Saturday, December 15, 2012

Abundantly Blessed

I am so abundantly blessed!

Last night I went to a Christmas work party and had to say goodbye to my lovely co-workers. Being in the company of such wonderful people reminded me how blessed I have been to work at a place with such great people! As we prayed before dinner, I was reminded of what a HUGE blessing it is to work with people who love God, to not have to be afraid of someone taking offense to our Creator and Father. It was very bittersweet to say goodbye! I will definitely miss working at the store with such amazing people, helping customers, and of course finding cute stuff hah ;) So, if any of you NUO people are reading this, THANK YOU for being so great and so helpful and encouraging! I learned so much and will seriously miss you all very very much! 

In other news, I get on the plane to head home tomorrow morning! This time tomorrow I will be home with my family! Ahhh cannot wait to be with them! Four months without my family is far too long! Don't know what I'd do without them! 

Andddd in 19 days I will be on a plane to England. Holy cow. I can't believe how close this is! It feels like I've been talking about it forever and it's finally so close! It's all I can think about! I constantly catch myself daydreaming about reading Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the weekends (his birth place!)

or "punting" on the Thames in Oxford (boating), 

or walking along streets and wondering about the history of each place I'm encountering.

 I. Cannot. Wait.

Well, I have to finish packing up/making sure my suitcase is less than fifty pounds haha! Have a wonderful weekend!



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Counting Down the Days!

I am doing two major countdowns at the moment!

One being going home for Christmas! I leave in 8 days and I can hardly stand to wait another second! I am so excited to be with my family, bake, cook, laugh, be silly, etc! I can't wait to see my dogs, my favorite places (of course including Caribou Coffee), watch the snow fall :) Aw, winter, the best time of the year! It will be so wonderful!

My second countdown is for Oxford! I leave on a plane to London in 26 days! I know winter break always goes by so quickly, but I'm sure it will be gone even faster as I prepare to leave. There isn't a lot to do, besides getting weather appropriate clothing/shoes :) Haha but I think it will be more of a mental preparation. I have never ever done something like this and it's going to be one of the greatest adventures of my life (I say this is I'm listening to the song "The Adventure" by Angels and Airwaves, anyone remember that one?!) This song is the theme song of my adventure :)

And of course I can't forget about my WEDDING in 385 days. It's far away, but after I get back from Oxford it will be planning time as then it will only be 8 months away! Life is so great! God is good (ALL the time!) I will keep updating before I leave and then of course once I'm abroad!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Catch Up

I am so mad at myself for not keeping up with the blog! I wanted to but taking 18 units and working isn't leaving much spare time for me to even think about blogging haha! So update...

It looks like Josh & I will be getting married on December 28th, 2013! It sounds so far away but I know this next year will fly by so fast as we prepare for that wonderful day! :) We had come up with a few different dates but they just didn't sit right. We were trying to squeeze in such an important day (due to his intense grad program & me deciding to study abroad), but with this date, it will be perfect! I am so happy and excited to have a truly white wedding haha! And in Bozeman! I'm not going to really start planning until I get back from Oxford in April. I feel like THEN it will be appropriate to get all crazy planner lady ;)

Also, I will most definitely be updating my blog at least every week while in Oxford! I want all my family and friends to feel updated with my life in the midst of communication being a little more difficult! I am so excited for this adventure! I have never done anything so completely independent. I don't know one single person going in my program as I am not going with my school, and of course I'll be in a different country! But I am embracing it completely! I'm getting giddy just thinking about boarding my plane on January 3rd! :)

In other news, my brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first baby in early February! In addition to that amazing news, I will get to nanny baby Luke ALL summer in Pensacola, Florida! I am so excited to spend time with my brother and his wife, and of course the new baby! Growing up, my brother and I weren't very close. It wasn't until I was about 17 and my brother was about 20 that we started bonding and had a lot of fun memories! He became such a great support system and I truly value that time we got to share before he left for the air force. I also haven't had the chance to spend a lot of time with his wife, who I lovelovelove! She is wonderful! So I am excited to deepen those relationships, and of course became the favorite auntie ;) Hehe!

Anyways, I must get back to studying for a test in the morning haha! I'm going to try and post more before I leave for England! :)


Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm Engaged!!!

