Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Heart of Worship

When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come;
Longing just to bring something that's of worth that will bless your heart.
I'll bring you more than a song, 
For a song in itself is not what You have required
You search much deeper within, through the way things appear;
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You, it's all abut You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it, 
When it's all about You, all about You, Jesus.

King of endless worth, no one could express how much You deserve;
Though I'm weak and poor, all I have is Yours, every single breath.
I'll bring you more than a song, 
For a song in itself is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within, through the way things appear;
You're looking into my heart.

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You, it's all abut You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it, 
When it's all about You, all about You, Jesus.

Who do we worship in our services?

from Pasadena with love, 


Monday, August 29, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: hitting the books

Monday, August 29:

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
-1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

Tuesday, August 30:

It's important to eat healthy while at school. My roommate and I are trying to avoid unhealthy snacks while we study. We're trying a semi-raw/vegan diet. We avoid carbs and anything that's been cooked. If you're one of those people, like me, that likes to eat all day (especially when reading/studying), try this snack:

Take a rice cake and spread peanut butter all over it. (Be generous!) Then, sprinkle from dried fruit on top. A collection of dried cherries and other berries works very well. And voila! It's crunchy, sweet, salty, and yum.

For more information on healthy eating check this out. 

Wednesday, August 31:

Get some sleep. Sleep is always important, especially if you need to be awake the next day. I'm not the best at this because I'm a night owl, but everyone says the hours of sleep you get before midnight are the best. Whether it's true or not, I do know that sleep is good. 

Thursday, September 1:

The last little tidbit of advice I have for staying healthy in school is exercising. Walk instead of drive to the store down the street. Join a sports team. Get active! :)

Friday, September 2:

"I have no special talents. I am just passionately curious."
-Albert Einstein

from Pasadena with love, 


Sunday, August 28, 2011

a reflection

When you're driving down the road and you see this, what do you think?
Do you think, "Wow, that's beautiful" and try to lean out your car window to take a picture?
Do you ever think, "Wow, God's creation is beautiful?" 

God created the world. Not aliens, little life forms that magically appeared...God. There's proof of Him, an amazing Designer, everywhere in creation. 

 "1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
Genesis 1:1-2

God ordered that light shine. And it did.

"3And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
Genesis 1:3-5

He separated the heavens from the rest of the Earth.

"6And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day."
Genesis 1:6-8

God formed the oceans.

"9And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:9-10

God created all the plant life on Earth.

 "11And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day."
Genesis 1:11-13

God created the stars, the sun, and the moon. I highly recommend watching Created Cosmos

"14And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day."
Genesis 1:14-19

God created all the animals on the Earth. 

 "20And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens." 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:20-25

God created mankind. He created me. 

"26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
Genesis 1:26-27

God also blessed the humans he created. 

 "28And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 29And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
Genesis 1:28-31

On my birthday today, I reflect on the fact that God created me and all of creation. He's awesome.

from Victorville with love (and the aches and pains that come with being 19),


Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's the little things in life....the beginning of sophomore year

Well, here I am, finally getting caught up. I'm at Brittany's house for the weekend and we're watching The Mummy

So many things to love about this movie: Brendan Fraser, mummies coming to life, Evie (aka Rachel Weisz), hot guardians (!!), camels, "special effects", and of course love.

Onto the little things....if I can remember them..

Monday, August 22:

<3 Silverwood with the fam <3 awkward sights <3 boston baked beans <3 hummus and rice chips <3 water rides with complete strangers that are hilarious <3 huckleberry smoothies <3 the Aftershock <3

 the Aftershock: my favorite roller coaster EVER.
this is the water ride we went on with strangers. 

Tuesday, August 23:

<3 a new laptop <3 Olive Garden and gluten free pasta <3 chewy gluten free choc chip cookies <3 fake fire <3 flying <3 Elle & InStyle <3 a new shot glass from Salt Lake City <3 seeing Brittany <3 cream cheese & sour cream and onion chips <3 

 one of my favorite fashion magazines. I saved the big September issue to read on the plane.
 they have gluten free pasta! it's not the best I've ever had, but when you haven't had pasta in a while...it tastes good.
 another fashion magazine I read on the plane. again, it was the big September issue.
I bought this shot glass in a white frosted color in Salt Lake City airport. I love it.

Wednesday, August 24:

<3 moving in <3 Burrito Express <3 seeing Ashley and Becca <3 catching up with Danielle <3

I'm lucky....my best friend is my roommate.

