Friday, November 26, 2010

{ giving thanks }

Lord, thank you for everything. For my loving family, caring friends, my job, Harvest, Layla and most of all for your son. For the sacrifice that you've made that has granted us direct access to you. For calling this wretched daughter home. I was once blind but now I see, once lost but now am found. I can honestly say, looking back, you had your hand on every single part of my life. From my lowest point to my "high". I can still remember those lonely broken nights; the feeling of failure, disappointment, emptiness and helplessness. You reached your hand from heaven and you touched my heart. You wiped the tears my from very eyes and held me close to you, reminding me that you are my ultimate love and that only through you would I be healed and restored. I am forever grateful and though I know I can never thank you enough, I live my life as a offering to you. I can truly say with all my heart that you are my redeeming and unfailing love. Your love has truly captivated me. It it only through you that I find my happiness becuase only through you can I truly understand, accept and love myself. I pray that you continue to show me your face, continue to light my path and place those individuals in my life that will draw me closer and closer to being the person you desire me to be. <3

Yesterday marked the second year I made my own turkey :) (whoo-hoo!) Though it wasn't as flavorful and moist as the one last year, I am satisfied with it. It was still better than most of the ones I've had before! (teeheehee). Auntie Tray came in from LA and made her all time delish eggrolls and later Auntie Hlee and Uncle Bee came over to join us for the feast. What was on the menu? Veggie Penne with Alfredo sauce, Scalloped potatoes, Green beans & carrots with sliced almonds, salad, Lemongrass & Lemon based turkey, white Jasmin rice, corn, eggrolls, piggies in a blanket ;) (hehe) and peanut based hot sauce. Absolutely yumms! The dessert was banana cream pie and velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

On another note! This Thanksgiving week was surely a BAD week to start my diet! ARGH! Tuesday I did a 6 miles cardio workout just to come to work on Tuesday and stuff my face at our Thanksgiving luncheon. *Aye! I didn't workout Wednesday nor did I work out Thursday. BUT tonight shall be a night of redemption! I am attacking the gym in hopes that I can shed a few lbs before going home for Christmas to face my 104 lb little brat sister. :\ Let's hope it works out as planned, hahaha. I have about 14days until my departure date so if I'm faithful to my eating and exercise.. I should be a little OK. (too much wishful thinking?)

Monday, August 23, 2010

{ getting my butt kicked }

So a few weeks ago I purchased Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred workout DVD and yesterday was the first time I was able to get my lazy butt up to go to battle with this flab-bolous body of mine. The DVD consists of strength training along with cardio in a 20 minute workout. I admit, this work out was a killer! I've done at home work out videos before but yesterday's workout definitely got me using muscles that I have not used in a long time! During the work out, you really felt my muscles being used as there is low intensity weight lifting. :) For me it was more than enough! teehee

I'm going to make it a goal to incorporate this workout into my weekly workout schedule as I am aiming to "shed" some weight by October :\ of course that along with more intense cardio and better eating habits. I'm bad at commitment but I will try my best to journal any goals I reach. :)

On another note, my nieces and sister are coming to visit this Wednesday! Whoo-hoo! I'm so excited! My nieces have never been to SoCal & I haven't seen my sister in sometime so I'm uber-EXCITED and look forward to their trip! (This is actually one of the reasons why I bought my workout DVD in the first place haha, but back to the blogging) So far we have beaches, sailing, shopping, hiking and site seeing in our itinerary :) Come back again for photos!

Tomorrow we are throwing a surprise birthday for our manager. The theme? "Revenge of the Nerds". Word on the block is that this is his all time fav movie, and since it is fun and inexpensive we all figured it was a go. I made signs & our sorority patches. I'll be shopping for my plaid shirt, camel-toe pants, suspenders and pocket protector today :) ! Salvation Army here I come! We've all agreed to come in full gear. Funny thing is we may have a surprise visit from corporate and sales reps in our other offices. HA! That'll be funny to see huh? Will be posting photos from that as well.

As for my apartment I am slowly (but surely) putting it all together. I was able to finally find the screws to mount my TV onto the stand so now I can enjoy my HGTV without the sofa arm getting in the way ;) Along with that I have cleared of most of the junk in my living room (leaving only the wall decor) and assembled my desk. I'm proud to say my living space is ALOT more functional now *yay! Well folks, thank you for tuning into my oh-so-entertaining weekend recap ;) have a great week and God bless!

Friday, July 30, 2010

{ love & serenity }

Last week I had the Mr. come visit. :) It was quite a great visit. He's so helpful and patient with me, Lord bless him. Walked Layla for me, cooked a GREAT steak dinner, did my dishes everyday and helped me move to my new apartment. He's soooo patient with me, seriously I drive MYSELF bonkers sometimes ;) I don't know how he puts up with me, but he does.. and I'm in love with that.

