Friday, November 19, 2010

i want...

her hair! so pretty!

& maybe her house, her wardrobe, her bank account too. justttt kidding.

things to keep in mind

I've seen a few quotes/verses that I love this week:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. - Jeremiah 17:7  

"There are two ways to spread happiness; either be the light who shines it or be the mirror who reflects it." -- Edith Wharton

 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)


A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. " (Proverbs 17:22)


"I may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds it." (thanks jenna for this one!)


"I, even I, am He who comforts you." Isaiah 51:13a 


This life therefore is not righteousness but growth in righteousness; not health but healing; not being but becoming; not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified. (Martin Luther)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

a good advertisement..

I hate radio commercials. There isn't much that can add to my rush hour traffic road rage. It typically takes me 45minutes to get home, but the occasional 1hr 30 minute commute is becoming too typical. I try to listed to 95.9 the Fish (SoCal WAYfm) to stay calm, but recently they have been running, re-running, oh & let's play it one more time.. "cash for gold" commercials. Linda from Huntington Beach was rewarded $1,100 from her grandma's loose scraps, earrings, broken chains, she was able to put this money to her 7th grader's field trip to San Francisco and really felt like it was her Grandma's way of reaching down from heaven to her youngest grandchild. Sorry, but I do not care. 

However! Today on my morning commute, I heard the best commercial yet. 

FREE STARBUCKS. That's right, F-R-E-E.

From today (11/18) through Sunday (11/21) from the hours of  2-5pm, 8 of their holiday drinks are buy one, get one FREE!

Of course, in true Christian radio fashion, they challenged their listeners to pass the free one to the person behind you, or the stranger outside... But maybe someone will be a listener & I will be that person in line behind them, or that stranger outside :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

woof wednesday

I tried, but I just cannot get away from my goldens. We have had 4 in our family, 5 including Spencer (the white torpedo as my dad calls her). Bonnie (1991-2005), Lizzie (1995-2004), Gracie & Star. They are the best breed of dogs, as far as I am concerned. Loyal, fun, all the good characteristics a dog should have, goldens have. All of ours have had different personalities - Bonnie was a little bossy, Lizzie was so happy and loved giving kisses, Gracie is a sassy brat that makes everyone smile, Star is a little ditzy and has twinkly eyes and Spencer is shy and really funny. My dogs have been missing my dad while he is in the hospital - Gracie made my mom cry she was acting so depressed! naturally, Gracie got a picture text sent to her from my dad telling her that he would be home to play soon.
at least I can show a golden from another city this time:
meet Rosalie:
"Mysteriously, arrived on Halloween- the Twilight Series puppies! Here we have Rosalie Cullen- approximately 9 weeks old. Rosalie looks to be a Golden Retriever puppy. We have no way of knowing this for sure. Rosalie is a very curious little girl. If you are interested, in adopting Rosalie, you can receive an application, by contacting: Robyn Dixon, 352-428-0985"

as if you need more pictures to fall in love:
 While puppies are amazing, they are a very big responsibility and should seriously considered, before adopting! All puppies grow up to be dogs, and they still need the love and companionship of a family.

"no paw left behind"

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

by Faith

the past few months have been a trying time for my family. we know that God is good, all the time. regardless of the situation, He is in control. I have been trying to be more faithful in prayer and looking for comfort in God's word, which is something I never really felt that excited about. but each new passage I find has lead me to another, and another, and I am finding myself being able to encourage others when they are being tried. last night I read this passage and it has one common thread: by faith. everything has been done by faith. God protects and rewards those who seek Him by faith. by faith, by faith, by faith!

"Hebrews 11
Faith in Action
 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
 23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect."
please continue to pray for my dad, he has been diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis, which is a rare blood vessel disease. it effects 1/25,000 people and we are blessed to know a man who was diagnosed with the same disease 6 years ago. he lives a normal life and just has to keep his body in check. we are very thankful for the knowledge, tips and assurance he and his family have given us.

also, yesterday we learned that my sister's father-in-law has found a cancerous tumor in his colon. he was on a trip to Israel with his church and become ill. his son works in the medical staffing field, and without a doubt God is in control, because an ER doctor he has worked with was able to be located and worked on him immediately. the tumor was removed and from what the doctor could see, there was no sign of the tumor in his intestines (where the tumor would begin to spread). he will be back in the US next week to begin more treatment under the best doctors possible. what a HUGE God-thing that they have amazing connections with the medical field.

