Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

Monday, November 30, 2009

Patience in Baking

It might be that I just finished my research proposal and printed it (an act of finality when it comes to papers) or it might be that baking tends to be cathartic for me (I just made Rice Krispies for Crusade tomorrow) but either way I feel very relaxed right now. It's nice to have a calm in the storm.

While making dessert though this scene played out in my head and I thought I would share it with you all. Please don't judge me for thinking WAY into the future...
We are leaving for a party and one of my children informs me that he/she is supposed to bring a dessert. So I smile (this is an extremely idyllic situation), pull two bowls out of the cupboard, grab marshmallows and Rice Krispies, and snag a pan from another cupboard (I plan on having a well organized kitchen). I mix it all up, pour it in the pan, and we are out of the door in less then 10 minutes (granted there will be dishes waiting when I get home). It is a super mom moment (especially since in this scene I am super happy doing this last minute).

I don't know what made me think of this scenario but I think I will always have marshmallows handy when I am a mom. You just never know! I also think that I need to work on my patience in order to make this possible in the future. I can be a lacking in patience and have an overabundance of selfishness sometimes.

Death Week

Dead Week - a week in which teachers are not supposed to teach you anything new but instead review material to give students time to study; a week set aside for studying and no new assignments

FALSE. This week is more affectionately labeled Death Week by Cal Poly students. Laura likes to think of it as a constant state of stress. My week is as follows:
*15 page memoir (I have a sketchy rough draft done)
*15 page essay on a political speech
*10 page personal life philosophy paper (along with a bunch of other randomness)
*20 page research proposal (I have another sketchy rough draft for this one)
*study for two finals
I am putting off the life philosophy paper and one final till the weekend but until then there is a lot of writing ahead of me.

One thing I know I need to do is schedule quiet times daily this week. I will forget to take a breather with God, or put it off until it is too late, if I don't plug it in now. Without quiet times I won't make it without a meltdown this week and without God my words won't be worth reading. I have such great opportunities to share the Lord with my teachers in some of these papers and I don't want them to be written in my own strength. So time with Jesus where I can just be still and focus on him are vital to my walk this week and every week. I admit that it is unfortunate that I have to schedule one-on-one time with Jesus but I recommend it to those going into death week or for those who just have a busy life.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Name

I renamed my blog "Mustard Seeds" as some of you might have noticed. This mostly stems from the fact that I have always been fascinated by this verse (also on my blog): 
"...if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'" (Matthew 17:20)
A mustard seed! Do you see how small one seed is? How much faith do I have in comparison to a tiny seed if I can't imagine ever being able to move a mountain? Now, I don't think God will ever call me to move a mountain but what about the things he does call me to? Do I have enough faith to live my life for him and know he will provide? Do I have enough faith to walk with him every day and trust in his power and love? Do I have enough faith to pray for big things to happen in my life and be a part of them when they do? Do I have enough faith to______ (fill in the blank)? That is why I renamed my blog. I want to find mustard seeds of faith in my daily life and I want to share that journey of faith with people. I want purpose when writing this blog and I think redesigning it is a good way to remind myself of the focus, my Savior!!! =)
 




















Picture taken by Laura De La Rosa.

The Days After

The End of Thanksgiving means a few things:
1. A new jacket and 2 new sweaters.
2. Christmas music is legal.
3. You can decorate for Christmas!!!

I made these paper chains this week and Laura and I hung them up over our bar today (my mom gave me a pack of paper strips so no I didn't cut all these, I just glued them).

We also made a Merry Christmas sign for our wall. (See above picture for placement and below for a closer look =).

We also decorated my Christmas tree and put up some other little decorations like a matching wreath and my tree that is made out of knit yarn and pom poms.


I am now officially in the Christmas spirit especially since we blasted Christmas music today.
Fall be gone, winter is here!!!

Happy Thanksgiving



This year I decided I was going to be nontraditional and give out thanksgiving presents. I was really proud of them after hours of trying to fill them with stuff for each woman in my family (my apologies to the guys, they didn't get presents). The two in the picture above were for my sister's and the picture below are all of the pumpkins (the glass pumpkin jars started the whole thing... darn Beverly's and the inspiration you give!) in a row waiting to be taken to dinner.

