Sunday, December 16, 2007

[un]perfect day.

I suppose everyday cannot be wonderful. You would not appreciate the highs if you did not have the lows. This week has presented me with both.

Yesterday was a nightmare trying to get home. I took my final and made it to the airport with plenty of time. To make a long story short, my plane sat at the gate for an hour putting me in San Francisco as my plane to Boise was flying away. I had the pleasure [not] of sitting in the San Francisco airport for close to five hours with an almost dead phone while I waited on standby for a full flight to Boise. Praise God for a free meal from United and three generous people who gave up their seats. I arrived in Boise around 12:30 Saturday morning.

Not a terrific way to begin break. Because of my late flight I was not able to go to Twin Falls this weekend to see my Grandma. I suppose I could have gotten up at the crack of dawn to drive down with my mom, but my exhaustion got the best of me. I slept until 1:00 this afternoon. Ha. I can't do that everyday. Oh, well. At least I made it home safely. And I spent the day [or afternoon] with my padre, running around town and watching movies.

Did I mention that considering this past week was finals it was quite spectacular? Barcelona Monday night. Lessons and Carols Christmas Service and Yogurtland Wednesday night. Disneyland and Erin Bode and the Themba girls concert Thursday. I think I may have crammed in more fun than studying. :)

I guess it all evens out in the end.

Okay. Time for bed. I have had enough late nights this past week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

perfect day. [perfect.]

I really need to study. Like, REALLY. I have a final in 4 hours that I asked to take early, but I am not prepared for it. Before I do study I want to take some time to savor the beauty and perfection that yesterday was.

:::sigh:::

Yesterday was SO wonderful. I wish I had better words to describe it.

I had two finals. For one all I did was fill out a class evaluation and the other I got my test results back and received my final grade. Then I had lunch and went to Starbucks. When I got back Eric came over and we went down to mailing to pick up amazing finals care packages from church, with wonderful notes and everything. At that point I told Eric that the day was only going to get better, and it did.

Around 3:45 Eric, Drew, Chase and I left for LA. 405 to 55 to 5 to 101. Traffic was not any worse than to be expected, but good music and conversation made the drive more enjoyable. We arrived on Hollywood Bowl, made our way to a parking garage under the Knitting Factory and bought our tickets to see Barcelona before venturing out for food. And wouldn't you know, we ran into Brian F and Rhett on our search for food. I am pretty sure I let out a scream when I saw them. Haha. It was SO good to see some familiar faces and get to introduce them to my friends.

From there we walked around searching for a place to eat. I did not know where to look first, my eyes wanted to go everywhere because there was so much to see. Eric put it well when he said he felt like the bugs from Bugs Life when they went to the big city. I kept my head down a lot, looking at the stars on the sidewalk, Chuck Norris, Phil Collins, Hugh M. Hefner, Charles Schultz, Snow White, Big Bird. We settled on dinner at Baja Fresh. The guys ordered HUGE burritos the size of small children and I had a quesadilla. They inhaled the burritos and finished off my quesadilla, plus finished up the chips, ordered churros and aztec cookies. Haha. I couldn't believe their appetites!

After a leisurely dinner and some hilarious conversations that at points pushed the envelope, we decided to walk around because Barcelona was not going on until 9:00. We saw more stars on the sidewalk, walked past some interesting stores and eventually ended up in a cheap tourist-y store. We found posters/pictures and cardboard cutouts of movie stars. The posters were actually quite awesome and Eric ended up buying 4 of them. Two for him, one for his sister and one for me. Mine is Hannah Montana. :)

Then we headed back to the Knitting Factory to see Barcelona play. On the way back as we were walking we were pointing out stores and all of a sudden, up ahead I saw a short person dressed up as Chucky. I could not tell if it was real, but I grabbed Eric arm and tried to inconspicuously tell him what I saw. I guess Chucky sensed my nervousness because as we passed him, he started walking toward us. I screamed and grabbed onto Eric a little tighter while Eric, Drew and Chase, as well as everyone else walking around laughed at me. I have to admit, although Chucky was incredibly creepy it was quite funny.