So it's been a while since I've written anything...but obviously a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks! Let me recap :)

I got back to California on August 8th and spent a week at Josh's house. We had so much fun doing things like swimming, paddleboarding in Newport, and going to an Angels game in Anaheim (my first one!). 

My mom and sister flew into California the following Thursday (the 16th) and then the four of us drove to San Clemente to stay in a hotel near where my cousin's wedding would be on Saturday (the 18th). My whole extended family came out for my cousin Kellie's wedding so it was going to be a lot of fun. On Saturday the 18th, we headed to Dana Point for the wedding!

^^The ceremony was at a park overlooking the ocean! So beautiful! 

After the ceremony, we headed to the reception site at Dana Point Harbor (well, we actually stopped for tacos first because we wouldn't be eating for a few hours haha). When we got to the reception site, everyone was hot and sweating (no air conditioning!) but it was still fun. After a few hours, we ate dinner. Shortly after, a girl next to us started smoking. Josh has asthma that gets bothered easily by smoke so I right away asked, "Should we move? I have to pee anyways." Haha very attractive. So Josh, my mom, and I headed towards the bathroom. My mom and I went in while Josh waited outside watching her purse and expensive camera; I thought nothing of it. As I came out, Josh asked if I wanted to go for a walk. I said yes, mostly because it was cooler outside haha but also because we hadn't had much alone time. As we started walking along the harbor looking out at the ocean, Josh started telling me all the things he loved about me. I honestly was still not skeptical at all because he tells me things like that often :) We continued to walk when he veered off to a little grassy area. Thennn I grew suspicious and my heart started to beat faster. He told me he wanted to continue to find more things he loved about me and wanted to love me for the rest of his life (or something along those heart was beating so fast that I don't remember exactly what was said haha!) Of course I said yes, but I was still in shock. I looked over and there was my mom with her camera, crying! 

^^sneaky mom! haha she got this photo!

We went over to her and hugged her and she walked back to the reception to give us a few minutes to ourselves. It was then that I started crying and couldn't stop! Haha! We went back to the reception and I went straight to my sister and whispered in her ear and she was so happy! We then told my whole extended family (my aunt went up to my cousin who was the DJ, who then announced our engagement to the whole reception!) It was so crazy and such a whirlwind (sidenote: my cousin is not the type of person who would be upset at someone getting engaged at her wedding; she is all about love and that energy!) We then called my dad and step mom and my best friend to share the news! It's finally feeling real and not just like a dream :)

My beautiful ring! This picture doesn't do it justice! The center pops and the whole ring sparkles! It's quite distracting ;)

My best friend baked me silly!

^^stole this idea from pinterest!

It will be so fun to see how the planning plays out. I have always loved weddings and looked at wedding stuff constantly, but now actually planning it is very different haha! I will keep you posted on what plans we make! :)



Friday, August 3, 2012

Four Days...

In just four short days, I will finally get to be with Joshua again! The past forty-four days have felt like slow motion! Cannot wait until Wednesday so I can get on that plane and get back to my love! :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Doilies

It's Wednesday! That means another post for Wedding Wednesday! Yay! Haha! This week I'm talking about a certain idea that I personally love and really would like to use for my own big day! I haven't seen it around many blogs, but I've searched all over and have found all kinds of ideas that could use this one, cheap thing for ALL areas at a wedding: DOILIES! Yes, that's right...the little papers! Before you go ahead and think this is completely odd, look at the photos below and see what I'm talking about!

First of all, lets just look at the possibilities with invitations! I love the different feel you can make with little doilies! On the top, the bow and colored paper gives it a more formal feel (who knew that was possible with a doily?!) and the middle with the brown paper and yarn to tie it together, we have a more laid back/rustic feel! The bottom also is very laid back with a simple doily folded over the top with pretty writing. How easy and inexpensive!

I know these photos aren't very close up, but these are the programs used for a wedding that would match very well with the invitations above for that laid back feel! A doily on the front with brown string (left photo) and just a plain piece of brown stock paper with a little doily folded over the top! So easy and again, very inexpensive! I really love the look of these!

