Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Post of 2009!

isn't jas the sweetest with those random posts on the blog?? thanks for the birthday wishes...

anyways, we had a great christmas this year! it was pretty relaxing, which is always a nice thing during the holidays. we went to waco to spend it with Jason's fam. the weekend consisted of lounging around and talking, cooking, eating, watching two alien-ish movies (district 9 & avatar, both of which are good in two very different ways...), went to the christmas eve service, read the Word and then role played the different prophets who foretold of Christ's coming (thanks to Artie!), played with nieces and nephews galore. it was pretty wonderful.

heres our little fam on Christmas day...Spud and all!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! today is new years eve! can't believe it is about to be 2010! jas and i will be starting the new year off right by taking a cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel with my family! its for my grandmas 80th birthday! but we get to go, too! hello beauty and hello tan! and then it is back to reality for you all and have a great new year!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy 25th Sweet Al!

Well, today December 11th 2009 my wonderful wife turns 25 years old. What I really want to do is tell the whole world what a incredible woman I have married, what I want to do is pour courage into my wife, what I want to do is let her know that I am a better man because of her, I love God more deeply because of her. What I want to do is to tell of her incredible gifts, that of shepherding, befriending, studying, singing, loving, etc. What I want to do is speak of her beauty, not that of the outside (which no one can hold a candle too) but that of the heart. What I could do is go on and on about this woman. Spending four years of my life (2 married) with this woman would be satisfying enough yet it is just the beginning.
Safe to say, I am biased in my love for Alex. Therefore, I have gathered thoughts of Alex from her closest and dearest friends and family. So, lets hear what her friends and family think of her. Alex you are: sincere, hilarious, compassionate, real, inspirational, listener, lover, genuine, loving wife/daughter/sister/friend, mature, honest, authentic, loyal, trustworthy, friendly, faithful, etc and the list goes on.
Now, as a husband and best friend I could look at this list of characteristics of Alex and be as proud of her as any husband could be for his wife. Yet, none of those mean anything if it was not for a certain relationship. You see, the reason I love Alex so much, is because she does not seek out these many things, she seeks one thing. Alex has been captivated by the love of Jesus. Alex has seen her depravity, she has understood her wickedness, and found that no matter how hard she works at it; she could never earn the love of God. Thankfully, God in his goodness made a way, a way for sinners to be reconciled to the Father. You see if it were by works, Alex could find a lot to boast about in man’s eyes (the list above), but these good works do not cover her abundant sin. Praise God, that there is One, Jesus Christ, who took up humanity, yet still maintaining deity, bore the weight of sin for mankind on the cross, died and rose again, that we might not receive the punishment of God’s wrath, but if we believe that this act, this death and resurrection would wash our sins/filth as white as snow so that we could be seen as pure in the sight of God.
You see this is what Alex wants; this is what her life is about. Jesus. That is what her pursuit is and that is why I love her beyond measure. So, lets celebrate Alex’s life, her 25 years, and worship God for all that he has done and look forward to all He will do.
Alex, my sweet wife. I love you and am so thankful for you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Houston Bound

Heading to Houston (in about 30 mins!) to see these people!! woo hoo!!

Hope you all have a great thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

the vamps come out at night...

OK, so this week is super busy (so much so that I should not be posting right now), but I had a friend (Brooke! shout out!) inform me that November is national blogging month apparently. And while I don't have time to blog every day, I am trying to blog more than normal...which still isn't saying much. OK, so I'm not going to post any recent photos today....but l do have some photos from BU homecoming and from a date Jas and I took to the Ft. Worth Zoo (thanks to home group!). Sooo watch out.

OK, so what I really want to say is that the 2nd installment from the Twilight saga, New Moon, comes out this week!!! I don't care how dorky this sounds, but I bought tickets 2 months ahead of time because CNN scared me into thinking that it was going to sell out way far in advance. So just to be safe....bought the tickets 2 months early, which is a little dramatic, I'll admit. Anyways, Jas, my sister, and I are going to the midnight showing on Thursday night!! I can't wait! I hope it is not a disappointment. Check it out!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Berlin Wall

Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. When I heard that on the radio, I remembered how I visited Berlin back in 2006 when I studied abroad in Europe. It was cool to see a physical piece of such a significant point in history...I don't actually remember the fall of the Berlin wall because I was only 5 years old...but later learned about it in college. Here are some photos from my trip to Berlin...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween 2009!