I ran into Chris once we got back to the Knitting Factory, we talked for a bit and I introduced him to the guys. We found a cozy place to sit while we watched another band perform and waited for Barcelona to go on. Once it looked like they were set up, there was no way we could sit, so we moved to the front because unlike the shows they play in Seattle this one was fairly small. Drew pointed out that he thought we were the only ones there who actually knew the words to their songs. I think he was right. Brian F, Chris and Rhett started playing and I was in heaven. I could not hold still or not sing along. Every song was incredible; it was hard to take it all in. I did not want the night to end. Chase, Drew, Eric and I all had wished they would have played Colors and I wanted them to play Rich Girl, but they did play a new song which was fantastic.

Their set ended and we headed to the back to hang around, look at the merchandise and say goodbye before we left. I did not get to see Rhett again, but I did get to tell Brian and Chris how great the show was. Drew, Eric and I bought super awesome black shirts and Chase bought a yellow one. We made a pact, if you will, to all wear them today and meet in the caf at 11:00 for lunch. Apparently Barcelona will be back in February and we are all going to go back to see them play again.

The drive back was about a million times faster, but it was fun listening and singing along to Colors, I'm From Barcelona, Jeff Buckley and Imogen Heap. Drew did great on getting us back to campus close to 11:15; that was his goal anyway.

As I walked back to my room I could not stop smiling because I am fairly certain that I just experienced the perfect day. And who would have thought that perfect day would have been the Monday of finals week? I hope it is a sign of how wonderful the rest of the week will be.

Okay. I would love to write more, but I REALLY need to study now.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

the highlight of my day

you're beautiful
every little piece love
don't you know
you're really gonna be someone
ask anyone
when you find everything you looked for
i hope your life leads you back to my door
oh but if it don't
stay beautiful


song by taylor swift

Sunday, December 2, 2007

the best way to spread christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear

: : : INSERT LONG SIGH HERE : : :

I'm getting there.
Being through with the semester that is.

One paper.
One presentation.
One portfolio.
One Bible study.
One evaluation.
Seven finals.
One Barcelona show. :)
One day at Disneyland. :)
Twelve days.

: : : INSERT ANOTHER SIGH HERE : : :

I do feel good about where I am at, but I am so ready to be done.
A month long break will be delightful.

If a week long break at Thanksgiving can renew my spirits and lift me up as much as it did, I cannot wait to see what a month home will do for me.



Three truths I have been reminded of this past week:
1. Friends-true friends are the best thing in the world.
2. I could not get through life without the love and support from my family.
3. Christmas is not about you; it is about Jesus. Get over yourself.



.O.COME.O.COME.EMMANUEL.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

keep looking up on past the birds

I'm feeling better today. I still have a lot to accomplish before break, but I feel organized and prepared for what is to come. It is amazing how much a step back can put the situation in a new perspective.

Fifteen days until I am home again.
I cannot wait.
As much as I do want to be home I do not want to rush through these fifteen days.

Tomorrow I have 2 Christmas things to go to.
Friday I get to lead the junior high devotion.
Mix in a roommate Christmas thing in there.
And a day of baking with Eric.
Next Sunday I get to lead the senior high Sunday school class.
The Monday of finals week I am going to see my Seattle boys, Barcelona, play in LA.
And hopefully I can take my New Testament final early so I can spend that Thursday at Disneyland instead.
And just maybe I can find some time in there to go to the beach.

When I look at it that way, these fifteen days shouldn't be half bad.

Plus I have Christmas music, an Ingrid Michaelson CD, a Spice Girls CD and a Starbucks gift card to carry me through studying for finals.

Things are looking up.
Plus I only have one Christmas present left to buy and a few cards to write.


I hope your day is looking up too.

Monday, November 26, 2007

we are breakable girls and boys

Waking up at 3:30 a.m. (Mountain Time) is no fun.
Flying by yourself is no fun.
Turbulance is no fun.
Heavy bags are no fun.
Neither is unpacking.
But I welcome the warm weather.