The above escort signs are both done with doilies! The top photo simply has doilies pinned in a frame, giving it a little bit of a more formal feel. The bottom photo simply has the doilies tacked into a colored board. So easy and simple and the different shapes and sizes of doilies makes this really fun!

The above photos are seating cards (which differ from the escort cards because the escort cards show which table the guest is seated at, while the seating cards show which place the guest should sit at. Some couples choose to not have seating cards, but sometimes it is easier to assign a place than to have guests awkwardly wonder where they should sit). The calligraphy on these doilies look very pretty and simple! Again, I don't know if you could get something cheaper!

These photos are great favor ideas! Simply add a doily to a paper bag and set up some sort of "help yourself" station. The one on the top had a candy bar set up for guests to fill their bags with candy. The doily has lyrics printed on it, adding a little more of a personal touch. The second photo simply has thank you written with a sweet little butterfly cut out. There are so many different things you could do with doilies as a favor, but these are just some examples.

The above photos are just some random decorating ideas I found with doilies! The top photo is simply cutting doilies into shapes and hanging them on strings to put up at the ceremony or reception. The bottom photo is just wrapping a doily and taping to fill with anything! It looks like flower petals to throw for the groom and bride in this photo, but you could put anything in there from flowers, to popcorn and candy! 

Overall, I think doilies are a great little sub-theme to any wedding! There are so many things you can do with doilies to add that sweet and simple touch to your big day! It also doesn't hurt that it would probably end up saving you lots! I hope you find some inspiration for taking something simple and making it the perfect addition to your special day!

Come back next time,


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beauty From Ashes

As I'm sure most everyone knows by now, a horribly horrendous thing happened in Aurora, Colorado two nights ago. A young man came into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people, wounding 58. The first thing I thought of when I heard of this tragedy was WHY? What possessed a young man with his whole future ahead of him to do such an evil thing? That, I do not know. Police have him in custody and I'm sure things will start to be revealed and will unravel.

However, in the midst of this tragedy there is good. Good because of God. I know I wasn't there. I didn't hear and see the evil that was taking place. But God was there. God was in that theater. God was grieving over His son choosing such evil. God was grieving over His children being hurt, being killed. No one can understand God completely because God is omnipotent and almighty. But from reading the Bible, it is clear more than anything that God loves His children more than anything, which is why He sent His own son to die so that we could live with Him forever. 

I know that when His children choose evil over good, we break His heart. And that when His children are hurt and killed, He weeps. I imagine the sadness I feel as I write this multiplied by infinity, and maybeee that comes close to the sadness He feels, but it's probably still much more than that. God created man in His image, to be good. But God also created man with free will, a gift, that is unfortunately used for bad by some. 

When people ask, "Why would a god let things like this happen to us if he loved us?", it's essential for all to know that this absolutely breaks God's heart. Evil was never in His plan for us. But because He gave us free will, so that we might choose to love Him and live our lives for Him, we also have free will in all aspects of or lives. So God didn't make this happen, God didn't want this to happen. We are not robots who are on a set path. God blessed us with free will. Unfortunately, this is used in the wrong way by some.

But I don't want you to leave reading this blog feeling like I just reiterated a sad story. I want you to read this amazing blog that was written by a mother who was in that theater with her two daughters. Her words made me cry. Yes, because of the tragedy. But also because of hope that we have in Jesus. This is an amazing testimony that I hope you will read. In it she says,

"God is always good. Man is not. Don't get the two confused."

How true are those words. I think of Job in the Bible. Job was a righteous man, who did all God asked of him. Satan tells God that he thinks if Job was put through horrible things, Job would lose his faith in God. So, Job is put through horrible things--his whole family dies, he loses all of his animals, etc. It goes on an on and I just want it to stop when I'm reading it because it hurts my heart to see so much pain in one man's life! When reading that book, I ask why? Why would God let such horrible things happen to Job. I sound like an unbeliever myself but I read of the loss and hurt and it hurts my heart that such a Godly man is put through so much bad! When you get to the end of this book in the Bible, Job STILL has faith in God. I am amazed at his faith. I have not endured much pain in my life, so to imagine losing everything and still having faith is so amazing to me. I pray that I will have faith like that through all the ups and downs in my life. 

