Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
This is Mikala & Aaron.
She is one of my very best friends. They are getting married next summer.
She asked me to be in her wedding (yay!!).
This is what she wrote about me:
Brittany is one of my dearest and oldest friends. If I had a big sister, I think Britt would be it! Every defining moment, every deep question, every doubt or fear she has been by my side. She is the type of person who will answer your call at 3am and talk you through tears if you need it. She is also the type of person who will stay up to 3am sharing her life &experiences with you and I love this about her! She always teaches me something about myself :) Her ability to listen, share and speak truth into my life has gotten me through some of the toughest times. I can remember countless times that I have relied on her friendship. I know I would not be the person I am today without her encouragement, prayer and unconditional love for me. When friends go through the ups and downs of life together, like we have, there is something that binds them on a deeper level and its something that lasts for eternity.
Everyone should have a friend like this.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I'm going to let it go, but I really need to say it somewhere...
One of my BIGGEST, most IRRITATING, incite-me-to-RAGE, pet peeves is hearing/seeing the following (or some derivative of it) directed to me:
"I haven't heard from you in a while."
Every single cell in my body wants to SCREAM at the top of my lungs: "WELL, YOU HAVE MY NUMBER--WHY THE HELL HAVEN'T YOU CALLED ME!?!?!?!?!?"
You know why I hate this? It's manipulative. It is trying to place blame. And guess what? NOTHING (in the moment) will piss me off more. And furthermore? I am the LEAST inclined to want to talk to you when you do this.
Phew...needed to get that off my chest...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Like I said, I don't really care for the song. But the lyrics are really striking a chord with me right now. I'm having a hard time connecting with anybody right now--and furthermore? I don't want the opinions of people I have no respect for. I have never felt less like myself: I have more walls up than I know what to do with; feel that I am actively and passively shutting people out; feel invisible and kind of forgotten.
Saturday night, I went to see Letters To Juliet with a friend (got laughed at in class this morning for liking it...whatever...). Afterwards, we parted ways, and everyone went home. But I really did not want to go back to the house (long story short--it's kind of a black hole here). It was a little after 10PM and I was wandering the streets of Portland by myself. Feeling utterly, and completely forgotten. Hopeless. Sad to the very core of my soul. Despite that, I felt like walking around the city by myself was the COMFORTABLE thing to do; the song lyrics came true for me and that was pretty striking. I didn't want to go home, had no one around. I seriously contemplated walking into the first bar I could find and just sitting there with a drink just to be around people.
I graduate in one month from tomorrow. Words cannot even describe how ecstatic I am, so I won't try. Thinking about this has made me realize something else: I don't think I've gotten a legitimate hug from anyone since the last time I was home. I'm not really a touch person, but this makes me really sad.
O, and did I mention that it is supposed to rain everyday for the rest of the month at least?
Jesus, please help me--I can't make it through one more month on my own :(
Song of the day: "This is the Thing," by Fink. State of the soul, shall we say...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
A brief update my friends! This week is absolutely NUTS for me:
My case study is TOMORROW--AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am presenting on a patient with lupus nephritis and I have been swamped in her life for the last 3 weeks. So glad it is going to be over tomorrow at 3:00 PM...pray for me!
I start my pediatric rotation on Tuesday, which includes a 5 page study guide that is TAKING FOREVER--I spent 2 hours on it yesterday and got done with 1/2 a page :/ Crap...
Wednesday night, my research group and I are exhibiting a poster at the Portland Dietetic Association meeting on the project we have been working on since January: Standards for Evaluating Obesity in Kidney Transplant Candidates. We still need to put the poster together...Crap...
Friends, by Friday, I will be on SERIOUS cruise control, with a couple of papers to write and some loose ends to tie up. And guess what? Next week is the LAST week of May :) :) :) :) :)
In other news, I have deactivated my Facebook account (see my last post). It was necessary. When I needed breaks this weekend, I caught up on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC.com. Seriously? If you haven't watched this show, you absolutely should. It is a fascinating look at health in America. WOW.
It is likely the next time I update you all, I will be destressing just a little bit. Until then, see today's picture...
In honor of the craziness, you should check out: "Eight Second Ride," by Jake Owen. It's a kickass song, FO' REALS!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I suppose I should simply stop apologizing for when I do not blog: it is mine, after all, and I can do with it as I please!! But o, how wonderful it is to hear people tell you they read your blog and they enjoy it! For those people, I apologize. I have needed to get caught up on all of YOUR blogs (which, I might add, are fantastic ☺).
