5.30.2010

Back From Seattle

It's been a week since I've been home from Seattle. I am still somewhat living out of my suitcase, yes, I know. Seattle was one of the most gorgeous cities I've seen. It was definitely the most clean city I have been in. I had the pleasure of being there for a total of three days, I wish I could have stayed longer but I was also ready to come home. I love being in different cities, I just always wish I would bring the people from home with me.

We got in at about 8pm on Friday night, which didn't leave too much time to do anything except get some dinner and call it a night. The sky was beautiful, the sun was barely setting and the sky was filled with colorful orange sections mixed with sun, clouds, and rain. Saturday was by far my favorite day. We started with Pike Place Market where I had a hot cup of coffee from the first ever Starbucks coffee shop. We enjoyed our breakfast overlooking the water. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect!

Following breakfast we headed to the EMP (Experience Music Project). This was one of my favorite things we did. We were able to read about the different genres of music, and even play different instruments in their "Music Lab". Best part about the EMP was that they had a photoshoot area with instruments that you could take pictures with. We enjoyed our 15 minutes of fame.

After the EMP it was time to meet up with Andrew (our first visitor experience). Andrew is a fantastic friend of mine that I was blessed to meet last summer. He lives in Portland, which is about a 2-3 hr drive from Seattle. He came out to spend the day with us. We kept the day going with a trip to the Space Needle, we experienced the observation deck (where I thought I was going to lose it) and we had a very expensive (but totally worth it) lunch in the Space Needles restaurant. The restaurant is on a rotator so you can see the city from every angle possible.

We had some downtime so me, Andrew, Nicole, and Aaron headed through to the Sculpture park and just sat and enjoyed the view. There was so much beautiful scenery to take in. After that, it was dinner with the Ramos' and Aaron's hilarious friend Charlie. It was a really interesting mix of people that just meshed well together. Spending time with Jason and Denise was great. It had been a while since we all were able to come together.

Sunday was craziness with the entire Ramos clan. It was the day for the Woodland Park Zoo with Noah and Levi. Noah is a crazy boy who is growing up too fast! The Zoo is always a great place to go, I am an animal lover so I could spend hours staring at animals, especially elephants. That was our last hang out day with the Ramos'. We had dinner overlooking the entire city of Seattle at Salty's. By far the best food with a view that I have ever had. It was a stunning view complete with rainbow because it had just rained.

Monday was a really relax day, we didn't want to do anything crazy. We cruised the city, did some shopping, and best of all, we had dinner with the Glasbys. I miss Heather and Grayson. We see them fairly often because of how much they fly to CA to shoot weddings, but I really enjoy their company, so it was great getting to spend a couple hours with them. Then it was home for me! Flight felt like forever. I was so ready for my bed. And that, in a nutshell, was Seattle.

I already miss everyone we spent time with.

5.05.2010

Secrets Out!

The secrets out! The cats outta the bag. However you want to say it, it's happened! In a recent post I blogged about having a secret that I wanted to share but couldn't at the moment. Well here it is in all it's glory. Drum roll please (insert drum roll) I am now the Director of Remnant Jr. High Ministries! I am beyond thrilled and beyond blessed to have the oppurtunity to work with such amazing people as Pastor Chris Harrell, Brenda Harrell, Melissa Holcombe, and none other than one of my favorite people in this entire world Miss Jolene Campbell.

The news was officially announced on Monday May 3rd at Jr. High service, making May my favorite month so far. I feel like when I say blessed it is an understatement. I have recieved nothing but unbelievable support from family, friends, leadership, and best of all the students. It is an immense pleasure for them to give me the platform to speak into their lives. I can not wait to get started!

I fully believe God is going to flood our doors with students. I want to see growth in every form. Not just growth in numbers but growth in life. These students are at the perfect age of molding, and it is our job to set the right example of what it means to be a Godly man or woman. Hold onto your seats people, this ministry is a sleeping giant just waiting to awakened. Please pray that God continue to trust us with the lives that we come in contact with. Pray that we continue making this a ministry of students who love God and His people. That we continue to show them what real "church" is.

5.01.2010

Six Monthiversary

Today marks the six month mark for myself on the life of an independent bachelorette. Six months ago today I moved into my very own apartment. I figured it would only be fitting that I do a tribute to my last six months. I can't tell you how blessed I am. Sometimes I sit on my couch and just look around and think "I am one lucky girl".

I've lived out on my own before but I have always had roommates, the best roommates anyone could ask for. But there is something about living on your own that really just makes you grow up a little bit more. The responsibility is 100% on you. If you left a dish in the sink or if you forgot to take the trash out there is no one to blame but yourself.

I have really learned to embrace my alone time, I always knew I was the type of person that needed quiet time, but being able to have it whenever I want is truly something I value. I love the freedom to do as I please. I don't want to get completely sappy in this post- just wanted to say how very grateful I am. Being in the center of God's will is a pretty amazing feeling.