as I begin to think about my trip home for thanksgiving, I am starting to compile my list of things to be thankful for while sitting around the Thomas' family table, I know the human body is so perfectly designed that it can mend itself and recover. but also, that God created human's to be so intelligent. to be able to diagnose, to treat, to put 2 & 2 (& 2, & 2, & 2) together to find a diagnosis. on a silly note, the best ever 'thankful for' was when Amy (who was maybe 20 at the time) said she was thankful for... "babies". I think her mom froze in fear, but then Amy just said she thought they were cute and made her laugh, and not that she'd be having one.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

olive her already :: woof wednesday

meet Olive, she is one of 5 purebread golden puppies that were rescued after an outbreak of canine parvovirus (another reason why PET STORES are terrible.)

"Olive is one of five Golden pups rescued after being exposed to the canine parvovirus. She's a survivor and has been given a clean bill of health at 9 weeks old. She's rearing to go and ready to start her new life! We're looking for experienced puppy owners who have the time, availability and commitment to raise a pup. For consideration of this very special Denise at


but you should adopt her if you can.

this is the only picture of her (as if you need another one to capture her cutie-ness). i wish my dear friend Brittany was able to adopt her today for the mere fact that I could babysit for a few days & deliver her home!

goldens remind me of home & that is what I need at the moment.

check olive & her friends out at:

not able to adopt? foster! not able to foster? donate! not able to donate? be a part of woof wednesday! (or do all four!)

"no paw left behind"
It's our mission!
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment.
wanna join Woof Wednesdays! Email Lauren at
we would love to bring you on board.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

woof wednesday

this is so sad..
on Monday, Natalie Garcia got into an accident in the i-5 freeway (California's i-95). Her VW bug flipped over, landing on it's roof and all the windows smashed out. Garcia was not hurt, but her 2 pups were so startled that they fled the accident and have yet to be found.
Natalie with 2 year old Pistache (who she just rescued 6 weeks ago!) and 6 year old Maggie

wish list (part 1)

tom's shoes holiday collection has arrived! I have wanted a pair of tom's for a long while, but have been trying to keep my purse strings tight til I had a permanent job (freelancing doesn't pay off credit card bills very consistently.) but now that I have a more permanent job (PTL!!!) I think I might buy these next pay check:
 Gilded Herringbone Women's Classics,  $54.00. (I know, not exactly bank-breaking, but 2 tanks of gas!) 

The rest of their holiday collection is equally pretty! 

Need cold weather options? check out My friend Lauren's blog where she shares some great Boots she has found!
does your guy think tom's are cool? (mine doesn't.. yet) here are some new holiday styles for him!
In honor of Movember (Men's Health Awareness Month)

Grey Flannel Men's Classics, $58.00 (I love these!)
That is all.. for now :) more wishful thinking to come.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

san diego!

I am SO excited to venture down to san diego. my friend Jovanna who gets to travel a bunch for work and always documents/makes me jealous about her adventures. I told her I lived close by and she invited me to meet up with her and spend the day/night exploring. So naturally, I have been google-ing, yelp-ing, zagat-ing what we should do!

1. Gaslamp Quarter:
Historic area, upscale shopping (browsing!) and dining. Started with a wharf, built in 1870, and has remained a popular area. Hmmm.. okay, worth a wander?

2.Coronado, Balboa Park:
I'll be the first to admit I recognize this place from an episode of Baywatch. CJ (Pammy Anderson) solved some mystery. BUT Coronado is supposed to be beautiful to be around - landscaping, architecture, etc.
There is also a bike path that runs a great distance along the beach.. I love bike paths, but am usually terrified of other pedestrians/bikers/dogs/small children. Ha! I love the idea of exploring here during the day. It is also known for whale spotting - but not until January. boo.

3. Tijuana!
Thought we might make a day trip just passed the border.

4. San Diego Zoo
I. LOVE. ZOOS. I know, pathetic. What 24 year old girl likes looking at caged animals. But I cannot help it, I love seeing them up close & seeing them interact. San Diego Zoo is world reknown and has my favorites: Panda Bears! But tickets are expensive and it is out of the area we will be in.. so for now I will stick to: Panda Cam!

I'll be continuing my research.. ideas/suggestions welcome!