My move was a great test for us. It started off a bit frustrating. I don't like packing nor do I enjoy unpacking.. or moving. hahaha but Peter Parker made it easy with keeping me busy with carrying pillows and blankets as he carried the heavier boxes. What can I say? He loves me. And, on top of that, he let me rest while he continued and unpacked my clothes. What a sweetie huh girls? haha, there was one time where he almost rammed me into a closet door knob, while carrying up the sofa (you can tell I left the weight on his end) but I paid him a favor back when we carried in the bed mattress and he was pushed all the way to the bedroom. hahahaha, good times. It turned out to be full of laughs and faster than I expected.

We decided to take Layal, so she would get use to the apt. At first it was fun adn cute, she kept running in and out of the apartment but her curousity kept driving her further and further from the apartment (take in mind, she was off-leash) so we decided to leave her in the bathroom. BAD CHOICE!!! Not only did she whine and bark but mama came back to find her knawing the door frame. Let's just say, that was NOT something I wanted to report on my inspection list. The last thing I want to do is bring attention to it. *Sigh. It was clearly my fault though, poor girl probably thought I abandoned her. And besides, I left nothing around of mine for comfort.

So tomorrow marks one entire week since the move. It's quite serene and peaceful. My previous apartment was more busy and a little tighter. I look forward to what God holds in my future there. This week? Painting walls, dyeing furnture and decorating! Whoo-hoo!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

{ back to the roots }

It's been a while huh?

So, whats new? Not too much, been trying to enjoy the hot temperatures here in Southern California! Aye, sometimes the numbers are so high I can bare staying outside. This weekend I will be running around town looking at apartments then off to Vegas for a 1 day vacay ;)

I'll be moving (yes, again) as my current lease will be ending later this month. A bit exciting and stressful at the sametime. I am going to be living by myself (finally) so this should be interesting. So far I've narrowed my choices down to 2. Pretty soaces, running 800-850 square ft and closer to church. Same city that I currently live in. One I viewed this past Saturday & the other I will be viewing this Saturday. They are only a few blocks from one another. Here's what it boils down to: floor plan, pet rent and stove range. 800 square ft is ALOT to work with being just one person, but not if the floor plan is not functional and does not flow. One of the apartments has a standard $35/month pet rent fee that I do not like, and one has none. Lastly I do not like electric stoves, not only in the way they work but gas ranges are less expensive, so that will also be something I will have to factor in. I'll keep you all posted on what happens :)

Moving on...! I haven't doen too much crafting lately. Over the weekend I've decided I wanted to tackle in a new project. ~`~`~`~`~~`~~~ drum rolls please!!! `~`~`~``~``~~`~`~```~`~~`~`` hmong clothes for Layla!

It's really hard to ignore these urges in me ;) She's my #1 model and I was inspired after seeing Tray's hmong peices this weekend. I've done a little bit of stiching before so this should be interesting :) Heres a few photos that I am holding onto to inspire me, ALSO I came a adorable Hmong inspired outfit out together on polyvore by hovercraft. I absolutely LOVE it! Too bad the garmets are a bit dated and out of stock. Pay a visit and view her other cute outifts she's styled. Have a blessed day family!

Isaiah 40:30-31
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Friday, June 25, 2010

{ love is in the Michigan air }

So, as I stated in my prior blog, I went home again this past weekend to celebrate the union of two beautiful couples: Aong Vang & Cheng Thao and KouKhasha Kue & Tom Lee. Man oh man was it a busy weekend! Sooooo restless and hot! It was like a sticky, hot, tiresome dream! ;) hehe

Really though, it went by so quickly I feel like it was a dream. I got to see alot of old faces, Minnesota, Oaklahoma & Wisconsin faces :) My bff Ntxoo and her little family, Meng and the boys, Nancy and her family and ofcourse those beautiful Michiganders! Sigh, I was was so jet lagged when I first arrived I forgot all the people who I would be seeing.

Saturday was Aong & Cheng's wedding. It was so intimate and adorable! And I'm so surprise to have found out that Cheng is actually the son of my parents' former pastor, 5 terms ago? Earlier that day I went to visit the new (to me its new) outdoor shopping center: Partidge Creek. It was so lovely! Was a little like a cross in between Victoria Gardens and The Grove. They had all the major store I liked; H&M, Forever21, Aldos, Guess? Apple AND For Love (whoo-hoo!). I also came across a store called Love Culture. Pretty cute things in there, a bit overwhelming because there was soooo much stuff in there, but prices were good. I guess a store to compare it to would be Papaya? One thing I was SOO shocked and in love with was that they allow pets! Not only in the shopping center but in the stores AND they have a little doggie play area :) Lovely isn't it?

