Blessed by reading Deuteronomy 10:12-22 this morning. Beautiful passage displaying God’s character and His desire for His people. Check out what DA Carson has to say on the passage at the For The Love of God blog.

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I had an awesome last 2 days at the Equip Conference. The preaching was powerful; heard about the Gospel transforming worshipers of self to worshipers of God and how Jesus is the Shepherd and His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. The fellowship was sweet. The music was lovely. Making new friends was encouraging.

Thought for today from Tony Sanelli’s message:

 “Imitation does not make sons; sonship makes imitators.” – Martin Luther

I am here to announce that I have no more excuses to not blog. As of Saturday, I have the internet at home! I know … welcome to the twenty-first century, right?

Along with the internet, we got cable. And I must confess … I think I’m becoming addicted to Chopped. Scratch that, I am addicted … because I can’t pull myself away from it even though it’s recorded and I can come back to it at any moment!

A couple weeks ago, I had my first flat on the road. And I’m talking about my bike, of course. This wasn’t my first ever flat though. That occurred before Allie and I actually left for a ride several months ago. But back to this story… I was coming off a great downhill (note: I’ve had a fear of having a flat as I’m speeding downhill), and all of a sudden… PoP! I didn’t know I had a flat, not gonna lie. I thought something was terribly wrong and the  loud noise totally freaked me out! So we pulled over and see something sticking in my tire. Something little, so we thought. Uh huh. I’m proud to announce that Allie said she’d never had something so big in her tire. So you understand how big it was, I put it next to a quarter. Feast your eyes on my massive, sharp, barbed wire souvenir! And to make a long story short: I finally got a new tire, I got another flat (we won’t discuss that one), and  now I am finally able to get back on the road! I hope!

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About 2 weeks after I moved home to Sacramento, my friend, Allie, moved back to the area as well. Allie is really into cycling (along with a million other cool outdoor/adventure things), and my lack of LA Fitness and my spin class motivated me to look into getting a bike. I’m not sure how serious I was at the outset of this bike adventure, but the more I talked to Allie about bikes, the more I wanted one. My conclusion was: it’s a great time to get into cycling while I live in this awesome city (cycling is kind of a big deal here) and near Allie (who knows a thing or two about bikes). In August, I took the plunge. The Lord provided a beautiful Specialized Dolce Elite Compact Road Bike. It was basically love at first test ride. I have loved my purchase! I haven’t ridden a ton – which is sad since I did make this purchase 6 months ago. Unfortunately, I found out (after my purchase) that cycling is actually bad for a knee injury I have – go figure. So I’ve had a few breaks from riding. But I’m still loving it!

So without further delay, meet my bike. It looks a little different now … different pedals, tape that’s not quite so white, dirt here and there. But she’s still quite lovely. And yes, she is a “she.” And yes, she lived in the living room for the first week. 🙂

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And if you want to know how much of a nerd I am – here are my shoes. They’re pretty too. I didn’t mean for them to match my bike, but they do! I like them.

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A few fun facts:

My first ride: Blockbuster on the day I bought my bike

My second ride: Madison/Greenback to the bike trail with this awesome view

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My longest ride: 30 miles (we saw llamas and horse drawn carriages – it was AWESOME)

My favorite riding buddy/trainer/cheerleader: Allie

My coldest ride: Thanksgiving Day

My least favorite hill … make that my 2 least favorites: Park (“the hill of death”) and Sunset (the last — or is it the 2nd to the last? I hate it so much I can’t remember)

My favorite picture and one word to describe it – AWESOME

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Well, I’m slightly embarrassed that I wrote this post about my October trip to Southern CA clear back in November and never posted it. I don’t even remember what I wrote … maybe I should read it before publishing it?

OCTOBER 2011 TRIP

In October, I got to take a trip to Southern CA – the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley to be more specific … and a little of the San Fernando Valley as well. 😉 This was my first trip since I moved home, and it was a wonderful blessing in so many ways. The primary reason for the trip – a wedding! (And not just anyone’s wedding … Polly’s wedding! Woot woot!) My 4 day weekend was filled to the brim and included the following:

  • Laughing so hard on the car ride from the airport that I’m pretty sure Jenn almost wrecked the car once or twice due to lack of visibility from tears in her eyes (I’d mention one of the things we were laughing at but you’d have no idea what I was talking about, and I’ve been told by a source that if you Google it … well, it’s not entirely appropriate. But don’t worry …. Google doesn’t know what I’m talking about either). Love you, Jenn! 😉
  • Tears of utter happiness at the sight of Polly
  • A bridal shower (an absolutely beautiful one, I might add)
  • Last minute packing and moving
  • An early morning breakfast
  • Little sleep
  • 3 different places to sleep (in 4 nights, haha)
  • Discovering I enjoy arranging flowers
  • Manicures (Confession: I love getting a French Manicure! I feel so stinkin’ pretty and girly with my nails done … LOVE it!)

Yay for a pretty French manicure

  • Did I mention the lack of sleep yet?
  • 2 different 2 hour stays at Chick-Fil-A in 1 night and I didn’t even eat there … yeah, go figure
  • Lots of laughter – especially in my 4 hours at Chick-Fil-A
  • Golden Spoon!!! YuM!

