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.