Monthly Archives: July 2007

California Beaches

We have a had a great time here in Southern California! In our free time, we have had a chance to visit the beach. It’s been real fun!

The beaches here are different than Florida beaches. First of all, the water is really cold! Although the locals say that the water right now is warm. ha! And the waves are tremendous! Jason did some body-surfing and had a blast! The breeze off the water is cool, if not, somewhat chilly. We didn’t even use the umbrella we had. The other thing I love, is the boardwalk area. We went to Balboa beach and they had this really cute area with a Ferris Wheel and Carousel. Which we did ride. Natalie was a crack-up…at first she said she was scared and then by the end she was holding her arms up like on a roller coaster! And then we also went to the legendary, Ruby’s Diner, at the end of the Pier and watched the sunset while we ate. It was a great day! I have loaded more pics on Flickr if you want to see them.

We head back tomorrow at the crack of dawn. It will be good to be home, but also sad as we have had so much fun in all our adventures! Which is really amazing for me to say considering most of the time traveling is really hard on me physically. So, praise God!

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45 minutes

We are in LA now. When we got here we drove to see some supporters and we took expressway 91. It took 45 minutes to travel 8 miles!

The whole time Jason is saying, “This is insanity!” He’s sitting there in the traffic wondering if each car we pass does this drive everyday. And then he would drive by a car and try and figure out if they looked bitter or not. We were cracking up.

So, it ended up taking us 2 hours to get to the house! Thankfully the kids slept the whole time! Praises! And we had a really nice visit.

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It’s Over

The conference ended tonight. It was a great meeting of highlights, further encouragement, and great worship! And then a big ice-cream party afterwards. Of which, I had to partake of the ice-cream sandwiches because they were from Mary’s Mountain Cookies, which have to be the BEST cookies EVER! (So, hopefully I won’t be feeling the effects of that tomorrow on our plane ride – yikes)

So, we are currently up late in the process of trying to pack things up. It is kind of a whirl-wind. There are three different options (well, I guess there is actually a fourth if you include the trash) – boxes of things that will get packed up to stay here in the conference storage unit, boxes to go back on a truck to Orlando, and then suitcases to go with us to California. Have a I mentioned we are going to CA from here? Kind of crazy, but it will be good.

Well, better run to finish packing.

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We have had an amazing day here today at the conference!

We were blessed to have for our women’s time – the Women of Faith team! They basically did a mini-conference for us in 6 hours! I have never been to the real conference before, so this was a great treat for me. I loved the speakers…especially Patsy Clairmont. What a little fireball! They spoke on Freedom, and it was really refreshing!

Then, tonight we were blessed by a concert from Chris Tomlin! I just love his music! And hearing him live and being able to sing and worship in that huge arena, was FABULOUS!

So, I am really thankful to God for blessing me with these privileges today! Now, if I can just get my mind to slow-down and go on to sleep. πŸ™‚

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Reba McEntire

I MET REBA McEntire today!!!

We went to Cheyenne, WY today. Which was really fun, by the way. They are holding their Cheyenne Frontier Days. We saw bulls, Indian dancers, went into the rodeo bull pin area, and lots of old-time western stuff. I have new pictures of it all up on Flickr. Then we went to the town of Cheyenne where they had all kinds of vendors, excellent BBQ, and music.

We were watching this lady sing, and Jason leans to me and says, “It sounds like she is a Christian.” Then a little later, “I think she is a McEntire.” Turns out she is Reba McEntire’s sister, Susie McEntire. Very pretty voices must run in the family.

So, we go to walk around and we notice off in the parking lot this red Dodge Durango with a red-head in dark sunglasses and an older woman with red-hair (Susie had mentioned Reba and her mom being with her earlier). And Jason says, “Do you think that is Reba? I dare you to go talk to her.” And I DID!!!

I went over (very nervous) and said, “Are you Reba McEntire?” And she looked at me and said, “Yes, m’am. I’m here watching my sister.” I felt like that was code for “please don’t bother me”. Afterall, she was all disguised and obviously not wanting to be noticed. I walked away amazed that I had just met Reba McEntire and that there were people all around that had no idea they had a star in their midst. I was bummed that I couldn’t get a picture or something, but wanted to respect her privacy. Must be hard to be a star and not be able to really go watch your sister perform.


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Crusade Staff Conference So Far…

The Moby Gym was full of nearly 5,000 staff last night as we kicked off the Conference! I tell you, there is not much greater than being in that gym with all those people singing Praise and Worship! Feels like a glimpse of Heaven!

The fun thing about the first night, is we are encouraged to bring our kids with us to the meeting for the kick-off. It was so sweet to see their faces of awe and wonder about what they were experiencing. Jason leaned over to Natalie and said, “Honey, every one in here loves Jesus.” I get so excited about the opportunity they are blessed with to be raised up in this environment. I pray and hope that God will use it tremendously in their lives through the years to draw them closer to Himself!

And as for me, I say, “WOW!” You ever feel like you go to church or a conference, and it speaks right to where you are! I can just feel the Lord pulling at my heart and showing me my areas of weakness in my faith. Today, our speaker, Chip Ingram (who holds a special place in my heart because I heard him as Pastor on a summer project years ago in Santa Cruz, CA) spoke about Lazarus in John 11. He pointed out the statement repeated by Mary and Martha (referring to Lazarus’ death), “Lord, if you had been here then this wouldn’t have happened.” WOW, how many times have I thought that very thing! Lord, if you had been here, I wouldn’t have had IBS, you would’ve taken away my vomiting throughout both pregnancies, difficult hurts and losses, etc.

I must say, I either have made it through those things or am making it through, and I am thankful. Yet, there is still something hurting in my heart. Still some distrust, if you will, in my confidence and security in my view of God. I think I realized today, I have a fear of pain! Having experienced pain, I guess I don’t want to go through it again. And it’s not just my pain, I see the pain of others too and I ache for them to have to go through some of the things of this fallen world! And yet, it’s like Chip said today, we want like 60 % brokenness, enough to be real, but we really just want the blessings! We want Him to be the problem solver, where He wants to be our Personal Savior! There is so much more than the pain or the problem at hand!

So, I am aware that God wants me to see that I can trust Him fully, believe Him, put my faith in Him completely. That I don’t need to fear pain. His plan is far bigger for me than I could ever try to manipulate on my own or desire for myself. And I want to see His face, I want to feel Him hold me, and trust Him above everything else.

How’s that for being vulnerable! πŸ™‚


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The meetings here in Colorado have begun.

As you may recall, the past 2 weeks Jason has been taking classes and I was out sight-seeing and exploring with the kids. Well, now the conference has started. We have been having meetings with our ministry of Priority Associates the past 2 days, and then the big Campus Crusade conference will start on Thursday.

I am enjoying the meetings so far. I have enjoyed the worship music, our speaker, Mike Tilley, and mostly spending time connecting with other staffers. I have been especially encouraged by real, heart-felt conversations with people that share in my thoughts, concerns, struggles, etc. It really is a renewing time, as many will say. And I think for me, it’s because most of the time, I am so caught up in all the busy-ness and activities of life (especially having a 4 yr old and 3 yr old) that I don’t have time to really think about my faith. Which, I want to thank my mom for watching those little bambinos for us while we attended the meetings. She came out for a few days to be with us and see Colorado. I enjoyed having her here.

I’m looking forward to continuing my renewal throughout this conference. Especially as we start meeting with the other 5,000 or so staff for the big conference!

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