Happy Birthday!

Today this beautiful woman, who happens to be one of my best friends, turns 26! Happy birthday, Candice! This is going to be one of the best years of your life. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you. Here's to another birthday celebration under our belts.


Girls Night Out

Need I say more?


Boy Meets Girl

What ever happened to:

Boy meets girl
Boy likes girl
Girl likes boy
Boy asks girl out
Boy+girl= happily ever after.

Bring it to 2010:

I'm interested- Translation- There is something about you that makes me want to get to know you better.

I have a crush-Translation- I feel like a little girl whenever I'm around you because all I can do is giggle at your jokes.

I like you- Translation- I could potentially have your baby one day.

I would like to date you but...-Translation- I have excuses for why I can't date you. Ex "I'm too busy", "I'm not sure God wants this for me", "I don't know where I'll be in a year", or my personal favorite "What if it doesn't work out?"

I won't down play those reasons, I just wonder why we have to make things so complicated. And be we, I mean me.



I'm going to India! Missions letters always seem a little difficult for me, the reality is that mission letters are sent out for 1 of 2 reasons: 1. I need your money 2. I need your prayer. I know people sometimes get a little weird when it comes to asking for money, but the reality is that it's needed. But I always feel prayer is overlooked as not being a big contributer. We NEED prayer just as much as money. Below is my letter asking for your help, please read...

Dearest friend,

I trust this letter finds you well, I am writing you to share some exciting news! As most of you may know I have accepted the position of Director of Remnant J. High. I am working with one of the most amazing group of people that I could have ever dreamed of. Remnant is redefining what "church" is. Our vision is to show others that the church isn't a place, it's a people. That church reached outside of the building walls, where community meets relationship.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to minister to the youth of our city. Not only are we reaching the next generation of our city, but we have been presented with an opportunity to minister to the people of India. I have been asked to be apart of this amazing team that has been assembled. We have been asked to minister to thousands of people in need. In need of knowing who the real Jesus is, in knowing that there is a greater purpose for their life. We will be visiting prisons, all day youth retreats, and being available to the needs of the people.

If you have received this letter that is because I trust you will keep myself and our team in your thoughts and prayers. Break off the cliche of missions letters where it states "We would like your money, but prayer would be just fine too". Prayer is just as powerful, if not more important. I believe we will be entering spiritual warfare more than ever before, and your prayers will be in the battle with us. On that note, I won't ignore the fact that missions trips do cost money. If God has laid it on your heart to help me, please know that I would be forever grateful. The money will be due fairly quickly, seeing as though the trip is coming just around the corner. This trip is being partially funded through an amazing anonymous person who believes so much in what God is doing through us that they have faithfully petitioned to help. However, I do still need to complete my part. I am looking to raise 1,000 dollars. I will also be taking an entire week off work without pay, this is an obstacle, but I fully believe God will provide. Please feel free to ask any questions, I will be updating you along the way,and also upon my return.

Please make checks payable to: South Hills Church
Memo: Brenda Medina "India"

South Hills Church
2585 S. Main St.
Corona, Ca. 92882

Partnering with you,

So there you have it. If you should choose to support me, I really would be forever grateful.


4am Adventures

Saturday morning I was woken out of a deep sleep from the most intense side pain I've ever experienced. This pain was making it a little difficult to focus on breathing. I realized it was only 3:35am and didn't know what to do. I quickly realized I should get myself to the Emergency Room, thinking I could drive myself there, false, wasn't going to happen. I text my sister but she was still completing her night shift at work. I didn't want to call my mom because A. she would freak out and B. She lives 30 minutes away and I didn't think I could wait that long. I thought calling 911 seemed a bit dramatic so I passed. Then I of course thought, Gretchen Baxter, first thing I said was "don't freak out but I have a really bad pain in my side and it's making it hard to breathe" haha how would you not freak out? Well, she didn't, no questions asked she came and swooped me up and we were off to the ER.

Thank the Lord that there was a bed available, and thank the Lord my copay is still only $5 dollars, one of the many perks to working for Kaiser. As soon as I got there I was given an IV, I don't like needles, but when they said they would give me pain med through the IV, I said GO FOR IT! I sounded like a woman in labor who wanted her epidurals. Whatever it is that they gave me sent me into dizzy land because I could not focus on anything. I had blood work done, and then I was wheeled into the x ray room for a CT scan. I don't remember much of it, must have been the drugs.

My sister came and met me at the hospital as soon as she was off her shift, relieving Gretchen from duty. The Dr. came back with the results that I do in fact have kidney stones, I have 1 and it is small. Is this what happeneds when you start to get older? I'm 25 for crying out loud. I did my research on kidney stones and all I can come up with is that there is no common thread on how to get it. Some say change of diet, lack of water, too much calcium, too much vitamin C. How do you get too much vitamin C? I suppose too much of anything is not good.

I can not stress to you enough how grateful I am for my friends and my family. I was literally brought to tears last night just thinking about all the people that either, text me, facebooked me, emailed me, called me, etc. just say they were thinking of me and if I needed anything to let them know. Gretchen, you are amazing in every way, thank you for coming to get me at that insane hour, and still managing to make me laugh on the way to the hospital. Kathy, I can always count on you to be there for me no matter what the situation. And to my mother, she's been here all weekend, getting me medicine, water, food, etc. I am very thankful to have her here. I am one blessed individual.


Signing My Life Away

Ok so maybe saying I signed my life away is a tad dramatic. But I did renew my lease at my apartment complex for the next twelve months. I had this immediate fear of commitment. When did I turn into a commitment phobe? I suppose my thought was "What if God doesn't want me here a whole year?" but realistically, a year is not a very long time. And because God's timing is perfect, I know wherever I go or wherever I end up will be where He wants me.

The life of a bachelorette continues...