Munich, Germany

Wow.

Who knew that ten days could pretty much make my life do a 180. I didn’t. You see, I had prayed leading up to this trip that Father (God) would just completely wreck me. While I was there I didn’t feel the wrecking of life that I thought I would feel. I was expecting an epiphany. When I got home I still didn’t really feel changed, little did I know that change comes in many shapes and sizes. I wasn’t destroyed or completely wrecked but I was changed for the better.

In Munich, I relied on Father. I relied on him to change people’s hearts, to lead me to english speakers, and to allow me to carry on a conversation that naturally would lead to Him. I also had to rely on him when I didn’t feel good and I had to continue his work. He always came through. He gave me peace and renewed my spirit each day, even when Satan was attacking me. He healed my hurting stomach and eased my worries. Even though I didn’t have a conversation that really led to his word, he still allowed me to speak about him in small ways. Most of all, he allowed me to continue his work in Munich, something he could have easily done himself but he loves us so much that he allows us to be apart of such a beautiful process.

I am changed. I now have learned how to rely on Father & what a blessing that is. My burdens and struggles are too big for me to carry alone. I have learned that prayer is a powerful tool. He listens to every prayer and always answers them, although the answer may not always be what you prayed for, he knows what’s best. I learned to really just be in his presence, even if I don’t feel his presence. Father is not a “thing” we feel. He is an almighty being/spirit that is always there, and we won’t always feel him. Most of all I learned that He is already at work everywhere and he can use me anywhere and in any way he wants. I need to go somewhere with an open heart and mind because what I may have decided I want to do in his name may not always be what he has decided, and his idea is always better. However, he always wants us to share the Word wherever we are, whether that be praying that the person next to you at your favorite coffee shop would one receive the Word or starting up a conversation about the Word to the woman next to you on a plane. He always wants us to share him with others.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.” Ephesians 6:18-20 


On another note, Munich was amazing. I loved getting to experience many cultures all in one place. It’s pretty awesome how father can bring so many backgrounds into one city. We were able to concentration camp too, which was such an eye-opening experience. I absolutely loved this city.

I left my heart in Munich.Chancellory buildinggelatoglockenspiel 2barracksView from st. petersWest parkoutside russian orthodox church

 

2016. A Year at a Glance.

2016. Another year has passed. Its crazy to think that December 31, 2008 was 8 years ago. So in reflecting on this past year I have decided to write about my highlights, losses, and favorite moments… all through pictures. 

Spring Break: I went on a mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley and got to work with refugees ( not pictured). Even though there was a slight language barrier, I still made a connection with a very special family. God’s work here is crazy.


March 24: I tried out, and made, my high school’s varsity drill team. Such a surreal moment, something I had dreamed of since 6th grade. Hard work really does payoff.


Summer Trip: Colorado was unreal. The views were breathtaking. I was so happy to be accompanied by my sweet family and get to spend a few days with them in God’s beauty.


August 26: My 15th birthday and also my very first football game on drill team. I will forever cherish this day and all my sweet friends who have stuck with me! 


August 27: Ate the best donut in Dallas. Hands down great day.


Homecoming: Enough said. 


Arboretum: Such a fun time with my DG. I love being with them and spending time in God’s word together. Y’all rock!


Halloween: My friend and I carved these bomb pumkins, real proud moment.


I forgot to take pictures at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 😦

Zoo ( December 26): I saw a baby elephant and touched a snake, overall 10/10 solid trip!


These are some of my most memorable times in 2016 but I did have some losses as well. I hurt my hamstring ( for the third time that year) and missed out some on football season. I also had my handful of break downs. But, this year I tried to look at the glass half full. I am grateful for all the moments, good and bad because I can learn from both. So long 2016, and helllooo 2017! It’s going to be the best yet. 

Colorado// Summer 2016

Hi friends! I lied, I am going to make one post about Colorado instead of several small ones. OK, so the next day we visited Breckenridge, which was a little touristy but totally cute! I love quaint little towns, and Breckenridge fit right into that category. My family and I walked around venturing inside all of the unique little shops. Later that night, we went to Boondocks  in Denver and played Mini Golf!

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Home of the Buffalos!

