Saturday, January 24, 2015

the other day, my grandma and aunt came to visit and dropped off some egg tarts.
and i was the only one home to eat them.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

sometimes it's nice to take a breather and just enjoy the day that the Lord has made! the other day, we headed over to my favorite part of town for brunch at urth caffĂ©. and perhaps it was the company or the fact that i had a free day, but life felt oddly calm and unhurried. we spent the morning outside, enjoying the beautiful weather and sharing stories about life. and i've come to realize that everyone has a unique and interesting life. ♥

Monday, January 19, 2015

life is busy-- at times too busy, as my moleskines can attest. for some reason, i find the need to pack my schedule solid with all sorts of hangouts and events. which i mean are great things, but it just seems like each year is busier than the last. consequently, there's rarely time to rest. even sleep averages only five to six hours a night. at times i schedule hangouts two or three months in advance, fitting time with family and friends in like puzzle pieces. but in doing so, it leaves little space for surprises. it leaves even less space for God to have control.

lately God has been revealing a deeper issue through the women's bible study and life group at church. i like to have plans-- not just daily, weekly, or monthly, but for my life. i have so many plans, good plans, that i set up for God and i often wonder where God is at. like 'God, i have this plan for you! why aren't you doing your part?' and in doing so, i try to keep all the control. which as i think about it, sounds really dumb. after all, as proverbs 19:21 says, 'many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.'

so this year, it's time to take a step back and let God lead. maybe then He'll open my eyes to see things i haven't had time to see before.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

the other day, i caught up with old (and new) friends for a meal at tropicana bakery & cuban café. since everyone lives in different cities, it's always fun to discover new places to eat in between. the pastries here were beautiful, vibrant, and delicious-- it's a shame i couldn't try them all.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

'worn' by tenth avenue north describes exactly how i've been feeling as of late. i am so thankful for the truth of God's word and the fact that His word does not change. ♥

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year! it was exciting to spend the first day of twenty fifteen with great company. we spent the afternoon walking around and admiring the beautiful rose parade floats. the floats were vibrant and absolutely stunning-- and there was so much attention to detail. such creativity at work and on display! here's to a new year full of many more adventures!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

'go for it, while you can. i know you have it in you. and i can't promise you'll get everything you want, but i can promise nothing will change if you don't try.' -- j.m. darhower

life is like a game of settlers. it's about taking risks, trading resources, and planning ahead. if you just stay still, sit on your resources, and never make a move, you'll end up with what you started out with-- not much. and even if you have the slightest inkling that a victory is near, go for it. don't wait until the next round to claim it because the next person might just get it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

last weekend, i joined my sisters to see the lights at upper hastings ranch. it was quite a lovely time walking through the neighborhood at night-- something i wish i could do more often, though walking the streets alone at night is not advised. it was also an opportunity to admire the festive lights and catch up with some wonderful sisters since our schedules don't always align. such sweet, genuine fellowship with these ladies who reflect Christ in their speech and actions! ♥

'in the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.' -- matthew 5:16

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

merry christmas! tis the season to celebrate the birth of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! i absolutely love this time of year because it's one of the few times i get to hear christmas carols at work. and at the store. and in the car! it also inspired me to pull out the ink and watercolors to make calligraphy prints for some of the sisters at church.

and almost two years later, there's still enough india ink to fill up books.

i started off with the calligraphy, and worked everything else around it.

then it was time to go happy with the watercolors. roy g. b came to the party, but indigo and violet stayed home.

afterward, i let the prints dry. it didn't take very long, but it was enough time to go out and buy frames for these prints.

and here's how the final product turned out-- bright and colorful.

and joy to the world indeed! because Jesus came to earth and died for our sins, we have hope and a reason to celebrate.

many times i get so wrapped up with this holiday season, that i forget how important this truth is. but it's worth remembering, and sharing with others.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

this month i also visited the renegade craft fair, my favorite. ♥ it's outside in the wonderful sun, and it's the most casual one to bring friends to. just another day out in the park-- looking at unique things and talking to creative vendors. they're pretty friendly and always have the most interesting stories. i also love how everything here is so cute and colorful!