commitments too, we greet at church once a month, we have our connection group, and this semester we have our engagement class.

last semester, his band mates sent him a schedule for the entire semester but he accidentally forgot about and was surprised almost every time he had some sort of practice. whoops.

thus the wife takes over.

i’m so awesome at organizing schedules! this morning, i hacked into bryan’s email, got the schedule for this semester and put it all on my gmail calendar (of course in a different color then my events, with another color for things we have as a couple). i figured out when bryan would have to switch his saturday shifts for work and reminded him of some more upcoming things he had to do.

after completely noting everything he has going on until may, and having already noted my stuff, i was able to send my mom some good weekends for one of our wedding showers in which both bryan and i will be present.

but basically, we’re insanely busy. you can look at our google calendar to see the evidence. we’ll probably be this busy until….we die, probably.

the moral of the story is: at least i get to have fun organizing our busy lives! : )

16 things…


I got tagged in a note by Carrie to do this, so why not?

16 random things about LisaGrace:

1: I will be engaged longer than Bryan and I even dated officially.
2: All but two of couples we know of (and I’m going to estimate about 20) that have gotten engaged after us, have gotten/are getting married before us. Good for them!
3: I’ve had a full-time career for three years and I’m only 20.5 years old.
4: I had a very lucrative and steady career as a babysitter starting at the age of eleven.
5: I have 31 first cousins, 4 first cousins by marriage, and 3 first cousins once removed.
6: I love vegetables but don’t prefer fruit. (while Bryan is just the opposite)
7: I’ve always had a love for reading, and have been able to exercise this much in the last two years.
8: I have horrible vision.
9: Bryan and I already have our kids’ names picked out agreed upon (That is if we have two boys and a girl).
10: One of my favorite hobbies is writing short stories and imagining children’s book ideas.
11: I love American Literature and American History, I feel rather overly patriotic to my country when I say that not a ton of other lit and history interests me, but I just naturally feel a strong connection to the authors and events of America.
12: I love following rules.
13: I think it’s hilarious that ‘discipling’ is totally not a word, but so many people use it.
14: I really wanted a gmail account last february, but I knew if I signed up for one, I didn’t want to change my email for a really long time. So I got a gmail: No, I was not engaged to Bryan yet.
15: I think some people think I’m overdramatic. I think people have stopped listening to me for this reason.
16: I am at work right now.

don’t mess with my family ANYMORE, winter!


it’s on.
i’ve never hated winter more.
now, just to clear some things up, would NOT be writing this entry if it were just a typical 20 below winter day in Iowa. i’ve lived in Iowa my whole life, and i’m not about to complain about it’s winter weather habits.
but this is NOT a normal 20 below winter day. i’m ticked off at the winter today, because it went too far, and messed with my family. well, he’s not my family yet, but pretty soon, if the winter doesn’t freeze him to death first, it’s just gonna be me and bryan and we’re going to be a family.
here’s the wrap-up:
bryan went to band practice for the salt company last night and on his way home, he hit something and got a flat tire. (we think there may be some construction debri in the church parking lot because Jesse Antelman, the worship leader also got a flat) he pulled over on I-35 and attempted to change his tire. however, the tire was somehow stuck on there and he couldn’t get it off. unfortunately, bryan had forgotten his cellphone. he proceeded to try to flag people down. apparently iowa folk forget to be nice when the actual temp is -13 degrees. no one stopped to help. he thought he saw a familiar location and began walking toward it, but became completely lost and in the middle of a snow covered field with snow up to his waist. he just kept walking until he found a building with the door unlocked. he went inside and asked for a phone to use.
he called me when i was sleeping and i didn’t pick up the phone because i usually don’t when i don’t recognize the number. but he called again and i picked him up. he asked if i could pick him up and gave me the info. (he was near the coke plant, which is pretty close to barilla-i still have NO idea how he got there, but a put a map to kind-of show it)
i proceeded to cry and yell at him for forgetting his phone and such. it was scary. i got him to my apartment, loaded my burma blanket and various other comforters on top of him and let him sleep in my bed for the night. i also got him some hot chocolate, but he didn’t drink much. i thouroughly checked his ears, nose, hands and feet for frostbite and found none, after rubbing his feet and hands, i went to sleep on the couch.
i woke up at six and when he told me he was still cold, i freaked out again. i wanted to take him to the hospital but he suggested i call first nurse so i did. she asked me a bunch of questions but said there wasn’t much a risk for hypothermia at this point, and confirmed what i thought frostbite looked like. bryan should be fine, he might just get a wicked cold.
and Drew Hoppenworth helped him get his tire off which was amazing. we love drew, single women out there, drew is the most servant-hearted, extremely knowledgable gentlemen you’ll ever know. he’s always helping us (and everyone else, for that matter) with whatever he can. and he can help with a lot.

so that’s the story, bryan got a new tire for not too expensive today and he called in sick for work and skipped class. he’ll probably still play at salt tonight. his feet hurt still, but he said he’s feeling a lot better.

thanks for prayers, they were totally effective. shout out to morgan who totally calmed me down last night by reaching out to my worried soul. i love that woman.