Wednesday, November 19, 2008

lead me to the cross

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I 
Tempted and tried
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now You're risen

To Your heart
Lead me to Your heart

a prayer for the journey

O Christ, do not give me tasks equal to my powers,
but give me powers equal to my tasks,
for I want to be stretched by things to great for me.
I want to grow through the greatness of my tasks,
but I shall need your help for the growing.

-E. Stanley Jones

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

-2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Saturday, November 15, 2008

hooray! into the fire.

What a day!
Totally beyond anything I could have imagined!

Jenny and I picked up Blizzard from the vet this morning.  Did I ever say that we got kittens?  Well, Blizzard was spayed and declawed yesterday.  The poor girl is not happy with us.

After we got her all settled and drugged up, Jenny, Ashlee and I drove to Crystal Cove State Park and took a nice 3 mile or so hike.  It was beautiful.  We were able to walk a nice distance along the beach for part of the way.  Once we finished our hike we drove a couple miles back to Corona Del Mar Beach to relax in the sun.  

This is November, right?  

We enjoyed soaking up the sun, climbing around the rocks and taking silly pictures.  Around 1:30 we decided to head back home, little did we know the fires were taking over.  We were literally heading straight towards them.  Needless to say, traffic was horrendous and we had to detour.  Luckily we relied on Jenny's GPS to help with the detour and our sense of humor to deal with the traffic.

We took 1 to 55 to 5 to 57 to 90 to 39 to 60 to 605 to 210 to home.  It took close to 6 hours to get home and I am not exaggerating.  SO RIDICULOUS!  

Although, I would rather it have taken that long than be one of the people who have lost their homes or have to evacuate.  I know a family who's home is less than 3 miles away from the fire.  

It was surreal driving through the crazy smoke and seeing the sky so many colors, with ash falling and the sun burning red.

This is a difficult time for California, so I ask for your prayers.  

Thursday, November 13, 2008

possibly, maybe, there's a chance

It's been awhile since I last blogged.  Here is a quick update.  

At the beginning of October my roomies and I met up with Alisha in LA and had dinner at Beso before seeing Wicked at the Pantages.  That evening was so much fun!  Plus, we sat next to Patricia Heaton at dinner.  Crazy, no?  Wicked was unbelievable!  My eyes filled with tears during the opening song because I was bursting with excitement and joy!

The last week of October was packed full of crazy LA fun!  On a Wednesday evening I met up with Jenny and Ashlee at Union Station.  From there we proceeded to check into a hotel downtown.  A hotel?  Yes.  And it was quite fabulous and inexpensive!  We ate dinner at Ketchup on Sunset.  SO GOOD!  We split fries and salads.  Delicious!  Next was The Roxy to once again see Barcelona perform.  It was so worth the late night.  Unfortunately the next morning I didn't make the early train back to Claremont, so I arrived to work late.

Then my parents came for a few days!  It was refreshing to see them!  I've missed them so much and haven't seen them since June.

While they were here Jenny, Ashlee and I celebrated Halloween LA style.  Jenny, the fat bumblebee, Ashlee, the incredible hulk and me, Hannah Montana drove down to participate in the craziness on Santa Monica Boulevard.  We saw SO many ridiculous people, a few naked girls, some Sarah Palin's and even a male hulk.  It was an experience to say the least.

Then.  Yes.  There is a then.  Then, the next evening my parents, roommates and I drove back to downtown LA, to the Wiltern, to see She & Him perform!  I had been looking forward to this for months!  It was such a great show, minus a few political comments.

It is fun to look back on those things I've done.  It's really unbelievable to be in a place with so many opportunities and activities to take part in.  I feel like a pretty lucky girl.

More later.  I was up until 4:30 this morning helping Ashlee with a video application and my brain is not processing so well.  :)