i miss CA

it's awesome to be back,
don't get me wrong,

but I really miss
my family {+ Shelly},
my college group at church,
my Mission-styled home,
my dogs,
my cats,
Shapiro parties,
the weather,
my lovely bible study
with Natalie B.,
Escondido Joe's Coffee,
hiking in Escondido,
studying at Barnes & Noble
cause no where else is open
at 9:30 p.m.,
taking the train
& meeting people,
the fresh CA fruit,
the palm trees,
In N Out,
Oceanside Pier,
my ICF bible study
of international students,
& star gazing
just to name a few...


crazy texas weather

it's snowing!

light, steady shower.

a nice wintry mix
of ice, rain, and snow

i love precipitation


on a serious note,
let this be of

Psalm 145:14
"The Lord upholds all those
who fall, & lifts up
all who are bowed down."


new day

new life.

i feel sooo rejuvenated
and refreshed!

i'm gaining many new
life ambitions;
i'm getting on top of
my schooling;
and i'm feeling good.

very good, actually.

almost completely
healed! -
after being sick for
2 weeks.



amidst anxiety, the Lord stands still. I wait for His sweet peace.

John 12:27-28 {NIV}
"Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again."

=Christ's example of how we should respond to trials, pain, suffering

Lamentations 3:19-32 {NIV}
"I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love."

Psalm 27 {NIV}
"The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord."

mm, the Lord comforted me this morning
while i sat beside the Baylor creek...

He was with me while i took my
American Lit. test...

He spoke truth to me through
Sunny & Hinckley...

& He has never stopped
pursuing me.


i am eaten.

so many things are eating away at me...

But I want to put on the full armor of God,
so that when the day of evil comes,
I may be able to stand my ground-
to stand with the belt of truth
buckled around my waste,
with the breatplate of righteousness in place,
and my feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace.
{Ephesians 6:13-15 NIV}

Lord, i want to be secure in You!
i want to be unshaken in Your truth,
i want to hold onto Your promises-
hold onto who You say You are
& who You say i am,
i want to live in Your abundant life,
because everything else
leaves me unsatisfied & dry.

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit."
{Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV}


today's thoughts consist of

...an amazing cupcake recipe found here
{by Design Sponge Online}
can't wait to use it!

...'Singles' Awareness Day' {S.A.D.} is
coming up

...how my plaid rainboots
make me feel empowered.
i can walk through anything
that comes my way... hyah!



*Regina Spektor

birthday night: no sticky rice & coconut ice cream
at Bangkok Royale
but did have some tex mex
with Patti, Rachana, Sunny, Bret, Gina, & Jon!

earlier in the day,
grabbed some Panera
with wonderful friends
Gina's some-what surprise party:
with balloons!!! vanilla cake
vanilla icing
vanilla ice cream
yum in the tum.

o! and the sermon that morning.
mm! phenomenal! thanks Jimmy!
& happy birthday to you too
{his was Feb. 8th}

grateful for my new tea infuser
and little, sweet, pot of white roses.
mmm. lovely.


Winter Premiere at Baylor

so Jenna and I are
ready to give tours to
prospective students and their families
around Kokernot.

My birthday is tomorrow
very very excited

I lost my phone last friday
so unfortunately, I won't be able to
receive any b-day texts/calls
from my friends or family
sad face.