Friday, February 29, 2008

Leaping forward, looking back

It's been a crazy two months. Time moving so quickly. I leveled up at work to take on more responsibilities - including a pupil to train. The second half of Eureka is kicking off with new small groups. Friendships and other relationships are making their way into both the "-days" and "-ends" of my weeks. Interests to pursue are filling my leisure times (vocal lessons, working with a new bass guitar, running). Life is, at first glance, busy and non-stop.

But it's all good. I'm actually relaxed. Content. No, seriously.

I think part of it is seeing the grace that's around you. Sometimes, I need to remind myself this truth: I live in a home with a loving, supportive family and food to eat, and having awesome friends/communities of agape, and a good Dad who sees it all. I have been granted so many gifts and opportunities - most of which I don't deserve.

It's about having patience. I'll be first to admit it's not cake. But I think when the going gets tough, you have to endure and take things as they come. For me, that's time for myself in learning from mistakes (sometimes stupidly repeated). That's waiting for people to come around to you for who you are. That's trusting in Dad's perfect timing for everything.

I've come to realize how important it is to have balance - to make tweaks on some things and big turnarounds on others. And to somehow balance maintaining that balance (imagine that).

All this to say that things are going well. Looking forward to next adventures on this journey, and hope you would still stick with me to see it.

Happy Leap Year!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Weekend Getaway to Lake Tahoe

Currently Watching
By Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Farrell, Jerry Stiller, Milla Jovovich, Jon Voight
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A brief but relaxing weekend with IV friends and friends-of-friends in Lake Tahoe:

Watching Connect 4

Connect 4


Mike, Ginny Albert, Wendy, Greg, Tim

Snow Angels


IV buddies

It wouldn't stop it was the holidays all over again. =)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Hello, Gorgeous

One year later...

Dual Monitors Computer
The Desk

Okay, okay, I know this isn't the deeper post you expected, but it will happen soon (promise!). But for now...

...ain't she a beautiful sight or what? =P

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Moving Along...

My mind is being stretched in so many directions. The constant battle of choosing between needs and wants, and trying to strike a balance for both. I am always thinking of something to do or someone to see.

But no really, life is good. God is good. =) I just have so many projects I like to get on wheels. So many hopes and dreams to think and pray over. Some disappointments and determinations to make it right the next go-around.

Will be back soon with more to write. Scout's honor.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

...and a Happy Valentine's Day to you. =)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Glimpse of Heaven

Currently Listening
God of This City
By Passion
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One of the cool things about going to conferences is seeing the great kingdom of God uniting together to meet God - and to be met by God. People from cities, states, and even countries gather to worship together and learn more of our great and loving Dad.

And the fun doesn't stop there.

As I made my way to the front row the first night of Passion '08 where Josh was waiting with our seats (he can get through crowds like no one), I turned and found in the seat next to him...Kyle Shimazaki! He was our church youth camp's speaker from two years ago who made quite an impact on the kids. I was so elated to see him after all this time, and spent a few minutes just catching up with one another.

When the night ended and we were exiting the Nokia Theater, I suddenly ran into Pastor Steve Lo, another youth camp speaker from last year! Needless to say, I was filled with even more joy when giving my next hug.

What's the point of these run-ins you might ask? I imagine that is what heaven would be like: coming home to a big family of believers, some we have seen often and others maybe only once. Extending that hand, high-five, or hug, and sharing everything about the life before. And lastly, being together with the One who was there the whole way.

Not yet, but I can't wait. =)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I'm proud to be a rat

Okay, kids. After twelve years of waiting patiently, our turn has finally arrived once more.

Calling all rats abound and especially those born in the year of George Orwell's novel (forgive my nods to literature)....

....IT"S OUR YEAR!!! Let's go and make it a great one. =)

(Don't spend that cash too fast, now ;] )