Thursday, August 25:

<3 Dad's birthday <3 coffee cart <3 meet n greet grill out dinner <3 registering for classes <3 making new student ID cards with Danielle's help <3 meeting new students <3 

 while our dorms aren't exactly right on the beach, this is kind of like moving in at school.
alright, so it doesn't really have a lot to do with anything--but it had suitcases and traveling in it and I thought it looked cool and I like it.

Friday, August 26:

<3 first classes <3 coffee cart <3 Jack in the Box <3 Green Hornet <3 air conditioning at Brit's house <3 reading books <3 the Mummy <3 blogging <3 

love it!!

Well, folks, I'm going to get back to my movie. I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule after I get my life organized (which should hopefully be this weekend while I'm at Brit's contemplating my life on my birthday getting old..)

from Victorville with love, 


Thursday, August 25, 2011

promises, promises

OKAY. So, I finally have internet in my room at school (yay!!!!!!) and I know promised a full catchup-return to normalcy-blog post. 

It ain't happenin' today. It's way too hot right now for me to sit here and swelter. Sorry. HOWEVER, I promise promise PROMISE to catch up with you guys this weekend. I'm going to Brittany's house for my birthday and I'll be in air conditioning. Hopefully by the time we get back to school, they will have completed the maintenance on the AC here. 

I was looking at recent post and I realized how behind I am. It's pathetic. I have book reviews to write (for my other blog), pictures to post (from various sources), and general hoopla to share. 

from PASADENA with love, 


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

delays, delays, delays. oh the joys of flying.

Oh dear. It's been way too long since I've blogged. Sorry, guys, I'll be back soon I PROMISE. Right now, I can't post a long catch up post, but that will be coming soon. I'm sitting in the Salt Lake City airport waiting to board my flight....after being delayed almost 2 hours. 

I arrived at SLC at 7:15 pm and my flight was supposed to board at 7:20. I rushed to my gate, only to discover that the plane had broken down and the flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 9:15. 

THEN, the plane arrived and the staff discovered that it was scheduled for an overnight maintenance and we couldn't use it. So the departure time got put off indefinitely. Now, we've found another plane (that's also under maintenance) and we're waiting to be able to board. 

The original arrival time in Ontario, CA was 8:44 pm. Right now, it's at least 10:30 pm but we haven't boarded yet, so I'm remaining cynical. 

Just some quick catch up news:

1. Julie left :( after complications with her flight. (kinda funny now)
2. I'm on my way back to school. woooooooooooooooot.
3. I got a new laptop this morning. And I'm flying with both laptops because I still need to transfer my files.

OKAY. I'm going to put my computer away because they said we could board within 20 minutes or so. 
We'll see. 

from Salt Lake City with love (and impatience), 


Monday, August 15, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: visiting friends.

I'm so excited this week because my dearest friend from New York, Julie, is here to visit!

She is my little piece of sanity in this world. We're notorious for taking lots of pictures together making strange faces, so I'm sure that will happen sometime this week. In the spirit having friends visit, this week's forecast will focus on friendship. 

Monday, August 15:

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
-Proverbs 17:17 (NASV)

Tuesday, August 16:

Stay up all night talking. Catch up. Eat junk food. Laugh. Cry. Go to lunch and pay for her. Go Dutch. Or go shopping. Talking with a friend you haven't seen in a while is so much fun, especially when you used to live at each other's houses (like me and Julie). 

Tuesday, August 17:

Have movie marathons that you used to watch together. There are some movies that when I watch them, I think about the last time I watched it (with Julie) and I'm like, "I miss her!" It's pretty spiffy to watch those movies together. 

Thursday, August 18:

Create photographic evidence. Julie and I do not have a problem with this one. 

Friday, August 19:

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

from Bonners Ferry with love (and Julie!!!!),


Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's the little things in life...Yellowstone National Park!

Hi guys. I know I haven't been posting for a while but that's because I've been traveling around Yellowstone National Park and I didn't have internet. We got in late last night and I was too tired to blog, so here I am. Late again.
*warning: this is a picture heavy post because it's a summary of our trip and I took 500 something pictures between my phone and my grandmother's camera*

Monday, August 8:

The night before a trip is always crazy at our house. My parents were leaving for our denomination's annual Synod meeting in Tacoma, Washington and Eli, my mom's mom, and I were leaving for Yellowstone National Park. We were all up until late packing and doing laundry and running around. I love it. 

<3 horseback riding <3 driving the van <3 snacks <3 Pirates of Penzance <3 late night packing craziness <3

I love this movie. I watched it with my Dad and my pastor from NY (he was up for the weekend). All 3 of us were singing along because yes, it is a musical. 

