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Happy Easter!

I’m excited for this weekend for a few reasons…

1) It’s a weekend! I’m sad to admit that I live for the weekends. So, TGIF!

2) In 4 days I leave to go on vacation. 2 more working days, a 5 hour flight (mind you it leaves at 6:15am!), and a hug later (from former roommate, whom I’m visiting) I’ll be in Washington DC! It’s going to be fantastic! (No if only the Congressman’s office will get my tour information to me!)

3) One of my absolute favorite is egg salad sandwiches. I love them! Let me tell you my family’s tradition, ummm… kinda embarrassing… we still hunt for eggs. Yes, I admit it, my siblings and I (ages 26, 23, 20, and 19) still hunt. After church “the easter bunny” (aka mom and/or dad) hide them while we read the paper. But the bunny gets better at hiding them every year. We find them, account for them to hope that there aren’t any left for the dogs or the next year (sad to admit, but yes we don’t always find them all), then we take off the pretty shells that we colored the day before and we (I) make a HUGE batch of egg salad sandwiches for lunch. I’m salivating just thinking about them…

4) I get to celebrate the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of my Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I thank God ALL THE TIME that it wasn’t me on the cross dying for my own sins, but that He sent His Son to do the job for me. But this weekend I get to celebrate with the rest of the believing world what Jesus did for each one of us.
“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.”


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April = New Month

My New Month Resolutions for April are:

1. Actively seek God in my day to day life, worshiping Him and bring Him glory.

2. No pastries, desserts, and nibblings from Hilmar Cheese. They are delicious. But they are the death of me.

3. Yep, this one again… Lose 5 pounds. Time to get seriously serious, summer is just around the corner.

4. Go somewhere out of the area. I got this one in the bag!

5. Still Target in moderation. Shopping only by a list of needs. And no, that does not mean that I’ll be making the list as I shop. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. Heavily pursue finding a new job.

And for the Lent season I have given up soda.


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March Resolution Results…

Below are my March resolutions. The bold comments are the results for the end of the month.

1. Actively seek God in my day to day life, worshiping Him and bring Him glory.
Actively seek daily, yes. Short prayers here and there, wanting to do God’s will not my own. I guess you can call this a work in progress resolution though.

2. No myspace. You still want to leave me a comment or message you can at my myspace page, I just won’t be checking them until April 1st. And everyone can hold me accountable since it shows last login date on my profile.
YEAH! Success! I have not been on myspace in a month. Was it hard? Honestly not really. What have I learned? That there are many other things to waste my time on, it doesn’t all have to be on myspace. It’s officially been April for 24 minutes and I STILL haven’t gone on myspace. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. No makeup. Yes, I’ll still be wearing it, I just won’t be purchasing it for the month. I have a ton of makeup, and it’s time to reduce inventory.
Check. I think I did get to throw away some stuff I used up.

4. Lose 5 pounds. Same as last month and the next 9 months of the year. Time to get serious, June is only 3 months away.
I think my monthly total was somewhere in the 2 pound range. That’s better than a gain…

5. Exercise. I don’t have to belong to a gym to do this. I am going to exercise in some form or another at least 3 times a week.
I failed royally at this one. I think I worked out intentionally one day all month. Don’t get me wrong, I did activities that could be considered exercise but I didn’t necessarily look at them as that.

6. Go somewhere out of the area. I live so close to a lot, time to experience and enjoy it.
Planned on going to Carmel, that didn’t happen. Dreamed of going to Montana de Oro (near San Luis Obispo) to just sit on the beach alone, had to work yesterday instead (stupid end of the month counting!). Going somewhere out of the area didn’t happen this month. But it will next month, I’m going to DC baby!

7. Target is back in the pictures, just in moderation. Time to shop only by a list of needs. And no, that does not mean that I’ll be making the list as I shop. ๐Ÿ™‚
I can honestly say that I only went to Target 2 maybe 3 times this month. WOW, I know!

8. Heavily pursue finding a new job.
Heavily pursue… Well, I found out that I was declined for the two potentials that I was interviewing for. So, the pursuing continues.

And for the Lent season I have given up soda.
Still going. But I haven’t had a soda since before the Lent season started.


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Ouch, my bum!

To start this out… I’m a KLUTZ!

Let me tell you about my Wednesday morning. I was walking down the stairs to go to work. It was about 7:30. I was carrying a puppy, this way he couldn’t wander and piddle. Walking down the stairs, walking down the stairs, everyone in the house is sleeping, walking down the stairs. And just like you’d see in a cartoon, I fell. My feet came out from under me and I landed on my butt on a step (carpeted luckily), me head fell back and hit the edge of a step, and the puppy was airborne. I thought I was going to have a headache for the rest of the day. Nope. That went away. But I think I may have fractured my bum bone (the coccyx). It hurts. It’s hurts to sit, stand from sitting, squat, bend over, walk, well, you get the picture.

So, moral of the story, no matter how bubbly you think your bum is, if you fall on it just right no amount of padding is going to save you.

The end.


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Break me, oh God

I am broken. I feel like my life is in shambles and I’m spiraling out of control. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, which makes it even harder to deal with, because I don’t know what to “fix”. But what I do know is that piece by piece God is breaking my hard exterior shell.

I am thankful that God loves me enough that He wants to purify me, to conform me little by little into the likeness of His Son – gentle, broken, and humble before the His throne. I thank Him that He loves me enough to put me in the refiner’s fire, a fire that leaves me so exposed and vulnerable, yet a fire that cleanses and purifies me as well. The Holy Spirit is cleansing the sinfulness from my heart and molding me into the likeness of His precious Son. Sometimes blessing comes in the form of pain. Let me not waste my pain, but use it for His glory and for eternal purposes.

God break me. Take my all. Shake me from the core. Cut me down that I might rely solely on You. Lord, my heart remains in your hands, because I know that my life is but a vapor before Your throne. God, change me that I wholeheartedly follow your plans for my life. Transform me that I might think more like You. Grant me the grace to follow Your will and run with Your thoughts.

Often, it is in our weakness, not our strength, that God is glorified, and it is in our brokenness that we find healing. I need to humble myself and let God break me again and again, in order to shape and mold me. God, only You can truly break me and make me new. God, break me even more if it is to Your glory.


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