So this years Halloween was a bit of a flop...well sort of. Jason and I spent about an hour at a local thrift store trying to come up with some creative halloween costume ideas. We didn't want to spend a lot of money on a silly costume, but apparently we aren't very creative. We couldn't come up with any costume ideas. All I could come up with was me being Kimmy Gibbler (which someone actually told me I looked like her once....sweet...sense the sarcasm) and Jason was going to be Screech. So we bought some dorky clothes to attempt to be these characters...but honestly, we just weren't feeling it. Plus, the denim overall shorts outfit I bought barely fit me. So it just made me want to hit the gym instead of enjoy a fatty bag of halloween candy. So we ended up not using the clothes we bought (wasting money....always good for the budget) and didn't dress up. We went to a friends house to celebrate her birthday, which was really fun. So it wasn't actually a flop...just not very festive, which I am ok with.

Kimmy Gibbler- FAIL

Screech- FAIL

Even though we might have failed this year...Spud didn't! you bet your bottom dollar that Spud got a costume! This was his first time to dress up since we didn't get him last year until the end of November. So he was a mail man this halloween! Talk about cute...I mean, I know if you don't have a dog, you probably don't care...but seriously, you can't deny his little face. Wouldn't you want this guy to deliver your mail?? I think so...

look at his little mail man butt....

what a good sport!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beyonce Clown

Please enjoy this video on this rainy Tuesday....I seriously laughed so hard when I first saw it. Thanks to DUP for continuously showing me hilarious videos. I don't know where you guys always end up finding these....

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hold Me Now

Do I really long for Christ to return right now? Am I really ready to spend eternity with Him? These are things I have been thinking about lately...and I think, if I answer these questions honestly, my answer isn't usually a yes. But shouldn't it be? The Lord has been showing me the importance of genuinely longing for His return. It makes the things of this world much less important and the eternal things that do matter much more urgent. What if I did die today and had to give an account of my life? How would that change the way I lived on a daily basis? I think these are important questions to ask.

I was introduced to this song in June this year and it continues to minister to me more and more every time I listen to it. When I read these lyrics, it reminds me why I do desire to be in His perfect presence and in a restored new heaven and earth. First, as Jas and I have experienced sickness and disease in our family this last year, when I think about the absence of sickness and suffering, I am comforted and grateful. It truly is such a powerful concept to fully grasp. Next, the fact that we will be completely healed and whole spiritually as pretty unbelievable. And last, can you imagine a world without war and violence? Without famine and starvation? It is hard to imagine because we hear about these difficult things every day on the news. It is quite unfathomable. So, thinking about an eternity that is completely focused on Christ and that is without the sin and pain of this world, it gives me great joy...

So, as you read these lyrics today, I hope that you are encouraged and spurred on to long to be with our Great King.
Here is a link to the video on you tube, also...

Hold Me Now
By: Hillsong

On that day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace

All my fear is swept away
In the light of your embrace
When Your love is all I need
And forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

In this life I will stand
Through my joy and my pain
Knowing there's a greater day
There's a hope that never fails

When Your name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I'm believing for the day

When the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

Monday, September 28, 2009

Washington...a month later.