Where did we last leave off--spring break, was it? Well, mine was fabulous. It didn't all go QUITE according to plan: I missed my window to go to Temecula and I had to cancel my trip to Woodleaf to see camp friends :( It's all ok though! I am hoping for time to make up for lost time.
I guess that is where I should share, dear friends. My heart has been in a very hard place, a very sad place for the last 8 months. You see, there is really nothing I love more than the people that God has given to me to enjoy: I mean, I have like 1,500 friends on Facebook! Some of them, I don't really know; but for many of them, I could tell you something I love about their soul, a great memory I have of them, a trinket they have given me, or how they loved me. And guess what? My family is the same way! I was recently watching a video of my mom blowing out the candles on her cake last summer for her **nd birthday: it's just my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister, and myself filming, cracking up at a movie quote spoken at the perfect time (if you know my family, you know we LIVE on movie and television quotes) while singing my mom "Happy Birthday." It was so peaceful, so content, so comfortable, so perfect. I am BLESSED, because I don't know too many other families that have what mine does. My family and my friends are the best thing I have in my life.
So you can only imagine what it has done to my soul to be away from them this year. ALL OF THEM. Do you know how much time I spend on Facebook on average? HOURS a day, trying to soak up the moments, the smiles, the hugs, the laughter, the joy that I am missing. There are some days when it is not as hard, and some when it is nearly unbearable. This is one of a few places where Satan can really do damage--he encourages my fear of losing my friendships, my sadness of being away, my uncertainty about the future. Essentially, he drags me away from the present and this is dangerous.
I am following Jesus. I am following him wherever he takes me--I am most certainly NOT doing this perfectly and my year in Oregon has caused me to think a lot about what it REALLY means to follow Christ; to do all that Jesus asks me to do. Interesting to find that there are areas of my life that I am REALLY not ready to surrender, and conciously not doing so--I never thought I would be that person! There are areas of my life that I find myself REALLY immature! I am not afraid of all of this, because Jesus has promised to finish the work that he began in me. And I, dear friends, am a HUGE work in progress.
So, I am following Jesus. I am following him wherever he takes me--this year, he has taken me to Portland, Oregon. My comfort zone has been violated; my core temperature has dropped; my hair has darkened to a very, dark brown with no sunshine (I kinda like that, not gonna lie); I am practically transparent; my endurance has been measured; my patience has been drawn thin; my feelings have been hurt; my heart has been grieved.
But the problem is that we are are not supposed to look backwards! We are not supposed to be focused on the things that we are missing:
Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 ...Later on in Luke...
"It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot's wife!" Luke 17: 30-32 ...Alright then!...
Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. ...UHHH...
Yeah, I have no desire to become a pillar of salt. Ash is not a good color for my complexion.
And there have been good things about this year: I LOVE MY INTERNSHIP. Seriously? This is the coolest career ever and I am so excited that this will be my job!! I have met some great people through my program. I LOVE SOLID ROCK--best church ever! And if Portland wasn't so darn cold/rainy/gray, it has some totally amazing perks!!
So for tonight, I'm unfortunately letting the melancholy overtake me :( Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. I must go to bed now. Tune in tomorrow!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It's amazing how much I really do miss you all when I have no time to read all your posts. I realized today how exciting it is to be able to sit in one location in the world, write an update on life, and have people thousands of miles away be able to know what's going on! I am becoming quite a blog advocate, I must say: I talked to my friend Ellyn this week and told her that she should get a blog! Ellyn is so thoughful, inquisitive, well-spoken, and really loves communicating through writing--it would be such a treat to read her blog. C'mon Ellyn...BLOG!
On that note: yoo-hoo, dear sister--where are your blog updates?? I am WAITING (I'm so clever--that's the name of her blog).
Ok, SO, where to begin? First: If you are looking for a good chuckle this morning, check out this post by JUST A GIRL IN A CITY. I truly did LOL. Second: my friend Carly has been participating in the Rice&Beans Challenge where participants eat nothing but, well, rice and beans for the month of March! Listen to her update at her awesome blog: Random Nuggets, for now. Inspirational and hysterical :)
As for me, let's see, what can I tell you? ... O, how about this...
