Friday, October 21, 2011

Mee-hee-ko (title inspired by Jordan)

In high school, I didn't spend my spring break trips in Cabo, or Las Vegas, or hanging out at the beach

I spent my spring breaks playing with ninos in Mexico.

My youth group went on a serve trip every year to a city called Ensenada
where we were paired with one or two little orphans. 
These individual kids became our buddy for the whole week.


(this was my precious nina, Viridiana, the first year that I went)

(and this little angel's name is Rocio, I fell in love with her and wanted to adopt her instantly)

This trip was EASILY one of my favorite trips my high school group ever did.
I learned how to love people. 
And in return, I learned the depth of God's love for me.
I learned how to serve God with my whole heart
and to serve other people with a willing and helpful attitude without complaining.
I learned to appreciate the simple treasures in life that I am fortunate to have back home...

-my wonderful and loving parents
-my job at the time
-my education
-my church
-my friends
-my life

I also encountered God in a unique and beautiful way with dear friends by my side
by hiking a mountain in the middle of no where...

Each year, it became our getaway, our mission, our fellowship spot.
We helped each other to the very top and once we got there
we stared at the miraculous beauty of the world that God created.
We sat there, and talked about God 
and his creation 
and his love 
and our youth group 
and the ninos 
and our love for one another.
we encouraged each other and prayed to our Father together.

Mexico is one of my favorite places in the whole entire world
for all of these specific reasons...

and i get to go back tomorrow!
Friday- Sunday

[please be praying for my church while we are there]

Blog and pictures soon to come :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Public Transortation...

When you are a student at CSULB, you have the privilege of using public transportation for free in the city of Long Beach.
...I live less then a mile away from CSULB ((I can ride my bike there in 7 minutes))
but i decide to take the bus anyways...just because I can.

This is the bus stop that I wait at:

((of course with some cool effects using my new iphone...holler))

I like public transportation for a few reasons:
1. It makes me appreciate my janky, beat up jeep grand cheroke SO much more
2. It slows life down just a bit.
3. I get to see the wonderful city of Long Beach from a different perspective.
4. The people that i encounter on the bus/metro are so beautiful and so dang interesting.

Today...I took the bus to school
As I was waiting for the bus stop, I decided to paint my nails
 (I appreciated that time I had to sit and do nothing)

Then, I got on the bus and simply sat there and listened to the conversations going on around me.
I paid special attention the 2 older gentleman a few rows behind me...
They were talking about GOD
They were just 2 men chatting away
bringing up Satan, philosophies, the virgin Mary, and Jesus.
One man even said...and I quote..."if I were going to get a tattoo, I would get a picture of Jesus on my back
HA this made me giggle to myself.

As I was sitting there listening to these strange, philosophical, somewhat crazy men talking about Jesus
it made me realize just how much I love my God.
one of my most favorite things in the whole entire world is when I hear strangers talking about my God makes Him feel BIG and close and so very real.

I sat there in silent prayer
thanking God for that moment
thanking God for being BIG and REAL
thanking God for loving me and the people around me
and thanking God for life