summer 2017

summer has come full force! here’s what’s been going on!

1. Church – Lots of things have been going on at church!

 

Our church participated in the City of Fountain Valley 60th Anniversary Parade! Parades don’t happen anymore. (Only at Disneyland.) But something about a community parades brings you back to the grass roots of knowing your community, supporting your neighbors, and furthering a sense of civic pride.

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ain’t they sweet!?!?

Once a month, the jr. high/high school girls started doing our own girls Bible study. This is not a photo of us doing Bible study…it’s a photo of GIRLS PIZZZAA PARTAAAY!

 

and finally there was the thing that happened called Family Camp 2017.

Highlights from Fam Camp:

+ Pastor Jay speaking about God in our worklife
+ Girls learning to seek God in schoollife
+ Return of some of the older HS girls
+ Co-counseloring and tag-team with best friend Camel
+ Minor boba-poisoning from drinking days-old non-refrigerated boba (my bad…)
+ Forced rest as a result

Then these HS kids jumped right in to start VBS prep. Kudos to them.

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the boys & their elephant

I also enlisted their help to make these (super easy but oh-so time-consuming) jellyfish which I adapted from:

DIY Jellyfish – Blog A La Cart
DIY Jellyfish – Paper Lantern

We previously made them for gusano’s baby shower. You can see them in the back. This was at the peak of my crafting career.

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jelly jelly jelly fish

2. Work 

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go to your community meetings folks. voice your opinions. everything counts.

We put together (and I attended my first) public workshop meeting!! Yes. Go community builders!

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we look good…haha

After-work happy hour times with the co-works to celebrate Nate’s bday. They’re pretty awesome.

3. Volunteering for Special Olympics Southern California Games

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I love volunteering for Special Olympics! They have their Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach every year and it’s HUGE and it’s tons of fun.  I ended up helping keep score for gymnastics. Dude, these athletes are so impressive! Take a look:

To volunteer, check out the opportunities here: Southern California Special Olympics Volunteer

4. Friendsss!!

More and more I have really come to value friendships in my life. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m almost 30 . Maybe it’s the fact that I’m without children and technically still single. I’m sure those things all played a factor.  Whatever it is, it’s made me grateful for the friends I have who love and care so much for me despite ..me. I have to give it to God who kept me single till now thus forcing me to see how my friends have loved me and that in some ways, I need friends (and not just a significant other) in my life to challenge me, love me, and encourage me. Plus as I have come to see, your significant other will make you Person Facepalming on Google Android 7.1much…so you’ll need your friends to help you laugh through those moments.

So, to celebrate friends, Cam + Gen + I + JW took our free harbor tour of the Port of Long Beach 

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note: genelle

Choey + JessL + EW + I celebrated Esther’s 28 with delicious pasta and a Bruster’s ice cream cake! I think I found my new favorite cake. 

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the most beautiful ladies inside and out

We celebrated new seasons for #fcbcfinest… more deets on that later on 

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Caught up with my old discipler!

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look how adorable baby Elise is!

Also, post-crying Noelle 珞 who gets cuter and cuter day by day

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where’s momma??

speaking of…. 5. Relationships

Joe Walnut

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@ the dodger game

“I love you” – as this is a blog to record the life of a Sabster, I will record both big and small and embarrassing moments, including the moment of the Sabster and Walnut’s first “i love you”:

It was a warm summer night, and the Sabster and Walnut were … Facetiming.  While on the Facetime, the Sabster was quite tired and started zoning in and out on the Walnut. Thus, the Sabster needed to go to bed so she half-asleep nonchalantly blurted out”kgoodnightiloveyou”. She froze as she had surprised herself.  In a split second, she thought to herself, “Did I just say that? Oh wait, he’s not responding. Maybe he didn’t notice. Maybe I didn’t really just say it…”

“YOU SAID IT FIRST!!!!!!!” exclaimed the Walnut, capitalizing on the moment.
Person Facepalming on Google Android 7.1” went the Sabster.
“I love you, too” replied the Walnut.
and there goes our highly romantic love story.

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that’s my white T-shirt around his face -_-

but amiss all the “i love yous” and words of love… this guy def has a way of showing how much he cares.

I came home from Family Camp and found that all the fish in our fish tank had died – and not small little gold fish but BIG ginormous ugly fish you see in Chinese restaurant tanks. My dad, the official fish caretaker, was out of town for a couple more days, so the job of scooping the dead fish out of the tank fell upon me.

Fish-y smells and water are one of JW’s kryptonite – along with Trump and heat. But this guy tried so hard to be my man that night by attempting to scoop out all the dead fish for me.  (What really happened in the end: his girl ended up tag teaming in to scoop out the other 80% of the dead fish.)

I was reminded of two things that night:
1. Your heart behind the actions – it’s easy to love and serve when it’s doing things you enjoy and excel at, but a deeper love learns to sacrifice the “me” for the “you” and does things you hate to serve the other person.
2. Teamwork – means you do things together, no matter how hard or difficult. You buck up together, and you do it together. No complaining and whining.  Because as part of a team, you give your 100% no matter what your teammates do.

Also, ladies and gentlemen, she’s officially off the market. and I’m so happy and excited for them!! God is good!! ❤ ❤ ❤ sneak peak at the beginnings of 

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heh. heh. heh. do you spy the lovely couple?

Our dear and lovely Charity tied the knot with Chris!! Such a sweet and snazzy wedding!

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and last but not least, YES! Rachel and Josh got engaged! So excited for her in this new chapter of their lives. Can’t wait to celebrate with and for them all the way!!! #yuanmeover

 

 

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