60 Reasons I Love My Dad

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60 Reasons I Love My Mom is probably (jk, it definitely it is) my most popular blog post. Not wanting to leave Dad out, and since his birthday was October 1st I put together a list of reasons why Dad is awesome too (even though he’s older than 60, I only did 60 reasons… you know equality and all)!

  1. You smell like coffee (I think this is why I immediately liked coffee).
  2. Every time I get into an accident (sorry! I am a terrible driver.) you make me feel not like shit for getting into another accident. Once, on my way up the coast to you for Easter, I got into a fender bender… and you told me to turn around, go home, get some chocolate, a bottle of wine, and just sit on the beach and relax.
  3. You genuinely care how my day/ week/ month/ year is going.
  4. You pick up my phone calls… even when you know they’re just going to be ‘nothing calls.’
  5. You understand my need for social time, but most importantly you understand my need for alone time.
  6. One time (and I’m sure you’d do it again), I was going to miss out on a Disneyland trip with Gayle and a few friends because I was working an unpaid internship in California and had $0.00 in my bank account for fun… and magically the next day I had enough money for Disneyland, 2 churros, and lunch in my account. ❤ Dad Magic.
  7. You told me therapy is ok.
  8. You’ve made me question religion, church, and Jesus so much… therefore strengthening my relationship with Christ and making it my own. Thank you.
  9. Growing up, my place in the pew at church was next to you. I did this so when I feel asleep I could rest my head on your shoulder (also sorry for falling asleep in church).
  10. Oh my gosh, if Youtube gave awards for people who loved Youtube, you’d win one.
  11. Our politics are pretty different (not extremely, but just enough). Even though we see the world and people through different lenses, you listen to my views and challenge them.
  12. Wine. Thanks for expanding my knowledge of wine, good wine.
  13. Everyone likes you. Even if you don’t like everyone.
  14. You know that mom is right, even when she’s not, she is. I’ve learned that instead of arguing with her, just to try it out her way… and if that doesn’t work at least you tried.
  15. You’ve supported my travel- even when I’ve known you’d rather not. I’ll bet you question why your daughters don’t visit England, but instead Iraq… or Guatemala instead of Italy… you know why? But instead of make us pick the choices you would make, you let us make our own.
  16. You love my dog. Maybe not love her, but you love me and I love her… so you love her.
  17. Beer. Drink good beer. Have good conversation.
  18. Having a tiger mom is/was hard sometimes, having a dad who balances that out is pretty nice.
  19. I’ve seen you cry twice (and it’s ok to cry). Once when your dad passed, and once when our family dog, Duchess, died. I don’t think you cried (or let tears escape your face) because a dog died. I think you cried because I was inconsolable. It was my decision to put her down (she was so old guys, and not enjoying life), and you came with me to the vet, and let me make the choice to hold her while dying. I know you’ve probably worried about how attached I get to animals (even the imaginary ones), but thank you for letting me grieve and for feeling my hurt.
  20. You drive fast.
  21. You read to us as children. We saw you reading. I love to read. I don’t think this is a coincidence.
  22. You worked hard, in a job that you didn’t love. You did this so your family could have nice things. Thank you.
  23. You enrolled me in etiquette classes and made sure I could successfully dine with the Queen, if need be.
  24. When you weren’t working, you were a present father. You went on field trips, cooked for us, and showed up.
  25. You let me believe that Santa is real, even if this means going to Walgreen’s on Christmas Eve so you can get things to fill up my stocking.
  26. You are patient.
  27. You love your family even though we are a bunch of weirdos.
  28. My relationship with you is ours. You, hardly ever, make me feel like the “in-between.” I don’t really have to relay information to my sisters from you. That’s nice.
  29. For some reason you carry a handkerchief, and that’s nice when I need to blow my nose. (Also kind of gross.)
  30. Your food = my food.
  31. I know that when/ if I get married, my husband will be your favorite son-in-law. It’s just a fact.
  32. Through you I now know that just because someone doesn’t call or write doesn’t mean they don’t care. That’s just not how they roll. (my sister is so your daughter.)
  33. You taught me how to drive. Maybe not one of our best experiences. I was definitely the most difficult daughter to teach to drive, but you did it. WE DID IT!
  34. You taught me how to change my tire,
  35. how to jump a car,
  36. how to change my oil (and why it’s so much easier just to take it to the car place),
  37. how to check my tire pressure,
  38. how to add coolant,
  39. and why all car-owners should know how to to do these things.
  40. You’re shown me that when you invite people out, you pay for them (within reason).
  41. On family vacations, you drove a lot. A lot. And when everyone else fell asleep, you’d answer all my questions about the world.
  42. My friends considered you a dad… even if you could never remember their names. I think they just loved having someone interested in what we were doing.
  43. Your humor is terrible. I mean it’s funny, but it’s so sarcastic.It’s terrible funny. You know what else is terrible… that’s my humor now too.
  44. You have 3 daughters who are all SO different, and you love us each so differently to illustrate that we are individuals and each important to you.
  45. You can talk to anyone. Sometimes this annoys Mom… you know when you’re talking to the repair man, and learning he went to school in Ukraine, and all about his life there…and he’s charging us by the hour.
  46. You make it VERY clear that it’s not our money, it’s your money (and mom’s). AKA you have to work for what you want, it’s not owed to you.
  47. Growing up, you prayed with us every night.
  48. Even though you’ve missed a lot of my birthdays growing up, you bought me Dolce dog to make up for it. #bestpresentever
  49. I have never thought I can’t do something because I’m a girl. You never put that on us.
  50. One time, in high school, you compared me to the UN. You said I was extremely diplomatic, and had a lot of potential. I don’t know why, but that has always stuck with me.
  51. A couple years ago when my job was eliminated, your advice to me was to grab some wine, relax by the pool, and just relax for a few days before starting the job search. These lessons of wine and water reminds me to not stress out! Life will be ok, and even if life will not be ok, just to take a moment to breath.
  52. You remember I’m allergic to strawberries.
  53. I can turn to you for advice- and even if you’re not an expert in the field, you’ll figure it out and get back to me. #whoevenknowswhatthestockmarketis?
  54. When you went away on business trips… you would bring us back little presents. Why did this stop?
  55. You lived a pretty cool life. From taking day hiking trips via planes to living in a million different places because of the Air Force…you’ve lived a pretty cool life.
  56. You love babies. I don’t know why, but a lot of people are impressed by how great you are with babies and kids. Shouldn’t all dads be?
  57. When I was little I accidentally watched a lot of 20/20 with you… and it freaked me the freak out what terrible things are going on in the world. You always talked to me as an equal, explained these tragedies to me, and then made me feel better about the world because of all the good in it.
  58. You support the companies I love. As right winged, conservative as you are, you still love the “love everyone” companies I’ve interned for… and you support them, follow them, and like everything they post on social media. #bestdadever
  59. You have a great smile, it’s just so comforting.
  60. You believe in me. I may not know where I’m going in life, or what my passions fully are, but I do know that I have support to take me there. Thank you.

