G + L got hitched!

August 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

This past weekend, we had the privilege of watching two dear friends get married. Lee Adams played the keys at our wedding and has been a dear friend since meeting at the City Church. We’ve had memories with Lee of cooking Rachael Ray recipes together, carpooling to Portland for the YP getaway, and many after-church pho lunches! We knew when he kept talking about this “Gretchen-girl” from Mars Hill that she was something special. At the wedding, they had guests from both Mars Hill and the City Church which was awesome to see friends from both places!


Gretchen put a tremendous amount of effort into making their wedding very special for their guests. Upon arrival, we were to put our prints (fingerprints) on the tree. Such a unique idea for their guest book!

Guest Tree

Mr. and Mrs. Menenberg's prints

A favor table presented matchboxes and birdseed feeders to hang in a tree

Matchbox favors and bird seed feeders

 As Gretchen walked down the aisle, the guests spontaneously started singing “How Great Thou Art” to the music, serenading her and worshiping God. It was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever seen at a wedding.

The beautiful bride

Pastor Gary Shavey of Mars Hill Church officiating

Simple, beautiful music

The Kiss!

Beautiful venue at Craven Farms in Snohomish, WA

Photobooth with chalk message boards!

First Dance

 The wedding party surprised the happy couple with a semi-coordinated dance. It was definitely fun and G+L loved it!

Wedding Party surprise dance

We love you, Lee and Gretchen and are so glad we could be apart of your special day. Happy marriage and enjoy your honeymoon!!

4 Friends


Happy 2011!

January 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

At my birthday dinner, Ben and I reminisced over 2010 and some of the major events we experienced over the year. So, dear blog readers, here is an abridged version for your enjoyment.



In the first month of the year, I had my first doula client and the birth of my god-daughter. What a blessing to be at her birth!

My first doula client and one of my best friends Holly and baby Winter Grace

We then headed to Palm Springs, CA for a midwinter vacay. Contrary to the snow you see high up on the mountain, it was sunny and mid 60s.

A Snowy Palm Springs Vacation



We packed and moved out of the city

Enjoying our old Green Lake apartment



We had our first overnight guest! Winter (3 1/2 months) and Ben having some fun together

Winter imitating Ben...probably after talking about the Seahawks latest trade



We had the help of a designer student to decorate our living room. It looks perfect! I love being home.

Our new apartment fully decorated!



I met Ben in New York while he was on a work trip and we celebrated his birthday lying on the beach in Virginia with the incredible Casey Tait


In the Library of Congress

We also spent time in Portland at the Young Professionals Weekend Getaway.

Hiking Multonomah Falls with YP



I helped teach a birthing class though the City Church City Group. What a fun experience to work with an amazing doula (Holly Cervantes) and her husband and to help teach these expecting parents about labor and birth.

The City Church Birth Class



We celebrated our 2 year anniversary with a trip to Orcas Island

On the Ferry

Doing model shots for fun

My handsome husband

If you’ve ever wondered where my avatar blog picture came from, here it is!

Sunset on Orcas



We celebrated my wonderful mom’s 39th birthday

The Leyde 5

I hit up Chelan with some girlfriends (remember this post?) while Ben was in Africa on business

Lovely ladies



Then I finally met up with Ben in Uganda! He finished his business with World Vision in Kenya and Zambia and met me outside customs in Entebbe Airport in Uganda. What a welcome sight! I was very sick (see here for more details) before leaving but God healed me and gave me strength, I took antibiotics, and it was a wonderful trip (more here).

Kyambura Gorge - going chimpanzee tracking


Ben preached


I nursed



We made the difficult but wonderful decision to transition to Mars Hill Church (read more here). We are so thankful to be at a church that is missional (http://www.acts29network.org/) and is centered on the Gospel. The word that has resonated with both Ben and I the most this year is community. We have such a rich community in the body of Christ with such wonderful relationships. If you don’t have a good community, there’s hope! God will place you into a family. You don’t have to live life alone.

I’ve also been learning how to do ultrasounds for my volunteer work at Carenet (more here) this past year



We celebrated birthdays, holidays and more holidays, and more birthdays (including mine!). We worked hard this year, experienced a lot of heart ache and difficulty, but God was faithful. And we can see His hand on us throughout the year.


JANUARY 1st,  2011

Here’s to a wonderful new year full of true Peace and Joy. Happy 2011!

Lake Chelan

{Movie Monday} Pastor Wendell Smith

December 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Pastor Wendell Smith (the founding pastor of the City Church in Seattle) passed into glory last evening. What a beautiful entrance into God’s kingdom. He has been fighting multiple myeloma (cancer) and he is now completely healed beholding the face of Jesus Christ. Death has no sting,


New Development for the Menenbergs

October 7, 2010 § 2 Comments


Mars Hill Church

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For several months, we have struggled in prayer regarding the direction that God is leading us.  After much prayer, careful consideration, and discussion with several pastors, we have come to the conclusion that the Lord is leading us to attend the Bellevue campus of Mars Hill Church.

Leaving a church is never an easy decision, and we have agonized over this decision for several months.  Without a doubt, God has used our time at the City Church to shape our lives and improve our understanding of Him.  Additionally, we have been part of a strong community of believers whom we love and adore.  However, there are several significant factors influencing this change in direction for us.  The first factor influencing our decision is Mars Hill’s participation in church planting and missionary training through the Acts 29 Network.  We have a strong desire in our hearts to someday be a part of a church plant, and we are excited about the opportunity for training through Mars Hill.  The second factor influencing our decision is the doctrine of Mars Hill.  Without going into specifics, we appreciate Mars Hill’s strong emphasis on the Gospel message and how this understanding of the Gospel shapes the rest of their teaching.  The third and final factor is that we have the peace of God and know that He is leading us.

We recognize that this is a major transition and our desire is to carry it out thoughtfully, transparently, and respectfully.  We made the announcement to friends at Belltown last Sunday and I wanted to share in more details some of the reasons for us going. Please feel free to contact us if you have other questions or concerns.

Last night, we attended our first community group at Mars Hill (in walking distance from our home). It was a wonderful introduction to the beautiful community at Mars Hill. It’s a new and exciting season! We will miss our dear church family at the City Church and are glad to know that we will always be a part of God’s family with them.

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