The woman who wrote the blog talks about faith like Job's. That even through tragedy and evil, God is STILL good, He is ALWAYS good. He can make beauty out of ashes and that even though this evil thing happened, His goodness is far greater than all the evil in the world! I have hope that there will come so much beauty from this because my hope is in God and His promises to us! Please be reminded of God's goodness and power today. Continue to pray for all those who are grieving and that God's light would shine light into this darkness.

Love always,


Friday, July 20, 2012

Little Love Stories

One of my favorite local wedding photographers is We Heart Photography. They are a Christian husband/wife duo that take the most beautiful photos and I adore reading their blog, where weekly they've been posting little love stories from their past. I love reading the stories (which don't necessarily go in order! A twist! haha). I think it's a wonderful way for them to let their potential/past clients get to know them better, and also a great way for them to document all of the details of their love story without letting much fade away. How cool would it be to look back years later and read every detail of your love story?! So, I'm also adding another series besides Wedding Wednesday to my blog--Little Love Stories! They will be more than once a week, mostly because I love writing and I love my love story haha! So I hope you'll enjoy the little love stories to come :) Here goes the first!

I was new to younglife, an outreach ministry that has college-aged leaders go into high schools and get to know them, befriend them, and proclaim the Good News to them! It's unlike any other ministry I know of because you are investing in these teenager's lives, being a mentor, a friend, and a leader. It's truly an amazing ministry! Anyways, I was going to a leader's conference at Forest Home the last weekend of October 2010. At this retreat, area leaders and people high up in younglife gave little seminars filled with advice on how to be effective leaders, how to write club talks, how to not come off as a creeper to high school students, etc. haha! Overall, I was excited to go and learn more about this amazing ministry, but also nervous because I only knew my sister Jamie and her best friend Anna. 

We were meeting the other leaders at the high school our ministry was working at beforehand because they were having their homecoming football game so it was going to be a good way to hang out with the high schoolers. I met some leaders and "kids" and was having a lot of fun. We were walking out and met with the other leaders in the parking lot. There, standing next to some of the leaders I had met, was Josh. He was wearing his letterman's jacket (because he actually went to this high school we did ministry at!) so I was very confused. I thought, "DANG this high schooler is cute and looks so much older! Is this how they all look?!" Haha well I was introduced and learned that he was actually a leader, luckily ;) We broke off into different cars and all made our way up the mountain to the retreat.

The weekend was filled with fun activities and growth! I learned a lot about younglife and being a good leader! Overall, we all bonded as a team and it was cool to feel connected to the leaders I would be in ministry with when returning to campus! On the last night, there was a halloween dance. All the leaders from the LA area were there so maybe 100 or more college-aged students crammed into a little event area to dress up, dance, play games, and act like kids! We all had a blast! 

Although Josh had already caught my eye, something about this night sparked more than that. I was not completely out of my shell with these new people yet (I'm quite the introvert), so dancing with complete strangers was not something I was too excited for (especially because I'm not the biggest fan of dancing to begin with--I'm horrible haha!). So as everyone in the center was dancing around, I was kind of standing awkwardly in the middle, as if I was waiting for something to happen, looking around. The next thing I knew, Josh came out of nowhere and grabbed my hand and did a little dance move to pull me over to where some of our leaders were and we all danced. I was blushing big time. I thought he was the sweetest guy ever to notice me feeling uncomfortable and to take action so that I wouldn't be uncomfortable. I didn't know what was going to happen next, but I loved the way he made me feel in that small moment.

The Team! (Josh is in the Elvish costume on the far left haha! That's me on the bottom right! I was afraid to be too close to him because I knew I'd blush! Haha!)

As we've talked back about that weekend, he told me how the first time he saw me at the high school he thought I was the hottest thing ever (weirdo hehe). The whole weekend he wanted to talk to me and get to know me better. I love looking back and seeing his perspective--putting the pieces together :) That weekend was the start of our soon to come flirting, constant texting, and hard-core crushing...

Come back soon for another little love story!

