Wednesday, December 28, 2011

life's quirks

Life has it's quirks, but God's in control, yes?

I thought since I haven't posted in quite some time, I might bring you up to speed on what's happening in my life.
I'm staying in Bonners Ferry for a while. That's the main point. I'll be working up here & saving up & making plans on what to do next. 

My mom had foot surgery last week, & so I've been helping her a lot & taking over her duties at the church. It'll be nice to live at home for a while & not have to worry about school. I might be taking some online courses, but who knows?

Right now, I'm just placing my life in God's hands & He can do whatever He wants with it. 
I'm okay with that. 

from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm so excited, I'm skipping WW

I'm so excited about what I'm going to show you today, that I'm not going to bother waiting until tomorrow.


I need it to be THIS December! 
At least this gives me time to re-read the book, yes?

Namárië, Nîn Mellon,

from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Friday, December 16, 2011

it's the little things in life...clicking the sparkly red heels

Now that I'm finally done with this semester (yay!!!!), I'm excited to head home tomorrow morning. I'm not excited about the time since my flight leaves at 7:35 am, but hey, I'll be home. 

I'm all packed and ready to go. I have a huge suitcase that thankfully is under 50 lbs. But now, for the real deal:

<3 finishing exams <3 getting good grades on said exams <3 The Mummy <3 The Mummy Returns <3 Fruit Ninja <3 

I love fruit ninja....of course, now I've set my high scores so high I can't beat them & it's depressing when I only get a 360.

<3 late night conversations <3 blowing up planets with my plasma globe app <3 Diner Dash <3 finishing a book series <3 rain <3 a new fireplace app  <3 basketball practice <3 helping Brit dye her hair blue <3 a new flashdrive <3

he's just so cute! my friend gave him to me for Christmas.

that's all for now folks--
from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WW: "Snobbery"

by Chelsea Pine

Pink hats, purple coats
Yellow scarves, orange gloves
Red neckties, blue skirts
White vests, green shoes.

Flowers dressed to the stem
Each color a brilliant accessory
Aiding in their quest for selection
Among the ratty crowd.

Carnations and lilacs
Daisies and tulips
Roses and remember-me's
Hydrangeas and their leaves
Conquer those ugly weeds. 

from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WW: Jen Campbell of "this is not the six word novel"

Jen Campbell is a blogger/writer/poet that I discovered a few months ago. I love her writing style & since it's December and Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I would share her website with you....

....especially to check out her most recent post on the weird things customers say in book shops around Christmas. Some of them will make your jaw drop in astonishment. 

I also love Jen because she's in LONDON...

....& she works in a bookshop! 
Seriously, if you're a fan of London, writing, & funny people become a fan of Jen Campbell. right now.

from Pasadena with love, 


Monday, December 5, 2011

a revelation & a request

I'm sorry I've been rather MIA the last few days, I've been working ahead on schoolwork and trying to figure out what to do with my life. 

As some of you who read my blog may already  know, I'm leaving school after this semester. I simply can't afford it right now. I've been looking for a job that could sustain me for a few months so I could stay down here after break and coach my team before heading up to Idaho to work until next Fall.

The job search hasn't been very fruitful. A small job that I thought I had fell through, I have another possibility but I won't know until after Christmas for sure, and there is another option that I have that isn't really an option because of some personal issues. 


I'm asking for prayer. 

I have to figure out what I'm doing with my life. I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to come back to school at all in the Fall or if I just want to work so I can save up to go to Europe. Or, if I do want to go back to school in the Fall, if I want to go to Providence or not. I have to decide if I'm going to put aside my desire to coach and not try to stay out here for three months or if I'm going to do everything in my power to be here for my team. 

On top of that, I have exams next week and a crap ton of papers etc. 

So I'm really really really asking for prayer. 

I have not a clue what I'm doing or where I'm going with my life and I need God to help me out. 

If I don't post for a while, I hope you'll forgive me, but I see myself being quite busy for the next few days/weeks. 

from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"An Existential Discussion"

by Chelsea Pine

"Thanks," said the robin
As he took the nuts from the squirrel.
"You're welcome," said the squirrel
As he gave the nuts to the robin.

