Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The A-Z of Chanel

A. Age: 21 (almost 22...sad!)
B. Bed size: twin? it's tiny.
C. Chore that you hate: washing dishes. i miss our dishwasher!
D. Dogs: casey and sandy. but sandy is an alien.
E. Essential start to your day: reading "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers
F. Favorite color: it's always been blue but i really love greens and browns right now
G. Gold or Silver: it depends!
H. Height: 5'4"
I. Instruments you play: my stomach (only Mel would get this! and i doubt she'll ever read this hah)
J. Job title: student, cashier at chipotle
K. Kids: maybe someday, if it's God's plan
L. Live: California
M. Mother’s name: Annette
N. Nicknames: bellie, giggles, chan, or natalie might refer to me as, "you dumb" (in a loving sister way ;) )
O. Overnight hospital stays: 3 days when i had pneumonia in high school
P. Pet peeves: rude customers at chipotle. especially when they demean the crew members
Q. Quote from a movie: my favorite quote that i can think of should not be shared. but it's in the opening credits of 500 days of summer. and natalie and i laugh so hard at it every time. actually there are lot's of quotes from that movie that we love. but again... inapprope!
R. Right or left handed: Right handed
S. Siblings: my best friend, Natalie aka NATAKIE
U. University: Cal Poly Pomona
V. Vegetable you hate: onion. that's a vegetable right? euw sick
W. What makes you run late: everything. procrastination and waiting to get ready at the last minute are very typical of me (ahem, maybe you should fix that CHANEL)
X. X-Rays you’ve had: lots and lots. i had three surgeries on my right elbow, so i don't know how many x-rays i had just for that alone
Y. Yummy food that you make: when i bake cakes, they are very yummy. or spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. maybe i should make food more!! because i do love food :)
Z. Zoo animal: well, i love sea world animals. so they aren't really zoo animals, huh? but i love being able to pet the manta rays at sea world!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

this weekend i had an amazing time with a lot of my high school girls from calvary chapel! we headed down to beautiful san diego and shared a weekend filled with lots of laughs, dancing (LOL michelle!!!), and some good cries :) can i just say that i was so blown away at how much the girls LOVE Jesus? i am so in awe of who these young women are and how they are constantly going back to the Lord and trying so hard to serve Him and glorify Him in everything that they do! they encourage me and challenge me to love God more and more. i love being a youth leader and being able to see them grow! it encourages me so much! i am so blessed by all of them and consider them my friends.
the car ride home was probably the best part of the trip. having one of the girls open up to all of us in the car was incredible. i was in awe at how much wisdom God has given her! it was such a divine appointment! we all cried as we listened to her pour her heart out about her family and life. but she assured us that God is in control and will bring her family out of hard times and on to better things. her hope and her faith stands firmly on Jesus Christ.
i'm praying for you and your family, sweet girl! thank you for sharing your story with me. it broke my heart but you reminded me that God is our redeemer and our ultimate hero. and no matter what, He loves us so much and goes right through all of our hard times with us, standing at our side.

Psalm 28:8

New King James Version (NKJV)

 8 The LORD is their strength,[a]
         And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
this made me smile:
"Dear Jesus, you're cute. Amen." -Ariana
she's so sweet! i love having friends who love Jesus so much and say fun stuff like this. it makes me happy.