This was a vase I have been wanting to give to my mom for a while and I finally just bought it abs included it with her pumpkin. I love how it looks like an old milk bottle.

These are frames I soldered for Amanda and my mom. This is Amanda's (the pictures are not removable).



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving!!!

The family is here laughing, screeching, and eating. =) I love this so much! One of the best parts so far? My little sister, Kimberly, sat on me and I got to hold her and lean on her for a while. She smelled good and I didn't realize how much I missed her. She is still a little girl to me even though she is 16 now. =) Weird I know, but my family is just awesome.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Emotional Sanity

Why are emotions so confusing? As kids we are taught the difference between happy, sad, and angry. But we are never told why we cry when we are really happy, how two emotions can happen at once, why we have emotions that complicate situations, and how emotions will confuse us more then we would like them to. Emotions are not really black and white in the way a kindergartner understands them and our emotions become more gray as we mature. We learn to control our emotions so much that many are afraid to show them at all and we often can't identify them. While controlling emotions such as anger is good we still need to be honest about where we are at. Life is not a picnic every day and it is ok to be vulnerable about our bad days. We all could use a little emotional honesty every once in a while. Sharing your conflicting emotions with someone might just be what you need to fix the confusion.

I don't know what sparked this blog but it started writing itself in my head so I thought I would just put it on here.

They're coming!!!

My family will be here en uno dia! I am getting really really antsy for them to be here since I only saw them for a week over summer and before that I was only home for a short weekend last quarter. I am so excited to have my sisters stay with me and to see my parents. My aunt and cousin will be here too so I have someone to tease. Scottie is loving the long hair look right now and he is so cute! (And of course would not appreciate me saying that because he is now 16 and too cool for school). Anyway, Thanksgiving is amazing!

I just won't think about the essays I have to write by next week too much.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Going Without

"Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.
These were his instructions: 'Take nothing for the journey except a staff - no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them'
They went out and preached that people should repent.They drove out many demons and anointed many sick 
people with oil and healed them."   --Mark 6:6-13


This really hit home for me. I don't know if I could go where the Lord is calling me without making sure I was secure first. Without making provisions for myself so I would know I would be fed, clothed, and healthy. I really want to say that I have enough faith that this wouldn't be a problem. That I could get up from my computer right now and leave my stuff, my major, my security behind and not look back. But I am such a planner! I map out my life and I always have a list of what I need to do nearby. These men were asked to do something radical. God told them they needed to bring... absolutely nothing. Because the Lord was going to provide for them and teach them in the times when they went without. They had to be willing to not provide for themselves. Am I willing? Are you willing?

A Furnace...

...is coming.
And I am so excited!!!

Back-story: In bible study we talked about furnaces in the context of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). I recommend reading their amazing story! We all have furnaces in our lives that challenge us and stretch us. And if we are not in one now we will be in one in the future. This lesson was powerful for me. I had to ask myself, How ready am I for a furnace? And even more, how willing am I to enter into one with God? I didn't answer these questions but rather went on with my day. But God had no intention of letting me drop it there. Why? Because he is preparing me for a furnace. I don't know what it will look like, how hot the furnace will be, or how long it will last. But I do know I need to be prepared and should be prepared every day even if I don't know it is coming.

My Reaction: When God gave me confirmation of what is going on I was so excited! I know that any furnace will be hard and I don't doubt that I will be humbled. I expect to be broken and challenged but just thinking of what can come from that makes me so stoked! (for lack of a better word) Being one on one with the Lord in worship last week proves to me how blessed and sweet it can be. And God used that to impact others and bring glory to himself! That was huge for me and it showed me that God will use whatever happens in my life for his glory, even my preparation for whatever comes. That is a blessing in itself!

