Tuesday, May 27, 2014

dreams really do come true

at high school summer camp as an incoming freshman, 
i made a commitment to serve the Lord in a global context.
 i didn't know how or when, 
but i knew that was my purpose.

and then i ended up at CBU to pursue nursing, 
but i didn't really want to be there.
during second semester, 
God rocked my understanding of the gospel 
and what "missions" was all about. 
not only that, but i went overseas for the first time.

Rwanda 2006

as a newly proclaimed gloabl studies minor, 
i applied to go overseas with my school again the following year. 
a friend asked me where i wanted to serve. 
i said, "any where but india, really." 
if you don't think the Lord has a sense of humor, 
i'm here to prove that He does. 
that summer, i served in india for three weeks. 
God shook me and opened my eyes in a new way. 
i was broken and in love with this people. 

India 2008
 my heart was so drawn to india,
i went back for two months the following summer.
i knew even more deeply that i had to go back.

India 2009

and i now i get to.
the Lord has made it possible for me to serve Him 
amongst a broken and beautiful people of india.

guys, dreams really do come true 
when your dreams are lined up with God's plans.

i am humbled to have this opportunity.
i am overwhelmed looking back and seeing how God works.
i'm even more overwhelmed when i look forward 
and think how He will continue to work. 

details are still being worked out,
like when i'm going
and for how long. 
(so any coworkers reading this, please, 
mums the word for the time being.) 

 but the coming months will be a busy 
season of preparation and decision making.
i appreciate and thank you for your prayers,
especially for wisdom and a smooth transition.
  and don't worry, 
i'll be updating here with more info 
throughout this process.


*an overwhelmed* 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

six months later...

hey there.
it's been awhile.

pretty sure i just needed a break from blogging 
(as unrefined as my blogging may be).
but hopefully i'm back to stay for a while.
a lot has happened since november, so let me get you caught up:

we had a no-present christmas in my family. 

it was so good for all of us.
we did do a white elephant exchange with our extended fam


i turned 28 and can't believe it. 
also, my friends spoil me with weekends in wine country.


my bff or longer from school came to visit with her sweet fam.

my uncle passed away in january after battling stomach cancer. 
it was a hard time for all of us.


i took a little jaunt down to socal.


became a wound care certified nurse. my geekiness continues to flourish.


my sister got engaged! crazy. can't believe we are growing up.

took another quick jaunt, but to yosemite this time.

went to a giants game during the opening series.

went kayaking in monterey


went to morocco and road a camel. i mean, why not?

such a crazy six months! 
i am so grateful for the hard times and the good times;
God is so good through it all.

what will the next six months hold?
no clue.
but this coming season is bringing much change.
sometimes i have serious anxiety about it.
other times, i am giddy about it.
despite my feelings, the Lord is constant.
and i am immensely grateful for that. 
i can't wait to see what the Lord does and how He moves.
His way is perfect, not mine.