Monday, December 24, 2007

I Love Home

I made it home to Sacramento for Christmas! The flight was uneventful, sat next to a talkative fellow. My favorite part was arriving in the romantic Sacramento airport & seeing my family at the bottom of the escalator holding signs for me. I was the only one with signs. :)

We hung out as a family today, ran last-minute errands & baked with mommy. I found out that my dad is a pretty decent skateboarder (I brought mine home and he spent a considerable amount of time riding around). We went to church tonight for Christmas Eve service & decided to unwrap gifts as a family because my mom works tomorrow. Love it!!


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yay for Kate!

I live with 2 amazing girls, Brynne and Kate.
It's great. We have a blast together.
Brynne and Kate were roommates last year at Master's, in the room directly below me. Kate has been dating this guy, Josh, for a number of years now. Brynne just started dating his brother, Zach, in Septemer. Since Kate & Josh have been dating for a while now & Kate is done with school, she was kind-of expecting an engagement soon. They have talked about marriage, but she really had no idea how or when Josh would propose.

Well, he did! On Friday night.
Yay for Kate! She's engaged!

Of course, being a girl, I will post the few details that I know. Since Kate is back home with her family & Josh, I heard the new from Zach. Here's what I know:

Josh took Kate on Friday night, her 1st night home for Christmas vacation, to the place where they had their first date together. I forget the name of it, but it's a resturant in Hollywood where all the people who work there since opera. Apparently it's a really mellow, low-key but romantic and nice place. So they were sitting in this upper balcony thing & at the end of the meal Josh told her that he had to go pay for the meal. Kate was just left looking around and waiting for him to arrive back. Before she knows it, Josh is on the stage at the place with his guitar singing her a song that he wrote for her. Then he asked her to come down to him, got on one knee, professed his love for her & asked her to marry him. Of course she said yes & the rest is history. Yay for Kate! We'll be watching a lot more of the wedding planning channels, I'm sure, and making mad wedding plans. I'm excited for what the Lord has for them!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tribal Living

Man, I'm such a lame blogger. Sorry my entries can't be as thoughtful as Becca's or as witty as Phil's. I don't even have cool pictures like Sarah. Alas, such is life.

I've been thinking a lot about life lately. I was talking through my week with Summer last night & realized how much thinking time I have. I mean, really. Who has that? About a month ago Krystal (mother of 2 boys, 3 and 1) was expressing her frustration toward not having time to think as a busy mother. I understand her frustration to some extent, having familiarized myself to the job of motherhood. But the reality is that I'm only a part-time mom (in perspective), and she is a full-time mom.

One of my favorite parts of the day is from about 7:40 to 8am. During this little block of time I'm driving--by myself--from Chatsworth back to Stevenson Ranch. Sometimes if there's traffic I'll turn on a podcast or listen to a sermon. Sometimes I'll listen to music (lately, Bebo's Christmas album). And every once in a while I'll call mom during that time. But most of the time I drive in silence. And I think.

I distinctly recall sometime last week thinking, basically complaining, to the Lord:
"Lord! When can I get to the mission field? All I want is to live among nonbelievers and preach the gospel to them, holding their salvation in prayer to You."

I shut right up after I thought about what I was thinking. That's exactly where He so intricately has me right now! I am not in a land that is foreign to me (though sometimes LA can feel like it), and I have many friends who are close by. Not to mention having my church family mere minutes away. I've been compiling a list of similarities between tribal living and my job now:

  • nonbelievers

  • helping raise children

  • dependant upon the Lord, daily

  • shedding tears

  • missing my family

  • living among them

  • no more "personal" time

  • literally giving up my life for them

  • providing for their basic needs (and then some...)

  • under authority

  • partners in the ministry (Kara, Bible Study, roommates, etc.)

  • learning new survival skills

  • time management

  • self motivation

  • chronological teachings

Last night Claire even told me that she wants to be a Christian. !! This will take time, of course. We're not all about "praying the prayer" for assurance of salvation in this tribe. Her faith will be tested over time and our conversations pertaining to salvation will, no doubt, be interrupted. Such as living among a tribe would be. It's just a different tribe than I had envisioned. Good thing that God knows best. :) Maybe if I can get them to comply, I'll take pics of the kids in tribal gear...