Confirmation:
1. My classes this quarter have been really difficult. One in particular has been a spiritually dead environment. It has challenged me to present my faith intellectually and I have been forced to articulate my faith to people who don't beleive in God and when my faith is being attacked. It has been a growing experience and a furnace in itself.
2. With that same class I turned in an essay that explain my worldview as a Christian and my heart for the lost. I got a C. It wasn't intercultural enough.
3. We talked about furnaces in b-stud.
4. I have been challenged in my beliefs a lot this quarter and that has resulted in a lot of good things. I had un-scriptural beliefs on things like predestination, tongues, prophecy, etc. and I have had to do some serious studying of the bible to make sure I was founding my ideas on truth.
5. Worship last week made me fall in love with the Lord even more and be excited for potential trials.
6. I met with my boss the other day who used to be a Christian (or at least I think he was from what I have gathered) and is no longer walking with the Lord. He asked me if he could challenge me with books and questions that are different from what I believe. What better preparation is there? He is unknowingly and willingly giving me the chance to know my faith and defend it.
7. I was walking to class and I was handed a free book, "The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin. Challenge much? This was a moment of huge confirmation that the Lord is preparing me for something. I felt God telling me that I need to be studying his word and really relying on him. The best part about this book was that it was handed to me by Christians (I found this out in class later). There is a 50 page introduction to Darwin's book by evangelist, Ray Comfort. I was not only handed opposing views but the rebuttal for them as well... all in one book. God handed me knowledge in front of Campus Market. Now that's epic. =)

Further Thoughts: I need to be seeking the Lord in this time. Some specifics of this are:
* I need to be in love with Lord. Not just because it feels good but because it is worth it. It comes down to making the decision to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily.
* I need to be educated in the word and knowledgeable about my faith.
* I need to be intelligent and able to articulate my beliefs in an educated way. I am calling it "College Level Christianity."
* I need to know why I beleive things and have scriptual basis for them.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

100 and Counting

I find it fitting to comment on the fact that this is my 100th blog post! In order to commemorate my hours of rambling I decided to read back through my blog posts. In that I discovered that God has taught me a lot, that I still struggle with some of the same things (I think I always will struggle with some stuff... It keeps me humble), and that I am blessed. I was also reminded that God is awesome and that he manifests himself in my life really creatively: through people, nature, my own mistakes, my lack of faith, my mustard seeds of faith, and through struggles. Which brings me to my next blog post (which I will write before thanksgiving) and what God has been teaching me lately. Here is a small taste:

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -Jesus Christ

My Cup is Over Half Full

I have a cold of some sort but there are so many good things in that:

God blessed me with enough time to have a three hour nap today.
I am drinking tea and I accidentally poured too much sugar in. So it is even more amazing! =)
This sugary tea reminded me of my trips to Russia and it makes me happy.
I am wearing warm fuzzy pants.
I should be better by thanksgiving!
And on that note I get to see my family soon!!!
I have time to get my homework done because I have no motivation to go anywhere. =)
I got to go shopping at Beverly's with Laura and Amy today.
I finished something on my to do list that I have been worrying about for a while now (more to come).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Being Burdened

"For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6:32-34

I feel like I quote this verse a lot but it consistently applies to me and my walk with the Lord. I constantly try to have of control over my life and God has really been working with me on that. There are parts of my life that I thought I was letting God have control of but in reality I was still holding on to them very tightly. The most recent example of God taking control from me deals with this verse. "Do not worry" he says.

When I have prayer requests or things that I am concerned about I become burdened by them. I drown in other's sadness and I get really stressed about it. I always thought it was because I "felt" for people. I saw my unhealthy burden as a good thing. This is so far from the truth. I felt this burden because I wanted to change people, I wanted to force them to focus on the Lord, and I wanted control over the situation. I wanted to be the solution. But this isn't my jurisdiction. Worrying and stressing about prayer requests doesn't change anything. The only thing it does do is prevent me from giving it to God. It prevents me from praying about it because I think my concern is going to fix everything. That needs to change.