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

So as you might know (or maybe you don't know haha), I am a huge lover of all things wedding related! My love for planning and weddings had me seriously considering becoming a wedding coordinator (I even got an internship with a coordinator!). But ultimately, my passion for English kept coming back and my love for youth and seeing the potential in them truly made me confident in my original plan of becoming a high school English teacher. I believe that the things that we are good at or passionate about are God given things! If we don't use our talents, I feel like that's not very honoring to God who gave us each distinct gifts and passions! Thus, I am pursuing a degree in English and am 100% confident in my goal because I know it's what God has given me! However, I still loveee weddings and planning so if friends or family didn't have it in their budget to hire a coordinator, I would LOVE to help them in planning, vendor searching, etc. because that also gives me so much joy! I actually have many word documents with weddings I have planned for friends/family for fun (even though none of them are engaged haha). 

I know people do posts like "Wedding Wednesday" but they all do it a little differently! I thought it would be fun to share some things every Wednesday that I would love to incorporate into my future wedding someday (not engaged, just love being inspired haha) or some ideas that are big in weddings...I read a lot of wedding blogs haha :) I love the weekly themed postings a lot of you girls do so I'm joining in!

For my first "Wedding Wednesday", I wanted to share with you a super cute idea that I hope to make a main theme at my own wedding someday!


Haha I know it might sound ridiculous, but I absolutely love coffee! It's so comforting and cozy and I think it would be so fun to tie in with a wedding! Here are some great pictures and ideas I came across while doing some research ;)

Of course the most important thing for a coffee themed wedding would be the coffee bar! I am in love with this idea! By having coffee set up on a table with sweet little pastries and little signs, I think it would be the cutest thing and really popular with guests!

^^Here is a coffee bar to die for with cute little cream bottles labeled with what flavor they are!

^^I love the donut holes on stirring sticks! A fun little treat :) Also notice the monogrammed cup holders! Love it!

There are so many cute and easy DIY ideas with coffee that you could do that would also be pretty inexpensive! ^^ Here is a great shot with the rings that I just love!

Cute matching mugs!

Escort cards in little drawers filled with coffee beans! So easy!

Perfect & easy centerpiece idea! Jars filled with coffee beans with beautiful flowers!

^Love this as a favor!

:) I know etsy has all kinds of cute signs like this ^^ related to coffee that you could put anywhere at your wedding!

So if you love coffee as much as I do, definitely consider a sweet coffee inspired tie in on your big day! Such an easy and cute way to incorporate something you love and to make your day cozy and wonderful! Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Fastest Longest Summer!

I know that doesn't make sense...haha but this summer has been going by so slowly, and yet I'll be heading back to California in 33 days! I don't even know where this summer has gone but I'm ready to be back in my niche. Being home this summer has been really trying for me. It was nearly impossible for me to find a job that would hire me for just the summer, which led to me taking anything I could get...a job at McDonalds (never ever thought I'd say that haha!), despite them hardly scheduling me! Quite the humbling experience!! 

Anyways, I've had a lot of time to think while being home most days. Something I've talked about before is how I have two different lives--my Minnesota life, where my family remains and the life that was comfortable for me for 18 years is. The more introverted, quiter me was in that life. Then, there is the California life--the life that consists of adventures, constant new things, my wonderful school, my amazing friends, and Josh! The more out-going, adventurous me lives there haha! I know I'm so blessed to have two places to call home, with people who love me and miss me in both places! But it is so difficult to be content in one place because my heart is in both places, constantly missing the place I'm not in. But I'm taking control! For these last 33 days, I'm vowing to cherish the quite moments, the time I have with my family, the drives through the familiar places that I love, and all of the little things in between that are special to me. When I get back to school, I vow to be happy because I have my friends, Josh, and my school! I have so much to be thankful to God for and I don't want to be taking things for granted anymore! Whenever I feel sad or not content with where I am, I vow to thank God for even having a place to miss! I saw a quote on pinterest the other day from Winnie the Pooh that said,

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying   
goodbye so hard."

I really love this and it is such a great reminder of the blessing it is to have people who we love so much that we don't want to say goodbye to. I am very very thankful for the places and faces that make leaving difficult. I am truly blessed and I don't thank God enough for all that I'm blessed with/by! 

Those are my thoughts for now :) Haha I'm really for real this time going to be more consistent in blogging because I do love it a lot! It's like a public diary :) Haha! 

Hope you're having a beautiful Saturday! 