This was the product of trying to help Brittany find something to write her poem about at 1 a.m. 

from Pasadena with love, 


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Reflection

"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
-Colossians 2:6-7 ESV

I'm thankful for a lot of different things this Thanksgiving. There's the slightly cliched list:

1. A God that loves me & has redeemed me from the world with His Son's blood.
2. Family that I got to Skype with this morning.
3. Friends to spend break with.
4. Amazing friends everywhere.
5. A second family that makes yummy gluten free things.
6. Food, clothing, & other necessities of life. 

& then there's the random little things that I am thankful for in this world:

1. Puzzles.
2. Crocheting needles & yarn.
3. Apple Cider.
4. Free laundry.
5. Heating pads & friends who give amazing back massages.
6. Cinnamon sugar chips with amazing dip. 
7. Technology. 
8. Music. 
9. Writing. 
10. Inspiration & creativity.
11. Jacuzzis. 
12. Crayons. 
13. Board games like Clue, Life, Battleship, & Monopoly.
14. Movies. 
15. Books. 
16. Blankets & comfy futons. 
17. Contacts & glasses. 

& Finally:

18. Brittany S., Danielle Y., Courtney S., Emily DB., Sam B., Jordan T., Tom P., Vanessa M., Danielle D., Ian H., Josh L., Ruby J., Luke W., Julie B., Bethany W., Sarah C., Julia L., Katie B., Leah B., Linnea H., Marie B., August H., Dean P., Noah P., Jameson A., Ashley P., Charlie L., Austin S., Matt H., Charlie M., Dave L., Gabi P., Matt N., Luke R., Isaac P., Jim H., Jon B., Josh H., Laurel Z., Mayra M., Patrick S., Sarah P., Sophie L., Ricky I., & Eli P.  
(if I forgot you...I'm sorry...I have too many friends, but I love you all & I'm thankful for all of you.)

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!"
-1 Chronicles 16:34

"Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name."
-Psalm 30:4

I hope you all have an awesome fantastical day with your family & friends enjoying a wonderful meal & I hope you take some time to reflect on what God has blessed you with.

from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


by Chelsea Pine

Love is not for entertainment or show
Single minded focus given to the
Object of passion. Never to follow—
Always alive, always lighting fiery
Appetites. Never fails, never gives up.
Always caressing, always singing
Bringing joy and happiness in a cup
Of a wine that flows down my throat tingling.
Love burned in my fingertips, embedded
Its words on my heart, held me so so tight.
I felt it seep into my skin, bolted
To my innermost core—my guiding light.
       If love fails, I have failed in telling you
       Of the nature of the love between two.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: why am I always catching up!?

Monday, November 21:
"I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—"
-1 Corinthians 1:4-5 ESV

Tuesday, November 22:

I feel like every time I have a large chunk of time--like today--I'm catching up on something. So, I would suggest making a daily schedule & forcing yourself to stick to it. It's so hard to do...I've made so many lists & schedules & they never seem to work because life happens. 

Wednesday, November 23:
Spend time with friends. Danielle, Brittany, Courtney, & I are roadtripping to Brit's house for Thanksgiving break on this Wednesday. It's going to be so much fun. Your friends are important--take time to make sure that they know that.

Thursday, November 24:
Give thanks to God for everything that he has blessed you with! That should be all I need to say. 

Friday, November 25:
"Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
-Mark Twain

from Pasadena with love, 


Sunday devotional (on Monday): James 1:9-11

James 1:9-11
"Let the lowly brother trust in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits."

The things of this world fade so quickly. Material possessions come & go with the seasons. People are never satisfied with what they have. They want more and more things. 

Just today, as Brit & I were walking to Starbucks to do some homework, she remarked that society is pushing Christmas faster & faster every year because they don't want to stop & give thanks--they just want more stuff. If Christmas comes earlier, then that means we can buy more things. She has a great point. Already, society is cutting Christ & God out of the holiday of Christmas. It's "Happy Holidays" or "Merry X-Mas" now. It makes sense that the next thing to go would be Thanksgiving. 