BTW, we're at Chick-Fil-A! I wasn't kidding about how much time I spent there!

  • The “Low Hotel”
  • Church of the Canyons – Pastor Bob, many sweet friends, my little Sunday School kids! 🙂
  • Coffee with a friend
  • Lunch at Aroma with a friend
  • Dinner with my “Southern CA Parents” at my favorite Italian restaurant in SoCal – La Piccola Trattoria. I may or may not be best friends with the chef … he kinda makes me a special dessert.
  • Leap Year – so great!  Rita, I LoVe laughing with you!
  • A stop at GTY – my how things have changed around that place. Like half the people in Customer Service are new. Guess that’s what happens over the course of 2-3 years.
  • Children’s Hunger Fund.  I felt a bit like a celebrity in the hallway … pretty nice! 😉 My CHF peeps, it was SO wonderful to see you. I miss working with ya’ll! And not gonna lie, I think I mostly miss laughing with you guys. 🙂 I’m glad “the new me” doesn’t bake so I won’t be entirely forgotten!
  • Just realized I kinda forgot an important thing … Polly and Brian’s wedding!!! (It was kind of a big deal.) Definitely one of the best weddings I’ve ever been to. I loved everything about it. I mean, ya’ll fed me Porto’s potato balls for cryin’ out loud. Super great catching up with people at the reception! (Ash, I am SO thankful for the time we had that night! Love you, friend!)
  • Aroma with my sweet Kristin (oh boy, just remembered what I ate that day … Peppered Beef Sandwich. Can we say delicious??)
  • And we’re back at the Sacramento Airport … the new terminal, I might add. Yes, I saw the gigantic red bunny and rode the tram and felt like an idiot for having no clue until my arrival at the airport that there was a brand new terminal – apparently I’m a bit out of the loop. Oh and also, when I flew out of Sac, I had one of the most awkward experiences ever … let’s just say snake skin sandals, Vegas, and awkward humor … we’ll leave it at that. {Awkward turtle!}

Does anyone know why this large rabbit is greeting guests in Sacramento??!

  • Lack of pictures. Sorry, I wasn’t exactly going picture happy with my phone.

Overall, the trip was everything I hoped for and more. God was so kind in giving me a trip full of laughter, fun, serious and encouraging conversations, opportunities to serve, and sweet time with friends! Thanks to everyone involved in making my weekend visit so grand!

DECEMBER 2011 TRIP

So I had this nostalgic desire to go to a Grace Community Christmas concert this year, and my mom and I decided to drive down for a weekend. Super fun weekend spent with great friends. God’s grace and good gifts were, once again, so lavish! I’ll simply let a few pictures do the talking.

Polly, THANK YOU! I totally love my pineapple ornament! Made me smile every time I saw it on my tree!

 

The Christmas concert was super great! Yay!

 

What's Christmas in SCV without a little Ash Court Christmas bling?? 😉

I wrote a post several weeks ago and was going to post it the other day until I realized that I didn’t remember what I wrote. Since it was about my Southern CA trip in October, I decided to hold off on the post until next week. Why? Because I’m taking a trip to SoCal this weekend! So we’ll just combine the 2 into 1. So today, I would like to share a few quick thoughts that have recently passed through my brain:

#1 – A firm handshake should be an absolute must upon hiring a salesperson. My interest in purchasing their product diminishes when I’m greeted or left with a wimpy handshake.

#2 – I may give up eating ice cream and frozen yogurt during the winter; it’s too cold! Now please understand, I love ice cream. So this is a huge dilemma I’m working through here people!

#3 – Have you ever thought the following: “I wonder if I’m a horrible dresser and my friends aren’t honest enough to tell me the truth?”

#4 – I love PK Sushi. Yes, I have mentioned PK Sushi in a previous post, but it’s just that good.

#5 – If I were to be locked in solitary confinement, I know – without a shadow of a doubt – that I would go insane.

#6 – What happened to the first 15 days of December??? How can Christmas possibly be in just over 1 week??! I thought I was doing so well with Christmas shopping and cooking … but no. I’d like an extra week, please.

#7 – I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been out for coffee over the last few weeks. Weird.

#8 – I love Christmas music, but I get tired of it. I feel horrible that I just admitted that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t stop listening to it! The problem is, there are only a certain number of times a person can listen to the 20 renditions of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “White Christmas.” Unfortunately, some artists butcher these marvelous songs. And I just get in the mood for deeper truth than lines like … “Silent Night, Holy Night” (was it really that silent?) and “Santa Claus is coming to town” (please don’t even try to substitute ‘Jesus Christ’ in there … you’ll just make my blood pressure rise).

#9 – God became man. That just kind of blows my mind. Christ is “the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3a) … and He was born as a baby. Humility.

#10 – “Pain is the gift that no one wants but that everyone benefits from.” – Doug Rutt (Pastor at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, FL – great series on Christmas available on their website)

Oops, I forgot #11 – go to the WordPress Homepage … and wait for it …it snows!!! 🙂