The next morning, we woke up early and headed into Boulder to tour Colorado University. Colorado University was a beautiful campus, they had these little gardens everywhere that were just stunning! There was this one garden, called the Shakespeare Garden, and all of his plays had their own little garden space with the plants mentioned in his plays in the gardens. I was so neat! After touring, we walked around downtown Boulder and ate at Pasta Jays, let me just say, it was some mean pasta! Shortly after, we left to go to our rented condo in Winter Park.

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Home of the Buffalos!

Monday & Tuesday kinda consisted of similar things, we mostly stayed in Winter Park and my extended family met us there. Monday we hiked up Winter Park’s main ski mountain, so to speak. Tuesday, we did all the fun outdoor activities Winter park offers in the summer, i.e. alpine slides, bungee trampolines, mini golf, rock climbing and much more, these activites were lots of fun and I recommend them to anyone who goes to Winter Park in the summer. Finally, on Wednesday, we went down to Grand Lake, Colorado. There we hiked to Adam’s Falls which was a natural waterfall and stream due to snow melt, we hung around in the stream for a while dipping our feet into the freezing water. We the went to Grand Lake’s beach front and went kayaking and paddle boarding one the lake, it was so much fun!

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All this to say that this short vacay was worth it! It was so nice to be with family and get to relax, Colorado, you are one for the books.

 

 

Traveling…

Hey guys! I am excited to share with y’all my trip to Colorado! I will be posting throughout this entire week with the details and highlights of my trip.

So we drove into Pueblo, CO on Thursday and stayed the night. That bext morning, we ate at a super cool coffee shop called Good Karma Coffee (this isn’t the original location).  I ordered their egg fritata and house tea, it was so good!

   
We soon ventured out to the Garden of the Gods, in CO Springs. It was absolutely breath taking.  The pictures below don’t do it justice.
  
  
After our little excursion, we visited Manitou Springs, which happens to be super cute and have natural springs around town. We grabbed a bite to eat at their local brewery and buger place and headed back to Denver.

Statue at one of many natural springs

As we returned to Denver, we got stuck in a hail storm, #survior. So instead of forging through the now bad traffic, we went down to the Pearl District and got coffee at Stella’s. 

  

So Colorado Day one was pretty great! I will fill y’all in on days 2 & 3 tomorrow and days 4-7 throughout the week. Also, stay tuned for a Favorites sometime this week.

Louisiana: Days 4 & 5

Saturday is my favorite day of the week, so a saturday in a place I love makes it 100x better. Since this is an annual trip, we usually have like a routine we follow, even though we don’t mean to. So saturday is our relax day; yesterday all I did was swim, lay out, chat, eat a snow cone (which is one of the best parts), and hang out. It’s always nice to have a weekend of rest before going back to my busy life. Today, we went fishing, and I mean serious fishing. There are trophies involved. Each year we hold a fishing tournament, and I have won one trophy (like 4 yrs ago) and I lost it. Needless to say, I haven’t won anything since. But it isn’t really about winning, because I do not like fishing very much, its more about creating memories with family that will last forever, and I am lucky to say that that has been accomplished. After the tournament and an afternoon full of swimming, pizza, and relaxing, it’s finally time for the annual crawfish boil. My family chows down on the crawfish while I eat some fried fish or a hamburger, which in my eyes is equally as good. After a dinner full of cajun food, we have some dessert and say our good byes to our relatives. I love coming down here and enjoying my family and myself for the weekend. Until next year Louisiana…

Louisiana: Day 2

Today we walked around New Orleans, through the French Market, Bourbon Street, and around the residential areas. For breakfast, we obviously had to get beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde, they were delicious as usual. Then we walked through Jackson Square, the French Market, and an old U.S. mint.

  
It was interesting to see all the history hidden in NOLA. We walked down torwards the more residential parts of the city. The houses are so beautiful and two are never alike, it’s dreamy.


We ate lunch at the Parkway Tavern & Bakery, which had amazing Po’ Boys. Then we visited the Katrina Memorial  where the have all the unidentified or unknown victims.


After lunch, we headed back to Alexandria where we will be staying. New Orleans was such a cool place with rich history and gorgeous architecture, I hope to go back soon. Stay tuned for more posts in the future! Goodnight y’all.