Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An Extended Sabbath

I really should update this more often...

I went to Mexico last week! It was so lovely. I went with my best friend and her family to Cabo. I've never been to Mexico before or even a resort!I had such a great time. It was a bummer that Jake, her husband, couldn't go...but I'm really glad that I got to go!

We sat by the pool a lot, went on a walk to Lover's Beach, ate a lot of delicious food, went jet skiing (my first time!), took a ride on a pirate ship, held a baby tiger, went scuba diving (amazing!!!), and lots of other really fun and relaxing things.

Michelle and me on a jet-ski

Fancy resort Allison's parents stayed at




Aminda, Allison, Judy, and Michelle. They're all so beautiful!!! 

Allison and me at Lover's Beach (long walk, but really fun!)




















Here are some of my favorite things, in no order:

-feeling the sun’s radiation seeping into my skin
-being warm in the shade!
-how beautiful Mexico is, even though almost everything is shades of tan
-jet skiing
-the ocean
-holding a baby tiger and having her bite my shirt/chest 
-walking around the marina at night eating sprinkle ice cream cones
-watching the sunset
-drinking a sangria IN the pool
-giving away our extra pesos before leaving
-scuba diving!
-wearing a bikini
-climbing over the rocks to get to lover’s beach and climbing the rock at the beach. I was so proud of myself!
-walking barefoot
-chatting in the hot tub 
- fancy dinner with Allison’s parents
-traveling (Allie is a pro)
-warm sand in between my toes
-wearing sunglasses
-reading for hours by the pool
-resting…an extended Sabbath

I want to go back already!!!! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Portland Craft Weekend

Last weekend I drove down to Portland with my two friends, Megan and Alyssa, to visit our friend Alix and do lots of crafts.

IT WAS SO FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel like I didn't get that many crafts done, but I did get to bond a lot with my friends. It was really wonderful. I think I love them more than I did before we went. Have you ever had that happen? Hours spent trapped in a car can do that to a person.

Here are some pictures from the weekend...

In Longview, Wa visiting Alix's mom



The cheese balls. They're like fiberglass for your mouth.

We went to a delicious french pastry shop! Megan was so happy! She loves French things.







Alix got a new cat named Oliver. Super ugly, but also adorable in his own way.

Apostolic Faith Center! It was HUGE!!!!


I had a really wonderful time. I wish it was longer than just a weekend!!!! We decided to make it a yearly tradition! I love my friends!!!

p.s. Thanks Alix for hosting us! It was lovely.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rise

Break down the walls
Let love prevail.
Pour out Your truth.
Teach us Your ways oh God.
Teach us Your ways oh God.
All Your sons and daughters reaching out

Let us rise, Let us rise
Make us one, we cry.
Let us love like You love, let us rise.
Every tongue, every tribe
Every heart unified, let us rise.

Humbly we stand
Longing for change.
Bring us to You.
Show us Your heart oh God.
Show us Your heart oh God.
All your sons and daughters reaching out


Let us rise unto the nations
With the story of a Savior
Who has come to bring His children home.
Let us sing across the waters
With a voice in one accord
We are Yours, we are Yours, we are Yours.

That's my heart lately. More to come :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

whew..

I'm not very good at blogging. I forget to write.

Valentine's Day was bittersweet. I spent lots of hours preparing decorations and woke up in the middle of the night to decorate so my roommates would be surprised.



And oh they were :) 

But the rest of the day wasn't as fun. It was kind of like when you get really excited for your birthday and then it's just a fun day but it's not extraordinary. 

My sister and my friend Crystal painted my nails though...


This past weekend my dad bought me a sewing machine! It's so beautiful. I really love it, so much that I'd save it in a fire. And he bought me a dresser to keep all my craft things in!

I'm going to put paper behind the windows, it looks too unorganized in there


Lent starts tomorrow. Here's what I'm going to do:

1. Journal, or write something, every day!
2. Write notes to my friends and family, encouraging them and telling them how much I love them.
3. No desserts. However, chocolate is not included in that. 

I'll try to be a better blogger!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

home

"All I know is I'm not home yet, this is not where I belong...

Take this world, but give me Jesus!

This is not where I belong..."