God is changing me but he is doing it in such a gentle way. Instead of painfully ripping control from me he is lovingly showing me the importance of relinquishing it. It started this week with my friend Kristin losing her step-dad. When she texted me to be praying for her family I started to feel weighed down once again with the heaviness of a lost family member. Extreme empathy for those I love. I was stressed that I couldn't be there to hug her or fix the situation. I can't bring her dad back. But I wasn't praying about I and I wasn't giving it to the Lord. I was just worrying. Then I talked to her and her husband on the phone. The weights were getting heavier as I heard the sorrow and weariness in her voice and I could barely formulate a response. But Kristin didn't need my advice or my comfort. She had Jesus. She explained to me how God is using this for his glory, how he is blessing her in this situation, and how God is bringing her family closer to each other and to him. She has always been a solid believer amidst the large amount of trials she has been thorough and this is no different. She praised the Lord for what he is doing in her church and in her life and I was blown away. She has joy in this deep sadness that I don't think I could have after losing my dad. God is incredible!

As I was talking to her I felt the burden lift and be replaced by the love of God. He gave me perspective. I don't have to worry about her focusing on God because she already is. I don't have to worry about her situation because God has his hand in it. I don't have to worry about what I can do for her because He so clearly showed me what I should do. He said, "Pray."

Prayer is powerful and not something to be remiss about as I have been. Prayer is how I reliquish control and how I can truly be there for people. I can be concerned and I can have empathy but not to the point of ignoring God's hand in my life. I can communicate with my creator and trust him instead.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Offering Grace

"This, then, is how you should pray:
'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins."
- Matthew 6:9-15

Sin. Such a heavy word.
But we are all called to forgive it in others.
We are called to set aside our grudges and frustrations because we all have them. And mistakes? We all make them. We do not deserve forgiveness any more then the next person but God calls us to forgive those who sin against us. Luckily that isn't the end of the story. We are not left lost and sinful and full of hurt. We are rewarded for absolving people of their mistakes against us by receiving God's pardon. God's pardon! Can you even imagine? Imagine what it took for him to give us that forgivness? How much pain it caused him to be separated from his father with our sins heaped upon his head to relieve us of our pain? I can't. I cannot even come close to imagining because my pain and my hurts are so small. The things I hold grudges about are so tiny (Which doesn't mean he doesn't care about them. He does.) compared to the suffering he went through to rescue me. In light of this how could I not forgive others? With Jesus' forgiveness in my life nothing should ever hold me back. Besides, I need forgivness from people ALL the time too. So I should be all the more willing to offer forgivness to others.

Worship... and I mean WORSHIP!

I had an RA meeting and got to Crusade late. I ran up on stage, did a quick mic check, and we started practicing. It was gross. I was not feeling it and I got really self-conscious of my voice. My friend Peter came up to the stage and said "Stephanie, stop worrying about it," gave me a hand hug and a smile, and walked away. So I tried really hard not to worry about it but the rest of practice went the same way, bad. Then somewhere between my Dr. Pepper and pizza I was over it. I am so sick of worrying about my voice, so sick of caring about what I sound like, and so tired of not really worshiping God. So I told God that I was over it and I needed him to help me. I wanted to give Him the glory and I wanted to hang out with Him during worship. I had no idea He would answer so quickly (once again I underestimated Him).

We prayed as a team and went on stage. We intro-ed with a Snow Patrol song (legit!) and it didn't take long for me to be swept up in God's glory and in his overwhelming love. I didn't give a second thought to my singing other then subconsciously making sure I was singing on tune and I was instantly one-on-one with Jesus. He met me tonight and I can't begin to describe what that felt like. I was dancing (still somewhat subdued dancing though), had my arms fully raised (which I normally am super self-conscious about), and was singing TO God. Not singing to the audience or the band but to my Creator and Redeemer. I got choked up on "Give Us Clean Hands" (lyrics below) and I couldn't stop smiling the whole time we were singing.

I got nervous and felt sick during the message because well, that is what I should feel like. If I feel inadequate and nervous I allow God to fill in the gaps and lead me to him. It is when I am cocky and self assured that I worship myself. When we were done with the last set I couldn't contain my joy and excitement and I was smiling, jumping up and down, clapping my hands, and saying "that was awesome!" There was no containing me. =) Some of the guys chalked it up to the caffeine in my soda but it was so much more (besides I consume gallons of Dr. Pepper... it doesn't affect me anymore)! I was worshiping God, bowed at his throne and he blessed me. He blessed me with intimacy, with passion, with love for him and for music. It wasn't a performance. It wasn't worship of myself or of my voice. He used my voice for himself and that is why I am up there in the first place!