I just wanted to post some of our photos from our Washington trip that we took in was over a month ago, but the photos are still pretty, so they still count, right? May I just reiterate that I love the state of Washington...Jas and I both do. From the pics, you will see why! enjoy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Life is full of pleasures, but temporary ones. As I was mowing my grandpa's yard this afternoon (something I look forward to weekly), I finally hit that point of the summer when I began to feel the excitement of a freshly cut lawn fade. If you know me, you know that whenever Spring arrives, I get an itch and the only cure is yard work. What I love about mowing is: a good mower, sharp blade, the smell of gas, the sound of the weed-eater, the feel of rocks slapping your skin as you cut a clean edge (for some reason I really do) and the opportunity to just be alone and think.
So, today as I was thinking about my fading joy of mowing, I began to dig at the root of that thought. And what I found, was that all pleasure outside of Christ is unfulfilling and temporary. How often are we looking forward to what is next? I know I always do and I am always disappointed because it never fully satisfies.
As a family, my parents took us to Washington state last month and I tell you what, I had been looking forward to that trip since the beginning of February. August finally came around. When we arrived, I was amazed, I had never seen so much green in one place, it was majestic. I had never been surrounded by such creation in my entire life (check Alex's facebook for pictures). I love the mountains, the waterfalls, the snow capped peaks, green meadows, glacier lakes, wildlife, hiking, etc. But, after being there several days, I began to grow numb to this beauty, the majesty of the mountains began to look normal/ even mundane (which it truly was not). On some of our hikes I would get lose in my thoughts about what is after this vacation, instead of living in the moment. I hated that feeling.
We see this in every stage of life. I can't wait till high school, college, first job, marriage, more money, house, new job, kids, etc. We are always looking forward to the next stage of life. We find pleasure in the next and not the now. We want something more. We try to fill this void in our hearts with worldly pleasures, as if they would sustain us. Alcoholics want more and more alcohol, potheads want more and more, millionaires want to be billionaires, and on and on it goes.
This tragedy can even take place in our walks with Christ. We tend to think that we have experienced all that He has to offer. The mountain top experience was nice, but is that it? We have nailed down our moral checklist, what else is left?
But, WAIT, in Christ there is more......and it sustains. There is One who can fulfill, He is the Sustainer of life, the Creator, Savior, the Prince of Peace. Have you truly meditated on all the attributes of God and become satisfied? A.W Tozer says that "God being infinite, must possess attributes about which we can know nothing" Frederick Faber says that He is a "God of a thousand attributes". What does that mean? We will always have a new attribute of God that we can ascribe to His name and worship Him for. No matter what our Christian maturity level may be, we will never be able to study all of God's attributes, we will never find the mystery of God mundane. He is far more miraculous, glorious, and mysterious than we can imagine. This relationship cannot become dull and mundane. How does Christs work on the cross become ordinary? For we were dead in our sin and trespasses and Christ took them, not holding them against us, and died upon the cross. And what happened next?.....He rose....we rose. We were dead but now we are alive, we were blind but now we see, Christ is alive and we are alive in Christ.
We cannot be a people who seek the pleasures of this world, BUT a people who are fully satisfied in Christ. These were just some of my mowing thoughts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


...don't know if you guys remember me...I'm Alex- the founder of this blog. Jason has been the primary blogger as of late. And I have just been enjoying my sweet little summer life. For some reason, I just haven't felt the need to blog, but maybe I am back in action. We shall see. I am currently sitting at home enjoying a turkey sandwich (duh), wheat thins, and grapes. It's a tasty lunch. I don't have much to do today or this week for that matter because summer school ended on Monday! Sweet!! I have a two week break before the fall starts back up, and I am going to enjoy every bit of my time off...mainly because we are about to take a week long family vacation to Washington state. But you guys went there last year, you say? Yes, Jas and I did, but this time it is the whole Sudan fam...babies included. It is going to be BOMB. I will finally get to experience the infamous Sudan hiking that I have heard so much about. I will take plenty of pics and post them for sure! So lets see, what has happened this summer that is worth noting...

-made the switch from PC to Mac.
-got new bangs.
-lost Spud at the lakehouse....and then found him again (thank you Jesus).
-jas started a Bible study with some Liberians kiddos.
-finished summer school (2 more semesters to go!)
-went to the batting cages for the first time since 1991.
-rekindled my determination to save money through couponing.
-still waiting on the fire department.

It has been a nice summer and I am grateful for it! I also can't wait for football season! I have high hopes in Robert Griffin!! Bowl game this year, perhaps?? Also, Jas and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary on August 18th! We will be in Washington on the actual day, but we are having dinner at my fave restaurant, Tillman's Roadhouse on Friday before we leave! I can't believe we have been married for 2 years! It has been so fun and rewarding in so many different ways. And I am excited for this next year! Anyways, time for me to go be productive. Look for some pics from the Washington trip soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blog dedication, Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad! So, I thought that writing a blog dedicated to you would be a perfect birthday gift. Fellow bloggers, you see my dad, he loves the blog world and is a frequent blogger, kind of hip...I know.
Dad, I am so thankful for you. I am thankful for the loving, encouraging father that you have been to your children. I am thankful for the way that you love mom. I am thankful that you are an overcomer in Christ Jesus (heart surgery). I am thankful for the way you have held the Sudan family together.
Now, since I have never owned a camera, I did not get a chance to place pictures up of us, but one thing I wanted to do was place courage into your heart. I wish that I could really explain to you the man that I see when I look at you. You have been the most influential person in my life. You have taught me how to be a man. You are a humble servant, a leader, a prayer warrior, a loving father, an encouraging friend, etc. Most importantly your life has been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and that has affected every area of your life including the way that you lead and love your family.
I love you dad and hope that you have a Happy 54th Birthday!.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