SPRING BREAK IS IN ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I seriously might die of anticipation before the week's end. Would you like to know what I am doing? Of course you would! That's why you read my blog :)
Friday, March 19--I leave Portland at 5:30pm, take a roundabout flight to Seattle, and fly into San Diego at 10:45pm, where I will be picked up by a group of my girlfriends for a weekend of chaos/relaxation/reconnection/craziness.
Sunday, March 21--I will begin my trek home, undoubtedly stopping in Temecula to see my dearest, her sisters, and her boytoy. She is the cheese to my macaroni ♥
Monday, March 22 - Thursday, March 25--Home sweet home :) Looking forward to some quality time with my family, visiting my sister at APU, and spending a day visiting my P-dine/Malibu/Young Life friends. Did I mention my love affair I will undoubtedly have with the sunshine?
Friday, March 26--I leave Los Angeles at 3:10pm, take a roundabout flight to San Jose, and fly into Sacramento at 6:55pm, where I will be picked up by some of my wonderful camp friends from this summer! It will be a weekend of reconnection/craziness/relaxation/chaos (you get the jist).
Sunday, March 28--I leave Sacramento at 4:10pm and arrive back in Portland at 5:50pm. Hasta la vista spring break :(
Already over before it's even begun? Sigh...I'll be California dreamin' in the meantime.
Song of the Day: "A Little More Country Than That," by Easton Corbin. Guess who has a new crush??
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Disclaimer: I am NOT GETTING MARRIED.
Proclaimer: I am really, really loving wedding webistes for the newly engaged and wedding photography websites. Allow me to share!
Justin & Ellyn--Ellyn was my roommate senior year of college and a dear friend.
Zachary & Michelle--Zachary is my cousin who looks so much like my little brother :)
Aaron & Michele--Michele and I were nutrition major's at Pepperdine, and I love her!
Zak & Kellie--Kellie and I both went to Grace Baptist Church growing up.
Kiss the Bride
Jake Fiehler Photography
Beach Bum Photography
Another obesession of late? Movies about young women starting out in their careers, finding love and discovering themselves. For example:
13 Going On 30
The Devil Wears Prada
How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days
If you have more of any of these, please let me know!!
Song of the day: "Making Memories of Us," by Keith Urban. A classic love song that I just LOVE.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Yesterday, my friend Brooklyn celebrated her 23rd birthday! Don't worry--I called her YESTERDAY even though I am writing to you today :) In celebration of this dear, I would love to share with you a little about her!
Brooklyn transferred to my high school the summer before junior year and joined the varsity basketball team. At our first team practice, she introduced herself and said, "just call me Utah." Well, the name kinda stuck--I've always called her Brooklyn. As the youngest of 6 in a Mormon family, she is full of personality and life! Our two years together in high school resulted in plenty of laughter and really good memories. I am thankful that we have maintained our friendship over the years, through MANY big life changes and tumultuous times. Brooklyn moved back to Utah in October 2008, much to my dismay :(
The young man in the picture is Nick, her fiancé! They met last year and are getting married in 2 weeks! Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able to go--she's getting married on a Monday and some of us have school. I have not met him yet, and I look forward to getting to know him.
Anyways, happy birthday my love. I am so thankful for you ♥
In other news...
I got a chance to talk to Amber last night, FINALLY. We were on the phone for over an hour, catching up on this latest, biggest event in her life! It was so good for me to be reassured of our friendship, and that she still considers me one of her closest friends. It's funny, because as much as Words is not my top love language, being away from my friends and family makes me crave the affirmation of their love for me. I am very afraid that it will change for them, and they will no longer consider me important. This is one of my longtime insecurities: I can remember being 12 and asking my dear friend Brittany 6 times in one night if she was mad at me. She finally said, "I'm not mad at you! But I'm going to BE mad at you if you keep asking me!" Yeah, I struggle with it...
I guess we all just want to feel like we are the most important person in the world to someone. In my case, since I have never had that reassurance from a boy, I become a little bit obsessive about it with my friends. I think this is the part where I miss the physical presence of Jesus. To think that once upon of time, God WALKED side-by-side with humanity to be in perfect companionship with us, blows my mind and makes me really excited for heaven. In the meantime, I've got that "heavenly homesick" feeling. It doesn't help that I've got that "friends and family" homesick feeling too. Ergo, I apologize to my friends if my need for reassurance is irritating.
