4.21.2014

EASTER SUNDAY

HALLELUJAH HE IS RISEN!

Such a day to celebrate our risen Lord! Our family gathered at Auntie Lynn + Uncle Mark's place (per usual) and had a blast setting out all the eggs for the kids. The past few Easters i've been in San Diego so it was extra special to be back with family this year. There is so much joy to be celebrated on Easter and I am thankful to serve a Jesus who died and rose again! The victory is the Lord's!

 aunties organizing the eggs
Lenya's first easter!
 Even some of the older cousins got to find an egg...like Cherish who had her's hidden in the tree lol!
 I think his balloon popped or something? haha 
Elisabeth and Robert are so cute!
 so cute...Robert loved kissing the little babies!
 confetti eggs!
 the mads!
 hey Cam, why so serious? 
Jcrew model 
cousins!


4.19.2014

O U T S I D E


The past few weeks have been insane...its hard to believe I was in Uganda just 10 days ago. Lately i've been spending time outside with some of my favorite people, catching up and sharing stories...those are the best kind of days! 

This weekend is easter and as I sit here I cant help but be overwhelmed by the amount of love God has for us. There is still so much i'm processing after coming home from Uganda...and the weight of God's love has never been more heavy than it is now...and for that i'm so thankful. I'm in awe of Jesus for how he took the cross for our sins, to win the battle FOREVER and to give us FREEDOM in all things. 

 I love these words from Man Of Sorrow: 

OH MY DEBT IS PAID. IT IS PAID IN FULL
BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
THAT MY JESUS SPILLED
NOW THE CURSE OF SIN
HAS NO HOLD ON ME
FOR WHOM THE SON SETS FREE
OH IS FREE INDEED!!


 surf fishing with Dad - I love those early mornings at the ocean!
 Hunter is at a really funny age...almost 3...and the things this kid says cracks me up. I'm pretty sure 10 seconds after this moment he yells at me, "BON BON TURN AROUND...I DONT WANT TO GO THAT WAY." hahhahaha this kid.
 Ahhhh..I finally got to spend some quality time with my high school bfs. Love these chicks and their adventurous souls. We hiked one of our fav trails up near the Palisades and caught up on major life events like...my trip to Uganda..Ashleighs acceptance to Law school...Taryn's bf's acceptance to Dental school...and Asami's bf's acceptance to Med School....its crazy how much we've gone through as friends and how much life is changing - its so fun with these chicks! 
 also saw the CUTEST dog on the trail. labradoodle 
 "Kac...catch the goPRO" 
 LAW SCHOOL here she comes!!!
LOVE EM!!



PRAISE GOD FOR HIS UNDENIABLE LOVE FOR US. 

4.14.2014

a blessings to be home


It's truly a blessing to be home. On Friday I was able to stand next to my college roommate as she married her bf and a truly rad dude...and then today I got to share a tiny moment with my niece Lenya hanging out at the market. I am thankful for these moments.

I'll be honest, being home has been a bit crazy and slightly overwhelming (considering I havent had a real day to pause since landing in LA)...but at the end of the day my heart is so thankful for all the things I love about home. Being away makes it that much sweeter, and I'm enjoying this next season of life - babies, weddings, family vacation...and time to sit and be still in God and reflect on all that He taught me in Gulu!!

Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? - Job 11:7

He is your praise and He is your God who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen - Deuteronomy 10:21

4.10.2014

the journey home

ahhhh...can you believe it? I've made it home! What a journey to get here - nothing short of adventurous (and long) but I wouldnt trade it for anything. There is no doubt that traveling to the other side of the world is extremely exhausting, long, crazy, and always a bit stressful. But for some reason I love it all. The waiting in the airport, the people watching, the movies on the flight, and even the airplane food (love all the tiny portions lol!) So this journey home was long - but so fun!

 6 hour car ride from Gulu to Kampala. Couldnt go without a last sip of Novida pineapple soda!
 Had a day to shop around Kampala! crafts galore! 
 First flight. Entebbe Uganda --> Istanbul Turkey.
7 hours and I had the whole row to myself! Hallelujah
 2 hour layover in Istanbul and the first Starbucks i've seen all trip! I will admit that I did smile upon seeing this familiar sign and ordered a coffee frapp! 
 a powerful book. heavy read, but incredibly insightful...a book that is changing the world!
 view from the second flight...Istanbul Turkey --> LAX!
13 hours of pure glory. Watched a few movies, befriended a Turkish guy named Giohan 
 HOME!!! BOBS HAWAIIAN with mom and dad. yummmmm
Finally got to meet my nephew CAMDEN!



And now i'm off to one of my best friend's weddings! Abbie and I were college roommates freshman and sophomore year of college. She is one of my favorite people and I am so thankful I get to stand beside her as she marries her high school sweet heart Jake! Love this girl and I'm glad the journey home was timely because I wouldnt have missed her big day for anything!!