It's time to readjust my mindset.
To change my attitude.
To focus.
To be productive.

I'm not ready.
At least I don't feel ready.

There are so many things on my mind.
A lot of emotions, worries and doubts.
If I learned anything during my time at home it is to turn those into prayer.
To give my worries and stresses to God.

It's time to surrender.
To get serious.
To sit down and work.
To prepare for what is to come.

I'm scared.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

a brief history. of. fat kitties.

I love being home.
LOVE it!

Yesterday was pretty incredible.
Breakfast at Express Cafe with Ashlee, Daniel, Eric and Jessica.
Hanging out at Justin's.
It felt like no time has passed.
I laughed so hard.
I love that I can be myself and not worry about what my friends will think.
I cannot wait to spend more time with them in a few weeks.

Today was also fabulous.
Time at church.
Family.
Laughing over dinner.
Teasing. Joking. Games.

I wish I had the perfect words to describe how I'm feeling right now.
I want to stay in this moment forever and savor it.


I'm blessed.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

shine jesus shine, potlucks and pink friday

I am home.
I feel whole again.
I cannot stop smiling.
Or laughing.
I am relaxed and confident.
I delighted in two Milkyway mochas from Moxie Java.
Only the best coffee in the world!
I watched the Broncos squish the Vandals.
I got to spend time with my church family today.
The women in Bible study are like my aunts. I love them.
Pastor has not changed a bit.
The puppets brought back so many memories.
As did the potluck dinner.
Driving around town I feel as if I have never left.
I cannot wait until Ashlee is back.
Or until I can see more family and friends.

There is something special about this place.

My heart is so full.



P.S. I think we are going to do the crazy shopping thing Friday. Look out VS!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

i can't spell it out for you

Sometimes I wonder if I have unrealistic expectations about love and romance.

I want someone to pursue me and put in the effort. I want someone who longs to see me and thinks about me when I am not around. I want someone who complements my personality and inspires me to be the best I can. I want someone who desires our relationship to be centered in Christ. I want someone who I can laugh and cry and grow with.

Does that seem out of reach? Lately, it feels like it.

And it is causing me to feel like something is wrong with me. I feel like too much and not enough all at once. Silly girl.

I have been told more than once that this is not the place I should be looking for a guy. Then could someone please tell me where that place is?

In looking at the bigger picture I realize that my “single time” will probably be a small portion of my whole life; I cannot help but long for a companion to share my life with right now.

Just the thoughts of a single girl, alone in California and avoiding homework. <3

Monday, November 12, 2007

i laugh the most in my doctrine class

Doctrine has easily become my favorite class. These are some random quotes from my doctrine professor that I wanted to share.

"We're all frickin Lutherans."

Advice Rossow's dad gave him:
When he left for college: "Keep your zipper up."
When he got married: "Get married and stay married."
When he became a pastor: "Preach well and don't be a jerk."

"My greatest fear is when we combine the greeting with a holy kiss, with the gift of tongues."

"I facilitated you into the world. Respect me."

After a tangent:
"...back to marriage. That's a lot simplier......NOT!"

I found out in class today that Professor Rossow and I have the same confirmation verse. He said that sometimes he likes to give his favorite student his confirmation verse. He also said that sometimes for an ornery student he would like to combine two verses:
"He breathed his last........now go and do likewise."

These are just a few of the funny things that I have heard in my class. I do not think I have gone to one doctrine class and not laughed. I love it because Professor Rossow makes the topics interesting and always has some funny commentary.

Oh, and just another random quote from my Polity professor (Seltz) that I'll leave you with to think about:
"Christ really stuck forgiveness up your nose."