Friday, June 1, 2012

Minnesota Travel Guide :)

How is it June already?! It's been a whole month since I took finals! Wow! Haha! Anyways, I'm so excited to say that in 14 DAYS I will be reunited with Josh! :) He will get in late on the 15th and I am ecstatic! It has been 24 days without my best friend, the longest we've ever been apart! I know that might not sound like a big deal, but it is when we're used to spending so much time together! The distance truly helps you to appreciate the time you get to spend with the people you love (missing my sister lots too!) The six days he will be here will be the best part of my summer by far! I'm excited to show him around beautiful Minnesota in the summer (he's only been here in the was 30 degrees when he was here and for those of you not from Minnesota, you should know that 30 degrees is a very warm winter haha!) Just for fun to show you my home state, here are some of the places I plan on taking him to!

If you've never had caribou, you're missing out. It is thousands of times better than starbucks. It's cozy inside with a cute fireplace and cabin-ish decor, and the people are always so wonderful. It's mostly in the mid-west (it started in Minnesota) but has moved out further to states like Colorado and even Alaska! Transitioning to California, where unfortunately there still aren't any caribou coffee stores (but I think they might be expanding there in the future!!!), is still hard for me! Starbucks never satisfies me quite like caribou, where you also have your choice of dark, milk, or white ghiradelli chocolate in your drink. Yep, it's kinda a big deal ;) So this will be a place we stop multiple times so he can enjoy it while he can!

Okay, this looks sketchy haha but it's a restaurant my family has been going to together for 10+ years (my step dad has been going for 30+!) in uptown of Minneapolis. It is legit Viatnamese food that I would like to eat on my death bed haha! Everyone there knows what we order, our life stories, etc. haha! I took Josh here last time and he loved it! So we will for sure go at least once! :)

Downtown Excelsior!
Excelsior is a cute town near my home where are there adorable shops, ice cream included haha, right near our version of a "beach." This is where I would come to lay out in the summers and swim in the lake when it got too hot. Lake Minnetonka (which is HUGE) has a docking area right by the beach. It's always busy in Excelsior in the summertime!
Boat central!

Hennepin County Fair!
Every summer, my county has a cute little fair. Now, it doesn't even make it on the radar compared to our state fair (which is a BIG deal...our state fair is one of the biggest in the country every year!) but it is so fun and cute! They have a petting zoo, little rides, food, and a demolishan (I don't even know how to spell that...haha) derby where cars just run into each other. I don't know why that's there but it's entertaining haha! And of course they have cheese curds :)
If you don't know what cheese curds are, your life is not yet complete. Now don't get grossed out yet (curd is a gross word haha). I am not all that into cheese, but being from the midwest, cheese curds are our thing. Ask any person from any of the midwest states and they will tell you you're missing out! It's deep fried goodness that our fairs serve perfectly! I had Josh try them last year at a fast food chain we have that serves them instead of fries, but they aren't quite as good as they are at fairs so I'm happy he'll get the real cheese curd experience!

Lake Calhoun!
As you might know, Minnesota is known as "The Land of 10,000 Lakes." Well, it's actually MORE than that...I know, it's hard to believe! But there are literally lakes everywhere and it's beautiful! Anyways, we have a chain of lakes right near Minneapolis called Lake of the Isles. Lake Calhoun is one of the lakes and it's always busy! People are walking, running, rollerblading, etc. around it alllll the time! It's so pretty! You can even rent kayaks and canoes to take out on it for a good price! So we will definitely hit up this gorgeous lake at least once to be outside!

Chino Latino!
Now, I'm sorry if it sound like all I care about is food haha but there are so many neat places to eat in Minnesota that don't exist elsewhere! Chino Latino is a "hip" place in uptown of Minneapolis that I've been coming to for years (uptown is where the young people hang out haha). Right when you walk in, you feel like a celebrity or at least like you should be in a movie. It's so cool, the lighting, the music, the people, the food! I love it! I will for sure be taking Josh here!

The Target Field!
Apparently all of our big things in the city have to be named after Target (Target is strangely headquartered in Minneapolis! We have the Target center as well, where most big concerts are held) and our fairly new Target Field which is where the Minnesota Twins play. I believe it was built two years ago, but I still haven't had a chance to go! My dad offered to buy tickets for Josh and I to go and baseball is my favorite sport (actually the only sport I can sit through and watch because I played softball for ten years haha) so it will be fun to take him to a game!