It even blessed others and lead them to worship as well! I never expected that... I am always desiring compliments on my voice and how good I sound and what not. But tonight people were telling me that they could tell I was worshiping God and that I wasn't focused on anything else. They said they were blessed by my freedom to worship God and they in turn felt more free to worship him. People said some of the songs really spoke to them and one friend said "Amazing Cause It Is" almost made her cry. The best part? None of it was because of me!!! This was all God! These were the best compliments anyone could give me because they were ultimately a reflection of God that He shows up and meets us here. That he desires for us to draw near to him and praise his name.

This is what WORSHIP is! It is not about the music. It is not about hitting the right notes. And it is definitely not about ourselves. And when it is real worship it is an unforgettable experience!

Give Us Clean Hands

"we bow our hearts.
we bend our knees.
oh Spirit come make us humble!
we turn our eyes,
from evil things.
oh Lord we cast down our idols!

give us clean hands.
give us pure hearts.
let us not lift our souls to another.

and God let us be,
a generation that seeks.
seeks your face,
Oh God of Jacob!"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And I'm off!

I was estatic last night when I got home from worship practice because I got to drive my car (plus practice was amazing and hanging out with the guys was super fun). Superficial to love a car, I know, but I do love it and I am so blessed by it! Here are a few reasons:

Music (When I got in last night my favorite song, How He Loves, was playing on the radio. It was the Crowder version but I will take it!)

Sound Proofing (I can sing at the top of my lungs and no one can hear me!  =P)

Warmth (I turned the heater all the way up when I got in.)

Safety (I was able to lock my doors, love that, and I had a whole lot more around me then I did on my bike.)

Hair, Clothes, Purse (All pre-prepared and unharmed by my travels. I can set things in my car and I can do my hair before getting somewhere! Perfect.)

Passengers (Possible. And I can talk to them now! In other words, Laura and I won't be yelling to tell each other something as we roar down the freeway.)

Traveling (Possible as well... I really really really want to go to Cambria now.)

I am sure I will find other things about it that I like but those are the big things. And I will no longer plaugue my five readers with any more car stories. On to different things... like finding a new profile picture for my blog. I can't have my motorcycle and me as my picture now that it is not mine anymore.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Car

This is the last I will see of my motorcycle after a great year and a half. Sadly, it is a bittersweet moment. I was standing next to my car watching my dad ride away on my bike and I thought. "I will never ride that bike again." And it hit me. I now have four wheels, air conditioning/heat, automatic locks, airbags (even in the back seats), and cruise control. But I also have a really expensive gas tank that gets half the mileage as my bike, no clutch or manual gears, no more motorcycle (which is in a league all it's own when it comes to getting places) and no coolness factor. But in all I think I got a more then decent trade. No more helmet hair!!!




  

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Visual Updates

I left my camera in my friend's car over the weekend but here are some pictures of the things I have been up to lately:
Shopping at the biggest Forever 21 I have ever seen! =)

 And no I did not buy this hat... SLO weather is just not cold enough to permit wearing fur on my head.
 
The best shopping crew...


Sushi for Carly's birthday. This group of girls is amazing! =)


Yeah... we TRY to be epic. But this is Carly... she is officially 22.

Flamingos!!! Carly's very merry un-birthday was Alice in Wonderland themed.


So we were the queens croquet mallets. =)

And my TOMS... they used to be plain burlap. But as they fell apart I embroidered them to make them stay together. Eventually the toes shredded completely. So I sewed coverings on the toes so they would stay together longer. =) I am pretty proud of the outcome.

School: Priority or Irrelevant?

At church today James asked me what I was doing for the rest of the day. So I said "A LOT."
[Which is very true. I had bible study, shopping for an Advisor event I am doing, rounds in the apartments, my apartment visits, a pancake night, and my dad is coming tonight to bring me my car.]
In response James said, "yeah I have a lot of homework and studying to do. "
My response? "Oh shoot I have homework too! Thanks for reminding me, I forgot I had that!"