Sunday was Kayla (KouKhasha) & Tom's wedding. It was a HOT day! Argh! I was running late and sweating. Got lost for over an hour due to the beautiful Michigan construction, stuck in a car with no A/C and missed rehearsal! I had no time for make-up and I saw graphic/sad scene of a groundhog in a roadkill. :( It really made my day sad. Afterwards I was on a hunt for shoes at Somerset mall. Argh, dropped $80 on some Mary Janes that I didn't even love and didn't get to see my baby ALL WEEKEND. Poor baby, was so happy and crying like a maniac when I got home that night. All in all, weekend was fun-filled and full of surprises. :)

Anywho, here are photos from Kayla & Tom's wedding, enjoy! I have yet uploaded the photos from Aong & Cheng's wedding. I didn't have my camera on me much so these photos are brought to you from the hands of Pang and Sheng, thanks guys! Have a blessed weekend family!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

{ small projects }

I've recently picked up on DIY acrylic nails. A few of my coworkers were talking about manicures and pedicures and I figured, "why not do it yourself". This was my first attempt and though I pretty impressed with how easy the application was, I'm a bit discouraged as they are started to lift after just after 7 days! :(
I purchased the Kiss acrylic nail kit from Target for only a few dollars, I believe it was $7.99? And the nail art supplies I hunted down at a local swap meet. They were pretty inexpensive as well. The polishes were $1.00 each, gems was $2.00 for a pack of 6 and confetti was $2.50 for a pack of 12. So grand total averaging $18.50 for a whole set? :) Nice, huh? I could just fill them as I like but I have already taken them off and will start a new set. .. hehe. Only down fall: time consuming! I had to file those suckers to the thickness that I wanted and getting into those little crevices were a little painful due to the inexperience and tight sqeezes! Definitely adding a nail drill to my wish list how ;)

Also, a photo of the mask made for my friends Bday masquerade, *blah. I'm only posting it for the simple fact that I attempted. This was my first attempt to make a mask. When I purchased it, it was yellow, purple.. very marde gras ;) I only had an hour to put re-design it so, I didn't have enough time to make it as ornate and detailed as I initially planned to. I'm a bit disappointed, but I'm satisfied with how the overall design and color. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

{ new project }

Man I've been so MIA, I'm sorry folks! But I wanted to quickly update you on what been going on. :)

I've been traveling a lot. Well, I guess not really "travelling" per say, but keeping myself busy around town ;) About two weeks ago I was in LA for the whole weekend. My roomy recently got married and that was technically the first weekend her and her hubby had alone as "newlyweds". We've agreed on him moving in to make things more convenient for them both. Since I was unable to attend their wedding, I set-up a romantic candle-lit night for them. I bought chocolate, roses and apparel for them and left for the weekend with my baby Layla. :) That weekend we had our hands full! Went to flower and fabric district, mountain hiking, Hollywood Farmer's Market, doggie beach and met up with Mary for a good dinner ;) I was also able to attend "Iglesias" with Tray. What a wonderful church! Great teacher, awesome worship and a message that was focused solid on the word. Amen!

This past weekend I attended a Bday masquerade ball and an announcement dinner. Was a bit busy running around and getting the things we needed as I was helping my friend with the decor for her dinner. It was simple and sweet! :) Attended my first swap meet here in SoCal and purchased some lovely peonies! I LOVE PEONIES! Fortunately found the little things we needed last minute, PTL! And the dinner worked out perfectly!

I'm leaving out of this weekend for my friend's wedding, back to Michigan. Yes, Michigan, AGAIN. These trips are really putting whole in my wallet! Eek! This time I'm taking my baby too because her sitter is also leaving out of town. My flight, with Spirit Airlines, is scheduled to leave Friday evening but with the strike that’s going on it’s not certain. Err.., so far they haven't been flying. This would be day 6 and flights are cancelled up to Thursday. Thursday! That’s the day before I'm scheduled to depart! So who knows if the strike will be over by then :(

Well, this blog is going to be short as I am still at work and short on time but, wanted to let you all know what my next project was! Fabric flower necklace! It’s chic, ornate, and inexpensive and I can customize it to whichever way I like! Here are a few photos of what I've saved to inspire me. Colors, fabric type, and arrangement! Ta-ta lovlies, always remember after a storm there is always a rainbow! :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

{ love one another, as I have loved you }

2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

This weekend I will be travelling back to Michigan :) Going back to attend a benifit concert to assist tribal people in Asia.

If you have a heart of compassion, a hunger for the God's word or a need for revival I encourage you to attend! There will be a love offereing and food for sale so definotely DO NOT forget the cash!

:) Remember family, it all starts with us. Expect God to move in incredible ways and in many hearts! There will be amazing worship, discipleship and fellowship! I'll see you there family!

Friday, April 30, 2010

{ happy }

My sister is moving here soon, yay! All the way to SoCal from Minnesota! She's a bit excited then also sad knowing she'll be further away from the nest in Michigan. I'm currently looking into school again, I've applied and I'm really praying that the Lord can open the doors for me to attend school FT and work PT. Lord that would be a blessing! But, if not, His will and not mine.

My sister and I recently we got in a heated "text-gument" (text argument). Ever had those? There actually not too bad, alot better than verbal arguments because you think and read what you say before you deliver it (sometthing we all should do anyways but forget to do in the heat of the moment, hehe). But you better make sure your fingers are typing the right things and checking for grammar errors or else when you throw yourself under the bus. Saying things like "U are so unreliable!" can actually turn out to be "I are so unreliable!" hehe.. that actually may be a good thing, can end the argument quick! haha!