Anyways, I'm clearly very excited to have him visit and show him things I didn't get to show him in the winter. I hope you enjoyed my little Minnesota tourist guide haha! Have a fabulous weekend! :)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012


So I said I was going to get better about blogging, being the summer with more spare time and everything...well it's almost been a month since my last post haha! SO much has happened!

I finished my sophomore year of college! Four semesters down, three to go! I am more than halfway done with my college crazy is that?! Not only was it hectic taking finals and worrying about packing up my apartment and moving out, but my family all came to California because my sister's graduation so I had so much going on!

The coolest thing that has happened in the past few weeks was seeing my brother and sister-in-law. They are the cutest couple and just angels! They are both in the air force and are based in Florida. I probably see them once a year, if that, but they surprised my entire family at dinner a few nights before my sister's graduation! I'm surprised I didn't cry...hahaha it was SO neat to see them and just feel the love all around :) I truly cherish the time I get to spend with my brother and sister-in-law and admire them so stinkin much! I brag about them allllll the time haha!

(My brother Aaron, my sister-in-law Cassie, Me, and Joshua!)

On May 5th, my sister officially graduated from college! It was extremely bittersweet! I have loved being at school with her and will miss her so much, but I am so excited for her and this new part of her life!

(My dad, Aaron, me, Jamie, Cassie, and my mom at Jamie's graduation!)

 So the day after my sister's graduation, my family all came into my apartment and loaded everything I own into a moving truck to put into storage (out of state college student problems haha). We got it all done within two hours, including cleaning! I couldn't have done it without their help! So awesome!

The next day, we did the same thing with Jamie. We drove over to her house and packed up all of her stuff into the moving truck to prepare for our three day drive to Seattle, Washington! Holy was such a stressful few days, and two 9 hour days and one 4 hour day later, we were in beautiful Seattle! It was quite the journey haha!
View coming into Seattle!

I had been reluctant about going on a super long road trip, but I'm so glad I did! I got to see where my sister will be living (RIGHT on Lake Union, where the house boats from Sleepless in Seattle are!) and the life she will be living! I love you Jamers and am so proud of you and all you do!

On Sunday the 13th, I finally arrived home to Minnesota!

The home of Caribou Coffee :)

I'm all settled in at home, and have two job offers as hostesses, possibly a third! So I have OPTIONS! Amazinggg! Haha! I'm so happy to be home in my beautiful state and with my beautiful family, but I do miss my other life--my friends, my sister, and my Josh! However, within 6 days of being gone, Josh and I figured out a plan to get home to Minnesota to visit me next month! Counting down already hehe! And in August, I will be in back in California for my cousin's wedding by the ocean with all my family, including Jamie! But I'm cherishing this time here as it may be one of the last opportunities I have to spend at home for so long!

Last Saturday I made ^^these bad boys! Haha mini pink lemonade cupcakes! They were amazing and so cute! The recipe is on pinterest! I decided that this is the summer of pinterest--where the recipes I've pinned will start to be made so I can build up my scope of recipes haha!

Also, in very important news, I bought this super cute dress today! I was excited when I saw it because I love floral and I love that vintagey look with the top part and the lace! It was only $20 at Pac Sun! I usually do not even glance at a Pac Sun, haha but a year ago I found a great swimsuit on sale so I decided to give it a chance and I'm glad I did :)

That's it for now! Hope you're all enjoying this beautiful May weather! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stand Up!

Hi blog world! :)

Hope you're having a great weekend so far! I was actually productive today and finished my last paper of my sophomore year in college, a 15 page exegetical paper on Proverbs 31! At least I enjoyed what I was writing :) I love looking at that example of a wife of noble character--such a great thing to aspire to be!

This is me pretending to be a hot librarian/teacher? Haha! Wearing my glasses makes me feel smarter, but still fashionable because they're red chanel glasses ;) Obviously I needed a writing break haha!

