"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

June 24, 2016

CA continued

My dad had a spinal surgery while I was in CA and spent four days in the hospital. Bless his heart.
It was nice to be able to extend my trip and be there with my parents during all of that. -And  many thanks to my sister who kept us fed on great Mexican food when the hospital food wasn't so great.

My aunt also had surgery while I was there and she is now cancer-free! PTL!

I spent my last weekend in Anaheim with the L Family and Nate.

Saturday night, we went to the Anaheim Packing House. What a fun place! People were hula hooping and playing ping pong in a vegetable garden out front! The inside was full of cute Californian hipsters buying amazing food and listening to live music. I ate something that was a cross between a donut and a croissants.
And this tea!

Yes, that is cotton candy and fruity pebbles on top of it! Craziest looking drink ever! So fun!
Although those boba balls are not my thing! I was hoping they were chocolate. Bahaha!

After church on Sunday we went to Pieology for lunch. Another fun place! Andrew described it as a Subway for pizza. Everyone gets 8" of pie dough and you can choose to put whatever sauce, cheese and toppings you want it and then they cook it for you.

But the very best part, of course, was the company!

As well as these dear friends of Andrew's.

Then we had coffee with a dear friend and rushed off to church.

The next day, I was flying out of LAX, and since the traffic is CRAZY we had brunch nearby in Manhattan beach. What a gorgeous place!

Then I flew back to my little corner of the world. 
Albeit a very HOT and HUMID corner, but I love it nonetheless.  : )


June 23, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

 "You will make known to me the path of life,
in Your presence is fullness of joy; 
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

My favorite verse at the moment!


June 20, 2016

Our time in San Diego

We worshipped with Nathan and the L Family on Sunday in Orange County and then we went out for Mexican food.

And I was embarrassingly excited about my rolled tacos but I will spare you the picture! : )

That night we had the precious P Family over for  dinner. Then we headed to San Diego to see my parents. The kids stayed with them and I had a sleep over with my sister, which even included listening to Duran Duran like old times!

On Monday we took Zac's wife, to see our favorite sights. La Jolla was first.

And we couldn't get enough of the seals!!! I have a whole lot of seal footage on my phone!

And this is a photo of the spot where Hubby and I took wedding photos 24 years ago! Lots of great memories here!

Then we went to downtown San Diego for more Mexican Food with the L Family and my brother 
and his wife.

This hole in the wall of a place always has a line out the door! 
I'm pretty sure it is because of these homemade tortillas! Mouth watering! 

The next stop was Coronado! 

We had fun looking inside Hotel Del and then enjoyed the sights at the beach. 

Then we went back to my parents, where GrandDad smoked us all in Wii Bowling, like he always does! : )


June 18, 2016

When it hurts

Prayers appreciated for my kids this weekend as they make it through their first Father's Day!
They were very blessed to have such an incredible Dad!
And he was beyond proud of each of them!


June 17, 2016

My niece's wedding

We arrived in time to jump in for all the wedding festivities in Carlsbad!

 Tiffany and I were asked to decorate their home and backyard for the wedding reception. So much fun!

How pretty is this paper cone curtain that the GROOM made? We heard that it took 40 hrs.- What a labor of love!

Joy helped decorate at the beach and she raked her heart out making a SMOOTH aisle!

The beautiful bride and her dad

Wedding party 

The happy couple!

The reception

The front of the cake 

                                 Surprise! The back of it!
And on the inside was their family's Dirt Dessert recipe!
-Minus the gummy worms! LOL

So thankful to be a part of such a beutiful day! 


June 16, 2016

We're back!

Our fam is all back in FL now. We all flew home from CA on different days for different reasons, and now we are all here! 
We had an absolutely wonderful time and made so many memories with people we love! So humbled by all the love and care of our friends and family there. And how God worked things out for me to help care for my dad during his hospital stay/surgery.

I personally met all my Mexican food goals!  -Because I believe it is important to eat good Mexican food when you have the chance! ; )  Hello, treadmill! 

I was reminded many times that Californians are so impressively laid back! (I'm jealous!) 
-Except of course, when they drive, Lord have mercy! : ) 
As we pulled away from LAX when we landed, I had this "A-ha" moment when I realized why Nathan drives the way he does! To stay alive!
-I just don't think he needs to keep his skills honed when he visits home. ; ) 

And the weather! I grew up in San Diego but had forgotten about "June gloom." It was so chilly! And lovely! And I wore sweaters! 
In JUNE! Mind blowing! 
When I arrived home at 2:00 AM here, the weather was 82 degrees! Quite the WARM, muggy welcome! 

So, we are getting all settled in and over our jet lag. 
And looking forward to Saturday, because the friends we visited out there, are coming to visit us back! How great is that!? 


June 8, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

No matter what is going on in the world:

"The Lord is King forever and ever."

And that is where our peace lies.