Is that bad? I had so much other stuff going on I completely forgot I have five pages of my memoir due tomorrow and a research project due Wednesday that I have not started. Where did the weekend go? Or better yet, where did my priorities go?

Answer: Carly's Epic birthday party, lunch with Denise, church and bible study, Gurveer's surprise party, donuts and hot chocolate with some peeps, friday crafting... and other stuff that obviously would trump school anyday =)

Friday, November 13, 2009

When It All Works Together

I cannot believe I forgot to write about a huge blessing I recently received! First let me say, God is SO SO SO Good!!! Second let me preface this blessing by saying I have NOT been trusting the Lord lately. I worry and fret and plan all by myself. But God has been working on that part of my control (the planning and scheduling part). I am always worrying about my packed schedule but when my schedule has openings I fill it with things "I" want to do anyway (which results in a constantly packed week). I add responsibilities and meetings without consulting Him. He wants to use me but I prevent him from giving me opportunities to be used by following my ideas of what should take up my time over his better ideas.

So blessings... I am an Advisor in the apartments on campus and I have two hour staff meetings every week. I also am on the worship team with Crusade which takes up five or so hours every Tuesday. This quarter my staff meetings are on Wednesdays so I can still go to Campus Crusade without conflict. Next quarter however there were a few meeting options our bosses were throwing around.
*Tuesday @ 6, 7, or 8 (all during my commitment to Crusade)
*Wednesday @ 6, 7, or 8 (very good times for me)

So I fretted, I worried, and I tried to come up with plans that would make Crusade and a Tuesday staff meeting possible. I didn't pray about it. I wasn't all that willing to believe God's plan was the best for me. Especially if his plans meant no Crusade. I didn't believe God knew what he was doing but through my lack of faith and lack of trust God did this:
*Tuesday (CRUSADE!!!)
*Wednesday (Staff Meeting @6 and Bible Study @8... I couldn't go to b-stud this quarter)

He doubly blessed me with my schedule! Double the fellowship, double the blessings. =) What can I say? We serve an Amazing God!

Sanity

Things that keep me sane (in other words: the things that took up my Friday):

Jesus (Always! I just read "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti and it was an awesome reminder of his power and the importance of prayer.)

Alone time (I had the apartment to myself for a few hours today.)

Crafting (I am sewing a shirt that I decorated after this. First I have to clean off my work space from the other things I did today but after that, more crafts!)

Creating (I am making flamingo beaks for Laura and my costumes for Carly's party... harder to come up with then I was expecting.)

Fixing (I stitched the holes closed in Laura's sweater and finished fixing my TOMS today. I also fixed the abalone shell my dad found for me that I wear as a necklace. Now it won't break!)

Check things off my list (I have all fresh laundry as of today and some of the fixing jobs I did were on my list.)

Sleeping (I caught up on my sleep today =)

Dancing (I went line dancing/swing dancing last night and it was glorious! I am once again addicted to it... which reminds me that I want a Dr. Pepper. Next stop? Sugar and Caffine.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Weather

Is it going to rain?

Yes?

No?

PLEASE clouds! I love rain!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's the most...

...wonderful time of the year! With eggnog and pumpkin flavored treats, winter scents and Christmas trees in Beverly's. Not to mention it is colder at night now and I get to wear sweatshirts! =) Peet's Coffee is decked out in red and I am super antsy for thanksgiving break. I have already started brainstorming for Christmas presents (of course my mom is already done buying everything) and I am thinking of what kind of bookmark I want to make this year (I have made bookmarks for my family for Christmas for as long as I can remember... I even used to collect bookmarks).