Okay...time to finish watching the Seahawks game. Homework is just going to have to wait.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

prepare ye the way of the lord

I saw Godspell for the second time last night. The Concordia Theatre put it on. Eric was John the Baptist and Judas. He, along with everyone else did an excellent job. I wish I could see it a dozen more times. Unfortunately tomorrow is the last show and it's sold out. I loved seeing the stories acted out that I've heard and read many times in such a fun and creative way. There was lots of laughing and I have to admit, some tears too. It was quite wonderful.

So, really bad...I bought seasons 1 & 2 of The Office and now I can't stop watching it. I guess it's good that things are starting to slow down a little. I am excited because I get to go home Friday afternoon for Thanksgiving break! Woo! I haven't been home in about 6 months, so I can't wait! There is something special about home and family.

Okay, so this post is becoming pointless. I'm having a hard time focusing because I put in The Office.

More later.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

putting off homework

today has been one of those blah days. you know the kind, where you just don't quite feel like yourself and you have absolutely no energy to do anything at all. well maybe you don't, but that is how my day has been.

i think life has just been a little off lately. since midterm break i've had such a hard time getting back into things. i feel sort of paralyzed.

recently i've been faced with how bizarre, scary, fun, short and long life can be.
i just don't understand it.
sickness. desparation. drugs. death. brokenness. love. loss.

why does my dear justin have cancer? why do idiots purposefully start fires? why would someone turn to drugs? why are some lives longer than others? why does love hurt so much? why do relationships end?

i like to think these things are proof that there has to be more than this life.
this seriously cannot be all there is.
it makes me ache for those who do not know jesus.

ultimately, i have no answers for these questions, but i do know that in all the chaos of this world, one thing remains constant and that is the unchanging, powerful, loving, compassionate god of mine. yes life hurts and we do not always understand it, but god is here and god is bigger than this sometimes painful world and i like to think that there is always a silver-lining.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

i float along these clouds of oranges and purple greens

Sorry for the lack of updating. These past couple weeks have literally been a whirlwind and completely surreal, in both good and bad ways. I feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster.

Seattle was so amazing! It was a much needed break, although I did not have a whole lot of down time because I was always on the go. I wish someone had videotaped me and Ash at the airport…so much laughing and screaming and hugging; it was wonderful. I loved my time with all the girls, who I missed sooo much. It was refreshing to be with people who know me so well and who I love so much. I’m so glad that I was able to go up there, even though it went by quickly.

While I was up there Ashlee and I got news that one of our friends from home has cancer. That was a shock. This past week has been one of constant prayer for him. It was good that Eric was here because I do not think I could have worked through my initial shock by myself. Last Thursday I went to Corona Del Mar and spent part of the day in prayer for Justin. God was so good during my time there. I was refreshed, renewed and filled with peace. I just wish I could go and be with him.

That news has caused me to do some major reminiscing and I have reconnected with two people who I have not spoken to in a long time. For one friend it has been close to two years since we’ve spoken and the other, almost a year. It felt so good to know that even though a lot has happened during that time, we could pick up where we left off. I pulled out an old journal last week and was reminded of fun times during high school with some great friends. I even found a picture that captured what I remember high school to be, it was taken at mine, Ashlee and Jessica’s graduation party, with all our close friends in it. I miss that.

So as if my life could not be strange enough, Sunday it got even weirder. I thought it was crazy because the Santa Anas were blowing so hard that it made driving scary, but little did I know about the fires that had started. I could smell the smoke on my way home from church Sunday evening, but did not realize how close one of them was to us. I talked to my roommates about it jokingly, but then I went to my small group, it was just my leader and I so we went to her room and she turned on the TV. That’s when I started getting nervous. From the news coverage it looked like it was headed towards campus. I walked back to my room through the smoky air and my roommates and I all packed bags just in case we had to be evacuated. It was such a strange experience. What possessions can’t I live without? What can I live without? What is most important to me? I did not think I was going to be able to sleep, but I managed to release my anxieties and relax. I am so thankful that we have not had to evacuate and I feel so bad for those who have had to. The air quality is still so poor down here. It doesn’t smell as bad as it did yesterday and Sunday, but ash was falling tonight as I walked back from the cafeteria. Please keep California in your prayers, the people who have lost homes, the people who’ve been evacuated, all the firefighters and people working to put them out. My dad is actually flying down tomorrow to work around San Bernardino. That got me really excited and I hope I can go visit him while he is down here.