Finally, I watched 27 Dresses last night. Ok, if you don't know me, you just need to know that I AM JANE--Katherine Heigl is even my celebrity look-alike! I chose it last night for 2 reasons: 1) At my rotation yesterday, "Benny and the Jets" came on the radio and all I could picture was Jane singing to Kevin (GORGEOUS James Marsden♥♥♥) and getting lyrics wrong:
Jane: She's got electric boobs...
I was laughing all by myself. 2) The influx of weddings has me feeling a touch like her right now. Ok, I have to run to work! BYE!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
- Celebrated a small (but significant) weight loss on Friday morning!!
- Comforted some hurting friends Friday night :(
- Began Solid Rock's Street Teams ministry Saturday afternoon (basically, we walk around Portland asking people if they want to come to church!)
- Went to Nordstrom's and discovered: (1) THEY CARRY TOMS!!!!!!! (2) There also carry a 22-year old, 6'5", college soccer playing, dirty blonde, blue-eyed salesman ;)
- Attended the very first church service for Solid Rock Downtown (UH-MAZE-ING)!!
- Enjoyed Asian Pear Mojitos, Lettuce Wraps, and Hot & Sour Soup at P.F. Chang's with Annie and Caitlin
- Watched The Hangover TWICE.
- Talked to Amber, Kelly, Mom, and Boo :)
- Heard news about Dave's condition: they are now thinking that his fevers are NOT because of his Hodgkin's returning, but rather because of an infection--God DEFINITELY shows up, yet again!
- Cleaned the house. Yuck. But it's my weekend.
- Had an...interesting coffee lunch...hmmm...
- Went grocery shopping--OATMEAL SQUARES!!!
- Purchased waaaaaaaayyyy tooooo much music, but I can't help it. I'm OBSESSED!!! If you have not heard Phil Wickham's, Evan Wickham's, and Leeland's latest albums, your life is suffering. Sorry.
- Am doing a really sucky job at truly forgiving someone that I need to.
- Got some reading done for classes/rotations
- Did not do NEARLY enough studying for the GRE--I'm taking it on February 6 so I need to get on that.
- Celebrated a beautiful rain-free day today--thank you Jesus ♥
I hope everyone had a good 3-day weekend! Guess what? The week is almost halfway done!!
Song of the day: "Cielo" by Phil Wickham. BEAUTIFUL: "I can't sing loud enough/I can't sing loud enough/When I'm singing for you my God...I can't bow low enough/I can't bow low enough/At the vision of you my God...I can't lift my hands high enough/Lift my hands high enough/When I'm reaching for you my God."
Sunday, January 17, 2010
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. -Genesis 1:1
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. -Genesis 1:31
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." -Genesis 2:15-17
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. -Psalm 14: 1-3
"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" -Mark 1:15
"No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who beieves in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the worlk that he have his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." -John 3: 13-17
Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accorance with his pleasure and will--to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth togeter under one head, even Christ. -Ephesians 1:1-10
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -Colossians 1:15-20
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. -1 John 5:21
- Creation: Love requires a choice. God took a HUGE risk in putting freedom into the hands of mankind.
- Fall: When mankind bought the lie and disobeyed their loving God, sin entered the world. Murder, famine, disease, rape, violence, gluttony, and pain overcame the world because of our choices--why then do we blame God for these things?
- Rebellion: We live in a world that is constantly spitting in the face of its loving Creator.
- Redemption: "to buy back." Jesus came "to buy back" people from sin, death, and ultimately, our own selves. God knew that he was sending Jesus BEFORE the creation of the world. Jesus, therefore, is the entire POINT of history, existence, etc. He was not plan B when the world screwed up, but has been plan A all along. Because we were created for him, that means that we are uniquely created with a purpose. Because we were created for him, chasing after ANYTHING ELSE but Jesus is pointless--like chasing after the wind.
