Hello, 2011

Been in North Carolina for a while and deeply enjoyed my time there. Just got back to California and remembering all the things I'm thankful for.

1. A wonderful, growing family. (with lots of birthday parties in the upcoming months) 2. The faithfulness of God and his promises. 3. A wonderful, loving boyfriend who lets me shoot at him with airsoft guns, cooks me breakfast, tickles me until I cry, introduces me to tasty milkshakes and a shady movie theater that plays all the movies I want to see... and constantly encourages me. 4. A strong-willed computer who withstood falling on an iron. 5. Heart to hearts with mom.. who can always understand me. 6. Wonderful, delightful friends who love to craft. 7. My father who checks my mail and gets excited for me when I get paid 8. My sisters who like to ping chat (although I don't know what that is) 9. My RPTE buddies who love hanging out 10. ahhh.. there's just so many amazing things to be thankful for.

I miss North Carolina already. Cant wait for the next adventure!

(p.s. I shot this picture with my new Canon Powershot SD1400IS)

Raleigh | Two men in a museum

As I walked through the North Carolina Museum of Art, I came across these two older men enjoying each other's company.  Earlier that day, I shared a conversation with an older lady who described her life as a widower, mother, business owner and part-time museum worker.  She must have been in her 60s or 70s, but she was radiant.  I admire older people so much, and when they have something to say, I make a point to listen.  They understand life and have experienced its full potential.  Then I was reminded of what my friend, Geoff, had said to me earlier in the week during another of his life-lesson-pep-talks he always gives me, "Wisdom and life experience are what it's all about.  Pack your days with experiences."

It sometimes amazes me how an atheist like him and a Christian like me can be friends.  Who would have thought?  I've always sought to surround myself with people, especially those older than me, who have chosen to make the most of their life.  Everyone chooses their own paths in life, some motivated by success or love, others by fear.  Instead, I try to pave my own path driven by God's guidance.  He continues to fill my life with experiences, always showing his faithfulness in my life.  I am blessed beyond words for all the experiences in my life and both the good and the bad ahead of me.

A lovely end.

writing + editing + reformatting + reading + the still, quiet echo of my thoughts.... an absolutely lovely end to a day

Sunday began my third week of traveling. My good spirits have found me in the crisp North Carolina autumn. In two days I'll headd to the city where my heart always returns, New York. Where my friends live. Where I can dress up for an every day excursion. Where I lose myself in coffee shops, back alleys and the rhythm of moving people. The upcoming months bring excitement and projects. I'll be inundated (thank goodness!) with work, and relaxed by fun holiday projects, road trips, a man friend, new nieces and nephews, crafting and the most anticipated.... family time.

I am in love with life.