Tuesday, August 9:

Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m., the three of us left for Yellowstone. We drove to Island Park, Idaho. It took us about 9 hours. Her car doesn't have AC so it was a long, hot drive, but with the windows down it wasn't bad. Of course, with all the wind, my hair was a mess, but it was still a fun drive. 

<3 Peggle <3 roadtrips <3 sketchy service <3 Sobe <3 Arizona <3 Skippy peanut butter <3 pillows <3 cowboy boot glasses <3 NCIS: LA <3 Mentalist <3 

 if you've never played Peggle, you need to go to popcap.com and play it. 
 I have it on my iPad and I played it a lot during this trip.
I love peanut butter! I discovered a new snack that I really like on this trip. Jr. Mints and Peanut Butter. I know it sounds weird, but it's actually pretty good.
 my grandmother's drink came in this glass cowboy boot. It was awesome. 
 I haven't seen a lot of the new season, but what I have seen is pretty good. Although the original NCIS is much better. 
This is where we ate dinner the first night out. We were in Island Park, ID. My grandmother took this picture before we were ready. 

Wednesday, August 10:

Wednesday, we drove from Island Park, Idaho into West Yellowstone, Montana. We drove into the park and down to the Geyser Basin. We stopped a lot of them to take pictures and spent the whole day in the park. In the evening we went to the I-Max theatre in town to watch a short little movie on Yellowstone. It was really cool and had beautiful photography.

<3 service in the parking lot <3 Fruity Pebbles <3 sunshine <3 vanilla bean shampoo <3 geysers <3 bookstores <3 Dude Round-Up Motel <3 gluten free blueberry muffins <3 Mountain Man Rendezvous <3 I-Max theatre <3

 our hotel! 
 We went to the Mountain Man Rendezvous on our way into Yellowstone. It was this awesome place that sold a bunch of random stuff.  
 In one of the fur tents!
 I forget which hot springs this is. oops. 
 I think this is the Great Fountain Geyser. but I'm not sure.
 At Old Faithful. We had to wait about an hour for it to go off.
but it was super cool!
 it's gluten freee
this was our hotel in West Yellowstone, Montana. the Dude-Round Up Motel. 

Thursday, August 11:

Thursday, we drove from West Yellowstone, Montana across Yellowstone National Park to Cody, Wyoming. It was a really pretty drive and I took tons of pictures. 

<3 driving through Yellowstone <3 bison <3 Cody, Wyoming <3 all you can eat buffets <3 Everywhere West <3 rodeo! <3 souvenirs <3 gluten free waffles <3

 we left pretty early on Thursday morning...Yellowstone is beautiful!
 the Virginia Cascades (and my grandmother, Virginia)
 We have about 100 pictures of the canyon....

 <3 me and the brother :) this is probably my favorite picture from the whole trip. <3
 the bison just chilling on the side of the road..this was after we saw a whole herd of them.

 this place is sweet. and I love the name.

 This is the mud volcano. It smells like rotten eggs, but it's really cool.
 picnic lunch in Yellowstone!
 the bison holding up traffic..
 Yellowstone Lake. The road is pretty close to the water and I got splashed by one of the waves. Granted, I was leaning out the window to take a picture, but still. 

 On our way into Cody, Wyoming we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Dam.
For $250 you can get a pavement stone engraved. I thought this was cool.
 Our cute little log hotel. Best hotel of the trip.
the band, Everywhere West, that played during our dinner in Cody. Eli (my brother) got called up onto the stage!
 The rodeo in Cody is famous! All summer long, they have rodeos every night. This is a bull rider I believe. Pictures weren't very good from the rodeo, but it was a good one. 
the beginning of the calf scramble in the middle of the rodeo. 

Friday, August 12:

Friday was a pretty mild day compared to the rest. We drove home, taking our time. It was hot, but again with the windows down it wasn't too bad. We stopped at Applebee's in Bozeman, Montana and got home around 10 p.m. It was a good roadtrip!!

<3 Peggle (again) <3 playlists <3 peanut butter m&m's <3 Applebee's <3 driving <3 sunsets <3 coming home <3

We stopped in Butte, Montana to go to the mineral museum at Montana Tech, but it was closed. So we took pictures by the sign instead.
 I adore sunsets.

Alright, that's FINALLY it. I know this is a really long post, but now I'm all caught up on the last 4 days. I hope you guys enjoy it :)

from Bonners Ferry with love,