These verses are rather fitting for the week before Thanksgiving. It's a good reminder that material things & riches fade. In Psalm 39:2-6, David talks about the fleetingness of man:
"O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!"

David recognizes that man is but a speck in God's great scheme of life and creation. He understands that wealth means nothing. Isaiah articulates this in Isaiah 40:7-9:
"The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."

Jesus reminds us not to put too much love into our material possessions:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."
-Matthew 6:18-20

During the upcoming Christmas holiday--which is increasingly becoming more and more consumeristic--we need to remember that "the rich man fades away in the midst of his pursuits," yet "the word of our God will stand forever."

from Pasadena with love, 


ps. There will be a special Thanksgiving devotional post on Thursday instead of the video of the week. Be looking for it! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

it's the little things in life....muscle relaxing tea & pass around the room poems

Just a normal week in my life....

<3 mall trip with Danielle & Brittany <3 finding a store that I love called Charming Charlie <3 

 the entire store is arranged by color.
 Brit's adorable!
an orange vinyl flower clutch.

<3 singing loudly <3 Stereo Hearts <3 Knight's Tale <3 gluten free cookies <3 wedding showers <3 yummy chili <3 drawing dragons <3 candy corn <3 Bounty Hunter  <3 coffee with Courtney <3 Lord of the Rings pez dispensers <3

these things are amazing!

<3 video games <3 writing a found poem <3 cancelled classes <3 Thanksgiving chapel <3 shopping trip with Courtney & Tom <3

 my dearest Courtney :)
a Jack hat!

<3 Denny's with friends <3 

 my lovely Danielle :)
me & my friend Tom (taken by Brittany)

<3 Star Wars mugs <3 

I want these mugs!

Cheesecake Factory <3 stuffed mushrooms <3 white chocolate blueberry cheesecake <3 lemon meringue <3 gluten free strawberry white chocolate scone <3 new heels <3 pass around the room poems in Brit Lit class <3 drinking muscle relaxing tea that makes me high <3

<3 GETTING A PART-TIME JOB!!!! (thank you, Lord!) <3 

So yea, I'm having an awesome week. AND IT'S NOT EVEN OVER YET. 

from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WW: "The Preservation of Italian Virginity"

This week for Creative Writing class, we had to write a found poem composed of lines from poems, songs, movies, & things that we heard people say. 

This is mine. The title is from Knight's Tale, in case you wondered.

"To be, or not to be, that is the question
Bring it on Marissa!

You're in the wrong species, love.
Didn't you guys get my Populi announcement?

I'm going to tattoo the whole thing on my left calf.
I'm still waiting for the first Inuit nudist colony.

I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song.
My heart's a stereo.

Written in the stars, a million miles away:
Good morning baby.

Do not sh! me and spare him!
You are messing with the wrong man!

It's not that easy to cut off someone's head, 
Parting is such sweet sorrow.

When I am dead my dearest
Sing on, as if in pain."

from Pasadena with love, 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: memorizing, drawing, & reading.

Monday, November 14:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth."
-Ephesians 1:3-10 ESV

Tuesday, November 15:
Memorize something. A poem, a song, a verse, a code, or your class schedule. It will keep your memory & brain sharp. Right now, we have to memorize a poem for my Creative Writing class. I'm working on "Her Triumph" by William Butler Yeats. 

"I did the dragon's will until you came
Because I had fancied love a casual
Improvisation or a settled game
That followed if I let the kerchief fall:
Those deeds were best that gave the minute wings
And heavenly music if they gave it wit;
And then you stood among the dragon-rings.
I mocked, being crazy, but you mastered it
And broke the chain and set my ankles free,
Saint George or else a pagan Perseus;
And now we stare astonished at the sea,
And a miraculous strange bird shrieks at us."

Wednesday, November 16:
Draw. I don't care if you think you can't draw or you have absolutely no artistic talent. Doodle on your paper as you take notes in class, or in that really boring meeting. I've been obsessed with drawing dragons recently & I've been scribbling them in Brit's sketch pad & I have a feeling I'm going to be scratching them on my history notes tomorrow morning...

Thursday, November 17:
Start a new book series! Reading is a momentary escape from the world. You can never go wrong with a good book. Find your happy place.