hi-yah OnGuard

What a difficult your wife as Christ loves the church? Husbands, we have quoted this verse time and time again, implemented it in our vows, and even tattooed it on our hearts, yet, do we really understand the depth and sacrifice of this calling? How serious are we taking the commands of God?
Marriage is a beautiful and sacred covenant, sought after and longed for by single men and women all over the world, especially among believers. Is it the sex, the love, the fellowship, the title, the safety, or the respect that draws people to this covenant? I know that many of those attributes really pulled me towards marriage. Now, being a seasoned veteran of marriage (not even 2 years) I have come to the realization that there is much more to marriage than the safe/happy list above. Another realization that I have recently faced is that, Christian marriage is under attack by the enemy. I believe that as husbands and wives we are in a constant battle for our marriages and the sanctity of marriage must be fought be on-guard!
Why is that? When you break it down, what is marriage? I find from Scripture and from my 2 years of experience, marriage is is more than living together, more than sex, more than happy lives together. Marriage is a relationship in which we must die daily to the selfishness and pride we are so accustomed too and lovingly serve and respect our spouse. No wonder this covenant is constantly under attack by the enemy, a relationship in which you are to put your spouses needs before yourself. A relationship that displays the gospel message (Christ's love for His bride, the church), a relationship in which this gospel message can be lived out daily by husbands and wives. Marriage can be a very powerful evangelical tool. When we exam Christ and His relationship and love for the church we see.....Christ forfeiting His throne in heaven for a short time to take on flesh and become like us. (spouses we must constantly be forfeiting our pleasures and comforts for the other)...Christ loves us while we our still sinners. (spouses- confess and forgive each others sins, spur one another on in love)....Christ prayed for us. (spouses pray for each other, fervently)...Christ came not to be served but to serve (spouses serve one another daily)...Christ pursues us (husbands pursue your bride, keep the flowers fresh and wives put courage into your husbands)...Christ leads us. (husbands lead your wives with wisdom and humility)...Christ has been faithful to us (spouses remain faithful to one another).
Marriage is beautiful, precious, powerful, yet daily under attack. As believers we must fight for the sanctity of on-guard.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Little Duncan- aka: Peanut

So a new little addition to the family was born last thursday...his name is Duncan and he is a little cutie-pie. We have been calling him peanut though because he is so small and itty bitty. He was born on Thursday, June 18 at 5:08 pm at 6 lbs 6 oz. I need to get more pictures....because these below are the ones taken right after he was born and you can't see his face very well, but they will do for now! Enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2009


yep...thats right, we recently went to Schlitterbahn with my family and it was AWESOME. Here are some pictures from the weekend...

Mmmm dippin dots!

Goofy Ashtin

Good Ol' Mark and Tamra

The Gristmill in Gruene, TX

kiddie area for Ashtin

The crew...minus my dad.

Me and the J-bird

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Boycott "Orphan"

I am posting to inform those reading this to boycott a film coming out called "Orphan". I'm sure not many of you would probably see the movie anyways, but spread the word and tell people not to support this film. It carries an intense negative message regarding adoption- especially the adoption of older children. Having worked with abused and negelcted children that are currently available for adoption, this movie breaks my heart. Adoptions allow for beautiful opportunities for children and families to experience the fullness of life that Christ has given us on this earth. I have met and loved many beautiful children in the foster care system that have been through more than most adults have experienced in 50 years, and these children are NOT damaged goods,thank you very much Warner Brothers. Sorry, I am getting worked up, I'll shut up now. You can read about the film below...

Info from Forever Families:
There is a horror film being released on July 24, called Orphan, about a family who adopts an older girl who "is not what she appears to be." The film is currently being promoted, and the trailer is available at The adoption message is extremely negative, and plays into the stereotypes of adopted children, particularly older children, as damaged.

