What Are We Doing on the Front Page?


Last night I got a call from one of the pastors at church, Bill Hardecker, about something insanely crazy!  He asked if I had read or seen the York Daily Record for yesterday, the 25th.  We don’t have a subscription to the newspaper, so I said no.  He said he was sitting at the barber shop reading the paper while getting a haircut.  All of the sudden, he noticed us right smack-dab on the front page!  Now the York Daily Record is no little newspaper either.  According to their website, their circulation is 475,000.  Anyways, here’s the story…

Thursday was my day off this week.  In the morning, we decided to go shopping for a few things in York: specifically a hole punch.  Andrea had a couple of classes to teach in the afternoon, so we knew that we didn’t have a huge amount of time.  Near to where we were at, a brand new restaurant was having their grand opening–Chipotle Mexican Grill (a Fresh-Mex chain based out of California, I think).  I had heard about the opening on the radio and through hearsay, mainly because of what they were doing as a gimmick: free burritos and pop all day.  It has been quite the local hype.  Well, here we were just a few hundred feet away, and our clock read 10:45am.  They were opening at 11:00am!  The line was about 20 people long so far, and seemed very inviting.  What are we supposed to do?  Say no?

To put it mildly, we both unhesitatingly jumped in line.  We got there just in the nick of time; because by the time the the doors opened fifteen minutes later, the line had quadrupled or more.  So we had the choice of chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, or vegetarian (are you kidding me?  Vegan?) with all the toppings we wanted.  Andrea was happy to get some real guacamole with huge pieces of avocado in it.  I was just happy because we got a huge “out to eat” lunch for free!

The burritos were delicious!  Filled to the hilt with steak, rice, beans, your choice of salsa, sour cream and guacamole!  And so huge even I could not finish mine!   And we saw the camera man shooting all of his close-ups of the first lady in line taking a bite out of her burrito, but little did we know we would also be “famous”!

Read the entire article here.

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Amidst a Country in Turmoil

Well, I guess this is my first post.  These definitely are crazy times in this country.  Even with all of the turmoil with the government takeover of health care, with union thugs involved now, the life of Andrea and Dustin Speckhals goes on, thank the Lord!

Here in little Brogue, Pennsylvania, we feel far away from Obamacare and Pelosi; even though–believe it or not–we are less than two hours away from Capitol Hill.  Our life is blessed!  We are living through some of the greatest times of our life.  I think it’s some of the same things newlywed couples have experienced for decades.  Here is just one funny story in the life of the Speckhals’


So here we are, in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania Dutch country, looking forward to moving into our own home.  It sure will not be huge or fancy, but something we will love.  Actually, yesterday we found that wonderful place in Red Lion, PA.  It is perfect, and we are signing our lease today!  The problem is that our furniture repertoire is minuscule…or just non-existent.  Andrea was looking on Craigslist on Monday and saw a FREE kitchen table and 2 non-matching chairs to go with it.  We ended up telling the people we wanted it, and planned going out to get it after I got out of the office.  One little ‘problemo’…all we had to transport it with was our little Saturn SC1.  It’s a great car, but it’s very small!  “Why not borrow a truck?”, you ask.  No one was at the church except for us, and I didn’t really feel like asking someone to come all the way out there to get it.  Oh well, I thought, we’ll figure it out.

After work on Tuesday, I grabbed Andrea and we headed down some winding roads through the ‘wilderness’ to Stewartstown or somewhere nearby there.  We get to the table (which looks high quality and in pretty good shape), and the rest is history.  First we try putting it through the trunk…doesn’t fit.  Then we tried through the passenger door…doesn’t fit.  Then, thankfully with that Saturn, it has a third door on the driver’s side.  We wiggled and shifted that table around and got it in with no damage to the table or car at all!  The sight was simply magnificent!  Somehow we got the two chairs in too, got everything as tight as we could, and drove back to the church.


For the last two months, Andrea and I have been living in the beautiful Prophet’s Chamber at Mt. Zion Baptist, and now we’re ready to get our own home.  Now we have a table and two chairs: our first bit of furniture.  The rest we will buy over the next couple of weeks.  God has blessed us so much.  I can say that it’s a lot of fun being newlywed;  you all should try it some time.