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I'm a happy wife and mother.



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house project updated 9/6/08

In the first photo you see the front view of our house. This actually has not changed very much. You can see the stack of lumber on the porch. If you look really closely, you can also see the tree in the back yard right through the front right window. Pretty cool huh? πŸ™‚ Yes, how are you going to find our house? We’ll tell you that it’s right at the top of the hill at the blinking yellow light.

Here you see a rope and pulley. This was for letting down that branch that they cut piece by piece… I was not around to enjoy watching that part of this project.Β  Perhaps that was a good thing. Now with that branch gone, all is clear for building.

I really enjoyed being there last Saturday. I have confidence in the work that Dan and Jon are doing. It’s so exciting to see the progress and begin to see it looking more like a place where we can live. Dan Drost was there for a few hours helping carry debris out of the house and burning it. That’s one thing that amazes me, is the volume of material that is being discarded. There are piles everywhere.

Hey, I didn’t notice that rock on the ground to the right when I was taking the picture.

Why do I think this is such a cool picture?


Here is Dan’s Wallace and Gromit grin. πŸ˜€

I can’t wait to take down those icicle lights and clean that siding.

Our tree!Β Β Β Β  And… back entry way.

Dan, hard at work.

New / Old

Isn’t that awesome?

This is our mudroom and back door.

Kitchen and patio door. It’ll be a few more years down the road before we build the patio.

Here, you are standing in our kitchen, looking past our Laundry room and half bathroom into our front living room.

Our front door.


Our family room.

Hey, there’s my kitchen sink!! πŸ™‚

Here we are upstairs in the master bedroom.

This is our library/office and bathroom upstairs.

This is our master bath and walk in closet. Oh, and the other bedroom beyond that. πŸ˜‰

Another view of our library.

Dan is still at it.

The window on the right will be in our bathroom. The windows on the left are in the Library.

Thanks for all of your help Jon!!!

I decided that this was aΒ  hint that I should cause myself to be somewhere else.

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Announcing Our Engagement

We are so thankful to God for this wonderful gift.

Please pray for us as we prepare for marriage, that God will be glorified by our lives.

Daniel Shofstahl


Elizabeth Herrick

Our Big Day : 9/27/2008

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No End In Sight

Yes, this is just the beginning of making “our house” into “our home”.

We have two months (and counting down fast) and a lot of work to do to make this house “livable” by the time our wedding day arrives.

Our house is located right in town, not far from Dan’s business. He’s even talked about coming “home” to have lunch with me on occasion after we’re married. Doesn’t that sound nice? πŸ˜€

Dan has already gotten a lot of work done with theΒ  much appreciated help of some friends.

Here, you see a mere glimpse of what the house looks like right now.

The plans include demolition (gutting everything), replacing the electrical, duct work, and windows… insulating, and putting up new drywall. Of course all of you wonderful friends of ours who are “experienced” in this sort of thing understand that there is a lot more to it than I am letting on. πŸ™‚

I don’t have an updated picture yet of this project. But it’s actually almost completed from what I hear. The foundation had to be replaced in this corner of the house. Also a new drainage system installed.

This had to happen before any structural building could take place on these walls.

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Book Group

Frank & Cheryl, Dan & Liz

Frank, Cheryl, Dan, and Liz… Four singles on SGS started a book reading group of their own…

The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment By: Jeremiah Burroughs.

The sweet Christian fellowship that we have found is almost indescribable. Using the live voice chat on Skype, we read together an entire chapter and then discuss what we’ve read. Most often we’ll share what has convicted our heart during the reading. I can tell you that this book is very convicting. Burroughs does not “beat around the bush” as he addresses heart issues of discontentment. He brings us to Christ’s School of contentment and teaches us how to be satisfied in God’s disposal of our every condition. What is so amazing is when we find ourselves taking joy in God’s disposal. Wow! His will becomes our will. His desires become our desires. His glory becomes our delight. His promises become our source of peace and comfort. What a blessing to have brothers and sisters in Christ to walk this journey together.

The week of 4/12/08 – 4/19/08, We were blessed to meet face to face and fellowship together for a whole week.

Christian Contentment:

That sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.

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The Story Of How We Met

Early in 2006, two people sent me a link to the Sovereign Grace Singles web site.

First my pastor sent me a link, and then my daddy sent it.

My initial reaction was, “Are you kidding me?” but the fact that both my pastor and my daddy sent it to me sparked my interest. So, I followed the link. I browsed for a few minutes and moved on to other things. Somehow I started a habit of “browsing” SGS a few times a month. That sounds terrible doesn’t it? But it’s the truth.*shrug*

I was quite sure that I wouldn’t resort to advertising myself in such a way on the Internet. It was something I considered that I might do possibly when I’m in my 30s if I’m still single at that time. I’m glad that God had other plans. πŸ™‚

In July of 2006, I was given credit for a 6 month membership to SGS. So, I signed up and filled out my profile. (While all along, believing that I wouldn’t leave it there more than a week.)

I found that SGS is more than a place to find a spouse. SGS is a Christian community that fosters friendship, encouragement, edification, and spiritual growth flowing from the interaction with other Reformed Christian Singles all over the world. I highly recommend it. πŸ˜‰ I have met so many great people on there and Dean (founder of SGS) has developed many tools such as a live chat room and a discussion and prayer forum. Also posted on the site are many resources and articles. Some of the members have started book reading clubs using the live chat room. I can tell you from experience that the reading times are so much fun and beneficial.

A group of us had just started a new book in January 2008, that’s when things changed for me on SGS.

Dan signed up onto SGS January 3rd and sent me a message saying that he thought it was possible we had met once before. Yes indeed! Just a little over four years ago I had visited Geneva RP Church in Beaver Falls, PA when I was there for an RP Mission meeting. Wow! This guy remembered me!

I invited Dan to join our book group, (It was very convenient that we were starting a new book). He eagerly joined the group… and continued to send me Instant Messages… I continued to respond. πŸ˜‰

We talked about all kinds of things. We found (with delight) that we’re on the same page concerning nearly everything doctrinally. In fact, we have yet to find something we disagree on, (Well, anything of major importance that is.) We’ve even tried to find something to disagree on! πŸ™‚

Something that I’m so thankful for, is that we’ve sought to give God the glory in our relationship, we’ve been praying together right from the start. We’re so thankful that God has brought us together. We’re thankful for His timing in our lives, for He knows best. We’re thankful for the journey that God has brought each of us through, preparing us for a life together serving Him. God is so good!

Our first date was January 19th. We went to a coffee shop and talked for close to 5 hours, then we talked for another hour before Dan went home. We’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to see each other every week since then.

March 15, Dan asked me to marry him, and I said “Yes!” πŸ˜€

We are planning the wedding for September 27th, 2008.

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