me on the radio

November 29, 2007

Ok, maybe it isn’t the radio, but a podcast is close. Listen to Campus Crusade Today, an audio broadcast with a portion about Korea. Judy Nelson, my friend and Editor-in-Chief of Worldwide Challenge interviews me about my time at the student conference in Korea.

Listen to the interview with me about my trip to Korea. (It’s the 2nd story — it starts right after the 2-minute mark on the podcast.)


slideshow of engagement pictures

November 28, 2007

Kristina just added a slide show of our engagement pictures. Check it out!

engagement pictures

November 27, 2007

Thanks to my dear friend, Kristina, Scott and I have some amazing engagement pictures! Here are a few favs:






a flown-in birthday gift

November 21, 2007

Scott flew in for a my birthday last week. We had a blast dressing up (he bought me this sweet dress and sassy heels) for a dinner out at Season’s 52.


My roommates bestowed upon me a crown of sorts. I thought it made a great basis for “Birthday Statue of Liberty Woman”…


And Scott and I found a new hobby to enjoy together: tennis. Never mind that my racket hadn’t been restrung or regripped since 1992. Ah, the famous year of my varsity high school tennis days.

Don’t we look tough?



best wedding advice

November 13, 2007

So…we’re starting to make plans! Yippee! Life on cloud 9 is so much fun.

And I’d love to hear from you.

Leave me a comment here and tell me:

  • What’s the best advice you’ve heard regarding wedding planning?
  • What do you wish you’d done, in retrospect, that you didn’t do when you planned your wedding?

P.S. Ok, so it’s now official that I have the best friends and family with the most wisdom ever seen. However, don’t feel like you have to “top” advice here to write something. I see your advice as a gift from you and want to hear from you. 🙂

november newsletter: the question I waited 32 years to hear

November 5, 2007


I’m Engaged!

On Friday, October 26th, I got engaged to Scott Bentley. It’s more than a week later and I can’t stop grinning!

He proposed on the ground next to the bench as we sat next to Brush Creek in Kansas City.

How We Met

Last fall, after years of making fun of online dating, I signed up on Christian Café for three months. (I made fun of Jazzercise, too, and look where that got me! Note to self: don’t make fun of things.)

The fall was the best of times and the worst of times. My heart came alive. Jesus used The Café to coax out my timid heart that was afraid of rejection.

I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of men I interacted with and how many really appeared to be followers of Jesus. But, in the end, my heart did get broken.

In the spring I got an e-mail from The Café giving me a free, 5-day trial. (Their way of wooing me back.) I said to God, “No way. I can’t do that again. The wound is still tender.” And I felt like He said to my heart, “Trust Me.”

There was nothing in me that wanted to get back on the horse. Truly, I don’t know if I’ve ever done anything quite by faith like clicking that button to say yes. By day 4 (of the 5) I’d met no one interesting. So I decided to do a search for men who lived in Nebraska (being the Husker woman I am), age 31-35.

Then I saw Scott’s profile.

I was initially attracted to his intelligence and ability to spell (sounds funny but you’d be amazed at other profiles!), the refreshing way he talked about the Lord, his picture, his sense of humor (he’d blocked out the faces of his sister, niece and nephew in one of the pictures “to protect the innocent,” he said) and that he’d done relief work on the Gulf coast after Katrina. So I shot him a brief e-mail telling I, too, had done Katrina clean up and what was an experience he had there that struck him?

He wrote back and the rest is history.

I am marrying my best friend and thank God for bringing this incredible man into my life during a 5-day trial — and how God provided the strength I didn’t have to trust Him with my bruised heart.


Please Pray

  • For God to be glorified in our relationship.
  • For Scott and I as we talk through questions in Preparing for Marriage. What a tremendous resource leading to rich conversation, understanding and important decision-making.


read my Korea article online

November 2, 2007


Students from around the world gathered in Korea and returned home with plans to take the message of Christ to 6,000 unreached campuses. Read the article.

Read my behind-the-scenes thoughts from while I was there gathering the story.