Monday, May 30, 2011

Thankful

Today has been a great day, so I thought that I would share all the things I am thankful for with you.


1. That God blesses me with His grace every single day, even on days when I do not deserve it.


2. That I have a loving and supportive husband who loves me for who I am, no matter what.


3. That he has a job he loves doing, and does it with a positive attitude to support us.


4. That I have a job that I love and enjoy.


5. We both have families who are graciously supporting us with love during these difficult times.


6. That I have friends who are super awesome and supportive, that couldn't be any better.


7. That I have my bachelor's degree and t hat I can look forward to what the future holds for me and my career.


8. That I have free time to do things that I enjoy (thanks to #7!!).


9. That I enjoyed/survived my first hike this last weekend since my surgery last September: gives me motivation to go on some more!!


10. I have enjoyed the last 3 weekends with family and friends; so lucky they have been fun and relaxing!


11. That we have fine men & women who have served in our country, who have died serving our country, or who are presently serving our country; we are so lucky that we live in a country where these men & women fight to protect our freedom on a daily basis. So proud to say that my hubby is one of these fine men-thanks babe!! :D


Happy Memorial Day!!


Here is a picture of my dog Lucy, who hopes you all had a safe and happy day!!


Love to you all,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I can get use to this

The last 3 weekends I have done something fun. They started off with a weekend in Cambria, then a visit to see Adam in Florida, and this weekend I went camping for one night in Lake Big Bear with my in-laws and spent the other night with my mom and brother in Crestline at my Uncle's cabin. It has been really nice to have some relaxing and fun weekends with family and friends after the hard year I have had finishing school. Oh how I have really enjoyed them! I need to think of something fun to do next weekend as I have nothing on the agenda yet!

My in-laws go camping pretty frequently and I like to join them when I can. I grew up camping with my family, but they don't go tent camping anymore, so it's fun to go with them (although I stay in the trailor). :) The camp ground was very nice and had a great view of the stars at night- man I haven't seen a night sky that beautiful in awhile! In the morning I got up and read while it was peaceful outside. Sitting down reading a book amidst the noise of the trees swaying in the wind is absolutely wonderful! We then took a hike in the late morning all the way up the steep hill at Pine Summit, to the top of the ski lift. I definitely could tell that I need to exercise more; it was literally breath-taking, even though the view was worth it in the end. Look at some great pictures of the view:



Here's the view of our climb up the hill



My in-laws and I finally at the top! Heidi came, too :)

Then on Saturday late afternoon I headed on over to meet my mom and brother at the cabin. It was so relaxing spending the night there. On Sunday we woke up to the rain, read in front of a warm fire, played a competitive game of cards (the game Nertz; we love it!!) to the smell of brownies, had a nice afternoon walk, my mom and I gave each other relaxing facials, and we ended the day with a movie, The Fugitive; it was the perfect day!! Too bad the day had to come to an end!



The view we had from the cabin



The sky on our walk made it so pleasant after the rain.



I just love the clouds, they are so beautiful!

I had a great weekend with my family and I hope that your weekend was just as well!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back Into the Grind

For the past year I have been volunteering at a local elementary school, for a class I was taking at APU (remember this post I blogged about). This class allows you to obtain experience in the workforce to really prepare you for what you will be doing with your degree. You have the option of choosing where you want to volunteer or intern, which is really nice. So I chose Danbury as my site, a school for children with special needs. I have grown fond of the school, the teachers, and especially the children! It has been an absolute blessing being there in this environment.

When I first started there in the fall I was very unsure about working with this population. However, I soon realized that this was the right fit for me. Yes, there are some difficulties that come with working with this population of children, but the positives outweigh the negatives, in my opinion.

After I graduated from APU I still was volunteering there, since I had nothing better to do without working or going to school!! It turned out to work fabulously. The para-educator aid was retiring and using her vacation hours to fulfill the last 11 days of the school year, therefore meaning that someone was needed to fill her position. Without my knowledge, the teacher put my name in on the substitute list for the Claremont Unified School District, and got everything in order for me to fulfill her aid's position. Such a blessing!

So today was my first day of being the aid. Nothing was actually new for me, basically I am just getting paid instead of volunteering- which is super duper ok with me (although I didn't mind volunteering)!! I am also very thankful that this allows me more responsibility as well as experience in using my bachelor's degree, everything is just so exciting to me. God really blessed me with this amazing opportunity and I am very thankful that it came at just the right time, which will allow me to keep busy while Adam is finishing up in Florida. It's also a plus, because I will be able to substitute for the summer school session, too, which will finish right around the same time Adam will be finishing- so awesome!!