***bonus 61*** You keep binoculars in your car. You say it’s for “whale/ dolphin/ boat watching, but I know where I get my love for ‘stalking’ people from.

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Balloon Fiesta!

I hate waking up when your bed is cozy and the pets are cuddled up with their warm bodies next to you. I very rarely (if ever) wake up early if I don’t have to. I don’t even wake up early for Christmas morning! BUT I do love the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, so the first weekend of October I wake up at 4:30 am. Gladly? No. Excited? Yes!

Even better… taking someone who has never been to the Fiesta to the Fiesta!!! I love it. If you’ve never been, let me know and come visit me next October! 😉 We’ll wake up at 4:30 am, sit in traffic for an hour, wait in lines, eat breakfast burritos, drink so much coffee, and take a million photos… and just be happy throughout it all. ❤

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She Reads Truth | Colossians

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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:12-17

How amazing that I get to take off the past, the darkness, the ugly, the lies, and put on the beautiful: the kindness, the compassionate hearts, patience, ect!

Also, let’s be honest, how difficult is it to sometimes put these characteristics on? During a hard day at work or home, I don’t want to practice humility. I don’t like when others get credit for work I’ve done. I don’t always want to practice kindness or compassion when I’m driving and someone slows down unexpectedly or cuts me off! But that’s when your old self gets to die over and over and the Spirit gets to breath life and His love into you! ❤

Sin has no dominion over me…. but, man, oh, man, does it try so hard to creep into my life and become habitual. Each time a choice is made: to turn to sin or to turn to God and grow closer to Him. This might not work for everyone, but right now when sin presents itself I literally ask myself… would I rather do this sin or would I rather turn to God. UGH. Does that show where your heart is at in the moment or what?! No lies, sometimes I choose laziness, pride, lust over the freedom of Christ. THANK YOU JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS AND GRACE! Thank you Lord for being the ultimate, for conquering ALL sin. I am so sorry I choose it sometimes. Help me God to turn from it and to truly embrace complete light.

My prayer today, and a lot of days, is that the peace of God is evident in my life and that I’m thankful throughout the WHOLE day for His gifts, and choose Him over sin. That ALL I do today (from driving to cooking, from checking emails to meetings at work) I do well for Him and His glory.

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real talk| being Christian & single

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Being 28 is not old. But right now I feel like I’m missing some goals… ugh goals is not the right word, but it’s the word I have right now. Some ‘goals’ I have are to get married and have babies.