Okay, that was a super long post. For those of you who stuck with it, thank you. I should go and get some homework done.

Blessings.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

blessed is this life

It has sure been a crazy week, but then again, crazy has become my life. I feel like I am always on the go and by the time I get home I don't want to do anything, but sleep. Now that I feel semi-caught up on homework I am feeling sick. Boo. Hopefully in the next day or so I'll be feeling better so I can jump on my homework. I want to do as much as I can now so when I go to Seattle next week I can totally chill. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I am totally going to make a scene when I am picked up at the airport...there will be major screaming, hugging and laughing. I can't wait!

Until then I am going to be planning children's messages, games and retreats and writing observation reports, theological research papers and worship evaluations. It looks like another crazy week, but like I said before crazy has become my life and I am slowly getting used to it.

It has been amazing because this week when I have started to get down or discouraged I have opened my mail box and received at least 4 notes from old friends, new friends and family....just when I needed it. I have also gotten emails, phone calls and hugs from good friends. God has blessed me abundantly.

Okay. I should keep this short so I can get some more homework done before bed.

goodnight. :)
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P.S. I went to see Hairspray again. I shared my obsession with Eric. Hehe. :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Come So Far, Got So Far To Go

I am exhausted. I have run myself ragged, but I have no choice but to keep going. Yesterday about broke me apart. It was not bad, just long and emotional. Luckily just when I was about to fall apart I got a card in the mail from Ashlee. It was just what I needed. She told me to take some time for me, which I know I have desperately needed. So tonight I went to the dollar theatre by myself and saw Hairspray. It was nice to just sit back, watch an amazing movie and not worry about everything I have to do. I'm glad the lights were off; I must have looked like a big dork with my goofy grin, trying my hardest not to sing along. If anyone reading has not seen the new Hairspray movie, get up from the computer and go to the nearest theatre....NOW! It is officially one of my top five favorite movies! I just can't get enough of it! (Tonight was the third time I have seen it in theatres.)

On a new note, I met my Language Partner. I don't know if I wrote about that before; there are international students whose English is not quite up to par, so they are paired with other students to help them practice their English. My partner is MJ (Min-Joo), she is from Korea and is such a sweetheart. Today I had lunch with her and her friend Daphne who is also from Korea. It will be fun to get to know them both better over the semester.

Oh, I don't think I have written since I started work. I am a student caller for the Alumni Association's Phonathon. I hate it. Luckily it is temporary, but I want to call in tomorrow and quit. If only money grew on trees.

Hmmm....what else?

Sunday Eric and I went to a baseball game. It was the Mariners versus the Angels. I felt out of place in my blue Ibanez shirt in the sea of red and white. It didn't stop Eric and me from cheering our hardest. I guess the Mariners didn't get the memo that I was going to be there and they didn't pull out their super skills for a win. We sat next to a young teenage boy and his dad who were Angels fans. The boy kept giving us a hard time, but it was all in good fun. We actually had some Mariners fans a few seats down on the other side of us. It was a sad loss, but I am glad I got to go. It was like seeing a little piece of home.

Speaking of which........in precisely two weeks from right now I will be in SEATTLE! Woohoo! I am going for midterm break. I can't believe mid-term is only a couple weeks away! I have so much to do before then and so much to accomplish before the semester is over. I have a strong feeling that this year is going to fly by.

Oh my! It is getting late quickly! I better get to bed so I can get up early tomorrow and run around crazy as usual. I have to be up bright and early f0r a meeting.

