Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let it snow... (Mail 2.6)

Firstly, I am enjoying the fresh layer of snow today. It's so pretty! I'm currently listening to Michael Buble's new Christmas album. I love it. Wonderful!

Secondly, has it really been 2 months since my last mail post? Apparently so! Disgusting, Fe...

I haven't had too much mail coming in or going out. Not shameful, but not impressive either. I'm content :) However, I've been terrible at taking pictures of my outgoing mail.What else is new? I'll try to do better from now on.

Awesome calligraphy from Merissa in Hawaii. I'm so obsessed with going to Hawaii someday, and I love writing to people from places that I want to visit!

A long awaited letter from Stella in China. She's adorable :)

Snail mail and a postcard from Snailmail Fan

From my darling Julia.

A first letter from Kotana in Japan.

An awesome letter and fuzzy kitty stickers from Lindsay! I love the ridiculous stationery - definitely puts a smile on my face.
Lovely postcards from Gracie. I was paired with her for my very first Happy Mail Project swap!

I did a movie tag on the postcrossing forum, and this person tagged me and wrote their thoughts on Back to the Future for me :)

Awesome awesome package from Jasmine! Seriously, I squealed as I took things out. I was glad I was alone because I felt a bit ridiculous at how delighted I was.

My attempt at snail mail for Belen

For Snailmail Fan

A passel of Postcrossing cards 

For the lovely miss Olga. 

That's all I have for you today! I hope that you all remember to pass on the snail mail love! And have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday 2.18

1.   A nervous habit I have is  biting my nails/chewing on them til they get all jaggedy and painful.

2.   Something that makes me sad is the fact that 90% of people that grow up in the church will leave it by the time they are 25 .

3.  Today I am thankful for  grey skies and snow, hot chocolate, snuggly cats, and lots of letters to write .

4. My favorite room in my house is  my living room. Comfy couches where Chris and I hang out with our cats .

5.  I can't stand  listening to top 40 music because most of it is just crappy lyrics. It drives me nuts.

6.  If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would  buy a nice pair of boots that were stylish and warm. I need a new pair of boots, but I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a pair even though it's a necessary investment in this climate.

7.  The last person I hung out with was  my friend Estela. We went shopping, saw Puss in Boots (which was quite good!) and got our first Starbucks holiday drinks of the season.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My salvation story.

Hello friends! Today I am doing something that's a bit different for this blog, but something that I want to do. My friend Callie is hosting a link up to share the stories of how we came to know Jesus. I don't talk about my faith a lot here on my blog, but that is something that I intend to change. Not that I intend to become preachy and unrelatable. I just want it to be evident that there is something bigger in my life. 

I know that some of you readers don't share the same faith as me, and that is okay. You don't have to read this if you don't want to. Just respect that it is important for me to put this out there.

My salvation story.

I grew up in a Christian home. In my circles, that is the most common way a testimony begins. And it's been only in the past year that I have come to realize what a huge blessing that is. Lots of people don't have the upbringing that I did, and I've become more thankful over the years for this Christian heritage I have.
My parents taught me about Jesus ever since I was born, and when I was starting school they put me in a small Christian private school (small being 30 students total). Every morning we did devotions as a school before starting on our work. Now, I don't remember the specifics, but I must have come home one day affected by what I had heard. Then that evening I overheard my sister asking my mom about Heaven and hell. All I knew after listening to their conversation was that I did not want to go to hell! So I prayed right where I was by myself, and I asked Jesus to please let me come live with Him, because I didn't want to go to hell forever. 

Even though my motivation to get saved was childish fear, I genuinely loved Jesus when I was growing up. I loved reading stories in the Bible about people who were brave and lived for God, and I wanted to be like them. However, around the age of 12 I began to doubt that I was really saved. Almost every night I would ask Jesus into my heart again. This went on for a few years, and it was quite turbulent for me. I just had this fear that I wasn't really saved, and someday Jesus would just swoop back and take the Christians and I would be left alone (this was after the popularity of the Left Behind series and the pre-tribulation rapture, a doctrine I no longer agree with). Finally at age 16 I'd had enough, and I told God once and for all I was just going to trust that I was saved in His eyes. A few years later I was at my cell group meeting, and I was praying with some friends when I got confirmation once and for all that I was saved as long as I was trying to live for the Lord. Ever since then I have never doubted that I will be with Jesus when I die (or this life ends, whichever comes first).

