Monday, February 17, 2014

Time For an Update

Sorry I missed blogging last week, it has been a little crazy lately. With that said, this weekend was much needed. The weeks spent at the coffee shop have been very productive but we are putting in long hours. Because of that I told myself I wasn't allowed to have much of an agenda for the weekend. Just wanted to spend time doing some of my favorite things. So Saturday I had no alarm set for the morning. Once I started stirring I put on a pot of coffee (duh) and sat in my leather chair curled up with a blanket and my favorite book. I sat and spent time with my Father, and just rested in His love. Later went for a long run in the park and cleaned around the house. THEN... I went shopping. You guys I can't even handle how much I love Old Navy. Everything in their store was 30% off yesterday so I got a few fun new things that I'm sure will make an appearance on the blog soon. Then after a fun afternoon of some needed alone time, I went back to the house to get ready for Christina's birthday. It was such a fun night with friends and even got to hang with Georgia for a bit! 
Sunday me and the other managers (Savannah and Kristin) had the honor of attending all 3 services at Colossae as Chuck the lead pastor introduced our up and coming non-profit coffee house Well & Good. The church body got to hear about the excitement of it all and Chuck prayed over us as missionaries sent out into the Tigard Community. Sunday was restful and entirely necessary. A weekend well spent and now another week of training ahead! Finally started mixing in hearts with my latte art and I am prepared to master my milk steaming abilities and only better my art! I promise to post photos of my lattes soon! 

The Birthday Girl

Awkward Lighting with my Georgia Girl

Love and Birthday Parties


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Challenging Week But...


Monday morning I went to the grocery store like usual to get supplies to open the coffee shop. Like a dummy, I left my wallet sitting in the shopping cart as I drove away. It wasn't until 5 hours later I realized it was missing. I raced back to see if my wallet had been turned in and it had not. Quickly after that I made phone calls to cut off all of my credit cards/debit cards. A while after that I went into the bank to speak with a banker making sure my credit card got shut off. While I was at the bank 3 transactions showed up on my account that were by no means purchased by me. It was in that moment that I really lost my stomach. It was confirmed that not only was my wallet stolen but it was in the hands of someone actually willing to spend my hard earned money. The NERVE! How, why, but seriously WHY would someone do this?! I filed a police report and the cops got to work visiting the places this man was spending my money. The next day (yesterday) I met with the police to look at photos they had recovered from the cameras around town. I didn't recognize the guy, but the cops didn't think I would. They suspect he was trying to buy product to trade for drugs. How sad. This man is broken and hurting, that he needs to steal from a 25 year old woman to get a fix. My heart breaks for this man. It doesn't change the fact that I want my social security card back, and my license and my gift cards. But I do know the Lord has really shown up this week in terms of comforting me.

My dear friend Kristin Gregory has been with me at the coffee shop all this week. When I realized my wallet was missing, and then when I realized it was stolen. She was there while I spoke with the police and she has been such an incredible blessing to me. Yesterday Kristin handed me a box, assuring me it "was nothing much." I opened the box and sitting inside was a brand new wallet and a replacement gift card to Charming Charlies that had been in my stolen wallet. My eyes immediately filled with tears and I felt so incredibly loved in that moment. Her act of kindness was not small in my eyes and it was incredibly generous and thoughtful to say the least. Later that evening I found a $20 bill sitting in my purse pocket from an anonymous person, and Savannah brought me my favorite candy this morning. I am feeling so loved as I struggle through what's next in this process. Made me think about how God is using me to bless others and I want to make sure that I am listening to his whispers about how to be a blessing. Grateful for the friends and family helping me walk through this.

God is giving me peace and assurance, but I would love and appreciate prayer for protection. I have no idea what this man's intentions are with my wallet, but I am praying it is no further than trying to spend my money. Thank you friends for your support and prayers!

Love and Protection


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Companion Series: Christina


Allow me the pleasure of introducing my friend and roommate Christina. This woman is full of subtle strength. This woman is full of grace, and she brings so much laughter into my life. Christina is one of those people who you rarely if ever find in a bad mood. You know those kind of people? You envy them, you envy their ability to focus on the positives in life. I look to Christina for this exact encouragement. That no matter what happens, she will find the good and not dwell on the bad. 
She is the kind of friend that I would come home to after a hard day at work and she would help me forget the day. We can just laugh together and find the joy in life. She is a great companion and one that I am fortunate enough to grow with and learn from. She has the best sayings. I call them "Christina-isms." If you know her, you have experienced these sayings in one way or another. Like "Oh that's cute..." meant to be taken in total sarcasm. 
I hope you all have a Christina in your life that can lighten any moment, and bring life to any circumstance.  I am learning so much from living with her, and I'm so privileged to get to live life with her. She is sharpening me, and teaching me how to be a woman of grace and of kindness. Grateful for her example.


Thank you for putting up with me as a mildly OCD roommate. Thanks for making me laugh when at times I want to cry. I am so glad you are the one I share a hallway with, bathroom with and a couch with on most evenings. You make our home warm and inviting and I am so enjoying getting to know your heart, and getting to know your passions. We have only recently become friends but I know you will be a friend for a lifetime. Love you dear, thanks for making me better and for loving me in my ugly moments. 

Love Moon Dog