Goodnight friends.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

some pictures from moving in august

at my desk















my bed...next to the windows :)















looking at my corner of the room



















our living room















we had to go to disneyland















i'm so grateful my parents helped me move



















now i'm a california girl...with my
own disneyland pass and everything

Sunday, September 16, 2007

what a friend we have in jesus

Even though this week has about pounded me into the ground I cannot help but smile right now. This week has been full of classes, homework, running to and from Brea for one-on-ones and youth nights and movies and dinners with friends. I feel so completely blessed right now; my cup runneth over.

God has put so many incredible people in my path, not even in significant ways, but in small ways that I bet these people have no idea how precious they have been to me. I've had people who've invited me to sit with them at lunch and dinner when I thought I would have to eat alone. I've had people interupt my studying when I needed it the most, just to hang out. I've had roommates sing and dance and jokingly yell at me for getting them hooked on High School Musical. I've had people call me to go out for dinner and a movie when literally a minute before I resigned myself to the fact that I had nothing to do that evening and no one to eat with so I defiantly was not going to eat at all and was going to study all night. I've had multiple people treat me to Jamba Juice and a wonderful field work buddy to drive with.

And I've had more hugs than I can count.

I may be miles from home(s), but it is beginning to feel more and more like home here too.

I am even driving like a pro, jumping from interstate to interstate. (Take I-5 to the 57 to Imperial Highway. Take the 57 to I-5, jump over to 55 and merge onto the 405. Today I even went I-5 to 55 to 91 then back 91 to 55 to 405.)

But in all seriousness I am so grateful to God for leading me to this place. Without a doubt this is where I am supposed to be. I know my life is going to be insanely busy this year, but I have so much peace right now.

Lord God, thank you that we can cast all our burdens on you. Thank you for your unfailing love. Thank you for overcoming the world.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

everybodys got a water buffalo

A lot has happened since my last post. I went to Disneyland on Labor Day...for the entire day. It was a lot of fun, it felt like I went on every ride there. It was also the hottest day ever...108 degrees, because it was so hot it was not crowded at all. By the end of the day I had heat exhaustion. I almost got sick when I got home, but I laid down with a couple bags of ice and fell asleep. That same night the power went out at 10pm because it was so hot and didn't come back on until 3 in the morning. I felt so much better in the morning.

The rest of the week went by quickly with classes and homework. Friday night I went with Jesse (the other field work student) and his girlfriend, Bethany to Huntington Beach for a bonfire for the junior high students and their families. It was amazing!!!! Jesse and one of the kids went swimming and Bethany and I rolled up our pants and let the waves wash over our feet. It was the best feeling in the world! Bethany and Jesse suggested that one Sunday after church we go to the beach at Corona Del Mar. I think the beach is my new favorite place! On the way back to school we stopped at Stricklands for milkshakes....I'm glad we did, they have the best milkshakes! Then I hung out with Eric and his friends and played Apples to Apples.

Today was a long day! I went to church early for rally day and the late service. Then after running some errands I didn't get back until almost 1:30. This afternoon consisted of Doctrine homework and football. I didn't want to go out again, but went to the high school youth group tonight. I'm glad I did, the kids were all friendly and so funny. Before I left the leader, Rich told me that the young adult group is going to Mexico this weekend to play with the children at an orphanage and invited me to come along. I need to check my schedule, but that would be an awesome experience.

I wanted to write more about the classes I am taking and what I am learning because it is incredible, but I am fading quickly because it has been such a long day. I will try and find some down time this week to write more.

Goodnight for now.

Friday, August 31, 2007

the book of concord is my best friend

If I thought senior year of college was busy, it is nothing compared to what this year is going to be for me. I am taking 17 credits, equaling 7 classes, one of which is my field work class. I have been placed at Christ Lutheran in Brea to do my field work for the year. That involved 6-8 hours a week of participation in the church. For now I will mostly observe, but soon I will start leading and teaching different things. I'm already scheduled to give a children's sermon. Intimidating I know! I asked to be involved in the women's ministry and might do a bigger project with them for the spring. I think I'm also going to get involved with the young adult ministry and possibly team teach Sunday school for elementary kids.

