February 2009


On my actual birthday, we were going to go to Disneyland (because you can go for free on your birthday). But the weather forecast was 100% chance of heavy rain for Anaheim, so we decided not to go. Instead, we went to see a movie (Confessions of a Shopaholic) and enjoyed my favorite tea latte at The Coffee Bean. Then we went to a nice dinner at Il Fornaio, one of my favorite Italian restaurants, in Beverly Hills. The best part of my birthday was that my cousin Heidi was able to come down and spend it with me! This was so fun, because our birthdays are only one week apart and we always used to celebrate them together. So this year we had a chance to do that again!

Heidi and me ... we match!

Heidi and me ... we match!

Me and Jenn

Me and Jenn ... oh, and we got the girl with cool hair in it too, just on the right of Jenn 🙂

Yes, I did ... I drew "Heid" on the tablecloth with my candle and the sauce from the dessert ... just trying to act my new age ;)

Yes, I did ... I drew "Heid" on the tablecloth with my candle and the sauce from the dessert ... just trying to act my new age 😉

The 3 of us after our marvelous dinner and (free) dessert!

The 3 of us after our marvelous dinner and (free) dessert!

The Lord blessed me with a wonderful birthday weekend. On Sunday several friends came over and we watched a couple movies, sang and danced, laughed, made silly faces, ate food that’s really bad for you and so yummy … it was great!

Some friends unexpectedly stopped by for a visit ... their son loved the dogs!

Some friends unexpectedly stopped by for a visit ... their son loved the dogs!

The girls all having fun

The girls all having fun

She likes the dogs too :)

She likes the dogs too 🙂

This is one of the normal pics we took ... there were not too many of these

This is one of the normal pics we took ... there were not too many of these

This basically describes our time together :) This pic is taken courtesy of Bridget telling us to take pics shaking our heads really fast

This basically describes our time together 🙂 This pic is taken courtesy of Bridget telling us to take pics shaking our heads really fast

This is another post I forgot to finish writing. New Year’s Eve was a fun night full of laughter, dangerous spoons, tons of food, and great friends.

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My mommy and Rhonda

Allie and Me

Allie and Me

Isn't Doug's bow just so pretty?!

Isn't Doug's bow just so pretty?!

Spoons ... this game was quite dangerous, no joke. I had a bruise on my leg for weeks!

Spoons ... this game was quite dangerous, no joke. I had a bruise on my leg for weeks!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

Brooke and me

Brooke and me

I just realized that I wrote this several weeks ago and never posted it. 🙂

After working at Grace to You for a week and a half, I got to enjoy a week and a half long Christmas break. I was so excited to get to spend this time at home. If I had still been at Starbucks, I only would have been able to go home for a few days. This extended time at home was such a blessing, filled with family and friends.

Christmas day was spent at my uncle and aunt’s house outside of Sacramento. The whole family was able to be there, and we just enjoyed a nice time of eating, opening stockings, decorating cookies, and hanging out. It was a very nice Christmas.

My Mom and Me

Mommy and Me

Papa and his "Twins" (aka me and Heid) snuggle up together

Papa and his "Twins" (aka me and Heid) snuggle up together

Cookie decorating! They turned out quite lovely (except the one Bobby ruined)

Cookie decorating! They turned out quite lovely (except the one Bobby ruined)

I just realized I have not posted anything in regards to what I have decided to do for now! Sorry to keep you in the dark. Since I lost my job, I have been praying about what I should do … and honestly, I don’t really have any answers yet. But since I can no longer afford to pay rent on an apartment when I have no income, I knew something was going to need to change soon. The Lord has graciously provided a place for me to live in Southern CA. I am living with a family, who is being very kind and generous to me. I am so thankful for the Lord’s abundant provision. This gives me a place to live while continuing to pray, consider options, and wait for the Lord’s direction. “What options am I considering?”  you might ask. I’m so glad you asked….

The main option I’m considering at this point is returning to Italy. In November, I found out that two families from Grace Church are going to Rome to plant a church. One of the families (The Stanisci Family) is from Rome, and I knew they would be heading back to Italy this summer. But the idea of starting a church is new … and very exciting! The other family will join them in the Fall, Lord willing. When they announced this plan, the Staniscis told me they would love to have me come join the team. But after that, I got the job at Grace to You, and it seemed like the Lord wanted me here for awhile longer. But now with circumstances as they are … I’m reconsidering that. I have talked with the Staniscis about the possibility of my coming to Italy, and they are thrilled (and if their will is any indication of the Lord’s will … I am going to Italy). The first thing I would do is language school. They have recommended an excellent school in Perugia, where there is also a very solid church and well established ministry. The idea is that I would go to Perugia for language school and be involved in the church there, then go to Rome and help with the ministry there.

So … much to think through and pray about … I would sure appreciate your prayers. I want to go to Italy if I can glorify the Lord the most by serving Him there. Right now, I want to be faithful where I am, while waiting on Him for direction. In my last post, I shared how I just saw the movie Fireproof. One of the songs in that movie struck me as I heard it briefly, so I looked it up today. I think it’s a great song that describes how we should respond in the wait. It’s called “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller and you can read the lyrics here (scroll down to song #8). One thing that God has taught me over the last year and a half is that He is a God of the wait … just consider Abraham, Moses, Noah, Joseph, many of the apostles spending time in prison … God uses the wait.

I just watched probably the best movie I’ve ever seen tonight. If you have not seen Fireproof, you need to do so as soon as possible! Most “Christian” movies are okay … and usually the only reason I like them is because they’re clean (but usually they’re just really corny and dumb). Usually if there is even any kind of Gospel presentation, it’s very weak. Not the case in Fireproof. The Gospel is clearly presented, and it really is a great film! Be forwarned … we were all crying (and it wasn’t just girls, haha).