All in all, we didn't really talk things out but the next day she text me the info I asked her to (that she said she wouldn't) we're all good now. I miss her alot and ofcourse, I forgive her. IF YOU'RE READING THIS, I FORGIVE YOU! Because I know you're too stubburn to ask for it! hahaha, ok jk jk jk! But yay! I'm excited! I wove my wittle bossy, workaholic, over-tanned, over acheiver little sister. She makes me laugh until I pee. haha thats pretty serious. ;) will keep you updated on how it goes! have a good weekend!

o btw, tomorrow is my bday! yay! I turn 23! ;)

Thank you Lord for the great blessings you have poured into my life. The blessings as well as the trails. They have molded me to be stronger and wiser to further your kingdom. As I look back on my life I see the many things you have shown me. I can recall the times where I felt so alone and abandoned but you were so faithful, you reminded me that you never forsake me but that it was I who forsaked you. I pray that you continue to give me your eyes, to see the amazing things you have fo me; the hands, to do a servant's work; and your heart, of compassion and love. I know I can never give you anything that is remotely close to what you have given me, but I pray that my offering to you may be pleasant. I love you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

{ i love to cuddle }

so does Layla :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

{ chapter #2 }

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

"Where there is love, there is God also." - Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Love Letter From Abba

"True love combines compassion and sacrifice. It prevails with forgiveness because it knows no selfishness." -Source Unknown

During the past few days I've been under mad reconstruction. God is stirring up something great in me and I'm excited to see the results. I don't remember the last time He’s stripped me down to my core like this. To be completely emptied of myself and refilled with him, it’s so refreshing.

I was humiliated, humbled and now and working my hardest to be meek. Lord work in me as I set my eyes on you. May I not lose focus and steer off on my own desires but may I have a heart that seeks for your desires.

This video is amazingly beautiful. The narrator, photos, videos, music, scripture used.. the entire composure of this video is beautiful.

I strongly encourage you to watch and read this in solitude. I pray it ministers to your heart. This is not a man written letter, yet a letter composed with scriptural doctrine; solid promises and words. Enjoy family, may His face shine upon you. :)

My Child…

You may not know me, but I know everything about you
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you
…1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes
Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad. Almighty God

Friday, April 9, 2010

{ a cup of love }

I would have never thought that it would happen to me. What a sudden surprise it was to me. I've always thought to myself "thats not my type, no thank you. I'll pass." But during my last therapy session we cross paths and I've thought about you constantly since then. I've fallen in love.

You, are something special. With every sip, you take me to a place of solitude in a crowded room. Your aromic scent brings my mind to peace and sets my body at ease. My, oh my, how I am so blessed to have you in my life. ;)

P.S. I enjoyed our date today at my desk. You whispered sweet words of nothing that fluttered beautifully in my ears.

Remember the tea kettle; it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! -Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

{ shabby chic french romance }

I’ve always been fond of the Renaissance Era. When I was in college, my class I enjoyed the most was Art History. I actually took it for 2 semesters. I LOVED studying and learning the different types of mediums, settings and elements of the designs/artworks. It was really the only class I would study day and night for.

Anywho, I’ve fallen in love all over again. I cannot seem to take myself away from the French Renaissance style and design, especially the Rococo. The opulent architecture, ornate furniture, whimsical tapestry and beautiful muted colors are absolutely the ingredients to fulfill the romantic girly voice within me. Here are a few of my favs.

Credits: Rachel Ashwell, Not Too Shabby, Layla Grayce, Rachel Ashwell, Simply Shabby Chic @ Target

Friday, April 2, 2010

{ good Friday }

Going home to surprise family this weekend! At work right now and will be leaving by noon as my flight is scheduled to depart by 530pm. Want to know a secret? I haven't packed yet. :/

This weekend's visit will also be a celebration of mom and dad's birthdays. So it will be filled with food, candy and laughter! I'm excited as its been 2 years since our big Easter egg hunt for the kids and about the same since we last celebrated our parents' birthdays.

Yesterday I got my hair did. ;) My awesome co-worker gave me a cut and highlights and it look sabsolutely fan-tab-bu-lous! I'm so blessed to have a friend who takes time out of her busy life to make me look better. ;) haha. I was too "bland" and wanted change and am VERY happy that I have a friend who I can trust and not just a random stranger. haha.

Apart from an Egg hunt weekend with the kids and parents birthday, this weekend will also be a celebration of freedom. Freedom from sins, freedom from bondages, freedom the enemies hands. Have you ever heard of this love story? A man gave his life in exchange to your salvation.