The heart of those following Jesus is to show the world the LOVE that God has for them and the huge problem we are in because of sin. JESUS LOVES YOU and he wants you to know that he came, all along, to save you.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Now that I have recapped 2009 and inundated you with my love for music, I can finally post my New Year's resolutions! Surprisingly, this year, I have heard quite a few people voice thier particular dislike for the resi's. Specifically, the comment is this: "I don't like NYRs. If I want to do something, I'll just do it." Interesting! I wonder if it is because we feel that we do not want to set ourselves up to fail...I mean, if you put it out there that you are going to do something, everyone can hold you accountable to follow through! If you don't, what does that make you? A failure, I guess. But honestly, isn't that what we are? I mean, there's a lot of stuff we don't accomplish--a lot we set out to do but don't do. I think that sometimes, we forget our humanity and forget that we are pretty weak and pretty incapable on our own. According to this guy Paul, that's not something that we should be ashamed of, but something we should boast about! Check this out:
"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given to me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." --2 Corinthians 12:7-10
SO THEREFORE, I will make many NYRs, knowing that God is ready to show up. And if I fail, I fail! That is completely to be expected--my victories are in my Jesus.
Tangent...ok...now it's time.
- Be a woman of my word.
- Be on Facebook once a week (uhh...yeah, remember that whole failure thing?)
- Do not talk about how much $$ I do or (more commonly) don't have.
- Lose weight (FOR GOOD...again...where I am weak, he is strong) by working out 5-6 days per week for at least an hour, keeping a DAILY food journal, and most importantly, PRAY OVER THIS DAILY--discover what I am holding onto that I need to let go of; what stone I need to roll away to see God's glory.
- Make daily phone calls to my friends and family. Keep a friend journal to keep track of what is going on in their lives and how I can pray for them. Answer phone calls IMMEDIATELY.
- Drink at least 8 cups of water per day.
- Begin graduate school for my Master's degree by Fall 2010. This means I need to take my GRE and apply by March.
- Attend more concerts.
- Learn so much more about my Jesus by daily spending time in his word and PRAYING ABOUT EVERYTHING.
- Eat out no more than 2 times per week.
- Let my life opinions be understated--seek a gentle and quiet spirit.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Blog daily (woo hoo!)!
- Send out cards/letters/packages every week.
- Study everyday. Avoid procrastination and stress.
- PRAY for people when I say I will
- Develop my own fashion style that represents who I am--PRAY about it, and spend frugally.
- Love myself enough to care for myself enough.
- REALLY PRAY for the man I will marry someday--surrender my desires, hurts, stubbornness, bitterness, anger, and sadness to my Jesus.
- PRAY CONSTANTLY for my unsaved friends.
- Understand the Health Care Reform Bill (ambitious, I know).
- Speak less, listen more.
- Jesus > Brittany
Didn't realize it until right now, but I see a theme here, don't you? PRAYER needs to be a much bigger part of my life--PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING!! Did you know PRAYER changes God's mind? How crazy is that!? Our PRAYERS to God reach his ears and MOVE HIM!! PRAYER is powerful, and I need to believe it, which means I need to practice it, and become DISCIPLINED about it. Obviously, God doesn't always say yes--but he always hears us and is always with us! His great purpose for us is to bring our hearts back into an intimate relationship with himself--that is his whole goal! Therefore, we can be confident of the work he is doing in our lives FOR OUR GOOD. Even through the really hard times...he chooses to walk this road with us. Thanks for that, Jesus :)
Ok, SO, my song of the day...Miss Kelly has a wonderful list today and it put it in my head: "Heartbreak Warfare" by John Mayer. Love you all!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
This is Jesse and Claudia! I met them through Young Life while I was a leader in Malibu. Although their wedding was not the first of the year (can you believe that? I went to another one before theirs!), this one was near and dear to my heart. The wedding and reception were held at Malibu West Beach Club at sunset. It was small, intimate, laid back, and absolutely beautiful in the most southern California way. I remember sitting at my table, completely relaxed, watching Claudia dance with her nieces and nephews, with a beautiful 70 degree breeze blowing the sunset over our ocean view and tousling my hair. I said to myself, "if this is how my wedding turns out someday, I will be completely satisfied."
So much has happened in 2009! These are merely snapshots of some of my favorite moments. There was so much else that happened this year: my sister transferred to Azusa Pacific, Dave had a bone marrow transplant, my brother started his senior year of high school, I made new friends, I lost old friends, I moved out of state, and on and on. Seriously, I have HUNDREDS of pictures from this year. These were just some of the good ones :) But I am definitely EXCITED for 2010 and I really cannot say why! So hasta la vista 2009! You were a good year, but I forsee GREATNESS in the next 12 months :)