Yeah for a good day back into the work force!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Know by Now

God is so good, but shouldn't I know that by now? Shouldn't I know that God has a plan, a purpose, and a reason for everthing that He does? I would presume the answer to that question to be yes, but for some reason I always seem to doubt His amazing plan and purpose for mine and Adam's life. Since I am not God, and never will be, I do not have the reasoning or knowledge capable of knowing why He does things. But God does and therefore He knows the reasoning He has for things. He knows that everything will come together all for His glory. It doesn't mean that it will be easy, which is why He promises to be with us along the way for comfort and support. Yet so many times we fail to remember that and blame Him for not being there or turning a blind eye on us. I wish I could say I didn't do that but I would be lying.

Josh Wilson is a Christian artist who recently was introduced to me by my sister-in-law Laura, and I have grown very fond of him (thanks Laura!). It's hard to find Christian artists who are up-beat, yet still bring you encouragment through their music. He sings a song, Know By Now, all about this very concept: that God is faithful to us when we are faithful to Him. Here are the lyrics to his song:

So it all went wrong
I started singing that sad, sad song
So convinced that I was on my own
But God I know
That You won’t leave
Guess I let it slip my memory
Fast as I could count to 1 2 3
Forgetful me

Whoa, whoa, here I go again
Why do I forget, You’re always faithful
Whoa, whoa, how many times have I seen
You give me just what I need
Whoa, whoa, here I go again
I forget, You’re gonna work it out somehow
You think that I’d know by now

Well, I’d like to learn to live by faith
As the flowers of the field might say
Worry doesn’t add a single day
Oh, God I pray
You’ll help me see
When I’m looking at my history
All the ways You’ve taken care of me
I want to believe but

Whoa, whoa, here I go again
Why do I forget, You’re always faithful
Whoa, whoa, how many times have I seen
You give me just what I need
Whoa, whoa, here I go again
I forget, You’re gonna work it out somehow
You think that I’d know by now

That You are always in control
I should know by now
That You’re gonna work it out
But this shadow of a doubt
Won’t let me go

Aren't those just great lyrics?!? This song seems to be the tune that I've been singing lately, actually quite constantly, to remind me that God is faithful with the plan He has for my life.

I say all of this positively because all the unknowing and waiting is over, and our life is starting to come together. Adam now knows his graduation date for his A-school and where we will be stationed for his first duty station. YES, finally!!!!

He graduates from his school on June 27th but will have to stay for one more class until about mid-July. And for where we will be stationed, drum roll please as we reveal that it is...........

Bremerton, Washington

We both are not disappointed that for his for station, we didn't get San Diego, because it gives us the opportunity to explore a new area and we look forward to it! At least we still got the West Coast. Guess God didn't intend for us to stay in Cali with the beautiful sunshine during this time of our lives. I've been praying that God would bring us to a place that needs us, and that we would do His work there that He has in store for us. I believe that God knows what He is doing and there is no reason to doubt His plan. I am desperately looking forward to what's in store for us while we are stationed there. I am sooooo super-duper excited. At least I know something, I didn't care what he found out, I just wanted it to be anything and at least he found out the most important thing!

So the plan is for me to stay with my parents for the next 2 months while he is finishing up his schooling and then hopefully he will get some leave for relocating so we can embark on this new journey to Washington together.

Yeah for good news!!! Please continue to in prayer for our lives, for things to come together, and for smooth transitioning.

A Weekend in Paradise

This last weekend I went to visit Adam from Thursday-Monday, in Pensacola, Florida. Adam and I had been planning this weekend trip since he first arrived in Florida. He put in the request for the time off during his second week, and when it got approved, we hurried up and planned all of the important things necessary for the weekend, i.e. flight, hotel, and car rental. Since Adam loves to search for that kind of stuff, I certainly left all of that up to him.

Upon my arrival, it was so wonderful to see him! When I picked him up from the base on Thursday evening, everything that we have been through was worth it; just to see him in that very moment. We stayed right on the beach in Pensacola Beach; it was absolutely gorgeous! It was so nice to be able to spend a relaxing weekend together, since that has not happened in 3 long months! It actually reminded us that we are married, since married people live together you know.

