come to save us

this is a staple for me. not even ’round our beloved christmas time, but year-round.

“You’re the One that saves us.”

And, thank goodness He did!

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california, y’all

anybody know i was born in the oc? true.

went back to my roots + headed west earlier this month for challenge course manager training at Oakbridge. we flew into San Diego and got to spend a sec in the city/on the beach. it left me wanting to explore and get into the culture out there. instead, we hightailed it to a starbucks, then headed to camp — here’s a peak of what went on.

ropes course photo

housekeeping thoughts

we have had three different groups in camp in the last 3 days. keeping. us. busy.

today i was in housekeeping. not one of my favorite things to do, but my brain started turning and my mind started connecting some dots and i wanted to see more of christ in my work this week… these are my thoughts:

cleaning camp — it’s hard work. and i only take part in turning camp over every now and then. we have to pick up the dirty things and sweep the floors before we can really get the rooms sanitized and vacuumed and bathrooms mopped and wiped down. my mind jumped to how christ ultimately cleansed us of our “dirtiness,” our sins + on the cross. and every day his mercies are new and i get a fresh start. housekeeping is like that in a way. cleaning up the mess. and it always becomes clean again.

obviously, the gospel is infinitely different and better (and perfect on its own!) than my housekeeping analogy. i’m sure there is a more eloquent way to connect those dots, but there is my muddled brain seeking to see more of the cross and the gospel in the little things.

hope your christmas season holds some stillness and rest //

“merry christmas and long live the King” -father christmas, in the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

christmas shopping

confession: i have always waited until the last minute to do my christmas shopping. like christmas eve day.

this is what i dreadfully conquered year after year:

christmas crowds

this year is different. H A L L E J U A H !!!!! i am almost done (short only 4 gifts) and it’s only december 2! shopping stress avoided. that’s not what i want christmas to be about.. stress. i want it to be more focused on christ and his coming. and let’s be honest, that requires time. time that i won’t be spending shopping!

here are some christmas shopping tips that worked for me this year to change my bad habits:

  • i started thinking and brainstorming for “christmas gifts” in october // some may say that’s too early, but to find a bargain you have to look. to look you need time. to have time you need to start early. 
  • i created a google doc of christmas gift lists for my family + andrew // call me “crazy,” but i call me “organized” and i didn’t forget my good ideas when it was time to start shoppin’
  • every time i got a gift — i wrapped it almost as soon as i got home // no dreaded wrapping party for me
  • online shopping saved me // i accidentally got amazon prime, but it was a gift in disguise. free shipping on any and all items. amazon has been a big supplier of my christmas gifts.
  • i started budgeting money in september for the holidays // big ole shout out to dave brooks

speaking of online shopping, here are some of my favorite knick-knack sites:

Fab

Mark + Graham

Uncommon Goods

Furbish

Etsy

HAPPY SHOPPING, Y’ALL // christmas is happening