Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New

There have been many new things that have happened in my life since I last blogged, and I have wanted to write lengthy, detailed blogs for so many of them, but I will just give a brief synopsis of a few of them instead.

I led canvassing for my first time in Central California this summer and was immensely blessed. We had an incredible team and many powerful experiences.



We had a family reunion this summer--something that had not happened for 8 years. Our family has grown since the last time we were all together!



I completed my very first quilt! A rag quilt. Much thanks to my dear sister-in-law, Becca, who gave me much assistance, as well as my mom. 


I visited Guam for 3 weeks. It's a beautiful island! I got my Open Water Scuba Diving certification. And I started dating Matthew Marsh. I'm excited about that. :D



Now the journeys of my life are taking me to California to work for the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. I will be recruiting for the summer canvassing programs, working with GLOW, and learning to give Bible studies on the side. 

I don't know yet what other new things I will encounter in the coming months and years, but whatever ups and downs come, I'm eager to face them with Jesus by my side. 



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Planting Trees

My dad owned a tree planting business for many, many years. Eller & Sons Trees, Inc. They planted for paper companies all over the states. He started long before I was born and didn't stop until just a few years ago. The one thing that he spends and always has spent the greatest portion of his income on was helping others. Literature for strangers. Motels for the homeless. Food for the hungry. Support for missionaries. And my mom supports and encourages him in it. Their hearts are the most generous I know. This song, Planting Trees, makes me think of my parents. How thankful I am for them. I hope to plant many trees, too.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Only Jesus Can Satisfy

Here you can listen to one of my new favorite songs.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Caitlin

The first time I saw her she was playing the piano at a meeting in the spring of 2007. After the meeting, I found out that Caitlin was a nursing student at Southern and played violin in the orchestra, both of which I planned to do the following school year. Something about Caitlin drew me to her, probably the same thing that drew so many others to her. Was it her smile? Maybe it was her genuine kindness, or the love that seemed to flow out of her every move. Later that spring, we went to hear Southern's orchestra perform, and there she was again--principal chair of the second violins. She played with such enthusiasm, as if she would not rather be anywhere else in the world.

When I began attending Southern in the fall, I soon found myself enjoying the blessings of Caitlin's friendship. I started going to the flagpole early every morning for prayer with the group she helped start. I got to play in the orchestra with her, go on weekend trips, travel throughout Europe, sing, pray, exercise, talk, and the list could go on. She always showed the deepest, and at times, most undeserving love.

We worked together at Camp Cherokee with the horses, life guarding, and one summer were even co-counselors. She had such a beautiful way with the campers, always exhibiting gentleness and love. One of the highlights of sharing a cabin with her was singing together to the campers while they fell asleep at night. I wish I could remember all the lullabies she knew.



Caitlin went as a student missionary to Brazil, and when I decided to spend a year in the mountains of the Philippines, she was one of my biggest fans. Caitlin and Jen would sit down with me and help me make lists of things I would need and ways to prepare. Caitlin then decided to make me a couple skirts for my work in the mountains (pictured below). Without the use of patterns, she effortlessly made me two skirts and mailed them to my parents' home the day before I flew out. The next morning when I was in the airport on my way overseas, I got a call from Jen saying that Caitlin was in the hospital. They took her in after she started vomiting blood, and diagnosed her with a very aggresive esophageal cancer. They weren't even sure if she would make it through the night. We praised God that she did.



It was a difficult year for Caitlin as she went through cancer treatments, and difficult for me being so far away. We were so thankful for the period of time afterwards when she was cancer free. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2012 the cancer was discovered to have returned with a vengeance. She decided not to do chemotherapy again, but instead to do a naturopathic route. On March 21, 2013, God allowed Caitlin to rest in peace. Never did she complain, never did she ask God, "Why me?"

So young, so talented, so dedicated. "Why her?", so many of us ask. While on this earth, we may never really understand why, but we can praise God that He is the ultimate conqueror. We will meet Caitlin again, she will play her violin again, run through the woods picking wild flowers, wrap us in her arms of love, open a listening ear, flash her contagious smile. She is sleeping peacefully in Jesus right now, and the next thing we know, we will meet her in the clouds of heaven. But until then, she is deeply missed. Oh Jesus, come quickly!


"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18









Thursday, February 28, 2013

Belize

It was more than awesome to visit Belize for a couple weeks and spend time with family and friends. The pictures give a small glimpse of all there was to do. 


The girls' house to be finished


Lots and lots of onions to be weeded


Flowers to smell

Birds to see



Kids to play with


Markets to visit


Coconuts to shred









  
Friends to spend time with



Rivers to swim in




Stingrays to swim with


"...How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, 
and bring glad tidings of good things." Romans 10:15

It was very difficult to leave Belize. Besides the fact that my two sisters, brother-in-law, nieces, nephew, and many friends are there, there is something about third-world countries that have my heart entwined in them. But the most important thing is being in the center of God's will.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Clean Start to a New Day

Want to save money on laundry detergent? I learned this simple, inexpensive method of making laundry detergent from my sister-in-law. These three ingredients can be found in the laundry isle at walmart. It's SO simple! The recipe is: 
  • 1/3 C Borax Powder
  • 1/3 C All Natural Super Washing Soda
  • 1/3 shredded, then melted Fels-Naptha bar of soap
Add enough water to fill an 8 quart container.

You can make it like this as liquid detergent, but next I am going to try making it in the powder version as is explained in detail here