One of the most important factors in my story is my search for a church (haha that rhymes). I went to one church growing up, but as I got older I began to feel out of place there. I wanted more than what they were giving me, but I had to go there because that's where my parents went. In grade 12 I started at a new school (a larger Christian high school [where I met my now husband!]) and I began going to youth group with my new friends. When I got my driver's license, I started attending services at that church. I felt like I was getting closer, but it still wasn't the right place for me.

In September 2005 a friend that I was re-connecting with invited me to come to her cell group at Southland Community Church. I had been to a few youth worship nights there and I really liked them, so I thought that it would be a good idea. So I joined this group and I really liked it, but I was still going to this other church. Finally, in December I attended a service at Southland, and from the very first time I walked in those doors, I knew I was home. The worship was real. The message was exactly what I needed to hear. For so long I had been listening to the same messages over and over. I was tired of the rote and stale. I needed so desperately to grow, and I knew that this was the place I was going to learn how. At 17 I walked into the church I am confident I will stay at for the rest of my life, unless the Lord leads us geographically elsewhere.

In fall of 2006 I got baptised, and a few months later I became a member of the church. It's been 6 years now, and I have grown more than I imagined I could. I feel like my whole life has changed since I found my home. God has become so real in my life, and even though I have a long way to go, and even though I've been through some very hard times spiritually in the past 2.5 years, He has carried me, spoken to me and comforted me. I can never doubt His presence in my life again.

I've discovered where my talents and spiritual gifts lie, and I just love to volunteer and spend time at church. Whenever I help lead on the worship team, I get filled from seeing the congregation worship. I also help with childcare in the nursery (it's helping to curb my baby fever somewhat haha) and sometimes I just can't wait to see what kind of awesome things these babies will grow up to do for the Kingdom.
Right now I'm at a place where God is beginning to reveal to me His purpose for my life. I'm entering a spring time in my walk, so it is time to grow and learn. I hope that it will become more evident in my life, but what I want the most is to help Jesus touch others with my story and with my life. I want to help others grow as well, and I want to do great things for the Kingdom, even though I'm not sure what those things will be yet. 

I hope that you found my journey something you can learn from or take encouragement from. If you have any questions, please email me (address is on the side).

Go with God and be blessed today, my friends.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Re-connecting with old friends

I have something cool to report!

A year ago, I wrote this post about a friend I'd drifted away from. I wanted to reconnect our old friendship, but just didn't know how.

Getting married is a great way to do this! I invited Candida and her husband to my wedding, and they came! We even got to chat a little bit at the reception and decided that we needed to reunite our trio (my bridesmaid Estela is the third member, so obviously I still hang out with her :P).

Well, finally, after being married for 4.5 months, we arranged a coffee date for the three of us. And almost a year to the day after writing that post, we had coffee and talked and laughed. It was so great! Yeah, not talking to someone for a few years will stifle the conversation a bit but it was still good to connect after all this time.

So if there is someone from your past that you just drifted away from and really miss, just get ahold of them somehow and set up a coffee date! If it doesn't work out, who does it hurt? And if it does, you'll probably have a really good time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

10 on Tuesday

Hello friends! Today I am linking up with Roots and Rings for Ten on Tuesday! This is a new thing, introduced to me by Lauren. So if you want to join in, just link up here!

1. What is your favorite month? Either May or December. May is my birthday month, and December is Christmas. They're both favorites.

2. What is the best candy to get while trick or treating? Reese's is the best candy every time.

3. What kind of pen do you use? Any pen I can get my hands on. I've really been enjoying my Sarasa gel pens - many colors of them :)

4. You go to a new Italian restaurant, what is your go-to order? I think I go with cheese tortellini, usually with alfredo sauce.

5. If you could choose to have any celebrity’s hair, who’s would you choose? Zooey Deschanel. No contest.

6. What’s your favorite board game? Clue!

7. Do you know how to play poker? Friends tried to teach me once, but I'm hopeless.

8. What do you think about Old Navy commercials? They're pretty annoying.

9. What hurts worse- a stubbed toe or a paper cut? Stubbed toe, because I have slightly ingrown toenails on my big toes. Oh I just want to die when I stub my toes because the pain lingers.

10. What’s your favorite kind of pie? Chocolate cream pie. With real whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top. Oooh now I want some.