Though we have not been able to preview the entire movie, the trailer leads us to believe the movie will send a horrific message about adoption. The adoption community is protesting the release of the film. We urge you to contact the makers of the film, as well as your local movie theater chains, with your concerns. Contact information:

Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Silver Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd. 90
Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019-8016

Friday, May 29, 2009

Proud Wife

That's my hubby...being a cute uncle (to his new little niece, Emery). I must say that I am a proud wife. Jas has many characteristics that I admire and I just wanted to focus on one today that I have been thinking about lately. This characteristic is Jason's generosity. Jason is generous towards others in many ways-- with his time, with our money, with his giftings. I admire this about him and it challenges me, too. It's funny how often times our spouses giftings may be one of the other spouses weaknesses...and God uses that to challenge, sharpen, and teach us in marriage. I feel that sometimes I prefer to choose when I would like to be generous and what I don't want to. And it is often Jason's inclination to share generously with others. So I just wanted to throw that out there...brag on my man for a bit :)

Also, in other news-- Jas took his physical agility test this morning at 7 am and did great! The applicants are supposed to finish by 10 minutes and 20 seconds with no errors and Jas finished in 8 minutes and 12 seconds! We are excited to move on to the next phase of the fire fighting application process. We will continue to keep you guys posted on the journey.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A weekend away...

Thats what Jas and I did last weekend...took a break. a little retreat, if you will. we went to Galveston and enjoyed playing at the beach, going out to eat, sleeping in, and watchng movies. We stayed at the Hotel Galvez too, which was a bonus. I love its historical-ness. It was built in 1910...pretty cool. Anyways, Here are some photos from the weekend. I must admit that we did get a bit sunburned...we were only out at the beach for 3 to 4 hours, but I am awesome and didn't wear sunscreen (and basically haven't been outside since our honeymoon nearly 2 years ago) and Jason put two blobs of sunscreen on his shoulders. this resulted in having the white shoulder pad look. pretty cute. enjoy! happy memorial day weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


This blog is dedicated to my mom! Happy mother's day! If you don't know my mom, let me introduce you to Tamra Parks...

This picture reveals where I get my weirdness/goofiness from...thanks mom and dad

This was when we were in Paris together

I just wanted to give a shout out to my mom on Mother's day so that others in the blogging world would know how great she is! My mom is wise, generous, loving, gives good back /ear scratches, is a good grandmother, and so much more! I will finally get to see her(and my dad) next weekend, and I am excited about giving her gift to her then! Mom, I love you and happy mother's day!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Emery Kate Marable!

I am proud to introduce the newest member of the Marable family...Emery Kate Marable! She was born on Monday night at 9:27 pm! Isn't she so sweet?! This is my first niece (I have 2 nephews) and I am excited to experience being an aunt to a girl! If you want to see more pictures...check out (Christy's blog). I'm sure there will be more pictures in the future! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


ok, is this background too much/too springy? its spring time and i felt the need to change it up! plus i do like the aqua color. let me know if it is completely hideous...

I don't have too much going on at the internship today, so i thought i would do a quick blog. i am hungry for lunch already and it is 10:49 am. fun stuff. anyways, this week has been a bit of a beat down school wise for me. but praise the Lord yesterday is over! i turned a fatty research paper and had to present it yesterday and then i had a big research exam, which i feel like i did pretty decent on. now i just have 3 more papers, two more presentations, and about 115 more hours at my internship 'til i am finished on May 15th! i will have a good two 1/2 week break until summer school starts, so i know i will enjoy that time!

in fire fighting news....jason passed the civil service exam for DFD and will be taking another test (the accuplacer) on Saturday at 3:30 pm! please pray for him! this is step number 2 in the it is exciting to move on and hopefully he will continue on through the process! On my way to work today I saw the firefighters out on the streets with their boots doing their annual "put money in my boot" deal (i dont actually know what it is called)and i was imagining Jas doing that. he looked cute out my head. ok well thats all folks. i should probably go do something productive!

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Office Musical

In honor of the wonderful show "The Office"...I found this video quite funny, but maybe its only funny to fans of the show. Oh well, enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hand of God?

Check this out...cnn had this article online of this image NASA took from a telescope. It resembles a hand reaching across space. I saw it and I was like, "Dude, God's creation is ridiculous!" So I just wanted to share...

The article stated..."The finger-like structures are apparently caused by 'energizing knots of material in a neighboring gas cloud,' "NASA says. I mean...I just say God is pretty creative and awesome, and knows that He is doing...