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Cali-versary

2 years ago on this day, I woke up to my first morning in California officially “on my own”.  That girl who woke up, had a totally different expectation than the girl who woke up this morning. While life is completely different than I anticipated, I’m sitting pretty now.  

I don’t want write a spiritual blog about blessings, the fact that I’m sitting in my house on my laptop writing a blog should speak to the fact that I’m blessed.  I don’t want to write about all the changes, they happened- they will continue to happen, my changes are not necessarily more difficult than anyone else’s they’re just changes… I’m not going to thank everyone I know who’s “stuck with me” or “supported” me.  It’s no secret my family is my greatest joy, and that I adore my friendships here. 

I’m not the same as I was, thankful for that.  Hopefully I’m more like my Lord, and hopefully 2 years from now, I’ll look even more like Him.image

Sep 6
Be a good steward of the relationships The Lord has placed in your life now- don’t focus on the past or the future, people need to see you love The Lord with your life now.

Be a good steward of the relationships The Lord has placed in your life now- don’t focus on the past or the future, people need to see you love The Lord with your life now.

It’s hot! And I LOVE IT!!! Been with this Camry from -50F now to 110F (this year)… I prefer the warm pretty sure my car does too.

It’s hot! And I LOVE IT!!! Been with this Camry from -50F now to 110F (this year)… I prefer the warm pretty sure my car does too.

Tryna learn how to do this again… #toooldforsocialmedia? #forgotihaveablog #morelikeajournal

Tryna learn how to do this again… #toooldforsocialmedia? #forgotihaveablog #morelikeajournal

Temporary marriages are destroying the lives of children….

I haven’t utilized my blog in awhile- funny how when life throws hard stuff at you- you forget things like.. your blog.  Ha!  who cares… i write in it, so I can go back and be encouraged by what the Lord has done, laugh, remember… i’ve had an incredible life.  It may not seem like much, but I’m grateful beyond words for what I’ve been given.  

One of the things I’ve learned I really enjoy is watching the news… got more from my daddy than a love for sports.   I like to be aware of what’s going on and making an effort to look beyond myself and my immediate day to day world.  The news is however sad, can be depressing, and some nights I feel as though my heart is being repeatedly bruised watching the consequences sin has brought into our world.  The ugly, gross torment inflicted on innocent lives seems to wrench my very being.  Thus… tonight I chose to just watch “fun shows”.  

In the off-season (NFL), I watch competition shows for fun.  From athletic skills, to music or magic- you can really find a show for just about anything these days.  Most of these shows will highlight several backstories of their competitors. Tonight as I watched, story after story after story which involved the competitor speaking of their parents divorcing or walking away from the family, and kids from ages 4-25 crying on camera because their parents had split, and left them (THE KIDS!) to deal with broken hearts, but no leadership in the “home” to help them through that unimaginable pain.  

how devastating. 

it was awful to watch.

Here I thought this will be fun, and I found myself nearly in tears as I watched what happens when Satan distorts a gift from the Lord. Sin has ruined everything.  Married people- STAY MARRIED! PLEASE! We need solid marriages in our churches, communities, cities, states, etc. 

Marriage is serious.  And our society’s lackadaisical approach to it is going to lead to our downfall. Temporary marriages are destroying the lives of children, even adult children. and it’s heartbreaking to watch.  

Kids should not have to worry about mom and dad’s marriage.  I wish for all  of them things were different.  

I don’t know, first hand, how hard marriage is, but I will be praying more diligently for those who are married- a good marriage, maybe more than any relationship on earth, is an extraordinary testimony to the lost world.  In a dark time on earth, the light that is Christ, reflected in your marriages will shine brighter than ever.

The job search continues…desiring the Lords direction so much, wishing I knew what/where He wants me to be…

The job search continues…desiring the Lords direction so much, wishing I knew what/where He wants me to be…

Jan 1

One Lucky Girl

In Arizona with the Fam! We came from Georgia, California, Alaska, and Brazil!  So wonderful to be together.  I’m not even thinking new year’s resolutions because I feel like everything has been new for the last 3 months anyway.  New job, new house, new roommates, new diet, new neighbors, new surroundings, new financial plan, new relationship status (good-bye-long-distance!), new church, new friends, new fish, new coffee shops, etc…  

For now, just enjoying the moments watching the sport I love, with the people I love, and watching them eat the food I love. I am one lucky girl. :)

An update for my beloved Alaskans.

I scraped frost off my window this morning (come on cali!).. but thankfully it warmed up during the day and so did I.  My days are spent at work now.  I’m kinda getting the hang of the Auto-world…. kinda.  I love my job though, great environment, good people, (flushing toilet).  

I”m still allergic to everything, but thankfully (maybe a poor word choice there???) another roommate is trying a GF diet too, so I’ve enjoyed sharing my allergenic world with someone.  It’s nice to not be alone.  

Please pray for my church hunt.  Still feel like I’ll never have “home” in a church, but I’m hopefully that I’ll find somewhere soon.  I’m so glad that I can listen to PJ’s messages online, and Psalm 119 week was great!  

I’m not coming home for christmas, but working through the holiday, so I can have the following week off to meet my family in AZ.  I can’t express how lonely i’ve felt at times wishing I had family near by.  I’ve said it over and over my siblings are my best friends, and after a year and a half with the rents I’d say my parents are too! Time with them CAN*NOT come soon enough!!

My birthday is in a week!! hooray!! love my birthday.  like… i LOVE my birthday.  I will miss my “meal of choice” but i guess in a way that’s kind of my every meal now that I’m my own cook.  

Over all i’m doing very well.  A part of me will always be in Alaska at HOME, but I’m loving life in California with friends, and Jamison, and sunshine.  I feel blessed that I have it this good! 

Dec 2

Woot woot!!

I get to see my FAMILY in 27 days!!! That’s dad mom sister brother 2 aunts 2 uncles 5 cousins and my Grammy!!! I CAN*NOT*WAIT

Nov 1

THANK YOU!

In my last post I asked for prayers regarding the yucky job of finding a job, and I know so many ppl told me they prayed for me!
The Lord provided a great position for me in a thriving business which looks like it has lots of potential for growth!
I can’t tell you how much my heart swells with gratitude and overwhelming thankfulness each night when I set my alarm, and every morning I pack a lunch, and each evening I come home tired bc my brain isn’t used to being”on” for a whole day.
My prayer now turns to honoring The Lord with my new co-workers & loving HIM by loving them. I hope I never take employment for granted- what a blessing I have been given!

Thank you to those who prayed on my behalf, YOU are part of my blessing!