He was beaten brutally and lead as a lamb to the slaughter house. The bible records that He knew what was going to happen to him the night the Romans arrested Jesus, he prayed and asked his disciples to pray with him. Jesus was in such agony that night, he literally sweat drops of blood (scientists have said that if you are under extreme pressure, it is possible to sweat blood). He knew what was going to happen to him and how much he was going to suffer in the next few hours. He knew that the Roman soldiers were going to arrest and beat him. He knew they were going to spit on his face and pull the hairs from his beard. Jesus knew that the soldiers were going to then whip him 39 times with cat of nine tails, a whip with 9 hooked prongs at the end. He knew the soldiers would make a crown out of thorns and put it on his head and as they put it on his head where it would cut into his scalp. Jesus knew that the soldiers would force him to carry a 400 lb wooden cross up a hill. He knew once he arrived on the top of that hill, they would nail his hands and feet to this cross. They would hang him up to die. He knew that even then the soldiers would not be satisfied, they would take a spear and pierce his side.

Jesus was a real person, he was flesh and blood like all of us, and he knew he would feel all the pain and suffering. Jesus knew all of this was going to happen to him. But He willingly gave the ultimate sacrifice, his life, so that we may obtain salvation. Jesus could have stopped it, the Bible says he could have called out and an army of angels would have come to his rescue, but he didn't. He didn't because he knew that by his dying, that was the only way we, as people could be reconciled to God. And he knew that he had to take the whipping because the bible says : "through his stripes we are healed." -Isaiah 53:5

This weekend I will celebrate. Not only with food, laughter or cakes but also with thankfulness and hands lifted up high to our gracious and soveriegn God. Will you be celebrating with me?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

{ sleeping beauty }

I need new bedding! Aye, but bedding is soo expensive! I’m torn between colors AND which brand to buy. Prices are way different but why not spend a little bit more since I sleep almost everyday? ;) Feedback is much appreciated!

Credits: Vera Wang Bedding, Dweel Studio

Friday, March 12, 2010

{ Layla Vue }

Hello, I would like you to meet Layla. Layla is chorkie (Chihuahua/yorkie mix). She will be 2 years old on March 22 and absolutely great company. I first met her in February of 2008. I actually met her sister first at a local pho restaurant and found her so adorably cute that I began to consider having a puppy of my own.

It wasn’t until 2 weeks after serious contemplation that I decided to call her breeder and set-up a meeting. I can remember the night clearly, Tracy (my former roommate) and I were leaving Riverside evening church service and we scheduled to meet her. On the drive there we got lost; we weren’t too familiar with the area. I believe added to that was my nerves that were steering me the wrong way. ;) When he brought over the litter there were 3 puppies total; Layla along with her two brothers. One looked identical to her and the other was fairly chubbier and lighter in color. I automatically eliminated the chances of the boys, because I didn’t want to hassle with cleaning after them.

She was sooo tiny! As soon as we started to drive off she started crying. It was clear that she knew she was alone; her brothers would now be complete strangers to her. I impatiently waited to hold her on the hour long drive home. You could clearly smell puppy on her but I wasn’t able to bathe her until the next day as I didn’t have her puppy shampoo. The first night she was completely exhausted so she slept well. On the second day I bathed her and she smelled as fresh as a spring tulip!

She sleeps with me every night and I love it. In the summer she sleeps at the corner of bed and in the winter she lays under the covers right by my side. She is very smart and vocal. She performs the basic tricks on command; sit, shake hand, jump, lie on stomach, wait, walk. When something is wrong, she cries for help. If you ask her what’s wrong she’ll make sure you understand what she needs.

I talk to her a lot, a lot more than I ever thought I would. I share scriptures, my thoughts and views with her. We run and play, I try to take her out as much as I can. Though I am usually very busy throughout the week, I try to my best to make time to be with her and show her affection. She’s really my baby and I extremely love her.

Sometimes when I talk to her, she responds with a wagging tail and a tilted head. Staring at me, I can tell she’s thinking “I have absolutely no idea what she’s saying but I love her anyways”. I wonder sometimes, do I love God the same? Do I trust Him in all that He does in my life? When I am unsure of what He’s doing, do I wait patiently and respond obediently? Do I absolutely love Him and trust Him whether I understand what He says? Most of my answers are yes’s but there are the few that I realize are no’s. It’s hard to realize and admit what you lack, but reflect on your reactions and your answer will be clear.

Let’s strive to love and trust in God more family. I believe that Layla loves and trusts me because I’ve displayed to her exactly that. If an animal such as Layla can interpret my love for her, how much harder can it be for us to understand God’s love for us?

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:9-11

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

{ learning to walk }

When a giraffe baby (called a calf) is born, it drops to the ground head first, about 6 feet. The fall and landing doesn't hurt the calf, but it does cause the baby to take a big breath (similar to when a doctor spanks a newborn after exiting the birth canal ;) ). "Why 6 feet?" you ask because giraffes give birth while standing. The next thing that happens may surprise you: the mother giraffe kicks her calf. Take in mind, a kick from a mother giraffe is powerful enough to kill a lion or predator; this is one of their defense mechanisms they have to protect them their predators. So picture this; the calf struggles to stand and mama kicks baby again. Mama watches baby as he fights to stand, struggling to balance and pushes himself up on all fours. If she see any signs of struggling or weakness her you can bet she'll give him another kick. This process continues until the baby giraffe is able to stand up on his own. It is when he stands on his own swiftly, she starts to love her child.