I love this time of year!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

When Dad Comes to Visit

It would not be a visit from my dad if there wasn't an epic adventure involved... anyone who has spent five minutes with him will be able to imagine this story:


There is a road that branches off at the the top of the Cuesta Grade that my dad and I drive when it is just the two of us (these drives have always happened at night for some reason). Tonight we decided to brave the road once again in my car. Now this road is sketchy. It is full of huge potholes and ravines that are interesting to navigate (we only bottomed out once this time though =) but it is always a great bonding experience and prolongs the time we spend together before I have to go home. Tonight the crazy drive up was uneventful but when we got out at the top (see horrible photo rendition of the view above) the wind was howling, it was freezing, and it was pretty much pitch black. So naturally we decided to hike up a steep dirt path to get a better veiw. And I mean steep! There were holes and hills all over it and the sand and loose rocks made it pretty slippery. Not to mention there was a cliff on one side. Don't worry though we were prepared with heavy jackets and my cell phone. We only had to bend in half to see the ground with my phone and my dad fell once (which was pretty funny). Huffing and stiff we made it to the top... so worth it!!! We could see the lights all the way from Pismo to Morro Bay and it was incredible! After figuring out where everything was I blinded us with my flash and we slipped back down the hill to the car... still hunched over with our noses practically touching the ground. I slipped once but the cell phone light kept us from falling off the cliff which was nice. It was hilarious and great being crazy with my dad. Sitting in my warm room with four walls around me is awesome but it was one of those random trips that I hope I will never take for granted.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas in November

My dad is coming today!!! And he comes bearing a really big present but let me explain how this came about first. I called my dad on Monday and the conversation was as follows:

Me: I got a shot today and I cried and Laura held my hand.
Dad: Why did you cry?
Me: I hate shots.
Dad: Oh got it. Guess what I am doing tomorrow?
Me: Going on a hike.
Dad: No.
Me: Riding dirt bikes.
Dad: Nope.
Me: Driving somewhere. (he often offers to drive people places so they don't have to go alone)
Dad: No. I am flying to Seattle to pick up your car.
Me: Uh... what?
Dad: Your Aunt Cheryl is giving you her old car since she bought a new one.
Me: [shocked silence] Wait, really? I...
Dad: She didn't want to deal with selling it and she wanted to give it to you. So you can sell your motorcycle and we will give her the money. She doesn't want anything for it but I think that would be a good idea.
Me: Oh my gosh! [realization hits] I am getting a car! That's amazing! What kind is it?
Dad: A Toyota Avalon. It is thirteen years old but it is in really good shape. She just got it detailed and there are no dents or scratches. I will be coming through SLO on Friday but I am going to take is home to fix something on the seat and one of the lights in the car. But you'll get it back at thanksgiving.
Me: I don't even know what do say... that's so cool! Thank you for going to get it! Uh... wow!
Dad: Yeah it is really nice of her.
Me: haha Yeah! I actually have class but that's crazy!
Dad: Ok bye. [he always hangs up abrubtly when I tell him I have to go which is a good thing since I have a bad habit of talking on and on]
Me: Love you bye! Thanks!
Dad: Love you too.

Well there you have it. I am getting a car, selling the motorcycle, and getting to hang out with my dad for a little while! I don't think it could get any better! Oh and Laura and I get to drive home for Christmas Break now... so fun!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Drummers

Last night Jon broke a drumstick during practice for Crusade. For all of you who don't know Jon is on the Campus Crusade worship team with me and just so happens to be my best guy friend. Anyway, him breaking his stick and handing it to Mike reminded me of Junior High. When the drummer at youth group (either Robert or Doug) would break a drumstick and throw it to the congregation (or hand it to some lucky girl afterwards) all the girls would get really exctied about it and try to secure the broken piece for themselves. Of course I, always being the cynical one, would roll my eyes and make a comment on how silly those "other" girls were while the the whole time I secretly wanted the drummer to give the broken stick to me. I really did think it was cool but I was way too "cool" myself to tell people that. Basically... I have no point in telling this story. =) I just thought it was a funny flashback. But you know what else? I have Jon's broken stick in my backpack from last night.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

English

It should NOT take more then an hour to write a movie review. But naturally since I am the one writing it I am going on hour 3... or maybe it is 4.
Distractions:
-my belly growling at me
-Harry Potter on HBO
-my hair needing to be put up (which lead to taking my makeup off and plucking my eyebrows)
-my music
-the internet (my blog, facebook, email...)
-talking to Laura
-not really caring about this paper

Also, I am excited that it is a new month... Happy November!