Friday, November 18:
"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
-Hannah Arendt

from Pasadena with love,


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gnomeo & Juliet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cutest movie of the century.
Like, I think I just fell in love with an animated garden gnome.

^^ this one. Gnomeo.

& I mean....he's played by James McAvoy.

um, hello.
(he's also in some of my favorite movies: Penelope, X-Men First Class, & Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe)

& Juliet is played by Emily Blunt--one of my favorite actresses.

(this is from Devil Wears Prada, but she's also in Wild Target, a movie that Brit showed me that I really liked)

Okay, back to Gnomeo & Juliet. Yes, it's an obvious play off of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" but it has a much better ending in my personal opinion. It's so cute. I mean, for crying out loud, the characters are GNOMES! Cute little ceramic garden gnomes that come alive after the humans leave.

There's lawn mower racing, secret rendezvous, talking flamingos & frogs, a romantic love story, & Shakespeare himself making an appearance as a bronze statue. HOW CAN IT NOT BE AWESOME!?

Seriously. You should watch it. Brit & I watched it last Friday night. I was FREAKING out afterwards. It's just so adorable on so many levels!!

Okay I'm done geeking out about garden gnomes.

from Pasadena with love,


Monday, November 7, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: welcoming November's chill

Monday, November 7:
"First of all then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified 
in every way."
-1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

Tuesday, November 8: 
Treat yourself to some season themed coffee while you're out & about. One of my favorite coffee shops, Jameson Brown, has a pumpkin pie steamer that tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup. It's amazing. (Sorry, Jameson Brown is only here in Pasadena...guess you'll have to come visit me.)
Starbucks has a pumpkin spice latte that is yummy, & a few other autumn-y drinks that I haven't tried yet. 
The warmness of the coffee will make any chilly, rainy, stormy day instantly brighter.

 macarons  & coffee--a lovely combination. (If you're reading this from the Pasadena area, try 'lette macarons. It's a cute little shop on Fair Oaks & Colorado)
okay, this isn't a cup of coffee that I have had, but that's just awesome.

Wednesday, November 9:
Since it's my cousin's birthday (& my friend's), everyone should go rake their leaves & jump in the piles. We can all celebrate together. & for those of you who live in places that have summer all year 'round (lucky!!), I'm afraid you'll have to jump in imaginary piles of leaves. 

this is a pretty good seized leaf pile.
*face plant*
Or...if you're a hard core leaf jumper...

Thursday, November 10:
I'm not a cold weather person. I enjoy summer & years of it. However, there is something awesome about curling up with a hot drink, a blanket, & a book before a roaring fire while chilly winds blow the leaves around outside. & the scenery is beautiful with all the colors.
So--for Thursday--grab a good book, or if reading isn't your thing, a good movie, some hot apple cider, a soft fuzzy blanket, & curl up in your favorite comfy chair. If you have a fireplace, turn it on. If you have loved ones with you, snuggle close. 

I want a fireplace!
snuggling is the best--especially in cold weather. 

Friday, November 11:
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"
-Percy Bysshe Shelley 

from Pasadena with love, 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday devotional: James 1:5-8

James 1:15-8
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

Asking God for things is second nature to us. When we lose something & we're frantically searching for it we mutter under our breaths something along the lines of: "Dear Lord, help me find this." Or, when we're driving & we ask God to help us get to work on time or not to skid on the wet streets. 

But, do we ask God for these things out of habit without putting any faith behind it? Do we just ask him because we know it's what we should do as Christians? Or do we really believe that he can do what we ask of him?

James gives us a good reminder that faith is required. He says the doubting person is unstable--someone who often changes his mind & only brings God into his life when he needs something. We need to have the faith of Abraham:
"By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise...By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said 'through Isaac shall your offspring be named.' He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back." 
(Hebrews 11:8-9; 17-19)
Abraham didn't know what God had in mind, but he obeyed--having faith that God would take care of him.

God can do anything, but we have to believe that he can.

from Pasadena with love (& fun with Courtney at the hospital),


Friday, November 4, 2011

It's the little things in life....awesome-ness.