The baby stands up enforced by the hurt and pain from the kick. The mother worries for her child since carnivores will aim to harm him if they see him slow and weak. Once the child can stand up, only then it can run to save its life. When I picture giraffes, I see them amble, graceful and slow. But when they are being hunted or pursued, they can run up to 35 mph. You see, once the baby giraffe stands up, he will be more independent, and the speed of a mother and child would be same. The mother has taught the child first lesson to struggle in life.

Family do you see a similar pattern in your life? Do you sometimes feel like you are faced with trails that are never ending? As if even when you’re already down, life seems to just kick you in the butt? Have you ever asked, “God why are you allowing this”? You struggle to stand and it seems as it’s just in time for the world to knock you off your two feet again. Something I’ve learned from this dear little calf, struggle is everywhere in nature. Trails will come and go, whether you are a Christian or not but the hope is that in Christ, you will be comforted, strengthened and promised greater things. God did not say walking with him would be “easy”, but yet that it would be “worth it”. Are you facing something in your life that seems as though nothing good can come from it? Do you struggle to believe that God can use the bad to bring out the good? Let me remind you, God is omnipotent (unlimited power, ruling over all things) and omniscient (unlimited knowledge, aware of all things and understanding).

All trails do not come from God; sometimes they can be a result from our actions, the action of others, or our own desires. (Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”). But the beauty is that God is sovereign and can certainly turn it for the good in you. (Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”). As the mother giraffe tries to teach her calf, the enemy is among them and will wait for a fall. She shows the calf that he is to be on alert. She already has an expectation that her calf will encounter the predator, so she teaches him to get up quickly so that the enemy may not be able to attack him when his guards are down. It’s just the same for us, God knows the enemy waits and watches for an open door to stumble us, and when he does he will turn on us and accuse us of horrible things. In the bible it tells us exactly the same, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8. But the awesome thing about God is he has more grace and mercy than we have sins (that’s a lot, I know!). We can come to him humbled and in humility, repent and we are confident in knowing he forgives. He cleans the slate, as if it never happened.

I encourage you that whatever circumstances you are facing, keep your feet rooted in Christ Jesus and He will bring beauty and blessings out of your trails. Dust yourself up, and with God’s hand upon you, ask for strength and continue to serve and glorify Him. He is molding you into being who you are meant to be, building your character. The world may abandon you, but He has never and will never leave your side (Hebrews 13:5 “"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."). The world has ridiculed and insulted you; He will sustain you and provide the strength to lift you up. The world tells you that you are not enough, lacking of many things, Father tells you that you were perfectly formed by His hands, beautiful, flawless and precious. Do not let the enemy steer you from the truth, do not let their false accusations and discouraging words block out the tender whispers of your King (1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”). Family I encourage you that when you grow weak and weary, cling on to Jesus. Do not fall at the feet of the enemy yet kneel at the throne of you King and He will lift you up. May His face shine upon you.

Credits: giraffe kiss , baby giraffe , hands prayer

Monday, March 8, 2010

{ well-rested }

Verse for the week:
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
- Proverbs 12:15

Friday went to The Well, (amazing worship, discipleship and fellowship as always), Cheesecake Factory afterwards. Saturday I had plans to go out but only ran out for a few errands than found myself comfy in bed with my laptop and baby Layla :) Sunday went to morning service where Pastor Greg Laurie interviewed Randy Alcorn, author of a number of books, including “Heaven”. Then later on that night went to Day7 where Abandon was there and they put on a GREAT performance! To view any of these sermons feel free to visit

On my day off Saturday I had a pleasant conversation with my mom. I didn’t know but they were throwing a birthday for my nephew, Christian. He was turning one and he is the first born, so you KNOW his parents completely spoiled him with gifts. Anyhow, my mother brought to my attention that by the end of this year I will be an auntie to 15 kids! Yep, 15!! So far 7 boys, 7 girls and we have yet found out the sex to #15 yet. :D Pretty mind-boggling, right?

Ok so this weekend, because I was in for such a long period of time, I realized my living room is pretty “blah”. So I was searching online for alternatives as I didn’t want to buy any paint and didn’t feel like stressing about a specific design. I wanted character but I didn’t want to put long days of work laboring on it. So! This is what I found! Let me know your feedback and what you think. I’ll try my best to give brief directions ;)

1. Select 4-5 different designs that will fit with not only the colors but style of your room. Also keep in mind, sometimes solids are good to add too!

2. Arrange your design how you would like then take a photo so that you can reference to it later when mounting it on the wall.

3. Layout newspaper and craft paper face down. Apply adhesive to the entire back surface (I chose spray adhesive because I had it handy, I attempt to buy some rubber cement but the store was completely out of stock.)

4. Carefully align the craft paper to your poster board. Try your best to start from the any corner, this way you can align with the left and bottom to ensure it’s even.