WHAT?!?! Where did this come from Liz? I mean I’ve always wanted to get married, but having babies has never been on my radar (except for adoption, I’ve always felt led to adopt). A while back in September I baby-sat my nephew for a few hours. During his nap, I just stared at him, prayed over him, and cried a little (creepy, right?). I prayed for his health, for him to know and love Jesus, and that he would be a kind, sweet man. I cried because it hit me… the baby bug hit me. A week later as I was in Target’s baby area, shopping for others, I started bawling. Like heavy tears. I had to leave. A week after that I sat in my dear friend’s home crying to her, being vulnerable and finally honest with another sister, about what my heart is going through. It’s safe to say I have started grieving over gifts that the Lord has not given me.

I know God is good, and my singleness is a gift (even if I don’t want this gift, I have it. USE IT, at least for now, USE IT!). My singleness does not mean I’m a second-class citizen of Christ (and thank you Lord that I don’t feel that way in my life, in my church, or in my group of good friends). My childlessness does not mean I was not made to love children, right now I’m looking for ways that I can love kids that need it. Sometimes, a lot of the time, being single sucks. I’m ok with saying that. It’s hard when you’re surrounded by happy couples with their sweet, adorable babies, especially when they only want to talk marraige and babies…

What I’ve learned from this is it’s ok to be sad that I’m not married (In the US 27.9 is actually the average age for a woman to marry, but I’m not average, right?). I can grieve over the fact that I want something that I might not get in my “correct timeline,” or ever. (OR EVER… and God is still good).

It’s ok be a little sad when all friends want to talk about is babies, but also to remember that I have been chosen to have a place in these babies’ lives too! What a blessing to be the aunt that points them to Christ. The aunt that always has sugar, or knows all the cool activities to do. It’s ok to be the socially awkward lady who cannot talk to good looking men…. but also wish she could. lol. It’s ok to be these things, but in the end it’s most important to know that following God is ALL I’m called to do. And I can do that single.

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on the hunt

I’m on the hunt for ABQ’s best mocha. To me, coffee should be black without cream or sugar, but for special occasions I like to grab a mocha. (This, also, might be because I can only really make coffee black…)

Mochas are chocolate candies in liquid form. They’re the light during a tough day, or the sprinkles on top of an already amazing day. They signify good conversation with friends, or the warmth during much needed solitude.

So far the best mochas in ABQ are at The Grove. Also on the list are lavender London fogs- best ones are at Empire Board Games. But basically this post is written so that you go out and #treatyoself to your favorite drink! I know I will today!

last weekend

Last weekend I helped put on GIRL Extravaganza 2017! Basically an exhibitors fair for Girl Scouts, community members, & families that consisted mostly of STEM activities!

It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Participants were able to ‘play with’ interactive displays, robots, 3D printers, make slime, wood carve, create art for the community, dress-up, & even try out a mobile Ninja course!

Putting together an event of 500+ participants isn’t always the easiest (in fact if you can do it without stressing out like a crazy person, I think you’re magic), but it’s so much sweeter when you see the faces of kids & adults light up! Maybe my favorite part of the whole event was seeing the girls try out the warped wall! They didn’t stop, or even think that they couldn’t do it… they just tried their hardest & encouraged their friends to do the same. ❤ LOVE. I know when I try something new now, I always belittle my attempt. Something I took away from last weekend was to never doubt yourself and JUST TRY.

Also, I’m ready for a chill weekend, but balloon fiesta starts tomorrow, so that’s not happening!

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busy weeks

These past few weeks have been so full of networking and people (which I am so grateful for!).

They’ve been wonderful and overwhelming; wonderful because of all the people and opportunities these events bring (from intimate dinner parties with the New Mexico Energy Forum to larger non-profit networking events with Albuquerque mayoral candidates and planning large events)… overwhelming because of… all the people. People drain me (but like, in the best of ways). Making small talk constantly drains me. New situations terrify me.

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When my new people meter gets tapped out I am SO unproductive. I feel terrible at work, when I’m suppose to be working, but I just can’t give 100%. I know it sounds lazy and like an excuse, and maybe to some extent it is, but when it’s go, go, go 5 days a week, I need a stay, stay, stay day. THANKFULLY, I was at lunch the other day and realized that a stay day at a coffee shop or at home was needed, called my supervisor to make sure it was ok. She was more than encouraging to take a mental health afternoon; and made me feel 0% guilty about not returning to work. ❤

It’s so important to make sure you’re giving 100% (something I’ve been guilty of not doing), but to do so you have to take a stand to make sure you’re ok. So sometimes giving most of your energy most of the time to one thing means giving 0% some of the time, in order to get yourself on track.

(in fact, now that I type this, I remember that our CEO came into my office a few times last week and said that I didn’t seem 100%, and I should leave early, or take a coffee break, or just walk around the office until I could focus, and at the time I was a little perturbed that she didn’t think I was doing a “good enough” job, but now I’m just thankful that she even recognized exhaustion and encouraged taking a break.)