Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Those who are close to me know that I dislike being by myself. I have always been a 'people person' and I thrive being around others. But recently, I have realized that the computer is becoming my best friend when I am by myself.

And that is not ok.

I have wasted a lot of time on the computer lately...and I don't like it.

So, I am taking a little break from such things as blogging and facebook.

I don't know how long this break will last, but I intend to do non-computer related things for the next couple of days.

See you later internet!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Sunny Day at the Park

The weather has been gorgeous and I have enjoyed every little moment of sunshine! This week I got to go to the park with a dear friend and her daughter.

Check out these pictures:

I could not ask for more....

- a beautiful day
- beautiful mommy and daughter
- great photography learning experience

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I Love My Husband!

John and I are trying to be more disciplined about exercising lately. We have been slackers since Christmas (or Thanksgiving), but the thought of summer inspires us to get in shape again. After all, hiking while out of shape is no fun.

We have been exercising together every night. A little bit of pushups, crunches, lunges, and now some burpees.

And boy, am I sore!

My whole body hurts. I feel like I have been beaten up by a WWE wrestler.

But, I got a treat yesterday…

John offered to give me a full body massage!

For those of you who don’t know me, I love massages. I joke that my love languages are brownies, red wine, steak and massages (not in that particular order).

Anyways, I received the royal treatment of a warm, candle lit room and over an hour of rubbing with a wonderful massage oil! I fell asleep and had a dream…and I am sure I drooled.

This morning I woke up feeling light and refreshed.

I love John for loving me the way he does. I love that he takes the time to make me feel special. I love that he enjoys being with me.

And today I am more in love with him!

P.S. John informed me that it was almost two hours of massage. I must have lost track of time while asleep!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Weekend

I don't know about you, but I had a great Valentine's weekend!!

And because pictures speak louder than words, I will tell you what happened with images.

Yup. We had an 80s themed Valentine's dinner!!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Becoming Holy

As I grow spiritually, I learn more and more about the consequences of sin. Sin is what separates me from God. Sin is what blinds me from the truth. Sin brings confusion. Sin is a constant battle.

While reading the book “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges, I learned a little bit about my problem with sin.

Bridges says:

“Our first problem is that our attitude toward sin is more self-centered that God-centered. We are more concerned about our own ‘victory’ over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve the heart of God. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success-oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God.

W.S. Plumer said “We never see sin aright until we see it as against God…All sin is against God in this sense: that it is His law that is broken, His authority that is despised, His government that is set at naught…”

God wants us to walk in obedience – not victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self. This may seem to be merely splitting hairs over semantics, but there is a subtle, self-centered attitude at the root of many of our difficulties with sin. Until we face this attitude and deal with it we will not consistently walk in holiness.

This is not to say God doesn’t want us to experience victory, but rather to emphasize that victory is a byproduct of obedience. As we concentrate on living an obedient, holy life, we will certainly the joy of victory over sin.”

Wow. This is so true.

The journey toward overcoming sin can be so difficult and frustrating – and VERY discouraging at times. However, God call us to obey Him. As we grow more used to following His ways, sin become less of an issue.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Playing with the Camera

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Anywhere in the World

If you could choose to be anywhere in the world, where would you choose to be today?

I am thinking I would want to be in...

...sunny Brazil

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


This doppelganger business on facebook is a little funny…and confusing.

I recently had a friend write on my wall, and at first glance I wondered:

When did I become friends with Sarah Jessica Parker?

Anyways, today I decided that I look like Alicia Keys – maybe.

The truth is that celebrities change their looks every other week and that enables them to look very different depending on the day. So, depending on the day, I look like Alicia Keys.

Bottom of the story, I like the way I look (and I tend to look the same). I am not saying that I am 100% happy with every cell of my body. There are days I wish I had longer hair, green eyes, skinnier legs… But I ultimately believe that I am created the way God intended me to be. When I change my looks or do something different, I am not adding to my character – therefore, the way I look should really not be that big of a deal.

This is the Alicia Keys that reminds me of me.

This Alicia Keys looks nothing like me.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter Retreat 2010

I just got back from a retreat with my church’s high school students.

This was my first retreat as a ‘leader’ and I had a lot of fun, slept very little and ate lots of bad food.

We had an amazing speaker, Martin, who is a Christian rapper in Kenya. I came back inspired to live for Jesus. Martin is a strong and bold man of God and his story is an example of God's faithfulness - I'll have to tell you more about it in another post.

Martin spoke about:

1. Learning to know Jesus - John 2:1-10
2. Making the gospel known to others – II Timothy 4:1-5

His message was a wonderful reminder of what our priorities should be.

I was also reminded of God's creativity and beauty as I looked around at the spectacular forest that surrounded us.

Check out our view!

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