There was no real agenda for the weekend-your surprised aren't you, since we are both naturally planners. I guess we are getting the hang of the military lifestyle already. ;) Anyways, we both did not care what we wanted to do, as long as we were spending time with each other, so having a plan did not bother us-it actually made the weekend more fun for us both! We spent our weekend in the pool, taking walks on the beach (in the morning, afternoon, and at night), walking along the city, looking at shops, and just spending well-deserved quality time with each other. It is time that we get to spend with each other like this, that reinforces my love I have for him, and I love him a lot!!, and I am so glad that we were able to have this weekend to ourselves. I am desperately looking forward to what our future entails, but am learning to appreciate the moments that we get to share with each other now.We did not take much pictures, but here are few:



Our hotel



And the view from our hotel of the amazing pool where we spent most of our time



The beautiful Pensacola Beach



On one of our late night walks on the beach


God is so great for blessing us with the company that we had in each other during this amazing weekend. I definitely did not care if the world came to an end (and to no real big surprise it did not), but if it did, at least I would have been with my hubby!! :D I think I can now get through this last home stretch for the next 1 1/2 months. Hope everyone is having a great, because I started mine off well! :D

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Well-Deserved Getaway

My mom has had a friend from highschool that she has kept in contact with since. When we were younger we tried to keep in contact with them better, at least getting together once a year. She has four girls that are around the same age as both of us, but as we all have grown older our schedules have not allowed us to do so. My mom and I decided to do a girls weekend and thought what better way to do so than to spend it in the beautiful beach city of Cambria with them.

So we made the almost 5 hour trek to Cambria. But not without stopping at Anderson's for an awesome bowl of split pea soup of course!! We just couldn't resist!




We had no big plans on what to do with our friends other than visit and catch up. However, we did go on a lovely walk on the beach, explored the city, played the card game Nertz way too much (so fun!!), drank tea for every meal, and laughed and enjoyed each other's company. We had a very pleasant time with them. Here are some pictures of our time with this beautiful family.





What a view on our walk along the beach, ey??!!??


On this walk we saw some seals. Imagine that!





Saying good-bye to a fun, relaxing, blessed time with them was hard to do!



We decided to stay on Sunday night and leave on Monday morning, in order to really get the most out of our weekend getaway. So, we made the ride home fun for ourselves. We first stopped at this remote beach in Los Osos called, Montana De Oro. We walked to the beach



And look at what we saw. Here is a side view of the beach after we had walked to the far left of the beach.





Here is the view from the left side








And the view from the right side




If you are ever in the Los Osos area along highway 1, I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to go there, as you will not regret it. Didn't the beach just look absolutely beautiful??!!??

We next headed to the vibrant city of Santa Barbara to explore the mission. Both my mom and I had not seen that mission before, so we thought we would embrace the opportunity to see it. Here are a few pictures from our time there.





I thought this tree was absolutely amazing!





And these flowers!








We then concluded our trip, I believe, the best way we possibly could: withh a pedicure! It was so relaxing, and something we both don't do very often, so it was a good treat! This was our first mother/daughter retreat since my marriage in July (two more months to one year!!) and it was fun to be together, enjoy each other with just us girls. So nice. Looking forward to some more of these kind of weekends in the future. :)

Look at the results of our cute toes!



Hope you all have a great rest of the week with whatever is in store with your lives. I'm just looking forward to seeing my hubby this weekend in person, not virtually!! :D Take care!

Summer Reading List...

One thing that I am really looking forward to with the amount of free time I now have is extracurricular reading. I never have been able to mix school reading with pleasure reading, therefore, I have always postponed my pleasure reading. Now, I have no excuse; I can read whatever I want, when I want! YEAH!! Here is my reading list. Not sure what order I will read them in, but probably close to how they are listed here:

Finish Married to the Military, Meredith Leyva
The Twilight Saga!!!
The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
Forgotten God, Francis Chan


Monday, May 16, 2011

What to do With all my Free-Time?

Since I am now a graduate (love using that word!!) I have discovered that the amount of free time one has sky-rockets after graduation. Thus, I have an enormous amount of free time on my hands and have been pondering what to do with it. Here is my accumulated list of activities that I will be rediscovering or just beginning, from now until what the future unravels for my life.


  • EXTRACURRICULAR reading!!!


  • Renewing my spiritual walk with the Lord, by practicing the Spiritual Disciplines


  • Hanging out with family & friends


  • Hiking and adventures in nature


  • Discovering the beauty of spontaneity


  • Trying out new recipes (yummy!!)


  • Scrapbooking


  • Themed-day blogging


  • Getting to use my new sewing machine!


  • Getting back into shape


  • Learning how to play the guitar!!


  • Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Am I Really a Graduate?

    It's so hard to believe that I am done with my undergraduate studies. I now wake up and have absolutely nothing that has to be done. I can do what I want, when I want, with no real time-schedule. Imagine that?!?

