Emet Em Ta KCP

“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.” Barbara Alpert

Gayle and I had a secret club growing up and we would say ’emet em ta kcp’ when we wanted that club to meet. We still talk about how strange we were and also did our parents know we painted the inside of our closet ceiling with paint? Anyway we all know my baby sister is getting married soon and I hoped and prayed I would be her MOH.

When I landed from CA a few weeks ago, Gayle picked me up. On accident. She was originally going to pick us up, but then after the two days of plane delays it just wasn’t going to work out. I guess she didn’t realize that I had made alternate arrangements, and when her work conference ended early she headed to the airport. It was a nice surprise, and Sarah just took the other car home. 🙂

Gayle took me to lunch (Chik-fil-A: her conference was serving that and she was bummed she was missing it, so that’s where we went). The super nice manager at Chik-fil-A started chatting with Gayle and after a few minutes we went up to order and he paid for our meal. 🙂 Best Chik-fil-A ever is off of Paseo in Albuquerque.

We sat down and Gayle handed me a bag. I knew what was in it, but I still started crying. Why? Who knows. I am just so excited for her to be marrying Patrick- and that she is so happy.

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After a tumultuous round of ‘where is Gayle getting married,’ we found a perfect place. I keep saying ‘our wedding’ and I KNOW it’s not, but it is. I mean I’m gaining a brother! Let’s make this all about me. 😉 Gayle and Patrick will be saying ‘I do” at the Railyards. Currently Tina Fey is filming a movie there. That must mean is the perfect place right? I am so excited for this wedding- for the dancing, the cake, the crying, but most importantly the marriage! God is good and I am so blessed to witness Him in their relationship. I pray their love strengthens their love for Christ and that they serve Him through it.

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Staying Home

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Today my dilemma is ‘to go out’ or ‘to stay in.’ Staying in almost always wins. Going out would have been great too (aka church, getting groceries, groceries, did I mention groceries), but there are days when you really just need to stay at home.

I’m an introvert (the cool thing to discuss these days), with an extremely extrovert job (retail). 5 days a week I can handle being around people for 9 hours of the day. 1 day a week I devote to catching up with friends. I try, try, try to have 1 day a week for me, but some weeks friends take precedence over that. For the past few weeks I haven’t had a ‘me-day’ and it’s showed. I get a bit more grumpy around people during the other 6 days of the week. My ‘me-days’ are truly about recharging. It may sound selfish, but for the health of my personal mind, and all my relationships I need a day of nothing.

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Not that my ‘me-days’ are filled with nothing. They aren’t. Today I baked (because that’s all I had in my house, and I was too lazy to go grocery shopping). I also walked Dolce 5 times (life of an urban dog). I read the Word (so good). I did dishes (whoop whoop). These were all great things that needed to be done AND I got to do it while not spending any social energy. A lot of people might not understand why I need a day, but if I didn’t have these days I would be a much more stressed out crazy person.

Today was a good day. God was with me all day, reminding me to take time to be still. To worship Him. To be quiet and listen.

Living Close to Him

Do you ever wake up early (rarely), ready for some great God time and an amazing devotional message, but when you start reading you feel it falls short? Like you were super amped for God to share a life changing message that morning, but ‘all’ He did was to tell you He is always with you?

I fall so so so short sometimes that it kills me. This morning I read about how God is not limited to time and/or space and instead of being in absolute awe, I got upset that He didn’t share a brand new revelation with me. Guess what?! He did! The more I thought about the “Jesus Calling” devotional throughout the day, the more I realized how incredible God is. I take for-granted that He is always by my side- that He has seen my past, present, and future and desires GOOD for me.

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

– Hebrews 7:25

Jesus has a permanent priesthood and is not limited by death. HOW WAS THIS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME THIS MORNING!? When I delight in Him (Psalm 37: 3-4), the more my desires align with His, and then the desires of my heart are filled. Jesus called this morning, I didn’t answer. Thank you God, for not just calling on me once today, but for replaying your message until I turned to you and worshiped you.

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

A few years ago my friend Sarah and I took a week long roadtrip through NM, CO, UT, and NV. It was so much fun, so we decided to do it again. Except I couldn’t take a week off work, so we changed our road trip this year to a plane and train trip to California. We flew into LA and then took the train to Surf, California. Bestie trips are the best. It was even more special to have a few days of just Sarah time because she’s moving to the east coast in about a week and a half. 😦

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We stayed at the Ace Hotel and had a blast exploring downtown LA.

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Our first stop off the train was to Solvang- the cutest California Danish town- with the most delicious pastries in ALL the land. After we stuffed our faces we headed to the beach. We might look happy, but it was cold and windy so we’re liars.

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We hit up several wineries/ tasting rooms while in Central California. I suck at tasting wines (seriously I am truly trying to taste the white pepper, blackberry, and smokey flavors, but COME ON! It tastes like wine).

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We took the train back down to LA, and ended up staying a few extra days (thanks East Coast weather). A 5 day trip ended up lasting a week. As frustrated as I get when plans change, Sarah remained positive and just super flexible. Throughout the trip I was reminded of how freakin’ amazing of a friend Sarah is. I’m going to miss this lady so much, but can’t wait for the next trip we take!