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

June 29, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

Lately, I've prayed to really receive the love the Lord has for me. I hope that you know that you know that:

                He has an undying love for you
                He loves you more than anyone on earth ever could
                He has your name written on the palm of His hand
                He will never leave you nor forsake you and
                           it is impossible for Him to forget you
                He adores you
                He is for you and not against you
                He intercedes for you and cheers you on
                He empowers you through the Holy Spirit
                He goes before you
                He makes a way where there doesn't seem to be a way
                You are the apple of His eye
                You are not a disappointment or a mistake
                He keeps you under the shadow of His wings
                He surrounds you with songs of deliverance
                He upholds you by His mighty right hand
                He delights in you
                He hedges you in behind and before
                He calls you "the elect of God, holy and beloved."



June 28, 2016

So then our CA peeps came to FL

We've had our best friends here for the last week and half and it has been a blast! It didn't really dawn on us until the last minute that they would be here on Father's Day and what a blessing that turned out to be. The Lord gave my kids the happiest of distractions!
~So grateful for all the sweet friends who spoke/texted to say they were thinking of us and praying that day. Thank you!

While they were here:
there were visit to various coffee shops:

there was a dead shark rescue mission:

there were cartwheel lessons:

there was a beach day:

there were theological discussions over spray cheese:

there was the reliving of childhood memories:

there was car trouble:

 there were evenings of exercise:

there was Peurto Rican food, Cuban food, Mexican food and junk food:

There were a rowdy Uno games:

And a whole lot of fun in general! 
Hooray for summer and best friends!

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!