Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Holiday!

I am off for almost two weeks…  Christmas and New Year’s (and my birthday!!!)
I love this time off, mostly because it’s a time when I can do things that I can’t normally do because I am so busy.  So here’s a list of the things I’d like to do (and if you’d like to join me let me know!!)

I might not get everything done on my list but at least I have something to shoot for :)

Go to the DIA (it’s funnest when doing a scavenger hunt)
Go to Moo Cluck Moo (I have a groupon!)
Go to Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (I have a Groupon for this)
Go to Detroit City Distillery
Go to Señor López Mexican Restaurant (I have a groupon for this too!)
Go to Buckley
Celebrate my birthday with Fondue (HAHA! I already have this planned!)
Make Carnitas
Take my tree down and clean house
Clean out more stuff
Get my old Barbies over to my friend’s girls
Go see Ethan!
Visit friends :)

Merry Christmas!  May your Christmas be restful AND FUN!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Looking for Emmanuel, I found Him in teenagers

 Today I was looking through some old pictures of me & my life group girls.  I really did love them and genuinely liked hanging out with them.  They were such sweet girls and super sassy!  I have so many fun memories of them (and some not so fun LOL).  I was always so proud of them.

When I was looking through the memories, I realized I had been going on Mission Trips with them since 2008!  That’s crazy!  I think of how many times I’ve seen them smile, heard about their trips, prayed over their lives, even when they didn’t know.  

It’s an honor to love them.  To laugh, to cry, to smile, to serve together.  We’ve been to church, had sleepovers, been to the zoo, gone to plays, we went to Canada when they got their passports… and I even got to go to Haiti with one of them.  I’ve heard about their boyfriends and crushes.  I’ve loved hearing about their highs and lows…

I can’t help but feel so blessed by the awesome gracious hand of God who orchestrated our lives to collide and intertwine. I will love them for always.  
As I am looking for Emmanuel, I see Him in the faces of those I’ve loved.  Being Youth Staff was one of the greatest blessings of my life.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spaghetti Sauce

This is my new go to recipe for spaghetti sauce, it makes a HUGE batch and I can freeze it, or make a few people meals with it!

Also love it because plain jar sauce is way too sweet (my favorite sauce is Aldi Organic Marinera)!  

2 pounds Italian Sausage
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced finely
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 large cans of crushed tomatoes
2 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 jars of good store bought marinara
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

Brown Italian sausage & ground turkey, add onion & garlic. Drain.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes or so on medium heat, until flavors are combined.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Looking for Emmanuel and finding Him right here

Yesterday was the most amazing day and I really have/had such a great weekend planned. 

I was thinking about this holiday season and how I have friends getting married, friends having babies, friends moving into their dream homes and this year's memories for me? Eh. Nothing. It's a restful season. God is moving that's for sure, He about knocked my socks off yesterday!!! Those muffins, Wicked, family... It was awesome!!!

He reminded me so much that as much as I'd LOVE to move to Colorado, I'm probably going to stay here and do His work. And honestly that's ok with me. 

I've been going down to the city the last couple weeks for walks at night. They calm me. I breathe in and breathe out and listen closely for His voice. 

It actually makes me sad when i have to come back over the bridge to come home. 

As I was driving home I was thinking how much I love the city and want to live in it. I was thinking about how I wanted to sell my house this year, but it didn't work out.  I was trying to rush it. I prayed that God would work it out or not and that I would trust His timing.  And here I still am, but I've had lots of time to clean out things, it's been such a great process for me!!!

I saw this sign today and it reminded me that no matter how restless I get in wanting to move or do what's next, God has me here for a reason, for this season, and I'll stay here until He says I am done. 

In my crazy restlessness, I find myself  looking for Emmanuel in His timing and trusting Him where I am right now 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Looking for chaos and finding Emmanuel

The other day I told my friend, Beckie, I needed a little chaos. Lol life is kind of busy not chaotic and maybe I'm just used to crazy, so I was looking for... Something. 

I had picked up some toys for a super fun Christmas party that some people had planned and she invited me to go. I have a little (very little) vacation time left but I could swing it!! 

So basically I showed up. And made a snowman craft with the kids and seriously had one of the best days of my life!! I would rank it right up there with times I have spent in Haiti. 

I can tell you that God spoke to me in some very big ways during this time! Wow. I am going to be processing a lot of it!! Wow.

I sat with some of the younger ones and we talked about cookies and pizza... And talked to some of the older ones about growing up and going to college. 

There was one girl. Oh she was my favorite. We sat and talked. She was in 4th grade. She wants to be a doctor. We talked about college and how she was beautiful and smart, and she could be anything she wanted to be. I am not sure anyone ever talked to her like that before. I told her to look me in the eyes and I said to her "remember this moment, right here, for the rest of your life, no matter what anyone says to you "you are beautiful, smart, kind, and special". 
Why this day, that girl, I'll probably never know.

But this I do know. That when I am with children and serving, I am closest to who God created me to be. 

So while I was looking for chaos, I found myself, and in me, I found Emmanuel. 

I found exactly who God created me to be

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Finding peace while looking for Emmanuel

As a last minute invitation, I was invited to an Advent Service at St. John’s Lutheran School in Waltz.  Our Jackie goes to school there and was going to be singing.  It just so happens that I didn’t have anything planned and I was happy to be invited!

I loved it!  Catching up with my friends was great before service started and then hearing the little angels sing, wow!  So good, like I was just overwhelmed with how sweet they sounded.

As the service was going, I was thinking about when I was little and the very traditional services I went to as a kid and how I loved Christmas Eve service (and the party after).  

I am used to going 100mph and now… it’s significantly slower. I love it but it’s a hard adjustment.  I’m starting to get restless… and that’s never good LOL

After the service, I went down to Detroit, grabbed a tea from Starbucks (it was even hot!) and walked around the beautiful Christmas tree and up and around the area. 

It was really peaceful. 

Both the service and the walk were a sweet reminder of God’s goodness and how great it feels to be at peace, the kind of peace only He can give.

While I was looking for Emmanuel I found peace.

I’m so thankful.