Anyways, I know not many people are interested in the news or politics, but I wanted to post something that truly concerns me--public schools and what can be allowed. Now before you go thinking I'm dumb or ignorant, let me say I went to public school my whole life up until college. I faced many difficult things in the public school educational system. I only had two Christian friends who weren't afraid to admit it (because lets be real, Christians have it bad in a public school), and knew only one person who agreed with my Conservative politics (Minnesota is almost as liberal as California), openly anyways. Needless to say, it was hard and I rarely spoke up in fear that my teachers and peers would make me wish I hadn't. Now that I've gained some confidence and years, I stand up for my beliefs constantly, regardless of what anyone may think. Which brings me to this article I saw on Fox News this evening.

Before I start, I need to make something clear. I am a Christian who believes that 100% of what the Bible says is truth. I don't pick and choose parts and apply it, I do my best to apply ALL of it, even if it seems old-fashioned or crazy. Even though I believe homosexuality is a sin because of the Bible stating it multiple times in the Old AND New Testament, I still love all people, because I am a sinner too. My sin is not any better or worse than homosexuality. I do not judge, because that's not my place. So don't think that I'm mad at this man because he's gay. That being said, here's what I have to say:

This man the article talks about, Dan Savage, is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign called, "It Gets Better." Which is a nice concept, except for he's not a very nice man in this specific article haha.

Savage is married to another man, which leads his anti-bullying campaign to become a matter that apparently pertains more to homosexuality than anything else. I'm not sure if you watch the news a lot, but if you do, you might see that typically the stories covered about bullying are mostly about students that are homosexuals. However, those of us that take that trip down memory lane can recall that people are bullied for all kinds of reasons--such as being overweight, prone to acne, not as pretty as the "popular" crowd, being too smart, BEING CHRISTIAN, etc. The current administration of our country and media outlets alike have in a sense hijacked the idea of bullying to make it about a matter of sexuality, to make others more sensitive to homosexuals, to make people more keen on allowing gay marriage. Think about it, bullying didn't get half as much news coverage before it became about sexuality. Bullying is ancient, however suddenly it has been making the news frequently.

But here's the thing--bullying is not a political matter. People are bullies because they are mean or insecure about themselves. Maybe you don't agree, but being someone who had been bullied a few times in her high school years and that reads the news, this is what I have discovered in the past few years.

Anyways, Savage was speaking at a National Journalism Conference for high schoolers, and ended up saying the "bull s***" in the Bible can be ignored (referring to the references of homosexuality throughout the Bible). He then continued to take out of context things from the earlier chapters of the Old Testament, including Leviticus and Deuteronomy, to mock the Bible and to try and make the case that we just need to "get over this next hurdle" so gay marriage can be accepted. Many students were laughing along with the speaker about how "ridiculous" the Bible is, but that didn't stop the 100+ students that found what he said to be offensive from leaving the room. Go ahead and watch the video below to see exactly what he said.

Now, I don't know what you all believe politically, religiously, etc. But there is one thing I think we can all agree on--it is not right to have a public speaker at a school bashing the Bible, whether you believe it to be true or not. If a speaker came in and starting bashing the Qur'an, you can bet that CNN, MSNBC, etc. would be ALL over that saying how ignorant and horrible the speaker was. But this man, who has spoken at the white house mind you, can come into a public school and bash on the Bible and make fun of Christians without the same media outlets calling him out on it? I am so tired of the double standards! I have come to see that Christians are the most attacked and ridiculed group of people, maybe after the Jews (that's a wholeeee other topic). But the Bible even says it will not be easy to be a follower of God! But there is hope in committing your life to Jesus--to saying you will seek a life outside of your own desires, outside of living like the rest of the world.  James 1:12 says, 

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."

It's not easy, and it won't get any easier--but, it gives purpose and meaning, it gives a life full of love and hope. Don't let people like Dan Savage diminish or lessen the value of our Holy Bible, God-breathed scripture that speaks into our lives even two thousand plus years later. It is just as Holy as it was when God started creating the Earth, and just as Holy as when Jesus was walking around the Earth. Please hang in there, and stay true to your beliefs! You can still show love and compassion to those who do not agree with you, but don't let that or the fear of others keep you from sticking to what you know in your heart. You will be rewarded for persevering and following Jesus! :)

Have a great night,