    The day that I graduated has come and gone so quickly. Friday morning we had convocation and it was only then that it really struck me: I was graduating the following day!! That was the only day that I got emotional. All the hard work that I had been working towards for 5 years was paying off, as I was just a day away from recieving a diploma; which is proof of my hard work. During convocation we sang the song by Matt Redman, You Never Let Go, which you can listen to here. The whole song is amazing, but the verse that got me states:

    And I will fear no evil
    For my God is with me
    And if my God is with me
    Whom then shall I fear?
    Whom then shall I fear?


    When we were singing this song I began to think of my future. What will my career be? Will I continue on with higher education? When will Adam and I start our family? Where will we be stationed? All of these questions are out of my reach of knowing; only God knows the answers to these questions. He has a plan for my life and has had it since before my birth. He knows it all. People on the earth can tell me that I am not good enough or that I do not have what it takes to do this or that. There may not be any good schools around where Adam will get stationed. But all of that does not matter. There should not be anything that I should fear and I should not let anything get in the way. If it lies within the plan that God has for my life, then God will allow a way for me to complete it, period. There is nothing that is out of reach of God. I should not let the uncertainties in life get in the way from me simply just living each and every day for Him; which is what we are called to do. Every day we are to die to ourselves and commit the day to God. Yet every time I become frightened by the unknowns that life brings I tend to forget about simply just living for Him. It is so much easier to praise God when everthing is going well because the minute that things spiral downhill, I tend to shake my fists and cry out to God, "where are you in all of this," even though He does not deserve that. We might think that God deserts us but He is right there with us, crying the same tears we are and suffering the same pains we are. We are so blind to God sometimes, we really are!

    Anyways, Saturday went by so fast with all the festivities that occurred. My graduation party was nice, with my close immediate family in attendance only, since all my close friends were busy or had prior engagements. It was hard not having Adam there, my best friend, husband, and #1 supporter. I tried really hard to get through the day with a positive attitude, and think I did a really good job despite the circumstances. Thanks to modern technology, with the use of Skype, Adam was able to attend my grad-party! It was very nice to have this privilege and helped ease my sorrows. All-in-all the party was nice. After my celebration I went to school and Christina and I walked over to sign in and line-up for the commencement ceremony. Christina and I both agreed that the whole day was surreal. Throughout the whole night we just couldn't fathom that we were moments away from graduating. Honestly, the feeling felt good but weird all at the same time. Adam was also able to hear my name be called during the ceremony, too, as he was on speaker on my mom's phone, yet again, gotta love technology! I also texted him right after I came back to my seat. Oh how he blesses me so much, he told me he loves me, he is so proud of me, he would have done anything to be there with me, but is with me in spirit; which is just what I needed to hear!


    Here are some pictures to document the glorious day of becoming an official alumni of Azusa Pacific University.



    Even though Adam is 3,000 miles away, he was at my party!



    Waiting in line, wearing my Psi Chi medal proud!



    Walking in to commencement with joy upon seeing my family!!



    Officially a graduate!!!



    My proud family after the ceremony



    Thanks be to everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, and blessed me throughout my undergrad-college years. I am very appreciate and thankful for you; love you all! Continue to be keeping Adam and I in your prayers. Thanks!

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    I am a Graduate Y'all

    Have you heard the good news on the streets? I am a college graduate!!!! Although I have not had time to update each day regarding my graduation, I am however devoting this next week to blogging about it. In the meantime, here is a video of me walking into the Commencement Ceremony. I was so encouraged by all the support I have received thus far and still continue to receive from family and friends. I sure do have a good support team!! Love you all and enjoy!!



    video



    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Crafty Cap Preppin....

    Here is a pic of my cap that I made to wear, so when I threw it in the air proud, I would be able to find it easily. My roommate Christina and I made our caps to match. It was so fun and very easy to do, however you do have to have access to a di-cutting machine.

    All you need is:

    1. Construction Paper
    2. A Di-cutter
    3. Adhesive tape (I used Zips Adhesive Lines ultra thin and it worked great!)
    4. Scissors

    Here is the result:












    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    And the Countdown Begins...

    I just finished my last assginment and paper of my undergrad years and am just waiting to take my last. final. EVER!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! :O

    (Technically I am finished on Thursday morning, but since we do not have a final for that class and I presented last week, all I have to do is show up to class and eat donuts the teacher is bringing. How cool is that??!!?? (you should be jealous!!). So I conclude that after my class at 7pm tonight, I am DONE!!!!)

    I am so excited for what is to come for my life after I walk across that stage with a big smile on my face and a huge monkey lifted off my back. Only. 4. more. days!!!!!!!