this is the most DELICIOUS sandwich i have ever had in my whole life. and the best part is, the bread is gluten free! if you’re ever in orange county i highly recommend you try mendocino farms. it’s such a cute place to hang out too, there’s lights hanging outside and a foosball table to play while you wait for your meal. go, go, go.
i’ve been trying to read more lately. sometimes life just gets in the way and it’s hard to make time. it’s so important to make time though, reading really helps me escape the busyness and rest for a moment. these are just a couple of the books i’ve read/am currently reading.
The Magnolia Story: if you like the show fixer upper, run to the nearest book store and get your hands on this book. it is so good. SO. GOOD. their life is so encouraging and inspiring. it makes me want to move to texas and pray that i have a marriage like theirs one day.
Talking As Fast As I Can: gilmore girls is my all time favorite show. sometimes i like to think i’m lorelei, i mean i drink enough coffee to be her so it’s fine. this book was so fun to read, i loved hearing all about lauren graham’s life.
Uninvited: i’m still in the middle of this one. it is really good so far, and is a great reminder of how much you are loved by God. “Living loved is sourced in your quiet daily surrender to the One who made you.”
We Stood Upon Stars: this is another one i’m currently reading. it is right up my alley, all about adventure, traveling, and jesus. the illustrations inside are AMAZING.
lately i’ve been making a point to sit down and spend time reading my bible, and i can honestly say i notice a difference in my life. just goes to show how important it really is to spend time with Jesus. in doing this, i added so many verses into my collection of favorites, and i decided i didn’t want to just keep them to myself.
“as a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you o’ God” psalm 42:1
“faith can move mountains” matthew 17:20
“the voice of the lord shakes the wilderness” psalm 29:8
“i urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” ephesians 4:1-2
“she holds onto hope for God is forever faithful” 1 corinthians 1:9
“seek the kingdom of God above all else” matthew 6:33
“i love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me” proverbs 8:17
“be still” psalm 46:10
“do not be anxious about anything” philippians 4:6
“when you go through deep waters, i will be with you” isaiah 43:2
i can’t even count on my fingers + toes how many times i’ve been to disneyland. i’m not one of those crazy people who go six times a week but i try to go as often as i can. i wouldn’t say i’m a disney expert or anything, but i do know where every bathroom is located. that’s an important thing to know let me tell ya.
food: i also LOVE disney food. i swear everything tastes better inside those gates. my number one rule going to disneyland, you must, i repeat, MUST get the frozen apple juice. there’s also frozen lemonade, but the apple juice is a zillion times better. trust me. for some reason these drinks get over looked, everyone just wants a churro or some dole-whip (don’t get me wrong though you should DEFINITELY get those too) but they don’t know what they’re missing out on. also, do. not. leave. unless you have gotten a pickle. i stinkin’ love those things. okay, and let’s not forget the perfect snack to watch the fireworks with, the popcorn! it’s another type of amazing. you can also buy the collectable containers + get cheap refills. there are quite a few options if you’re gluten free (like me), some of the stores have gf treats and Jolly Holiday Bakery has gluten free buns!
rides: okay don’t laugh, but, i once got SOAKED on the matterhorn ride. like, completely dripping wet. it doesn’t happen often but don’t say i didn’t warn you. if you just want to ride the ride, and don’t care too much about sitting with your friends, i highly suggest single-rider lines. you pretty much split your wait time in half, and sometimes they even let you sit with someone in your party. always always always get fast passes. the quickest fast pass lines (in my opinion) are: indiana jones, space mountain (sometimes), pirates, and matterhorn. if you’re feeling tired of walking but don’t want to just sit and people watch, go on the little kid rides! they are actually really fun, and a nice little break. don’t forget about the monsters inc. ride. it’s kind of tucked back in an odd spot in california adventure. it’s super cute and rarely has a line!
other: if you buy a balloon in the park and it pops while you’re there, they’ll replace it for free! walk up to any place that sells food, and ask for a cup of water. they legally have to give it to you, and it’ll be nice and cold and refreshing. oh and don’t forget where you parked your car! you don’t want to get lost in that parking garage. it’s no fun, trust me, i know from experience.
on april 3rd at 8:28pm sweet little Levi Austin was born, making my baby brother a dad, and his sweet little fiance a mom. holy cow, i still can’t believe it. not only did he turn them into parents, he also turned my parents into grandparents, and me into an auntie! i always knew becoming an aunt would be exciting but HOLY COW, i never expected to fall so in love with a tiny human in the first second of holding him. he is such a snugly little guy, i didn’t want to put him down. i may be biased but he is SO STINKIN’ CUTE. i’m already obsessed with being an auntie and i can’t wait until i can kiss his sweet cheeks again. check out the short little video i made of meeting him for the first time.
welp, we moved again! don’t worry, we are just as surprised and confused as you probably are. it all happened so quickly, but i couldn’t be more excited! i never would have thought i would live within walking distance of the beach, God has truly blessed us and answered our prayers in the most perfect way. cheers to yet another new adventure along side this little sister of mine, don’t know what i would do without her.
i may or may not have zip-tied my phone to a fence post to take this photo. shout out to my dad for instilling me with macgyver like skills (and the zip-ties). not gonna lie, i’ve bad mouthed california a few times, the people, the traffic, the weather, i haven’t always considered it the greatest place, but no matter what, it’ll always be home. it’s where my parents grew up, it’s where i was (born &) raised, and also where i am currently living. i’m actually probably living in the most california-y place in california, which is the last place i ever imagined myself to be, yet at the same time, a place i can’t imagine leaving quite yet. i prayed for so long that God would move me. i so badly wanted that place he moved me to, to be out of this state, so when i ended up here i felt like this was just a pit stop along the way, and he was still going to answer my prayers. i think i thought that because it wasn’t where i wanted to end up, he really didn’t answer me yet, but i was so wrong. he answered my prayer, he moved me, and it may have not been the place i wanted, but it was the place i needed. i am so happy to be a california girl.
hello 2017! this year is going to be great, i can already feel it. i’m so excited for what’s to come and for all the changes i’m going to make to better my life. one of my favorite things to do in the new year is to write down my resolutions, i love having a fresh start with new goals and things to look forward to.
the first one is roam.. this sticker actually inspired me. i want to visit places i’ve never been, and just spend more time exploring new areas of the world.
drink more water + eat better. chloe and i are doing whole 30 in january, i’m so excited to start out the year eating so good and sort of detox our bodies.
get a decent night’s sleep. over the past month or two, i’ve joked that i don’t sleep anymore, i just take naps. i want to make sure i’m getting the rest i need.
journal + read more. i love to read and write, but lately i haven’t made the time to. i want to buy some more books and instead of scrolling through social media before bed, i want to scroll through a few pages.
do one (or two) new thing(s) a month. i want to start doing more things that sort of put me out of my comfort zone, and push me into becoming a better person.