I met with my mentor at the church this morning, her name is Michelle and she is going to be great to work with. We are both ISFJ's, which made me smile. I really like the church too, but it's quite the maze to figure out. When I went last Sunday everyone was so friendly, it made my nervousness subside a little. Christ Lutheran has a DCE Intern which is what I will be next year. Her name is Candace is she is the most cheerful and friendly person I think I have ever met. EVER. I am looking forward to learning from her.

One down side of my field work church is the distance. It is about 25 miles away...not bad, but heavy traffic makes it killer. I was told to give myself 20-30 minutes to get there. I gave myself 45 and was still 5 minutes late to my meeting. Then it took another 40 to get back. Boo! I don't want to be living out of my car this year and spending all my time driving. It doesn't seem productive. I guess the plus side is they are going to give me money for gas.

Sorry if that sounded whiny. I am grateful that I have a great congregation to work with and that I didn't get lost driving there. It really freaked me out driving all alone in a strange place where I am not familiar with anything. I suppose in time I will figure this area out.

It feels weird to be here, like I am in a dream. This does not feel real. I am one step closer to a full time career in ministry. This is where the culmination of all my hard work and my trust in God has led me. This is my life. I just wish I would stop thinking that my life is going to start once I have the title. My life is here. It is now. And I am in ministry now whether I am ready for it or not.


Goodnight from (too) warm California.
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I'm going to go to Disneyland either Sunday or Monday with my roommate Kathi and another DCE student Cassie. Yay!

Friday, August 24, 2007

you were always right there next to beside me

I have been here less than a week-classes started yesterday and God has already put people in my life to show me that this is where I am supposed to be. Yesterday I had the chance to finally hang out with my roommates and I know already that we're going to be perfect together; we are all easy going. Last night I was going to meet Eric at Shout (the Thursday evening worship-sort of like group), but I couldn't find him so I sat alone. I felt a little bummed, but the talk was about how we are the body of Christ and the importance of living in community and growing with one another. It made me feel not quite so alone then. Plus, there were sign-ups outside to join small groups. The women's version is called the Beloved. I hope that will be a way to get to know other students and grow closer to God. After Shout I found Eric we joined some of his friends to finish watching Apocalypto. I found out that both the girls were in my Intro to DCE class this morning and one was in my New Testament class yesterday. Also, tonight there is a dinner for new DCE students at a professors house and Sunday afternoon there is a BBQ for all DCE students. Well today is filled with three more classes for me, so I should probably make the most of this little free time I have.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Buddha Belly Kitchen & Tale O' The Whale

I'm here! It only took a 15 hour day on the road and a 9 hour day on the road, but we finally made it! I checked into my apartment yesterday and am almost completely unpacked. My roommates are going to be super fun. Jennifer is the RA for our apartment and I share a room with Kathi. Both girls are quite outgoing and very fun. They'll make okay replacements for the ones I left behind.

Today we went to Disneyland and met my mom's upline Katy and her friend. Lunch was at some Mexican resturant in Adventureland and then it was off to Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones. After a quite full day, another stop at Target and dinner at In-and-Out I am almost free to relax for the night. Classes begin tomorrow...I think I only have one so it will be a nice and short day. Speaking of short, I'm going to keep this post short because I have a few more things I want to get done tonight and then Eric invited me to watch a movie.

Goodnight from warm Southern California.

P.S. The title is after some crazy restaurants we saw along our drive down.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I Know Where I've Been

I know I need to begin this sometime, but doing that makes this whole experience real and I don't know if I am ready for that. I've been rushing through everything to get to this point, but now that it looms so closely I want everything to slow down. At this time next week I will be driving down I-5 and putting Seattle miles and miles behind me and California will be on the horizon. I still don't think that I have quite grasped the idea of leaving everyone/everything behind and living so far away all by myself. I will be starting all over. Don't get me wrong, I am excited. This is an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge, step out of my comfort zone and rely solely on God, but it has just finally hit me that this is really happening. Anyway, it is time to go and pack more, but I just needed some time to slow down and reflect on the craziness taking place around me.