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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Ok. I was #alltheemotions this day.

On our drive to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I tried calling my Grandma to try to talk to her. I talked to my aunt to see if that would be more stressful to have me calling or if it would be ok, and my aunt said it would be ok to call. I couldn’t get ahold of Grandma, but another aunt was staying near Grandpa’s side and I got ahold of her and she asks me ‘do you want to talk to Grandpa?’ The last I had heard was that he probably wasn’t going to make it, I hardly knew how to process this information. But it is a blessing I will never forget. I got to talk to Grandpa, and tell him I love him. That ended up being the last time I got to talk to him.

My emotions were already all over the place because despite everything going on, I was so excited about going to this aquarium. I had gone when I was kid and always wanted to go back.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated by Charity, a gal I have been fortunate to know for quite a few years online now and have her books on my shelf. very-inspiring-blogger-award1

The Rules

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank your nominator because they’re awesome
  • List 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs for their awesomeness
  • Post the rules so people know them

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I am not a fan of the myers briggs personality thing. I know a few friends who it has really helped them in their lives and they love it, but it’s never been something I’ve been crazy about.
  2. Two of my characters in Worlds Collide: A Fairy Tale I originally created when I was six. They have undergone many, many changes, but the names have stayed the same even if the spelling hasn’t!
  3. I can never have too many pairs of earrings.
  4. While I’ve been able to travel quite a bit internationally, I’ve visited woefully few states here in the US.
  5. I have no food allergies.
  6. In elementary school I bred and raised mice and sold them for store credit at the local pet store. When they would get out my mom was so good at catching them she could catch two at once, one in each hand going the opposite directions.
  7. My favorite animal is the manatee.

My Nominees:

If you want to do this one, go for it, and no pressure to those I’ve listed here. I’m unofficially nominating the midget, Griffin Asher,  Amber, Laura, and Bonnie.

In Memory

(I wrote this a couple weeks ago, and kept meaning to type it up. Even though I am getting it up in an untimely fashion, I still wanted to share it.)

In the middle of a dining room, in a retirement home, one of many, there is a small group of ladies. It is too loose a term to call them table mates or even just friends. These ladies are fiercely protective of each other and wouldn’t put it past one of them to smack you if you gave any of her friends a hard time. One of these ladies, the newcomer, I only had a the chance to meet a few times. I distinctly remember her quiet smile and kind observant attitude. She reminded me of a character in a book who is perfectly happy to observe those around her.

I learned a few days ago she had cancer. Then that she was on oxygen. Monday morning her suffering ended. Thank you Jan for the honor of knowing you, even if so briefly.

Movies! Catching up!

This post needs to start with the puppy.

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Drool monsters are not amused at busy schedules that don’t leave as much time for them.

Back to the catching up. In the last few months I had the opportunity to write a few movie reviews for 412teens/GQkidz. Which basically translates into I had a legitimate excuse to go out and see the movies I wanted to see as soon as they came out. Here are my reviews:

Maleficent

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Fault in Our Stars

I’m writing this post on Saturday, and I have plans to see Guardians of the Galaxy Sunday, and I am very curious as to what I’ll think as I’ve heard mixed reviews.

To go back to my blogging roots, I’m going to give a nutshell of this summer in pictures. Going to make this long and just be done with the catching up.

First and foremost was the wedding.

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I was honored to the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding. See those flowers? The bride made all of them. And many, many of the decorations.

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I am so blessed for Rose’s friendship, she has been one of the greatest blessings of the last five years.

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Shortly before the wedding, I went over to see my dear old friend who recently moved only 5 hours away! That is the closest we have lived to each other in 10 years. I was too busy talking to take more than like three pictures.

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And then there was a mad dash, last minute trip to CA, in which I was only there for about 24 hours before driving back up north. Just enough time for a quick Coffee Bean.

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And a visit to the potato museum as we drove back north. Because, why not?

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Going to bookstores with the little cousins. (Who will all be taller then me by next year, I just know. Except the new one! Because he’s only a couple months old.)

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Glacier Park with Laura! Who was out to visit for almost a whole week!!

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We drove the Going to the Sun Road. It was amazing, spectacular.

As summer winds down, I’m sure there will be some more little adventures. But even if not, I will call summer 2014 a success.

Life & Expectations

Sometimes I wonder if I’m part lizard, because if I’m cold I just stop.

That has absolutely nothing to do with what I am writing about today.

Here is my question to you, has anyone ever looked back at their life and went, ‘yup, that’s exactly how I expected it to turn out’? I cannot think of anyone I’ve ever talked to who has been able to say that. Second question, have you ever looked back at your life and wished it turned out how you imagined when you would sit and picture your adult life? This one I’m sure there’s more people who would say, yes, yes I do….but I would still argue that many would not want their childhood dream life.

Some peoples lives seem to fall into a rhythm, one thing after another, all the pieces fall into place when they are expected to by society and yourselves. It can be hard to feel like you are on the outside looking in, watching people pass milestones as you feel like you are stumbling through molasses.

If you find yourself, years after college, sitting at your average job, driving your average car, and preparing for an evening of Netflix with your cat, and wondering is this it? Did I miss my opportunity to do something amazing? Will I ever do something amazing?

The future that I imagined what would happen after high school, and what actually happen do not even vaguely resemble each other. What actually happened was so much bigger and more amazing. While those years found me still driving a 30 year old car, and without a significant other, (and I never did work for Borders) it taught me a very important lesson: God’s plans are bigger.

It would be easy to tell that story, and I love that story, but it’s not what I want to tell. There are plenty of places that tell stories of Big and Amazing Things God has done with your life. It’s easy to see how God works in our lives when Big Things are happening. I would say it is not as easy if you’re curled up on your couch, watching Netflix with your cat. And it’s even harder when months or even years have gone by that life feels like it has settled into a predictable routine.

I want to encourage those out there who are begging God to show them their future, their life, their purpose. Those who feel like life is crushing them in it’s mundaneness and who truly and wholeheartedly want to serve God and do Great Things for Him.

You are making a difference. By listening to a friend who is going through a difficult time, or going to work with a smile, you are serving God. You are showing your light. Even though your world may feel painfully average, you do not know who you may touch, who you may be the encouragement their soul needs that day. You do not have to travel to the other side of the world or be world famous to make an impact.

God knows your heart. This time of frustrating dullness may not last forever, and if it does? You can still serve Him there. And even if it is not what you imagined, God is still in control and even if it doesn’t feel like it, His plan is still better than anything you could imagine.