Current favorite song :) 


Friday, January 27, 2012

Life things lately...

On Wednesday I took the day off work so that my dad, sister, and I could drive down to Portland to see my other sister and her kids.

It's been 4 months since we've seen them, and I missed the kids so much! It ended up being a worthwhile trip, even though it was bittersweet. We saw them for 3 hours, not long enough but better than nothing. 

We went to OMSI! It was really fun! The kids definitely enjoyed it, totally worth it. 


My favorite part, besides seeing the kids, was the fetal development exhibit. It was amazing to see what a fetus looks like at each week! I wish I could have taken pictures, but they don't allow photography in that area. 


It was my second time in Portland. I've been watching Portlandia in preparation and was bummed to not see Carrie and Fred on the streets ;) A very cute and interesting city. 








Lace Scarf!

My friend Megan is very good at making things. She is patient and detail oriented, pretty much the opposite of me. Megan made a beautiful scarf the other day, it is so cute! I decided to make one too...

I don't have a picture tutorial, words will have to suffice! 



It's an infinity scarf with lace added in. 

Here's how you can make it!

-Determine how wide you want your scarf to be and then double that and add 1/2'' seam allowance (mine was 12 1/2'')
-To determine how long you want your scarf to be you can wrap the fabric around your neck until you find a length that works for you. I wanted my scarf to have two loops and for the lace section to be 12'' long. It ended up being 6' total with 12' of' lace included in that. Add 1/2'' for the seam.
-Next, sew the lace to the fabric so you have one long strip of fabric+lace.
-Fold in half (hotdog way) with the right sides together and sew into a tube, but don't sew the ends yet. 
-Turn inside out
-Sew ends together 
-You have a cute scarf! 




Monday, January 23, 2012

Build me back

Jesus, how do you love me so much? You keep your promises so well, it amazes me. Even when I break your heart you love me. You bless me so much. Thank you, my forever King.

Today I took Ballet 5 at the studio. Whew, it's been like 8 months since I've taken a ballet class! I only did barre, but it was hard. I think it was just what my brain and body needed. I'm excited to keep challenging myself and improving my technique. Sarah used the most beautiful song for adagio! The whole time I was thinking two things:

Jesus knows my heart!


and

Oh my gosh, these girls are absolutely beautiful! 


My most wonderful friend took the class too and she's just absolutely gorgeous. I don't think that she thinks she's a wonderful dancer, but oh my goodness she's even good after a long break! She shines joy.

Anyway, here's the song Sarah used...




What's that on the ground?
It's what's left of my heart
Somebody named Jesus broke it to pieces
And planed the shards
And they're coming up green,
And they're coming in bloom
I can hardly believe this is all coming true

(chorus)
Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
He showed me the day that
He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh He loves me, He does

All of my life I've held on to this fear
These thistles and vines ensnare and entwine
What flowers appeared
It's the fear that I'll fall one too many times
It's the fear that His love is no better than mine
(but He tells me that)

Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
He showed me the day that
He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh He loves me, He does
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does

Well it's time now to harvest what little that grew
This man they call Jesus, who planted the seeds
Has come for the fruit
And the best that I've got isn't nearly enough
He's glad for the crop, but it's me that He loves



You speak to me in the most lovely ways.

Also, today Sophie recognized my voice! When I got over to the house Joe had her upstairs. I shouted hello from downstairs and Joe called down saying "She's smiling! She recognizes your voice! she's so excited!" Ahhh, thank you Jesus! I love that little baby.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's snow-amazing



“Dearest daughter,” said Aslan, planting a lion's kiss on her twitching, velvet nose, “I knew you would not be long in coming to me. 
Joy shall be yours.


I feel that Jesus is awaking in my life. Life is so much better when I put my trust and hope in Jesus and not myself. I have found that lovely wonderful everlasting joy running through my heart and soul again. It is... exquisite. 

We've had a snow storm in the PNW this week. The studio has been closed all week! I got to sleep in today because my nanny baby's mom stayed home from work. 

I spent the day with two of my roommates from last year, We had soup, hot chocolate, and went sledding :) it was extremely enjoyable. 

Best part: I came home to an absolutely delicious dinner of chicken pot pie!

Work tomorrow? We'll see!