5. Leave aside for adhesive to dry and bond (approximately 15-20 minutes). While doing this you can repeat steps 3 to 5 for the others.

6. Cut out the dried craft paper and trim the access edges. I’ve found that because the paper is larger, it’s a bit difficult to cut as close to the edges when you’re closer to the middle. To make it easier slightly roll the craft paper up, this should shorten the paper and allow more space to maneuver your scissors.

7. Apply 1 ½ “ double sided tape to each corner and mount onto wall. Reference back to your photo to remember your original layout.
The craft paper I purchased was from Michael's Craft store (which I am in LOVE with). The card stock is $19.99 but I believe it was on sale 25% off. I was strolling up and down the aisle trying to find something modern and fitting with the colors/theme of what I already had. I came across American Crafts Patterned Paper Pack and was sold from there. They have vivid, rich, modern and bold colors that I absolutely ADORE! I used almost all of my blue/green/beige/brown combos and the plan is to use the pink/white/orange for my room! Make sure you stop by their website to view their selection!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{ a messenger }

What a blessed weekend! Friday night was able to grab dinner with Hlee and Kashia then headed out to The Well where Father really spoke through Josh Thompson about truly and solely living for the Lord or the world "The choice to go". Mighty, mighty words were spoken and you could feel the Holy Spirit move among us, stirring up many hearts. After was W.A.R. (Waging A Revolution) and we prayed from 11pm-630am! What a blessing that was! I really didn't think I would make it because I was tired, headache was in effect and I had to work the next morning @ 8am but the Lord just really sent the Holy Spirit to energize me and he kept me focused on what mattered (a devoted time to speak to him) and what didn't matter (the flesh). I left The Well at 630am, couldn't stay to help clean  up because I wanted to come home and change before heading to work. When I got home I took a 30min nap with my baby (poor baby spent her first night alone). Was able to get to work on time and by 9 I was ready to knock aaaaaout!  ;)

Sunday night I attended Day7 where I saw Group 1 Crew!!!!!!!! Ahhh! I absolutely love them! I was able to take a photo and get a autograph. Pastor Steve ALSO spoke about sanctification and evangelizing. The message was titled "Fixated", which covered Exodus 2. It was such a great night! Not only because a great message that was exhorting and encouraging but I got to attend a performance by Group 1 Crew for FREE! Afterwards, while we were all outside mingling, Pastor Steve came over to say "Hi" to us and I was able to FINALLY ask him a question that I've been so eagerly meaning to ask him. He was so cool!

Monday night at Basics guess what we covered? Yep! Evangelizing! Sharing your faith and testimony! I was able to briefly share my testimony and the girls were so willingly to share their past. Praise God for the strength in character He has built, the potter who has molded the clay to be who they are today and have yet to become. Family I truly encourage to share to good news to any and all the people you know. Your friends, family, co-workers and everyone else in between. You may be the only bible someone reads! Share the gospel everywhere you go and if you have to, use words. Speaks words of love and compassion, pray to God for wisdom and words to speak. Rid any calluses, bitterness or malice within your hearts and become clean vessels to further His kingdom. Share the good news not only because it is the amazing free gift to the unsaved but also because it is a order from the Lord.

In the book of Exodus God had request Moses to deliver His people out of Pharaoh's hand and Moses declined. Excusing himself saying that he could not speak and that the Egyptians would not believe him. What was God's answer? "I will certainly be with you." You see God was willing to speak THROUGH Moses. To use him as a tool to deliver His message, a messenger who would be empowered through the words God would give and the miracles he would display.

Family are you making yourself available for Christ to use you? Do you believe that though you are UN-able, Christ is able. Do you believe that when you don't have the words to speak, God will provide the words and wisdom to you? Do you wait anxiously to serve the Lord with all of your heart, soul and mind?

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. - Mark 16:15-16


Thursday, February 18, 2010

{ ketch-up }

So I know, I've been very bad with updating. And its so late, I have to run to bed BUT! Here are a few photos of a previous project that I promised. I had found an AWESOME sofa & swivel chair on If anyone know me, they know I am a advocate craigslist shopper! ;)

Well, I found the posting at $100 for the pair, and bought it for a bargaining $75!!! The covers were very dirty but the structure overall were still very nice. What a steal! Ofcourse the sofa covers had not been washed since,.. ? forever and were filthy but with a few washes, bleaching and Rit fabric dye, it turned out look very nice. Check it out:

Monday, February 15, 2010

{ valentine's weekend }

So this year I went to a wedding for Vday in Fresno (or as I recently learned "the pit of California"?). Friday night/Saturday morning was such a bad, hectic day full of headaches! We didn't actually leave Friday night, as we originally planned, but yet Saturday afternoon. Because of the stress that was cause through the car rental company they granted us a upgraded car for the same discount that a employee would have. The Mercedes C300 was such a smooth, quiet and fast car to drive! Lets not forget the white exterior and black leather interior was a beautiful combo also!

We Finally arrived in town early afternoon and went to Fashion Fair mall. I must admit I remember it being so much bigger? Anyhow I didn't buy anything? Which is for the better.