First off, I have to start with this picture:

"Lunching while building the Death Star"
epic on so many levels. 

<3 surprise coffees from friends <3 new albums <3 new movies <3 Dia de los Muertos celebration with Brit and Mayra <3 

 skeleton Star Wars!!
face paint!

<3 trick or treating <3 random guys on the Metro <3 having a cop take our picture because of our make up <3 tacos <3 finding a new favorite poet: Aphra Behn <3 

"Love Armed"
by Aphra Behn

Love in fantastic triumph sat,
Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed,
For whom fresh pains he did create,
And strange tyrannic power he showed,
From thy bright eyes he took his fire,
Which round about, in sport he hurled;
But 'twas from mine, he took desire,
Enough to undo the amorous world.

From me he took his sighs and tears,
From thee his pride and cruelty;
From me his languishments and fears,
And every killing dart from thee;
Thus thou and I, the god have armed,
And set him up as a deity;
But my poor heart alone is harmed,
Whilst thine the victor is, and free.

from Pasadena with love,


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Video of the week: kitten can't jump.

This video is the cutest & funniest thing ever. 

It makes me want a kitten so badly!

from Pasadena with love, 


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WW: "Fairyland"

by Edgar Allan Poe
Dim vales- and shadowy floods-
          And cloudy-looking woods,
          Whose forms we can't discover
          For the tears that drip all over!
          Huge moons there wax and wane-
          Again- again- again-
          Every moment of the night-
          Forever changing places-
          And they put out the star-light
          With the breath from their pale faces.
          About twelve by the moon-dial,
          One more filmy than the rest
          (A kind which, upon trial,
          They have found to be the best)
          Comes down- still down- and down,
          With its centre on the crown
          Of a mountain's eminence,
          While its wide circumference
          In easy drapery falls
          Over hamlets, over halls,
          Wherever they may be-
          O'er the strange woods- o'er the sea-
          Over spirits on the wing-
          Over every drowsy thing-
          And buries them up quite
          In a labyrinth of light-
          And then, how deep!- O, deep!
          Is the passion of their sleep.
          In the morning they arise,
          And their moony covering
          Is soaring in the skies,
          With the tempests as they toss,
          Like- almost anything-
          Or a yellow Albatross.
          They use that moon no more
          For the same end as before-
          Videlicet, a tent-
          Which I think extravagant:
          Its atomies, however,
          Into a shower dissever,
          Of which those butterflies
          Of Earth, who seek the skies,
          And so come down again,
          (Never-contented things!)
          Have brought a specimen
          Upon their quivering wings.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday devotional: James 1:1-4

On Sundays, I will be sharing a short devotional. I'm going to start in the book of James because that is where I am reading right now in my own personal devotions. 

James 1:1-4
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that testing produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

Usually, our first thought when a trial comes along is something along the lines of: "Great. Now I'm suffering and I feel awful--God, why me?"

James is saying that we should REJOICE in these trials because they are good for us. 

Trials are hard--but they always bring us closer to God. God gives us trials when we NEED them and when we are READY for them (Hebrews 12:10-11). 

I don't know about you, but I'm not usually ready to suffer. But, we can take comfort in Romans 8:28--knowing that everything happens for a reason--and in Hebrews and James--knowing that suffering and trials are good for us in the long run. 

To summarize: we should be joyful in suffering, knowing that it is for His glory and our benefit.

from Pasadena with love (& meditation), 


Saturday, October 29, 2011


This post is going to be very picture heavy and long, just to warn you.
To travel the world extensively has been a dream of mine for several years now. After school, I plan on traveling for a few years in between countries. These are all of the places that I'd like to go....that I can think of off the top of my head right now.

1. London, England:

2. Chelsea, England:

3. Ireland:

4. Venice, Italy:

5. Rome, Italy:

6. Greece:

7. Turkey:

8. Paris, France:

9. Switzerland:

10. Austria:

11. Russia:

12. Eastern Australia:

13. Japan:

14. India:

15. Egypt:

16. Brazil:

17. Romania:

18. Morocco:

19. Spain:

20. Sweden:

21. New Zealand:

22. La Roche, Belgium:

from Pasadena with love (and hopes),