I am so drained! Didn't get into Southern California until 1130pm and didn't get to my apartment until 12:30am. What on the agenda for tonight? A little laundry, a shower, jumping into sweats then taking a 2hr power nap before I have to get ready for Monday Basics. *highly anticipating my nap, that's for sure. Have a good day folks!

p.s. DIY has been postponed as I am currently broke as a joke. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

{ hump day }

After 7+ hrs of sleep, I'm surprised to find myself tired today..? I rarely get to sleep more than 5/6hrs and yesterday I was happy that I was able to hit the sack @ 1030. Only to wake up every hour after 230am.. weird?
Anyhow, yesterday was my first attempt to make chicken enchiladas!! Whoo-hoo! :) It was deeee-licious! All props goto Angela! In addition to that, Jonathan made beef taquitos and Pangki made dip, salsa and chips! *Yum. By the end of dinner we had no room or energy left for the brownies that were baking in the oven.
I'm contemplating what to send my mother for Valentine's Day.. flowers or Edible arrangements? *Sigh. I have to make up my mind by 3pm so I can order and get it out of the way. Help?
Leaving you with this note: "Remember the tea kettle, it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!" ~Author Unknown. And in saying that, tea anyone? ;)


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

{ operating slowly due to lack of sleep.. zz }

What a busy weekend! Saturday morning I worked till early afternoon, went to Chuck E Cheese for Jacob's 4th Bday, rushed home to grab baby and packed for our weekend trip to LA! While in LA Tray and I were able to finish my curtains and I made a ruffle pillow with the scrap fabric (see below right side). What a challenging project that was! I was inspired to attack this project as I came across a blog on "How to: Make a Ruffle Pillow". Thanks Kelly + Olive! ;) Tray left me all by myself to finish my pillow and I had no idea sewing a straight line would be so complicated! Part of me wishes the fabric I had wasn't satin but I wanted to recycle and I figured the color would pull things together a bit. On the left is a pillow I also made inspired by a pillow I came across on... The white are cut-outs of a felt clothe adhere on with a "iron-on" adhesive sheet I found at Michael's. In case you're wondering, its a peacock (missing the leg, haha).
Onto today!! So I am officially addicted to blogs and their DIY's. I've been promising myself all these projects that I have absolutely no room or cash for, but I can’t seem to hold myself back. ;) I need self-control! Sigh. One thing I REALLY am looking forward to is my patio project. I am truly inspired as I had seen a butterfly/candle display at a local craft store and now I want to completely makeover my patio! My plans are to transform my now "storage/clutter" patio to a garden/pond, tranquil, candlelit, cottage/shabby-chic, lounge area. Exciting, isn't it? I will slowly, but surely keep you all posted on how I tackle that project!

My co-worker went on a women's fellowship trip this weekend in Lake Arrowhead. She came back and shared with me stories of her amazing trip and the wonderful things God had shared with her. In particular, she shared a handout one of the leaders had given out for their devotion on a "Virtous Woman". It was absolutely lovely! The words were so convicting, yet edifying. "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." Proverbs 31:10. I encourage you to please take a few moments to read the entire passage (Proverbs 31:10-30) and reflect on yourselves. It describes exactly the duties of a virtous woman, her demeanor and her versatility.

If you have a few moments please visit "
A Virtuous Woman; Proverbs 31 Ministry". This is such a amazing site! You'll find anything from Q+A's, tutorials, devotions, bible studies, recipes and loads more! :) You'll definitely see something that will interest you!

In closing I wanted to show you the gift my co-worker came back with: a awesome blue coffee cup! The cup has scripture: "Without faith it is impossible to please God." Hebrews 11:6. Amen! I absolutely love it because I've been meaning to buy myself a cute coffee mug and I am a firm believer in radical and sanctified believers. Thanks again for tuning in, enjoy your day and please don't hesitate with any feedbacks! :)

Blessings everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2010

{ why hellooooooooo there! }

Hello there readers! This is my very first blog entry and boy o boy, am I excited! I've thought about blogging before but I can't remember the reason to why I haven't.. nevertheless, here I am!

First and foremost, I ask you to please forgive me if I am a bit boring, haha. I don't really live a fan-ta-bu-lous life but I am content and blessed as it is exactly all I need from the Lord. :)

I will try my very best to keep you as up to date as I can with the amazing things the Lord places on my path and reveals to me, please feel free to do the same! I am always amazed by hearing stories of Father's captivating love and adventures!

As stated prior, I am not a very entertaining person but with this site I hope to share scripture studies, exciting daily activities, design projects and possibly a few visits from the famous diva: Layla. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have a prayer request or praise reports!

I have recently tackled a few, minor home projects. I am psyched about the results and anticipating sharing the details with you however, I am currently away from my home computer right now I will have to post those later. :)

I hope to keep your interest and that you return for more! Thank you for your time!

just for your enetertainment. Something I've acheived recently. Yes, I was as shocked as you. ;) haha